With the Harbour Bridge as the backdrop, the launch event also predicts the 2020 season will be one of the most competitive in series’ history, thanks to the introduction of new technical packages designed to bring parity to the field.
"There’s plenty of reasons to look forward to this year’s championship, with a new technical package set to improve things on track, whilst the championship moves across one of the most well-rounded calendars we’ve ever had,” said Supercars CEO Sean Seamer.
“We’ll see at least three of our teams move from solo entries to two car teams this year which is an impressive achievement and shows the growth potential among our race teams.”
As the series naming rights sponsor, Virgin Australia announced they will increase flights to all Supercars rounds this year, starting with the Superloop Adelaide 500 on 20-23 February.
The Sydney SuperNight race will return this year, with Perth to retain its night round, while the Pirtek Enduro Cup will start at The Bend circuit in South Australia. Sprint rounds will expand to two 200km races, while the 2020 series will also visit an all-new venue in Hampton Downs, New Zealand.
“The calendar and new sprint format underpins a more well-rounded profile of entertainment over our event weekends to ensure as many people are able to enjoy everything we have to offer,” Seamer added.
“We’ve upgraded our broadcast graphics and there’ll be more behind-the-scenes programming to make sure that even if you’re at home, you’ll have a front row seat to all the action.”
Four rookies will make their full-series debut in 2020 – Jack Smith and last year’s Dunlop Super2 Champion, Bryce Fullwood, are locked in, with Jake Kostecki and Zane Goddard likely to join them, but still to be confirmed. Other names being mooted for main game drives include Will Brown, Brodie Kostecki and Broc Feeney.
Three teams will expand to two-car operations – Team 18, Team Sydney (formerly Tekno Autosports and Matt Stone Racing - while Brad Jones Racing will run four cars in 2020.
This year also marks the 60 years since the foundation of the Australian Touring Car Championship, so expect the series’ diamond anniversary to be celebrated throughout 2020.
Further details and series updates, go to https://www.supercars.com/