The Australian Grand Prix Corporation and V8 Supercars Australia have confirmed an exciting and competitive new racing format ahead of next week’s 2012 Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix.
This year will see V8 Supercars drivers battle it out for the first time in four races for the ultimate prize pool of $500,000 as they take on two practice sessions and qualifier on Thursday, two races on Friday and another on Saturday, culminating in the highly-anticipated finale at 1.20pm on Sunday 18 March.
In another win for fans, Friday’s qualifying race will see the three slowest cars gradually expelled at the conclusion of each lap and ordered to file into pit lane while the race continues without them.
With just five laps remaining, the top ten cars will sprint to the finish line, with this ruthless new format to determine the grid allocation for race two.
The stakes will remain high with the results from Friday’s race two to determine the grid positions for Saturday’s race three, with the combined points from all three races to determine the starting grid for the finale on Sunday.
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation is also excited to announce that MSS Security will be the new title rights partner of the MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge at Albert Park in 2012.
MSS Security have been an integral partner of the Australian Grand Prix providing security services and event staff since 2008.
MSS Security CEO, Mike McKinnon, said that they are very excited about this new opportunity to become the rights partner for the V8 Supercars Challenge at Albert Park.
“We are also very pleased to further extend the depth of our relationship with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. They run a fabulous world class event with which we are proud to be associated,” he said.
The winner of the MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge will be the driver with the highest number of points across races two to four. First place will win $100,000, second place $50,000, third place $25,000 and fourth onwards $13,000.
CEO of V8 Supercars Australia, David Malone, said that this unique new format will give fans an extra competitive element and added high-speed excitement.
“The new format and compulsory pit stops will add more pressure and encourage fierce competition. This coupled with the spectacular Albert Park Circuit should really put on a show for fans,” he said.
“With $500,000 at stake, they will be playing for keeps.”
Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott, said that the V8 Supercars are an integral part of the Albert Park event.
“We are thrilled to welcome MSS Security as a title rights partner to the V8 Supercars Challenge at Albert Park. The introduction of the new pit lane corporate facility, full pit stops and garages was a tremendous success in 2011 and we look forward to building on that in 2012 with this exciting new format,” he said.
Last year Jamie Whincup took out the Albert Park event.