Supercars has released the 2021 calendar with a return to a number of key locations after a COVID-affected year.
Events will be spread across six states and the Northern Territory as well as New Zealand after COVID-19 restrictions forced changes to the 2020 schedule.
Meanwhile, the calendar itself begins at the spiritual home of Australian motor racing – Mount Panorama.
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After a year of uncertainty and disruption, Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said next year’s calendar is a success given the return to familiarity.
“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.”
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There will be a planned six-week break scheduled for around the Tokyo Olympics before Supercars returns at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The Championship wraps up for the first time in history with a finale on the streets of Surfers Paradise.
Newcastle will not feature on the 2021 calendar but for good reason, with Supercars announcing it will host the opening event of the 2022 Championship.
The 2021 Repco Supercars Championship Calendar:
Feb 26-28: Mount Panorama 500, Bathurst, NSW
Mar 18-21: Melbourne, Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, VIC
April 10-11: Tasmania SuperSprint, Symmons Plains, TAS
May 8-9: OTR SuperSprint, Tailem Bend, SA
May 29-30: Winton SuperSprint, Winton, VIC
June 19-20: Darwin Triple Crown, Hidden Valley, NT
July 9-11: NTI Townsville, Reid Park, QLD
Aug 20-22: Sydney SuperNight, Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW
Sept 11-12: Perth SuperNight, Wanneroo Raceway, WA
Oct 7-10: Repco Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama, NSW
Nov 6-7: ITM Auckland SuperSprint, NZ
Dec 3-5: Gold Coast Street Circuit, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Every practice, qualifying and race session will be broadcast live with no ads breaks during racing in 2021 on Foxtel and Kayo.