Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia will expand its television reach in 2019 with the series’ return to Far North Queensland.
Carrera Cup has added the Townsville 400 to its 2019 race schedule; the addition will be the championship’s sixth visit to the Reid Park venue and its first Townsville round since 2015.
Townsville’s inclusion adds a fifth round to the series which will feature live on free-to-air television, joining other high-profile free-to-air events Adelaide 500, Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 500. The Townsville addition replaces the out-going Sydney SuperNight, which is not part of the 2019 Supercars Championship calendar.
The 2019 season will be the first time Carrera Cup will visit Supercars’ two northern-most events in one year, Townsville and Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway, and once again race at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and The Bend Motorsport Park.
“The 2018 Carrera Cup season has been a tremendous success for the category, with an average of 24 cars delivering some sensational racing on track. The addition of the newest generation 911 GT3 Cup car has been well received by our customers and has added to the spectacle through exciting and close racing,” said Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager Troy Bundy.
“Following a thrilling 2018 season, the 2019 championship has all the indications of being as strong, if not stronger, than this season; aided by many of the current drivers continuing on next season along with a range of new Pro and TAG Heuer Pro-Am competitors joining the series. We have also added six new cars to the market, which we hope to see on track from the start of the 2019 season.
“The addition of the Townsville round will also have additional benefit to our team, drivers and series partners who will have five 2019 rounds broadcast on free-to-air television. We will also continue the popular Endurance Cup as it continues to increase in significance and prestige year on year.”
The 2019 event formats and details on the 2019 Endurance Cup will be announced at a later date.
2019 Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia Calendar
Round 1 – Adelaide 500, February 28-March 03, 2019
Round 2 – Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, March 14-17, 2019
Round 3 – Phillip Island 500, April 12-14, 2019
Round 4 – Darwin Triple Crown, June 14-16, 2019
Round 5 – Townsville 400, July 05-07, 2019
Round 6 – The Bend SuperSprint, August 23-25, 2019
Round 7 – Bathurst 1000, October 10-13, 2019
Round 8 – Gold Coast 500, October 25-27, 2019