Supercars get new venue in South Australia
A NEWLY built racetrack will join the 2018 Supercars calendar, with The Bend Motorsport Park confirmed as the sport's second event in South Australia.
Locked into the calendar for August 24-26, Supercars will use the International Circuit variant of the $110 million facility's multiple configurations, making for an 18-turn, 4.9-km lap length.
Supercars confirmed the debut race's format will follow the SuperSprint schedule, with a 120km race on the Saturday followed by a 200km finale on the Sunday.
The remainder of the 2018 Supercars calendar has yet to be announced, but The Bend's maiden event falls on the race weekend occupied in 2017 by the Sydney SuperSprint at Sydney Motorsport Park, the championship's sole round in the NSW capital.
Peregrine Corporation is the primary developer for the sport park, led by executive director Dr Sam Shahin.
"The support we have received from the South Australian government has been fantastic for both The Bend's development and for attracting major events,” Shahin said.
"The park is destined to become an iconic, world-class venue for major events.”
Along with an FIA category two certification for the circuit, meaning it can hold any four-wheel racing event except for Formula 1, The Bend will feature a 100-room hotel on pit lane overlooking the racing circuit, and caravan and camping facilities that can cater for more than 10,000 people.
Supercars Australia managing director Matt Braid said this track was completely different to the street circuit used in the Adelaide 500.
"We're confident that with its world-class design, the racing will be just as exciting and memorable for fans,” Mr Braid said.