Mark Winterbottom and IRWIN Racing will continue to race while on the road, with Supercars today confirming back-to-back weekends of racing on the streets of Townsville in late August and early September..
In a first for North Queensland, the Reid Park street circuit will host a doubleheader of Supercars action. The first event as scheduled will be 29-30 August followed by a second weekend of door-to-door racing on 5-6 September.
This will follow the Darwin double-header, taking place on 15-16 and 22-23 August.
The hybrid parkland circuit on the outskirts of the Townsville CBD has proven to be a happy hunting ground for Winterbottom, with three race wins at the venue including a clean sweep of the weekend in his 2015 championship season.
Spectators will be permitted to attend both Townsville weekends, with all tickets to be pre-purchased via ticketek as no gate sales will be on offer.
In a win for fans, kids under 12 will get in free with a paying adult, with single day tickets $35 and a special price of $110 for a four-day ticket for fans who want to watch all of the action trackside.
In line with COVID-19 regulations, there will be no concerts this year. The Townsville events will feature fan-favourite merchandise stalls around the circuit, while local support categories will feature at both events.
For the first time since 2014, fans in Townsville will be able to watch three Supercars races over two days at both events.
“We’d like to thank the Queensland Government and Townsville City Council for supporting this concept which allows Supercars to race at one of our favourite circuits on back-to-back weekends,” Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said.
“Two weeks of racing in Townsville allows us to maximise exposure and competition during the key Northern leg of this year’s championship.”
“Supercars would like to thank drivers, officials, team personnel and their families for their continued support of this year’s Championship during these times.”
The 29-30 August event in Townsville will be broadcast on Foxtel and 10 HD and streamed on Kayo. The 5-6 September event will be live and ad free on Fox Sports and Kayo. Broadcast times will be released in coming days.