The most eagerly anticipated round of the Repco Supercars Championship has been confirmed for 17-19 June 2022, and the newly released program for the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown promises another three days of non-stop motorsports action.
As well as the Supercars, the event will include the Australian Superbikes, S5000 and Combined Sedans, plus two nights of Nitro Up North featuring the mind-blowing finals of the Australian Top Fuel Championship. Darwin is the only round that will feature these souped-up rides, which are the fastest drag cars around. The Australian Top Doorslammers and Sportsman Bracket will also feature in Nitro Up North, which will take place on Friday and Saturday night under lights.
An incredible Black Friday sale, which starts tomorrow at 7.30am and runs until midnight on 29 November, offers three days of action for the price of one – that’s just $89 for a 3-Day Hot Pass.
In a first for the event and the sport, the 2022 Merlin Darwin Triple Crown becomes the official Indigenous Round of the Supercars championship, and will celebrate the Larrakia land on which the event takes place. Organisers will work with Traditional Owners to ensure a Larrakia flavour for the event, and the official Indigenous Round artwork, designed by Larrakia artist Trent Lee, was unveiled at the 2021 Merlin Darwin Triple Crown.
The Merlin Darwin Triple Crown is delivered by the Northern Territory Government through the Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC). NTMEC CEO Tim Watsford said after a bumper event in 2021, 2022 is looking just as exciting.
“The Merlin Darwin Triple Crown is always a favourite with motorsports fans, and thousands of people flock to Hidden Valley Raceway each year to soak up three days of action and experience everything the Top End has to offer under our clear blue skies,” he said. “This event is a standout of the Championship for the experience spectators get, and will be even more unique this year as the official Indigenous Round. In another first, we’ve also got two nights of high-octane Nitro Up North action!”
Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said the Darwin round is always special, and will be even more so this year. “The Northern Territory Major Events Company has put together a fantastic three-day program for our visit to the Top End in 2022. It will be fantastic to see thousands of fans trackside again in Darwin in June,” he said. “Hidden Valley has a great history, and bringing to life the first official Supercars Indigenous Round will add another great element for fans.”
Australian Top Fuel Director Andy Lopez said the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown is not to be missed. “The fastest racing on the planet on the same program as the world’s toughest circuit racing – it’s unbelievable. Whether you love motorsport on four wheels or two wheels, the only place you should be next June is at the Merlin Triple Crown in Darwin,” he said.
Motorcycling Australia CEO Peter Doyle said Darwin is a dream destination for the event. “The NT always turns it on for the ASBK Championship. Perfect weather, friendly locals, fantastic racing on a spectator-friendly circuit; it all adds up to a great weekend. The Merlin Darwin Triple Crown event featuring Supercars and Superbikes showcases all that is great in Australian motorsport and we can’t wait to get back there after the success of 2021’s event. The ASBK teams and riders always enjoy their trips to the Top End, and it’s a rare opportunity to combine racing at the elite level with a spot of fishing or a holiday!”
To secure your spot trackside visit www.darwinsupercars.com.au