2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Australian touring car series including the famous Bathurst 1000 race.
Why can’t all touring car series use these rules? Power, speed, money, sponsorship. What’s not to like?
Formerly known as V8 Supercars, the series is transitioning to other engine configurations and car styles.
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*As at 15 February 2018*
|3-4 Mar||Adelaide 500||Adelaide Parklands Circuit||Adelaide, South Australia, Australia|
|23-25 Mar||Coates Hire Melbourne 400||Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|7-8 Apr||Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint||Symmons Plains Raceway||Launceston, Tasmania, Australia|
|21-22 Apr||WD-40 Phillip Island 500||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit||Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia|
|5-6 May||Perth SuperSprint||Barbagallo Raceway||Pinjar, Western Australia, Australia|
|19-20 May||Winton SuperSprint||Winton Motor Raceway||Benalla, Victoria, Australia|
|16-17 Jun||CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown||Hidden Valley Raceway||Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia|
|7-8 Jul||Watpac Townsville 400||Townsville Street Circuit||Townsville, Queensland, Australia|
|21-22 Jul||Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint||Queensland Raceway||Ipswich, Queensland, Australia|
|4 Aug||Red Rooster Sydney SuperNight 300||Sydney Motorsport Park||Eastern Creek, NSW, Australia|
|25-26 Aug||The Bend SuperSprint||The Bend Motorsport Park||Tailem Bend, South Australia, Australia|
|16 Sep||Sandown 500||Sandown International Motor Raceway||Springvale, Victoria, Australia|
|7 Oct||Supercheat Auto Bathurst 1000||Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit||Bathurst, NSW, Australia|
|20-21 Oct||Vodafone Gold Coast 600||Surfers Paradise Street Circuit||Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia|
|3-4 Nov||ITM Auckland SuperSprint||Pukekohe Park Raceway||Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand|
|24-25 Nov||Coates Hire Newcastle 500||Newcastle Street Circuit||Newcastle, NSW, Australia|
Teams and drivers really get tested with a variety of different race formats. These are:
A pair of 120km races on Saturday and a 200km race on Sunday.
The Adelaide 500 and Newcastle 500 both feature a pair of 250km races on Saturday and Sunday. The Auckland and Townsville weekends have a 200km race each on Saturday and Sunday.
Each driver is joined by an enduro co-driver who must complete 1/3rd of the race.
The Sandown 500 is a single 500km race on the Sunday, preceded by a pair of 60km qualifying races on the Saturday.
The iconic Bathurst 1000 is a single 1000km race.
The Gold Coast 600 at Surfers Paradise is a pair of 300km races.
Finally, in a new development for 2018, the Eastern Creek round at Sydney Motorsport Park will become a single 300km “SuperNight” race under the lights.
- The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend;
- Melbourne F1 support becomes a championship round;
- Sydney Motorsport Park (Eastern Creek) becomes a single race.
No events were removed so there are 16 events, up from 14 last year. With multiple races at each event there will be 32 rounds this year, up from 26 last year.
The four races supporting the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park become points-paying championship rounds for the first time, even though the series and forebears have only missed one year at the GP since 1985! There will be two evening races on Friday and Saturday of 130km, with a pitstop, with shorter no-pitstop races of 70km on Saturday and just before the Grand Prix on Sunday.
The other addition is the interesting track known as ‘The Bend’, a brand new circuit in South Australia. The track does have a layout over 7km, though Supercars will use a sub-5km layout for a pair of races in the SuperSprint format.
And as noted above, the Eastern Creek race becomes a night race.