Two-time defending Virgin Australia Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin is out to hold onto his BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown title after becoming the first driver in history to claim the coveted trophy last year.
McLaughlin won the Triple Crown in 2019, the first driver in history to do so, and this year will need to be the highest point scorer of the round to win it again in 2020.
“I’ve always really enjoyed this track, we’ve had really good cars, I’m excited we won the Triple Crown when someone hadn’t done it for twenty years and we were able to do it,” McLaughlin said today.
“Everyone is going to have the chance to win it this year, so it’s going to be a lot of run trying to hopefully go back-to-back and see if we can get a round win.”
The 27-year old Shell Mustang driver holds a 107-point Championship lead over Jamie Whincup heading into this weekend's three race round.
Two more race victories will see McLaughlin surpass the late great Peter Brock on the all-time wins list in Supercars.
He will be confident having won four of the last five races at Hidden Valley.
This afternoon McLaughlin and fellow drivers Fabian Coulthard, Chaz Mostert and Darwin's pioneer Supercars driver Bryce Fullwood posed with the new look Triple Crown trophy in pit lane.
McLaughlin’s teammate Fabian Coulthard won in Darwin in 2017 and claimed a podium after a front row start last year. The 38-year old says Darwin is one of the better events for the Ford outfit.
“As a team we’ve gone well, Scott won the Triple Crown here this time last year – a trophy which had never been won before,” Coulthard said.
“I was fortunate enough to finish third, so it was a reasonable weekend for the team.
“For us, the main thing is we’ve come here to race – we’re all excited about that.”