The Bend SuperSprint

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South Australia The Bend SuperSprint
Race Information
Venue The Bend Motorsport Park
Number of times held 1
First held 2018
Race Format
Race 1
Laps 24
Distance 120 km
Race 2
Laps 41
Distance 200 km
Last Event (2018)
Overall Winner
New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Race Engineering
Race Winners
New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Race Engineering
Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering

The Bend SuperSprint (formally known as the OTR SuperSprint at The Bend Motorsport Park) is an annual motor racing event for Supercars, held at The Bend Motorsport Park in Tailem Bend, South Australia since 2018.[1]

Format[edit]

The event runs on the 4.9km "International" configuration of the circuit.[2] The event is staged over a three-day weekend, from Friday to Sunday. Three forty five-minute practice sessions are held, two on Friday and one on Saturday. Saturday features a fifteen-minute qualifying session which decides the grid positions for the following 120 kilometre race. A single twenty-minute qualifying session is held on Sunday to decide the grid for the following 200 km race.[3] As of 2018, the event is open to "wildcard" entries, allowing teams and drivers from the Super2 Series support category to take part in the sport's premier class.[1]

History[edit]

Jamie Whincup at the 2018 event.

The Bend Motorsport Park, the first permanent circuit to be opened in Australia since Queensland Raceway in 1999, signed a memorandum of understanding to host a future Supercars race early in the construction process in 2015.[4] Following final approval from the Government of South Australia, the circuit was added to the 2018 calendar with an August date, the first time the state has held two championship events in a season since Adelaide International Raceway hosted two rounds in 1977.[5][6]

The inaugural event was dominated by Triple Eight Race Engineering, with two poles and two race victories shared between Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup.[7]

Winners[edit]

Year Driver Team Car Report
2018 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore ZB Report

Event sponsors[edit]

  • 2018–present: OTR

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Supercars reveals 16 event 2018 calendar". Speedcafe. 4 October 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Bend Motorsport Park confirms Supercars 2018 slot". Speedcafe. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Supercars Operations Manual 2018 - Division "A" - Administration Rules" (PDF). Supercars. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  4. ^ Cook, Craig (14 June 2015). "Tailem Bend Motorsport Park: the plan for SA's second V8 race". The Advertiser. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  5. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (22 June 2017). "SA Government backs Tailem Bend Supercars event". Supercars.com. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  6. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (8 January 2018). "Tailem Bend buoyed by early ticket sales". Supercars.com. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  7. ^ Herrero, Daniel (26 August 2018). "Whincup wins, van Gisbergen takes points lead". Speedcafe. Retrieved 31 August 2018.