Night racing back in Sydney – Bathurst and Newcastle boost regional NSW

NSW will host night racing and two major regional street circuits of the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship calendar, released today.

28 August 2019

Night racing will return to Sydney Motorsport Park on August 28-30, 2020 following the redevelopment of the venue including permanent lights.

Regional NSW will continue to enjoy the high-octane action – and draw visitors from around the country – with the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 to be held October 8-11, 2020, and the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 from December 4-6, 2020.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said NSW will host the hallmark events of the Supercars Championship calendar in 2020.

“It’s fantastic to see night racing return to Sydney Motorsport Park on the back of the NSW Government’s $33 million investment to refresh the venue,” Mr Ayres said.

“This will be the second time SMSP hosts night racing, and is one of only two Supercars events under lights on the Australian eastern seaboard which is a huge drawcard – there’s nothing like seeing fast cars flying around the track at night.”

The inaugural Sydney SuperNight in 2018 delivered an impressive $2.6 million in overnight visitor expenditure for NSW.

“Our two street circuits in Bathurst and Newcastle are also fan favourites, with Mount Panorama regarded an Australian icon and Newcastle being the highly anticipated season closer,” Mr Ayres said.

Minister for Sport John Sidoti said motorsport was incredibly popular among Australians.

“Motorsport is the fourth most attended sport, and eighth most popular sport to watch on television, so it’s huge for NSW to host three of the country’s most exciting, high-profile Supercars events,” Mr Sidoti said.

Supercars Australia CEO Sean Seamer said the 2020 calendar was a win for fans and viewers with more racing on-track and a regular rhythm of events.

“We are working hard on providing an improved offering for the fans, from the time they buy a ticket to the time they leave the track, diverse food and beverage offerings including more modern options and additional entertainment,” he said.

For the full calendar, go to supercars.com