Gearing up for Hidden Valley
The Team has touched down in Darwin for the Crownbet Darwin Triple Crown Race event. After last year’s resurface, cars were hitting the rev limiter on the one kilometre straight early, on both soft and hard tyres so this year Supercars have mandated a drop gear ratio change which will promote passing and mean less stress on mechanical components.
This year is the 19th time the Supercars Championship has competed at Hidden Valley since the first event was held there back in 1998. A total of 50 races have been held in that time with Mark Skaife holding the record of most race wins – eight.
Most teams will be picking that after the resurface, tyre degradation will be similar to that of Winton but strategy once again will play a big part in the final result. Hidden Valley runs in an anti clockwise direction and has a total length of 2.9km with an average speed of 149km/h and a top speed of 271km/h.
Chris Pither is confident ahead of the weekend with previous success after the 2015 V8 Ute Racing Series cameo appearance in the All Purpose Pest Control Falcon with 2 race wins, a round win and set current lap record. Chris says – “I’m excited to get back to Hidden Valley. It’s a track I have enjoyed some success at and always look forward to making the trip north. I have only raced Utes at Darwin so I’m looking forward to making my Supercar debut there and learning how to get the most out of a Supercar. Our pace has been encouraging at the last two rounds so I’ll be focusing on qualifying to put us in good stead for the races and aiming to set some new Personal Bests”.