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Top Fuel finale for Darwin Supercars event

Supercars, Superbikes and Top Fuel combine at the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown in 2022.

11 January 2022

The final round of the Australian Top Fuel Championship will take place at Supercars’ Merlin Darwin Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway on June 18 to 19.

The Merlin Darwin Triple Crown sees Supercars and Australian Superbikes star alongside Nitro Up North, featuring the Australian Top Fuel Championship finale. Darwin is the only round that will feature these souped-up rides, which are the fastest drag cars around.

Burson Auto Parts has agreed to a minimum two-year deal to become naming rights partner of the Australian Top Fuel Championship.

Nitro Up North hits the track on Friday and Saturday night under lights with top bike, doorslammer and sportsman brackets adding to the fireworks.

The 2022 Merlin Darwin Triple Crown is the official Indigenous round of the Supercars championship, and will celebrate the Larrakia land on which the event takes place. 

Organisers will work with traditional owners to ensure a Larrakia flavour for the event, and the official Indigenous round artwork, designed by Larrakia artist Trent Lee, was unveiled at the 2021 Merlin Darwin Triple Crown.

 “The fastest racing on the planet on the same program as the world’s toughest circuit racing – it’s unbelievable,” said Australian Top Fuel director Andy Lopez. 

“It’ll be fantastic for the teams to race in front of thousands of motorsport fans live at Hidden Valley, and go around Australia and the world on TV.

“Whether you love motorsport on four wheels or two wheels, the only place you should be next June is at the Merlin Triple Crown in Darwin. It’s the perfect end to the inaugural Australian Top Fuel Championship.”

The Merlin Darwin Triple Crown is delivered by the Northern Territory Government through the Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC). 

“The Merlin Darwin Triple Crown is always a favourite with motorsports fans, and thousands of people flock to Hidden Valley Raceway each year to soak up three days of action and experience everything the Top End has to offer under our clear blue skies,” said NTMEC CEO Tim Watsford.

“This event is a standout of the championship for the experience spectators get, and will be even more unique this year as the official Indigenous round. In another first, we’ve also got two nights of high-octane Nitro Up North action!”