Formula One this weekend opened its 2021 season in an unusual venue: Bahrain’s Sakhir, far from its regular Albert Park venue in Melbourne.
But when Daniel Ricciardo and the F1 beasts return to Melbourne for a scheduled November stop, the Australian Supercars Championship is also hoping to get in on the action.
Supercars had been set to host its second round of the 2021 season at Albert Park in tandem with F1’s traditional season-opener, but cancelled those plans when F1 postponed the Melbourne event to later in the year.
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But Supercars is in discussions with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) over joining the F1 event, pencilled in on November 18-21.
Supercars chief operating officer Shane Howard told Speedcafe.com:
“We’re in discussions with the AGPC in regard to the opportunities in November.
“We always like to support that event where we can. I think it’s a great event and we’ve got a great relationship with those guys.
“It’s always good to be on a Formula 1 event as the lead support. So we’re in dialogue with AGPC.”
The Albert Park track is currently under renovation, which Howard says could make the racing even more exciting.
The Turns 9-10 chicane is being converted into a long bend, while other turns are being widened.
“I have had a bit of a look at it,” Howard said.
“I think through what they’re addressing there, it could be really good.
“We would love to be back on supporting the Formula 1 at the Grand Prix in November, and hopefully we get the opportunity to work that out.”
Supercars organisers conveniently left a lengthy gap between current penultimate race Auckland SuperSprint (November 6-7) and the season-ending Gold Coast 500 (December 3-5).