Following the setbacks to the 2020 and 2021 seasons due to the global pandemic, the Australian Formula Jet Sprint Association have unveiled their 2022 calendar.
V8 Superboats spokesman and board-member Justin Roylance explained
Everyone understands that things are different now to what we faced in the past, but whilst there is still plenty of uncertainty ahead, we needed to establish our calendar to let venues, organisers and teams prepare for the coming year.
Having said that, we elected to make a departure from past seasons where we often competed during winter. Now we have decided to delay the start of the 2022 season until late July and run some more races during the warmer months and into early 2023.
Prior to the commencement of the 2022 season however, the 2021 Penrite Australian V8 Superboats Championship still needs to be completed with three rounds scheduled to start the new calendar year. Cabarita will host back-to-back rounds on February 26-27, before Keith hosts the season finale on 26 March. With all three Championships titles still up for grabs, there is still plenty left to play for as the season heads towards its conclusion.
As they have in the past, the Tweed Valley venue at Cabarita, Temora and Griffith in central-western New South Wales, and Keith in regional South Australia will play host to the seven scheduled rounds, with the traditional mix of daytime and twilight events.
Roylance continued by saying
Instead of cancelling the season like many other championships decided, we felt we wanted to conclude our season as quickly this year as we could before embarking on our 2022 program.
Whilst many sports lamented the lengthy break since they last competed, for V8 Superboats the sport has flourished during the forced sabbatical. The addition of global television, which has pushed a huge presence on social media, has seen the biggest numbers the sport has ever seen, despite not racing since June 2021.
We’ve always understood the value of media exposure, however the costs to establish that in the past have been prohibitive, but we worked very closely with our media team to establish what has proven to be invaluable support, not just in Australia – through Fox Sports – but around the world.
With the television distribution spanning almost every country in the world, with commentary translated into multiple languages (including German, French, Spanish, Mandarin and more), the online presence of the Penrite Series has grown to see as many as five million people per month following the sport on Facebook alone, delivering naming rights sponsor Penrite significant branding opportunities all over the world.
Roylance concluded by saying
Obviously, we are grateful for the ongoing support of Penrite Oil, an iconic Australian brand who have seen the benefit of what V8 Superboats brings to the table. To the many people behind the scenes who have made all this possible we thank you, it all lays the foundations for what promises to be another incredible season of action.
2021 Penrite Australian V8 Superboats Championship
Round 4 – Tweed Coast, NSW – 26 February 2022
Round 5 – Tweed Coast, NSW – 27 February 2022
Round 6 [FINAL] – Keith, SA – 26 March 2022
2022 Penrite Australian V8 Superboats Championship
Round 1 – Tweed Coast, NSW – 23-24 July 2022
Round 2 – Tweed Coast, NSW – 27-28 August 2022
Round 3 – Keith, SA – 8 October 2022
Round 4 – Temora, NSW – 5 November 2022 (Colin Parish Memorial)
Round 5 – Temora, NSW – 3 December 2022
Round 6 – Griffith, NSW – 11 February 2023
Round 7 [FINAL[ – Keith, SA – 25 March 2023