One Northern Territory Supercars trailblazer will be cheering on another through the upcoming historic Darwin doubleheader.
Prior to Walkinshaw Andretti United rookie Bryce Fullwood, Layton Crambrook had been the only NT product to race in Supercars.
Crambrook though never got the chance to race in front of his home fans in the Top End, a feat Fullwood will cherish not once but twice this month.
And Crambrook will be firmly among his supporters, albeit from afar.
“I’ve met Bryce a couple of times and definitely will cheer him on,” the 2008 V8 Ute champion told Supercars.com.
“I think he’s having a great year and it would be really good to see him do well up there.
“It’s good that they’re doing the doubleheader because Darwin is so isolated you miss out on so much stuff when you live up there; it’s good that they get more than just one taste of it.
“And also for Bryce to get his head around the car on that track, I know he’s done that many miles around that place, as have I, but it’s still a different kettle of fish when you go there in a car like the Supercar.
“So hopefully that first meeting he’ll be able to get his head around it and the next meeting – or even the first one – he should be able to do really well hopefully.”
Crambrook revealed he first met Fullwood during a show car event in the Territory where the latter’s father Brad was among his competitors.
“He actually lives up the road from where I used to live but I didn’t know him back then because I have obviously been out of Darwin for a long time,” said Crambrook.
“But I built a [supercharged HQ Monaro] show car and I always still go up to the Territory at least once or twice a year and I took it up to the Alice Springs Red Centrenats.
“Bryce’s dad had a show car in the same event and category that I did. I was sitting down and just started chatting to this bloke and it turns out that it was Bryce watching his old man.
“So I met him then and talked to him for a bit and have sort of kept in contact with them a little bit since.”
Born and raised in the NT, Crambrook still considers himself a proud Territorian even though he’s long lived in Sydney.
“My wife’s parents lived up there until only very recently and we would spend at least one to two trips a year up there,” he said.
“It’s basically still like a second home. Our friends are still living up there so yeah we have got close ties with the place for sure.”
The BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown will be held this weekend, followed by the CoreStaff Darwin SuperSprint on August 22-23.
The BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown will be broadcast live on Ten, Fox Sports and streaming on Kayo.
Fox Sports 506 will broadcast every session ad-free from 11:15am-5:15pm on Saturday and 11:15am-4:55pm AEST on Sunday.
Network Ten’s broadcast will run from midday to 5pm AEST on both Saturday and Sunday.