CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown
Date 16 – 18 June 2017
A regular fixture on the calendar since 1998, Hidden Valley Raceway features one of the longest and fastest straights and one of the slowest corners in Australia.
Since its introduction to the Darwin event in 2006, no driver has won the Darwin Triple Crown and the trophy remains unclaimed. With the return to a two-race format, a driver now has to win both the weekend’s races and qualify fastest in the Top 10 Shootout to complete the treble and take the most elusive award in Supercars.
In the second of the ‘wildcard’ rounds, Dunlop Super2 Series drivers Macauley Jones and Jack Le Brocq join the Darwin Triple Crown field.
A challenging back section of curves, bumps and tight hairpin bends make up the 14-turn track, and with high levels of tyre wear, set-up and straight line grunt are critical.
Location: Darwin, Northern Territory
Track Length: 2.87km
Circuit Direction: Anti-Clockwise
Fastest Point: Main Straight
Slowest Point: Turn 6
Full Throttle: 45%
Average Speed: 149km/h
Race Lap Record: 1:06.8659 – Rick Kelly (2015)
Qualifying Lap Record: 1:06.0259 – Craig Lowndes (2016)
Race Wins: Mark Skaife – 8
Pole Positions: Mark Winterbottom, Mark Skaife – 4
2016 Winners: Michael Caruso, Shane van Gisbergen
Tyres: 24 Super Soft
2017 Crownbet Darwin Triple Crown Event Information
Friday: 2 x 45 minute Practice
Saturday: 1 x 45 minute Practice, 1 x 15 minute Qualifying, 1 x 120km Race
Sunday: 1 x 20 minute Qualifying, 1 x Top Ten Shootout; 1 x 200km Race