Nitro Up North on track to wow crowds tomorrow

NT Government

Motorsports mania is taking over the Top End, with thousands of fans ready to head out to Hidden Valley from tomorrow for the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown.

The on-track action starts from 9.50am tomorrow, when support category Combined Sedans heads out for their first practice session. Australian Superbikes, Supercars and Stadium Super Trucks will follow them on track throughout the day.

As the sun slips lower in the sky it’s time to turn things up a notch with Nitro Up North. Featuring the Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars, Top Doorslammers, Jet Dragster, special exhibition drags and Sportsman Racing, Nitro Up North is pure entertainment.

The action kicks off from 5pm tomorrow, and you can expect plenty of smoke as these high-octane rigs hurtle down the drag strip at speeds in excess of 440km/h, complete with chest-thumping roars that take your breath away.

The action continues on Saturday and Sunday with the Supercars, Australian Superbikes, Stadium Super Trucks and the Combined Sedans. Matt Mingay and his incredible Hotwheels Stuntz Crew is set to wow the crowds.

On Saturday night, there will be a concert featuring Australian rock sensation Bernard Fanning and more.

Secure your spot at this supercharged, superfast event at or visit the pop-up ticket booth in Smith Street Mall or Gateway Shopping Centre, open today and tomorrow from 10am to 4pm.

Quotes from Minister for Major Events Natasha Fyles:

“Tomorrow marks the start of all the on-track action for the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown, which is the ultimate motorsports weekend.

“The Nitro Up North crew are geared up for a fantastic show with cars that go from zero to 100km/h in under a second.

“For the first time all the drags action will be broadcast live nationally, showcasing Darwin on Friday night TV to an audience of thousands of people across the county. For those attending in person, it’s a great reason to extend a visit to Darwin and experience all our region has to offer.”

Quotes from Morice Mcmillin, Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars Series Manager:

“We are super excited to be back in the NT, and to be part of this motorsport spectacular is very cool, there really is something for everyone. Nitro up North is shaping up to be an event to remember.

“There is an awesome field of funny cars ready to put on a ground-pounding show at more than 400km/h for the Darwin fans, as well as fan favourite Wheelstander and some world-class door slammers. With an open pit area it’s an incredible chance to see these awesome machines and meet the drivers.”

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