Supercars has announced its 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship calendar. While the season starts and ends in Adelaide, South Australia, and Newcastle, New South Wales, once again, Phillip Island in Victoria will welcome the Mustang in pre-season testing, leading four events in the state, with a night race being held in Perth, Western Australia.
“Victoria has a deep history in our sport. The majority of teams are based there, along with Tickford and Walkinshaw’s road car businesses,” said Supercars CEO Sean Seamer. “Given Ford is based there too, it’s only fitting fans get to see the Mustang Supercar at Phillip Island first.”
Supercars will then head to the Adelaide 500 before returning to Victoria for the Formula One Australian Grand Prix, again racing for points.
Winton remains in May, with the Sandown 500 moving to November as the final event of the Pirtek Enduro Cup.
In Western Australia, Perth has secured a night race for the first time, pushing the broadcast into prime time on the East Coast.
Barbagallo Raceway will be trialled under lights in 2019 with plans for it to become a permanent night racing fixture alongside Sydney Motorsport Park (SMSP) from 2020.
Sydney Motorsport Park will be back in early 2020 after a successful night racing debut in August. SMSP is in discussions with the NSW government to secure permanent lighting of the circuit, which, if successful, may lead to a long-term agreement to keep the event under lights.