18 | 06 | 2014 - AIMING FOR THE TRIPLE DOUBLE
Ford Pepsi Max Crew returns to one of its favourite venues this weekend as V8 Supercars heads north to Darwin the for the SKYCITY Triple Crown where the team is looking forward to continuing its winning ways.
Points Frosty won at Hidden Valley last year and with two other wins in the Darwin heat he is confident of extending his 101-point buffer.
In his 12 races at the track he has qualified in the top five for 11 of them and finished on the podium nine times.
Last time out winner Chaz returns to a track for the first time in his main series career and wants to further his charge which now sees him sit eighth after being outside the top 20 after the opening event.
This weekend?s event is the first for the season to feature the use of both Dunlop?s hard and soft compound tyres. Teams? have a reduced allocation which will place an emphasis on good tyre life.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
?It is good to go to Darwin as we?ve had a big break and we have regrouped and had a look and what we?ve done well and what we haven?t. If we could pick a round to give us extra confidence it would be Darwin as we?ve always performed well there. It is one of our favourites and our strength has been tyre life so the tyre allocation, while not great, it should suit us so I am keen to get going. Hopefully we can maintain our lead and start the next phase of the championship as good as we did the first one.?
Chaz Mostert - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
?Darwin is pretty exciting. The circuit is unique and I love the long front straight as you can slipstream a lot which is a heap of fun. The rest of the track flows very well and provides a lot of action. I didn?t have the best run there last year but we are in a different position this year. The car is strong and fast and we look forward to punching up the front with Frosty. The people are nice and the weather is too ? Darwin is just awesome.?
Tim Edwards ? Team Principal:
?We head to Darwin at an ideal time in the season. The team is on form, full of confidence and after a successful test day, we believe we have found some further gains which are essential to extending our points lead. Aside from the nice break from the winter weather, the Hidden Valley circuit has always been one of our favourite tracks so we all enjoy the trip north. Racing regularly in places like Darwin is what makes our sport stand out from other national competitions. The Territory embraces the event and gives us a lot of support so it is certainly one of the stand outs on the calendar.?
EVENT NAME: SKYCITY Triple Crown
DATE: 20 ? 22 June
LOCATION: Darwin, Northern Territory
EVENT NUMBER: 6 of 14
FORMAT: Friday ? 3 x 20-minute practice; Saturday ? 2 x 10min qualifying, 2 x 35-lap races, Sunday ? 1 x 20min qualifying, 1 x 69-lap race
CIRCUIT: Hidden Valley Raceway
LENGTH: 2.9-kilometres (anti-clockwise)
DESCRIPTION: Hidden Valley is a team favourite with five race wins for three different drivers. The layout has the longest straight in the series, taking up 1.1 of the circuit?s 2.9 km length. The actual circuit is not considered overly difficult for the drivers, but the tropical heat ? even in mid-winter, makes this without a doubt one of the toughest races on the calendar. The venue has produced some excellent races in the past and the Northern Territory fans are always out in force for this major event.
TRACK RECORD: 1m09.01s ? Jason Bright (1999)
FPR BEST RESULT AT DARWIN: 1st ? Mark Winterbottom (2008, 2010 & 2013), Steven Richards (2008), Jason Bright (2006)