Super2, Super3 qualifying split at Winton
Thursday 20th May, 2021 - 4:43pm
The Dunlop Super2 Series and Super3 Series competitors will qualify in separate groups when Round 2 unfolds at the Winton SuperSprint.
Whereas qualifying had been an all-in affair since the two series started sharing a grid when racing resumed from the COVID hiatus last year, each will have their own running on Saturday and Sunday morning at Winton.
That is, instead of a single-part, 20-minute session setting the grid for corresponding race, the Super3 entrants will get a 10-minute hit-out before their Super2 counterparts get 10 minutes of their own on-track.
It is understood that, from there, the grid will be set on the basis of outright lap times, rather than lining cars up in two discrete groups.
The change would appear to be a response to the relatively tight, 3.00km confines of Winton Motor Raceway and/or the size of the field.
With Super3 numbers having grown to their largest since the 2019 finale, the 16 Super2 cars brings the total over 30.
A total of 28 cars, being 15 from Super2 and 13 from Super3, were entered for Round 1 at Mount Panorama, a 6.21km circuit.
As before, each of the two Super2/Super3 practice sessions at Winton are 40 minutes long, and both races span 18 laps.
There is also change for the Repco Supercars Championship field, with Practice 2 extended to 40 minutes from the usual half-hour, while drivers will run exclusively on event marked (ie brand-new) Super Soft tyres (weather permitting).
Supports are on-track from Friday, May 28 and the Supercars Championship from the following morning.
Schedule: Winton SuperSprint, Winton Motor Raceway Revised
|Friday, May 28|
|09:40||10:00||Toyota 86||Practice 1|
|12:40||13:00||Toyota 86||Practice 2|
|14:40||15:00||Excels||Race 1||9 laps or 1 lap after 14:58|
|Saturday, May 29|
|08:05||08:25||SuperUtes||Race 1||10 laps or 1 lap after 8:23|
|08:40||09:10||Supercars Championship||Practice 1|
|09:30||09:40||Super2/Super3||Qualifying – Super3|
|09:45||09:55||Super2/Super3||Qualifying – Super2|
|10:05||10:25||Excels||Race 2||9 laps or 1 lap after 10:23|
|11:55||12:15||Prototypes||Race 1||12 laps or 1 lap after 12:13|
|12:25||12:45||SuperUtes||Race 2||10 laps or 1 lap after 12:43|
|13:00||13:10||Supercars Championship||Qual Pt 1 – Race 12|
|13:15||13:25||Supercars Championship||Qual Pt 2 – Race 12|
|13:30||13:40||Supercars Championship||Qual Pt 3 – Race 12|
|13:55||14:15||Toyota 86||Race 1||10 laps or 1 lap after 14:13|
|14:30||15:00||Super2/Super3||Race 1||18 laps or 1 lap after 14:58|
|15:50||Supercars Championship||Race 12||36 laps or 1 lap after 16:58|
|Sunday, May 30|
|07:55||08:15||Excels||Race 3||9 laps or 1 lap after 8:13|
|08:25||08:45||SuperUtes||Race 3||10 laps or 1 lap after 8:43|
|08:55||09:05||Supercars Championship||Qual – Race 13|
|09:15||09:25||Supercars Championship||Qual – Race 14|
|09:40||10:05||Toyota 86||Race 2||12 laps or 1 lap after 10:03|
|10:15||10:40||Prototypes||Race 3||14 laps or 1 lap after 10:38|
|10:50||11:00||Super2/Super3||Qualifying – Super3|
|11:05||11:15||Super2/Super3||Qualifying – Super2|
|11:25||11:45||SuperUtes||Race 4||10 laps or 1 lap after 11:43|
|12:15||Supercars Championship||Race 13||36 laps or 1 lap after 13:23|
|13:40||14:00||Toyota 86||Race 3||10 laps or 1 lap after 13:58|
|14:15||14:45||Super2/Super3||Race 2||18 laps or 1 lap after 14:43|
|15:35||Supercars Championship||Race 14||36 laps or 1 lap after 16:43|