Supercars will resume racing on June 27/28 from Sydney Motorsport Park.
With rounds from Tasmania, New Zealand and Perth all postponed following the eleventh-hour cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix, the series originally anticipated a resumption of racing from Winton in early June.
However subsequent rounds in Winton and Townsville have both been postponed meaning the 2020 season will resume from Sydney Motorsport Park.
The event will be held behind closed doors across two days as a TV-only affair with strict limits on team crew numbers, media and stewards.
The round will not include any support categories and race distances and formats are not expected to be confirmed until nearer the June date.
“We’ll be running at daytime only,” said Supercars CEO Sean Seamer.
“The key focus for Sydney Motorsport Park, and us was, was they wanted us back there, they wanted to be the first event back.
“On the basis that we are chartering the teams in and out on tight turnaround times, the night racing doesn’t work and obviously [the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club] need a bit more time to complete the light towers.”
A full revised calendar is expected to be revealed tomorrow.
Seamer went on to discuss why SMP was considered the most appropriate venue to see the resumption of racing.
“There’s two reasons,” he explained.
“The first is logistical reasons, that it’s in between most of our teams in Queensland and Victoria. It has the convenience of the hotel over the road. It also has good proximity for TV crews so we can have less people travelling interstate to deliver the event.
“In addition to that, it’s a good precinct for us from a management point of view. There’s plenty of room out the back of the pits, it has big pit garages, so it enables us to meet the restrictions and be compliant. So it was a compliance decision and also a logistical decision.”
It is expected a rescheduled New Zealand round will also feature on the revised calendar.