The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship has released next year’s racing calendar, after confirmation of the 2017 grand finale in Newcastle.
Racing will remain mostly on local shores as Supercars focuses on expanding into Asia for 2018. The schedule will be similar to this year, which has seen exciting Supercars action and the closest season start in history.
Releasing the 2017 provisional calendar, Supercars Chief Executive James Warburton welcomed today’s announcement.
“Once again in 2017 we will travel to every state and territory in Australia with the exception of only the ACT and host some of Australia’s biggest sporting events including the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 from 5-8 October.
“We have also brought the final event in Newcastle forward to November in what we expect will be a massive grand finale to the season.”
The 2017 calendar will start with Clipsal 500 Adelaide on 2-5 March with Newcastle to be the final event.
“Our preferred date for the event next year is 17-19 November but this won’t be confirmed until the date of the World Rally Championship is known so as to avoid any clash.”
“As we did this year, we have condensed our calendar to deliver consistent and regular events throughout the season. This will help build momentum but still provide adequate breaks for our teams.”
There will be eight Dunlop Series races in 2017 including a non-championship event at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Warburton said Supercars was still exploring options for races in Asia including Kuala Lumpur which was cancelled this year because of a legal dispute involving local promoters.
“Owing to these legal issues we have not included Malaysia in the 2017 calendar but we remain committed to exploring new events in Asia. There is very strong interest in the region and we believe these will be great opportunities for the sport and our fans from 2018.”
The 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will be officially launched in Adelaide in February ahead of Clipsal 500 Adelaide.
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