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RXAUS CHANGES FORMAT FOR QUEENSLAND

Will Orders battles Justin Dowel in the 4WD open class at last RXAus round at Marulan – Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

RXAus (RallyCross Australia) will move to a new format for the next round at Carnell Raceway in Stanthorpe (Queensland) on June 10.

The new schedule will be modelled closely on the system used by the World RallyCross championship and is aimed to further enhance the on-track action as the series continues to grow.

The next round of RXAus will also feature a simplified class system that will see cars grouped into three categories: All-wheel drive, two-wheel drive and the 2WD Excel Cup. Each with their own Super Final.

Entries in each class will then be categorised (depending on entry numbers) into Group A, B or C, based on practice times, to ensure each competitor is racing cars and drivers of a similar performance level throughout the heat races.

Three, four-lap heat races for each group will ensure a rapid stream of racing for competitors and fans across the day.

Separate six-lap semi-finals for each group will then decide the grid for the class Super Final which will decide the round overall.

The first four cars from the Group A semi-final, and two each from the group B and C semi-finals will make up the eight-car Super Final grid.

 

Richie Dalton's VW Polo pitting flames - Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

Richie Dalton’s VW Polo pitting flames – Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

“We’ve learned a lot from the first two rounds of RXAus and in talking to our competitors,” said RXAus director, Justin Dowell.

“The new format is designed to add to the bang-for-buck for competitors and allow them to race with cars of a similar performance level throughout the day. As our grids grow we now have the capability to run three grids for each class, with each grid determined on performance in practice.

“This means we will see closer racing between cars of a similar performance level in each of the AWD, 2WD and Excel Cup classes.

“It also allows us to grow our fields and cater to a larger number of people no matter what kind of car they may have. As long as it’s eligible it will have a category to race in and competition to compete with.

“It will also make the on-track product even better for people watching trackside, as there will be non-stop racing from the start to the finish of the event.”

The next round of the RXAus Championship will see the series’ visit Carnell Raceway in Stanthorpe, in country Queensland, on June 10.

FORMAT: For Each Class

Practice – 10 minutes

Qualifying – 10 minutes per group A, B, C

Heat Races –

3x 4 lap heats for Group A
3x 4 lap heats for Group B
3x 4 lap heats for Group C

Semi Final

1x 6 lap race for Group A – top 4 to Super Final
1x 6 lap race for Group B – top 2 to Super Final
1x 6 lap race for Group C – top 2 to Super Final

Super Final

1x 6 lap race

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