The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship has found a new home for its season finale, in New South Wales’ second biggest town in Newcastle. And the new street circuit along the coastline promises to be one of the most spectacular events on the Supercars schedule, as we preview in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #101.
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The move from Sydney to Newcastle has the backing of Destination NSW, the lead government agency for the New South Wales tourism and major events sectors, switching from the ambivalent capital to the second biggest town in New South Wales with the aim of driving significant visitation and economic benefit to the communities of Newcastle and the Hunter.
The new street circuit takes in Nobbys Beach, Fort Scratchley and the Harbour Foreshore, racing into the city centre and then a purpose-built parklands section similar to the Adelaide and Townsville street circuits.
Supercars has projected that the Newcastle 500 will inject around $57 million into region over five years, though the use of Newcastle landmarks has raised the ire of some of the local community.
Supercars worked closely with the Newcastle City Council on the layout and to minimise disruptions, with Mark Skaife leading the track design and Supercars drivers providing their input in the initial design stages.
Newcastle takes some of the traits of the other street circuits on the Supercars schedule: it races into the city centre and a purpose-built parklands section like in Adelaide; it sits right on the waterfront for a spectacular backdrop like Surfers Paradise; and the final sector and hairpin mirrors the one in Townsville. But, unlike those circuits, there is a significant amount of undulation around the circuit.
Issue #101’s Newcastle 500 event preview includes a feature on the region, circuit map and travel guide.
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