Newcastle 500

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New South Wales Newcastle 500
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Race Information
Venue Newcastle Street Circuit
Number of times held 2
First held 2017
Race Format
Race 1
Laps 95
Distance 250 km
Race 2
Laps 95
Distance 250 km
Last Event (2018)
Overall Winner
Australia David Reynolds Erebus Motorsport
Race Winners
New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske
Australia David Reynolds Erebus Motorsport

The Newcastle 500 (known for sponsorship reasons as the Coates Hire Newcastle 500) is an annual motor racing event for Supercars, held at the Newcastle Street Circuit in Newcastle, New South Wales since 2017.

Format[edit]

The event is staged over a three-day weekend, from Friday to Sunday. Two forty-minute practice sessions are held on Friday. Saturday features a twenty-minute qualifying session which decides the grid positions for the following 250 kilometre race. A twenty-minute qualifying session is held on Sunday, succeeded by a top ten shootout, the combined results of which decide the grid for the following 250 km race.[1]

History[edit]

From 2009 until 2016, the final event on the Supercars calendar was the Sydney 500 at the Sydney Olympic Park Street Circuit. Following the demise of the event, Supercars opened discussions with Destination NSW for a replacement event in the state.[2] Initial plans for a race at Gosford on the state's Central Coast fell through after several months of negotiations, leaving Newcastle as the leading alternative.[3] In September 2016, Newcastle's place as the final event of the 2017 season was confirmed in an announcement made by Supercars CEO James Warburton and Premier Mike Baird.[4] In December 2016, the track layout and a November 2017 date for the inaugural event were confirmed.[5]

The first two events in 2017 and 2018 both saw close championship deciders involving Scott McLaughlin. The inaugural event culminated in the 2017 championship being decided in the final minutes of the Sunday race with McLaughlin requiring an 11th-place finish to win the championship over Jamie Whincup. McLaughlin was running in 11th on the penultimate lap before an incident with Craig Lowndes that led to McLaughlin being given a time penalty for the contact, which awarded a record seventh championship to Whincup.[6]

McLaughlin again entered the 2018 event in championship contention, this time against Whincup's team-mate Shane van Gisbergen. In the Saturday race, van Gisbergen overtook McLaughlin on the final lap as McLaughlin ran low on fuel. Van Gisbergen was then given a post-race penalty for a pitlane infringement which pushed him to fifth in the final results.[7] McLaughlin then finished second in the Sunday race to secure his first championship title, only conceding the race lead in the late stages to David Reynolds.[8] The result meant that the Ford Falcon won the championship in its final scheduled championship entry and the event was also the final drive of Craig Lowndes' full-time career.

Winners[edit]

David Reynolds scored the most points in the 2017 and 2018 events.
Year Event Title Race Driver Team Car
2017 Coates Hire Newcastle 500 1 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon
2 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore
2018 Coates Hire Newcastle 500 1 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon
2 Australia David Reynolds Erebus Motorsport Holden ZB Commodore

Multiple winners[edit]

By driver[edit]

Race Wins Driver
2 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin

By team[edit]

Race Wins Team
2 DJR Team Penske

By manufacturer[edit]

Race Wins Manufacturer
2 Holden
Ford

Criticism[edit]

Before the first running of the event, many East End residents raised concerns about the implications of the event's running in this area of the city. Up to 140 residents staged a protest resulting in clashes against Supercars fans, among concerns about noise restrictions and lack of access during the race weekend.[9] During the inaugural race weekend, NSW Police were called to a trackside unit following reports that a support category was egged.[10]

Concerts[edit]

The Newcastle 500 event and circuit precinct has and will play host to various music acts as part of the "Rock and Race" format. In 2017 the concerts were held in Foreshore Park within the confines of the circuit, while from 2018 onwards concerts have been scheduled to be held at Newcastle Number 1 Sports Ground, 3.5km away.[11] Bands and band tours to have been conducted in tandem with the event include:

Event sponsors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Supercars Operations Manual 2018 - Division "A" - Administration Rules" (PDF). Supercars. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Axe falls on Sydney Olympic Park street race". Speedcafe. 22 March 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Gosford withdraws from Supercars race". Speedcafe. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Supercars to race in Newcastle". Supercars Championship. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Date and layout locked in for Newcastle Supercars race". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  6. ^ Howard, Tom (26 November 2017). "Whincup secures title after McLaughlin cops late penalty". Speedcafe. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  7. ^ Howard, Tom (25 November 2018). "Stewards issue time penalty to SVG, McLaughlin wins Race 30". Speedcafe. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  8. ^ Herrero, Daniel (25 November 2018). "McLaughlin wins title after handing Race 31 to Reynolds". Speedcafe. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Newcastle V8 Supercar race draws protests in East End". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Newcastle 500: police responding to reports eggs thrown at cars on Parnell Place". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  11. ^ a b https://www.speedcafe.com/2018/10/31/kiss-to-play-at-2019-newcastle-500/
  12. ^ https://www.hit.com.au/news/newcastle/your-ultimate-most-comprehensive-guide-to-the-newcastle-500?station=newcastle
  13. ^ https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5683048/supercars-locks-in-simple-minds-to-play-newcastle-500-concert/