Boost Mobile Racing powered by Erebus are looking ahead to the Sydney SuperNight which will replace the Newcastle 500 as the opening event of the 2022 Supercars Championship..
The decision to postpone the street circuit event to a later date in 2022 is due to the current concern surrounding the number of COVID-19 cases in Newcastle and the continuing uncertainty the virus is causing in parts of the local community.
The Sydney SuperNight will become the opening event of 2022, running 4-6 March under lights at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Supercars CEO Shane Howard explained the decision:
“Given the continuing evolving and unpredictable COVID situation, it has become too challenging to stage a complex multi-faceted event on the streets of Newcastle for tens of thousands of race fans in March.
“Putting on an event of the scale of Newcastle, in the middle of its CBD, requires an enormous amount of work to ensure it runs to a world-class standard.
“We have been in consultation with the City of Newcastle throughout January and understand that constructing and operating an event of this size during the current COVID period has caused concern in parts of the community.
“As a street circuit built in the heart of the CBD, the event provides enormous economic benefits to the region, and we want to ensure that happens again in 2022. We are working to confirm the rescheduled date as soon as practicable.
“We thank our fans, volunteers, local businesses, Destination NSW, the NSW Office of Sport and City of Newcastle for their ongoing support.
“We fully intend to stage this year’s Repco Newcastle 500 in Supercars’ trademark style, and we are confident that we will be able to successfully do this later in the year.
On the decision to switch the opening event to Sydney Motorsport Park. Howard said:
“We are excited to be opening our season under lights in Sydney in just over a month’s time.
“In 2021 the venue provided fans with some of the most exhilarating racing we have ever seen in Supercars.
“Sydney Motorsport Park is a permanent circuit with infrastructure for competitors and fans already in place.
“We’re looking forward to our first race of 2022, to take place under the spectacular lights in Sydney in 40 days’ time.”
For existing ticket holders for the 2022 Newcastle 500, those tickets will remain valid for the yet to be announced new date of the event.
Ticketing information regarding the Sydney SuperNight will be released in coming days, tickets for the event will be available through Ticketek.