Supercars stall Asia expansion until 2019

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Supercars have elected to delay their possible expansion of the series calendar into Asia until 2019, with the category set to stay on home turf in Australia and New Zealand for next year.

This comes after Supercars CEO James Warburton travelled to Singapore Grand Prix last weekend to initiate talks and meet with Formula One management as well as Asian event promoters.

Supercars have been hopeful of securing a race in 2018, and two for 2019, but the expansion has been officially pushed back for another year.

Warburton did however enhance ties with Formula One management to become an official support category, with a possible appearance of Supercars at the Singapore Grand Prix night race in the future.

“It was a very positive weekend,” Warburton told Supercars.com.

“Wherever you are in the globe people have an enormous amount of respect for Supercars. People know and love the product.

“We had a great set of meetings, particularly catching up with Sean Bratches (MD of commercial operations) and the Formula 1 team, as well as a series of promoters.

“As always it will come down to the economics, but we also had positive meetings with the Singapore Tourism Board.

“We’re working towards opportunities for 2019. Time will tell, but there’s a lot of desire to make it work.

“I’ve got no doubt that joining established events is absolutely the right model for us to pursue.”

Supercars is aiming to reveal their 2018 calendar next month, with the proposed unveiling at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Next year’s schedule is likely to expand to 16 events, with the currently under construction; South Australian Bend Motorsport Park, rumoured to host a round in August.

New deals with other venues are also forming shape, Supercars are hoping to secure a new agreement with the ITM Auckland Super Sprint at Pukekohe Raceway, with the New Zealand circuit in it’s last year of contract; expiring at the end of 2017.