The Sydney SuperNight event is the first night race on the Supercars calendar since 1997. The 300km format is the longest single driver event of the year, and the win is worth a whopping 300 points, making it a potential game changer with the endurance season just around the corner.
The elimination style qualifying format as seen at Symmons Plains and Perth earlier this year is back on the agenda for this event. This has been a hit with drivers and fans alike. The breakdown on how these sessions work can be found further below!
All sessions will be LIVE on FOX Sports across the weekend with a highlights package on Channel Ten/One HD. Check your local guides for times.
Friday 3rd August
18:00 – 18:40 – Practice One
Saturday 4th August
13:20 – 13:50 – Practice Two
16:20 – 16:30 – Qualifying Part One
16:35 – 16:45 – Qualifying Part Two
16:50 – 17:00 – Qualifying Part Three
19:20 – 21:40 – Race 21 – 300kms / 77 Laps
HOW QUALIFYING WORKS
Qualifying 1 – The drivers that finished 11th to 26th in the applicable practice standings hit the track for 10 minutes. From that group of 16, the fastest six progress to Qualifying 2, while the others will positions 17th to 26th.
Qualifying 2 – The top 10 drivers from practice join the action, with the fastest six from Qualifying 1. From the times set in this ten-minute segment, the top 10 progress to Qualifying 3, while the others will positions 11th to 16th.
Qualifying 3 – The top 10 drivers from Qualifying 2 fight it out for Pole Position, setting the first five rows of the grid in the process.
This format provides a new challenge to the teams, and with the top ten from practice automatically going through to the second session, drivers are more eager than ever to put a good time on the board!
- Track Length – 3.91km // Direction – Anti-Clockwise // Fastest Speed – 256km/h // Average Speed – 154km/h
- Qualifying Lap Record – 1m28.2259s, Scott McLaughlin, DJR Team Penske, 2017, Ford Falcon FGX
- Race Lap Record – 1m30.1577s, Chaz Moster, Prodrive Racing, 2017, Ford Falcon FGX
- Nick has visited the podium at SMP before, when he finished 2nd in Race 3, 2014.
- Only 4 of the last 20 SMP championship races have been won by the car starting on pole position
- Brad Jones Racing have competed in ever SMP round since 2000 but is still looking for its first Supercars pole position and race win. They’ve been close, qualifying and finishing 2nd on multiple occasions!
- 26 is the record for most cars at a SMP Supercars round covered by one second in qualifying. This occurred on Saturday in 2012.
- Team Boss Brad Jones took pole for the AUSCAR round here in 1993 (short course) and won both races on his way to claiming his fifth AUSCAR Championship.
MEET NICK –
Saturday 4th August
11:30 – 12:00 @ Freightliner Racing Stand, Merchandise Alley
Published: 31 July 2018.