In another move that indicates even motorsport isn’t immune from tightening belts, V8 Supercars has slashed the tyre allocation for seven championship events in order to save teams a combined figure totally almost $600,000.
Tyre management will now become more of a consideration at a number of races, including Symmons Plains, Barbagallo, Queensland Raceway, Winton, Surfers Paradise, Townsville and Phillip Island.
The softer Dunlop control tyre was the major victim, with the races being targeted also the shorted sprint versions.
“We haven’t touched the longer events like Bathurst but certainly some of the sprint races, particularly the ones with the 60/60 format, had a little bit of fat in the original tyre allocation," said V8 Supercars Commission member Chris Lambden in an interview with the Speed Café website.
Lambden also alluded to the possible change in race strategy a move like this may have.
“It’ll put a bit of a premium on intelligent tyre management at a couple of the events.
The reductions, meaning teams are required to purchase 64 tyres less all up, aren’t likely to have Pirelli-like impacts on the sport, however could see teams placing high levels of importance on the way drivers manage their tyres over weekends.
Tyres however, are only a symptom of the budget management frenzy that is surely going on behind the scenes. This announcement comes with the knowledge that teams who are holders of the Racing Entitlement Contract will not be receiving any direct income this year.
The Racing Entitlement Contract, known as the REC, is the agreement between V8 Supercars and the teams which provides the team with their entitlement and obligation.
It will be interesting to see if there are any other cost cutting measures to come, and whether this will affect teams’ performance or capacities throughout the season.
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