Australia’s strict COVID-19 protocols, including a number of hard border closures between states, has played havoc with the category’s plans this year, an initial revised calendar changing multiple times since first being revealed back in May.
That’s included the extraordinary border run that Victorian teams undertook back in July, with drivers and staff set to have racked up 15 weeks on the road by the time they get home next month.
In a bid to avoid similar on-the-run changes next year, Supercars is taking a conservative approach to its ongoing calendar planning.
“The key to us is going to be being conservative around the start date, conservative around when we do street races and being conservative about getting to New Zealand so that if we are forced to make changes, they’re minimal because we have been conservative and taken a slightly longer form view,” explained Supercars CEO Sean Seamer.
“But, like everybody, we’re pretty encouraged with how things are looking in Australia and also in New Zealand at the moment, so actually we’re really looking forward to next year.”
A late-February start to the season is expected, with the likeliest outcome that a single-driver event at Mount Panorama will effectively replace the Bathurst 12 Hour.