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Symmons Plains round in doubt as Queensland Supercars teams affected by outbreak

A third lockdown in the Queensland state capital of Brisbane has put the next round of the Supercars Championship in doubt as multiple teams will be unable to travel to Tasmania after the state put up a requirement for quarantine today.

Many rounds were postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic despite Australia’s strong handling of the crisis, resulting in the first two rounds this year getting underway and everything looking set to go at Symmons Plains before today’s announcement of a three-day lockdown in Brisbane and a directive from the Tasmanian government stating anyone from the city must serve a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

With the third round of the championship just under two weeks away, it seems unlikely that the races will go ahead unless Queensland comes out of lockdown on time and proves itself to other Australian states that there is zero risk for interstate travel to resume again.

Triple Eight will be the worst affected team as they are located in the Brisbane City Council region while Dick Johnson Racing and Matt Stone Racing base themselves further south on the Gold Coast, though both teams have staff living in the Brisbane region.

The round was originally slated to run from April 10-11 with the next outing at The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia scheduled for May 8-9.