The Albert Park round of the 2014 International V8 Supercar Championship will feature a unique race and points' format as part of its tie-in to support the Formula 1 World Championship, it has been confirmed.
The event has long been a popular part of the Australian GP support package, becoming something of a blue riband event for teams and drivers despite not being part of the V8 Supercar championship calendar itself.
For the 2014 edition of the event, however, the series will introduce a handful of revisions to the race format, most notably double-file rolling starts and double-file safety car restarts.
Furthermore, the third race of the weekend will offer double points, mirroring the recent controversial decision to make the final round of 2014 F1 World Championship at Abu Dhabi in November more lucrative.
Together with Volvo joining the V8 Supercar grid in a factory capacity, alongside existing entries from Holden, Ford, Nissan and Mercedes, Australia Grand Prix Corportation CEO Andrew Westacott is confident the series will throw up some typically exciting competition.
"There is plenty to look forward to for V8 Supercars fans at this year's event. Not only do we have a brand new format, but Volvo has joined existing manufacturers Holden, Ford, Nissan and Mercedes for what is sure to be a gripping season-long battle," Westacott said.
"We are always working to refresh the entertainment offering and the new V8 Supercars race format is a great example of this in action, I'm sure we're going to see some impressive performances across the event.
The 2014 International V8 Supercar Championship gets underway at Adelaide on March 1-2, with Triple Eight Racing Engineering Holden's Jamie Whincup looking to make it six career titles this year.