There will be no less than seven Mobil 1 V8 Supercars rounds held in the next 11 months with both the 2021 and 2022 championships to be wrapped up.
The postponement of the 2021 Kyalami 9 Hour event, due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, resulted in the final round of the season not taking place in December. With the series opting to stay on the roster as a support category for the International GT Challenge event, this round will remain part of the 2021 championship.
SAMCAR Chairman Steve Herbst elaborates on the decision: “2021 Is probably one of the strangest years that we have faced. Our calendar was affected by no less than three pandemic-related stoppages, but unlike 2020 we were simply not going to drop rounds. We promised all stakeholders that we will have a full season and that we will be racing at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. We will not go back on our word.”
The proposed dates will also result in an entirely unprecedented scenario. The Kyalami 9 Hour is scheduled to take place on 3-5 February, a week after the Passion For Speed event which will see the 2022 season opener hosted at Zwartkops Raceway. Effectively, the new season will start a week before the previous season’s championship is concluded.
“There are various factors that resulted in our decision” says Herbst. “We generally do not exceed a six-event calendar. Also, with the rest of our calendar fairly spread out, this does not put any competitor on the backfoot for the rest of the 2022 campaign should they experience major difficulties in the season opener; something that would be the case had we consolidated everything into one season. We are also pleased to confirm that our Legends Challenge between Ben (Morgenrood), Sarel (Van der Merwe) and Larry (Wilford) will still be taking place when we get to Kyalami”
Reigning champion Mackie Adlem currently heads up the 2021 standings with Franco di Matteo and Thomas Reib still in the hunt to prevent him from taking a fifth-consecutive title.
The rest of the calendar will again be predominantly based in the northern regions and will form part of major motorsport festival events, including the season finale as part of the 2022 Kyalami 9 Hour. As in 2021, the coastal round will take place at the Killarney International Raceway outside Cape Town.
“There is a very good reason for two consecutive coastal races in Cape Town and in doing so, breaking away from our coastal venue rotation policy” says Herbst. “Unlike last year and based on current regulations, we can have spectators present at events. This provides an opportunity for the African Group Lubricants management, staff and customers to be present at the circuit for the first time since they have taken on the title partnership as the authorized distributor of Mobil lubricants in 2019. Unlike our 2021 visit, this will be in September and not at the start of the season we remain hopeful that we will be able to have even more than 2 000 spectators present at that time.”
Nicole Jooste, Marketing Manager for African Group Lubricants, is also looking forward to the 2022 season: “Both the last two years were not easy, but we have to commend the Mobil 1 V8 Supercars management team for the efforts that they have undertaken to provide us, as partners, with great marketing opportunities to back up the best racing in the country. They have truly taken initiatives to engage with their fans and our clients in circumstances that we certainly not ideal.”
The Mobil 1 V8 Supercars calendar for the season ahead:
- 2022 Round 1 – Zwartkops Raceway – 27-29 January
- 2021 Round 6 – Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit – 3-5 February
- 2022 Round 2 – Zwartkops Raceway – 22-23 April
- 2022 Round 3 – Red Star Raceway – 1-2 July
- 2022 Round 4 – Killarney International Raceway – 16-17 September
- 2022 Round 5 – Zwartkops Raceway – 14-15 October
- 2022 Round 6 – Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit – 24-26 November
Published by: Reynard Gelderblom
Picture Caption: The start of the 2021 Mobil 1 V8 Supercars championship in Cape Town
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