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THE Blanchard Racing Team is the first Repco Supercars Championship squad to reveal its livery for the category’s inaugural Indigenous Round in Darwin Triple Crown on June 17-19.

Although teams have adopted indigenous artwork for the Hidden Valley round previously, this year is the first time the event carries the official Indigenous Round title.

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Supercars has made indigenous liveries compulsory, although it’s expected that not all teams will go to the level of effort put in by BRT, which partnered with artist Melissa Tipo/Yaram.

Tipo/Yaram is an Academic Coordinator for the Young Indigenous Women’s STEM Academy, which delivers a CSIRO program for women seeking opportunities in a STEM career.

“At the heart of the design is the Saltwater Crocodile, which represents strength, power and masculinity,” BRT explained of the colours the Tim Slade-driven Mustang will carry.

“Balancing out the Crocodile, the water lilies represent fertility, the blue signifies water, and the dots around the motifs symbolise prior generations, who are still overseeing and guiding society.

“Another important facet is the bonnet painting, which covers various topics.

“The top left represents the Larrakia Country (Darwin area), with the flowing water surrounding the community, otherwise known as the “Saltwater People”.

“At the bottom right is the team, their families and the community supporting the outfit, while the star at the top right represents “Grandpa”, ensuring that John Blanchard Senior is remembered at the track.”

CoolDrive founder John Blanchard Senior passed away in December last year, following the completion of BRT’s inaugural Supercars season.

This year marks the first official Indigenous Round. Pic: Supplied

“It’s fantastic that in 2022 as a sport we are celebrating the Indigenous Round for the first time, and immersing ourselves with the local history, people and culture,” said Tim Blanchard.

“Melissa has done a brilliant job in drawing together so many aspects that are important to the team and combined tell a great story. We hope the car goes as well as it looks!”

The Supercars liveries will be just part of festivities to mark Indigenous Round, with Welcome to Country ceremonies and special trophies among other elements planned.

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The Darwin Triple Crown trophy has been recreated as a traditional shield by Larrakia artist Trent Lee, who designed the official Indigenous Round artwork.

The rest of the trophies for the Supercars races will be didgeridoos especially handcrafted by local artists.

Trent Lee’s artwork will also feature on the shirts of the event’s volunteers and officials and the trophies for the Australian Superbikes, which are also adopting various indigenous colours.

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