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The Northern Territory news Thu 16 Jul 2020



The Northern Territory news Thu 16 Jul 2020

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36 SPORT THURSDAY JULY 16 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Eager Bryce driven to make NT history NATHANIEL CHAMBERS TERRITORIAN Bryce Fullwood will make history next month when he takes to Darwins Hidden Valley as the first NT native to race at Supercars level on his home track. The young Walkinshaw Andretti United driver topped the 2019 Dunlop Super2 Series and is already making strong strides at the top level, earning a top-10 fin ish in Sydney on June 28. He will be looking to carry that form to the Darwin track on August 8-9 where he hopes the home crowd will rally behind him. Im looking forward to it a lot. Ive raced five years but never in Darwin as Super2 didnt head that way, Fullwood told the NT News. Ive done some local events but never Supercars so it will be exciting and pretty special as I will be the first Territorian to do so. Darwin is a great track that brings everyone close together with lots of bumping and grinding which is what the spectators want. Everyone has driven there but not me so I hope the Territorians get behind me and that natural Territorian will shines through when I get racing. Fullwood had a delayed start to his debut season due to the COVID-19 crisis but since taking to the track has already proved he belongs at the top level. As a rookie he is racing against many of his idols, including Jamie Whincup. But he has already made it known that they wont get away with pushing him around. This is what I have dedicated my life towards since I was 10 and I still pinch myself sometimes that Im here, Fullwood said. It was absolutely incredible to get that top-10 racing against my idols in their backyard. It was one of my goals for the season and I achieved that early on. Jamie Whincup is a particular idol of mine for his determination and the amount of work that he puts in. Hes a hardcore racer who gives it his all. But I cant let them push me around and I show them that in my racing. Walkinshaw Andretti United drivers Chaz Mostert and Territorian young gun Bryce Fullwood. Picture: MARK HORSBURGH/EDGE PHOTOGRAPHICS Bathurst win still makes Percat smile GREY MORRIS NICK Percat smiled when asked if his win at Bathurst a decade ago was the stimulus he needed to mix it with the Supercar big boys. Now 31, Percat is very much a part of the national series that heats up again in Sydney this weekend before making its way to Darwins Hidden Valley next month. Bathurst was a long time ago when I won it as a rookie with Garth Tander, he said. More recently I won at Eastern Creek after starting at No.6 on the grid in what was a great result for all of us. Getting that win and being inside the top five all weekend was a good hitout after the long break caused by the (COVID-19) lockdown. We saw an opportunity to get a good result, put some decent tyres on the car and off we went. Its been difficult for everyone and not just sport so it was great for the team. The three-month lockdown that prevented any Supercar racing put a lot of strain on the drivers, their support crews and management teams. Weve all had a tough year where we all wish we could get rid of it and start again, Percat said. Thats why it was good to get a win for the guys and girls at Brad Jones Racing with the struggles weve been through. Were really happy with where the car is at right now. We made some development changes late last year and it seems to be working. When we get to a few more tracks well know more and Darwin will be one of them. Percat feels at home on the Hidden Valley track with its long 1km straight, hairpin turn mid race and a series of S turns. Besides the warm weather the (2.9km) circuit up there is really enjoyable and great to drive on with its grip, Percat said. Generally our BJR cars are very strong there which makes for a whole lot more fun, its certainly something we look forward to. Percats thirdplace finish in a 2018 race is his best result in Darwin. Nick Percat after winning at the Sydney SuperSprint last month. Picture: MARK HORSBURGH/ EDGE PHOTOGRAPHICS AFTER Brisbane Lions legend and proud Territorian Darryl While backed the Dreamtime Game in Darwin concept for next month, respected football commentator Caroline Wilson has also supported the idea. Wilson said on national television that the game will happen in the Top End. Wilson agrees with Whites August tip for Dreamtime clash in Top End What the AFL is doing as we speak is trying to get a broadcast team to fly up to Darwin to televise the Sir Doug Nicholls round which will be played between Essendon and Richmond, she said. It will be in Darwin and its just getting the team up there to actually film it. It will be so exciting. That is going to be in the next round of fixtures. With the AFLs annual In digenous Round set down for Round 9, White yesterday said Darwins TIO Stadium stood out like a beacon from opposition states attempting to secure the Richmond-Essendon game. Melbourne is definitely out, so the AFL will have to look at Perth, Darwin, Bris bane and even Alice Springs, the three-time Brisbane premiership player said. Were talking about a huge game of footy where people will come from far and wide if they are given enough notice to get to Darwin. Its right up there with the Indigenous All-Stars games we used to play, where it will be a great day on the Territorys sporting calendar. Playing a Dreamtime Game as part of Indigenous Round in a part of Australia where a lot of indigenous people live makes a whole lot of sense for a lot of reasons. Its why the AFL should seal the date and lock in the game sooner rather than later to give the fans a chance to get to Darwin. GREY MORRIS

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