Hidden Valley: Kelly Racing preview

BARGWANNA AND RICCIARDELLO READY FOR DARWIN HEAT Jason Bargwanna and Tony Ricciardello will race in soaring temperatures this weekend as the V8 Supercars Championship Series hits Hidden Valley Racing for the SKYCITY Triple Crown in Darwin, ...

BARGWANNA AND RICCIARDELLO READY FOR DARWIN HEAT

Jason Bargwanna and Tony Ricciardello will race in soaring temperatures this weekend as the V8 Supercars Championship Series hits Hidden Valley Racing for the SKYCITY Triple Crown in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Bargwanna finished second at the inaugural Darwin event back in 1998, with the Rock Racing driver hoping to bounce back to form this weekend after some poor luck in recent races.

Bargwanna also welcomes a new sponsor this weekend, with truck, van, utility and bus rental company Rent NT adorning the windscreen stripe on to the #11 Rock Commodore in Darwin.

V8 Supercar rookie Tony Ricciardello has raced once before at Hidden Valley, giving him vital track knowledge ahead of this weekend's two races.

Ricciardello has identified the Darwin heat as a significant factor for this weekend's event, as both drivers and cars battle high temperatures in the 'Top End'.

KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD

JASON BARGWANNA - #11 Rock Holden Commodore:

"It's great to have a local company on board here in Darwin as well as with us for the rest of the season," said Bargwanna.

"All the people at Rent NT are big V8 Supercar fans and really, Darwin is an event where the entire town gets behind the event.

"Right from the first event at Hidden Valley I have been competitive here and enjoyed this circuit.

"Last year it wasn't a great race for me so I'd like to bounce back this season and I think a top 10 is definitely achievable, so we are aiming to be right up there this weekend."

TONY RICCIARDELLO - #16 Stratco Holden Commodore:

"I've raced a V8 Supercar here before, which will help me get on the pace early in practice," said Ricciardello.

"The heat could be a big factor this weekend. It's quite warm up here and you are going got have to be on top of your game for the entire race, especially if there is a late Safety Car and a sprint to the finish.

"We've had a break since Winton and it's allowed us to have a test day, try some new things and learn a lot more about the car.

"Hopefully we can put all that to good use this weekend in Darwin and make it the best event yet for the Stratco Commodore."

KEY FACTS:

- Soft tyres back to 'Wildcard' status in Darwin ...

* The soft-compound Dunlop 'option' tyre will return to 'Wildcard Status' at the SKYCITY Triple Crown in Darwin

* After races at the two previous events at Queensland Raceway and Winton Motor Raceway were conducted solely on the soft tyre, at Hidden Valley Raceway teams will be given just one set of option tyres per car, which have to be used during the Sunday race

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bargwanna , Tony Ricciardello