Van Gisbergen will be under pressure to keep his series lead from diminishing; he hasn’t won in Darwin since 2016, and Shell Fords have won nine of the last 12 races at Hidden Valley Raceway.
Whincup also won a race in Darwin last season, with van Gisbergen only good enough for two podiums across the Darwin doubleheader.
The Repco Supercars Championship field will return to the Northern Territory for the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown across June 18-20. Tickets are available here.
The event will be broadcast live on Foxtel and will be streamed on Kayo, and will be broadcast live and free on Seven.
Series leads after four rounds (under 300-point scoring system)
2008: Tander led Kelly by 14 points (Whincup 4th, 120 points behind) 2009: Whincup led Davison by 96 points 2010: Whincup led Courtney by 204 points 2011: Whincup led Lowndes by 142 points 2012: Whincup led Davison by 29 points 2013: Whincup led Davison by 65 points 2014: Winterbottom led Lowndes by 107 points (Whincup 6th, 166 points behind) 2015: Winterbottom led Lowndes by 12 points 2016: Lowndes led Whincup by 42 points (van Gisbergen 4th, 91 points behind) 2017: Coulthard led van Gisbergen by 19 points (Whincup 3rd, 22 points behind) 2018: McLaughlin led Reynolds by 60 points 2019: McLaughlin led Coulthard by 124 points 2020: McLaughlin led Whincup by 101 points 2021: van Gisbergen leads Whincup by 190 points