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SUPER GT changes qualifying format so as to add up lap times

As a part of the overhaul, each automotive's lap times from the Q1 and Q2 sessions might be combined to find out who will have the option to start out the race from pole position.

Teams might be allowed to make use of one set of tires throughout Q1 and Q2, which is able to then be used for the primary run of the race.

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The best crews and teams will even receive additional prizes for qualifying – three points will now be awarded to pole position winners, two points for second place in qualifying and an extra point for third-place drivers.

SUPER GT explained that it desired to “further characterize” the appeal of a championship wherein two drivers share a automotive and fight for victory. It also goals to equalize the tire health of all cars, stripping teams of any advantage they gained after they did not advance to Q2.

To help fans follow the qualifying system, total times might be displayed in real time on TV through the second quarter. SUPER GT has stated that it’s working on a brand new display system that may make this possible.

The #52 Saitama Toyopet GB GR Supra GT leads the #2 Muta Racing GR86 GT

The #52 Saitama Toyopet GB GR Supra GT leads the #2 Muta Racing GR86 GT

Photo: Masahide Kamio

Previously, the Japanese series was held in a Formula One-style knockout format, with the highest eight cars in GT500 and the highest 16 cars in GT300 advancing to the second session. Before each round, teams needed to nominate their drivers for Q1 and Q2. The team that took pole position also earned one additional point.

Under the brand new system, no cars might be eliminated, which should present each a possibility and a challenge for teams.

The variety of sets of dry tires available to groups for your complete weekend might be reduced from six to 5 for the 300-kilometer rounds in GT500 and from five to 4 in GT300. This is an element of SUPER GT's drive to chop CO2 emissions in half by 2030.

More details concerning the recent format might be published in the end. Championship organizer GTA also suggested a “special rule” for GT300 runners that might be used under certain conditions and create a “new entertainment experience.”

The recent season will start on April 14 in Okayama and might be played entirely in Japan.

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