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Students on Track at the 2018 Supercars

More than 215 students and 30 teachers from 13 Top End schools descended on Hidden Valley Raceway today for the 2018 Students on Track program.

The program, facilitated by Northern Territory Major Events Company in conjunction with the 2018 CrownBet Triple Crown, offers schools a hands-on educational opportunity using Australia's largest domestic motorsport series as a base for growth and learning.

There are countless attractions on offer at the 2018 Supercars event this weekend and many of them can be connected to learning outcomes in the Australian National Curriculum including Maths, Science, Technology, English, Physical Education, Economics and Business.

Students today were treated to free entry into the circuit and access to the Supercars paddock to witness all the action in the team garages and to learn about one of Australia’s top sports up close.

Unlike any other sport, students had the chance to watch the drivers and team engineers prepare for racing before they took part in their own Junior Press Conference with Supercars legend Craig Lowndes, Tim Slade, Todd Hazelwood and Will Davison.

Minister for Education, Eva Lawler, said the program provides students with a learning experience like no other.

“It is fantastic to see so many schools getting involved in the Students on Track program and experiencing the supercars event first hand,” she said. 

“Students had a fantastic opportunity to experience exclusive behind the scenes activities today and also met some of their heroes in the flesh. It’s more than just an excursion; it’s an interactive, exciting way for kids to learn.”

The 2018 CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown will continue tomorrow when the Virgin Australia Supercars take to the track for their last practice session before qualifying determines the grid for Race 15 of the championship at 4.15pm.

Through the Northern Territory Major Events Company, the Government contributes just over $3 million every year to bring the Supercars to Darwin, an investment that returns $16 million to the Territory economy annually and brings approximately 4,000 interstate visitors to each race.

More than 40,000 spectators attend the Supercars event in Darwin every year.

The 2018 CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown will take place 15-17 June 2018.

Media contact: Kim Stephens 0417 683 144