PremiAir Racing will again be an exceptionally busy team this weekend, contesting the Repco Supercars Championship and Burson Auto Parts Top Fuel Championship.
In a change from previous ‘double-duty’ weekends, however, both iterations of the team will be competing in the same place – with the Supercars’ Merlin Darwin Triple Crown and the Nitro Up North drag racing event to be held at the Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex.
It is a truly exciting weekend for the team, with Supercars holding its first official Indigenous Round and the Burson Auto Parts Top Fuel Championship set to come to a thrilling conclusion – with team boss Peter Xiberras currently leading the points standings as he looks to secure his second consecutive title.
“The Top Fuel championship chase is now down to just me and Phil Lamattina, with our team carrying a 10-point advantage into the final round,” Xiberras explained.
“While I am of course happy to be heading to the final in the lead, the reality is that this is going to come down to whoever finishes the highest on Saturday evening – me or Phil. And Phil is a former champion, so he is no slouch!
“This will be my second time racing at Darwin, it is a great place and hopefully we can be celebrating on Saturday night with not only our first event victory of the season but also our second consecutive Top Fuel Championship trophy – I will be sure to bring it to the Supercars pit lane on Sunday if we do!” he grinned.
In preparation for this weekend’s Supercars racing, PremiAir Racing recently held a test day at Queensland Raceway ahead of revealing striking Indigenous liveries for both the #76 Subway PremiAir Racing Supercar and the #22 PremiAir Coca-Cola Racing Supercar.
“It has been great to see Supercars Introduce the Indigenous Round concept in an official capacity this year and everyone at PremiAir Racing is very passionate about getting behind this initiative,” Xiberras said.
“We were very proud to reveal what we think are two especially striking liveries earlier this week thanks to the talent of Indigenous artists, Elaine Chambers-Hegarty and Kiewa Austin-Rioli, and we thank them sincerely for their hard work and support.
“As a team, we have been working exceptionally hard in previous weeks behind the scenes and at Queensland Raceway, where we held our first full-day test since joining the Championship.
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. To learn more about this event, which is the first official Indigenous Round for Supercars, please visit www.supercars.com.au
On the evenings of Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, the Hidden Valley Drag Strip – which is co-located with the Raceway – will light up with Nitro Up North, featuring the final round of the 2022 Burson Auto Parts Top Fuel Championship. For information about the Burson Auto Parts Australian Top Fuel Championship, visit www.topfuelaustralia.com.au