Supercars Plan "Big Bash" Style Night Race

Set To Light Up Sydney...

Supercars Plan "Big Bash" Style Night Race

It's hugely popular in Formula 1 and now the flick could soon be switched in Supercars.

Light switch that is.

Night racing is on the agenda for in a new 'Big Bash' style format for Sydney Motorsport Park in 2018.

Temporary lighting would illuminate the 2.8km short circuit as permanent lighting still to get the official nod from government.

“We’re currently costing up the lighting we’d need and the next piece to that will be the format and how it works," said Supercars boss James Warburton.

A radical new format is also up on the drawing board to provide the sort of thrills seen in the Big Bash or a Fast 4 tennis match.

“You’ve got to continue to innovate in your sport and you’ve got to push the boundaries and find new levels of interest.

“It’s hard to get a crowd at Sydney Motorsport Park. It’s always been difficult because of the location," he told Supercars.com.

“It might be a made-for-TV event that we’d run mid-week, on say the Wednesday and Thursday nights, or be based around fan activation at the event."

Sadly it probably wouldn't count towards the Championship but anything's up for discussion.

“It could be non-championship which allows a lot more freedom in terms of the format, including opening it up the Super2 teams as well.

“A lot of things have already been done with reverse grids and things like that, but combining the fields for a series of heats and a final is among what’s in the mix.

Night racing hasn't been seen in the sport for 20 years, but management are determined to make it happen.

"We’ve got great providers in Coates Hire that we’re working closely with. Then it’s a matter of putting it together and seeing if it can work."

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