A change to the calendar for the 2023/24 season of the Australian V8 Superboats Championship has seen the welcome addition of Round Mountain Raceway on the north coast of New South Wales – arguably one of the most popular venues on the circuit – after negotiations with the new committee saw agreement to take on the November date originally scheduled for Temora, whilst the original date for the Keith round in October has been changed to a week later.
“This is great news for the sport as Cabarita plays an important role in the Australian Championships,” Australian Formula Jet Sprint Association spokesman Justin Roylance admitted.
“Unfortunately when we released the original calendar we hadn’t been able to come to an agreement with the committee, but over the last couple of months we’ve been able to find some common ground and we’re more than pleased to be heading back there in November.”
Additionally, the Keith date – which originally saw a clash of dates with the annual Bathurst 1000 – has changed by a week, the original date having centred around the annual Keith Show which has since moved to the March date that will now close out the six round season, that recent change providing some flexibility that wasn’t available to the Keith committee at the release of the original calendar.
“Ideally we would have loved a seven round season, but potential weather challenges late in the year mixed in with school holidays and commitments for farmers in regional areas forced us to take a mid-season break across the end of this calendar year and into early 2024, but we also have to be mindful of a condensed 2024/25 program to avoid a potential clash with the forthcoming 2025 UIM World Championships, details of which we expect to see released soon,” Roylance explained.
Whilst there may just be three months left until the start of the new season, teams are working feverishly behind the scenes to prepare, a new agreement with Channel 7 only adding to the excitement as this fantastic sport gains profile around the world.
And for those missing their V8 Superboats fix, a 2022 season highlight will air on 7mate this Saturday (June 10) from 2:00pm AEST (check guides), whilst all seven rounds are available to watch ‘On Demand’ on 7plus (search V8 Superboats).
2023/24 Australian V8 Superboats Championship presented by Penrite – calendar
Rnd#1 – Temora, NSW – 09 September, 2023 (Colin Parish Memorial)
Rnd#2 – Keith, SA – 14 October, 2023
Rnd#3 – Cabarita, NSW – 05 November, 2023
Rnd#4 – Temora, NSW – 03 February, 2024
Rnd#5 – Griffith, NSW – 24 February, 2024
Rnd#6 – Keith, SA – 23 March, 2024