Jack Smith will have his third wildcard outing of the 2019 Supercars Championship season when the field visits Darwin for next weekend’s BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown round.

Smith has already had wildcard outings for Brad Jones Racing at the Tasmania and Winton SuperSprint events in April and May respectively, recording a best finish of 21st in Race 14 at Winton.

Currently lying 13th overall in the second-tier Super2 Championship standings, Smith will cut his first laps of Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway in Friday’s opening practice session, having never previously raced at the Northern Territory circuit.

“The Hidden Valley circuit is one that I have not been to before, so I’m keen to learn the new circuit,” he said.

“I plan on spending a while on a simulator and will go through all the on-board footage; gathering as much info as I can so I can be as prepared as possible heading into the weekend.

“Getting the consistency in doing back to back rounds is really valuable, there are many differences between the Super2 and Supercar formats, and the intensity is really something else.

“The Super2 races are much shorter and don’t have the knockout qualifying format you see on some Supercar weekends.

“In these races you are having to manage tyres a lot more and complete pit stops, which for anyone looking to step up into Supercars are things you need to learn and what the whole wildcard process is about.”

Image via Brad Jones Racing

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