Supercars boss tips permanent format change

Supercars overhauled its sprint format after the pandemic-induced break, returning in June with a two-day, three-race programme.

Those shorter races have ranged from the 110 to 130-kilometre mark in length, with a single mandatory stop for tyres and no refuelling, and strict limits on crew numbers with just 11 performance personnel per two cars allowed.

The only race since the shutdown that will move away from that format is the upcoming Bathurst 1000, which will see a return of fuel stops and be held over four days.

It’s unlikely we’ve seen the last of the new sprint format, however, with Seamer last week strongly hinting that elements will be carried over next season.

That could see usage of the proposed 2020 sprint format – a pair of two-stop, 200-kilometre races – slashed, although there’s likely to flexibility with race lengths and fuel regulations across the different events.

When asked by TV political pundit Paul Murray what aspects of the format he expects to continue next season, Seamer said: “A lot of it, to be honest with you.

“I think some of the things that we as a category have been holding on to – as you do, because it’s always been done that way – we’ve been able to push through.

“I think a lot of the people and the teams have all supported a lot of the change that…

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