The Coates Hire Newcastle 500 is back to crown the next Virgin Australia Supercars champion. Here is everything you need to know.
The race is set on the streets of Newcastle over three days from Friday, November 23, to Sunday, November 25.
The race takes place in the suburb of Newcastle East, in the heart of the city.
How do I get there?
Public transport is the recommended way to navigate the city during Supercars weekend. You can plan your trip here.
Valid pre-purchased event tickets (single day or package types) include travel to and from Newcastle on public transport.
There are also park and ride locations, more details here.
When do gates open?
Friday, 23 November - 8am
Saturday, 24 November - 8:15am
Sunday, 25 November - 7:30am
Download a map
Don’t get lost inside the Supercars precinct. There is plenty to see. Download a map.
What is the race schedule?
Get the rundown of what to watch and when, here.
What does the track look like?
Watching two-tonne racing cars screaming around the streets of Newcastle was a thrilling spectacle for diehards and once-a-year fans alike. Check out this lap:
What about the concert?
Simple Minds, one of the world’s premier stadium rock acts in the 1980s, will return to the Hunter to headline the Newcastle Supercars concert.
The Scottish band, who played well reviewed concerts at Bimbadgen Estatein the vineyards early last year and in 2012, will perform at No.1 Sportsground on the night of Saturday, November 24.
Perth band Birds of Tokyo will be the support act.
Can I still get tickets?
Leading into the event there were still some trackside tickets available at the time this guide was published. Check this link for more details.
Can I watch it on TV?
The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship: Newcastle 500 will be broadcast on Fox Sports.
Network Ten will also broadcast some of the live coverage of the 2018 championship including highlights programs and all other Supercars rounds will run on ONE, TEN and TEN HD on Saturdays and Sundays.
Visit theherald.com.au for all the action on and off the track.
What do I do while I am in Newcastle?
OK, we’re biased, but that doesn’t mean Newcastle isn’t the greatest place on earth! If you are new to town, there is so much to see.
Newcastle is home to everyone, from artists to athletes, lifesavers to life-long couples – and that’s just the people. If you are chasing something to see and do while in town for the Supercars, adventure is on our doorstep.
What to do: