The 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship held its season launch in Sydney on Tuesday, with an impressive backdrop and plenty of hype about the year ahead.
With 14 drivers, a selection of media and fans in attendance, the countdown to the first race of the highly anticipated season is now well and truly underway.
The event, overlooking Sydney Harbour, was also the first chance the public got to see the new Team Sydney Holden Commodore, which unveiled its fresh new look, with iconic brand Coca-Cola as its major sponsor for 2020.
It’s been a busy off season for the Championship, which has seen lots of movement amongst the drivers, the introduction of two-night races, a race at Hampton Downs for the first time, a redesigned calendar featuring 14 rounds over a 42-week season and sprint rounds featuring two 200km races.
Supercars CEO Sean Seamer was eager to witness another season of competitive racing.
"We are thrilled to be able to launch our season on the Sydney in front of the magnificent backdrop of the Sydney Harbour bridge," Seamer said.
"There’s plenty of reasons to look forward to this year’s championship, with a new technical package set to improve things on track, whilst the championship moves across one of the most well-rounded calendars we’ve ever had.
“We’ll see at least three of our teams move from solo entries, to two car teams this year which is an impressive achievement and shows the growth potential among our race teams.
“We’ve upgraded our broadcast graphics and there’ll be more behind the scenes programming to make sure that even if you’re at home, you’ll have a front row seat to all the action.
"This year we celebrate 60 years of Australian touring car racing – an amazing milestone to mark what began as a single race in 1960, to now being recognised as the premiere motorsports category in Australasia.”
Fox Sports will broadcast every practice, qualifying and race of the Championship live, while Network Ten will live broadcast six rounds along with highlights of every other Championship events.
The 2020 season begins with the Superloop Adelaide 500 on 20-23 February and will conclude on 4-6 December with Coates Hire Newcastle 500.