The 2014 Bathurst 1000 Winner Paul Morris will once again jump aboard an Aussie Racing Car for round three of the series. After a two month hiatus the pocket rockets have made the trek north to Darwin for the Crown Bet Triple Crown V8Supercars Round this weekend. for round three of the series. After a two month hiatus the pocket rockets have made the trek north to Darwin for the Crown Bet Triple Crown V8Supercars Round this weekend. Morris’ last run in the series was at the same round last year where he proved his prowess in motorsport by mixing with the top cars and taking a win to finish the round in a creditable sixth position. Morris will compete in the Ford Mustang of Scott Taylor Motorsport.
This weekend 36 cars take to the short 2.8km Hidden Valley circuit, whilst it’s the shortest track the Aussie Racing Cars will visit this year it’s also one of the busiest, after the 1.1km long front straight there’s 14 tight and twisty corners to contend with, the reasonably wide circuit again will see the ARC cars running two and three wide in to the turns, especially around five, six and seven in the actual “hidden” part of Hidden Valley, the bowl is a great spectator viewing area as you can see almost the whole field come in and out of the tight turns, this then opens on to the fast flowing esses of turns 10-13.
None of the 2016 Aussie Racing Car Teams are based out of Darwin so the local crowd is always pleased when the field goes racing, this also means there is no home town advantage for anyone either. Another aspect the Aussie Car Family enjoy at the round of course is the heat and fine weather, already the southern teams are talking about the extreme cold and only two weeks into winter.
After two rounds James Duckworth (RDA Brakes / Rinkin Racing – Nissan Altima) leads with 98 points from the current Series Champion Brendan Pingel (Derek Pingel Racing “Spirit of Lockyer” – Holden Cruze) and Ben Walsh (Dr Ink Tattoo Removal – Holden Cruse) whom are tied on 96 points. Grant Ludbey (The Torque Team – Euro GT) leads the Masters Cup, in the race for the Gold Cup Brendon Tucker (Variety Group – Camaro) is top of the table, Kel Treseder leads the fight in the Rookie class (KKP Motorsport – Camaro). Ruth Bowler (Ruthie Racer Racing – Ford Coupe) is leading the ladies trophy with 100 points.
Darwin always puts on a party for their biggest sporting event and this weekend will be huge, many of the teams take a few days extra up north to see a few of the sights. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for updates from the media team. We’ll also be trailing the Facebook LIVE app too from the pits and team bays.