Supercars and the Northern Territory Government have agreed to push back the historic Hidden Valley doubleheader.
The BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown had been set to go ahead this weekend; that will now take place on the August 15-16 weekend, with the CoreStaff Darwin SuperSprint moved to a to-be-confirmed date later in the month.
The decision comes following extensive talks between relevant health authorities, the NT Government and Supercars.
The NT Government and health authorities ultimately made the call, with Supercars supporting that direction.
Team personnel will arrive in Darwin later today and those who have visited areas deemed hotspots by the NT Government will be managed in hotel isolation until early next week.
At that point, those people will be allowed to finish their quarantine period provided they return a negative COVID-19 test.
“Following intensive discussions over recent days and at the direction of the NT Government and the relevant health authority, the decision has been made to postpone this weekend’s event for seven days,” said Supercars CEO Sean Seamer.
“This decision has been made to ensure we protect the health and wellbeing of all of our people and the wider community in the Northern Territory ahead of the BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown.
“We would like to thank the NT Government and health authorities on working with Supercars on developing a plan that allows us to move forward with the northern leg of our championship.
“I would also like to thank our teams and fans for their ongoing flexibility to accommodate this year’s championship.
“This is a decision Supercars supports to ensure the health and wellbeing of all Territorians.
“This announcement will have no bearing on our plans for any future events including the Townsville SuperSprint.”
The Townsville SuperSprint is scheduled for August 29-30.
Before then, the BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown will become the third Supercars event to run since the COVID-19 shutdown, following two rounds at Sydney Motorsport Park in June and July.