Motorsport: New Zealand Supercars round confirmed for 2021, venue to be determined

The Australian Supercars championship will return to New Zealand next year, scheduled for November 6-7, although a venue hasn't been confirmed. 

Supercars officials have released a draft 2021 Championship calendar, which would see 12 events between February and December, with Bathurst hosting the season-opener - one of two events to be staged at Mount Panorama. 

The New Zealand leg of the series has been listed as the season’s penultimate event, with Pukekohe and Hampton Downs both contenders to host the round.

New Zealand hosted no races in 2020, due to strict coronavirus travel restrictions. 

The event was due to take place over ANZAC weekend at Pukekohe Park Raceway, but was then moved to Hampton Downs, due to an issue with Auckland Council's unitary plan, which bans motorsport events on the public holiday.

"We are still working with all government partners on fan limits for each event, but we are confident of strong crowd numbers across Australia and New Zealand, in line with the current loosening of COVID-19 restrictions," says Supercars chief executive Sean Seamer. 

"It is important to us to ensure the 2021 calendar features as much certainty for fans as we can provide, given the current COVID-19 restrictions in each state and territory."

Along with New Zealand, racing will also return to Perth, Tasmania and Victoria, after COVID-19 restrictions forced changes to the 2020 calendar.

Two popular venues missing from the calendar are Sandown and Newcastle. 

The Bathurst 1000, scheduled for October 7-10, is the only two-driver endurance race in 2021.

The championship will conclude in early December on the streets of Surfers Paradise.

The trophy will feature a new champion in 2021, after three-time winner Scott McLaughlin departed Supercars to race on the US IndyCar circuit. 

Supercars Championship 2021 schedule 

February 26-28 - Mount Panorama 500, Bathurst 

March 18-21 - Melbourne, Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix  

April 10-11 - Tasmania SuperSprint, Symmons Plains 

May 8-9 - OTR SuperSprint, Tailem Bend 

May 29-30 - Winton SuperSprint, Winton 

June 19-20 - Darwin Triple Crown, Hidden Valley

July 9-11 - NTI Townsville, Reid Park 

August 20-22 - Sydney SuperNight, Sydney Motorsport Park 

September 11-12 - Perth SuperNight, Wanneroo Raceway

October 7 -10 - Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama 

November 6-7 - Auckland SuperSprint  

December 3-5 - Gold Coast Street Circuit, Surfers Paradise