Teams roll into Newcastle today ahead of the final event of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, the Coates Hire Newcastle 500.
Shell V-Power Ford’s Scott McLaughlin has wrapped up the drivers championship and on Sunday will be crowned the first back-to-back Supercars Champion since Jamie Whincup won four years in a row between 2011-2014.
McLaughlin and Whincup will put their individual success aside and will be at war on the streets of Newcastle this weekend, with the coveted Teams title still up for grabs and only the Shell Ford and Red Bull Holden outfits left in the running.
2017 victors Shell Ford lead their Holden rivals by 116 points with a total of 576 still up for grabs. Along with being the reigning champions, Red Bull Holden has won eight of the last nine Teams Championships.
Today Whincup and teammate Shane van Gisbergen will be joined by Newcastle 500 race winner Dave Reynolds and his Penrite Racing teammate Anton De Pasquale, along with Holden’s Nick Percat and Todd Hazelwood at Newcastle airport, to get official proceedings off to a flying start alongside an RAAF Hornet.
There will be a number of milestones and farewells this weekend
- Mark Winterbottom will celebrate his 500th career Supercars race, just the 7th driver in history to reach that mark.
- Supercars Hall of Fame inductee Garry Rogers and his GRM team will farewell the category after 56 years.
- Kelly Racing will farewell the Nissan Altimas, before moving to Mustangs in 2020.
- Simona De Silvestro will farewell fans, stepping down from full-time Supercars driving in 2020.
- James Courtney and Scott Pye will farewell the Walkinshaw Andretti United team after nine and three years respectively with WAUR. Both will return to Supercars with different teams in 2020.
There will be a 250km race on Saturday afternoon and a second 250km race on Sunday afternoon before McLaughlin is crowned this year’s Champion.
Every practice, qualifying and race session of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is broadcast LIVE in high definition on Fox Sports and Kayo within Australia.
On free to air television within Australia, Network Ten will show Sunday’s race LIVE. Check local guide for details.
Supercars Trackside featuring all the latest news and views from the Supercars Paddock will air on Sunday from 4:50pm – 5:50pm AEST on Fox Sports 506 HD and Kayo.
Within New Zealand SKY SPORTS covers the championship live in HD. Outside of Australia and New Zealand you can follow the action with the SuperView live streaming product. For the full TV Schedule for each state, head to supercars.com/tv-schedule.