Spectators at January’s A1GP World Cup of Motorsport races at Taupo can expect more excitement and closer racing following changes to the series’ sporting regulations.
Cars will make an extra mandatory pitstop between laps four and eight of the Sprint Race.
“The two pitstops in the Feature Race have proved to be the really high pressure points of the events,” says A1GP chairman, Tony Texeira. “We felt an additional one would not only add another variable into the Sprint Race mix, but also give the crews another opportunity to display their teamwork.”
The series’ unique qualifying format has been popular with spectators, and to increase the drama and tension each of the four sessions has now been reduced from 15 to 10 minutes with the same five minute break between each.
“Here the added pressure is on the drivers, as the Sprint Race grid is determined from each driver’s best time taken from sessions one and two and the Feature Race grid from sessions three and four,” says Texeira.
There will now be no age limit on drivers taking part in the two Rookie and Developing Nation sessions on the Friday of race weekend, and the gap between the two 30 minute sessions has been increased from five to 20 minutes.
The duration of the Sprint Race, with its rolling start, has also been increased from 19 to 24 minutes plus one lap; the Feature Race, from a standing start, remains at 69 minutes plus one lap.
The points allocation for the shorter race has also been reduced, with only the top eight eligible for points. Feature Race points are awarded to the top 10 finishers.