Perth to host SuperNight format in 2019
Barbagallo Raceway in Perth will host next years Supercars’ SuperNight after beating inaugural host Sydney for a spot on the calendar.
August’s Sydney SuperNight 300 returned flood-lit Supercars action to Australian soil for the first time in 21 years.
The combination of a push to reduce the schedule by one to 15 events and current contracts in place elsewhere has resulted in Sydney being absent from the new season.
Supercars CEO, Sean Seamer, does want to make clear the category will return to the Western Sydney venue in 2020.
“We’ll be back in Sydney early in 2020,” Seamer said.
“We’re working with the ARDC (Australian Racing Drivers’ Club, Sydney circuit promoters) to get there in Q1 of 2020.
“We believe they’re in discussions with the state government about that, and if they are successful we’ll look to do a long-term agreement there for a night race in Sydney.
The Perth SuperNight at Barbagallo is scheduled for May 2-4, when Western Australia is two hours ahead of the East Coast.
“The reason we wanted to go night racing in Perth was because we can deliver a better product for the people in Western Australia that come to the event, and it also moves the sport right into the prime time here on the East Coast,” he said.
“The team are working through the specific schedule there, but I think we can expect to start in twilight and race into the night.”