Qualifying spiced for Albert Park with a draw that will flip the field and make drivers fight harder for victory …
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation and V8 Supercars have announced some extra spice for the V8 Supercar races at the Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix later this month.
A draw will be held after qualifying that will see a selection of the field inverted prior to the Top 10 Shootout, jumbling the field and creating the potential for any car that qualifies in the top 20 as being able to move through into the Shootout.
“This format is unique and will give the fans an extra element of intrigue and excitement,” said V8 Supercars CEO Martin Whittaker.
“It was created to add more spice and encourage fierce competition, as the drivers battle for the $500,000 on offer.
“With a combination of hard and soft tyres to be used in each race, this will also impact how the teams use those juicy soft Dunlops. It's going to be awesome for the fans to watch it unfold.”
The new format will see the fastest driver draw a position token at the completion of qualifying, with tokens numbered between 8 and 20 to be drawn at random.
The number drawn by the fastest qualifier will determine the number of cars in the field that will be reversed from the qualifying order.
This new order will form the field for the Top 10 Shootout and the rest of the grid for Race 1 at 6.20pm on Friday 25 March.
For example, if the fastest driver pulls the number ‘8’ token, the top eight qualifiers will be reversed and no top 10 qualifiers will therefore miss a Shootout berth.
If the driver draws the number ‘15’ token for instance, the top 15 will be reversed and if the driver draws the number ‘20’ token, the top 20 qualifiers will be reversed and so on.
The rest of the race meeting stays straightforward, with the Race 2 grid being the finishing order of Race 1 and the third and final race being the finishing order of Race 2.
The winner of the Albert Park 400 will be the driver with the highest number of points across the three races.
Last year Garth Tander won the Albert Park event overall from Shane van Gisbergen and Craig Lowndes.