The Supercars series will return to Symmons Plains Raceway as fans get treated to the best of Australian motorsport across the weekend.
Fans are expected to turn out in number to witness the premier motorsport series return to Tasmania. The likes of established stars Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom as well as rising talent in Macauley Jones and Todd Hazelwood are all set to feature.
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The round will feature a unique set-up for qualifying which will see the field of drivers divided in half and competing in separate sessions. The knockout qualifying will see one car per two-car team compete in one five minute session each. The reduced cars on-track should provide faster laps and more fan entertainment.
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Rising Supercars driver Todd Hazelwood said the team was excited to be in Tasmania for the event.
"It's great to have the fans back involved and it's actually one of the circuits we go to where you can visually see the fans enjoying the Supercars spectacle," he said.
"Everyone's lined up on the hill and cars are parked all the way down to the hairpin, it's a really cool viewing [for] a driver."
Emerging star Macauley Jones said he was looking forward to seeing what the new qualifying set-up would bring.
"I think it is definitely a unique one for this weekend and definitely going to throw a spanner in the works and make you work really hard," he said.
"They're short sessions, so you need to make sure you get the job done quickly but hopefully it unfolds really well."
Jones was excited to return to Symmons Plains Raceway which he described as one of his favourite tracks.
"I really like this track, I think it has a lot of characteristics even though it is one of the shortest tracks to go to I think some of the best racing happens here and a lot of strategy happens," he said.
Hazelwood echoed those thoughts praising the track which has "a little bit of everything" ahead of the race weekend getting underway.
"It's great to be back at Symmons Plains obviously its been a while since we've been racing here but it is one of our favourite tracks, it's got a little bit of everything and looking forward to seeing what we can do," he said.
Both drivers are eyeing off a positive result across the round at the lightning quick track which boasts a sub-60-second lap.
"It's my hundredth race on Saturday so it'd be nice to match a great result with a milestone moment and we're trying to push to stay inside that top ten all season," Hazelwood said.
"If we tick all the boxes we'll move further and further up the field and get closer to the top ten," Jones said.
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