DARWIN Triple Crown leads big weekend of Motorsports Action on FOX SPORTS
The challenge that is yet to be conquered – the Darwin Triple Crown – is in Scott McLaughlin’s sight and 24 other drivers will be standing in his way as he bids to make history – Exclusively Live this weekend on FOX SPORTS, on Foxtel and Kayo.
The Triple Crown, which comprises winning the two races and the Top 10 Shootout at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin, hasn’t been won since its introduction in 2009 at a circuit that has produced nine different winners from the past 11 Supercars races.
Foxtel and Kayo will have every moment of the action, starting with Supercars Trackside tomorrow from 4.30pm. On-track the action will commence at 11.30am Friday with Supercars Practice before Race 15 (120kms) and Race 16 (200kms) of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship take place on Saturday and Sunday.
In the FOX SPORTS studio, reigning Bathurst 1000 champion Craig Lowndes, will join Mark Skaife and Jess Yates to give Foxtel audiences insights and analysis across the weekend, plus Chris Stubbs with all the breaking news.
The team is joined by Supercars experts Neil Crompton, Greg Murphy, technical analyst Mark Larkham and pit lane reporter Riana Crehan.
FOX SPORTS expert commentator and five-time Supercars champion, Mark Skaife, said:
“This is a signature event of the Supercars season with its party carnival atmosphere, fantastic amphitheatre viewing areas for fans and the circuit itself having one of the longest straights on the calendar.
“The drama often unfolds at the end of this long straight that is followed by a tight turn one, producing an interesting first corner of the race when 25 Supercars pile in there at high speed. The Darwin weather, being so hot compared to everywhere else we visit on the calendar, presents a physical challenge for drivers with temperatures inside the cars regularly soaring above 50 degrees.
“The Shell V-Power Racing Ford Mustangs have been strong everywhere this season, but this is a circuit that I believe will suit the Holden Commodores very well. Due to the length of the front straight the Red Bull Holden Racing Team of Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen will be strong as will David Reynolds, who is traditionally very fast at this circuit.
“Nissan have also been very strong historically at this venue so there’s probably around a dozen serious contenders this weekend, I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.”
After the chequered flag drops in Darwin on Sunday, motorsport fans can also tune into the MotoGP World Championship with the support events for the Catalunya Grand Prix from 4.30pm.
FOX SPORTS’ MotoGP experts Chris Vermeulen and Kevin MaGee alongside host Chris Stubbs will deliver a comprehensive preview before in the MotoGP Paddock Show from 6.00pm, featuring an exclusive interview with Suzuki rider Alex Rins and all the rumblings from behind closed doors with the Paddock Spy.
Former MotoGP race winner Vermeulen, said:
“This is a great Grand Prix at a fast and flowing style circuit lined by 100,000 screaming fans.
“The Ducatis are usually strong here which bodes well for Jack Miller, who has done a lot of extra practice days at the Catalunya circuit recently so he will be a good chance of a podium or even a win if things go his way.
“Miller’s main obstacle however will be Marc Marquez and he will be on a mission at his home Grand Prix with his fan base out in full force from his home town just down the road.
“Valentino Rossi will be fired up for a strong result after a disappointing last start crash at his home Grand Prix and the Catalunya circuit is one he has done well at in the past – he holds the record with 10 wins.”
FOX SPORTS’ BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Darwin Triple Crown
MotoGP World Championship
Grand Prix of Catalunya
Thursday, June 13
Supercars Trackside from Hidden Valley Raceway at 4.30pm
FOX SPORTS 506
Friday, June 14
Coverage from 11.30am
Supercars Practice 1 at 11.40am
Supercars Practice 2 at 2.15pm
Saturday, June 15
Supercars Practice 3 from 11.20am
Supercars Qualifying at 1.45pm
Supercars Race 15 at 4.45pm
MotoGP Catalunya Qualifying at 10.00pm
Sunday, June 16
Supercars Qualifying at 9.55am
Supercars Top 10 Shootout at 11.35am
Supercars Race 16 at 2.00pm
MotoGP Catalunya Race 9.30pm
All times in AEST*
FOX SPORTS is exclusively available on Foxtel and Kayo.