- Championship begins 4-6 March in Newcastle
- Night racing returns to Perth
- Final event under lights at Sydney Motorsport Park in November
- Repco Bathurst 1000 to return to traditional October date
- Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 returns to October date
- Return to racing in New Zealand
- 13 Championship Rounds between March and November
- Return to Australian Grand Prix
Supercars 2022 Repco Supercars Championship draft calendar has been released today featuring 13 rounds of racing between March and November.
The season will commence at the spectacular Newcastle Street Circuit on the first weekend in March.
The Great Race, the 161-lap 1000km Repco Bathurst 1000 will return to its traditional date in the NSW School Holidays of 6-9 October.
Newcastle and the Gold Coast’s street circuit events will be brought back to life, with Gold Coast’s date returning to the post-Bathurst weekend in late October.
Sydney Motorsport Park which hosted four consecutive weekends of memorable racing this year, will host the scheduled season finale, under lights on 18-20 November. The venue last hosted the Supercars decider in 2003 and 2004.
Racing is slated to return to Perth and New Zealand after COVID-19 restrictions forced changes to the 2020 and 2021 calendars. The ITM Auckland SuperSprint will return in September to Pukekohe Park Raceway. Perth is set to host the opening night race of 2022 from April 30 – May 1.
After their stunning unveiling in Bathurst this week, the Gen3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Ford Mustang GT Supercars will turn exhibition and testing laps at various events throughout the year, to give fans a glimpse of what is to come when they begin racing in 2023.
Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said next year’s calendar was a win for fans and viewers watching on Foxtel and Seven following the challenges COVID-19 presented in the past two years.
“The 2022 season will follow an unprecedented two years for Supercars in which the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in two revised calendars – a huge achievement given the nature of the sport,” Seamer said.
“It has been fantastic to welcome fans back to events this year, and we will continue to ensure this is done safely and in line with national guidelines as we welcome more fans back in 2022.
“We are very pleased with the interest in Supercars growing continuously through large audiences watching our world-class broadcast and a significant growth of our presence online across the globe.
The Repco Supercars Championship round at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix returns and Supercars will be on track over three days of the event.
The 2022 Repco Supercars Championship will be the first for Supercars new ownership group Racing Australia Consolidated Enterprises Ltd (RACE).
One event in July will be listed as TBC in the draft calendar as discussions continue with circuit providers on the event to be held on that date. Supercars is working closely with Tony Quinn at Queensland Raceway on preparations to return to racing at the Ipswich circuit in the future.
The Dunlop Super2 Series will see the best young talent in Australian motorsport race at six events on the calendar: Newcastle, Perth, Townsville, Sandown, Bathurst and Sydney.
Supercars will continue work on 2022 event formats and support categories for each event with full details to be released over coming weeks.
The 2022 Repco Supercars Championship Draft On-Track Calendar:
March 4-6: Repco Newcastle 500, Newcastle Street Circuit, NSW
Mar 26-27: Tasmania SuperSprint, Symmons Plains, TAS
Apr 7-10: Melbourne, Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, VIC
Apr 30-May 1: Bunnings Trade Perth SuperNight, Wanneroo Raceway, WA
May 21-22: Winton SuperSprint, Winton Raceway, VIC
June 18-19: Merlin Darwin Triple Crown, Hidden Valley, NT
July 8-10: NTI Townsville 500, Reid Park, QLD
July 30-31: TBC
Aug 19-21: Penrite Sandown SuperSprint, Melbourne, VIC
Sept 10-11: ITM Auckland SuperSprint, Pukekohe Park Raceway, NZ
Oct 6-9: Repco Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama, NSW
Oct 28-30: Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Nov 18-20: Beaurepaires Sydney Super600, Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW
NSW Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW is proud to host a smorgasbord of motorsports events in NSW.
“We’re excited to welcome fans to NSW in 2022 to enjoy the very best action on the track and everything else Sydney, Newcastle and Bathurst has to offer,” Mr Ayres said.
“Our state is open and thriving and we’re focused on offering visitors high quality experiences to include in their itinerary and propel us toward our goal of being the premier visitor economy and events capital of the Asia Pacific by 2030.”
Queensland’s Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe welcomed the return of the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500.
“I know Queensland motorsport fans are ecstatic about bringing the nation’s best street circuit back to the Gold Coast in 2022,” Mr Hinchcliffe said.
“The Repco Supercar championship is terrific news for tourism operators on the Gold Coast, as well as the North, with the popular NTI Townsville 500 locked in for early July.
“We’re encouraging motor racing spectators and teams coming to the Gold Coast and Townsville to add extra time to their travel itinerary and explore the many first-class visitor experiences in Southeast and Northern Queensland.”
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate: “It will be music to the ears of every Aussie motor race fan to know that the streets of the Gold Coast will light up to the sounds of Supercars in October 2022,” Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said.
“I know the drivers rate the street circuit as the toughest in the calendar given the millimeters between success and a wipe out on our tight concrete canyon circuit. I can’t wait.”