It’s been a long 24-moths since we’ve visited the Apple Isle, but we are PUMPED to get back to Launceston this weekend for the Tasmania SuperSprint, Round 3 of the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship.
It’s a compact, two-day format where track time will be at a maximum.
The three-part qualifying system has been tweaked across both days with the limited real estate on track. Saturday sees with the field being split in half for part 1, to ensure everyone has the opportunity for a clean lap. After the part 1, the bottom-four drop out from each group, and the remaining 16 combine for parts 2 and 3.
On Sunday, each qualifying session will be split in half, with Chaz in Group A, and Bryce in Group B, with times being combined at the conclusion.
In terms of the racing, like Sandown, there will be three races across two days, all 44-laps.
Symmons Plains is a unique track. It’s only 2.41kms long, so the lap times are regularly in the low 50 second barrier. The field spread is small as well, with most cars, if not all, within a second of each other in qualifying.
The turn-four hairpin is one of the most well-known corners in Australian motorsport. It requires near-on full lock to get around, and is the slowest corner we go to all season.
The top of the track slopes down to the apex, so it’s a great passing opportunity, but also the chance to hang around the outside and drag the inside car down the back straight.
We are on the soft tyre again, which means faster lap times, and higher degradation rates throughout the race.
No fuel, just tyres, which means the race will be on in the lane. One compulsory stop in each of the three races.
Despite a chilly weekend last weekend, the weather at Launceston doesn’t look to frightening, with a top of 19c both days, and no rain… at this stage.
How to Watch
Every session, every lap, will be live on Fox Sports 506 and Kayo.
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“It feels like forever since Sandown, I’ve been hanging to get back in a Supercar.
“We’ve just got to keep improving our package, making sure we are as consistent as possible, and maximize what we’ve got.
“Things didn’t fall our way at Sandown, it got away from us a little bit, but I’ve done a few laps around Symmons Plains already this year, and can’t wait to jump back in the Mobil 1 Appliances Online No. 25.
“It’ll be busy, but I can’t wait!”
“Tassie is such a cool and unique track, I love it down there, and I’m really looking forward to the weekend.
“It’ll be my Supercars debut at Symmons Plains, but I’ve raced around there a few times, twice in a Supercar and once in an Aussie Racing Car.
“The format looks nice and busy, I won’t be getting out of my race suit much, and the short qualifying sessions mean it’s basically a shootout.
“I’m hoping we got all our bad luck out of the way at Sandown and can have a good crack at it this weekend.”