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Newcastle Street Circuit Tweaked As Race Date Set

The revised layout for the 2017 Coates Hire Newcastle 500. The revised layout for the 2017 Coates Hire Newcastle 500.Picture: Supercars Australia
 Neil Tipton
 Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A revised layout has been revealed by Supercars Australia for its new season-ending race in Newcastle, following criticism from local residents about access when the race takes place next year on 24-26 November.

The new configuration continues to take in local landmarks such as Nobbys Beach, Fort Scratchley and the Harbour Foreshore, but now avoids Pacific Park and has an extended run along Shortland Esplanade.A render of the Newcastle Street Course, set to host the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship from 2017 onwards

The Coates Hire 500 event replaces the race at Sydney's Olympic Park, which held its final event earlier this month.

Local politicians hope the Newcastle event will drive the local economy, attracting around 81,000 visitors over the next five years and injecting AUS $57 million in expenditure.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the Newcastle City Council and Supercars are undertaking comprehensive community engagement to get the best possible outcome for residents while ensuring a fantastic circuit for racing.

"Supercars has adjusted the design of the circuit to minimise disruption while still capturing everything that is spectacular about Newcastle including its famous coastline.

"We know locals are excited about Supercars coming to Newcastle and we want to ensure this event is an outstanding success," she said.

"With the date and track now locked in we can look forward to planning the next 11 months before the Supercars take to the streets showcasing Newcastle on a global stage."

Supercars Chief Executive James Warburton said: "This is a world-class circuit that will make for exciting racing for the people of Newcastle," he said.

"We can't wait to come to Newcastle and deliver great entertainment on and off the track and showcase the city to the rest of Australia and the world."

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VIDEO:  Circuit Flyover

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