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Supercars axes minimum fuel drop for Taupō

SUPERCARS has removed its divisive minimum fuel drop rule for next month’s inaugural ITM Taupō Super400.

There has long been calls to axe the fuel drop, which initially came in as a means of equalising fuel consumption rates between different engines when Nissan, Volvo and Mercedes-AMG entered Supercars during the Car of the Future era.

The regulation has more or less remained in place ever since for longer races, until now.

There was a late change to reduce the fuel drop at last month’s season-opening Thrifty Bathurst 500 from 100 litres to 60, across two compulsory pitstops.

At that point in time, an 80-litre minimum fuel drop was in place for Taupō.

That has since been eliminated, as confirmed by Supplementary Regulations recently distributed for the New Zealand event.

There will however continue to be two compulsory pitstops – with at least two tyres needing to be changed at each – for both 200km races at the event.

Practice will take the form of a single 90-minute hitout on the Friday April 19, before a Boost Mobile Qualifying/Top 10 Shootout/60-lap race format occurs on each of the Saturday and Sunday.

Taupō (April 19-21) will form Round 3 of the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship.

Before then, Albert Park will host Round 2 on March 21-24.

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