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The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Jun 2013



The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Jun 2013

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60 NT NEWS. Friday, June 14, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 4 -J U N -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 6 0 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Nissan driver RICKKELLY writes for the NTNews DARWIN is a really exciting destination for the V8 Supercars Championship. It is an event that I really look forward to every year. You cant turn up and not know the V8 circus is in town. The whole city really gets behind it and embraces the weekend. And this makes me proud to be able to pen a column for the NT News. I hope you enjoy my insights over the coming days. To be honest, its a great time of year to escape the Melbourne chill and enjoy a few days in the sun! Weve just come off the back of my most successful event this year in the Jack Daniels Nissan in Texas, and were really focused on trying to carry that momentum into the rest of the season. Overall, the Austin, Texas event was a terrific for not only our team, but the sport in general. At the end of the year, Im hoping we look back on Texas and we pinpoint that as the round that it really turned around for us. With a couple of runs on the board now, we have a lot of confidence with the setup of our Altima, which will help us move forward. We know that Darwin has a very long straight with a slow corner leading on to it, so that part of the track is going to be tough for us at our current stage of development, but a lot of the other parts should be quite good to us as well especially with the slippery track surface. In terms of the track surface, it is similar to Barbagallo Raceway in Perth, which saw our Nissan teammate James Moffat score three top 10s. That is encouraging. As far as expectations go, Ive got mixed feelings heading into the weekend, but the important thing for us is to carry the momentum that weve gained in Texas through the Darwin event as we head towards the endurance races. Frosty expecting fireworks MOTORSPORT ByDAMIENMcCARTNEY Its going to be great for the fans Fords Mark Winterbottom FORD Performance Racing star Mark Winterbottom has said turn one after the rolling restart for tomorrows 60/60 Super Sprint race in Darwin has all the ingredients to be chaotic. Winterbottom comes into the Hidden Valley event in eighth place in the championship after a solid weekend in Austin, Texas, last month. He said different tyre strategies, track conditions, the long run into Hidden Valleys turn one and the narrowing of the track at turn-in could all equate to carnage. Everyone is going to be lined up in sequence, we will arrive at turn one 60km/h faster than normal, some guys will be on good tyres, others might not be, there might be marbles on the surface, so guys on the inside might have less grip. he said. If youre on pole you dictate the pace, so youll be OK, but midpack, back, it will be tough to get through. Winterbottom and FPR have been strong in Darwin the past few years, and he said a successful test at Winton in Victoria last week had given the team a lift. Weve had some bad luck so far, and a few issues that we can fix like pit stops and wheel nuts but our speed has been good in both qualifying and racing, he said. Winterbottom said tyres would be the key to a successful weekend. The 2.9km Hidden Valley track sees the highest level of tyre degradation on the calendar largely thanks to the tracks high temperature and abrasive surface. He said a clear indication of the pecking order for the weekend would not be clear until after tomorrow mornings qualifying sessions. Teams are allocated just three sets of the Dunlop control tyre, and two sets of the Dunlop Super Maxx sprint tyre to use over the weekend. Only the harder control tyre can be used in tomorrows race, while both must be used in the two Sunday races. Teams are free to use sets from their tyre stocks for practice. Depending on tyre condition in practice, we wont really be able to see whos got pace until after qualifying, he said. And even then, there might be teams who have gone with different tyre strategies so some fast guys might end up at the back and some slower at the front. Its going to be great for the fans. Competition fierce in support bracket at the Valley HOLDEN Commodores, HQ Holdens and Improved Production cars will fill a 40-strong starting grid in the support bracket for V8 Supercar weekend. The Improved Production cars boast 18 machines in separate over and under two litre classes. Adelaide auctioneer Andrew Maros is the favourite to win the over two litre class in his 340 V8 powered Chrysler Pacer. Reigning champion Craig Wright and Darwins Ebone Coats will be among the frontrunners in the under two litres. Reigning HQ champion Gavin Thompson has some tough opposition to beat as he aims for a fourth consecutive win in the prestigious Supercar round. Thirteen HQ Holdens are in the field, including Victorian raider and Australian No. 2 Warren Trewin in the No. 71 car. Queenslanders Jamie Furness and Jason Brooker make up the interstate contingent, while locals Marian Bujnowski, Bob McDonald and Gary and Caroline Pendlebury are among the challengers. The Commodore Cup has nine drivers in the category. Father and son drivers David and Steven Ling have dominated the bracket since its inception in 2004. Practice sessions this morning will precede afternoon qualifying in all three brackets. Two eight-lap races around the Hidden Valley track tomorrow and one on Sunday will decide the overall points winners. GREYMORRIS John Bowe and his Mustang lead the pack around Hidden Valley during last years Touring Car Masters race Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Bowe aiming to continue love affair with Darwin By GREY MORRIS MOTOR racing icon John Bowe is steering for another sweep of the Touring Car Masters three-race program at Hidden Valley Raceway this weekend. Bowes 1969 Ford Mustang TransAm is leading the points table after two rounds of the 2013 series. A two-time Touring Car Masters champion, Bowes record is among the best in the class. His 117 race starts have produced 51 wins, 25 pole positions and 13 lap records. Bowe won all three TCM races from pole at Hidden Valley last year and is primed for another dominant weekend. He swept the field and Sydney with another three pole starts and three wins from three starts but fell from grace at Perths Barbagallo Raceway. One lap of the opening practice session hurt the normally bulletproof Stang when its engine failed. But Bowe still qualified on the front row where he finished second, fourth and 11th. Bowe has an eight-point lead over archrival Jim Richards, with Andrew Miedecke set to pounce on him. I am really looking forward to this weekend in Darwin, Bowe said. The fans are very enthusiastic and love the Touring Car Masters and its a great track to race on. Ive enjoyed a fair bit of success up here and hopefully we can repeat our good Darwin form from last year.

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