Refuelling, radical tyre allocation for fourth SMP Supercars event

Sydney Motorsport Park

Supercars’ fourth event at Sydney Motorsport Park will feature refuelling races and a radical, mixed-compound tyre allocation.

While the three preceding Repco Supercars Championship events at ‘Eastern Creek’ will comprise a trio of 125km sprints, the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight will be made up of two, 250km races.

Furthermore, drivers will be obliged to use both the hard and super soft tyre compounds in each of those races, officially the 29th and 30th of the season, marking a first for the category.

While mixed-compound races are not new, this season is the first in which the slick range has spanned three compounds, and only the super soft was in play when it debuted in competition at Hidden Valley in June.

It was also to have been used at Winton but that circuit was dropped from the final version of the calendar, while hard tyres were earmarked for Pukekohe and then Phillip Island before it too had to be cut.

Running the super softs at Sydney Motorsport Park will be particularly intriguing in itself, given how tough the circuit is on tyres, let alone having to switch between those and the hards.

The refuelling aspect is helpful preparation for the Repco Bathurst 1000 which will be held a fortnight later, and that is not the only notable element ahead of the season’s sole enduro.

The fourth SMP event, which takes place on November 19-21, will also feature a 40-minute Additional Driver session on the Friday afternoon, giving co-drivers mileage.

That will lead into a night-time practice session of 30 minutes’ duration, then another half-hour session on the Saturday.

Both the Saturday and Sunday will feature one qualifying session, a Top 10 Shootout, and a 250km race.

The super soft compound tyres, of which each car will be allocated two sets, may only be used in those races.

The hard tyres, an allocation of seven sets for each entry, are thus the only ones in play for qualifying and the shootouts.

Race 29 will be run under lights, and Race 30 in the afternoon.

All four SMP events will take place on the standard, 3.91km ‘Gardner’ circuit layout.

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Sydney Motorsport Park: Formats, tyres

Evt Races Day Session Length/status D/N Tyres
8 20, 21, 22 Fri 29/10 Prac 1 30min Day S only
Fri 29/10 Prac 2 30min Night
Sat 30/10 Qual 20 K/O + TTSO Day
Sat 30/10 Race 20 125km Night
Sun 31/10 Qual 21 Single Day
Sun 31/10 Qual 22 Single Day
Sun 31/10 Race 21 125km Day
Sun 31/10 Race 22 125km Day
9 23, 24, 25 Sat 6/11 Prac 1 30min Day H + S
Sat 6/11 Prac 2 30min Day
Sat 6/11 Qual 23 K/O Day
Sat 6/11 Race 23 125km Night
Sun 7/11 Qual 24 Single Day
Sun 7/11 Qual 25 Single Day
Sun 7/11 Race 24 125km Day
Sun 7/11 Race 25 125km Night
10 26, 27, 28 Sat 13/11 Prac 1 30min Day S only
Sat 13/11 Prac 2 30min Day
Sat 13/11 Qual 26 K/O Day
Sat 13/11 Race 26 125km Day
Sun 14/11 Qual 27 Single Day
Sun 14/11 Qual 28 Single Day
Sun 14/11 Race 27 125km Day
Sun 14/11 Race 28 125km Day
11 29, 30 Fri 19/11 AD Prac 40min Day H + SS (SS in races only)
Fri 19/11 Prac 1 30min Night
Sat 20/11 Prac 2 30min Day
Sat 20/11 Qual 29 Single + TTSO Day
Sat 20/11 Race 29 250km Night
Sun 21/11 Qual 30 Single + TTSO Day
Sun 21/11 Race 30 250km Day

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