2020 Supercars Darwin Triple Crown session times and preview

Supercars kicks off its Hidden Valley double-header this weekend with the 2020 Darwin Triple Crown.

2020 Supercars Darwin Triple Crown session times and preview

It's been another dramatic build-up to an event for the Aussie series, which was forced to postpone the opening leg of the Darwin double-header thanks to a last-minute border restriction that saw a number of staff and drivers put into hotel quarantine upon arriving in Darwin last Wednesday. 

NT health officials later revoked the Brisbane hot spot declaration and the affected staff were released from quarantine, however by then the Darwin Triple Crown had already been pushed back to August 15-16.

The polarising mixed compound tyre rules will be retained for the first leg of the Darwin double, however a tweak will mean drivers will be restricted to the hard compound tyre for the three-stage qualifying on Saturday.

Tyre choice will then be open for all three races and Sunday's two qualifying sessions, with just two sets of soft compound Dunlops and three sets of hards available from the end of practice onwards.

The races will be shorter than we've seen since the resumption of the season, too, with each heat just 110 kilometres.

All three will feature a mandatory stop for at least two tyres. Having the hard and soft compound on the car at the same time is not allowed.

McLaughlin heads into the round with a healthy 107-point series lead over Jamie Whincup.

2020 Supercars Darwin Triple Crown session times

Saturday 15th August 2020

  • Rookie Session: 10:40-11:00 AEST (10:10-10:30 local)
  • Practice 1: 11:20-11:50 AEST (10:50-11:20 local) 
  • Practice 2: 12:20-12:50 AEST (11:50-12:20 local)
  • Qualifying 1: 13:35-13:45 AEST (13:05-13:15 local)
  • Qualifying 2: 13:50-14:00 AEST (13:20-13:30 local)
  • Top 15 Shootout: 14:10-14:50 AEST (13:40-14:20 local) 
  • Race 1: 16:00-16:47 AEST (15:30-16:17 local)

Sunday 16th August 2020

  • Qualifying Race 2: 12:10-12:20 AEST (11:40-11:50 local)
  • Qualifying Race 3: 12:25-12:35 AEST (11:55-12:05 local) 
  • Race 2: 13:50-14:37 AEST (13:20-14:07 local)
  • Race 3: 16:00-16:47 AEST (15:30-16:17 local)

2020 Supercars Darwin Triple Crown tyre allocation

Each driver will start the weekend with four pre-marked tyres (either compound), 16 soft compound tyres and 12 hard compound tyres.

At the end of Practice 2 the four pre-marked tyres and eight of the soft compound tyres need to be returned to Dunlop.

That will leave each driver with eight soft tyres and 12 hard tyres for the remainder of the weekend.

2020 Darwin Triple Crown entry list

Num Driver Team Car
2 Australia Bryce Fullwood
Mobil 1™ Middy's Racing Holden Commodore ZB
3 Australia Macauley Jones
Team Cooldrive Holden Commodore ZB
4 Australia Jack Smith
SCT Logistics Racing Holden Commodore ZB
5 Australia Lee Holdsworth
Truck Assist Tekno Racing Ford Mustang GT
6 Australia Cameron Waters
Australia Tickford Racing Ford Mustang GT
7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner
NED Racing Ford Mustang GT
8 Australia Nick Percat
Australia Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore ZB
9 Australia David Reynolds
Penrite Racing Holden Commodore ZB
12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard
Australia DJR Team Penske Ford Mustang GT
14 Australia Todd Hazelwood
Australia Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore ZB
15 Australia Rick Kelly
Castrol Racing Ford Mustang GT
17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin
Australia DJR Team Penske Ford Mustang GT
18 Australia Mark Winterbottom
Irwin Racing Holden Commodore ZB
19 Australia Alex Davison
Team Sydney Holden Commodore ZB
20 Australia Scott Pye
Team 18 Holden Commodore ZB
22 New Zealand Chris Pither
Team Sydney Holden Commodore ZB
25 Australia Chaz Mostert
Mobil 1™ Appliances Online Racing Holden Commodore ZB
34 Australia Zane Goddard
Matt Stone Racing Holden Commodore ZB
35 Australia Garry Jacobson
Matt Stone Racing Holden Commodore ZB
44 Australia James Courtney
Boost Mobile Racing Ford Mustang GT
55 Australia Jack Le Brocq
Australia Tickford Racing Ford Mustang GT
88 Australia Jamie Whincup
Australia Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore ZB
97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Australia Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore ZB
99 Australia Anton De Pasquale
Penrite Racing Holden Commodore ZB

 

shares
comments
Tuesday, Wednesday races mooted for Darwin Supercars
Previous article

Tuesday, Wednesday races mooted for Darwin Supercars

Next article

Crehan to replace Lowndes in Darwin TV line-up

Crehan to replace Lowndes in Darwin TV line-up
Load comments
Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match Prime

Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match

James Courtney has been around the block in his motorsport career it's fair to say. After a single-seater career cut short, he's won everything there is to win in Supercars. Following a rocky ride recently in the Australian category, he's found a happy hunting ground with Tickford Racing.

Supercars
Oct 21, 2021
How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star Prime

How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star

His decision to leave Brad Jones Racing was the biggest shock of the Australian Supercars silly season so far. But for Nick Percat, it comes as the culmination of a personal journey that has made him into one of the most rounded drivers in the series, now in search of a seat that can make him a champion

Supercars
Sep 17, 2021
Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8 Prime

Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8

On the face of it, picking an 18-year-old rookie to replace arguably the greatest Supercars driver of all time is a risky move. But as Jamie Whincup takes up a team principal role and hands his car to Broc Feeney, it's one that he is confident will be rewarded in the fullness of time - time which wasn't afforded to Whincup in his early days

Supercars
Sep 1, 2021
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Prime

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 29, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year Prime

How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year

David Reynolds inked what was effectively a lifetime deal with Erebus in 2019 – only to walk out a year later. What went wrong?

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020