The Repco Supercars Championship calendar for 2024 has been released, featuring 12 championship rounds between February and November.
As announced last month, the championship will begin with the Bathurst SuperFest at the Mount Panorama Circuit. The Repco Bathurst 1000 will remain in its traditional place on the calendar and will be held on Sunday 13 October.
Events from 2023 not included on the 2024 calendar are the Newcastle 500 and OTR SuperSprint at The Bend. While The Bend will not host a Supercars round in 2024, it can be confirmed that the Repco Supercars Championship will return to the South Australian venue in 2025, where it will host an endurance round for the first time ever.
Race formats have also been confirmed for 2024, which include new-look time allotted SuperSprint races at the Perth, Darwin and Tasmanian events.
The SuperSprint events will feature two races over the weekend, both races being 60 minutes long on either day. The Melbourne SuperSprint at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix will feature four championship races and drivers will compete for the Larry Perkins Trophy.
There will be a new Super400 format for the Taupō and Sydney events. Races in New Zealand and the only night event of the year will feature 200km races on either day, with refuelling mandatory for either race of the event. Sydney will be the only night race of 2024.
The 500km format of two 250km races with refuelling and top 10 Shootouts on either day of racing will continue at the Bathurst 500, NTI Townsville 500, Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 and VAILO Adelaide 500, while traditional endurance formats for the Penrite Oil Sandown 500 and Repco Bathurst 1000 will stay in place, featuring co-drivers.
The combined Dunlop Super2 and Dunlop Super3 Series which will feature ZB Commodores racing against Car of the Future Ford Mustangs will race on the support card at the Bathurst 500, Perth SuperSprint, Townsville 500, Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Adelaide 500.
Foxtel and Kayo will broadcast every practice, qualifying, Shootout and race of the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship live and ad free. The Seven Network will broadcast six marquee events live with details to be released in due course.
Winton and Queensland Raceway will be used as testing circuits for teams for the 24 Gen3 Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros that will compete in the 2024 championship. Fans are welcome to attend all test days.
Supercars CEO Shane Howard said: “2024 is already shaping up as one of the biggest in our sport’s history. The celebrations at Sandown will be unique and pay homage to some of the greatest races ever seen in Australian motorsport.
“The Bathurst SuperFest will give fans close to two weeks to celebrate some of the best drivers in the world, taking on Mount Panorama. We thank the NSW Government and Bathurst Regional Council for supporting our vision to bring something new to fans.
“Following discussions with management at The Bend, both parties have agreed that the best outcome is to focus on 2025, where the South Australian venue will host an endurance event for the first time.
“The circuit has produced incredible moments on track since 2018 and is well-suited for Supercars endurance racing. We’re all excited to see what happens on track when endurance racing debuts at The Bend in 2025.
“Next year we will see a new crop of drivers taking to some of the toughest circuits to race on in the world, with all states and the Northern Territory once again represented on the calendar, maintaining our national footprint.
“We cannot wait to begin a new chapter of racing in New Zealand in April. Our debut at Taupō will be one of the highlights of the year and already teams are planning their own celebrations for our trip across the Tasman.”