Ahead of this weekend’s Merlin Darwin Triple Crown, PremiAir Racing has unveiled its Indigenous livery for the #22 PremiAir Coca-Cola No Sugar Racing Supercar, courtesy of Indigenous artist Kiewa Tya Austin-Rioli.
This weekend’s event is the first official Indigenous Round for Supercars, featuring a number of special elements to celebrate First Nations people and pay respect to the Larrakia people on whose land the event takes place.
Amongst a range of initiatives at the event, each team will run First Nations-inspired liveries and PremiAir Racing was proud to unveil the livery of the #22 PremiAir Coca-Cola No Sugar Racing Supercar in Darwin at the Landmark at Gateway this afternoon, with Driver Chris Pither and Indigenous artist Kiewa Tya Austin-Rioli in attendance.
Kiewa Tya Austin-Rioli is a proud Gunditjmara and Tiwi Islander woman who owns and runs the Sweet Water Art design studio. The 21-year-old carefully created the remarkable design Pither will carry this weekend.
“With this artwork, I wanted to represent the unity of our people, so the artwork shows the connections that Aboriginal people have with each other all over Australia,” Kiewa said.
“There are connections with family, cultural ways and through the land and songlines. This piece also shows the strength of those connections with all of our people.”
Pither said he was impressed with the design and excited to be able to carry it into this weekend’s racing.
“I’m excited to be here in Darwin to unveil our livery for Indigenous Round, alongside artist Kiewa Austin-Rioli at the Landmark Hotel”
“It’s great to be working with our partner Coca-Cola Europacific Partners to use the power of the Coke brand to shine a light on an incredibly talented young artist this Indigenous Round. Kiewa’s high-impact livery design completely reimagines Coca-Cola’s iconic logo whilst honouring her connection to country.”
The Top End is a great place, I’m happy to be back and to officially celebrate First Nations people is special.”
On the Go at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Australia Director of Sales, Jarrad Mortimer, is looking forward to seeing the bespoke livery on the circuit.
“We’re extremely proud to use the power of the Coca-Cola brand to shine a light on an incredibly talented young artist this Indigenous Round, “Mortimer said.
“Kiewa’s high-impact livery design completely reimagines Coca-Cola’s iconic logo whilst honouring her connection to country.”
The Merlin Darwin Triple Crown will descend upon Hidden Valley Raceway in the Northern Territory from Friday, June 17 to Sunday, June 19. It will feature three 38-lap races for the Repco Supercars Championship.