Longer qualifying sessions for Tasmania Supercars event

2021 Symmons Plains race winner Chaz Mostert

Next month’s Ned Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint will feature extended qualifying sessions relative to the norm for such Supercars events.

Part 1 of Saturday’s knockout session at Symmons Plains and both of the back-to-back Sunday hit-outs have been extended to 12 minutes, from the usual 10, per the event supplementary regulations.

The change has presumably arisen due to the length of the circuit, Symmons Plains and Wanneroo being the two shortest on the calendar at just 2.41km and 2.42km long respectively, and those two having been earmarked for split qualifying last year.

Parts 2 and 3 of Saturday’s Qualifying for Race 3 session, which will feature 20 and 10 cars respectively, are unchanged at 10 minutes each.

The Tasmania SuperSprint is comprised of Races 3, 4, and 5 of the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship, each of which will be 44 laps long.

Being the first SuperSprint event of the season, it will also be the first at which fastest lap bonus points will be on offer, although they will now only be awarded if the driver in question is classified in the top 15.

As will be the case three weeks prior at Sydney Motorsport Park, minimum tyre pressure will be 19psi instead of the standard 17psi, with each entry given seven sets of super softs for the Symmons Plains event.

Teams will also use a Tasmania-only specification of front brake disc, per Supplementary Regulation 6.1, noting that Symmons Plains is one of the harshest tracks on brakes all season.

There are three support categories on the bill, namely the Haltech V8 SuperUte Series, Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series, and Tassie Tin Tops.

All three will see four races each and, while on-track Supercars action is confined to the Saturday and Sunday, their practice and qualifying sessions will be held on Friday afternoon.

The Tasmania SuperSprint, Event 2 of the Supercars Championship, takes place on March 25-27.

A revised scheduled for Event 1, the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight, was released yesterday.

Schedule: Tasmania SuperSprint, Symmons Plains International Raceway

All times local/AEDT

Start End Category Session  
Friday, March 25
13:20 13:40 Tassie Tin Tops Practice  
13:50 14:10 Aussie Race Cars Practice  
14:20 14:40 SuperUtes Practice  
14:50 15:10 Tassie Tin Tops Qualifying  
15:20 15:40 Aussie Race Cars Qualifying  
15:50 16:05 SuperUtes Qualifying  
Saturday, March 26
10:15 10:45 Supercars Championship Practice 1  
10:45 10:50   Practice Starts  
11:00 11:15 Tassie Tin Tops Race 1 1 lap after 11:13
11:25 11:45 SuperUtes Race 1 16 laps or 1 lap after 11:43
12:00 12:30 Supercars Championship Practice 2  
12:45 13:05 Aussie Race Cars Race 1 16 laps or 1 lap after 13:03
13:30 13:45 Tassie Tin Tops Race 2 1 lap after 13:43
14:05 14:17 Supercars Championship Qualifying Part 1 – Race 3  
14:22 14:32 Supercars Championship Qualifying Part 2 – Race 3  
14:37 14:47 Supercars Championship Qualifying Part 3 – Race 3  
15:00 15:25 SuperUtes Race 2 20 laps or 1 lap after 15:23
15:50 16:10 Aussie Race Cars Race 2 16 laps or 1 lap after 16:08
16:55   Supercars Championship Race 3 44 laps or 1 lap after 17:43
      Podium  
Sunday, March 27
09:35 09:50 Tassie Tin Tops Race 3 1 lap after 9:48
10:00 10:20 Aussie Race Cars Race 3 16 laps or 1 lap after 10:18
10:35 10:47 Supercars Championship Qualifying Race 4  
10:57 11:09 Supercars Championship Qualifying Race 5  
11:25 11:45 SuperUtes Race 3 16 laps or 1 lap after 11:43
12:10 12:25 Tassie Tin Tops Race 4 1 lap after 12:23
13:00   Supercars Championship Race 4 44 laps or 1 lap after 13:48
14:10 14:30 Aussie Race Cars Race 4 16 laps or 1 lap after 14:28
14:55 15:15 SuperUtes Race 4 16 laps or 1 lap after 15:13
15:55   Supercars Championship Race 5 44 laps or 1 lap after 16:43
      Podium  

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