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A FORMULA One no-show is set to headline a host of COVID-19-forced calendar changes with V8 boss Sean Seamer revealing Supercars could miss the Australian GP for just the second time since 1985.

Already forced to open the season with a sprint round at Bathurst following the shock cancellati­on of the Adelaide 500, Seamer offered no guarantee that Supercars would be at Albert

Park this year for Australia’s biggest internatio­nal event.

Supercars were forced to strike the Albert Park round from the V8 calendar when the FIA announced the Australian GP had been postponed until November because of coronaviru­s.

“We’re in ongoing discussion­s with the Grand Prix,” Seamer said.

“Obviously it’s a marquee event for the Australian motorsport community and on the global motorsport calendar.

“So if there’s a way for everybody to be there then we will look at it for sure. I think it’s premature, November is a long time away in this current environmen­t.”

After pulling off a minor miracle by navigating a host of national border restrictio­ns to complete last year’s championsh­ip, Seamer said the sport had been forced to incorporat­e contingenc­y plans into this year’s calendar.

“Last year we obviously went through multiple different scenarios and the learnings that we have drawn on from 2020 we have definitely carried forward into this year,” Seamer said. “We have got multiple different scenario plans and eventualit­ies in case something goes wrong.

“Obviously, we showed a lot of resilience and ingenuity to navigate 2020.

“I don’t think that we could ask our people to go through that again, which is why we have spent a lot of time looking at different plans.

“I think, from what we can see, certainly this year will be better than last year.”

Triple Eight Race Engineerin­g boss Roland Dane said the coronaviru­s had exposed a need for more permanent racetracks.

The sport was last year forced to run back-to-back rounds at Sydney

Motorsport Park in Sydney, Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin and the Reid Park Street Circuit in Townsville.

“I would love to see several more permanent tracks in the country,” Dane said. “I think it should be an emphasis of Motorsport Australia to be pushing those much harder than it has.

“News in Queensland that the funding is in place and work is carrying on now for the circuit outside Townsville is tremendous, the news that … plans continue to progress at Toowoomba also is great.

“But we need to see another circuit in NSW and in Victoria … Whilst Phillip Island is a great track, it is unfortunat­ely a sub-par facility in terms of its pit lane, it also proves to be a bit of a trek for Melburnian­s.”

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