The V8 Supercars Points System

Jamie Whincup tops the points to win his fifth V8 Supercars Championship title
The V8 Supercars drivers’ and teams’ titles are decided through a simple system of point scoring at each race. Here’s how it works over the season…

Drivers Championship

The current V8 Supercars points system was introduced in 2008. The scoring was amended after V8 Supercars Australia felt the previous system, which only awarded points down to 15th place, prevented too many competitors from getting points on the board.

The emphasis is on rewarding race victories, but points are extended to the last place, if, a driver (or drivers) has completed 75% of the race distance and is running at the completion of the final lap; and, provided a car has a final lap time within 200% of the race winner’s fastest lap time for that race. Non-finishers will not be awarded points for that race.

If a race is stopped after more than half the scheduled race distance/duration has been completed by the leading car and cannot be restarted, full race points will be awarded. If a race is stopped before half the scheduled race distance/duration has been completed by the leading car and cannot be restarted, no points will be awarded.

In the event of two (or more) drivers scoring equal points at the end of the season, the driver with the greater number of first places will be deemed the winner. If this should fail to produce a result, then the driver with the greater number of second places will assume the higher place in the series order and so on until the tie is broken.

Different points scales are assigned to rounds having one, two or three races, ensuring a maximum 300 points for a driver winning all races at any one event.

For single, double and triple-header rounds, the system gives race winners a bigger points gain against second place, then equal graduations between second and sixth, seventh to 11th, and then from 12th onwards. The quadruple header again gives race winners a bigger points gain against second place, but presents a slightly more complicated points allocation further down the order (see below).

In 2014, V8 Supercars revised its race formats with just three types of events making up the season’s calendar – the SuperSprint, the SuperStreet and the Enduro Cup formats – a structure that remains in place in 2015. However, this simplified structure brought with it a variation in how the points are awarded over the three-race SuperSprint and SuperStreet events.

Whereas previously 100 points per race were up for grabs at the equally-distanced three-race events, the SuperSprint format (which for 2015 comprises of two 60km races and one 200km race) and the SuperStreet format (which comprises of two 125km races and one 250km race), award 75 points for a win for each of the two shorter races and 150 points for the longer race. The exception to this rule is the Townsville SuperStreet event. Having returned to its original 400km race format, this round comprises of two 200km races with a maximum 150 points on offer in each.

SuperStreet:

Clipsal 500 Adelaide, Sydney 500
For each of the two 125km races there are 75 points for the taking. This then decreases by six to 69 for second place, by five to 64 for third place and by four to 60 for fourth place. Fifth place decreases by five to 55 and sixth place by four to 51. The graduation then decreases three points per place to 11th, two points to 12th and one point to 13th. After that the points allocation decreases in alternating values – a two point decrease for 14th place, one point decrease for 15th, a further two point decrease for 16th and another one point for 17th, and so on down to 30th.

For the 250km race a race winner gets 150 points, 12 points more than second place, then equal graduations of nine points per place to sixth, six points down to 11th and three points thereafter down to 28th.

Townsville 400
Townsville has returned to its original format of two 200km fixtures over the weekend. For each 200km race 150 points are available to the winner, 12 points over second place, then the graduation is nine points per place to sixth, six points down to 11th and three points thereafter down to 28th.

SuperSprint:

Tasmania, Winton, Perth, Darwin, Ipswich, Sydney Motorsport Park, Auckland, Phillip Island
Both of the 60km races are worth 75 points to the winner. Like the SuperStreet format, this then decreases by six to 69 for second place, by five to 64 for third place and by four to 60 for fourth place. Fifth place decreases by five to 55 and sixth place by four to 51. The graduation then decreases three points per place to 11th, two points to 12th and one point to 13th. After that the points allocation decreases in alternating values – a two point decrease for 14th place, one point decrease for 15th, a further two point decrease for 16th and another one point for 17th, and so on down to 30th.

For the 200km race the winner nets 150 points, 12 points over second place, then the graduation is nine points per place to sixth, six points down to 11th and three points thereafter down to 28th.

Enduro Cup:

Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000
The Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 points system gives the single-race round winner 300 points, a 24 points advantage over second place. The points are then graduated down the list 18 points between second and sixth, 12 points from seventh to 11th, and then six points from 12th onwards.

Gold Coast 600
Each of the two 300km races offer the winner 150 points, 12 points more than second place, then equal graduations of nine points per place to sixth, six points down to 11th and three points thereafter down to 28th.

V8 Supercars Points System

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FORMAT
SuperStreet1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th11th12th13th14th15th16th17th18th19th20th21st22nd23rd24th25th26th27th28th
125km
125km
250km
75
75
150
69
69
138
64
64
129
60
60
120
55
55
111
51
51
102
48
48
96
45
45
90
42
42
84
39
39
78
36
36
72
34
34
69
33
33
66
31
31
63
30
30
60
28
28
57
27
27
54
25
25
51
24
24
48
22
22
45
21
21
42
19
19
39
18
18
36
16
16
33
15
15
30
13
13
27
12
12
24
10
10
21
200km
200km
(Townsville)
150
150
138
138
129
129
120
120
111
111
102
102
96
96
90
90
84
84
78
78
72
72
69
69
66
66
63
63
60
60
57
57
54
54
51
51
48
48
45
45
42
42
39
39
36
36
33
33
30
30
27
27
24
24
21
21
SuperSprint1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th11th12th13th14th15th16th17th18th19th20th21st22nd23rd24th25th26th27th28th
60km
60km
200km
75
75
150
69
69
138
64
64
129
60
60
120
55
55
111
51
51
102
48
48
96
45
45
90
42
42
84
39
39
78
36
36
72
34
34
69
33
33
66
31
31
63
30
30
60
28
28
57
27
27
54
25
25
51
24
24
48
22
22
45
21
21
42
19
19
39
18
18
36
16
16
33
15
15
30
13
13
27
12
12
24
10
10
21
Enduro1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th11th12th13th14th15th16th17th18th19th20th21st22nd23rd24th25th26th27th28th
Single-race:
Two-race:
300
150
276
138
258
129
240
120
222
111
204
102
192
96
180
90
168
84
156
78
144
72
138
69
132
66
126
63
120
60
114
57
108
54
102
51
96
48
90
45
84
42
78
39
72
36
66
33
60
30
54
27
48
24
42
21

Teams Championship

Teams also compete for the Teams Championship. Created in 2005, the Teams Championship is decided in the same manner as the Drivers Championship, by simply adding together the points of the team’s drivers.

The two-car teams with the highest combined point score from both its cars at the end of the season will be determined the Champion Team.

For scoring purposes, teams with four cars are split and treated as two separate two-car teams. Teams must nominate which cars will be paired together to be counted towards the Team Championship prior to race one.

Three-car teams must nominate which two cars will be counted towards the Team Championship prior to race one. The third car will then be eligible for the Single Car Teams Championship.

In the event of two or more teams tying for the championship at the end of the season, the team with the greatest number of first places will be deemed to be the winner. If this should fail to produce a result, then the team with the greater number of second places will assume the higher place in the series and so on until the tie is broken.