Tasmania SuperSprint

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Tasmania Tasmania SuperSprint
Symmons Plains Raceway (Australia) track map.svg
Race Information
Venue Symmons Plains Raceway
Number of times held 45
First held 1969
Race Format
Race 1
Laps 50
Distance 120 km
Race 2
Laps 84
Distance 200 km
Last Event (2017)
Overall Winner
New Zealand Fabian Coulthard DJR Team Penske
Race Winners
New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Race Engineering
New Zealand 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.[1] The only hiatus for the event was between 2000 and 2003 during which the circuit received a A$3 million upgrade.[2] The event is seen as one of Tasmania's largest sporting events, providing a variety of benefits to the local economy.[2]

Format[edit]

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.[3]

History[edit]

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.[4]

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.[4] 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.[2] 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.[5] With the exception of 2008, the event retained a November date, often as the penultimate event of the season, until 2011.[4] 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]

Winners[edit]

Peter Brock at Symmons Plains in 1982. He would win the event that year.
Year Driver[4] Team/Entrant Car Report
1969 Australia Norm Beechey Norm Beechey Holden HK Monaro GTS327
1970 Australia Jim McKeown Shell Racing Team Porsche 911
1971 Canada Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Racing Ford Boss 302 Mustang
1972 Canada Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Racing Ford Boss 302 Mustang
1973 Canada Allan Moffat Ford Works Team Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III
1974 Australia Peter Brock Holden Dealer Team Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1
1975 Australia Colin Bond Holden Dealer Team Holden Torana L34
1976 Australia John Harvey Peter Janson Holden Torana L34
1977 Canada Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Racing Ford XB Falcon GT
1978 Australia Peter Brock Holden Dealer Team Holden LX Torana SLR A9X 4-Door
1979 Australia John Harvey Holden Dealer Team Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback
1980 Australia Peter Brock Holden Dealer Team Holden VB Commodore
1981 Australia Dick Johnson Dick Johnson Racing Ford XD Falcon
1982 Australia Peter Brock Holden Dealer Team Holden VC Commodore
1983 Australia Allan Grice Roadways Racing Holden VH Commodore
1984 Australia Peter Brock Holden Dealer Team Holden VH Commodore
1985 New Zealand Robbie Francevic Mark Petch Motorsport Volvo 240T
1986 New Zealand Robbie Francevic Volvo Dealer Team Volvo 240T
1987 Australia George Fury Gibson Motorsport Nissan Skyline DR30
1988 Australia Dick Johnson Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra RS500
1989 Australia Dick Johnson Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra RS500
1990 Australia Dick Johnson Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra RS500
1991 New Zealand Jim Richards Gibson Motorsport Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R
1992 Australia Glenn Seton Glenn Seton Racing Ford Sierra RS500
1993 Australia Alan Jones Glenn Seton Racing Ford EB Falcon
1994 Australia Mark Skaife Gibson Motorsport Holden VP Commodore Report
1995 Australia John Bowe Dick Johnson Racing Ford EF Falcon Report
1996 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore
1997 New Zealand Greg Murphy Holden Racing Team Holden VS Commodore
1998 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VT Commodore
1999 Australia Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team Holden VT Commodore Report
2000

2003
not held
2004 Australia Russell Ingall Stone Brothers Racing Ford BA Falcon
2005 Australia Garth Tander HSV Dealer Team Holden VZ Commodore
2006 Australia Garth Tander HSV Dealer Team Holden VZ Commodore
2007 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BF Falcon Report
2008 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BF Falcon Report
2009 Australia Will Davison Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore Report
2010 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing Ford FG Falcon
2011 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore
2012 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore Report
2013 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore Report
2014 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore Report
2015 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore Report
2016 Australia Will Davison Tekno Autosports Holden VF Commodore Report
2017 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon Report

Multiple winners[edit]

By driver[edit]

Wins Driver Years
6 Australia Jamie Whincup 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
5 Australia Peter Brock 1974, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984
4 Canada Allan Moffat 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977
Australia Dick Johnson 1981, 1988, 1989, 1990
2 Australia John Harvey 1976, 1979
New Zealand Robbie Francevic 1985, 1986
Australia Craig Lowndes 1996, 1998
Australia Mark Skaife 1994, 1999
Australia Garth Tander 2005, 2006
Australia Will Davison 2009, 2016
New Zealand Fabian Coulthard 2013, 2017

By team[edit]

Wins Team
7 Holden Dealer Team
6 Triple Eight Race Engineering
Dick Johnson Racing
5 Holden Racing Team
3 Allan Moffat Racing
Gibson Motorsport
2 Glenn Seton Racing
HSV Dealer Team

By manufacturer[edit]

Wins Manufacturer
24 Holden
16 Ford
2 Volvo
Nissan

Event sponsors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fast Facts: Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint". V8 Supercars. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Bresnehan, James (28 March 2014). "Supercars boss gives rev-up on new deal with Tasmanian Government". The Mercury. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Supercars Operations Manual 2017 - Division "A" - Administration Rules" (PDF). Supercars. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d Greenhalgh, David; Howard, Graham; Wilson, Stewart (2011). The official history: Australian Touring Car Championship - 50 Years. St Leonards, New South Wales: Chevron Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-9805912-2-4. 
  5. ^ "Symmons Plains". RacingCircuits.info. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  6. ^ van Leeuwen, Andrew (8 April 2017). "Massive shunt halts Supercars race in Tasmania". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 9 April 2017. 

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