The track is prepped, the cars are ready and the drivers are raring to go for the final day of the CoreStaff Darwin SuperSprint at Hidden Valley Raceway. An added incentive to win is the stunning trophy, the Territory 2.0, which will be awarded to the round winner. It features an incredible artwork from local artist Paul Arnold.
Manufactured by Darwin firm Mick’s Ally Fab, the trophy features one of Paul’s unique aerial shots, which have seen him emerge as a leader in his field. The image shows the Gunn Point floodplains on the flight path as you head into Darwin.
Northern Territory Major Events Company CEO Tim Watsford said the Territory 2.0 trophy is as unique as the weekend’s event.
Using an exclusive Paul Arnold piece of art to celebrate the winner is very fitting. The drivers have spent a few weeks in the Territory thanks to this unusual year we are experiencing, and now one of them will take an image of our iconic landscape home with them on this trophy.
Paul captured his image during an adrenalin-fuelled flight in an ultra-light plane 1000ft above the earth – an activity likely to produce similar feelings to racing around Hidden Valley in a Supercar at 270km an hour. The unique piece of art is the perfect choice for this weekend’s one-off event as part of the Territory’s first Supercars doubleheader.
Darwin Artist Paul Arnold said it was an honour to have one his images feature on the Territory 2.0 trophy.
When I’m taking shots from a plane I’m never quite sure how they will turn out until I get back to my studio, and it is impossible for me to recreate the same thing twice. I’ll never get that exact height, speed or focal length on my camera at that exact place again.
I guess it’s the same for the drivers when they’re at the starting line – no one knows the outcome of the race, and each race is different, with a set of specific conditions. I hope the image on the trophy resonates with the winner, and that they’ve fallen in love with the Territory while they are here.
Tickets for the CoreStaff Darwin SuperSprint cost $35 for a one-day pass. Bring the kids for a family day out – Bluey and Bingo will be at the track! Children aged 13 and under are free.