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Revamped qualifying system for Carrera Cup

PORSCHE Carrera Cup Australia will tomorrow debut a revised qualifying system to be used throughout the 2024 season.

Last year, qualifying was routinely split into two sessions, one for Pro-Am followed by another for the Pro field. That would determine starting positions for Race 1, after which a progressive grid was in play.

Now, a combined 30-minute session will set the grid for Races 1 and 2.

That will be done by using drivers’ fastest lap as their qualifying result for Race 1, and their second-best lap to decide where’ll they start Race 2 from.

Starting positions for the third and final race of the round will be decided based on points accrued across the opening two legs.

It’s felt the new-for-2024 method will offer competitors a better chance to stay in the hunt across a weekend in the case that they endure a hurdle in Race 1 or 2 than the progressive grid format of old.

Qualifying for Round 1 at Albert Park will take place tomorrow at 12:30pm AEDT after a single practice session that will open the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

In a further category change, drivers who do not take part in any of the first three rounds (Albert Park, Taupō and Darwin) of 2024 Carrera Cup Australia will be ineligible to score points at any of the final five rounds of the season.

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