- Gold Coast 500 event was set to run as 2021 season finale
- Philip Island round was brought in to replace cancelled MotoGP race
The Australian Supercars championship has announced cancellations of its races at Gold Coast and Philip Island due to the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The Gold Coast 500 event was set to run as the finale to the 2021 season but will no longer appear on the revised calendar.
According to Motorsport.com, a six-day Bathurst event, combining the Bathurst 1000 and the Bathurst International, is mooted to take its place.
As Australia faces numerous lockdowns amid a Covid-19 spike, Supercars has had to adjust its calendar multiple times, with many races cancelled.
Events in Albert Park, Melbourne and Adelaide were postponed indefinitely or cancelled due to Australia's strict border controls between states and territories, whilst races in Winton and Victoria are under threat.
Now, the series has announced that the Philip Island round, brought in as a replacement to the cancelled MotoGP race there, has also been cancelled.
The race was set to form part of a three-day event, called the Bass Coast Festival of Motorsport, from 22nd to 24th October. As a result of the pandemic, the festival has been cancelled.
"Due to ongoing challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Bass Coast Festival of Motorsport has been cancelled," said Andrew Westacott, chief executive of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC).
"AGPC would like to thank the Victorian government, Supercars, Australian Superbike Championship, Porsche Carrera Cup, the Bass Coast Shire Council and associated tourism and business groups for their support during the event creation and planning phases in recent weeks.
"Our appreciation also extends to Motorsport Australia, Motorcycling Australia and the legion of motorsport fans who provided their support for this new event concept."