Radical changes to V8 Supercars race formats

  • Friday 7th December, 2012 2:20pm
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Screen Shot 2012 12 07 at 2.16.09 PM 344x226 Radical changes to V8 Supercars race formats

The Car of the Future machines at Sydney last weekend

V8 Supercars has announced a radical change to its race formats at six events of next year’s championship.

In what is described as the ‘60/60 Super Sprint’ format, two 60-kilometre halves will be run on Saturdays at Symmons Plains, Barbagallo, Hidden Valley, Queensland Raceway, Winton and Phillip Island.

A regular 20 minute qualifying session will determine the starting grid for the non-points-paying first 60km race. The result of the first 60km ‘race’ will determine the grid for the second 60km race, which will pay championship points and include a podium presentation.

A pair of independent 120km races – both with their own 15 minute qualifying sessions – will be held on the Sunday. The 120km races will include no refuelling.

The commission has also changed the tyre compound rules for each event. The Clipsal 500, Sucrogen Townsville 400 and Sydney 500 will retain their race formats and tyre compounds, while those events plus the Sandown 500, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and Armor All Gold Coast 600 will be the only ones to feature refuelling during races.

Another significant change will be the introduction of double-file restarts – common practice in NASCAR and IndyCar Series.

The final formats for the ITM400 Auckland at Pukekohe, the Circuit of The Americas event in Texas and the Abu Dhabi event next November will be finalised next year.

See below for a detailed look at each event’s formats.

Clipsal 500
Friday Practice 4 x 30min
  Qualifying 1 x 20min
  Shootout 1 x 20min
Saturday Practice 1 x 20min
  Race 1 x 250 km
Sunday Race 1 x 250km
Tyres   32 hard
Australian Grand Prix (Non Championship)
Thursday Practice 2 x 30min
  Qualifying 1 x 30min
Friday Race 1 x 30min
  Race 2 x 30 min
Saturday Race 1 x 45 min
Sunday Race 1 x 35 min
Tyres   20 soft
Tasmania 360
Friday Practice 3 x 30min
Saturday Practice 1 x 30 min
  Qualifying 20 mins
  Race 60/60
Sunday Qualifying 2 x 15mins
  Race 2 x 120km
     
Tyres   28 soft
ITM 400 Auckland
Friday Practice TBC
Saturday Practice TBC
  Qualifying TBC
  Race TBC
Sunday Qualifying TBC
  Race TBC
Tyres   TBC
Perth 360
Friday Practice 3 x 30min
Saturday Practice 30 mins
  Qualifying 20 mins
  Race 60/60
Sunday Qualifying 2 x 15mins
  Race 2 x 120km
Tyres   28 soft
Texas 400
Friday Practice TBC
Saturday Practice TBC
  Qualifying TBC
  Race TBC
Sunday Qualifying TBC
  Race TBC
Tyres   TBC
Sky City Triple Crown
Friday Practice 4 x 30min
Saturday Qualifying 20 mins
  Shootout 30 mins
  Race 60/60
Sunday Qualifying 2 x 15mins
  Race 2 x 120km
Tyres   12 hard, 8 soft
Townsville 400
Friday Practice 4 x 30min
Saturday Qualifying 20 mins
  Shootout 30 mins
  Race 1 x 200km
Sunday Qualifying 20 mins
  Race 1 x 200km
Tyres   12 hard, 12 soft
Ipswich 360
Friday Practice 2 x 75min
Saturday Practice 30 mins
  Qualifying 20 mins
  Race 60/60
Sunday Practice 20 mins
  Qualifying 2 x 15min
  Race 2 x 120km
Tyres   24 soft
Winton 360
Friday Practice 2 x 75min
Saturday Practice 30 mins
  Qualifying 20 mins
  Race 60/60
Sunday Practice 20 mins
  Qualifying 2 x 15min
  Race 2 x 120km
Tyres   24 soft
Sandown 500
Friday Practice 3 x 40min
Saturday Practice 40 min
  Qualifying 20 min
  Race 2 x 60km
Sunday Practice 20 warm up
  Race 1 x 500km
Tyres   24 hard
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
Thursday Practice 2 x 50 mins – 1 x 45 min
Friday Practice 1 x 50 mins – 1 x 45 min
  Qualifying 1 x 40 min
Saturday Practice 1 x 50 min
  Shootout 45 min
Sunday Qualifying 20 warm up
  Race 1 x 1000km
Tyres   32 hard
Armor All Gold Coast 600
Friday Practice 4 x 40min
Saturday Qualifying 30 min
  Shootout 30 min
  Race 1 x 300km
Sunday Qualifying 30 min
  Race 1 x 300km
Tyres   36 soft
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Friday Practice TBC
  Qualifying TBC
  Race TBC
Saturday Qualifying TBC
  Race TBC
Sunday Race TBC
Tyres   TBC
Phillip Island 360
Friday   Media Rides
Saturday Practice 3 x 30 min
  Qualifying 20 min
  Race 60/60
Sunday Practice 20 min
  Qualifying 2 x 15mins
  Race 2 x 120km
Tyres   24 hard
Sydney 500
Friday Practice 4 x 30 mins
Saturday Qualifying 20 min
  Shootout 30 min
  Race 1 x 250km
Sunday Qualifying 20 min
  Race 1 x 250km
Tyres   24 hard


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