Extra soft tyres to remain for Super Sprints

The V8 Supercars pack running on the soft tyres in Darwin

The V8 Supercars pack running on the soft tyres in Darwin

V8 Supercars has confirmed plans to provide an extra set of soft tyres to teams on Saturday at three of the remaining Super Sprint events.

The format change was debuted at Hidden Valley following heavy criticism of previous dull 60km races on the hard tyre.

As previously reported, Dunlop’s reshuffle of tyre production to accommodate the change also sees extra soft tyres available for the Queensland Raceway, Sydney Motorsport Park and Pukekohe Super Sprint events.

Saturday’s second qualifying session and race will now be run on the soft rubber at each event, as occurred in Darwin.

While Phillip Island hosts the Super Sprint format in November, the circuit’s high loadings see it deemed unsafe for the soft rubber, leaving its format unchanged.

The soft tyres are the latest in a series of in-season rule changes from V8 Supercars that has included providing more tyres for practice, banning wet tyres from dry races and adding co-driver practice to two events.

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