NT welcomes first major event with Darwin Supercars set for August

Darwin Supercars will be the first major event to be held in the NT since the COVID-19 lockdown.

More than 4500 fans are expected to attend each day of the two-day event on August 8-9.

NT Major Events Company chief executive Tim Watsford said the event will give a much needed boost to the local economy even if it was a scaled down version of previous years.

“We usually have up to 30,000 to 40,000 people through here over the weekend, so there’s a significant reduction in the number of people who are allowed in,” Watsford said.

“We’re happy to open the gates and try and make sure as many people from interstate come as we can.”

The organisers have been working for about six weeks to ensure Covid-19 safe procedures are in place including a ban on spectators into the pit lane.

“Potentially, coronavirus is a rapidly moving piece, at this moment in time we’re confident our plans with health coupled with what government has put in place around securing the Territory is why we are where we are today putting tickets on sale,” Watsford said.

“But in saying that if there is an outbreak or something along those lines we will monitor the situation closely.”

Tourism Minister Lauren Moss said it will be the first Supercars event that goes ahead with spectators.