The format of the Supercars Championship’s first ever points-paying round at the Australian Grand Prix has been announced, with the field set to contest a total of four races during the event at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit.

The event, named the Coates Hire Melbourne 400, will see a single race on Friday, two races on Saturday and a final race on the Sunday before the Formula 1 main event.

Race distances will feature a pair of 13-lap sprint races and two 25-lap races totaling 400 kilometres of racing for the event. The longer format races will feature a compulsory pit stop for fuel and tyres. Friday’s sole race and Saturday’s second race, both to be run during twilight, will be the longer-format races.

Two thirty-minute practice sessions taking place on the Thursday, followed by two ten-minute qualifying sessions to determine the starting grids for Races 1 and 2. A second pair of ten-minute qualifying sessions will take place on Friday to finalize the Race 3 and 4 grids.

The highest points-scorer across the four races will be awarded the Larry Perkins Trophy, named in honour of the former touring car racer, team owner and occasional F1 driver.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.