Motorsport: Kiwi fans to miss out on Supercars for second straight year as Auckland SuperSprint cancelled

For the second year in succession, New Zealand won't host a leg of the V8 Supercars Championship, as COVID-19 continues to disrupt trans-Tasman travel.

The closure of the trans-Tasman bubble on Friday night has brought a pause to quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia, bringing with it a number of logistical headaches for sport.

As a result, the planned Auckland SuperSprint from November 6-7 at Pukekohe has had to be called off for the second straight year. The 2020 Auckland SuperSprint, scheduled to be held at Hampton Downs, was also cancelled.

"Our Kiwi fans across the ditch will be undoubtedly disappointed to see New Zealand does not feature on the revised calendar due to the trans-Tasman bubble being suspended," Supercars chief executive Sean Seamer says.

Australia's current COVID-19 outbreak has also seen the Perth leg called off alongside New Zealand, with the new season ending calendar confirmed.

"While the removal of both of these events is an unfortunate consequence of the COVID circumstances, we sincerely thank our partners for their understanding, and we can't wait to be able to get to both Western Australia and New Zealand as soon as we can in 2022.

"These are challenging times for all sporting codes, which is why we have had to remain flexible with our calendar arrangements and make significant changes where required.

"For now, our goal is to make sure we deliver some amazing racing over the rest of the 2021 championship."

The new calendar has also seen the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama rescheduled, moved back to the weekend of November 4-7.

Kiwi driver Shane van Gisbergen currently holds the lead in the 2021 Supercars championship standings, sitting 276 points ahead of teammate Jamie Whincup with five race weekends remaining.