Title: Supercars Newcastle Race Excluded from 2024 Calendar, Mount Panorama to Host Season Opener
In a surprising development, the Newcastle round of the Supercars championship has been left off the 2024 calendar, leaving the future of the street race uncertain. The iconic Mount Panorama circuit will instead host the opening round of the season, as confirmed by Supercars on Friday.
The Bathurst 500, scheduled to take place from February 23-25, will kickstart the season, creating an exhilarating fortnight in the regional NSW town following the Bathurst 12-hour race. Notably, the Bathurst 1000, Australia’s most famous motor race, will continue to hold its traditional spot on the calendar, running from October 10-13.
The race in Newcastle, which started in 2017, will not be held next year due to a stalemate in negotiations between Supercars, Destination NSW, and Newcastle City Council. Despite ongoing discussions, Newcastle council insisted on a five-year deal to retain the race, while Supercars only offered a one-year extension. Supercars refrained from commenting on the Newcastle situation on Friday but expressed a commitment to racing in Newcastle in the future.
Additionally, Tailem Bend, located outside Adelaide, will also not host a round next year. However, the venue is slated to host an endurance race in 2025 for the first time. Supercars boss Shane Howard believes The Bend is well-suited for endurance racing and looks forward to witnessing the debut event in 2025.
The 2024 Supercars calendar includes the Bathurst 500, Melbourne Supersprint, Taupo Super400 in New Zealand, Perth Supersprint, Darwin Triple Crown, Townsville 500, Sydney Supernight, Tasmania Supersprint, Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000, Gold Coast 500, and Adelaide 500.
In conclusion, the exclusion of the Newcastle round from the 2024 Supercars calendar has left the future of the street race uncertain. The iconic Mount Panorama will now host the season opener, promising an exciting start to the championship. Despite the setback, Supercars remains committed to racing in Newcastle in the future, and discussions are already underway. Furthermore, Tailem Bend will forego hosting a round next year but will eagerly await the introduction of an endurance race in 2025.