The controversial V8 Supercar points system from 2003 will be reintroduced in 2005 by TEGA plus a whole draft of changes for 2005.
Rules to be implemented by TEGA for 2005
1/ Drop your worst round after round 10 at Bathurst. The final three rounds of the series are all then counted towards the series. The points allocation will remain the same as the previous two seasons (ie First place gets 192 and every place after that decreases by 6 points).
2/ The mandatory use of the HANS device by drivers in the main series and the Development series.
3/ The adoption of a Teams Championship where points will be allocated in the same fashion as the driver's title. There will be two teams championships- one for two-car and one for single-car teams.
4/ There is now a restriction on the amount of cars Level 1 and 2 teams will be able to enter in the V8 Devlopment contest. Previously, unlimited number of entries were permitted, but from 2005, main series teams can face testing day deductions if they test and/or race the same model in the two series. Likewise, teams will only be allowed to test a maximum of two of the older model cars (VX and AU) per test day.
5/ And, "professional" drivers will not be allowed to enter the development V8 race at Bathurst. To be eligible to compete in the Bathurst development race, drivers must compete in at least four rounds prior to Bathurst. Davaid Brabham was one driver who took advantage of the konica Minolta race this year at Mount Panorama.