Shorter Saturday qualifying at Island 300

Thursday 29th October, 2009 - 8:27am


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. comment policy reserves the right to deny any post that is abusive or offtopic. Users are encouraged to flag/report comments which should be removed.

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