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Supercars and the Benalla Auto Club have today confirmed that next month’s planned staging of the Winton SuperSprint will be cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 challenges.

Benalla Auto Club CEO, Chris Lewis-Williams said he was disappointed to see the event cancelled for the second year, acknowledging the difficulty hosting events in the current pandemic environment.

“We would like to thank all our stakeholders for being so supportive of both Winton Motor Raceway and the Benalla Auto Club, in particular our campers who have stuck by us just waiting for the chance to attend Supercar racing at Winton, and we confirm we will be in touch with you to provide the refund options available.

“Thanks also goes to the Victorian Government, Minister for Sport Martin Pakula and Minister Jaclyn Symes who continue to be great supporters of Northeast Victorian Events and motorsport events at Winton in particular.

“We look forward to formalising plans for the return of the Winton Supersprint in 2022,” he said.

Supercars CEO, Sean Seamer said the cancellation was regrettable but necessary given the COVID-19 uncertainty.

“The situation is rapidly changing and has shifted considerably since we released the draft calendar changes in July.

“We regret that the COVID-19 situation has led to the cancellation of both the Winton and Phillip Island events and share our Victorian fans’ disappointment that we will not be returning to the state in 2021.

“We thank Chris and his team at Winton, Andrew and the team at the AGP Corporation, and of course the Victorian Government, for their support.

Ticket holders for the event will be issued a full refund within 21 days.