Large cease, excessive drama: Darwin Flip 1’s infamous moments
Notable for its kilometre-long pit straight, Hidden Valley Raceway’s first nook has been the positioning of many a flashpoint.
The venue of subsequent weekend’s Merlin Darwin Triple Crown, the Hidden Valley circuit is punctuated by its straight, the place automobiles attain over 270km/h.
Nonetheless, the massive cease into the lengthy left-hand, lengthy radius Flip 1 has seen a number of key names come undone.
Drivers require huge dedication beneath brakes into the nook, which supplies a key overtaking alternative.
Therein lies the nice threat of Flip 1 in Darwin; get it proper, and it units up the overtake and the lap.
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Get it unsuitable, and also you both destroy a tyre set, or not solely your race, however a number of others’.
That was the case from the get go in 1998; Jason Shiny began from pole for the very first race, however was swamped off the road.
Beginning fourth, Jason Bargwanna loomed to brush into the lead, solely to be turned in entrance of the sector by Shiny.
Bargwanna speared proper, tagging John Bowe right into a spin, with Larry Perkins changed into the infield.
The 2004 occasion started with Marcos Ambrose and Mark Skaife clashing on the closing nook in Race 1, handing victory to Russell Ingall on a platter.
Come Sunday, and the 2 Stone Brothers Racing Falcons cannonballed into Flip 1 off the beginning, Ambrose tipping Ingall right into a spin.
Maybe probably the most dramatic Flip 1 second in Darwin’s historical past got here within the dying levels of the Saturday race in 2011.
Mark Winterbottom led from pole, and firmed for victory earlier than the Security Automobile was known as late on as a consequence of Tim Slade’s stricken automobile.
An keen Jamie Whincup caught Winterbottom napping and gained an overlap on the restart, with Shane van Gisbergen and Lee Holdsworth making it 4 large.
The melee noticed Rick Kelly hearth by means of right into a lead he wouldn’t give up, having began twelfth.
Holdsworth completed fourth, van Gisbergen seventh and Whincup ninth, with Winterbottom coming off worst in fifteenth, having spun to the rear.
Winterbottom’s 2015 go to had a a lot better begin, with the eventual sequence champion ending second behind Prodrive teammate Chaz Mostert.
The race itself didn’t go to plan for the Holden Racing Group, with pole man James Courtney clashing with teammate Garth Tander and van Gisbergen at Flip 1.
It got here after a late Security Automobile was known as as a consequence of grass fires within the infield; the race itself started with a Flip 1 conflict between Whincup and Fabian Coulthard.
The run to Flip 1, coupled with an extended pit exit, additionally makes for dicey rejoins in each races and qualifying.
Notably, in 2017, Garth Tander practically tripped over Alex Rullo in qualifying because the latter exited the pits and onto the racing line.
The long term to Flip 1 additionally tripped up two key names in 2020, which featured two journeys to Darwin.
Scott McLaughlin’s run to victory in Race 14 was aided by an error for teammate Fabian Coulthard.
McLaughlin exited the lane and in entrance of Coulthard, who bowled a large at Flip 1 and handed second to Whincup on a platter.
The second of the double-header noticed Whincup conflict with an formidable Cameron Waters.
Steaming down the straight, Waters opted for the switchback on Whincup, who was exiting the lane.
Waters climbed on the within kerb, careened into Whincup and took himself out of the race after sustaining front-right harm.
Subsequent weekend’s occasion will characteristic three races as drivers goal to hitch McLaughlin and Whincup as the one winners of the Triple Crown.
Anticipate excessive drama within the occasion, which shall be broadcast stay on Foxtel and shall be streamed on Kayo, and shall be broadcast stay and free on Seven.
Tickets for the occasion can be found right here.