Supercars Supports ready to roll in Darwin

Thursday 13 June, 2019
The Support Category entry lists for this weekend’s BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown have been released with more than 90 drivers taking on the Hidden Valley Racecourse.
From the national series rounds in Aussie Racing Cars and the Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup to the state level HQ Holdens and Commodore Cup, there will be a lot of action for fans to enjoy over the weekend outside of Supercars.

Aussie Racing Cars

The popular support category holds its third meeting of the season after rounds in Adelaide’s and Tasmania as 28 drivers battle it out in the Northern Territory.
Justin Ruggier is currently leading the way after claiming the opening two rounds, which includes five race wins out of an available six.

A number of familiar faces will be taking part in the series’ third round with reigning champion Joel Henrich back for the second consecutive round after placing sixth outright in Tasmania. 

Queenslander Adam Uebergang will be looking to make it back-to-back podiums after an incredible effort on the apple isle saw him place second outright in the round.
10.00 – 10.20 – Practice 1
13:10- 13:30 – Qualifying
10:15-10:25 – Race 1
14:15 – 14:35 – Race 2
11:50 – 12:10 – Race 3

15:20 – 15:40 – Race 4


Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup

The one-make series enters the halfway point this weekend after rounds in Adelaide, Albert Park and Phillip Island.
Despite Jordan Love winning the past five consecutive races, Dale Wood currently leads the standings, courtesy of his three podium finishes at the Adelaide 500 and two race wins in the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019.
Competing at this weekend’s round will be 21 drivers with Wood and Love leading the way, while Darwin born teenager Thomas Maxwell is set to make his home track debut.
The Pro class will have 12 drivers taking part including Maxwell, Wood and Love, while the TAG Heuer Pro-Am, led by Anthony Gilbertson, will have nine drivers competing.
9:20 – 9:45: Practice 1

12:30 – 12:55 Practice 2
11:35 – 11:55: Qualifying

14:45 – 15:30: Race 1

10:00 - 10:25: Race 2

12:20 – 12:25: Race 3


Commodore Cup

The locally run Commodore Cup boasts the largest field of every category across the weekend and will have 31 cars competing in the round.
Run by the North Australian Motor Sport Club, the category will have a combination of improved production cars and commodores, as well as drivers from around the country.

Some of the big names to look out for are Australian Improved Production Champion, Ray Hislop in his Ford Falcon and local superstar David Ling, who has a wealth of experience racing on the Supercars scene.

While Ling will be leading the local charge of NT drivers, Hislop leads the way for the 13 interstate drivers, including Uebergang who will be doing double duties along with his Aussie Racing Cars commitments.


8:45 – 9:05: Practice 1

12:00 – 12:20 Qualifying
Saturday9:25 – 9:40: Race 1

12:45 – 13:00: Race 2 
Sunday8:25 - 8:45: Race 3

10:35 – 10:50 Race 4


HQ Holdens

Another category run by the North Australian Motor Sport Club with 18 drivers confirmed for the category’s return to a Supercars round.
Loaded with a number of classic Holden HQ Kingswoods, the category is certainly an exciting one, with local boys Gavin Thompson and Scab Bunjnowski the favourites to secure a podium finish.
Despite being a favourite in the Commodore cup, Ling is also another driver throughout the weekend doing two categories with the local boy also a favourite for HQ success.

8:15 – 8:35: Practice 1

10:35 – 10:55 Qualifying
9:50 – 10:05: Race 1

12:20 – 12:35: Race 2 

8:55 – 9:10: Race 3

15:50 – 16:10 Race 4

The BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown takes place at Hidden Valley Raceway on 14 – 17 June, as part of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.