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Formats, tyres explained for 2024 Supercars season

Supercars
01 Feb
Supercars.com breaks down what the on-track action will look like in 2024, from practice, qualifying, race lengths and tyre allocation
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  • More racing, more Shootouts, more practice in 2024

  • 2024 season held over 24 races at 12 events

  • All three tyre compounds used, more refuelling events

On-track action will expand in the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship, which will feature more racing kilometres, more Shootouts, and more practice.

The second season of the Camaro vs Mustang Gen3 era will take place over 24 races across 12 rounds in Australia and New Zealand.

Supercars.com breaks down what the on-track action will look like this year, from practice, qualifying, race lengths and tyre allocation.

Race lengths

The 24 races will see drivers complete nearly 5500km of racing, up from 2023. There will be two endurance races featuring drivers and co-drivers, with the showpiece Repco Bathurst 1000 following the Penrite Oil Sandown 500.

The Thrifty Bathurst 500, NTI Townsville 500, Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 and VAILO Adelaide 500 will feature two 250km races.

The Super400 format, headlined by two 200km races, will be used at the inaugural ITM Taupō Super400 and Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight. Sydney will host the sole night race of the 2024 season.

The SuperSprint format, which is headlined by sprint races, will be used at the Melbourne SuperSprint, Perth SuperSprint, betr Darwin Triple Crown and NED Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint. These races will offer five bonus points to the driver who sets the fastest lap.

Qualifying

There will be 16 Top Ten Shootouts in 2024, up from 10 in 2023.

All events, except Perth and Tasmania, will use Format 1, grid positions will be determined by the final classification of a single qualifying session.

Format 2 is three-part knockout qualifying, where the grid is first whittled down from 25 to 20, then from 20 to 10, with the remaining 10 drivers going for pole.

There will be Shootouts for both races at the Bathurst season-opener, the Taupō and Darwin, with the latter's Shootout forming part of the hallowed Triple Crown. Both grids for the two-race Townsville, Sydney, Gold Coast and Adelaide events will also be set by Shootouts, as will the Sandown and Bathurst enduro grids.

Practice

There has been an increase in practice time on 2023, but in a simplified format.

The single 90-minute practice session, debuted in Perth last year, will be used at the ITM Taupō Super400, Perth SuperSprint, betr Darwin Triple Crown, Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight and NED Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint.

There will be 30-minute sessions at the Melbourne SuperSprint and VAILO Adelaide 500, 40-minute sessions at the NTI Townsville 500, Penrite Oil Sandown 600 and Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500, and 60-minute sessions at the Thrifty Bathurst 500 and Repco Bathurst 1000.

Tyres

The 2024 season is the 23rd for Dunlop as the control tyre supplier of Supercars. There will be three dry compounds of Dunlop's control SP Sport Maxx tyres in use (Hard, Soft, Super Soft) and the Wet Weather tyre.

The Soft tyre will be used at the Melbourne SuperSprint, Perth SuperSprint, NTI Townsville 500, Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight, Repco Bathurst 1000, Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 and VAILO Adelaide 500. The Super Soft will be used at the betr Darwin Triple Crown, NED Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint and Penrite Oil Sandown 500. The Hard tyre’s only appearance will come at the season-opening Thrifty Bathurst 500.

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Pit stops

Two compulsory pit stops and a 100L fuel drop will feature at the Super500 events (Thrifty Bathurst 500, NTI Townsville 500, Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 and VAILO Adelaide 500).

One compulsory pit stop and an 80L fuel drop will be used for the Super400 events (ITM Taupō Super400 and Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight).

There is no compulsory stop count and no fuel drop for the enduros (Penrite Oil Sandown 500 and Repco Bathurst 1000).

A minimum of two tyres must be changed in pit stops at the Thrifty Bathurst 500, Perth SuperSprint, betr Darwin Triple Crown, NTI Townsville 500, NED Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint, Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 and VAILO Adelaide 500.

The four sprints at the Melbourne SuperSprint, meanwhile, will feature no pit stops.

2024 Repco Supercars Championship formats*

Event

Practice

Race

Format

TTSO

Race

Bathurst

2 x 60min

1

1

Yes

250km

Bathurst

 

2

1

Yes

250km

Albert Park

2 x 30min

3

1

No

105km

Albert Park

 

4

1

No

105km

Albert Park

 

5

1

No

80km

Albert Park

 

6

1

No

80km

Taupō

1 x 90min

7

1

Yes

200km

Taupō

 

8

1

Yes

200km

Perth

1 x 90min

9

2

No

133km

Perth

10

2

No

133km

Darwin

1 x 90min

11

1

Yes

137km

Darwin

 

12

1

Yes

137km

Townsville

2 x 40min

13

1

Yes

250km

Townsville

 

14

1

Yes

250km

Sydney

1 x 90min 

15

1

Yes

200km^

Sydney

16

1

Yes

200km

Tasmania

1 x 90min

17

2

No

132km

Tasmania

18

2

No

132km

Sandown

4 x 30min, 1 x 20min WU

19

1

Yes

500km

Bathurst

6 x 60min, 1 x 20min WU

20

1

Yes

1000km

Gold Coast

2 x 40min

21

1

Yes

250km

Gold Coast

 

22

1

Yes

250km

Adelaide

3 x 30min

23

1

Yes

250km

Adelaide

24

1

Yes

250km

Key

TTSO: Top Ten Shootout (Refer to Rule D6.3)

Format 1: Single qualifying session (Refer to Rule D6.2.2 and D7.2.1)

Format 2: Knockout qualifying session (Refer to Rule D6.2.3 and D7.2.2

WU: Warm Up

^ Means a Session run under lights at dusk/night

* Subject to change, published February 1 2024

2024 Repco Supercars Championship tyre allocation

Event

Pre-marked

Event-marked

Wets

Bathurst

8H

32H

24W

Albert Park

4S

28S

24W

Taupō

36S

32W

Perth

8S

28S

24W

Darwin

8SS

28SS

24W

Townsville

8S

32S

24W

Sydney

4S

32S

28W

Tasmania

8SS

28SS

28W

Sandown

4SS

32SS

32W

Bathurst

8S

52S

40W

Gold Coast

8S

32S

28W

Adelaide

8S

32S

24W

Key

H: Hard

S: Soft

SS: Super Soft

W: Wet Weather

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