Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 headlines biggest support category line-up

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation is pleased to announce the Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 will front a huge support category line-up at the 2018 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

The fan experience will be taken to the next level with the Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 leading a stellar line-up of championships including the Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia, Australian GT Championship, and the international Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli – Asia Pacific.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott is excited that fans are set to witness the biggest track program ever at the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship season opener.

“With a bumper line-up of entertaining and competitive racing, it will be an incredibly unique experience for fans as they enjoy the spectacle of these action-packed support categories,” Westacott said.

“Fans will be spoilt for choice across the four-day event, with an array of on-track action racing for championship points in all categories.”

In addition to counting for championship points for the first time, the Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 will feature a new rapid-fire qualifying format and compulsory pit stops for fuel and tyres for two of the four races across the event.

Race formats (based on the provisional track schedule) announced are:

Thursday
  • Practice 1: 30 minutes
  • Practice 2: 30 minutes
  • Qualifying 1: 10 minutes (results for grid of Race 1)
  • Qualifying 2: 10 minutes (results for grid of Race 2)
Friday
  • Qualifying 3: 10 minutes (results for grid of Race 3)
  • Qualifying 4: 10 minutes (results for grid of Race 4)
  • Race 1: 60 minutes (25 laps/132 km) – compulsory pit stop/tyre change and fuel top-up
Saturday
  • Race 2: 30 minutes (13 laps/69 km)
  • Race 3: 60 minutes (25 laps/132 km) – compulsory pit stop/tyre change and fuel top-up
Sunday
  • Race 4: 30 minutes (13 laps/69 km) – last race before Grand Prix

To acknowledge the new championship status of the Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400, the inaugural winner’s trophy has been named after racing legend Larry Perkins, whose successful career saw him race in both Supercars and Formula 1®.

The Supercars Fan Pack upgrade has been released for fans eager to be part of Supercars history, including exclusive behind-the-scenes access with a Supercars Pit Lane Walk, plus an official cap and lanyard. Click here for details.

Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli – Asia Pacific will race at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, showcasing the international support category for the first time in 17 years.

In its 14th season at the event, the Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia will be racing a field of over 24 brand new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars, making it the first time the fleet will go head-to-head at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit.

The Australian GT Championship will see a strong cast of prestigious motorsport brands, including Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, take to the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit.  

Adding to the extensive line-up of on-track action, the iconic MSS Security Ultimate Speed Comparison and Historic Parade will feature over the event weekend.

With less than four months to go until the 2018 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix, there is no doubt fans will be eager to catch every minute of the action when the best of national and international motorsport puts Melbourne on the world stage.

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