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2021 Supercars Championship season to open with Bathurst 500 and close in Adelaide
Supercars’ proposed 2021 Championship calendar plans for the season to opens with an event dubbed the Bathurst 500 at Mount Panorama and finishes with the Adelaide 500.
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall today confirmed the opening round of the 2021 Championship would not go ahead in Adelaide in February due to uncertainty around COVID-19 and its potential impact on crowd numbers.
One of a number of draft calendars being worked on by Supercars ahead of a planned release in October, the rescheduling of races results from the South Australian Government’s withdrawl of support for the Adelaide parklands circuit early in 2021 because of COVID uncertainties.
Premier Marshall today announced “I think it would be absolutely fantastic if we were the final event of the season.”
Moving Adelaide also neatly gives Supercars the chance to activate its date at Mount Panorama traditionally used for the 12-hour international GT race that border closures and restrictions will prevent in 2021.
Earlier this week it was announced that South Australia's Tailem Bend, located near Murray Bridge, is host two Supercars rounds later this month.
The country venue, which expects to be able to host up to 10,000 spectators, along with 400 staff, will host two Supercars rounds on 19th and 20th and 26th and 27th September.
Premier Marshall this week suggested Tailem Bend could host the F1 Australian Grand Prix in 2021 if the race cannot not go ahead in Melbourne,
With South Australia's bid to host the AFL Grand Final at the Adelaide Oval having been unsuccessful, the state is also interested in hosting the Boxing Day Test if it cannot be held at the MCG.
Adelaide hosted the Australian Grand Prix from 1985 to 1995.
The Adelaide 500 generally takes place in February and March, contributing to what locals call 'mad March', along with the Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe, WOMADelaide and Adelaide Writers' Week.
At this stage the cultural events are scheduled to proceed.
Images: Supercars action in Adelaide (top) and Tailem Bend (below).
28th August 2020 - Four states vie to host relocated AFL Grand Final
20th July 2020 - Supercars head to Queensland and Northern Territory
1st July 2020 - Adelaide Fringe Festival delivers another record-breaking year
24th February 2020 - Adelaide 500 Supercars race sees lowest crowds in 17 years
16th September 2019 - Gemba partners with Supercars to develop commercial and fan engagement strategies
1st September 2019 - Motorsport Park boosts Tailem Bend’s economy
12th October 2018 - Perth to host trial Supercars night race at Barbagallo Raceway in 2019
15th April 2018 - Townsville to celebrate value of a decade of Supercars racing
6th June 2017 - Supercars fuel sport and job growth in Darwin
10th September 2016 - South Australian Government could pay for Clipsal 500 grandstands twice
1st July 2016 - Supercars to continue racing on the Gold Coast and in Townsville
25th March 2016 - V8 Supercars continue to drive Tasmanian tourism
3rd March 2015 - Huge attendance of 285,000 at 2015 Clipsal 500 Adelaide
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