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Team PAYCE CrownBet Darwin Triple CrownPreview

Team PAYCE will be out in force at this weekend's CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown meeting at the Hidden Valley Raceway, south of Darwin, with Supercars drivers, Scott McLaughlin and James Moffat in the #33 and #34 Volvo S60s, Porsche Carrera Cup driver, David Wall in the #38 Porsche GT3 and Touring Car Masters driver, John Bowe in the #18 Holden Torana SL/R 5000.

The Top End meeting is one of the most popular of the year with drivers and teams, despite the long haul from home bases and likely hot conditions (current forecast is no rain and air temperatures around 34 degrees C).

The 2.9 kilometre long track, with its 1.1 kilometre main straight, changing elevations and 14 corners, makes for exciting racing and to perform well demands a well-balanced car.

All the Team PAYCE Drivers Love the Visit to Darwin – Brian Boyd

PAYCE's Managing Director, Brian Boyd said the Darwin round usually throws up some surprises with the weather conditions and good passing opportunities for those with well-sorted cars.

"All the Team PAYCE drivers love the visit to Darwin and appreciated the enthusiasm of the fans, many of whom make the weekend a family affair or in some cases a big party," Mr. Boyd said.

"The track was re-surfaced before last year's meeting so tyres and strategies will again play key roles, especially in the Supercars races as has been the case with recent rounds." continued Brian Boyd.

"There was lots of tyre degradation last year with the new surface laid, but should not be as severe this weekend.

"With the second longest straight in the championship, there will be lots of slipstreaming and brave challenges as they brake for turn 1," Brian Boyd said.

Nine Different Winners in this Year's 11 Championship Races to Date – Brian Boyd

Brian Boyd said: "The question this weekend is will we see yet another name added to the list of nine different winners in this year's 11 championship races to date, as there are still some drivers with good form who are hungry for a win.

"Volvo fans and everyone in Team PAYCE will be hoping to see Scotty McLaughlin continue his good run and add to his tally of two wins at Phillip Island," Boyd said.

"I know Garry and his hard working team will have put a lot of time into the cars over the break to make sure the two drivers have the best chance of building on their championship points tally.

"It was great to see Scotty on top of the leaderboard after race 1 at the last round before moving back to second after race 2, so he is well and truly in the championship running at this stage, but of course there is still a lot of racing to happen,"continued Brian Boyd.

James is More Comfortable in the #34 Volvo - Brian Boyd - V8 Supercars

"James is more comfortable in the #34 Volvo now which is great to see and is also putting in some good times, so it will not surprise if he moves further up the field over the next couple of rounds,"said Brian Boyd

"James continues to perform well in pushing through the pack and just needs a few more tenths of a second in qualifying to move him up the grid and away from the inevitable scraps and bumps that occur towards the rear of the field.

"At Winton he suffered some hits that had him back in the pits for repairs when travelling well, but then out of contention for a good placing," enthused Brian Boyd.

2016 Season is now well Underway – Brian Boyd

The season is now well underway and the Wilson Security Racing GRM team is feeling very positive with some solid performances putting Scotty up the pointy end of the field, making a change from 2015.

After a four week break, the team is keen to build on recent good form that has taken Scott to second on the leaderboard, just 27 points behind the leader, Mark Winterbottom. Garry and the GRM team will have tweaked the cars since the last meeting at Winton where they performed well, but were down some on outright speed compared to the leading teams.

A strong attacking qualifying session and a second placing in the first race at Winton by Scott showed the #33 Volvo still had good pace from the earlier round at Phillip Island where Scott cleaned up the program.

Although James has been to the Hidden Valley track before, this will be his first outing in the Volvo, so the team will likely focus on using the early sessions to set the car up to his liking. His best result at the track last year in the Nissan was a well-earned 4th, so he knows the shortest way around the track.

Hidden Valley was Pretty Tough Last Year – Brian Boyd

Reflecting on last year's round at the track, Brian Boyd said:"Last year's meeting at Hidden Valley was pretty tough on the Wilson Security Racing GRM team with a series of no-fault altercations that included Scott retiring in race 1 with a damaged car.

"Starting from the rear of the field, he recovered with a fantastic drive that took him through the field for a top ten finish in 9th spot," Brian Boyd quoted.

"The Sunday race was to be equally challenging with a 21st position on the grid, but a great drive and good team strategy resulted in Scotty improving 10 spots to finish in 11th place.

"What the Wilson Security Racing GRM team is aiming for this weekend and we are all hoping for is a repeat of Phillip Island that would earn them the Triple Crown title – winner of both races and top qualifier in the Top Ten Shootout for Sunday's race – a title that is yet to be claimed," Brian Boyd said.

Track schedule

Friday 17 June - 201611.25 am-12.25pm Practice 1 1.45pm-2.45pm Practice 2
Saturday 18 June - 20169.55am-10.10am Practice 3 11.40am-11.55am Qualifying R1 4.15pm-5.15pm Race 1 (Race 12) 42 laps
Sunday 19 June - 2016 9.20am-9.40am Qualifying R2 10.45am-11.15am Top Ten Shootout 1.30pm-3.10pm Race 2 (Race13) 70 laps
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