Supercars returns this weekend and the circus has packed up and headed to Symmons Plains Raceway for the Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint.
Races 6, 7 and 8 will take place this weekend and the rest of the field is chasing the man who has won all of the first five – Shane van Gisbergen.
The Red Bull man has dominated the championship thus far, and sits 150 points ahead of his nearest challenger, who happens to be his teammate Jamie Whincup, in the championship at this early stage.
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To put that gap into perspective, the next largest gap between any driver and the one below them in the championship is just 51 points, between sixth-placed Will Davison and seventh-placed Andre Heimgartner.
Supercars missed out on the trip to Tasmania in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the last time they did compete there, Van Gisbergen finished third in the shorter distance race and stood on the top step of the podium on the longer one. He likes this place.
The Tasmania SuperSprint will feature three 44-lap sprint races, each with a mandatory pit stop, while a three-part qualifying system will be used for the first time on the Saturday.
Part one will see the paddock split in two in alternating garage order, with one car per two-car team on the track in each five-minute session.
The top 16 across both groups will then continue on, with the bottom four from each session locked into positions 17-24 based on their fastest times.
The remaining cars will then revert to the usual system, with 10 minutes qualifying for Q2 before six are eliminated and the remaining 10 then go on to fight for pole in the final 10-minutes session.
For Sunday’s two races, there will be the same groupings for two eight-minute sessions to determine the order for Race 7. That will then be immediately repeated to determine the grid for Race 8.
There is a maximum of 315 points on offer across the three races.
Saturday April 17
09:20-09:50 – Practice 1
11:25-11:55 – Practice 2
13:25-13:30 – Qualifying 1 Group A
13:35-13:40 – Qualifying 1 Group B
13:45-13:55 – Qualifying 2
14:00-14:10 – Qualifying 3
16:25-17:25 – Race 1
Sunday April 18
10:45-10:53 – Qualifying Group A (Race 2)
10:58-11:06 – Qualifying Group B (Race 2)
11:15-11:20 – Qualifying Group A (Race 3)
11:25-11:30 – Qualifying Group B (Race 3)
13:35-14:35 – Race 2
16:25-17:25 – Race 3
WHERE CAN I WATCH
Every practice session, qualifying and race is live on Fox Sports 506 and available on Kayo.