THE Gold Coast has secured a major coup, with the city set to host the finale of the 2021 Supercars Championship.
The 2021 schedule has been released today confirming for the first time in the sport’s history, the Championship will conclude with a spectacular finale on the streets of Surfers Paradise.
It means the event will move from its usual October time slot to December 3-5.
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Minister for Tourism and Minister for Sport, Stirling Hinchliffe, said Queensland motorsport fans were looking forward to a double dose of Supercars in 2021.
“The Supercars championship is a much-loved celebration in Queensland of motorsport rivalries, precision driving and excellence in automotive engineering,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“A mid-season event in Townsville and the 2021 finale on the Gold Coast will deliver a double dose of Supercars in Queensland, set amongst some of Australia’s best motor racing back drops.
“For southern motorsport enthusiasts, the Supercars championship is without hesitation the perfect way to kick-off a Queensland getaway.”
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said it was a major win for the city.
“What a classic three-day carnival it will be with the Gold Coast to host the finale of the supercar season,’’ Mayor Tate said.
“Only on the Gold Coast will spectators see the final race to the championship flag. Given the pressure on teams to win the crown, it’ll be one hell of a race weekend in December.”
The 2021 series will begin at the spiritual home of Australian motor racing, Mount Panorama from 26-28 February.
Teams will make two trips to Bathurst, with the season opener in February, the Mount Panorama 500 and the Great Race, the 161-lap 1000km Repco Bathurst 1000 on the traditional dates of 7-10 October.
Racing returns to Perth, Tasmania, Victoria and New Zealand after COVID-19 restrictions forced changes to the 2020 calendar.
Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said next year’s calendar was a win for fans and viewers following the challenges COVID-19 presented in 2020.
“It is important to us to ensure the 2021 calendar features as much certainty for fans as we can provide given the current COVID-19 restrictions in each state and territory,” Seamer said.
“We’re thrilled that next year we can deliver two events at Mount Panorama, including the season opener in February.
“We are still working with all government partners on fan limits for each event, but we are confident of strong crowd numbers across Australia and New Zealand, in line with the current loosening of COVID-19 restrictions.”