V8 Supercars Skycity Triple Crown Darwin

SKYCITY TRIPLE CROWN DARWIN

Taking place in Darwin each year at the city’s premier Hidden Valley Raceway is the Skycity Triple Crown. The event is traditionally the sixth race of the V8 Supercars Championship series and held over three days in mid-June. The race format of the Skycity Triple Crown is super sprint, with two 100km races taking place on the Saturday and a 200km contest on the Sunday. Saturday grid places are determined by two 15 minute qualifying sessions in the morning, while Sunday grid places are determined by a single 20 minute qualifying session on race morning.

Over the 17 years this race has been running, Holden have produced the most winning cars with 10 Commodores reigning supreme. A range of legends of the sport have won the Skycity Triple Crown, including Jamie Whincup, Mark Skaife and Marcos Ambrose. Craig Lowndes has the most titles in Darwin, finishing on top of the podium on four separate occasions (2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011). Lowndes is also one of two drivers to claim back-to-back Skycity Triple Crown titles (the other being Todd Kelly), and remains the only driver to win in both Holden and Ford manufactured V8 Supercars.

The Hidden Valley Raceway track is well-known for its high speeds and quick lap times. The circuit is 2.97 kilometers in length, with Saturday’s 100km distance races taking 35 laps to complete and Sunday’s 200km distance over 69 laps. The V8 Supercar lap record was last broken in 1999 by Jason Bright when he powered to victory and clocked 1:09.0149 for one circuit of Hidden Valley.


PREVIOUS SKYCITY TRIPLE CROWN WINNERS


YEAR DRIVER TEAM CAR
2015 CHAZ MOSTERT PRODRIVE RACING AUSTRALIA FORD FG X FALCON
2014 JAMIE WHINCUP TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING HOLDEN VF COMMODORE
2013 JONATHAN WEBB TEKNO AUTOSPORTS HOLDEN VF COMMODORE
2012 JAMIE WHINCUP TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING HOLDEN VZ COMMODORE
2011 CRAIG LOWNDES TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING HOLDEN VE COMMODORE
2010 JAMIE WHINCUP TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING HOLDEN VE COMMODORE
2009 CRAIG LOWNDES TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING FORD FG FALCON
2008 STEVEN RICHARDS FORD PERFORMANCE RACING FORD BF FALCON
2007 CRAIG LOWNDES TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING FORD BF FALCON
2006 CRAIG LOWNDES TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING FORD BA FALCON
2005 TODD KELLY HOLDEN RACING TEAM HOLDEN VZ COMMODORE