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Behind the Scenes: Darwin 2019

We said there was only one thing left to say about Darwin and that was ‘see ya’!  But unfortunately the heat must have gone straight to our heads as we were yet to share with you our favourite parts of the behind the scenes.

 

Darwin Breakfast:

Can we fry an egg yet?

 

Head down:

That sinking feeling when you suddenly remember you forgot to turn the air con on in the truck and you know it’s going to be a sauna after pit stop practice.

 

Beat the heat:

If only you guys could see what that tube is actually plugged into…

 

Really, really, really ridiculously good looking:

But blue steel just doesn’t work when you’re in that position.

 

World’s worst odds:

‘You seriously put money on no one winning the Triple Crown this year?’

 

Freeze-frame:

Guys, pit stop practice is a really inconvenient time to launch into an impromptu Mannequin Challenge attempt.

 

A Botched Job:

It was too hard to keep a straight face while looking at Lowndesy’s new lip fillers.

 

Peekaboo:

Turns out SVG is still a believer in the you-can’t-see-me-if-I-can’t-see-you toddler philosophy. Nice try.

 

Shameless plug:

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Live Diary: Darwin

Sunday 16th June

1550: Time to pack down after a long, hot week. Thanks to you guys for all your support, we’re aiming to do you proud in Townsville 👊

Jamie Whincup – Car #88
Qualifying – 11th (Fastest Time: 1:06.1905)
Top Ten Shootout – N/A
Race 2 – Fifth
Championship – Sixth (1,390 points)

“We had it against us all weekend with the cracked chassis yesterday, which we fixed overnight. That was throwing all sorts of things out for us, then we couldn’t really get a balance. Like the last two rounds, DC (David Cauchi, Race Engineer) did a great job to keep making the car competitive in the race. When you’re in the mid-pack and are too nice, you just get carted. I left room, I tried to race hard too wide, but every time I do that I end up getting carted off, especially on the first lap. It’s dog-eat-dog. I literally dropped back to last, but then I came through with our car speed. I’m certainly happy and proud of the performance of everyone in the team this weekend with what we’ve got. The real battle is done at the workshop. We need to bring a faster car to the track. That’s motorsport, it’s been the same since it started, so we just need to make the cars faster, which we’ll continue to try to do.”

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97
Qualifying – 16th (Fastest Time: 1:06.3502)
Top Ten Shootout – N/A
Race 2 – 10th
Championship – Fifth (1,399 points)

“We had to run car 88’s setup in qualifying. It’s the right thing to do to work as a team – 88 is clearly better. It just doesn’t work on my car or with my style. The car just doesn’t respond and wouldn’t stay on the track. I was almost last after the first proper run in qualifying and two of the cars I was ahead of had crashed, which is why they were behind us. So we went back to our setup, but we had the same thing. I’m just struggling and we need to work out why the car doesn’t work or why I can’t make it work. The race was boring, but the strategy is what saved it for us. I don’t think I passed a single car, so it was all made in the pits and the guys did a great job there.”

BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown SuperSprint Event 7 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Darwin, Northern Territory. Australia. 14th-16th June 2019.

1455: What a day! On weekends like this, we remind ourselves of how lucky we are for things like working in a sport we love, enjoying this amazing Darwin weather… and having a freezer full of icy poles waiting for us 😂


1430: There’s some serious strategy play at work here. For both Red Bull Holdens to be fighting in the top 10 after the day we’ve had is impressive in itself.

1250: Darwin, please be good to us this afternoon!


1225: It’s time for a pre-race tweak from the physio and to catch up on all the action happening at Le Mans.

1150: It’s JDub’s turn next. We reckon he should take on Pipe Dream!


1135: Who thinks the Triple Crown is going to be claimed today…?

1100: Well, with no shootout, the guests in the Red Bull Holden Racing Team corporate suite get a visit from JDub and SVG. Lucky peeps!

0955: Sorry, guys, that was not good enough. Both cars miss the top 10 with JW in P11 and SVG in P16. We found something on 88 overnight but couldn’t make the setup work this morning, while 97 made some major changes. Stick with us for the race, we’ll be fighting.

0930: Red flag for a very strange qualy incident. Oil on track? We’ll play the waiting game while the carnage is cleared up.

0825: The air con is cranking in the RBHRT B-trailer right now while SVG and JDub switch their brains into qualy mode. T-minus one hour.

0730: Good morning! It’s our final day in Darwin and it’s all about the racing,

Saturday 15th June

Jamie Whincup – Car #88
Practice 3Third (Fastest Time: 1:06.3640)
QualifyingEighth (Fastest Time: 1:06.3365)
Race 1Fifth

“The story of the day was just poor qualifying. We had a good race car and we raced hard on what I thought was a good strategy. But when you qualify eighth, you can’t expect to be on the podium unless something drastic happens and the competition is too tight to plough through the field. There are some positives, but really we just made mistakes in qualifying – little errors, which is why we didn’t qualify well. We just need to clean up those little errors for tomorrow and hopefully qualify well to give ourselves half a chance. There’s nothing in particular to work on for qualifying, the balance is just out. It’s basic motorsport things!”

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97
Practice 3Ninth (Fastest Time: 1:06.6421)
Qualifying12th (Fastest Time: 1:06.5323)
Race 1Eighth

“From practice yesterday we made huge changes overnight and I thought it was a lot more promising today, but then in qualifying we just had more of the same. We couldn’t make the new tyre work, so we’re missing something there because we did the same time on old tyres at the start of qualifying as we did on greens. Bizarre! In the race, I got a good start, then we had the safety car. Our pace was good and I think we did the strategy right. The car felt fine, we just need to get qualifying right and then we’ll be able to race up the front. We don’t know what we’re doing on new tyres and it’s hard to know what to do to make it better, but the car is fine as a race car – fast enough, competitive. We just can’t get the pace there in qualifying.”

BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown SuperSprint Event 7 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Darwin, Northern Territory. Australia. 14th-16th June 2019. Jamie Whincup of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team.

1740: 🏁 It’s safe to say that the story of the day is poor qualifying. Bring on tomorrow!


1645: Well, so far this race has provided some thoroughly entertaining racing!

1610: The green flag is just around the corner. Better not leave this there by mistake, not very aerodynamic…


1510: How would you prepare for a race if you were SVG? By watching more racing of course! There’s plenty of carnage in this Porsche race, let’s just make sure we’re not copying…

1445: Have you heard? CL is out and about – sighted at the Red Bull Holden Racing Team trackside store ✍📸

1400: So maybe Lowndesy didn’t bring the luck of the Irish.

JDub – P8 – 1:06:3365

SVG – P12 – 1:06:5323

1310: Look who’s popped in to say hi for qualy!


1130: That’s promising…

JDub – P3 – 1:06:3640

SVG – P9 – 1:06:6421

1050: Practice 3 comin’ at ya! 😎

0930: We just can’t get enough of you guys! It’s time for another autograph session at the merchandise store. If you’re not here at the track, check out the Red Bull Holden Racing Team range online.

0810: If you’ve ever wanted to meet the drivers, now’s the perfect time! We’re heading into pit lane for the Super Walk so you guys can get up close and personal with the Team and cars.


0740: Who thinks we should invest in a shower for the Red Bull Holden Racing Team transporter for post-pit stop practice? 🙋‍♂️

Red Bull Holden Racing Team pit stop practice at the Darwin Triple Crown Supercars event

0720: Talking about fitting a lot into one day! We’re even dragging Lowndesy out of the Fox Sports air conditioning to say hi to all you wonderful peeps.

Friday 14th June

Jamie Whincup – Car #88

Practice 112th (Fastest Time: 01:07.1005)
Practice 2Third (Fastest Time: 01:06.2660)

“We got through our program today which was good and (David) Cauchi did a great job of balancing the car.  We were the best of the rest.  There is obviously some work to be done back at the workshop to catch the team beside us.  I feel like we have made some progress after the two practice sessions so that is a big positive for today.”

 

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97

Practice 1Third (Fastest Time: 01:06.8163)
Practice 2 11th (Fastest Time: 01:06.5930)

“We had a few issues today during the practice sessions which never really is part of the plan.  We can see however that there is a lot of potential with the car so we will have to do some work tonight. The heat out there on the track sucks and it’s a challenge for any driver to try but we are trying to cope the best we can.  For tomorrow we will just have a few things to tune up.  I think the race pace will be fine but like last round we will need to figure out the proper set up in practice to be ready for qualifying.”

 

1420:  Well, today just seemed to fly by fast and it was extremely hot out there for the drivers.  We managed to quickly catch them before they headed into the air conditioner chamber of the A-trailer to debrief about the session.

JDub – P3 — 01:06.2660

SVG – P11 –01:06.5930

 

1405:  Seems the communication issues have been sorted and the focus shifts to making the car perform better out on track.

 

 

1355:  Not quite what practice is about – SVG is out of his car again.

1140:  Mixed results at the end of the first practice.  Debrief will not doubt steer us in the right direction.

J-Dub – P12 — 01:06.1005

SVG – P3 — 01:06.8163

 

 

 

1110:  Could it just be that the heat is getting to SVG while the crew work on his car?

1100:  Gearing up for a double dose of practice sessions today.  As SVG said, we need to get it right so that qualifying ain’t so hard.

0940:  Straight down to business and heading out to see the fans at the top end.  Thank you for lining up to see us!

0900:  Hello DARWIN!  There is a lot of sun, heat and cars so let’s get the day rolling.

 

 

 

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Darwin: One Two Three

We are headed to the top end and if you haven’t packed your fishing rod clearly you’ve planned out your trip all wrong – just read Jamie’s favourite Darwin moment below.

No, don’t worry we’re not there to take a holiday, we are straight into Round 7 at Hidden Valley Raceway.

After a small taste of back to back podium finishes in Perth and Winton, Jamie ‘J-Dub’ Whincup is eager to take Car 88 out for spin on the racetrack.

“It was good to be in podium contention in Winton and there’s no reason why we can’t improve on that,” J-Dub said.

“It’s definitely nice to have had a competitive car for the last two rounds but this weekend will be a true test to see if we have made the necessary progress with the car.”

With some topsy-turvy races and results over the past six rounds, and we haven’t even mentioned the third time J-Dub lost a wheel over the weekend at his Australian GT debut (whoops we just did!), could it be that the Red Bull Holden Racing Team have finally found that ‘momentum’ that’s been needed?

“Trying to develop and remain consistent is always a challenge,” said Team Manager, Mark ‘Dutto’ Dutton.

“Two podiums in two rounds; we’re obviously happy overall with what we achieved at the events in Perth and Winton.”

 

 

But as we all know there are two cars out there and maybe the end results are slightly dependent on the driver and circumstances they each find themselves in during the race, but in all honesty is there an explanation that Car 88 can go faster than Car 97 (given all other things being equal)?

“These cars are very sensitive to different setup windows and a small number of variances between setups particularly in qualifying, can make a large difference to starting positions when the grid is separated by the smallest of margins,” said Dutto.

“Both cars in Winton had good race pace, however Car 88’s qualifying speed was better, which was as a result of developing and testing different setups between the cars.”

READ MORE:  Podium provides some warmth at Winton

So, then it’s no wonder that the smallest change and a millisecond of difference on the time sheets can lead to frustration for the drivers, just ask SVG who hopes there will be no repeat of it in Darwin.

“In qualifying we not only just kept making mistakes as we couldn’t get the car to my liking but then I was also trying too hard which caused me to keep mucking up,” he said.

“We need to work a little harder during the Friday practice to get a set-up of the car suitable for qualifying because a qualifying car (set-up) makes a huge difference in the end.”

Onward and upward as they say because around here it’s all about the overall big picture towards the end of the season.

“We need to make sure we keep scoring some points no matter what,” said SVG.

“After Winton we feel like we’ve made some gains and we will hopefully see the rewards from that in Darwin.”

 

2019 Supercars Championship Round 6. Winton SuperSprint, Winton Raceway, Winton, Victoria, Australia. Saturday 25th May to Sunday 26th May 2019. World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz Photographer Ref: Digital Image DSC_2995.NEF

 

With a little help from the engineers, the crew at the workshop and all the busy bees in between it really is a team effort to make any sort of changes and improvements on the cars.

“We have been working extremely hard in the lead up to Darwin and again have new development components which we are confident will continue to improve car performance and consistency,” said Dutto.

“The goal for Darwin is to have both cars finish on the podium.”

Believe it or not, we are approaching the halfway mark of the season so to have two cars on the podium sounds like a good goal if you ask us.

Although we can’t be certain about what happens on the track, there is one thing we are sure about – here comes the heat!

As we head to Darwin we may need to slip, slop and slap, seeing as our pasty white wintry skin has been covered with multiple layers of clothing, and this weekend will give us a good opportunity to soak up some sun.

“I am struggling at home with the cold so can’t wait to get to the heat in Darwin,” said J-Dub.

It’s expected to be a hot weekend both on and off the track but we’re sure some reactions to the heat won’t be any different to SVG’s.

“It sucks. (clearly this Kiwi’s blood wasn’t made for the tropics).

“I don’t like the heat, it’s part of the reason why I loved Winton,” SVG laughed.

“I like winter so there is a little challenge for Darwin cause it’s hot.”

The struggle for some is real and you thought we were kidding!

Either way the forecast is shorts, singlet and thongs, maybe not exactly for us but ice blocks are definitely on the cards as we fire up our Twitter page with live updates from Friday, June 14.

 

Jamie’s Predictions for Darwin:

Fastest lap time on the track – 01:06.50

Who’s the one to watch in Darwin – David Reynolds

Biggest Challenge in Darwin – Not getting eaten by a crocodile.

Three words to describe Darwin – Very long straight.

Favourite moment in Darwin – Fishing in Kakadu.

 

Shane’s Predictions for Darwin:

Fastest lap time on the track – 01:15.00

Who’s the one to watch in Darwin – The slurpie machine.

Biggest Challenge in Darwin – The heat.

Three words to describe Darwin – Hot. Hot. Hot.

Favourite moment in Darwin – Winning the race in 2011. 

 

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Behind The Scenes: Darwin 2018

Darwin was about 100 degrees too hot for us and we battled, but we got there. With two podiums, we still had some fun – here’s what the team got up to behind the scenes this year…

 

Event 7 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown, Darwin, NT.
June 15th to 17th 2018

The look of amusement when watching the apprentice trying to negotiate the fan for the first time.

 

Event 7 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown, Darwin, NT.
June 15th to 17th 2018

Everyone’s face in the RBHRT garage after every qualifying session.

 

Event 7 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown, Darwin, NT.
June 15th to 17th 2018

Romy had troubles streaming the World Cup… Clearly she’s not with Vodafone.

 

Event 7 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown, Darwin, NT.
June 15th to 17th 2018

“Look, Mum, I’m on TV!”

 

Event 7 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown, Darwin, NT.
June 15th to 17th 2018

That awkward smile when there’s sweat coming out of orifices you didn’t know existed.

 

June 15th to 17th 2018

“Dude, that stinks.”

 

Event 7 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown, Darwin, NT.
June 15th to 17th 2018

“Mate, as if I’m not going to make the shootout.”

 

Event 7 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown, Darwin, NT.
June 15th to 17th 2018

Another one who thinks the sun shines out of his… 

 

Event 7 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown, Darwin, NT.
June 15th to 17th 2018

Commercial Manager 101: Rule #1 Hang out on pit wall and look like you’re making important deals.

 

Event 7 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown, Darwin, NT.
June 15th to 17th 2018

Commercial Manager 101: Rule #2 Get the team a sunnies sponsor so everyone can look just as cool. Oh wait…

 

Event 7 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown, Darwin, NT.
June 15th to 17th 2018

J-Van back-up dancer Belly got himself a manager. He’s hitting the big time. Jealous much?

 

Event 7 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown, Darwin, NT.
June 15th to 17th 2018

This is Wazzy, our truckie. He’s really important so we can’t show his face. And yes, he’s jealous.

 

Event 7 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown, Darwin, NT.
June 15th to 17th 2018

Scooter isn’t acclimatised to the heat. After the continuous sweating and beetroot red colour, he started to breathe fire.