Supercars Returns To Phillip Island After MotoGP Cancellation
upercars has announced it will hold a two-day, three-race event at Phillip Island on 23-24 October, the same dates of the cancelled Australian MotoGP event.
Supercars confirmed the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) will promote the event as part of the Bass Coast Festival of Motorsport at Phillip Island, which will also see the Australian Superbike Championship compete.
AGPC CEO, Andrew Westacott, said the event will be the first AGPC event run in its entirety since the Australian MotoGP in 2019, thanks to the cancellation of the 2020 Australian Formula One Grand Prix and the cancellation of both the Formula One and MotoGP events in Australia that were scheduled for 2021.
“What a bonanza to have championship rounds of Supercars leading into Bathurst and one of the final rounds of the Australian Superbike Championship,” Westacott said.
“Phillip Island has been starved of motorsport and this event will have something for everyone, bringing much-needed visitation to the Island and surrounding communities.
“I encourage all who can to come along and enjoy all that this region showcases, including some of Australia’s best natural experiences and culinary offerings,” he said.
Supercars CEO, Sean Seamer, said the Supercars event, which is sponsored by Bunnings Trade and will be named the Bunnings Trade Phillip Island SuperSprint, marks the competitions return to Phillip Island for the first time since 2019.
“We are thrilled to be able to confirm today that we will be returning, with fans, to Phillip Island in October,” Seamer said.
“Working with AGPC and the Victorian Government, the Bunnings Trade Phillip Island SuperSprint will feature something for all fans.
“The Superbikes were extremely popular in Darwin earlier this year and we’re excited to see them with us again for this event.
“We hope to see fans line the circuit in October for what promises to be two action-packed days of racing.
“We’re very pleased one of our long-standing partners, Bunnings Trade will be our naming rights partner for the new event and we’re grateful to have them on board for our trip to Phillip Island in October,” he said.