After more than three months without racing, the Repco Supercars Championship will resume in late October.
Following cancellation of the Bass Coast Festival of Motorsport at Phillip Island, the Gold Coast 500 and Winton SuperSprint, Sydney Motorsport Park (SMP) will now host four rounds in an effort to get the season completed under an unpredictable COVID-19 environment.
The four consecutive rounds at SMP will be followed by the Bathurst 1000, which has been rescheduled to 5 December as the showcase of a six-day “motorsport festival” at Mount Panorama and will also serve as the finale for the 2021 season.
A press release issued by Supercars on 25 September stated that the four rounds at SMP will be held on consecutive weekends, starting on 29-31 October, with a mix of formats and circuit configurations, as well as a combination of day and night races, before concluding with the existing SuperNight round on 19-21 November.
“It is fitting that we return to racing at Sydney Motorsport Park, as we did in 2020. Those first races produced some of the best entertainment in years, and this time will be no different,” said Supercars CEO, Sean Seamer.
“The venue is world-class and under its new permanent lighting makes for spectacular viewing for fans at the circuit and watching at home.
“First and foremost, we are happy to be back, but we will make sure we use everything that SMP has to offer to put on the best possible show.”
All SMP rounds will be open to spectators, but ticketing details were still to be confirmed. COVID-safe measures will be in place, but details of those were also TBC at time of writing.
2021 Repco Supercars Championship calendar (25 Sep, 2021)*
Rd08 29-31 Oct Sydney Sydney M/sport Park, NSW
Rd09 6-7 Nov Sydney Sydney M/sport Park, NSW
Rd10 13-14 Nov Sydney Sydney M/sport Park, NSW
Rd11 19-21 Nov Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight Sydney M/sport Park, NSW†**
Rd12 30 Nov-5 Dec Repco Bathurst 1000 Bathurst, NSW†
*subject to change
†Super2 and Super3 championship round