Get ready to hear the sound of supercars roar through the streets of Surfers Paradise once again, with the Gold Coast 500 returning to the city next year.
The news will come as a massive relief for both local supercars fans and tourism bosses, with the city’s biggest event having been cancelled for the past two years due to Covid-19 restrictions and border closures.
The draft calendar for the 2022 Supercars Championship was released on Sunday morning, with organisers confirming the season will feature 13 rounds of racing between March and November.
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The action will kick off at the Newcastle Street Circuit on the first weekend in March and will wrap up under lights at Sydney Motorsport Park in November.
The Bathurst 1000 will return to its traditional October date, with the Gold Coast 500 also returning to its original post-Bathurst October slot.
Tourism and Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe says the return of the much-loved event is great news.
“I know Queensland motorsport fans are ecstatic about bringing the nation’s best street circuit back to the Gold Coast in 2022,” Mr Hinchliffe 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.”
Supercars last sped along the popular Gold Coast street circuit in 2019.
“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 millimetres between success and a wipe out on our tight concrete canyon circuit. I can’t wait.”
Full details surrounding next year’s events are expected to be released over the 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