Supercars has confirmed two twilight races at this year’s championship round at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in March.
The series will do battle for championship points for the first time at Albert Park from March 22-25, with two of four races to be held in twilight.
A provisional track schedule has been released which will see the two (25 laps, 132km) compulsory pit stop races held in the evening, while the two sprint races will be held in daytime.
The first race of the weekend will be a twilight affair beginning at 1750 local time on Friday.
A second pit stop race will be held slightly later, from 1820 on Saturday night after an earlier 13 lap (69km) sprint at 1240.
The final sprint race of the weekend take place at 1345 on Sunday prior to the Formula 1 race.
“The twilight time slot works well for our television audience as well as fans at the track, who will get to see our first points races at Albert Park in perfect conditions,” said Acting Supercars CEO Shane Howard.
“To participate fully as a round of our Championship in Melbourne with 400km of racing across three days which includes pitstops, is a huge win for our fans, teams and our drivers.
“It is an honour to be alongside Formula One at Albert Park and as an official support category to the world’s premier form of motorsport.”
Supercars’ maiden championship round at the Australian Grand Prix will see drivers race for the inaugural Larry Perkins Trophy.
Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 Provisional Schedule (all times AEDT)
|1620||1630||Qualifying 1||Sets grid of Race 1|
|1640||1650||Qualifying 2||Sets grid of Race 2|
|1350||1400||Qualifying 3||Sets grid of Race 3|
|1410||1420||Qualifying 4||Sets grid of Race 4|
|1750||1850||Race 1||25 laps/132km w/ CPS for tyre change and fuel|
|1240||1310||Race 2||13 laps/69km|
|1820||1920||Race 3||25 laps/132km w/ CPS for tyre change and fuel|
|1345||1415||Race 4||13 laps/69km|