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Sunday, 19 November 2017 13:44

Event preview: Welcome to the Newcastle 500

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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.

Issue #101 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on issue #101.

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.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #101 to read the event preview.

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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 20-23
Melbourne 400 March 12-15
Tyrepower Tasmania Super400  April 3-5
ITM Auckland Super400 April 24-26
PIRTEK Perth SuperNight May 15-17
Truck Assist Winton Super400 June 5-7
Watpac Townsville 400 June 26-28
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown July 17-19
Sydney SuperNight August 28-30
OTR The Bend 500 September 18-20
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 8-11
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Penrite Oil Sandown Super400  November 20-22
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 December 4-6
   
   

 

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1. Scott McLaughlin
288  
2. Jamie Whincup
261 -27
3. Chaz Mostert
234 -54
4. Cameron Waters
231 -57
5. Will Davison
231 -57
6. David Reynolds
210 -78
7. Lee Holdsworth
171 -117
8. Mark Winterbottom
162 -126
9. Fabian Coulthard
162 -126
10. Rick Kelly
150 -138

Full championship standings