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Team PAYCE CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown Preview for 2017

PAYCE Managing Director Brian Boyd says it's a busy meeting coming up at the 2.87 kilometre Hidden Valley circuit outside of Darwin this weekend for Team PAYCE, with five drivers competing across three categories.

"Garth Tander and James Moffat will do battle in Supercars for the Wilson Security Racing GRM team in the #33 and #34 Holden Commodore VFs," Brian Boyd said.

"They will be joined on track by current Super2 competitor and Team PAYCE member Macauley Jones from the Brad Jones Racing team in his second solo appearance in the championship as a wildcard entry.

"David Wall will be out to continue his top form in the #38 PAYCE Porsche GT3 in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship, having notched up his maiden round win at last month's Phillip Island Pro-Am," continued Brian Boyd.

"It's great news that John Bowe has made a speedy recovery from injuries sustained at the Winton round in May and will be keen to get behind the #18 Holden Torana to maintain his championship lead in the Touring Car Masters.

"That incident at Winton was very nasty and the level of carnage was quite upsetting, knowing the effort that goes into preparing these cars and the pride the owners and the drivers take in showcasing a great era in Australian motorsport," Brian Boyd recalled.

Team PAYCE Drivers Look Forward the Visit to Darwin – Brian Boyd

"No doubt all teams will be looking forward to the sunshine and warmer weather after the cooler rounds down south.

"Last year, the weather was fine in Darwin except for varying conditions in the qualifying sessions that played havoc with grip levels before the weekend hotted up with temperatures well into the 30s," Mr. Boyd offered.

"This year the forecast is for fine weather and maximum temperatures around 30 degrees with no rain in sight, so we will keep our fingers crossed for clear skies and not too hot weather," finished Brian Boyd.

Recent Test Days will aid in top Qualifying Times – Brian Boyd

Brian Boyd said the Darwin round this year could be especially interesting as a number of teams were able to run their cars at test days at Winton and Queensland Raceway earlier this month.

"Everyone was chasing those small but important improvements to improve qualifying times and race pace," Mr. Boyd said.

"Garry Rogers took the GRM team and three cars to Winton and although the track was initially wet from overnight rain, they were able to make good use of the time and put the new Commodores through a proper test day program for the first time.

James Golding clocks up mileage from recent Test Days - Brian Boyd - V8 Supercars

"It was a good move to have young James Golding along to clock up more time in preparation for his next solo drive in Supercars and in the coming endures," Brian Boyd offered.

"The GRM team reported they were happy with how the day went and had achieved all they had planned."

Data from the Volvo era was not applicable to the Commodores in 2017 – Brian Boyd

Brian said the team is progressively putting together a good package for the new cars after it became clear the data from the Volvo era was not applicable to the Commodores.

"Every outing this year has been a fast learning curve and Darwin will be the same, but the team has responded magnificently as evidenced by the good results to date with a podium and then two top ten finishes at the last round," Mr. Boyd said.

"The gains from the Winton test day and from further work back in the workshop will be eagerly awaited as the coming weekend unfolds.

Indigenous Livery to Feature on the GRM Cars – Brian Boyd

Brian said Garry Rogers Motorsport will display a unique indigenous livery on its cars for the Darwin round and the next two rounds at Townsville and Ipswich.

"The existing blue and white scheme forms the basis of a new design to coincide with this month's National Reconciliation Week and next month's National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee Week," said Brian Boyd.

Team owner, Garry Rogers said he was pleased and fortunate to be able to represent his sponsor group in creating awareness regarding reconciliation.

"The sport of Supercars has a national following and reconciliation is a national matter," he said.

"I truly hope that our small gesture in presenting our race cars in the livery based on Hazel Cowburn's artwork creates further conversation and interest in reconciliation."

Team PAYCE member Macauley Jones from Brad Jones Racing earns Wildcard Entry - Brian Boyd

Brian Boyd said Team PAYCE member Macauley Jones from Brad Jones Racing will be one of the two wildcards to join the field for this round and is understandably excited to again have the opportunity to race in the premier touring car category.

"Macauley had his first solo run as a wildcard at the recent Winton round and put in a great performance to stay out of trouble and finish ahead of a number of regular drivers in both races," Brian Boyd enthused.

"He gained some valuable experience in that round that will help both this weekend and in the coming enduros," Brian Boyd continued.

Friday Practice 1 and 2 will be a great start to the Weekend- Brian Boyd

The 28 cars will hit the track around midday on Friday for the first of two practice sessions on the day. Following a morning practice session on Saturday, the field will have a short 15 minute qualifying session for the first race of 120 kilometres (42 laps) in the afternoon. Sunday will feature a top ten shootout after an early morning 20 minute qualifying session that will set the grid for the longer 200 kilometre race over 70 laps.

Go Team PAYCE!