Jamie Whincup (car pictured) trails Will Davison by just 10 points.
Jamie Whincup (car pictured) trails Will Davison by just 10 points. Luke Hamilton

Hard to pick a winner for the Top End

FORECASTING the winner of this weekend's V8 Supercars championship in Darwin is almost as difficult as predicting who will win the next Formula 1 race.

That series has had seven different winners from seven races in 2012, while the last five V8 races in the Top End have been taken out by different teams.

And with this season proving one of the most competitive on record, anything is possible tomorrow and Sunday.

Will Davison leads the series by just 10 points from Jamie Whincup, with Mark Winterbottom a further 19 points adrift in third place.

At the same stage last year, Whincup led by a massive 262 point from Craig Lowndes with Garth Tander another 47 points back in third.

Despite that domination, Whincup was unable to win his first pole at Hidden Valley, the merry-go-round of winners continuing with Rick Kelly and Shane van Gisbergen taking out the the two races.

While Whincup will be keen to replace Davison as the series leader after this weekend, Winterbottom, who has a great qualifying record on the circuit, has indicated he loves the Darwin event and is keen to cement his place at the top of the leaderboard.