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16 June 2017

Bent cars and broken egos: The top five moments from Hidden Valley raceway

By Mitchell TulkMitchell Tulk
The sight no driver or engineer wants to see. (Image from: sporting news - Image credit: Lewis Isaacs)

The Northern Territory has hosted some of the country’s best racing and has always been a challenge for both man and machine.

With the Supercar series celebrating 20 years of racing in the top end this weekend, we take a look back at the five most memorable moments.

5. Teammates collide (2004)

Team managers hate nothing more than teammates taking each other out and that’s exactly what happened between Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall.

Not long after the start of race two, Ambrose locked up his brakes and ran into the back of Ingall, sending him into a spin and out of the lead. 

4. Dramatic race 12 restart (2011)

In the racing world everyone knows that four cars side-by-side going into the first corner doesn’t work yet Mark Winterbottom, Jamie Whincup, Shane Van Gisbergen and Lee Holdworths gave it a crack.

Of course, this didn’t work out as all four of them ended off the road, allowing Rick Kelly to pull a Steven Bradbury and win the race.

3. Marcos Ambrose vs Mark Skaife (2004)

During the mid-2000s it was on between Ambrose and Skaife and the two didn’t particularly like each other during this time, especially after this mishap.

Skaife was leading the race from Ambrose when on the last corner of the last lap he took the Holden man on the inside, bumping him off the road allowing his teammate, Russell Ingall to take the win.

2.  Turn two mayhem (2013)

Turn two at this racetrack has seen its fair share of action and 2013 saw one of the biggest pile-ups in Supercar history. 

With plenty of bumping and grinding in the mid-field, drivers such as James Moffat, Tim Slade and Dean Fiore found the fence, eliminating them from the race. 

1. Lee Holdworths’ big impact (2016)

Holdworths has found himself in a few dramas at Hidden Valley but none quite like his accident last year.

Once again at turn two, drivers slammed into one another which sent Lee Holdworths speeding towards a concrete barrier.

Not only did the impact destroy his car but Holdworths received serious injuries that kept him out of the driver's seat for a number of races. 

What’s your favourite moment from the Hidden Valley? Let us know in the comments below.