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Controversial rule passes for Supercars enduros

SUPERCARS has confirmed a rule change for its endurance rounds whereby primary drivers will be forced to start the race.

It came to light last November that the Supercars Commission had agreed to put the concept to the Board for approval, at which time team bosses offered mixed reviews while Chaz Mostert dubbed the notion “crazy”.

It now appears the idea has been given the green light.

Typically, co-drivers are called upon to start the Sandown 500 and Repco Bathurst 1000, for strategic purposes, before handing their respective cars over to the usual stars of the show.

That will be prohibited this year under Rule D7.2.1.1 b, whereby “at Endurance Events the Primary Driver must start the race”.

That includes wildcard entries, whose nominated primary driver will also be mandated to start.

Among other rule changes confirmed by Supercars for 2024 is the formal introduction of a Full Course Yellow procedure.

That will involve a 15-second window for drivers to slow to a maximum of 80km/h and activate the Safety Car speed limiter. A 15-second countdown will also precede the end of a FCY period.

The system was tested late last year, including at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500.

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