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FEATURE! South Australian rounds in the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars

History is made with South Australia hosting three rounds in the one Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars season for the first time in 2020.

The Bend Motorsport Park was originally slated to host Supercars’ 500km endurance event for the first time in 2020, though it reverts to a sprint-round format for its two rounds this season.

With the Adelaide Street Circuit hosting the season opener and two rounds at The Bend Motorsport Park, South Australia will have hosted over a quarter of the 2020 Supercars season with three of the 11 rounds. The Bend Motorsport Park follows in the footsteps of Sydney Motorsport Park, Hidden Valley Raceway and Townsville Street Circuit in hosting two consecutive rounds in the interrupted season.

The Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2020, with a single-round format deciding the title between 1960 and 1968 with multiple rounds introduced from 1969.

Mallala Motor Sport Park hosted the single-race championship decider in 1963 before its inclusion in the multi-round season from 1969 to 1971, beginning an uninterrupted run of rounds in South Australia until the present day.

Adelaide International Raceway debuted on the championship schedule in place of Mallala Motor Sport Park in 1972 and continued until 1988, hosting two rounds in the same season in 1976 and 1977 when rounds of the Australian Championship of Makes were included in the Australian Touring Car Championship.

Adelaide International Raceway was a regular host of non-championship rounds between 1972 and 1983, initially a 250-mile race and then a 300km race as part of the Australian Championship of Makes and Australian Endurance Championship.

The Adelaide Grand Prix also featured non-championship races for Australian touring cars between 1985 and 1995. Click here for winners of the support races at the Adelaide Grand Prix.

Mallala Motor Sport Park replaced Adelaide International Raceway in 1989 for a decade-long run in the championship until 1998.

The Adelaide Street Circuit debuted in 1999, with the shortened version of the Adelaide Grand Prix circuit setting a new benchmark for Australian motorsport events. The circuit hosted the season opener for the first time in 2002, a position it’s held regularly since with a move to later in the season in the works in 2021.

The Bend Motorsport Park joined the Adelaide Street Circuit on the schedule in 2018, marking the first time two different South Australian circuits held a championship round in the same season.

With The Bend Motorsport Park likely to regain the 500km endurance event and the Adelaide Street Circuit tipped to move from the season opener to season-ending round, the two South Australian rounds are likely to be closer in terms of dates in 2021.

South Australian hosts of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars:

  • Mallala Motor Sport Park – 1963, 1969-1971, 1989-1998
  • Adelaide International Raceway – 1972-1988 (two in 1976 and 1977)
  • Adelaide Street Circuit – 1999-2020
  • The Bend Motorsport Park – 2018-2020 (two in 2020)

South Australian rounds/dates in the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars:

1963: Mallala Motor Sport Park (April)
1969: Mallala Motor Sport Park (June Round 3)
1970: Mallala Motor Sport Park (June Round 4)
1971: Mallala Motor Sport Park (June Round 5)
1972: Adelaide International Raceway (June Round 5)
1973: Adelaide International Raceway (June Round 6)
1974: Adelaide International Raceway (June Round 7)
1975: Adelaide International Raceway (June Round 6)
1976: Adelaide International Raceway (June Round 6, October Round 9)
1977: Adelaide International Raceway (June Round 6, October Round 9)
1978: Adelaide International Raceway (August Round 8)
1979: Adelaide International Raceway (July Round 8)
1980: Adelaide International Raceway (June Round 7)
1981: Adelaide International Raceway (May Round 6)
1982: Adelaide International Raceway (May Round 7)
1983: Adelaide International Raceway (May Round 5)
1984: Adelaide International Raceway (July Round 7)
1985: Adelaide International Raceway (April Round 5)
1986: Adelaide International Raceway (April Round 4)
1987: Adelaide International Raceway (May Round 5)
1988: Adelaide International Raceway (May Round 5)
1989: Mallala Motor Sport Park (May Round 5)
1990: Mallala Motor Sport Park (June Round 6)
1991: Mallala Motor Sport Park (June Round 7)
1992: Mallala Motor Sport Park (May Round 7)
1993: Mallala Motor Sport Park (July Round 7)
1994: Mallala Motor Sport Park (June Round 8)
1995: Mallala Motor Sport Park (July Round 8)
1996: Mallala Motor Sport Park (June Round 9)
1997: Mallala Motor Sport Park (July Round 9)
1998: Mallala Motor Sport Park (May Round 6)
1999: Adelaide Street Circuit (April Round 2)
2000: Adelaide Street Circuit (April Round 3)
2001: Adelaide Street Circuit (April Round 2)
2002: Adelaide Street Circuit (March Round 1)
2003: Adelaide Street Circuit (March Round 1)
2004: Adelaide Street Circuit (March Round 1)
2005: Adelaide Street Circuit (March Round 1)
2006: Adelaide Street Circuit (March Round 1)
2007: Adelaide Street Circuit (March Round 1)
2008: Adelaide Street Circuit (February Round 1)
2009: Adelaide Street Circuit (March Round 1)
2010: Adelaide Street Circuit (March Round 3)
2011: Adelaide Street Circuit (March Round 2)
2012: Adelaide Street Circuit (March Round 1)
2013: Adelaide Street Circuit (March Round 1)
2014: Adelaide Street Circuit (March Round 1)
2015: Adelaide Street Circuit (February/March Round 1)
2016: Adelaide Street Circuit (March Round 1)
2017: Adelaide Street Circuit (March Round 1)
2018: Adelaide Street Circuit (March Round 1), The Bend Motorsport Park (August Round 11)
2019: Adelaide Street Circuit (March Round 1), The Bend Motorsport Park (August Round 10)
2020: Adelaide Street Circuit (February Round 1), The Bend Motorsport Park (September Round 9, 10)

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