Record-breaking field for 2022 Ostojic Chariots of Thunder 

This year’s Ostojic Chariots of Thunder will be more action-packed than ever, with a record-breaking number of nominations for the August 2022 event.

Nominations are full, with a total of 111 competitors across the Sprintcars, Speedcars and Street Stocks categories set to turn Darwin’s Northline Speedway into a mecca for motorsports fans across two weekends during the Top End’s stunning Dry Season.

This is the biggest number of nominations in the history of the event, which is now in its 14th year, and competitors will be racing for a share of more than $160,000 in prize money.

Northline Speedway President Caleb Gotts said the Ostojic Chariots of Thunder is unlike any other motorsports even in Australia, and continues to grow in popularity each year.

“We’ve been developing the program over the last few years and this will be our biggest ever,” he said. “People realise this event is more than just a race. It’s essentially a holiday built around two weekends of racing, and word has spread what a good time everyone has. As a result, nominations have filled up quicker than ever.”

As well as two weekends of on-track action (19-20 August and 26-27 August), this year’s Ostojic Chariots of Thunder includes several opportunities for fans to get involved away from the track, bringing even more entertainment to Darwin.

On Thursday, 18 August, there will be the Mitchell Street Motorcade from 12pm, with a group of competitors parading their cars through the CBD.

“No other similar event in Australia does this,” Caleb said. “The drivers love it as they get to show off their pride and joy. This will be followed by a Calcutta event at Wharf One at Darwin Waterfront from 6pm.”

On Thursday, 25 August, before the final weekend, there will be a Fan Appreciation Night at The Precinct at Darwin Waterfront from 5pm, where people can meet the competitors and chat all things motorsports.  

“There will be a selection of cars on display on the lawns, and everyone enjoys getting together in a relaxed atmosphere away from the track,” Caleb said.

Spectator tickets are selling fast for the event, with just a handful of hospitality tickets in the Chariots Lounge remaining. General Admission starts from $42 for an adult day pass, and $70 for a weekend pass. Tickets must be purchased online. Children aged 12 and under are free, but must be registered online. Visit www.northlinespeedway.com.au.

Watching all the action in person is the best way to enjoy the Ostojic Chariots of Thunder, but if you can’t make it, you can catch it online, as this year’s event will be live streamed for free on the Chariots of Thunder Facebook page. Visit​https://www.facebook.com/chariotsofthundernt.

This event is supported by the Northern Territory Government through the Northern Territory Major Events Company Event Funding Program.