The iconic Bathurst 1000 will return to its traditional October date in 2022 as part of the 13-round Supercars championship that will commence in early March and conclude in mid-November.
Supercars organisers released a draft calendar on Sunday with the Newcastle Street Circuit back to host the opening event of the new year from March 4-6.
The campaign will conclude with the November 16-18 round under lights at Sydney Motorsport Park – the venue which last hosted the Supercars finale in 2004.
Returning to the schedule is the three-day event at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in April, night racing in Perth, the Gold Coast 500 and a trip across the Tasman for the Auckland SuperSprint.
Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said the proposed calendar was a win for motor racing fans after the challenges associated with COVID-19 during the past two years.
“The 2022 season will follow an unprecedented two years for Supercars in which the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in two revised calendars – a huge achievement given the nature of the sport,” Seamer said.
“It has been fantastic to welcome fans back to events this year, and we will continue to ensure this is done safely and in line with national guidelines as we welcome more fans back in 2022.”
One event pencilled in for July 30-31 has been listed as TBC as discussions continue with circuit providers on the event to be held on that date.
After their official unveiling in Bathurst this week, the Gen3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Ford Mustang GT Supercars will turn exhibition and testing laps at various events throughout next year, as teams prepare the cars to begin racing in 2023.
2022 SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR
March 4-6: Newcastle 500, Newcastle Street Circuit, NSW
Mar 26-27: Tasmania SuperSprint, Symmons Plains, TAS
Apr 7-10: Melbourne, Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, VIC
Apr 30-May 1: Perth SuperNight, Wanneroo Raceway, WA
May 21-22: Winton SuperSprint, Winton Raceway, VIC
June 18-19: Darwin Triple Crown, Hidden Valley, NT
July 8-10: Townsville 500, Reid Park, QLD
July 30-31: TBC
Aug 19-21: Sandown SuperSprint, Melbourne, VIC
Sept 10-11: Auckland SuperSprint, Pukekohe Park Raceway, NZ
Oct 6-9: Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama, NSW
Oct 28-30: Gold Coast 500, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Nov 18-20: Sydney Super600, Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW