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Upgrades take shape at Hidden Valley

Gordon Lomas

Friday 28th November, 2014 - 5:16pm

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NT Major Events general manager Paul Cattermole at the newly resurfaced Hidden Valley circuit with Paul Morris

NT Major Events general manager Paul Cattermole at the newly resurfaced Hidden Valley circuit with Paul Morris

Bathurst champion Paul Morris has cut laps of the freshly resurfaced Hidden Valley as major upgrades continue at the Darwin circuit.

Morris was on hand to take selected people for rides around the 2.9km track in a Ford Falcon FG X.

The veteran driver who claimed the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in October alongside Ford Performance Racing star Chaz Mostert, was on hand to help the NT government launch a road safety campaign.

“They’ve had a few drifting days on it. It’s starting to green up and probably needs another month or two curing before its mint but it is smooth as,” Morris told Speedcafe.com

“I just took people for a bit of a burn around through NT Major Events and its general manager Paul Cattermole. We gave the new FG X a bit of a belt around.

“They’ve really done a good job and they’ve installed catch fencing down the front straight.

“They are not scared of spending some money. The joint looks mint.

“They’ve sealed all the back car park now as well.”

The improvements are part of the NT government’s multi-stage $9.5 million circuit upgrade spend that includes replacing earth filled tyre walls with concrete barriers.

Other areas targeted for work include a redesign of the Turn 1 left-hander as well as sewerage, drainage and toilet upgrades.

As previously reported, the first stage in the Northern Territory government’s upgrade package for the circuit has included replacing the earth filled tyre wall on the inside between the exit of Turn 1 and Turn 4 with concrete barriers.

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