Team 18 drivers Scott Pye and Mark Winterbottom are optimistic ahead of this weekend’s Darwin Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway,
Darwin will play host to the second annual Supercars Indigenous Round, with this special occasion paying homage to the rich cultural heritage of Australia’s Indigenous people and serves as a platform to raise awareness and appreciation for their contributions to motorsport and the broader community.
As part of the event, Team 18 will race in two unique liveries on their Chevrolet Camaros. DEWALT Racing’s Mark Winterbottom is representing an artwork designed by renowned Kalkadoon artist Chern’ee Sutton, inspired by the fans and teams supporting the Supercars Championship.
Hino’s Scott Pye will race with an artwork called ‘Travelling On Country’ by Mayi artist Leah Cummins from Bunya Designs, inspired by the nationwide sport and the modern ways of travelling.
Pye, who scored a top five finish at the last round in Tasmania, is looking forward to the annual escape from Melbourne’s winter. The team endured a challenging Sunday in Tasmania for Pye’s Camaro, however the team have analysed and identified the areas which impacted their performance as the team looks ahead to perfecting the setup of the Darwin circuit.
Winterbottom is looking forward to hitting the track in Darwin after an up and down start to the season, as the team used the break between the last round at Tasmania to further enhance the overall package of the DEWALT Camaro heading to Hidden Valley.
The BetR Darwin Triple Crown kicks off on Friday with two 30-minute practice sessions. Saturday’s action will see a three-part knockout qualifying to set the grid for Race 13 at 3:25pm that afternoon.
Qualifying for Races 14 and 15 will be held on Saturday morning from 9:30am, followed by Race 14 at 11:50am and Race 15 at 3:25pm.
All three races of the Darwin Triple Crown will be 35 laps distance on the Dunlop Super Soft Tyre.
All the action can be viewed live and free on Channel 7, and simulcast on Fox Sports and Kayo. Check your local guides for further details.
Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 DEWALT Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
“We’ve put in a lot of work. This year has been up and down for us. Some teams have got on top of these cars quite quickly, but for us, we haven’t tested between Tasmania and Darwin, so we’ve used that time to really get through a program, look at data, gain information and we’re going to Darwin with a different setup and different plan of attack.
Scott Pye, driver #20 Hino Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
“I’m feeling good heading into Darwin. I’m excited to get out of Melbourne’s cold weather for sure.
“Tasmania was a difficult Sunday, but really promising Saturday and we know why Sunday was difficult. So we head to Darwin now with some good optimism and what we’re seeing with these cars is if you get the setup right, you’re in for a real treat on a weekend.
“Hopefully we can go there and tick all the little one percenters and get a result, but for sure I’m feeling confident heading back to a place we’ve had good results out in the past and I’m just excited to get up there.