Supercars qualifying format tweaked for Albert Park

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Supercars qualifying format tweaked for Albert Park
Andrew van Leeuwen
By: Andrew van Leeuwen
Jan 17, 2017, 4:13 AM

A brand new qualifying system will be introduced for the Supercars races at this year’s Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

Craig Lowndes, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Mark Winterbottom, Prodrive Racing Australia Ford
Garth Tander, Holden Racing Team
James Moffat, Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo
Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Craig Lowndes, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden and Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
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While the four-race format will stay in place, a new four-part qualifying system will replace the single 30-minute session used in 2016.

Each of the four 10-minute segments will determine the grid for one of the races – Q1 for Race 1, Q2 for Race 2 and so on – while the gaps between Q1 and Q2, and Q3 and Q4, will be just five minutes long. Refuelling will only be allowed during the 15-minute break between Q2 and Q3.

The system is being put in place to create a rapid-fire style spectacle, and to limit the chances of a single driver starting all four races from pole position.

The new format doesn’t just replace the 30-minute qualifying session, but also the progressive grid system used in previous years where each starting order was based on results from the previous race.

The four races will be contested over either 30 minutes or 13 laps, with two on Friday and one each on Saturday and Sunday.

Coates Hire Supercars Schedule – Australian Grand Prix 
Thursday March 23    
12:50pm Practice 1 30 minutes
5:00pm Qualifying 1 10 minutes
5:15pm Qualifying 2 10 minutes
5:40pm Qualifying 3 10 minutes
5:55pm Qualifying 4 10 minutes
Friday March 24    
1:50pm Race 1 30 minutes/13 laps
5:50pm Race 2 30 minutes/13 laps
Saturday March 25    
3:20pm Race 3 30 minutes/13 laps
Sunday March 26    
1:05pm Race 4 30 minutes/13 laps
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