Supercars kicks off its Hidden Valley double-header this weekend with the 2020 Darwin Triple Crown.
It’s been another dramatic build-up to an event for the Aussie series, which needed to broker a deal with Northern Territory health officials after Brisbane, home to the likes of Triple Eight Racing Engineering and star driver Scott McLaughlin, was declared a COVID-19 hot spot.
Successful talks have paved the way for an unprecedented double-header at the Hidden Valley circuit to go ahead, starting with this weekend’s Triple Crown.
The polarising mixed compound tyre rules will be retained for the first leg of the Darwin double, however a tweak will mean drivers will be restricted to the hard compound tyre for the three-stage qualifying on Saturday.
Tyre choice will then be open for all three races and Sunday’s two qualifying sessions, with just two sets of soft compound Dunlops and three sets of hards available from the end of practice onwards.
The races will be shorter than we’ve seen since the resumption of the season, too, with each heat just 110 kilometres.
All three will feature a mandatory stop for at least two tyres. Having the hard and soft compound on the car at the same time is not allowed.
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