A new qualifying format is on the agenda for the Tasmania SuperSprint event this weekend.


It will put a great emphasis on the Friday practice sessions, as these results will impact the qualifying sessions. There are three, ten minute, back to back, elimination style qualifying sessions that will work as follows.


The bottom 16 cars in Friday practice will start qualifying session 1 on Saturday, with only the top 6 going through to qualifying session 2. The top 10 fastest cars in Friday practice will go straight through to qualifying session 2. Then the top 10 progress to qualifying session 3 to determine the first five rows of the race.


This allows all cars to get their own space to put in their best qualifying performance possible. Everyone will be vying to make it into qualifying session 3. With such a small track that only has three corners – one of those being the slowest corner on the Supercars circuit, there is no room for error here. Qualifying will be as important as ever at Symmons Plains.


All sessions will be LIVE on Fox Sports across the weekend. 



Friday 6th April

11:30-12:15 – Practice One

15:00-15:45 – Practice Two

Saturday 7th April

11:05-11:25 – Practice Three

12:55-13:05 – Qualifying Part One

13:10-13:20 – Qualifying Part Two

13:25-13:35 – Qualifying Part Three

16:45-17:40 – Race Seven – 120kms / 50 Laps

Sunday 8th April

9:55-10:15 – Practice Four

11:05-11:15 – Qualifying Part One

11:20-11:30 – Qualifying Part Two

11:35-11:45 – Qualifying Part Three

14:05-15:30 – Race Eight – 200kms / 84 Laps



- Track Length – 2.410km // Direction – Anti-Clockwise // Fastest Speed – 270km/h // Average Speed – 167km/h

- Qualifying Lap Record – 50.9676s, Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight, 2014, VF Commodore

- Race Lap Record – 51.4370s, Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight, 2017, VF Commodore

- Tim has been close to a podium finish at Symmons Plains, he finished 4th here in 2012 with SBR

- Did you know, Symmons Plains hosted the final round of the championship in the first two years it was on the ATCC calendar – in 1969 and 1970.

- Tim had his best Symmons qualifying result here last year, starting 4th for Sunday’s race

- Of the 26 drivers lining up this weekend at Tasmania; 8 are Symmons Plains Championship Race Winners, and 5 of them are rookies!

- Of the 34 VASC races held at Symmons Plains since 2004, the Safety Car has appeared in 25 of them (73.5%)



Friday 6th April

13:15-13:30 – Freightliner Racing Stand @ Merchandise Alley

Saturday 7th April

9:10--9:40 – Super Track Walk @ Starting Grid

14:15-14:30 – Freightliner Racing Stand @ Merchandise Alley

14:45-15:15 – Supercars Autograph Session @ Back of Team Garages 



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Published: 04 April 2018.

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