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2020 Supercars Darwin Triple Crown session times and preview

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Supercars kicks off its Hidden Valley double-header this weekend with the 2020 Darwin Triple Crown.

It's been another dramatic build-up to an event for the Aussie series, which was forced to postpone the opening leg of the Darwin double-header thanks to a last-minute border restriction that saw a number of staff and drivers put into hotel quarantine upon arriving in Darwin last Wednesday. 

NT health officials later revoked the Brisbane hot spot declaration and the affected staff were released from quarantine, however by then the Darwin Triple Crown had already been pushed back to August 15-16.

The polarising mixed compound tyre rules will be retained for the first leg of the Darwin double, however a tweak will mean drivers will be restricted to the hard compound tyre for the three-stage qualifying on Saturday.

Tyre choice will then be open for all three races and Sunday's two qualifying sessions, with just two sets of soft compound Dunlops and three sets of hards available from the end of practice onwards.

The races will be shorter than we've seen since the resumption of the season, too, with each heat just 110 kilometres.

All three will feature a mandatory stop for at least two tyres. Having the hard and soft compound on the car at the same time is not allowed.

McLaughlin heads into the round with a healthy 107-point series lead over Jamie Whincup.

2020 Supercars Darwin Triple Crown session times

Saturday 15th August 2020

  • Rookie Session: 10:40-11:00 AEST (10:10-10:30 local)
  • Practice 1: 11:20-11:50 AEST (10:50-11:20 local) 
  • Practice 2: 12:20-12:50 AEST (11:50-12:20 local)
  • Qualifying 1: 13:35-13:45 AEST (13:05-13:15 local)
  • Qualifying 2: 13:50-14:00 AEST (13:20-13:30 local)
  • Top 15 Shootout: 14:10-14:50 AEST (13:40-14:20 local) 
  • Race 1: 16:00-16:47 AEST (15:30-16:17 local)

Sunday 16th August 2020

  • Qualifying Race 2: 12:10-12:20 AEST (11:40-11:50 local)
  • Qualifying Race 3: 12:25-12:35 AEST (11:55-12:05 local) 
  • Race 2: 13:50-14:37 AEST (13:20-14:07 local)
  • Race 3: 16:00-16:47 AEST (15:30-16:17 local)

2020 Supercars Darwin Triple Crown tyre allocation

Each driver will start the weekend with four pre-marked tyres (either compound), 16 soft compound tyres and 12 hard compound tyres.

At the end of Practice 2 the four pre-marked tyres and eight of the soft compound tyres need to be returned to Dunlop.

That will leave each driver with eight soft tyres and 12 hard tyres for the remainder of the weekend.

2020 Darwin Triple Crown entry list

Num Driver Team Car
2 Australia Bryce Fullwood Mobil 1™ Middy's Racing Holden Commodore ZB
3 Australia Macauley Jones Team Cooldrive Holden Commodore ZB
4 Australia Jack Smith SCT Logistics Racing Holden Commodore ZB
5 Australia Lee Holdsworth Truck Assist Tekno Racing Ford Mustang GT
6 Australia Cameron Waters Australia Tickford Racing Ford Mustang GT
7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner NED Racing Ford Mustang GT
8 Australia Nick Percat Australia Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore ZB
9 Australia David Reynolds Penrite Racing Holden Commodore ZB
12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Australia DJR Team Penske Ford Mustang GT
14 Australia Todd Hazelwood Australia Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore ZB
15 Australia Rick Kelly Castrol Racing Ford Mustang GT
17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Australia DJR Team Penske Ford Mustang GT
18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Irwin Racing Holden Commodore ZB
19 Australia Alex Davison Team Sydney Holden Commodore ZB
20 Australia Scott Pye Team 18 Holden Commodore ZB
22 New Zealand Chris Pither Team Sydney Holden Commodore ZB
25 Australia Chaz Mostert Mobil 1™ Appliances Online Racing Holden Commodore ZB
34 Australia Zane Goddard Matt Stone Racing Holden Commodore ZB
35 Australia Garry Jacobson Matt Stone Racing Holden Commodore ZB
44 Australia James Courtney Boost Mobile Racing Ford Mustang GT
55 Australia Jack Le Brocq Australia Tickford Racing Ford Mustang GT
88 Australia Jamie Whincup Australia Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore ZB
97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Australia Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore ZB
99 Australia Anton De Pasquale Penrite Racing Holden Commodore ZB

 

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Series Supercars
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Author Andrew van Leeuwen