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Shell V-Power Racing Team drivers Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin have taken time-out between the Virgin Australian Supercars Championship Darwin double-header to try their skills in a friendly game of cricket with some of NT Cricket’s best senior and junior players at the newly re-named DXC Arena.
DXC Technology is the premier partner of NT Cricket and also a major partner of the Shell V-Power Racing Team.
Today’s match was a unique opportunity to highlight DXC’s relationships with two iconic Australian sports as well as showcase Darwin as an Australian winter sporting hub.
While Hidden Valley Raceway hosted round five of the Supercars Championship over the weekend, the Men’s TIO Strike League also kicked off its first game of the tournament.
“DXC has been a partner of the Shell V-Power Racing team for a long time, and to have the opportunity to get away from the race track and come to DXC Arena to play a game of cricket has been a great experience,” said two-time Supercars Championship winner McLaughlin.
“I actually played cricket in high school and was the wicketkeeper, and I think a lot of the skills, like needing quick reflexes, translates between both sports.”
While for teammate and multiple supercars race winner Fabian Coulthard cricket is not a sport he is experienced in, he said he enjoyed today’s experience.
“I’ve never played cricket; I spend all my time focussing on racing and at the go-kart track, so I’m not sure I really helped my team today but meeting the players and having a hit in the middle was a lot of fun.
“Having both the Supercars and TIO Strike League competitions happening at the same time just goes to show what a great place Darwin is for sporting events in the winter months,” said Coulthard.
CEO of NT Cricket Joel Morrison said NT Cricket’s aspiration is for Darwin to become the Home of Winter Cricket in Australia.
“Our partnership with DXC is focussed on supporting the development of Northern Territory players along their journey, and to cement Darwin as a destination of choice for cricketers during winter.
“Bringing our players together with the drivers from the Shell V-Power Racing Team through our partnership with DXC helps us showcase our sport and wonderful northern community,” said Morrison.
“DXC Technology is committed helping businesses realise the full potential of technology, so we’re delighted to bring together two organisations that share our vision of growth and inclusion – NT Cricket and DJR Team Penske,” said Seelan Nayagam, Managing Director, DXC Technology Asia Pacific.
“We look forward to building some excitement at the newly named DXC Arena in a game of cricket with these high performing partners, and we hope this initiative will increase community engagement and lead to new talent pathways in the Territory.”
The next round of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will take place at Hidden Valley 22-23 August while there will be free entry for all remaining TIO Strike League games at DXC Arena on 23 and 30 August.
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