They’re Back

Newcastle 500 to return for Supercars season opener in March.

Newcastle hosts the season opener of the 2022 Supercars Championship series for the Newcastle 500 on 4-6 March.

The event was rescheduled from the final event of the season to the first race of the 2022 season, following a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

Supercars passing Newcastle Beach. Image: City of Newcastle.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the confirmation of the event date provides certainty to local residents and businesses.

Newcastle and the Hunter enjoy a huge racing supporter base and I’m confident they will love to attend the season opener,” Cr Nelmes said.

This… announcement… confirms that the Christmas and January holidays will be unaffected by the track set-up.

Newcastle’s beaches will remain accessible to the public during the track installation period in February through the usual road connections, and during the three-day event by following Bathers Way from King Edward Park.

The five-year agreement to host the Newcastle 500 concludes with the 2022 event, which was discussed at last night’s Ordinary Council Meeting.

City of Newcastle will undertake a full analysis of the event, including economic benefits to the region and impacts on residents.

A report will come back to the elected council to determine any extension beyond 2022.

Like with previous events access to the beach and facilities will remain open both during a shorter bump-in and during the event. Council’s expectation is that the event organisers will minimise disruptions to residents and beachgoers in the lead up to the event.

City of Newcastle CEO Jeremy Bath said talks are ongoing with Destination NSW and Supercars Australia regarding the future of the event in Newcastle.