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Sydney SuperNight fuel drop revealed

19 Jul
Refuelling, extended sprint offer Sydney strategy curveball
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Supercars will tackle two different race formats at the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight, with the night race to feature refuelling.

The complexion — and strategies — of the two Sydney races will be vastly different.

Drivers will complete a 51-lap, 200km race — Race 18 of the 2023 season — under lights on Saturday July 29.

The Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight will conclude with a 36-lap, 140km race — Race 19 — on the afternoon of Sunday July 30.

Drivers must complete one compulsory pit stop (CPS) in both races, but only one race — the night race, at 60km longer than Sunday’s finale — will feature refuelling.

There are key differences to standard Super500 race events — such as the recent NTI Townsville 500 — where the races were 250km long.

Per the Further Supplementary Regulations, cars will need to take on 80 litres of fuel in the 200km race. Comparatively, the fuel drop in 250km races is 100 litres.

In the Sydney night race, drivers are only required to make one CPS. In Newcastle, Townsville, Gold Coast and Adelaide, drivers must make two pit stops.

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The Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight will be held on Dunlop's Soft compound tyre. Teams will be allocated 32 tyres, or eight sets, but must hand back eight tyres after practice.

Strategy will play a role across both days, given tyre wear is high at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Critically, four tyre guns are permitted for the refuelling race, while only two are permitted for Sunday’s race, which is effectively a sprint.

However, tyre wear will remain a key factor in the shorter 140km race, which is considerably longer than a standard 100km SuperSprint race.

Supercars will be on track on the Saturday and Sunday of next week's event.

Drivers will tackle two 20-minute practice sessions on Saturday, followed by knockout ARMOR ALL Qualifying and the 51-lap Race 18.

The Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight will conclude with 15-minute qualifying and the 36-lap Race 19.

Tickets for the event are on sale now on Supercars.com and Ticketek.com.

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