TCR Australia promoter ARG has confirmed its revised calendar for the 2020 season, which sees the season reduced to six events and with Baskerville joining the calendar whilst The Bend, Winton and Morgan Park are now absent.
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the season had been put on hold prior to the first event, forcing the rescheduling of numerous events and a reshuffle of the calendar.
Gone are the events at Winton Motor Raceway, The Bend Motorsport Park and Morgan Park raceway, originally due to take place in May, June and July respectively.
The season will still get underway at Sydney Motorsport Park, but now on the revised date of 15 – 16 August 2020.
Then the series moves to Sandown in September, Phillip Island in October, and Bathurst, which will host the inaugural Bathurst International, in November.
Due to the rescheduling, the season will now conclude in early 2021, with new events at Symmons Plains on 24 – 26 January followed by the season finale at Baskerville Raceway one week later.
Baskerville, in Tasmania, has not previously hosted TCR Australia before, with the arrival of the series marking the first time top-level touring cars have visited since 1984.
With the preceding event at Symmons Plains it marks the first time in over 40 years that national motorsport has featured on consecutive weekends in the state.
“It’s been an unprecedented crisis and its effect on motorsport all around the world has been huge,” said ARG CEO Matt Braid.
“Through it all, we are really pleased that we are able to confirm a condensed, dynamic racing schedule combining fresh new events along with racing at some of Australia’s best circuits, all to be delivered into every Australian home via our broadcast partner, the Seven Network.
“We are very pleased that Garry Rogers, with his extensive network and business relationships in Tasmania, has been instrumental in leading negotiations with local representatives to secure two new back-to-back events in Tasmania.
“This is a significant opportunity for ARG and our teams, drivers and sponsors. The roar of world class V8 powered open wheeler racing coupled with TCR and Trans Am all debuting in Tasmania at Symmons Plains and Baskerville will be a fantastic spectacle.
“We’d like to thank our categories and their teams, drivers and sponsors for their support during this trying period.
“I am sure it’s been both challenging and frustrating at times but I think from this has evolved a truly outstanding calendar and suite of events for 2020.”
2020/21 Revised TCR Australia Calendar
August 15-16, Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW
September 12-13, Sandown, Vic
October TBA , Phillip Island, Vic
November 12-15, Bathurst, NSW
January 24-26, Symmons Plains, Tas
January 30-31, Baskerville, Tas