Knock-out qualifying for V8 Utes at Barbagallo

Kim Jane won last year's Barbagallo round, but had a tough start to his 2013 campaign in Adelaide last month

Kim Jane won last year’s Barbagallo round, but had a tough start to his 2013 campaign in Adelaide last month

The Auto One V8 Ute Racing Series will feature a Formula 1-style knock-out qualifying session at its second round of the season at Barbagallo on May 3-5.

The regular 30 minute session will now be broken up into three segments of 10, seven and five minutes.

Twelve of the 32 drivers will be eliminated after Q1, with a further 10 dropped after Q2.

The format will almost certainly cause controversy around the tight Barbagallo layout as drivers try and find clear track in Q1.

Qualifying is of particular importance in the V8 Ute class as its carries the same points weighting as each of the three races.

Reigning Barbagallo V8 Ute round winner Kim Jane says that conserving tyres will be the key under the new qualifying format this weekend.

“Perth’s a track that is unbelievably hard on tyres, it’s an abrasive track,” he said.

“A lot will be tactical; the fewer laps you can do in qualifying, the better your tyres will be for racing.”

Jane sits 26th in the points standings after a difficult opening round in Adelaide last month.

Fellow Holden driver Nathan Pretty leads the standings from Andrew Fisher (Ford), Rhys McNally (Holden), Garry Baxter (Holden) and the Ford-mounted reigning series winner Ryal Harris.

 

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