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Supercars shakes up event formats in 2020 

Tom Howard

Wednesday 28th August, 2019 - 10:00am

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Sprint events such as the Pirtek Perth SuperNight will be run to a twin 200km race format in 2020

Supercars will adopt a new SuperSprint race format among a number of changes to events for next season.

The championship has announced a new 14 round calendar for 2020 which will see the series contest more competition kilometres despite losing an event from its schedule.

SuperSprint meetings will undergo a significant change next year with the series operating 2x200km races instead of the 120km and 200km format.

Each race will feature two compulsory pit stops and the 120 litre fuel drop.

Sandown will adopt the format with the Victorian circuit hosting a SuperSprint round instead of the 500km enduro which has moved to The Bend Motorsport Park.

The new race distances will also be used for the SuperNight rounds at Perth (May 15-17) and Sydney (August 28-30) with the Saturday race held under lights while the Sunday heats will likely to be held in twilight.

“It was important to us to increase the amount of Supercar racing for the fans at track and at home,” said Seamer.

“SuperSprint weekends are now full of Supercars racing on both days and we are really stepping up the entertainment value for fans and partners, on and off the track.

“If you’re someone who can only come on the Saturday versus the Sunday, you pay the same to be here and we felt like we needed to make sure that we were delivering a better product on a Saturday at the sprint rounds.

“The other piece is that it capitalises on us being here all weekend anyway, so if we’re here we felt like we should be racing a little bit longer on Saturdays.”

Changes have also been made to the Melbourne 400 at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix (March 12-15) with the series now set to contest four 100km races instead of the 2x70km and 2x130km format.

Knockout qualifying will once again return featuring at Tasmania, Auckland, Perth, Winton, Townsville, Darwin, Sydney and Sandown.

Events at Darwin, Townsville and Auckland will host a 25 minute qualifying session, in two parts, followed by a Top 10 Shootout on Sundays.

Supercars has also confirmed that Top 10 Shootouts will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 and the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 season finale.

The 25 minute qualifying and Top 10 Shootout system will be adopted to set the grid at The Bend Motorsport Park Pirtek Enduro Cup opener.

It replaces the two Race to the Grid sprint races for primary and co-drivers that has been in operation at the Sandown 500 in recent years.

The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 retains its traditional Top 10 Shootout but it will be the only one not to be preceded by the two-part, 25 minute qualifying format, with Friday to feature the usual single-part, 40 minute session.

Following a successful trial the new Parc Ferme regulations that restrict teams from making changes to cars between qualifying and races will be in operation at Tasmania, Perth, Winton, Sydney and Sandown.

Meanwhile, Supercars has decided not to pursue two day events after testing the process at this year’s Winton SuperSprint.

Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 2020 formats

Race Event Qualifying Race distance Race day
1 Superloop Adelaide 500 25min (2 parts) + TTSO 250km Sat
2 Superloop Adelaide 500 25min (2 parts) + TTSO 250km Sun
3 Melbourne 400 10min (Thu) 100km Fri
4 Melbourne 400 10min (Thu) 100km Sat
5 Melbourne 400 10min (Fri) 100km Sat
6 Melbourne 400 10min (Fri) 100km Sun
7 Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 40min (3 parts) 200km Sat
8 Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 40min (3 parts) 200km Sun
9 ITM Auckland SuperSprint 40min (3 parts) 200km Sat
10 ITM Auckland SuperSprint 25min (2 parts) + TTSO 200km Sun
11 Pirtek Perth SuperNight 40min (3 parts) 200km Sat
12 Pirtek Perth SuperNight 40min (3 parts) 200km Sun
13 Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint 40min (3 parts) 200km Sat
14 Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint 40min (3 parts) 200km Sun
15 Watpac Townsville 400 40min (3 parts) 200km Sat
16 Watpac Townsville 400 25min (2 parts) + TTSO 200km Sun
17 BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown 40min (3 parts) 200km Sat
18 BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown 25min (2 parts) + TTSO 200km Sun
19 Sydney SuperNight 40min (3 parts) 200km Sat
20 Sydney SuperNight 40min (3 parts) 200km Sun
21 The Bend OTR 500 25min (2 parts) + TTSO (Sat) 500km Sun
22 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 40min (Fri) + TTSO (Sat) 1000km Sun
23 Vodafone Gold Coast 600 25min (2 parts) + TTSO 300km Sat
24 Vodafone Gold Coast 600 25min (2 parts) + TTSO 300km Sun
25 Penrite Oil Sandown 400 40min (3 parts) 200km Sat
26 Penrite Oil Sandown 400 40min (3 parts) 200km Sun
27 Coates Hire Newcastle 500 25min (2 parts) + TTSO 250km Sat
28 Coates Hire Newcastle 500 25min (2 parts) + TTSO 250km Sun

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