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Blanchard Racing Team reveals Indigenous livery for Darwin

First Indigenous livery revealed ahead of Darwin.

02 June 2022

The Blanchard Racing Team will sport a striking new-look livery for Supercars’ Indigenous Round at the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown.

Tim Slade’s #3 CoolDrive Racing Mustang will feature a design centred on artwork by Melissa Tipo/Yaram.

Supercars teams will run Indigenous-inspired liveries for the event, with the Blanchard Racing Team the first to reveal its design.

“At the heart of the design is the Saltwater Crocodile, which represents strength, power and masculinity,” the team explained.

“Balancing out the Crocodile, the water lilies represent fertility, the blue signifies water, and the dots around the motifs symbolise prior generations, who are still overseeing and guiding society.

“Another important facet is the bonnet painting, which covers various topics.

“The top left represents the Larrakia Country (Darwin area), with the flowing water surrounding the community, otherwise known as the Saltwater People.

“At the bottom right is the team, their families and the community supporting the outfit, while the star at the top right represents ‘Grandpa’, ensuring that John Blanchard Senior is remembered at the track.”

“It’s fantastic that in 2022 as a sport we are celebrating the Indigenous Round for the first time, and immersing ourselves with the local history, people and culture,” said team owner Tim Blanchard.

“Melissa has done a brilliant job in drawing together so many aspects that are important to the team, and combined tell a great story.

“We hope the car goes as well as it looks.”