Winton to host new round in expanded 2023 SpeedSeries calendar
The SpeedSeries will expand to at least eight rounds in 2023 with regional Victoria added to the calendar.
The ever-popular Winton Motor Raceway has secured a new V8-themed round in June, headlined by Australia’s fastest V8 racers in S5000 joined by Trans Am, Touring Car Masters along with maintaining the ongoing legacy of Ford versus Holden rivalry with V8 Touring Cars.
The event is positioned perfectly for motorsport loving families able to camp over the June long weekend, with nightly entertainment provided within the track precinct focused with a true country theme.
The name of the new event and other support categories will be confirmed in due course.
The new eighth SpeedSeries at Winton might not be the only addition to the calendar, with a potential ninth round once the global calendar for the WSC TCR World Tour is finalised.
The 2023 SpeedSeries season opens with a mammoth Race Tasmania category offering with something for everyone with the opening round featuring S5000 open wheelers, Turbo touring car racing with TCR, Touring Car Masters and Trans AM all at Symmons Plains from the 24th-26th February.
Tickets for Race Tasmania on sale now >> https://m.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/race-tasmania-2023/146816
All SpeedSeries events will be broadcast live and ad-break on Stan Sport, with an expanded live free to air and highlights package on the Nine Network.
The new-look SpeedSeries calendar is listed below, which includes the new date for Sandown in September.
2023 SpeedSeries Calendar
Round 1: Race Tasmania, Symmons Plains – 24-26 February
Round 2: Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour – 7-9 April
Round 3: Victoria – TBC
Round 4: Winton Raceway – 9-11 June
Round 5: Sydney Motorsport Park – 23-25 June
Round 6: Queensland Raceway – 11-13 August
Round 7: Sandown International Raceway – 8-10 September
Round 8: Supercheap Auto Bathurst International (TCR World Tour) – 10-12 November
* Second TCR World Tour round to be announced
Chief Operating Officer, Australian Racing Group
“It is exciting for the SpeedSeries to expand up to the current eight events, the most we have ever run in a calendar year,” said Curkpatrick.
“We are thrilled to bring Winton back to the SpeedSeries calendar. We have not been there since 2019, and even in our inaugural year, Winton was very popular with the teams and fans.
“The V8-theme is perfect for Winton too. The four categories that we are bringing are fan favourites and we know there is going to be a lot of support from the fans in the rural areas for this kind of racing.
“It’s also great to firm up the 2023 SpeedSeries calendar. The only key piece left to finalise is the potential inclusion of the second global round of the WSC TCR World Tour which will be broadcast to over 53 countries, and we are working to finalise the location and timing with both WSC and local promoters.
“We can’t wait to kick the season off at Race Tasmania which is a fantastic opportunity to take the family and see the best that Tasmania has to offer in the summer and enjoy some great racing and opportunity to get up close with the cars and drivers.”
General Manager, Benalla Auto Club Group
“It’s nice to have a significant marque event to provide something for our fans to utilise the facilities, including camping, at Winton,” said Whyte.
“It’s great to partner with ARG to provide not only a motorsport event, but a festival feel over a long weekend to the event.
“The modern motorsport landscape has options for significant events, and for venues like Winton, it’s fantastic that we have the opportunities to do something that is really engaging for the fans that will allow us to provide an event where people can enjoy their motorsport.
“We’re working with ARG on a number of great ideas that will make this event more than just a race meeting. We want this to be a festival that is a must-see and do for people year after year.”
Director of Motorsport and Commercial Operations, Motorsport Australia
“With the eight confirmed SpeedSeries events, we are looking forward to a bumper year of high-quality racing for competitors and fans alike,” said Smith.
“Next year’s unified SpeedSeries includes visits to a number of great venues and adding Winton to the calendar provides another opportunity for Victorian race fans to see some of the best national series up close.”