The inaugural Australian Stadium Super Trucks season in 2020 was limited to just three races in one weekend due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For 2021, the series will aim for a seven-round slate, all in support of the Repco Supercars Championship. Speaking with Speedcafe.com, series manager Nathan Cayzer outlined the trucks’ 2021 schedule beginning on 10/11 April at Symmons Plains Raceway and ending on 4/5 December at Surfers Paradise Street Circuit.
The Australian counterpart of the Stadium Super Trucks, the series was introduced during the 2019 season finale at Surfers Paradise; it was SST’s first race weekend in Australia since Motorsport Australia lifted their year-long ban. The 2020 season initially had eight races, including three combination races with the American side, but COVID-19 resulted in the schedule being wiped out entirely after the opening Adelaide 500. Adelaide was removed from the 2021 Supercars calendar due to financial troubles stemming from the pandemic.
All seven dates mentioned by Cayzer were on the original 2020 schedule.
Symmons Plains Raceway will host the trucks’ 2021 kickoff as part of the Supercars’ Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint weekend. It will be the first time that the series raced at the 2.41-km Launceston-based circuit.
The Merlin Darwin Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway on 19/20 June was confirmed in November. 2.87-km Hidden Valley Raceway welcomed the trucks in 2017, where that year’s eventual champion Paul Morris and two-time champ Matt Brabham won the three races. During the trucks’ 2020 Adelaide weekend, newcomer Shae Davies raced and won a round in a livery promoting the Triple Crown.
After a month off, the trucks head to the 2.85-km Reid Park Street Circuit in Townsville, Queensland, for the NTI Townsville 500 on 10/11 July. SST’s lone weekend in the city of Townsville was in 2016, where Sheldon Creed, Robby Gordon, and E.J. Viso won.
On 21/22 August will be the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight at Sydney Motorsport Park. When Motorsport Australia (then known as the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport) banned SST from participating at their sanctioned race weekends with the Supercars, the trucks’ final Ausralian race in 2018 took place at Sydney alongside the Australian Motor Racing Series. Brabham and Gavin Harlien won during the inaugural SST weekend there.
Another SuperNight support round follows with the Bunnings Trade Perth SuperNight on 11/12 September. Wanneroo Raceway was on the SST schedules in 2017 and 2018; Creed and Gordon won the 2017 races, while Harlien and Arie Luyendyk Jr. did the following year. The latter weekend was also the catalyst for Motorsport Australia’s ban following a wreck involving a loose wheel.
The trucks will finally visit New Zealand for the first time on 6/7 November for the ITM Auckland SuperSprint. A track for the weekend has not been announced. Pukekohe Park Raceway traditionally served as the venue but opted out in 2020 due to city legislation banning racing on certain dates like Anzac Day (25 April), resulting in the race being moved to Hampton Downs Motorsport Park before the pandemic forced its cancellation. With the SuperSprint taking place in November, it is now feasible for Pukekohe to return as a host.
The 2021 season will end alongside the Supercars with the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 at Surfers Paradise on 4/5 December. The 2.98-km street circuit was one of the original SST Australian tracks in 2015 and held truck races from 2015 to 2016 before being their return site in 2019.
“To still have the support of Supercars and to have the support of the community that they want us to come back, it’s exciting to be happening,” Cayzer told Speedcafe.com. “We’ve obviously been really fortunate that we’ve got some good partners that have continued to support us through the tough times and we’re just looking forward to getting back out on the track and returning the favour to them and getting things moving.”
Although the series was known as the Boost Mobile Super Trucks during its inaugural season, it is not immediately known if the name was retained for the 2021 season.
On the American side, the Stadium Super Trucks currently have three confirmed dates: the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on 23–25 April, the Grand Prix of Long Beach on 25/26 September, and a round at a to-be-announced Southern California venue on 13/14 November.
|1||Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint||Symmons Plains Raceway||10/11 April|
|2||Merlin Darwin Triple Crown||Hidden Valley Raceway||19/20 June|
|3||NTI Townsville 500||Reid Park Street Circuit||10/11 July|
|4||Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight||Sydney Motorsport Park||21/22 August|
|5||Bunnings Trade Perth SuperNight||Wanneroo Raceway||11/12 September|
|6||ITM Auckland SuperSprint||TBA||6/7 November|
|7||Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500||Surfers Paradise Street Circuit||4/5 December|