|Venue||Symmons Plains Raceway|
|Number of times held||45|
|Last Event (2017)|
|Fabian Coulthard||DJR Team Penske|
|Shane van Gisbergen||Triple Eight Race Engineering|
|Fabian Coulthard||DJR Team Penske|
The Tasmania SuperSprint (formally known as the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint) is an annual motor racing event for Supercars, held at Symmons Plains Raceway in Launceston, Tasmania. The event has been a regular part of the Supercars Championship—and its previous incarnations, the Australian Touring Car Championship, Shell Championship Series and V8 Supercars Championship—since 1969.
Behind Sandown Raceway, which has most commonly hosted the Sandown 500 and Sandown Challenge, Symmons Plains has hosted the most events in championship history. The only hiatus for the event was between 2000 and 2003 during which the circuit received a A$3 million upgrade. The event is seen as one of Tasmania's largest sporting events, providing a variety of benefits to the local economy.
The event is staged over a three-day weekend, from Friday to Sunday. Two forty five-minute practice sessions are held on Friday while a further forty five-minute practice session is held on Saturday. Saturday features a fifteen-minute qualifying session which decides the grid positions for the following 120 kilometre sprint race. A twenty-minute qualifying session is held on Sunday to decide the grid for the following 200 km race.
When the Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) was first held over a series of races in 1969, Symmons Plains was included on the calendar as the final race of the series. The race would decide the championship that year, as Alan Hamilton could take the title from Ian Geoghegan if he won the race and Geoghegan failed to score. Geoghegan's car failed to start at the one-minute signal and his pit crew push started the car. This was not allowed under the regulations of the time and Geoghegan was disqualified. Hamilton ended up finishing the race in second place behind Norm Beechey, losing the title to Geoghegan by a single point.
After again hosting the final round in 1970, Symmons Plains became the home of the opening round, hosting the first event of the ATCC every year from 1971 to 1981. Allan Moffat and Peter Brock were the most successful drivers at the event in this period, taking seven of the eleven possible victories between them. John Harvey scored his two ATCC victories at the event, winning in 1976 and 1979. Between 1988 and 1990, Dick Johnson joined Moffat as the only two drivers to win three consecutive rounds at the circuit.
In the late 1990s, Holden Racing Team dominated the event with four consecutive round wins from 1996 to 1999. Despite not hosting the opening round again, the Symmons Plains event remained in the early part of the ATCC calendar until 1999, when it was moved to August. The Government of Tasmania didn't renew the event's contract after 1999 and the race dropped off the calendar in 2000. Following the completion of a circuit upgrade in 2004, which included the construction of permanent pit lane facilities and a resurfacing of the track, a new deal was struck to bring the event back onto the calendar in November of the same year. With the exception of 2008, the event retained a November date, often as the penultimate event of the season, until 2011. Since 2012, the event has been the second round of the championship, generally in late March or early April.
In recent years, Jamie Whincup and Triple Eight Race Engineering have dominated the event with six wins since 2007. This has seen Whincup surpass Brock as the most successful driver in the event's history. In 2017, the Saturday race was suspended after two laps due to a twelve car pile-up in wet conditions. While the race later briefly restarted under safety car, no championship points were awarded, despite Shane van Gisbergen being credited with a race victory.
|6||Jamie Whincup||2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015|
|5||Peter Brock||1974, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984|
|4||Allan Moffat||1971, 1972, 1973, 1977|
|Dick Johnson||1981, 1988, 1989, 1990|
|2||John Harvey||1976, 1979|
|Robbie Francevic||1985, 1986|
|Craig Lowndes||1996, 1998|
|Mark Skaife||1994, 1999|
|Garth Tander||2005, 2006|
|Will Davison||2009, 2016|
|Fabian Coulthard||2013, 2017|
|7||Holden Dealer Team|
|6||Triple Eight Race Engineering|
|Dick Johnson Racing|
|5||Holden Racing Team|
|3||Allan Moffat Racing|
|2||Glenn Seton Racing|
|HSV Dealer Team|
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