7 Apr 2009

Extra qualifying session for V8 Supercars

5:37 am on 7 April 2009

Hamilton 400 organisers believe race fans are the winners with changes announced to the V8 Supercar Series format.

V8 Supercars officials have added a separate qualifying session on the second day of the event after the new format brought in for the opening round of the championship at Adelaide attracted criticism.

The Hamilton 400, the second round of the series around the streets of Hamilton next week, will now feature separate qualifying sessions for the two 200km races on Saturday and Sunday.

The qualifying session at Adelaide determined the grid positions for both races on Saturday and Sunday while last year's system saw the grid for the second race decided by the finishing position in the first race, and so on.

Some drivers felt that the new system unfairly penalised a driver who started near the back of the grid but had made gains through the field in the first race, only to return to the rear grid position for race two.

Event Director Stephen Vuleta says the second qualifying session on the second day will make it a very exciting day for the spectators.