After a long buildup, Supercars has finally revealed a 12-round calendar for the 2024 season, also including details on the formats of each event.
Taupo Motorsport Park’s round in April has been confirmed in a new format called the Super400. The ITM Taupo Super400 will consist of two 200km races, one each on Saturday and Sunday.
The Sydney SuperNight will also feature the format and hosts the only night race of the season.
Timed races will also feature at the Perth, Darwin and Tasmanian events, with two 60-minute races replacing the existing three sprint race formats.
The Bend Motorsport Park is a notable omission from the calendar, but Supercars have confirmed they will return to the venue in 2025 for an Endurance Round.
There are several big celebrations in the calendar, including the 50-year Anniversary of the first Sandown Endurance event, the 30-year anniversary of the first Gold Coast street race, and the 25th anniversary of the Adelaide 500.
Supercars CEO Shane Howard said: “2024 is already shaping up as one of the biggest in our sport’s history. The celebrations at Sandown will be unique and pay homage to some of the greatest races ever seen in Australian motorsport.
“The Bathurst SuperFest will give fans close to two weeks to celebrate some of the best drivers in the world, taking on Mount Panorama. We thank the NSW Government and Bathurst Regional Council for supporting our vision to bring something new to fans.
“Following discussions with management at The Bend, both parties have agreed that the best outcome is to focus on 2025, where the South Australian venue will host an endurance event for the first time.
“The circuit has produced incredible moments on track since 2018 and is well-suited for Supercars endurance racing. We’re all excited to see what happens on track when endurance racing debuts at The Bend in 2025.
“Next year we will see a new crop of drivers taking to some of the toughest circuits to race on in the world, with all states and the Northern Territory once again represented on the calendar, maintaining our national footprint.
“We cannot wait to begin a new chapter of racing in New Zealand in April. Our debut at Taupō will be one of the highlights of the year and already teams are planning their own celebrations for our trip across the Tasman.”
With Newcastle excluded from the calendar, the season begins with the previously-announced Bathurst 500, taking place the weekend after the Bathurst 12-Hour, on February 21-24, as part of a special 10-day festival of motorsport.
The Bathurst 500 features two 250km races, with Qualifying, a Top 10 Shootout and refuelling an element, as they are for all 500 km formats.
The four-race Melbourne SuperSprint follows on March 21-24 in support of the Australian Grand Prix.
Supercars then venture across the Tasman for the inaugural ITM Taupo Super400 on April 19-21, before heading to Perth for the Perth SuperSprint on May 17-19, where the first new timed Sprint races will be run.
The Darwin Triple Crown follows on June 14-16, ahead of the Townsville 500 (July 5-7), Sydney SuperNight (July 19-21) and Tasmania SuperSprint (August 16-18).
The Sandown 500 takes place on September 20-22, while the Bathurst 1000 retains its tradition timeslot of October 10-13.
The Gold Coast 500 (October 25-27) and Adelaide 500 (November 14-17) round out the season, as they have in 2023.
2024 Supercars Calendar
|Feb 23-25||Bathurst 500||2x 250km races|
|Mar 21-24||Melbourne SuperSprint||4x sprint races|
|Apr 19-21||Taupo Super400||2x 200km races|
|May 17-19||Perth Supersprint||2x 60-minute races|
|Jun 14-16||Darwin Triple Crown||2x 60 minute races|
|Jul 5-7||Townsville 500||2x 250km races|
|Jul 19-21||Sydney SuperNight||2x 200km races|
|Aug 16-18||Tasmania SuperSprint||2x 60-minutes races|
|Sep 20-22||Sandown 500||1x 500km race|
|Oct 10-13||Bathurst 1000||1x 1000km race|
|Oct 25-27||Gold Coast 500||2x 250km races|
|Nov 14-17||Adelaide 500||2x 250km races|
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