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Triple Eight reveals wildcard entry for Darwin

Cooper Murray set for his solo Supercars debut in Darwin.

13 June 2024

Triple Eight Race Engineering and Supercheap Auto have unveiled a special wildcard Indigenous livery for the Darwin Triple Crown, in conjunction with HeartKids Australia.

HeartKids is the only national not-for-profit organisation solely focused on supporting and advocating for all children and adults impacted by childhood-onset heart disease (CoHD), one of the largest causes of infant death in Australia.

This artwork is the story of 13-year-old heart kid Lilly, with the support of brother Noah (11), mother Chantelle, and father Derrin from Larrakia Country. The artwork was designed with the support of Darwin-based artist William Hewitt, working collaboratively with Lilly’s family.

The #888 Supercheap Auto wildcard will be piloted by Cooper Murray, who makes his solo debut in the Supercars championship. Following his wildcard entry in Darwin, Murray will team up with three-time Supercars Champion Craig Lowndes for the enduro season, comprising two events: Sandown 500 and the Bathurst 1000.

The team’s wildcard entry will see former Triple Eight race-winning engineer Wes McDougal continue the helm as race engineer for the #888 Chevrolet Camaro. McDougal was race engineer to seven-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup in his final full-time season of Supercars in 2021.

“The car looks SUPER! It’s been fantastic to team up with HeartKids and Supercheap Auto to design an amazing Indigenous livery for my Supercars debut,” says Murray.

“I think the Indigenous Round is an amazing initiative that Supercars implement for the Darwin Triple Crown and it’s great to see every team get on board.

“I’m so excited to kick things off in Darwin. Our test day went really well and there were a lot of positives that came out of the day – very few negatives, if any. I now have a lot of motivation and confidence going into the event.

“I always work very hard on my fitness away from the track which will hopefully put me in good stead for the grueling conditions and longer format races in the Top End so I think I will be well prepared for the conditions up there.

“This opportunity is something I’ve looked forward to for a long time and I’m going to take in every single moment of it, from the signing sessions to meeting the fans, all the way down to getting into the car and doing what I do best. It’s going to be an amazing week that will no doubt go too quickly.”