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Supercars pencils in Newcastle as 2023 opener

The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship likely to start in Newcastle on March 10 to 12.

15 July 2022

Supercars is set to open its 2023 season in Newcastle with a new four-year deal in the works.

March 10 to 12 has been pencilled in for the 2023 event, as part of an application with Heritage NSW that’s awaiting approval.

“We can confirm that Supercars has applied to stage the Newcastle 500 for the proposed dates of 10-12 March 2023 (dates subject to approvals), as the championship opening event,” said a Supercars spokesperson.

“Supercars can confirm that permission has been sought with Heritage NSW for the proposed 2023 event date, and another four years of racing in Newcastle.

“That permit would allow all key stakeholders, including Supercars, Destination NSW and City of Newcastle to discuss the future of the event beyond 2023.

“We look forward to working with our key stakeholders on securing this event for Newcastle in the future.”

Newcastle would host the first round of the Gen3 era and the racing debut of the new-look Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang in 2023.

“City of Newcastle is working with Supercars Australia on a tentative date for a final Newcastle 500 event in 2023 under the existing five-year agreement,” said a City of Newcastle spokesperson.

“This final event would be delivered under existing arrangements, the same as the successful events of 2017, 2018 and 2019.

“The future of the Newcastle 500 beyond the final race is a decision of the NSW Government in the first instance, requiring a new agreement between Destination NSW and Supercars Australia.

“Any inclusion of Newcastle as a potential host city for another five years will be subject to broad community and stakeholder consultation, to be undertaken by City of Newcastle, and a decision of the elected council.”

The Newcastle street circuit debuted in 2017 and hosted the season finale until 2019 before missing on the schedule from 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.