The current Supercars points system was introduced in 2008. The scoring was amended after it was felt that the previous system, which only awarded points down to 15th place, prevented too many competitors from getting points on the board. Both Supercars drivers championship and teams championship titles are now decided through a simple system of point scoring at each race. Heres how it works over the season
The emphasis is on rewarding race victories, but points are extended to the last place, if, a driver (or drivers) has completed 75% of the race distance and is running at the completion of the final lap, and provided a car has a final lap time within 200% of the race winners fastest lap time. Non-finishers will not be awarded points.
Different points scales are assigned to rounds having one, two, three or four races, ensuring a maximum 300 points for a driver winning all races at any one event.
The Supercars Drivers Championshipis awarded to the driver that has accumulated the most points throughout the season.
If a race is stopped after more than half the scheduled race distance or duration has been completed by the leading car and cannot be restarted, full race points will be awarded. If a race is stopped before half the scheduled race distance or duration has been completed by the leading car and cannot be restarted, no points will be awarded.
What happens if two drivers have equal points at the end of the championship?
In the event of two (or more) drivers scoring equal points at the end of the season, the driver with the greater number of first places will be deemed the winner. If this should fail to produce a result, then the driver with the greater number of second places will assume the higher place in the series order and so on until the tie is broken.
In 2014, V8 Supercars revised its race formats with just three event formats making up the seasons calendar the SuperSprint, the SuperStreet and the Enduro Cup a structure that remains in place in 2018, with the SuperSprint format further broken down to include the International SuperSprint and the SuperNight formats. However, this simplified structure brought with it a variation in how the points are awarded.
Adelaide 500, Townsville 400, Newcastle 500
With the return of the Adelaide 500s twin 250km race format and the introduction of the Newcastle 500 in 2017, all three SuperStreet rounds now comprise of two races with a maximum 150 points on offer in each. For each race 150 points are available to the winner, 12 points over second place, then the graduation is nine points per place to sixth, six points down to 11th and three points thereafter down to 28th.
The SuperSprint format comprises of two races in each round one 120km race on Saturday and one 200km race on Sunday with the exception of the Phillip Island Supersprint which is raced over two 250km races, the International SuperSprint event in Auckland which is contested over two 200km races, the Melbourne 400 International SuperSprint event which comprises of two races over 70 laps and two races over 130 laps, and the new-for-2018 Sydney SuperNight 300 which consists of a single 300km race.
Tasmania, Phillip Island, Perth, Winton, Darwin, Ipswich, Tailem Bend, Auckland
Each race nets the race winner 150 points, 12 points over second place, then the graduation is nine points per place to sixth, six points down to 11th and three points thereafter down to 30th. The driver with the best combined results over the two Auckland SuperSprint races is also awarded the covetedJason Richards Memorial Trophy.
Supercars Melbourne 400 (F1 Australian Grand Prix)
The Supercars Melbourne 400 features four separate races, a pair of 25-lap (130km) races on Friday and Saturday evening and two shorter 13-lap sprint races on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Counting for Championship points for the first time in 2018, points are awarded across the four races, with the highest scoring driver declared the event winner and winner of theLarry Perkins Trophy.
The two 13-lap races reward the race winner 50 points per race, four points over second place, then the graduation is three points per place down to sixth, two points down to 11th and one point there on to 30th. The two 25-lap races reward the race winner with 100 points per race, eight points over second place, then the graduation is six points per place down to sixth, four points down to 11th and two points down to 30th.
The Sydney SuperNight 300 is a 300km Saturday night stand-alone race under lights at Sydney Motorsport Park. The single-race round victor collects 300 points, 24 points over second place. The points are then graduated down the list 18 points between second and sixth, 12 points from seventh to 11th, and then six points from 12th onwards down to 30th.
The Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 points system gives the single-race round winner 300 points, a 24 points advantage over second place. The points are then graduated down the list 18 points between second and sixth, 12 points from seventh to 11th, and then six points from 12th onwards down to 28th.
Each of the two 300km races offer the winner 150 points, 12 points more than second place, then equal graduations of nine points per place to sixth, six points down to 11th and three points thereafter down to 28th.
The highest points scoring Supercars driver and co-driver pairing across over the three endurance events is awarded thePIRTEK Enduro Cup.
Created in 2005, theTeams Championshipis decided in the same manner as the Drivers Championship, by simply adding together the points of the teams drivers.
For scoring purposes, teams with four cars are split and treated as two separate two-car teams. Teams must nominate which cars will be paired together to be counted towards the Team Championship prior to race one. The two-car teams with the highest combined point score from both its cars at the end of the season will be determined the Champion Team.
Three-car teams must nominate which two cars will be counted towards the Team Championship prior to race one. The third car will then be eligible for the Single Car Teams Championship.
What happens if two teams have equal points at the end of the season?
In the event of two or more teams tying for the championship at the end of the season, the team with the greatest number of first places will be deemed to be the winner. If this should fail to produce a result, then the team with the greater number of second places will assume the higher place in the series and so on until the tie is broken.
Rather than a point score, theManufacturers titleis awarded to the marque that claims the most race wins over the season.
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