SBR - DARWIN FACTS AND FIGURES Following are details relating to this weekend's sixth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway. Also find following thoughts from both Pirtek Racing's Marcos Ambrose and...
SBR - DARWIN FACTS AND FIGURES
Following are details relating to this weekend's sixth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway. Also find following thoughts from both Pirtek Racing's Marcos Ambrose and Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall.
INTERESTING POINTS -- HIDDEN VALLEY DARWIN
* Although the calendar now includes many different formats for each round, Hidden Valley has always been a three race round and in the seven rounds no driver has managed to score a clean sweep. Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall won two out of three in 1998 and 1999 while Mark Skaife also managed two wins in 2002 and Pirtek Racing's Marcos Ambrose did the same in 2003. There were three different winners in the three races last year -- Ingall, Rick Kelly and Todd Kelly. Ingall's win that weekend put him equal with Skaife on six race wins apiece while the only other multiple winners in Darwin are Ambrose and Jason Bright with two each. Although Ambrose has won two races here and been overall winner twice, in 2001 he took overall honors without winning a race.
* Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall is one of only nine drivers who will have raced in all eight rounds at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway after this weekend. The others are Mark Skaife, Glenn Seton, Craig Lowndes, John Bowe, Paul Weel, Jason Bargwanna, Steven Ellery and Garth Tander. This will be Marcos Ambrose's fifth visit to Darwin in the Pirtek Falcon. He had his first ever round victory at the track on debut in 2001 without winning a race.
THOUGHTS ON HIDDEN VALLEY - DARWIN
MARCOS AMBROSE -- PIRTEK RACING
"Hidden Valley has a great atmosphere and some of the most passionate fans in the business. It is definitely one of my favourite race meetings of the year. There is an enthusiasm from the time you get off the plane. The heat also gives you an excuse to drink a few more VBs on Sunday Night before getting the red-eye flight back home."
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
"This came during my first race there in 2001. At the back of the track there is a 24-hour pub, it smelt like a nightclub on the morning after. I could not work out what the smell was. Every time I went past all I could see were bodies lying on the ground and up against the fence. It was not until we went around on the victory parade lap that I realised what was going on. Darwin will always be a special place for me because it was the venue of my first championship round win."
RUSSELL INGALL -- CALTEX RACING
"If you asked me a few years ago about going to Darwin to race I would have laughed, but as it has turned out, Hidden Valley has developed into one of the success stories of the championship. They have done an outstanding job on the circuit, considering half of it was built on the side of a hill. Each year it just seems to get better and better. This is great place to celebrate a win on Sunday night."
"Winning the first round in Darwin in 1998 was pretty cool. I would have to say winning last year's opening race was also pretty pleasing. Marcos (Ambrose) and (Mark) Skaife had a coming together coming on to the main straight for the last time and the chequered flag was just unfolded in front of me. Doing a photo shoot next to an eight metre saltwater crocodile is also something that remains pretty strong in my memory."
V8 SUPERCARS ROUND 6 -- SKYCITY V8 SUPERCARS - HIDDEN VALLEY RACEWAY JULY 1-3
Friday July 1
1.30-3.30pm - Practice
Saturday July 2
11.30am-12.15pm -- Qualifying
12.30pm-1.00pm -- Top Ten Shootout
3.00pm -- Race 1 (17 laps)
Sunday July 3
11.50am -- RACE 2 (48 laps)
2.50pm -- RACE 3 (48 laps)
TV Telecast -- Network Ten
Sunday May 29
2.30pm -- 5.00pm