Shorter Saturday qualifying at Island 300

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Thursday 29th October, 2009 - 8:27am

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V8 teams won't be lining up in pit-lane for too long down at Phillip Island ...

V8 teams won't be lining up in pit-lane for too long down at Phillip Island ...

The next round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series – The Island 300 – will feature a slightly revised Saturday qualifying session.

Instead of the two knock-out sessions, followed by the top 10 shoot-out, there will only be one knock-out session. This means that after the first 20 minute session, 19 cars will be eliminated, leaving only a top 10 shoot-out to finalise the grid.

Usually, the first nine cars are dropped off at the end of Leg 1, followed by another 10 before the top 10 shoot-out is run.

It further reduces the on-track time of the V8 Supercars in what is set to the shortest-ever meeting the category has ever been involved in.

The two-day meeting (a first for V8s) will start on Saturday with a 20 minute practice session, followed by the shortened qualifying and then Race 21 (100km) of the championship. One compulsory fuel pit stop is required.

Sunday features a 20 minute qualifying session for Race 22 (200km) which requires two compulsory fuel stops.

Both races are worth a maximum of 150 championship points.

Just two support categories will be at the track – Saloon Cars and Targa Invitational.

There will be no event program for the race meeting. Instead, Australian Auto Action magazine will act as the weekend trackside event guide.

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