2023 Betr Darwin Triple Crown, Event 5 of the Repco Supercars Championship, Hidden Valley, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. 17 Jun, 2023.


Team 18 left Darwin with newfound confidence after the team’s first ever race victory and will be looking to build on their success at this weekend’s NTI Townsville 500.

DEWALT Racing’s Mark Winterbottom secured the team’s first-ever race victory in Race 13 at the Darwin Triple Crown with a strong win over Red Bull Ampol’s Broc Feeney. Winterbottom is determined to maintain their momentum and continue their strong performance as the team heads to the Reid Park Street Circuit which holds special memories for the former series champion after a clean sweep in 2015.

Hino Camaro driver Scott Pye also had a promising round in Darwin, securing a top ten finish in Race 15. Furthermore, Pye showcased impressive speed in Townsville last year, qualifying in the top ten for both races and finishing fifth on Saturday. With this track record, Pye will be eager to replicate his previous success and bring home valuable points to boost his and the team’s championship position.

Both the DEWALT and Hino Camaros will proudly retain their indigenous liveries for the Townsville event following the Supercars Indigenous Round in Darwin. The Townsville 500 aligns with NAIDOC Week, a celebration of the rich history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people, making a fitting venue to carry on the liveries that bring awareness to indigenous communities and organisations across the country.

The Townsville 500 will consist of two 88-lap, 250km races including refuelling on the Dunlop Soft Tyre compound. This demanding format will test the drivers’ skill and endurance, providing an exciting spectacle for fans who travel from across the country for what is now one of the landmark events in North Queensland.

Track action commences on Friday with two 30-minute practice sessions, allowing the teams to fine-tune their setups and gather valuable data. On Saturday, the intensity ramps up with a 15-minute qualifying session at 10:15am, followed by a Top 10 Shootout at 12pm. The shootout will determine the grid for Race 16, scheduled for 2:40pm that afternoon. Qualifying for Race 17 will take place at 10:00am on the following day, followed by another shootout at 12pm, setting the stage for Race 17 at 2:40pm.

Fans can catch all the thrilling action live and free on Channel 7, as well as via the simulcast on Fox Sports and Kayo. Check local guides for further details.

QUOTES

Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 DEWALT Racing Team 18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

“I hope what we learned at Darwin carries on. I think it should, but you hope that we’re not just good at Darwin and then you’ve got to reinvent the wheel again, but we go to Townsville as confident as ever. 

“I think the car with the strengths and weaknesses that I had, should suit Townsville quite well, but it’s another test for us with these cars. 

“The goal is to just be fast, competitive, make minimal mistakes, and if it’s our day, it’s our day. That’s how I sort of approach the rounds now, and if we’re good enough on our day, we can win, we’ve proven that. We just got to make sure we don’t make mistakes and our days happen more often. 

Scott Pye, driver #20 Hino Team 18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

“I’m looking forward to getting back to sunny Townsville. It’s a place that has been pretty good to me in the past with with some great car speed. Last year we finished top five on Saturday and were passing for a podium position in the last race when we crashed out.

“I think after Darwin and a few other results this year, we are looking for consistency, number one, and then, I think if we can qualify well, we’ll be up for a good race.

“It’s a place that I enjoy. I love the hybrid track being half street circuit and half permanent.

“It’s unique and the racing as well, being long distance races, you never really know what you’re going to get there.”