UNIQUE RACE FORMAT FOR THE MELBOURNE SUPERSPRINT

The Repco Supercars Championship will take on round two at the MSS Security Melbourne SuperSprint this weekend, albeit with a change in format.  

 

Supporting the Formula 1 category, the Repco Supercars will take to the track across four days including Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – with day one being the busiest on the schedule with five sessions.  

 

Uniquely, drivers will only get a combined total of one hour of practice, spread across two sessions. Two back-to-back qualifying sessions will follow only 50-minutes after practice has completed with race 1 to round out the day’s action at 5:55pm local time.  

 

Qualifying is going to be vital, with only 15 minutes for drivers to cut their fastest laps and set their position for the sprint races – there will be little room for error.  

 

Races will be sprint style, with no pit stops and only 20-laps for Thursday and Friday’s races, and 15-laps for Saturday and Sunday’s races.  

 

Additionally, bonus points will also be on offer this year, with an additional five points up for grabs for the driver who sets the fastest lap, providing they finish inside the top 15.  

 

David Reynolds reflects on the weekend ahead:  

 

“The Grand Prix is always a really fun event for us,” said Reynolds.  

 

“This year it’s going to be a little bit odd as we have no pit stops – it’s basically just four sprint races.  

 

“We do four qualifying sessions and four sprint races on the soft tyre, spread out over the weekend.  

 

“Qualifying is going to be key as the races are only 15-20 laps each and no pit stops. So, where you qualify is pretty much more or less where you’re going to finish – give or take a few spots.  

 

“It’s going to be very important to get qualifying right this week.  

 

“But Albert Park is a very hard track to do a perfect lap – it’s an odd place to drive. It’s all about flow and keeping the speed up and getting good runs onto the straights. The back straight we do around 280km/h now. So, it’s very, very fast.”  

 

Reynolds is coming off a successful round at the Bathurst 500, averaging inside the top 10 for the weekend and placing third in Saturday’s qualifying session.  

 

“The team is in good spirits,” said Reynolds.  

 

“Bathurst went really well for our first round; we had really good pace and I think we surprised a few people (not me). So, hopefully we can keep the momentum up and have a good weekend again.”  

 

The Repco Supercars hit the track for practice 1 Thursday 21st March at 11:25am, with an action-packed weekend.  

 

View the weekend schedule here – https://www.supercars.com/events/2024-melbourne-supersprint/schedule  

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