The Repco Supercars Championship has revealed a revised schedule for the remainder of the 2021 season.
The next event of the championship will now be held at Winton Motor Raceway on the first weekend of October.
Following the postponement of the scheduled round in May due to Victoria’s lockdown situation, the regional Victorian circuit is set to host the eighth round of the season after an 11-week break since the Townsville double-header.
The championship will have another event three weeks later, with further announcements to be made regarding its location, which will serve as the prelude to this year’s Bathurst 1000 on the first weekend of November.
The Great Race will be held in November for the first time since 2000, having been pushed back from its usual October date due to New South Wales’ current lockdown period.
Supercars CEO Sean Seamer explained ongoing border concerns was the reasoning behind the new-look calendar.
“With the ever-changing COVID landscape, our teams and broadcast partners have agreed it is in all our stakeholders’ best interests commercially and competitively to move our premiere event to a later date.”
“We will meet all COVID-19 safety requirements necessary to ensure this year’s Great Race goes ahead. Our aim is to ensure we can bring back as many fans as possible.
“Unfortunately, our event planned for Perth presents significant risk with the ongoing restrictions, so we’ve made the difficult decision to move it to the 2022 calendar.
“Similarly, our Kiwi fans across the ditch will be undoubtedly disappointed to see New Zealand does not feature on the revised calendar due to the trans-Tasman bubble being suspended.”
New South Wales is set for a big month of motorsport in November, with the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperSprint two weeks later.
The final round of the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship retains its schedule date, with the season concluding at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 on December 3-5.
2021 Repco Supercars Championship – upcoming events
Event 8, 2-3 October, Winton SuperSprint
Event 9, 23-24 October, TBA
Event 10, 4-7 November, Repco Bathurst 1000
Event 11, 19-21 November, Beaurepaires Sydney SuperSprint
Event 12, 3-5 December, Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500