Supercars fans will have an easier time identifying each driver in 2021, thanks to a handy tweak to the regulations.
This season each car is required to carry the driver’s surname on the top corner of the windscreen, as well as the traditional side window placement.
The surname will sit on the drivers’ side of the windscreen, above their field of view, with the race number moving back to the passengers’ side and increasing in height.
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Numbers were moved to the drivers’ side last year to make space for the planned introduction of an LED number panel that was tested in 2019.
Supply issues prevented the widespread introduction of those boards, which can be programmed to display a variety of race information including the car’s current position in the race or session.
They will remain absent this year but are thought likely to make a belated introduction with the new Gen3 cars in 2022.
Running the driver names on windscreens isn’t new in world motorsport and is current practice in various Porsche Carrera Cup championships, including in Australia.
The names on the Supercars will be 110mm high and written in white font. Numbers continue to be yellow, aside from the orange used to signify the championship leader.
Erebus Motorsport tested with windscreens sporting the names of its two new signings – Brodie Kostecki and Will Brown – at Winton last month, pictured top.
There will be more Supercars track action tomorrow (Wednesday) as Kelly Grove Racing, Walkinshaw Andretti United, Tickford Racing and the new Blanchard Racing Team take to Phillip Island.
KGR is undertaking a corporate ride day and is expected to have new signing David Reynolds and the recently retired Rick Kelly behind the wheel of its two cars.
Andre Heimgartner will be absent as he continues to recover from fractures to his hand sustained in the recent New Zealand Grand Prix.
It will mark the first official track action for the team as KGR and also the first track day for the Blanchard team and its signing Tim Slade.
The full field will be in action split across two official pre-seasons tests later this month; one at Queensland Raceway on February 12 and the other at Winton on February 16.