Victoria-based Supercar teams have confirmed team personnel and drivers will scramble to Sydney Motorsport Park ahead of the next weekend’s Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint.
Victoria’s borders will be closed to New South Wales for the first time in over a century as of tonight as the state continues to battle a second wave of Covid-19.
Kelly Racing, Walkinshaw Andretti United, Erebus Motorsport, Tickford Racing and Team 18 will all relocate to SMP this evening to avoid being trapped at home.
The state government have confirmed exemptions will be made for those deemed ‘essential workers’ but whether Supercar drivers and teams fall under that category remain shrouded in mystery.
The state recorded 127 new cases today in the highest daily total since the outbreak.
But the recent news does suggest next weekend’s round will go ahead after it has come under fresh doubt following Victoria’s decision.
“Supercars has been closely monitoring the situation in Victoria and teams had been preparing to bring forward travel dates in advance of today’s announcement,” said the sport’s CEO Sean Seamer
“We appreciate their willingness to play their part, to ensure we protect the health and wellbeing of Supercars and the wider community.
“We remain agile and continue to work with all government stakeholders, relevant medical officials and teams on ensuring we race in a safe and compliant way.”
The sport is in communication with support categories to discuss viable options for the event.
The round was set to feature crowds back for the first time since the curtailed Australian Grand Prix with ticket information to be released soon.
The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is set to stage its second round at Sydney Motorsport Park on July 18-19.