May 15 deadline for Townsville Supercars race

Supercars has set May 15 as a hard deadline to decide whether or not this year's Townsville street race will go ahead.

May 15 deadline for Townsville Supercars race

As it stands only the Tasmania, New Zealand and Perth rounds have formally been postponed, with the season technically set to resume with the Winton and Townsville events at either end of June.

Having already admitted that a June return is considered the "best-case scenario", particularly now Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has extended current public restrictions for another four weeks, Supercars has now established deadlines for decisions on these two events.

For Winton it's the end of this month, while for Townsville – which requires a costly and timely street circuit build – a call needs to be made by May 15.

"Our final commitment date on Townsville, which I received from our events team earlier this week, I believe is the 15th of May," Supercars CEO Sean Seamer confirmed.

"We're not getting worried about things we can't control right now. We know what our drop-dead date to make a call on it is, and we'll make a call at that time."

Townsville may not be the only street circuit under threat when the season does finally resume.

Even if restrictions are relaxed to a point that would allow big enough groups to stage TV-only races, there are serious question marks over whether events like the Gold Coast 600 and Newcastle 500 would be viable without crowds.

"That's certainly key to the conversations that we're having with our state government partners," added Seamer.

"Obviously the disruption to the city and the density of the crowds at those events make them at a higher risk.

"So the timing of those events is going to be very important, and that is central to the discussions that we are having with state governments.

"No decisions have been made at this point of time, and a lot of it will be dictated by government policy."

Supercars is looking at a range of format and schedule changes for a truncated 2020 season, including a finale as part of the 2021 Bathurst 12 Hour weekend.

shares
comments
Best of the banter – Supercars Eseries Round 2

Previous article

Best of the banter – Supercars Eseries Round 2

Next article

When Stirling Moss tackled the Bathurst 1000

When Stirling Moss tackled the Bathurst 1000
Load comments
How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star Prime

How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star

His decision to leave Brad Jones Racing was the biggest shock of the Australian Supercars silly season so far. But for Nick Percat, it comes as the culmination of a personal journey that has made him into one of the most rounded drivers in the series, now in search of a seat that can make him a champion

Supercars
Sep 17, 2021
Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8 Prime

Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8

On the face of it, picking an 18-year-old rookie to replace arguably the greatest Supercars driver of all time is a risky move. But as Jamie Whincup takes up a team principal role and hands his car to Broc Feeney, it's one that he is confident will be rewarded in the fullness of time - time which wasn't afforded to Whincup in his early days

Supercars
Sep 1, 2021
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Prime

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 29, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year Prime

How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year

David Reynolds inked what was effectively a lifetime deal with Erebus in 2019 – only to walk out a year later. What went wrong?

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020
Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester" Prime

Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester"

Scott McLaughlin has been a controversial figure in Supercars over the past few years but, as he heads off to a fresh challenge in IndyCar, the Australian tin-top series needs to find someone else to fill his drama-filled boots as the category enters a new era...

Supercars
Nov 3, 2020