Always a welcome getaway from the Victorian winter, the Darwin Triple Crown was again a favourite trip for the team in 2019, where we ditched the chilly Melbourne mornings for toasty Darwin afternoons. And the best part? When we left the sunshine, crocodiles, and midgies, we had a trophy and a heap of positive results to bank from Round 7. Read on to check out our gallery and crash course from the Darwin Triple Crown.
Mostert continues podium run
With a second-place finish in Race 15 on Saturday, Chaz Mostert notched his sixth podium of 2019 and 46th of his career. It was also the third podium in as many rounds for the 27-year old Queenslander, who climbed to fourth in the drivers’ championship on the weekend.
Waters’ consistent, Holdsworth progressing
Through 16 races in 2019, Cameron Waters has had three go awry, all largely out of his or the team’s control. But Waters has been exceptional in the other 13 races, finishing in the top 11 of each, and matching his career total prior to 2019 with four podiums thus far. The 24-year old Monster Energy driver’s qualifying average of 5.5 is a team-best, and with a pair of fourth place finishes in Darwin, Waters jumped to seventh in the Supercars ladder.
Next door in The Bottle-O Ford Mustang, Lee Holdsworth appears to be settling in nicely, having qualified and finished the last three races comfortably in the top ten. Holdsworth has cross the line in the top ten in each of the last six races (a time penalty in Race 13 relegated him to 22nd post race), and now sits tenth in the championship as we near halfway.
Davo’s season-best start
Will Davison and 23Red Racing have been regulars in the top ten this season, and with four appearances in the top five this season, are poised to score Phil Munday his first podium as a team owner. That feat was on the cards in Race 15 after Davo qualified P3 and ran second for much of the race, but the challenge for the trophy was stymied when he made contact with Car 9 leaving his pit box, incurring a 15-second penalty that dropped him from ninth at the chequered flag to 12th on the board. Davison returned Sunday to finish ninth, and holds that position in the championship heading out of Darwin.
What’s Next: WATPAC Townsville 400
The 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is next on-track July 5-7 at the WATPAC Townsville 400. Round 8 will be the championship’s first visit to Queensland of 2019 and third street circuit. In an otherwise challenging 2018, Townsville was a relative success, with Mostert taking the team’s top result of fifth in the Sunday Race 18.