IRWIN Racing will compete in a rescheduled 2020 Supercars Championship calendar which will include 11 events to run across the country between June and February 2021.
As announced yesterday, the championship resume at Sydney Motorsport Park on June 27/28 following the season-opening round at the Superloop Adelaide 500 in February. In what was previously scheduled as the Sydney Supernight, the event will take place in a two-day TV-only daytime capacity, although negotiations over crowd restrictions will continue with local authorities.
While event formats and crowd restrictions are still to be determined, it is anticipated that most events will run to a two-day schedule. Supercars will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that all events are compliant with appropriate State, Territory and Federal regulations as they continue to be updated in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Following consultation with state governments and event stakeholders, the draft of the adjusted calendar has not included street circuit events at the Gold Coast and Newcastle, however the Bathurst 1000 retains its date as a four-day event and a 161-lap endurance race. Added to the revised calendar is a season finale again at Mount Panorama in February 2021. Points accrued from Round 1 in Adelaide and the remaining 11 events will count towards the title.
Revised 2020 Supercars Calendar
June 27/28 – Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW
July 18/19 – Truck Assist Winton, VIC
August 8/9 – BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown, NT
August 29/30 – Townsville, QLD
September 19/20 – OTR The Bend Motorsport Park, SA
October 8/11 – Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, NSW
October 31/November 1 – PIRTEK Perth – Barbagallo Raceway, WA
November 21/22 – Tyrepower Tasmania – Symmons Plains, TAS
December 12/13 – Penrite Oil Sandown, VIC
January 9/10 2021 – ITM Auckland, NZ
February 5/7 2021 – Bathurst
*All events are subject to change
Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 IRWIN Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“We’re really excited. We all wanted a date that we could come back to. That’s what we’ve been waiting for,” said Winterbottom.
“Now that there’s a date and a venue you can kind of see that it’s all coming to an end which is good. The Eseries has been a good filler but doesn’t satisfy you in the way that the real thing does.
“We’ve been counting down and now, what are we, just over a month away, it’s gonna come around pretty quick.
“Now got to get back into the groove of it and back into some routine with the team so that in five weeks time your ready to roll.
“It’s great that the sponsors have stuck by us. Obviously it’s been tough for everyone but they have all been counting down the days to go racing, like us, so it’s been exciting for them and it’s exciting for us that we can get that car back on the track.”