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Melbourne 400

Victoria (Australia) Melbourne 400
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Race Information
Venue Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Number of times held 2
First held 2018
Race Format
Race 1
Laps 13
Distance 70 km
Race 2
Laps 25
Distance 130 km
Race 3
Laps 13
Distance 70 km
Race 4
Laps 25
Distance 130 km
Last Event (2019)
Overall Winner
Australia Chaz Mostert Tickford Racing
Race Winners
New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske
New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske
Australia Chaz Mostert Tickford Racing
New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske

The Melbourne 400 (formally known as the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400) is an annual motor racing event for Supercars, held at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Victoria since 2018. The 2018 edition was the first time that a championship round was contested at the circuit, after several years of supporting the Australian Grand Prix as a non-championship event.[1][2]

Format

The event is staged over a four-day weekend, from Thursday to Sunday, as a support category in the lead-up to the Australian Grand Prix. Two thirty-minute practice sessions and two ten-minute qualifying sessions to determine the starting grid for the first and second races are held on the Thursday; two further ten-minute qualifying sessions to determine the starting grid for the third and fourth races, and race one, is held on the Friday; races two and three are held on the Saturday and the fourth and final race, the final support race before the main Australian Grand Prix race, is held on the Sunday.[3]

The two longer races are run at twilight and feature a mandatory pit stop; the two shorter races are run during daylight hours and do not require a pit stop.[4] The two longer races were also worth 100 points for the winner, with the two shorter races being worth 50 points.[5]

Larry Perkins Trophy

The driver who accumulates the most points across the four races receives the "Larry Perkins Trophy", named in honour of the Supercars Hall of Fame inductee who also started eleven Formula One Grands Prix.[6] The perpetual trophy was designed in collaboration between a student and senior lecturer at RMIT University and was partly created using 3D printing.[7]

History

Supercars Championship have held non-championship events at the Australian Grand Prix dating back to its first appearance on the Formula One calendar in 1985. The support event, most recently known as the Supercars Challenge, was held in every year from 1985 to 2017 except 2007. After the demise of the event, the series finally attained championship status for the 2018 season.[1]

The inaugural event saw four different winners across the four races, including Scott Pye's first championship race win in a dramatic third race of the weekend. Pye had taken the lead early in the race, and was among the drivers to remain on slick tyres during a late-race shower. Despite a brief off-track moment in the changing conditions, Pye held on for a narrow victory, the first for Walkinshaw Andretti United since the foreign investment in the team.[8] One victory and three further podiums across the weekend saw Jamie Whincup take the overall event victory and the first Larry Perkins Trophy.[9]

In the event's second year, Scott McLaughlin failed to win the event despite winning three of the four races across the weekend, including the 1,000th Australian Touring Car Championship race. In the other race, McLaughlin and Cameron Waters, who were first and second on the grid, clashed on the way to the grid, leaving both drivers out of the race. The race was won by Chaz Mostert, who also went on to win the round and the trophy.[10]

Winners

Event sponsors

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Howard, Tom (30 May 2017). "AGP to host Supercars championship round in 2018". Speedcafe. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 headlines biggest support category line-up". Australian Grand Prix. 7 December 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Supercars Operations Manual 2018 - Division "A" - Administration Rules" (PDF). Supercars. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Supercars confirms twilight AGP races". Speedcafe. 7 February 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Supercars Operations Manual 2018 - Division "D" - Sporting Rules" (PDF). Supercars. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Adam, Mitchell (7 December 2017). "Supercars to race for Larry Perkins Trophy at AGP". Supercars. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (15 March 2018). "Larry Perkins Trophy unveiled". Speedcafe. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ Isaacs, Lewis (24 March 2018). "Pye takes thrilling maiden Supercars win in rain". Speedcafe. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Isaacs, Lewis (25 March 2018). "Reynolds claims Supercars Melbourne 400 finale". Speedcafe. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ Newton, Bruce (17 March 2019). "Mclaughlin leads Mustang domination". motoring.com.au. Retrieved 2019.

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