For the second year in a row, Townsville will host back-to-back rounds of the Repco Supercars Championship.
With this weekend’s NTI Townsville 500 already part of the original 2021 Supercars calendar, the new round was included due to the Winton Supersprint being postponed twice.
Supercars confirmed that next weekend’s WD-40 Townsville SuperSprint will feature three sprint races and will run over two days as opposed to this weekend’s three-day, two-race format.
Supercars CEO Sean Seamer was confident in the decision and was looking forward to the double-header.
“Following the success of last year’s inaugural double-header, we know two weeks of racing in Townsville allows us to maximise exposure and competition during these times,” Seamer said.
“We’d like to thank the Queensland Government and Townsville City Council for again supporting this concept which allows Supercars to race at one of our favourite circuits on back-to-back weekends.
“We’re also pleased to announce that one of our long-standing partners, WD-40 will be our naming rights partner for the new event and we’re grateful to have them back on board.
“Supercars would like to thank drivers, officials, team personnel and their families for their continued support of this year’s Repco Supercars Championship.”
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart echoed Seamer’s comments and believed the double rounds will have major financial benefits for Townsville.
“There’s only one thing better than having Supercars in Townsville and that’s a motorsport double-header across two weekends, back-to-back” Mr Stewart said.
“Having two weekends of Supercars shows the Palaszczuk Government’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan in action with $20 million for Townsville’s visitor economy.
“Not only does this announcement put North Queensland at the centre of Australia’s motorsport universe, it also supports local jobs.
“This highlights Townsville’s strength as a Supercar destination and the tremendous enthusiasm of local fans.
“It’s a vote of confidence from the drivers in our racing circuit.”