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Newcastle to return as 2022 season opener

Having dropped off the 2020 schedule as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Newcastle’s street circuit will return to the Supercars calendar but not until 2022, when it will take up the position of season opener.

The venue played host to the season finale from 2017 to 2019 and whilst not part of the calendar announced for 2021, will return the following season in a new position at the start of the campaign.

“In just three years, Newcastle has established itself as one of the most popular stops on the Supercars calendar with both fans and drivers,” City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“Newcastle and the Hunter Valley enjoy a huge racing supporter base and I’m confident they will love the promotion to the season opener, and will continue to pour into the city for the three days in massive numbers.

“For visitors keen to linger beyond the Newcastle 500, the city becomes the perfect base from which to explore the attractions of wider Hunter region such as the world-famous wineries of the Hunter Valley, located just 40 minutes away. It’s everything a Supercars fan could wish for.”