Supercars team staff leave new Brisbane hot spot

Personnel from various Supercars teams, including series leader Scott McLaughlin, have fled Brisbane following the recent hot spot declaration from the Northern Territory.

Supercars team staff leave new Brisbane hot spot

The Aussie series has been hit with a significant complication just a week out from the first leg of its Darwin double-header, with Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich in Queensland all considered COVID-19 hot spots by the Northern Territory government as of 12:01am today.

That means anybody who has been in those areas in the last 14 days is now required to observe another 14 days of quarantine upon entering the NT.

Nine of the 10 Supercars teams are currently in south east Queensland preparing to head to the Territory, with Monday marking the 14-day mark since leaving the Sydney hot spot.

While the majority are based around the Gold Coast and therefore aren't directly affected by the new directive, there are some key exceptions.

A number of staff from the three teams permanently based in Queensland have staff living in affected areas, the most notable being series points leader McLaughlin who lives in Brisbane.

Motorsport.com understands teams were asked to move staff out of hot spot areas as soon as possible, as it continues to discuss the matter with health officials in the Northern Territory.

Should the Darwin double-header need to be postponed, one logical option is to bring on again, off again plans for a double-header at Queensland Raceway forward.

That would require the Ipswich venue installing the additional safety measures Supercars uses for temporary approval from Motorsport Australia, as the track isn't permanently licensed by the primary governing body.

A Motorsport Australia spokesperson told Motorsport.com last week that, despite some key staff including Supercars race director Tim Schenken being stuck in locked down Melbourne, getting the necessary approvals for QR would unlikely pose a problem.

“Alterations will need to be made in order for the track licence to be valid," said the spokesperson.

“As per previous years, the circuit safety installations will need to comply with the FIA circuit licence requirements."

shares
comments
Davison joins Network 10 for Supercars TV coverage

Previous article

Davison joins Network 10 for Supercars TV coverage

Next article

Supercars Darwin travel pushed back to Tuesday

Supercars Darwin travel pushed back to Tuesday
Load comments
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Prime

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 29, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year Prime

How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year

David Reynolds inked what was effectively a lifetime deal with Erebus in 2019 – only to walk out a year later. What went wrong?

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020
Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester" Prime

Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester"

Scott McLaughlin has been a controversial figure in Supercars over the past few years but, as he heads off to a fresh challenge in IndyCar, the Australian tin-top series needs to find someone else to fill his drama-filled boots as the category enters a new era...

Supercars
Nov 3, 2020
Why 2020 isn't McLaughlin's greatest title Prime

Why 2020 isn't McLaughlin's greatest title

Scott McLaughlin was quick to describe his third Supercars title as his best yet. But even though it didn't match the dramatic backstory of his 2018 triumph, there's a good reason for him wanting to control the narrative this time around.

Supercars
Oct 2, 2020
Why a Bathurst finale is risky business for Supercars Prime

Why a Bathurst finale is risky business for Supercars

The Bathurst Grand Final may provide Supercars its greatest spectacle yet – but there's a risk it will force the series to face a hard truth.

Supercars
Sep 4, 2020