Operations Manual

The Virgin Australia Supercars Champinship is a FIA approved International Series and, as such, is required to comply with the rules and regulations set out by the FIA for Series of this nature.

2016 KEY RULES AND CHANGES EXPLAINED

This year, the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will again feature four key event formats: SuperSprint, International SuperSprint, SuperStreet and the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

Here’s a quick snapshot of what has changed for this year’s Championship:

RACE FORMATS

In 2016, all SuperSprint events – excluding the International SuperSprint, the ITM Auckland SuperSprint – will feature one 120km race on Saturday, and one 200km race on Sunday.

The 120km race on Saturday replaces last year’s format of two 60km races, and will include a compulsory pit stop for a minimum change of four tyres.  

As SuperStreet events, the Clipsal 500 Adelaide retains its two 125km races on Saturday and one 250km haul on Sunday, while the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400 will feature one 200km race on both Saturday and Sunday. The Coates Hire Sydney 500 will feature one 250km race on both Saturday and Sunday.

A new format will be introduced for the International SuperSprint in 2016, with four 100km races being held across Saturday and Sunday (two on each day) at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint.

The Pirtek Enduro Cup format remains unchanged from 2015, which will mean 2100km of racing over three consecutive events; the Wilson Security Sandown 500, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and the Castrol Gold Coast 600, to crown the Enduro kings.

ARMOR ALL QUALIFYING

Every race grid in the 2016 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will again be determined by an ARMOR ALL qualifying session.

This will see 33 ARMOR ALL qualifying sessions being held across the year, with the Top 10 Shootout featuring at six events on the calendar: the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, the Skycity Triple Crown Darwin, the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, the Castrol Gold Coast 600 and the Coates Hire Sydney 500.

The Wilson Security Sandown 500 has a unique format, with two races determining the ARMOR ALL qualifying positions. After an all-in session, co-drivers race for 60km, hand the Supercars to the main drivers who start from where their partner finished, and determine the starting positions for Sunday’s race.

MINIMUM FUEL DROP

For all International SuperSprint races, and the 120km Saturday race at all SuperSprint events, there will be no minimum quantity fuel drop for teams to adhere to.

However, during the Sunday race at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, the Skycity Triple Crown Darwin and all SuperSprint events, as well as both races at the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400 and Coates Hire Sydney 500, a minimum quantity fuel drop exists. This means that for the specified race, all cars will need to deliver the correct amount of fuel during pit stops. Please see following table for further detail.

During the PIRTEK Enduro Cup, each car will be required to complete the following number of compulsory pit stops: three at the Wilson Security Sandown 500, seven at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and 2 stops per race at the Castrol Gold Coast 600.

COMPOUND USEAGE

A significant increase to the tyre allocation has been made for the 2016 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

This year, each car will be allocated 400 new tyres to be used at events. Tyres for practice and testing are additional to this.

The increase in tyre allocations coincides with the significant change in ratio of soft tyre to hard tyre events. All races – excluding the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint and the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – will use the soft tyre.

This will see the soft tyre used at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide for the first time in 2016, with a dedicated soft tyre race on Saturday. Also at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, each car will receive two new sets of tyres (1 x hard, 1 x soft) to be exclusively used in practice.

A minimum tyre pressure of 17 psi will continue in the 2016 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

Section Updated
2016 Operations Manual – DIV A – ADMINISTRATION RULES JUL 27 2016
2016 Operations Manual – DIV B – JUDICIAL RULES JUL 27 2016
2016 Operations Manual – DIV C – VCS TECHNICAL RULES JUL 27 2016
2016 Operations Manual – DIV D – SPORTING RULES JUL 27 2016
2016 Operations Manual – DIV E – OPERATIONS RULES JUL 27 2016
2016 Operations Manual – DIV F – FORMS JUL 27 2016
2016 Operations Manual – DIV G – DVS TECHNICAL RULES JUL 27 2016
2016 Operations Manual – DIV GNG – DVS TECHNICAL RULES JUL 27 2016
2016 Operations Manual Update – Log JUL 27 2016
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