01 Mar 2019
We want our 500 Club members to have the inside word on the changes to Supercars for the 2019 Superloop Adelaide 500.
Here's five things you'll want to know to out-brain the person sitting next to you...
500 CLUB MEMBER’S UPDATE: FIVE NEW THINGS THIS WEEKEND
INSIDE LINE: Grid change to give polesitter more advantage
The grid will be different this weekend when the first shootout is run-and-won. Since 2001, the polesitter has always taken the P1 box on the inside of the track. However given the circuit runs clockwise and starts with a left-hander at the Senna Chicane, this means P1 has always been at a theoretical disadvantage heading into the first turn.
That will be rectified at the Superloop Adelaide 500 this weekend, with the polesitter and all odd-placed cars to start on the left side of the grid facing the start-finish line.
TRACK CHANGES: New feel for Adelaide Street Circuit
The track limits that drew controversy in 2018 when nine of the top ten shootout cars overran the painted yellow line (to no penalty), will continue in 2019 – but with an important difference. Concrete barriers with tyre walls have been introduced at the exits of turn six and seven, and it won’t be a surprise to see a few cars have a nasty hit there during this weekend’s races. Turn 9’s run-off area has also been modified to better comply with these rules.
THE MUSTANG: It’s here
Hello Pony. Ford’s new Mustang – marking the Blue Oval’s financial return to supporting its Supercars teams – debuts this weekend. Already the pace has been hot, with the Shell V-Power Mustangs topping the timesheets in Friday practice.
NO MOVEMENT: Penalties revised for 2019
Last year’s controversies around wheel movement when a car is docked in its pit bay have been addressed with rule revisions to remove grey areas. From 2019, a driver needs to engage the hydraulic handbreak when in pit bay to prevent spinning of rear wheels.
The car must also be immediately re-raised if it is lowered before the fuel hose is fully removed from the refuelling socket.
A 15-second time penalty will be served at the car’s next pitstop or applied to the finish time for infringements.
UNDER THE HOOD: New bits for cars
Sometimes it’s the things you can’t see. In 2019, the Supercars will run a number of new control parts under their skins. Among them are the new Motec Electronic Control Unit, an Xtrac transaxle gearbox and the move to linear-spring dampers across all cars.
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