2022 SUPERCARS RACE FORMATS REVEALED

Sydney will open the 2022 season. Pic: Supplied

THE qualifying and race formats for the full 2022 Repco Supercars Championship have been revealed.

The newly scheduled season-opening Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight will comprise two 300km races; a format originally slated for Sydney when it was set to be the finale.

Including the Repco Newcastle 500, which currently has no set date after being postponed, this year will feature 34 races, up from the 31 in 2021.

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The qualifying system, defined Format 1, Format 2 and Format 3, will return (see full breakdown at the bottom of this story).

According to the Operations Manual, Format 1 stipulates that grid positions will be determined by the final classification of a single qualifying session.

Format 2 will feature three-part knockout qualifying, with Format 3 knockout qualifying followed by a shootout.

Seven events will feature ARMOR ALL Top Ten Shootouts; Sydney, Darwin, Townsville, Sandown, Bathurst, Gold Coast and Newcastle.

Five events will also feature refuelling; the four Super500/600 events feature 140L fuel drops in pit lane.

The Townsville, Gold Coast and Newcastle rounds will be headlined by two 250km races, with Sydney to conduct two 300km races to open the season.

The Repco Bathurst 1000 will, as always, be a 161-lap, 1000km-long single race.

Eight events will feature at least three races under the sprint format.

The sprint events, bar Albert Park, will be headlined by three sprint races.

The Albert Park round will feature four 100km-long races and a four-tyre minimum change at stops.

The other sprint rounds will again feature a compulsory stop for a minimum of two tyres.

Two rounds will feature racing under lights, being the Sydney season opener and Perth.

The Tasmania, Perth, Winton, Darwin, Tailem Bend and Pukekohe rounds will all be two-day, Saturday-Sunday events.

All events, bar Sandown and Bathurst, will feature two practice sessions.

The Sandown round will feature an Additional Driver session in preparation for the Repco
Bathurst 1000.

The 2022 Repco Supercars Championship will commence in March at Sydney Motorsport Park.

EventRaceFormatTop 10 ShootoutRace length
Sydney**11Yes300km*
Sydney**21Yes300km
Tasmania32No110km
Tasmania41No110km
Tasmania51No110km
Albert Park61No100km
Albert Park71No100km
Albert Park81No100km
Albert Park91No100km
Perth102No110km*
Perth111No110km
Perth121No110km
Winton132No115km
Winton141No115km
Winton151No115km
Darwin163Yes110km
Darwin171No110km
Darwin181No110km
Townsville**191Yes250km
Townsville**201Yes250km
The Bend212No115km
The Bend221No115km
The Bend231No115km
Sandown243Yes125km
Sandown251No125km
Sandown261No125km
Pukekohe272No115km
Pukekohe281No115km
Pukekohe291No115km
Bathurst***301Yes1000km
Gold Coast**311Yes250km
Gold Coast**321Yes250km
Newcastle**TBC1Yes250km
Newcastle**TBC1Yes250km

*Race competed under lights at dusk/night
**Super500/600 event (features refuelling)
***Endurance event