Repco Bathurst 1000 Program

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RURAL FIRE APPLIANCES

REPCO TRACK STORE

FOOD & BEVERAGES

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REPCO BATHURST 1000 | MOUNT PANORAMA, NSW | 30 NOV – 5 DEC 2021

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INFORMATION

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TUESDAY 30 NOVEMBER Start 08:55 09:25 10:05 11:00 11:40 12:40 13:10 13:45 14:35 15:20 16:00 16:30

Finish 09:15 09:55 10:45 11:30 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:25 15:05 15:50 16:20 16:50

Category V8 SuperUtes Touring Car Masters Australian GT TCR Trans Am V8 SuperUtes Touring Car Masters Australian GT S5000 TCR Trans Am V8 SuperUtes

Duration 20 minutes 30 minutes 40 minutes 30 minutes 50 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 40 minutes 30 minutes 30 minutes 20 minutes 6 laps or 1 lap after 16:47

Session Practice Practice Practice 1 Practice 1 Practice Qualifying Qualifying Practice 2 Practice 1 Practice 2 Qualifying Race 1

Duration 20 minutes 30 minutes 30 minutes 40 minutes 10 minutes 9 laps or 1 lap after 11:37 20 minutes 20 minutes 6 laps or 1 lap after 13:02 16 laps or 1 lap after 13:52 20 minutes 20 minutes 30 minutes 20 minutes 10 minutes 40 minutes 10 minutes 16 laps or 1 lap after 17:47

Session Practice 1 Practice 2 Practice 1 Practice 1 Demonstration Trophy Race Qualifying 1 Qualifying 2 Race 2 Race 1 Practice 2 Qualifying Practice 2 Qualifying 1 Qualifying 2 Practice 2 Demonstration Race 1

Duration 6 laps or 1 lap after 8:42 9 laps or 1 lap after 9:17 20 minutes 60 minutes 1 lap after 12:12 9 laps or 1 lap after 12:47 1 lap after 13:22 21 laps or 1 lap after 14:22 20 minutes 20 minutes 10 minutes 20 minutes 60 minutes

Session Race 3 Race 2 Qualifying Race 1 Practice 1 (all drivers) Race 1 Race 2 Race 1 Race 1 Qualifying Qualifying Race 2 Demonstration Qualifying Practice 2 (co-drivers)

WEDNESDAY 1 DECEMBER Start 08:25 08:55 09:35 10:20 11:00 11:15 11:50 12:15 12:45 13:15 14:05 14:35 15:05 15:45 16:10 16:30 17:10 17:25

Finish 08:45 09:25 10:05 11:00 11:10 11:40 12:10 12:35 13:05 13:55 14:25 14:55 15:35 16:05 16:20 17:10 17:20 17:50

Category Toyota 86 Series S5000 Porsche Carrera Cup Dunlop Super2/3 Series Supercars Touring Car Masters Australian GT Australian GT V8 SuperUtes Trans Am Toyota 86 Series S5000 Porsche Carrera Cup TCR TCR Dunlop Super2/3 Series Supercars Touring Car Masters

THURSDAY 2 DECEMBER Start 08:25 08:55 09:30 10:00 11:15 12:25 13:00 13:35 14:35 15:05 15:25 15:40 16:15 P4

Finish 08:45 09:20 09:50 11:00 12:15 12:50 13:25 14:25 14:55 15:25 15:35 16:00 17:15

Category V8 SuperUtes Touring Car Masters Dunlop Super2/3 Series Supercars Australian GT Trans Am S5000 TCR Toyota 86 Series Dunlop Super2/3 Series Supercars Porsche Carrera Cup Supercars

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FRIDAY 3 DECEMBER Start Finish Category

Duration

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9 laps or 1 lap after 8:42

Race 3

08:55 09:55 Australian GT

1 lap after 9:52

Race 2

10:05 10:30 S5000

1 lap after 10:27

Race 2

08:20 08:45 Touring Car Masters

10:45 11:45 Supercars

60 minutes

Practice 3 (co-drivers)

11:45 11:55 Supercars

10 minutes

Demonstration

12:00 12:20 Toyota 86 Series

6 laps or 1 lap after 12:17

Race 1

12:30 13:20 TCR

21 laps or 1 lap after 13:17

Race 2

13:35 14:35 Supercars

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Practice 4 (all Drivers)

14:35 14:45 Supercars

10 minutes

Demonstration

14:50 15:15 Porsche Carrera Cup

9 laps or 1 lap after 15:12

Race 1

15:30 16:15 Dunlop Super2/3 Series 16 laps or 1 lap after 16:12

Race 1 - 100km

16:35 17:15 Supercars

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Qualifying

Start Finish Category

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09:05 09:30 Trans Am

9 laps or 1 lap after 9:27

Race 3

09:40 10:00 V8 SuperUtes

6 laps or 1 lap after 9:57

Race 4

PROGRAM CONTENTS Track Map

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Schedule

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Welcome

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Event Preview

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Entry List

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Driver Profiles

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Fast Facts

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Track Guide

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Records

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Support Categories

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Officials

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Volunteers

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SATURDAY 4 DECEMBER

10:15 11:15 Supercars

60 minutes

Practice 5 (co-drivers)

11:20 11:30 Supercars

10 minutes

Demonstration

11:35 12:00 S5000

1 lap after 11:57

Race 3

12:15 13:15 Supercars

60 minutes

Practice 6 (all drivers)

13:15 13:25 Supercars

10 minutes

Demonstration

13:30 13:50 Toyota 86 Series

6 laps or 1 lap after 13:47

Race 2

14:00 14:50 TCR

21 laps or 1 lap after 14:47

Race 3

15:05 15:45 Porsche Carrera Cup

15 laps or 1 lap after 15:42

Race 2

16:00 16:45 Dunlop Super2/3 Series 16 laps or 1 lap after 16:42

Race 2 - 100km

17:05 17:50 Supercars

Top 10 Shootout

45 minutes

SUNDAY 5 DECEMBER Start Finish Category 08:40 09:00 Toyota 86 Series

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Session

6 laps or 1 lap after 8:57

Race 3

09:15 09:35 Supercars

20 minutes

Warm up

09:35 09:45 Supercars

10 minutes

Demonstration

09:50 10:10 Supercars

20 minutes

Kenworth drivers’ parade

10:15 10:40 S5000 10:50 11:15 Porsche Carrera Cup 12:15

Supercars

1 lap after 10:37

Race 4

9 laps or 1 lap after 11:12

Race 3

161 laps

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HON. STUART AYRES MP

On behalf of the NSW government, I am pleased to welcome you to the Repco Bathurst 1000 for the finale of the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship. Proudly supported by the NSW government through Destination NSW, this is the 64th time this race will take place, and undoubtedly

one of the most significant with the expanded six days of racing at the home of motorsport at Mount Panorama. It has been a challenging two years in regional NSW, and we know events like this are vital to our social and economic recovery. They help turbocharge the visitor economy by attracting participants, officials and their supporters to the area, who stay in our hotels, visit our attractions and spend locally. We are delighted to

support the Repco Bathurst 1000 again and are excited to welcome race teams back to the track, and importantly, motorsports fans back to Mount Panorama for what is set to be another thrilling instalment of this iconic race. Whilst in Bathurst, I encourage you to make the most of your time here and explore the region, enjoy the food and beverage and hospitality of the central west, and help support our state’s COVID-19 recovery. – The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP

Repco has 99 years of heritage in the automotive industry in Australia and New Zealand. And for us, when you are in the auto game, you are inherently linked to motorsport too. Repco has a proud tradition of leading the way on the track, including powering Jack Brabham and Denny Hulme to the 1966 and 1967 Formula 1 world titles respectively. Repco can also lay claim to multiple titles in the Australian and New Zealand Grand Prix in the 1970s, plus Australian Driver’s Championships and Australian Sportscar Championships, having developed our own breed of Formula 5000 engines. This year marks our first as the title sponsor of the Great Race, but we have always respected and appreciated the importance of this event. Dig through your old magazines, books or watch videos of Bathurst 1000s from the

1970s, 80s and 90s, and you’ll see Repco branding on various race cars, track signage and more. We have always loved the race. We have always wanted to be involved. And now, we truly believe that the mountain classic is finally in the hands of people who live and breathe motor racing, and we are going to make sure the race’s great traditions are upheld. So what can you all expect, other than a giant Repco sign across the famous pit straight? There’s going to be lots to see and do, especially for the fans. We’ll have our giant Repco Trackside store that will offer up a wide variety of automotive and every-day items that you need for your car and your week at the track. Also inside the store will be an awesome broadcast booth, where regular interviews will take place, while fans will also be able to jump inside and commentate

their own famous Bathurst moments. The Repco Garage will be located at The Chase, offering games, prizes and a free view from the fastest part of the race track. Is there a better section of the track to watch Saturday’s shoot-out? I’d argue that it’s the best! We’ll also have the Repco Pit Stop Challenge where you can put yourself in the heat of the pit stop battle, plus we have a few more things up our sleeves to keep the fans and campers entertained. So this is it. The 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000. Never before has a Bathurst 1000 week run for six days. Never before have we seen such a top lineup of support categories and fiercely competitive Bathurst grid. And never before have you seen a Bathurst with the full backing of Repco. We’re bringin’ the Bathurst, and we can’t wait to see you all there. – Wayne Bryant

MINISTER FOR JOBS, INVESTMENT, TOURISM AND WESTERN SYDNEY MINISTER FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY

WAYNE BRYANT

REPCO AUSTRALIA EXECUTIVE GENERAL MANAGER Welcome teams, drivers, officials, volunteers and race fans to the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000, and it brings a smile to my face when I say those two together – ‘Repco’ and ‘Bathurst 1000’.

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SEAN SEAMER

SUPERCARS CEO Welcome to the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000, one of the world’s biggest motorsport events and the crowning jewel of the Repco Supercars Championship. We are thrilled that the most iconic motorsport event in Australia, is this year running over six spectacular days as the final event of this year’s Repco Supercars Championship. What better way to celebrate than to welcome fans back to the mountain for a week of triumphs and heartbreak as only Bathurst can deliver.

Our fans are the lifeblood of the sport, which is why in an historic first, Bathurst Regional Council, Repco, Supercars and ARG have joined forces to combine Australasia’s leading categories for the biggest motorsport event ever staged in Australia. Ten categories will compete on track this week, something we have never seen before in this event. Those races will lead us to Sunday, where for 161 gruelling laps of this famous circuit, Supercars’ drivers will be putting it all on the line to etch their name into history and claim the Peter Brock Trophy. We thank Repco, our naming-rights partner of the championship and this great event. Repco’s investment in Supercars and the Bathurst 1000 is fantastic news for the future of our sport. We are thrilled fans will have the opportunity to see our Gen3 General Motors Camaro and Ford Mustang here in Bathurst this week. There is no better circuit in the world to unveil and showcase these Supercars of the future, as we begin preparations for their on track debut in 2023. I would like to extend my congratulations to the

greatest-winning driver, pole position winner and podium winner in Supercars’ history Jamie Whincup, who on Sunday will roll into pitlane one last time as a full-time driver. Jamie has been an incredible ambassador for our sport on and off the track for close to two decades. While we are excited to see him lead the way in a different kind with Triple Eight Race Engineering in the future, fans will want to see this great competitor finish his decorated career on a high. We thank all of our sponsors for their ongoing support during 2021. In another year filled with challenges and triumphs, it has been a pleasure working with our series partners to deliver 12 rounds of door-to-door racing to millions of fans at the track and those who’ve cheered on from home watching all of our races on Fox Sports, Kayo and the Seven Network. We thank the NSW government and Bathurst Regional Council for their ongoing support of this event and for working with us on a plan that will allow fans the opportunity to return and see a new king of the mountain

and championship winner crowned on Sunday. Thank you to Destination NSW for its support of our events in this state at these times. I also want to thank Bathurst Regional Council and the people of this wonderful city for their hospitality. Thank you also to the hundreds of volunteers, officials, marshals and staff that make this event possible. We couldn’t do it without you. This year’s championship would not have been made possible without the commitment and sacrifices of the teams, drivers, personnel and officials who have made this year’s championship a success. I would like to pay my respect to every one of those team members who I hope can now enjoy a well-earned break ahead of a very exciting 2022 for Supercars. Finally, I want to thank all of our amazing fans for their ongoing support of Supercars. I trust you will enjoy another unforgettable week here at Mount Panorama. To all our teams and drivers, I wish you good luck. I look forward to watching another great chapter of our sport’s history unfold this weekend. – Sean Seamer

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EVENT PREVIEW

REPCO BATHURST 1000 The 2021 Repco Supercars Championship concludes with another Bathurst grand finale, with championship positions and Great Race honours on the line over 161 laps/1000 kilometres of the Mount Panorama Circuit.

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en months after the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship got underway with the Repco Mt Panorama 500, the category returns to Bathurst for the season-ending Repco Bathurst 1000. It will be the second season in a row in which the Great Race concludes the championship season – just the fourth time in history that the Bathurst 1000 is also the season-ending championship round. And the 2021 event will be bigger than any other Great Race in history. The Repco Bathurst 1000 will be run over six days with racing between Tuesday November 30 and Sunday December 5, featuring the Dunlop Super 2/3 Series,

Porsche Carrera Cup, Toyota Gazoo Racing 86 Series, TCR Australia, Touring Car Masters, S5000, GT World Challenge Australia, V8 SuperUtes and Trans Am before concluding with Supercars’ grand finale. Twenty-six cars will compete in the Repco Bathurst 1000 with the addition of two wildcard entries, with eight Ford Mustangs taking on 18 Holden ZB Commodores. Triple Eight Race Engineering shapes as the favourite following a strong showing in this season’s championship, as it tries to equal the record for most Bathurst 500/1000 wins for a team, currently held by the Holden Dealer Team. It’s bid for a ninth Great Race win features a three-car line-up with 2020 Bathurst

winners Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander reuniting to defend their title; Jamie Whincup in his final race as a full-time driver once again teaming up with the driver he won Bathurst with three times between 2006 and 2008, Craig Lowndes; and a wildcard entry for returning veteran Russell Ingall and rising star and 2022 Whincup replacement, Broc Feeney. The Holden team’s line-up includes 18 Bathurst wins across five of its drivers. Dick Johnson Racing reset following the departure of 2019 Bathurst winner Scott McLaughlin and Team Penske, with Anton De Pasquale and Will Davison joining the Ford team in 2021. Plans for McLaughlin to co-drive at Bathurst were thwarted by travel restrictions, with

Davison brothers Will and Alex once again teaming up and Tony D’Alberto joining De Pasquale. Fellow Ford team Tickford Racing will be hoping to convert its recent speed at Bathurst into a first win in the Great Race since 2014, with a strong three-car line-up headed by 2020 polesitter Cameron Waters. While the team could equal the record for most pole positions at the event with a third consecutive pole, it would prefer victory on the Sunday with Waters, James Courtney and Jack Le Brocq joined by James Moffat Thomas Randle and rookie Zak Best respectively. Walkinshaw Andretti United shapes as another contender with 2014 winner Chaz Mostert joined by 2020

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Garth Tander and Shane van Gisbergen will defend their Bathurst title for Triple Eight Race Engineering.

provisional polesitter Lee Holdsworth, while Bryce Fullwood gets to team with Bathurst podium regular Warren Luff. Mostert and Luff finished on the podium at Bathurst last season, with the latter scoring three podium finishes over the last four years for the Holden team. Team 18 had both its entries inside the top 10 at Bathurst last season, with 2013 winner Mark Winterbottom joined by Michael Caruso and Scott Pye pairing with James Golding. The Holden team has been a regular in the top 10 this season, as it edges closer to the front of the grid. It’s a significant event for Kelly Grove Racing with brothers Todd and Rick Kelly selling their remaining stake in the Ford team to the Grove family, ending 13 years of team ownership. David Reynolds and P12

Luke Youlden won Bathurst in 2017 and reunite this season, while André Heimgartner makes his final start for the team before a move to Brad Jones Racing for 2022. Brad Jones Racing is chasing its first Bathurst win with the only four-car line-up in the field. Ten years after winning Bathurst as a rookie, Nick Percat farewells the team, joined at the Great Race by veteran Dale Wood. It’s a mix of youth and experience across the other entries with Todd Hazelwood alongside Dean Fiore, Macauley Jones with Chris Pither and Jack Smith joined by Ashley Walsh. Erebus Motorsport expands to three entries with the addition of a wildcard entry. The Holden team promoted its 2020 Bathurst co-drivers Brodie Kostecki and Will Brown into the full-time

drives in 2021. They will be joined by Bathurst veterans David Russell and Jack Perkins respectively. Four-time Bathurst winner Greg Murphy returns to the driver’s seat alongside fellow New Zealander Richie Stanaway in the wildcard entry. Matt Stone Racing also featured an all-rookie lineup this season with Jake Kostecki (cousin to Brodie and teaming with brother Kurt Kostecki) and Zane Goddard stepping up into full-time roles after sharing a drive last season. The Holden team will be hoping for better luck at Bathurst after a double retirement in 2020, with both drivers moving on from the team at the end of 2021. Team Sydney ran an allnew line-up this season with Fabian Coulthard and Garry Jacobson, joined at Bathurst

by team owner Jonathon Webb and youngster Dylan O’Keeffe respectively. New Ford outfit Blanchard Racing Team impressed in its standalone entry debut at Bathurst at the start of the season, with Tim Slade challenging for the podium before a heavy crash. Slade is joined by team owner Tim Blanchard. The Repco Bathurst 1000 will be broadcast live on the Seven Network, Fox Sports and streamed via Kayo. Scan the QR code for more event information.

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REPCO BATHURST 1000 ENTRY LIST #

Drivers

Team Sponsor Name

Car

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Bryce Fullwood / Warren Luff

Mobil 1™ Middy’s Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

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Tim Slade / Tim Blanchard

CoolDrive Racing

Ford Mustang

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Jack Smith / Ashley Walsh

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Holden ZB Commodore

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Jack Le Brocq / Zak Best

Truck Assist Racing

Ford Mustang

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Cameron Waters / James Moffat

Monster Energy Racing

Ford Mustang

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André Heimgartner / Matt Campbell

NED Whisky Racing

Ford Mustang

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Nick Percat / Dale Wood

R&J Batteries

Holden ZB Commodore

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Will Brown / Jack Perkins

Erebus Motorsport

Holden ZB Commodore

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Anton De Pasquale / Tony D’Alberto

Shell V-Power Racing Team

Ford Mustang

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Todd Hazelwood / Dean Fiore

Brad Jones Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

17

Will Davison / Alex Davison

Shell V-Power Racing Team

Ford Mustang

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Mark Winterbottom / Michael Caruso

IRWIN Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

19

Fabian Coulthard / Jonathon Webb

Local Legends

Holden ZB Commodore

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Scott Pye / James Golding

DEWALT Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

22

Garry Jacobson / Dylan O’Keeffe

PremiAir Hire

Holden ZB Commodore

25

Chaz Mostert / Lee Holdsworth

Mobil 1™ Appliances Online Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

26

David Reynolds / Luke Youlden

Penrite Racing

Ford Mustang

34

Jake Kostecki / Kurt Kostecki

UNIT Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

35

Zane Goddard / Jayden Ojeda

Yellow Cover Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

39

Broc Feeney / Russell Ingall

Supercheap Auto Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

44

James Courtney / Thomas Randle

Boost Mobile Racing

Ford Mustang

51

Richie Stanaway / Greg Murphy

Erebus Boost Mobile Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

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Jamie Whincup / Craig Lowndes

Red Bull Ampol Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

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Macauley Jones / Chris Pither

Coca-Cola Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

97

Shane van Gisbergen / Garth Tander

Red Bull Ampol Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

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Brodie Kostecki / David Russell

Erebus Boost Mobile Racing

Holden ZB Commodore

Entries correct at the time of publishing. Visit Supercars.com for the latest news and entries. REPCO SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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WILL DAVISON

ENTRY SHELL V-POWER RACING TEAM CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH August 30, 1982 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Wife, Riana CHILDREN None HEIGHT 180cm WEIGHT 76kg ENGINEER Richard Harris

BATHURST DEBUT 2004 (Team Dynamik with Dale Brede) BATHURST BEST 1st (2009, ’16) 2020 BATHURST 2nd BATHURST STARTS 17 BATHURST PODIUMS 4 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 2nd (2009)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Team Dynamik (2004), Dick Johnson Racing (2005-08, 2021), Holden Racing Team (2009-10), Ford Performance Racing/Tickford Racing (2011-13, 2020), Erebus Motorsport (2014-15), Tekno Autosports (2016-17), 23 Red Racing (2018-20)

After an impressive stint as endurance co-driver with Tickford Racing in 2020, Will Davison returned to a full-time drive at Dick Johnson Racing in 2021. It was a return to a team he drove for between 2005 and 2008, taking his first Supercars victory in 2008. The two-time Bathurst winner will be looking to go one better after his second place alongside Cameron Waters in 2020. CO-DRIVER

ALEX DAVISON

DATE OF BIRTH November 3, 1979 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland HEIGHT 186cm WEIGHT 88kg

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BATHURST DEBUT 2004 (Perkins Engineering with Jamie Whincup) BATHURST BEST 4th (2014) 2020 BATHURST 12th BATHURST STARTS 16 BATHURST PODIUMS 0

SUPERCARS TEAMS Perkins (2004-05), DJR (2006-07, 2012, 2021), Paul Cruickshank (2008), SBR/Erebus (2009-11, 201415), Team 18 (2013), LDM (2014), 23 Red (2018-19), Team Sydney (2020)

The Davison brothers team up yet again for their fifth Bathurst as co-drivers, at a third team following stints at Erebus Motorsport and 23 Red Racing. After a fourth place together in 2014, this is their best chance yet to share a podium.

ANTON DE PASQUALE

ENTRY SHELL V-POWER RACING TEAM CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH September 14, 1995 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 178cm WEIGHT 74kg ENGINEER Ludo Lacroix

BATHURST DEBUT 2014 (Erebus Motorsport with Will Brown) BATHURST BEST 9th (2020) 2020 BATHURST 9th BATHURST STARTS 3 BATHURST PODIUMS 0 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 8th (2020)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Erebus Motorsport (2018-20), Dick Johnson Racing (2021)

After three seasons with Erebus Motorsport, Anton De Pasquale moved to the championship-winning Dick Johnson Racing. The rising star showed his potential with improving results in recent seasons, breaking through for his first win in 2020. He scored his first Bathurst top 10 finish in 2020, after impressing in qualifying at the circuit with three Shootout appearances from three starts. CO-DRIVER

TONY D’ALBERTO

DATE OF BIRTH December 12, 1985 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria HEIGHT 170cm WEIGHT 68kg

BATHURST DEBUT 2005 (Tasman Motors. with Fabian Coulthard) BATHURST BEST 3rd (2017) 2020 BATHURST 4th BATHURST STARTS 16 BATHURST PODIUMS 1

SUPERCARS TEAMS Tasman Motorsport (2005), HSV Dealer Team/Walkinshaw Racing (2006, 2014-15), Rod Nash Racing (2007), Tony D’Alberto Racing (200813), DJR Team Penske/DJR (2016-21)

Tony D’Alberto is a veteran of Supercars and takes part in his sixth Bathurst as a co-driver at Dick Johnson Racing. He and Fabian Coulthard scored third place at Bathurst in 2017 and a fourth in 2020, reseting alongside Anton De Pasquale for 2021. REPCO SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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JAMIE WHINCUP

ENTRY RED BULL AMPOL TEAM CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH February 6, 1983 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Partner CHILDREN None HEIGHT 178cm WEIGHT 75kg ENGINEER Wes McDougall

BATHURST DEBUT 2002 (Garry Rogers Motors. with Mark Noske) BATHURST BEST 1st (2006, ’07, ’08, ’12) 2020 BATHURST DNF BATHURST STARTS 19 BATHURST PODIUMS 7 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 1st (2008, ’09, ’11, ’12, ’13, ’14, ’17)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Garry Rogers Motorsport (2002-03), Perkins Engineering (2004), Tasman Motorsport (2005), Triple Eight Race Engineering (2006-21)

The seven-time champion retires from full-time driving to take on the role of team manager at Triple Eight Race Engineering at the end of 2021. He bows out with not only a record-breaking championship tally but also an impressive set of results at Bathurst, including four wins and seven podiums, though more recent close calls and a crash in 2020 will be motivating factors entering 2021. CO-DRIVER

CRAIG LOWNDES

DATE OF BIRTH June 21, 1974 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Brisbane, Queensland HEIGHT 182cm WEIGHT 83kg

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BATHURST DEBUT 1994 (Holden Racing Team with Brad Jones) BEST BATHURST 1st (1996, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’10, ’15, ’18) 2020 BATHURST DNF BATHURST STARTS 27 BATHURST PODIUMS 14

SUPERCARS TEAMS Holden Racing Team (1996-2000), Gibson Motorsport (2001-02), Ford Performance Racing (2003-04), Triple Eight Race Engineering (2005-21)

Craig Lowndes returns to the driver’s seat alongside Jamie Whincup. The duo won Bathurst three times in a row between 2006 and 2008 and were teammates from 2006 to 2018. Lowndes could move to outright second on the all-time Bathurst wins’ list in 2020.

SHANE VAN GISBERGEN

ENTRY RED BULL AMPOL RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH May 9, 1989 FROM Auckland, New Zealand LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 188cm WEIGHT 95kg ENGINEER David Cauchi

BATHURST DEBUT 2007 (Team Kiwi Racing with John McIntyre) BATHURST BEST 1st (2020) 2020 BATHURST 1st BATHURST STARTS 14 BATHURST PODIUMS 3 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 1st (2016)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Team Kiwi Racing (2007), Stone Brothers Racing (2008-12), Tekno Autosports (2013-15), Triple Eight Race Engineering (2016-21)

Shane van Gisbergen added a Bathurst 1000 win to his impressive resume last season, after four top-five finishes and two second places in the previous four attempts. After another strong championship campaign, van Gisbergen defends his Bathurst title with Garth Tander returning as co-driver. With his championship form and Bathurst win, this shapes as the entry to beat in 2021. CO-DRIVER

GARTH TANDER

DATE OF BIRTH June 21, 1974 FROM Perth, Western Australia LIVES Melbourne, Victoria HEIGHT 192cm WEIGHT 80kg

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BATHURST DEBUT 1998 (Garry Rogers Motorsport with Cameron McLean) BATHURST BEST 1st (2000, ’09, ’11, ’20) 2020 BATHURST 1st BATHURST STARTS 22 BATHURST PODIUMS 7

SUPERCARS TEAMS Garry Rogers Motorsport (19982004, 2017-18), HSV Dealer Team (2005-07), Holden Racing Team (2006, 2008-16), Triple Eight Race Engineering (2019-21)

Garth Tander scored his fourth Bathurst 1000 win in 2020 and returns alongside Shane van Gisbergen. He has the chance to move to equal sixth on the all-time wins’ list with what would be his fifth win, on the 10th anniversary of his third win in 2011.

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CAMERON WATERS

ENTRY MONSTER ENERGY RACING CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH August 3, 1994 FROM Mildura, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Brooke CHILDREN None HEIGHT 180cm WEIGHT 77kg ENGINEER Nathaniel Osborne

BATHURST DEBUT 2011 (Kelly Racing with Grant Denyer) BATHURST BEST 2nd (2020) 2020 BATHURST 2nd BATHURST STARTS 8 BATHURST PODIUMS 1 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 2nd (2020)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Kelly Racing (2011-12), Charlie Schwerkolt Racing/Team 18 (2014), Prodrive Racing Australia/Tickford Racing (2015-21)

Cameron Waters was the form driver at the end of last season with a first solo Supercars win and a charging drive to pole position and second place in the race at Bathurst. He is the undisputed leader at the team he has re-signed for with the chance to build on his Bathurst form from last season and go one better, to end a winless Great Race run for Tickford Racing that dates back to 2014. CO-DRIVER

JAMES MOFFAT DATE OF BIRTH June 18, 1984 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria HEIGHT 179cm WEIGHT 75kg

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BATHURST DEBUT 2010 (Ford Performance Racing with Steven Richards) BATHURST BEST 2nd (2014) 2020 BATHURST 14th BATHURST STARTS 11 BATHURST PODIUMS 1

SUPERCARS TEAMS Ford Performance Racing/Tickford Racing (2010, 2018-21), Dick Johnson Racing (2011-12), Nissan Motorsport (2013-15), Garry Rogers Motorsport (2016-17)

James Moffat makes his fourth consecutive start for Tickford Racing with a third different driver, joining Cameron Waters. Considering Waters’ recent form, it is Moffat’s best chance yet to join father Allan Moffat as a Bathurst winner.

JAMES COURTNEY

ENTRY BOOST MOBILE RACING CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH June 29, 1980 FROM Penrith, New South Wales LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Single CHILDREN Zara and Cadel HEIGHT 181cm WEIGHT 71kg ENGINEER Brad Wischusen

BATHURST DEBUT 2005 (Holden Racing Team with Jim Richards) BATHURST BEST 2nd (2007) 2020 BATHURST 10th BATHURST STARTS 15 BATHURST PODIUMS 4 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 1st (2010)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Holden Racing Team/Walkinshaw Racing/Walkinshaw Andretti United (2005, 2011-19), Stone Brothers Racing (2006-08), Dick Johnson Racing (2009-10), Team Sydney (2020), Tickford Racing (2020-21)

James Courtney joined Tickford Racing after leaving Team Sydney after one round in 2020, quickly settling into the team and signing a new multi-year deal. With a championship win and four Bathurst podiums, Courtney will be determined to finally claim a Great Race victory with the team’s recent Bathurst pace and the speed of Thomas Randle making this an entry to watch. CO-DRIVER

THOMAS RANDLE DATE OF BIRTH April 7, 1996 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria HEIGHT 183cm WEIGHT 82kg

BATHURST DEBUT 2019 (Tickford Racing with Lee Holdsworth) BATHURST BEST 9th (2019) 2020 BATHURST 18th BATHURST STARTS 2 BATHURST PODIUMS 0

SUPERCARS TEAMS Tickford Racing (2019, 2021), Brad Jones Racing (2020)

Thomas Randle makes his third Bathurst start and second with Tickford Racing ahead of his full-time promotion with the team in 2022. The combination of experience and speed should ensure they are on the pace with the #6 Tickford Racing entry. REPCO SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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JACK LE BROCQ

ENTRY TRUCK ASSIST RACING CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH July 7, 1992 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Mackenzie CHILDREN None HEIGHT 186cm WEIGHT 85kg ENGINEER Sam Scaffidi

BATHURST DEBUT 2015 (Erebus Motorsport with Ashley Walsh) BATHURST BEST 4th (2016) 2020 BATHURST 14th BATHURST STARTS 6 BATHURST PODIUMS 0 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 15th (2020)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Erebus Motorsport (2015), Prodrive Racing Australia/Tickford Racing (2016, 2020-21), MW Motorsport (2017), Nissan Motorsport (2017), Tekno Autosports (2018-19)

Jack Le Brocq ends his second and final full-time season with Tickford Racing at Bathurst, moving to Matt Stone Racing in 2022. It’s been an up and down stint for Le Brocq, highlighted by his first Supercars race win in 2020. Keeping pace with Tickford Racing’s other two entries will be the goal, with Le Brocq helping to get main-game rookie Zak Best up to speed over the course of the event. CO-DRIVER

ZAK BEST

DATE OF BIRTH October 11, 2001 FROM Benalla, Victoria LIVES Benalla, Victoria HEIGHT 182cm WEIGHT 78kg

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BATHURST DEBUT 2021 (Tickford Racing with Jack Le Brocq) BATHURST BEST 2020 BATHURST BATHURST STARTS 0 BATHURST PODIUMS 0

SUPERCARS TEAMS Tickford Racing (2021)

Zak Best got the call-up to make his main-game debut when travel restrictions forced Alexandre Prémat out of Bathurst. Best joined the team’s Super2 entry in 2021, after a strong rookie season with MW Motorsport in 2020, and is the only rookie in the Bathurst field.

TIM SLADE

ENTRY COOLDRIVE RACING CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH August 3, 1985 FROM Hornsby, New South Wales LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Partner, Dani CHILDREN Jordan HEIGHT 172cm WEIGHT 65kg ENGINEER Mirko De Rosa

BATHURST DEBUT 2009 (Paul Morris Motorsport with Paul Morris) BATHURST BEST 5th (2020) 2020 BATHURST 5th BATHURST STARTS 12 BATHURST PODIUMS 0 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 5th (2012)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Paul Morris Motorsport (2009), Stone Brothers Racing/Erebus Motorsport (2010-13), Walkinshaw Racing (2014-15), Brad Jones Racing (2016-19), DJR Team Penske (2020), Blanchard Racing Team (2021)

Tim Slade returned to a full-time drive to lead the new Blanchard Racing Team in 2021. He made an immediate impression with a front-row start at the season opener at Bathurst, only to crash out heavily in the late stages of the race. Slade will be hoping to rediscover that Bathurst pace on his return to the Mount Panorama Circuit, as the new standalone entry prepares for its biggest test of the season. CO-DRIVER

TIM BLANCHARD

DATE OF BIRTH June 30, 1987 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria HEIGHT 178cm WEIGHT 75kg P20

BATHURST DEBUT 2011 (Kelly Racing with David Reynolds) BATHURST BEST 10th (2016) 2020 BATHURST 13th BATHURST STARTS 10 BATHURST PODIUMS 0

SUPERCARS TEAMS Paul Morris Motors. (2010), Kelly Racing (2011-12), Dick Johnson Racing (2013), Lucas Dumbrell Motors. (2014-15), BJR/TBR (201620), Blanchard Racing Team (2021)

Tim Blanchard moved his entry out of Brad Jones Racing and went his own way in 2021, hiring Tim Slade to drive the Ford Mustang. He returns to the driver’s seat looking to end the team’s first season by making amends for the entry’s crash at the season opener.

REPCO SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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WILL BROWN

ENTRY EREBUS MOTORSPORT CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH June 5, 1998 FROM Toowoomba, Queensland LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 171cm WEIGHT 64kg ENGINEER Tom Moore

BATHURST DEBUT 2018 (Erebus Motors. with Anton De Pasquale) BATHURST BEST 15th (2020) 2020 BATHURST 15th BATHURST STARTS 3 BATHURST PODIUMS 0 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 40th (2020)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Erebus Motorsport (2018-21)

After three seasons as an endurance co-driver, Brown got a full-time drive with Erebus Motorsport in 2021. It will be his fourth Bathurst start with the team and first as the lead driver. Brown’s speed and results improved over the course of his rookie season, with the goal of cracking the top 10 at Bathurst for the first time with the added benefit of having Jack Perkins’ experience alongside. CO-DRIVER

JACK PERKINS

DATE OF BIRTH August 22, 1986 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Cowangie, Victoria HEIGHT 172cm WEIGHT 67kg

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BATHURST DEBUT 2006 (Perkins Engineering with Shane Price) BATHURST BEST 3rd (2019) 2020 BATHURST DNF BATHURST STARTS 15 BATHURST PODIUMS 1

SUPERCARS TEAMS Perkins Eng./Kelly Racing (2006-09), SBR (2010), PMM (2010-11), GRM (2012-13), Team 18 (2014), LDM (2015, 2017), HRT/WAU (2015-19), BJR (2020), Erebus Motors. (2021)

Jack Perkins moves to Erebus Motorsport to team with Will Brown, looking to get back on the podium following his third place in 2019. The experience of Perkins and fellow co-driver David Russell helps balance out the team alongside its rookie lead drivers.

BRODIE KOSTECKI

ENTRY EREBUS BOOST MOBILE RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH November 1, 1997 FROM Perth, Western Australia LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 189cm WEIGHT 96kg ENGINEER George Commins

BATHURST DEBUT 2019 (Kostecki Brothers Racing with Jake Kostecki) BATHURST BEST 9th (2020) 2020 BATHURST 9th BATHURST STARTS 2 BATHURST PODIUMS 0 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 34th (2020)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Kostecki Brothers Racing (2019), Erebus Motorsport (2020-21)

Brodie Kostecki impressed many with his attacking drive in the 2020 Bathurst 1000 and followed teammate Will Brown into a full-time position with Erebus Motorsport this season. He continued to make a name for himself with strong outings over the course of the season, with the chance to continue his upward trajectory at Bathurst with David Russell adding experience to this entry. CO-DRIVER

DAVID RUSSELL

DATE OF BIRTH January 4, 1982 FROM Casino, New South Wales LIVES Lismore, New South Wales HEIGHT 180cm WEIGHT 78kg

BATHURST DEBUT 2003 (Fernández Racing with José Fernández) BATHURST BEST 9th (2016) 2020 BATHURST DNF BATHURST STARTS 11 BATHURST PODIUMS 0

SUPERCARS TEAMS Fernández Racing (2003), Tekno Autosports (2010), Kelly Racing/ Nissan Motorsport (2011-17), Tickford Racing (2018), Matt Stone Racing (2020), Erebus Motorsport (2021)

David Russell switches to Erebus Motorsport in 2021, following his return to the Great Race grid in 2020. After Brodie Kostecki’s performance at Bathurst in 2020, this will be an entry to watch as Erebus Motorsport looks to score its second Great Race victory. REPCO SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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MARK WINTERBOTTOM

ENTRY IRWIN RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH May 20, 1981 FROM Sydney, New South Wales LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Wife, Renee CHILDREN Oliver, Austin and Elliot HEIGHT 185cm WEIGHT 75kg ENGINEER Manuel Sanchez

BATHURST DEBUT 2003 (Stone Brothers Racing with Mark Noske) BATHURST BEST 1st (2013) 2020 BATHURST 8th BATHURST STARTS 18 BATHURST PODIUMS 2 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 1st (2015)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Stone Brothers Racing (2003), Larkham Motorsport (2004-05), Ford Performance Racing/Prodrive Racing Australia/Tickford Racing (2006-18), Team 18 (2019-21)

Mark Winterbottom has been a key player in the growth of Team 18 since joining in 2019, with the team scoring a double top-10 finish at Bathurst last season. A podium finish will be the goal with Winterbottom often amongst the pacesetters at Bathurst. He is joined by Michael Caruso to form one of the most experienced combinations in the Great Race. CO-DRIVER

MICHAEL CARUSO

DATE OF BIRTH May 25, 1983

FROM Sydney, New South Wales LIVES Sydney, New South Wales HEIGHT 165cm WEIGHT 72kg

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BATHURST DEBUT 2006 (Brad Jones Racing with Dale Brede) BATHURST BEST 3rd (2009) 2020 BATHURST 7th BATHURST STARTS 15 BATHURST PODIUMS 1

SUPERCARS TEAMS Brad Jones Racing (2006), WPS Racing (2007), Garry Rogers Motors. (2008-12), Nissan Motors.Kelly Racing (2013-18), Tickford Racing (201920), Team 18 (2021)

Michael Caruso moves to Team 18 after a recent stint in Fords, determined to get back on the podium for the first time in 12 years. He and Mark Winterbottom form a strong combination, assissting Team 18 in its step up to become a genuine contender.

SCOTT PYE

ENTRY DEWALT RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH January 8, 1990 FROM Adelaide, South Australia LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Shannen CHILDREN None HEIGHT 183cm WEIGHT 80kg ENGINEER Phil Keed

BATHURST DEBUT 2012 (Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport with Taz Douglas) BATHURST BEST 2nd (2017, ’18) 2020 BATHURST 6th BATHURST STARTS 9 BATHURST PODIUMS 2 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 7th (2018)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (201213), Dick Johnson Racing/DJR Team Penske (2014-16), Walkinshaw Racing/Walkinshaw Andretti United (2017-19), Team 18 (2020-21)

Scott Pye joined Team 18 in 2020 and finished his first season with the team with top-10 finishes at Bathurst and in the championship standings. Following two runner-up finishes at Bathurst, Pye will be helping to drive the team further up the grid to be amongst the contenders. Co-driver James Golding raced for Team 18 last season, giving the team some stability for this campaign. CO-DRIVER

JAMES GOLDING

DATE OF BIRTH January 19, 1996 FROM Warragul, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria HEIGHT 175cm WEIGHT 65kg

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BATHURST DEBUT 2016 (Garry Rogers Motorsport with James Moffat) BATHURST BEST 8th (2018, ’20) 2020 BATHURST 8th BATHURST STARTS 5 BATHURST PODIUMS 0

SUPERCARS TEAMS Garry Rogers Motorsport (2016-19), Team 18 (2020-21)

James Golding joined Team 18 in 2020 and scored eighth place alongside Mark Winterbottom at Bathurst. He switches entries to partner Scott Pye in 2021, as he continues in his bid to get back into Supercars on a full-time basis.

REPCO SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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CHAZ MOSTERT

ENTRY MOBILE 1™ APPLIANCES ONLINE RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH April 10, 1992 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Partner, Riarne CHILDREN None HEIGHT 190cm WEIGHT 85kg ENGINEER Adam De Borre

BATHURST DEBUT 2013 (Dick Johnson Racing with Dale Wood) BATHURST BEST 1st (2014) 2020 BATHURST 3rd BATHURST STARTS 7 BATHURST PODIUMS 2 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 5th (2017, ’19, ’20)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Dick Johnson Racing (2013), Ford Performance Racing/Prodrive Racing Australia/Tickford Racing (201419), Walkinshaw Andretti United (2020-21)

Chaz Mostert moved to Walkinshaw Andretti United in 2020 and helped lift the team, scoring their first win together in 2021. Following their podium at Bathurst last season, Mostert is a contender for the win with the addition of the fast and experienced Lee Holdsworth alongside. Seven years after his Bathurst win, Mostert is amongst the contenders for the win yet again. CO-DRIVER

LEE HOLDSWORTH

DATE OF BIRTH May 25, 1983

FROM Sydney, New South Wales LIVES Melbourne, Victoria HEIGHT 165cm WEIGHT 72kg

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BATHURST DEBUT 2004 (Smiths Trucks Racing with Mark Noske) BATHURST BEST 3rd (2009) 2020 BATHURST 7th BATHURST STARTS 17 BATHURST PODIUMS 1

SUPERCARS TEAMS Smiths Trucks (2004), Garry Rogers Motors. (2005-11), SBR/Erebus Motors. (2012-14), Team 18 (201518), Tickford (2019-20), Walkinshaw Andretti United (2021)

Lee Holdsworth scored provisional pole position at Bathurst in 2020, in his final full-time season. He switches into the role of co-driver alongside Chaz Mostert, forming one of the strongest combinations in terms of experience and speed.

BRYCE FULLWOOD

ENTRY MOBILE 1™ MIDDY’S RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH May 11, 1998 FROM Darwin, Northern Territory LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 182cm WEIGHT 70kg ENGINEER Terry Kerr

BATHURST DEBUT 2018 (Matt Stone Racing with Todd Hazelwood) BATHURST BEST 20th (2018) 2020 BATHURST DNF BATHURST STARTS 3 BATHURST PODIUMS 0 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 18th (2020)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Matt Stone Racing (2018), Kelly Racing (2019), Walkinshaw Andretti United (2020-21)

Bryce Fullwood has had the difficult task of trying to match the pace of teammate Chaz Mostert in his introduction into the main game in 2020. In his final event with Walkinshaw Andretti United before moving to Brad Jones Racing, Fullwood gets the benefit of having Warren Luff as his co-driver with the latter a regular podium finisher for the team as they aim to match the pace of the #25 entry. CO-DRIVER

WARREN LUFF

DATE OF BIRTH April 21, 1976 FROM Sydney, New South Wales LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland HEIGHT 181cm WEIGHT 72kg

BATHURST DEBUT 1997 (FAI Insurance with Julian Bailey) BATHURST BEST 2nd (2017, ’18) 2020 BATHURST 3rd BATHURST STARTS 20 BATHURST PODIUMS 6

SUPERCARS TEAMS Lansvale (2002), DJR (2003-04, 2008-10), SBR (2005), Britek (200607), Lucas Dumbrell (2010-11), Triple Eight (2012-13), HRT/Walkinshaw/ Walkinshaw Andretti United (2014-21)

Warren Luff is one of the most experienced drivers in the Bathurst 1000 with six podium finishes, four of which were with his current team over the last six years. He moves across the garage with his Bathurst pedigree a valuable asset to Bryce Fullwood. REPCO SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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NICK PERCAT

ENTRY R&J BATTERIES CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH September 14, 1988 FROM Adelaide, South Australia LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Partner CHILDREN None HEIGHT 189cm WEIGHT 72kg ENGINEER Andrew Edwards

BATHURST DEBUT 2011 (Holden Racing Team with Garth Tander) BATHURST BEST 1st (2011) 2020 BATHURST 18th BATHURST STARTS 10 BATHURST PODIUMS 3 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 7th (2020)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Walkinshaw Racing (2010), Holden Racing Team (2011-13), Walkinshaw Racing (2014), Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (2015-16), Brad Jones Racing (2017-21)

Nick Percat ends a five-year stint with Brad Jones Racing at Bathurst, looking to mark the occasion with a win on the decade anniversary of his race-winning debut in the Great Race before a move to Walkinshaw Andretti United. Percat has led the charge for Brad Jones Racing in recent seasons, determined to help the team in its bid for that elusive Bathurst victory with Dale Wood his new co-driver. CO-DRIVER

DALE WOOD

DATE OF BIRTH June 9, 1983 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria HEIGHT 174cm WEIGHT 69kg

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BATHURST DEBUT 2008 (Tasman Motorsport with Mark Noske) BATHURST BEST 4th (2017) 2020 BATHURST 17th BATHURST STARTS 13 BATHURST PODIUMS 0

SUPERCARS TEAMS Tasman (2008), Kelly Racing/Nissan Motors. (2009-11, 2016, 2019-20), Tony D’Alberto Racing (2011-12), DJR (2013), BJR (2014-15, 2018, 2021), Erebus Motors. (2017)

Dale Wood returns to Brad Jones Racing, where he raced full-time in 2014 and 2015. He has four top-10 finishes at Bathurst, looking to improve on his best of fourth place for what would be his second Supercars podium finish with the team.

TODD HAZELWOOD

ENTRY BRAD JONES RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH September 25, 1995 FROM Adelaide, South Australia LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Alice CHILDREN None HEIGHT 173cm WEIGHT 72kg ENGINEER Tony Woodward

BATHURST DEBUT 2017 (Brad Jones Racing with Tim Blanchard) BATHURST BEST 12th (2017) 2020 BATHURST DNF BATHURST STARTS 4 BATHURST PODIUMS 0 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 17th (2020)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Brad Jones Racing (2017, 202021), Matt Stone Racing (2017-19)

Todd Hazelwood, along with teammate Nick Percat, departs Brad Jones Racing at the end of 2021, ahead of a move back to Matt Stone Racing. Hazelwood made his Bathurst debut with Brad Jones Racing in 2017, though has had a tough run at Mount Panorama. He has shown flashes of strong pace this season and will have the experienced Dean Fiore alongside for the first time. CO-DRIVER

DEAN FIORE

DATE OF BIRTH December 1, 1983 FROM Kalgoorlie, Western Australia LIVES Perth, Western Australia HEIGHT 176cm WEIGHT 67kg

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BATHURST DEBUT 2009 (Triple F Racing with Troy Bayliss) BATHURST BEST 6th (2017, ’20) 2020 BATHURST 6th BATHURST STARTS 12 BATHURST PODIUMS 0

SUPERCARS TEAMS Team Kiwi (2009), Triple F Racing (2009-12), Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (2013), Nissan Motorsport/Kelly Racing (2014-19), Team 18 (2020), Brad Jones Racing (2021)

Dean Fiore joins Brad Jones Racing, buoyed by a strong run at Bathurst with Team 18 in 2020. He and his fellow co-drivers at Brad Jones Racing have made plenty of starts at Bathurst, with Fiore eager to establish himself within his new team.

REPCO SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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MACAULEY JONES

ENTRY COCA-COLA RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH October 8, 1994 FROM Albury, New South Wales LIVES Albury, New South Wales STATUS Partner CHILDREN None HEIGHT 175cm WEIGHT 70kg ENGINEER Tom Wettenhall

BATHURST DEBUT 2015 (Brad Jones Racing with Dale Wood) BATHURST BEST 7th (2018) 2020 BATHURST 13th BATHURST STARTS 6 BATHURST PODIUMS 0 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 19th (2020)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Brad Jones Racing (2015-21)

Macauley Jones remained with the team owned by father Brad Jones despite the loss of the entry that underpinned his seat in recent years. With Tim Blanchard taking the entry to run a standalone team, Brad Jones Racing purchased a licence from Phil Munday (23 Red Racing). Jones has raced with the family-owned team throughout his main-game career, looking to get back into the top 10 as his did in 2018. CO-DRIVER

CHRIS PITHER

DATE OF BIRTH December 12, 1986 FROM Palmerston North, New Zealand LIVES Melbourne, Victoria HEIGHT 184cm WEIGHT 75kg

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BATHURST DEBUT 2007 (Paul Morris Motorsport with Fabian Coulthard) BATHURST BEST 4th (2017) 2020 BATHURST 16th BATHURST STARTS 11 BATHURST PODIUMS 0

SUPERCARS TEAMS Team Kiwi (2006, 2008), Paul Morris Motors. (2007), Brad Jones Racing (2012-14, 2021), GRM (2015, 201819), Super Black Racing (2015-16), Erebus (2017), Team Sydney (2020)

Chris Pither, like fellow co-driver Dale Wood, returns to Brad Jones Racing after recent stints at other teams. His knowledge of the team and co-driving experience is an important addition to this entry, as Macauley Jones attempts to match the pace set by his teammates.

JACK SMITH

ENTRY SCT LOGISTICS CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH July 9, 1999 FROM Gold Coast, Queensland LIVES Yarrawonga, Victoria STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 185cm WEIGHT 70kg ENGINEER Paul Forgie

BATHURST DEBUT 2019 (Matt Stone Racing with Todd Hazelwood) BATHURST BEST DNF 2020 BATHURST DNF BATHURST STARTS 2 BATHURST PODIUMS 0 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 22nd (2020)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Brad Jones Racing (2019-21), Matt Stone Racing (2019)

Jack Smith is in his second full-time season with Brad Jones Racing, aiming to get up to the pace set by teammates Nick Percat and Todd Hazelwood in the other garage. Smith has yet to finish a race at Bathurst after two starts, determined to get to the chequered flag with new co-driver Ashley Walsh with this the only four-car team in the field. CO-DRIVER

ASHLEY WALSH

DATE OF BIRTH January 11, 1988 FROM Ipswich, Queensland LIVES Ipswich, Queensland HEIGHT 175cm WEIGHT 76kg

BATHURST DEBUT 2013 (Dick Johnson Racing with Tim Blanchard) BATHURST BEST 7th (2016) 2020 BATHURST BATHURST STARTS 7 BATHURST PODIUMS 0

SUPERCARS TEAMS Dick Johnson Racing (2013-14), Erebus Motorsport (2015), Brad Jones Racing (2016-19, 2021)

Ashley Walsh returns after a two-year lay-off, rejoining the team he drove with for four years. He scored a top 10 in his first appearance with the team in 2016, joining Jack Smith with the aim of assissting the young driver in his sophmore season. REPCO SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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ANDRÉ HEIMGARTNER

ENTRY NED WHISKY RACING CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH June 8, 1995 FROM Auckland, New Zealand LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner CHILDREN None HEIGHT 185cm WEIGHT 80kg ENGINEER Dilan Talabani

BATHURST DEBUT 2014 (Super Black Racing with Ant Pedersen) BATHURST BEST 9th (2017) 2020 BATHURST 11th BATHURST STARTS 7 BATHURST PODIUMS 0 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 14th (2020)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Super Black Racing (2014-15), Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (2016), Brad Jones Racing (2017), Nissan Motorsport/Kelly Racing/Kelly Grove Racing (2018-21)

With Rick Kelly’s full-time retirement, André Heimgartner assumed the role of the longest-serving driver of the team now known as Kelly Grove Racing. He broke through for a first win in Supercars in 2021, in the team’s second season running Ford Mustangs and with new investment from the Grove Group. He will move to Brad Jones Racing in 2022, looking to farewell his current team with a strong showing. CO-DRIVER

MATT CAMPBELL

DATE OF BIRTH February 17, 1995 FROM Warwick, Queensland LIVES Stuttgart, Germany HEIGHT 184cm WEIGHT 61kg

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BATHURST DEBUT 2016 (Nissan Motorsport with Todd Kelly) BATHURST BEST 5th (2017) 2020 BATHURST BATHURST STARTS 2 BATHURST PODIUMS 0

SUPERCARS TEAMS Nissan Motorsport/Kelly Grove Racing (2016, 2021), Triple Eight Race Engineering (2017)

Matt Campbell returns to the team he made his Bathurst debut with in 2016. The factorybacked Porsche driver received the call-up to join this entry in place of Earl Bamber, with his fifth place alongside Shane van Gisbergen in 2017 showing his speed in a Supercar.

DAVID REYNOLDS

ENTRY PENRITE RACING CAR FORD MUSTANG DATE OF BIRTH July 3, 1985 FROM Albury, New South Wales LIVES Melbourne, Victoria STATUS Partner, Tahan CHILDREN Ryu HEIGHT 177cm WEIGHT 69kg ENGINEER Alistair McVean

BATHURST DEBUT 2007 (Paul Weel Racing with Cameron McConville) BATHURST BEST 1st (2017) 2020 BATHURST 15th BATHURST STARTS 13 BATHURST PODIUMS 2 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 3rd (2015)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Paul Weel Racing (2007), HSV Dealer Team/Walkinshaw Racing (2008-10), Kelly Racing/Kelly Grove Racing (2011, 2021), Rod Nash Racing/Prodrive Racing Australia (2012-15), Erebus Motorsport (2016-20)

David Reynolds moved to Kelly Grove Racing in 2021 following a breakdown in his relationship with Erebus Motorsport. He reunites with co-driver Luke Youlden, four years on from their Bathurst success, with the goal of getting back to the front of the field. Considering their previous results and the improving form of Kelly Grove Racing, this shapes as a potential darkhorse for the win. CO-DRIVER

LUKE DALE YOULDEN WOOD

DATE OF BIRTH January 28, 1978 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria HEIGHT 182cm WEIGHT 78kg

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BATHURST DEBUT 2000 (Perkins Engineering with Christian Murchison) BATHURST BEST 1st (2017) 2020 BATHURST BATHURST STARTS 20 BATHURST PODIUMS 2

SUPERCARS TEAMS Perkins Eng. (2000-01), Steven Ellery Racing (2002-04), SBR/Erebus (200507, 2012, 2017-19), FPR (2008-11), BJR (2012-15), DJR Team Penske (2016), Kelly Grove Racing (2021)

Luke Youlden comes out of retirement to team up with 2017 Bathurst-winning partner David Reynolds. They will be looking to rediscover their Bathurst form after an unhappy end to their stint at Erebus Motorsport, with Youlden bringing a wealth of experience to his new team.

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FABIAN COULTHARD

ENTRYLOCAL LEGENDS CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH July 28, 1982 FROM Auckland, New Zealand LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Fiance, Becky CHILDREN Mackenzie and Carter HEIGHT 188cm WEIGHT 80kg ENGINEER Geoffrey Slater

BATHURST DEBUT 2004 (Tasman Motorsport with Jason Richards) BATHURST BEST 3rd (2017) 2020 BATHURST 4th BATHURST STARTS 17 BATHURST PODIUMS 1 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 3rd (2017)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Tasman Motorsport (2004-05), Paul Morris Motorsports (2006-07), Paul Cruickshank Racing (2008-09), Walkinshaw Racing (2010-11), Brad Jones Racing (2012-15), DJR Team Penske (2016-20), Team Sydney (2021)

Fabian Coulthard moved to Team Sydney following a five-year stint at DJR Team Penske. The switch gave Coulthard the chance to lead a team that is looking to get back up the grid and one day repeat its Bathurst success from 2016. With team owner Jonathon Webb returning to the driver’s seat, this combination has plenty of experience to move up the field on race day. CO-DRIVER

JONATHON WEBB

DATE OF BIRTH December 10, 1983 FROM Castle Hill, New South Wales LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland HEIGHT 192cm WEIGHT 86kg

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BATHURST DEBUT 2006 (Paul Cruickshank Racing with Marcus Marshall) BATHURST BEST 1st (2016) 2020 BATHURST 12th BATHURST STARTS 15 BATHURST PODIUMS 1

SUPERCARS TEAMS Paul Cruickshank Racing (200607), Stone Brothers Racing (2008), Dick Johnson Racing (2009), Tekno Autosports/Team Sydney (2010-21)

Jonathon Webb returns to drive for one of his own entries, pairing up with Fabian Coulthard to form one of the most experienced combinations in the field. Both drivers have been on the podium at Bathurst, trying to help the team get further up the grid.

GARRY JACOBSON

ENTRY PREMIAIR HIRE CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH February 28, 1992 FROM Shepparton, Victoria LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Fiance, Naomi CHILDREN None HEIGHT 185cm WEIGHT 67kg ENGINEER Tim Newton

BATHURST DEBUT 2017 (Prodrive Racing Australia with Jason Bright) BATHURST BEST 8th (2017) 2020 BATHURST DNF BATHURST STARTS 4 BATHURST PODIUMS 0 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 21st (2020)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Prodrive Racing Australia (2017), Nissan Motorsport/Kelly Racing (2018-19), Matt Stone Racing (2020), Team Sydney (2021)

Garry Jacobson entered his third full-time season with a third different team in 2021. He switched from Matt Stone Racing to Team Sydney, having shown flashes of speed in his time in the main game. The opportunity to work alongside the experienced Fabian Coulthard has been a benefit to Jacobson, who despite his inexperience was team leader at Matt Stone Racing last season. CO-DRIVER

DYLAN O’KEEFFE

DATE OF BIRTH February 4, 1998 FROM Melbourne, Victoria LIVES Melbourne, Victoria HEIGHT 182cm WEIGHT 74kg

BATHURST DEBUT 2020 (Kelly Racing with André Heimgartner) BATHURST BEST 11th (2020) 2020 BATHURST 11th BATHURST STARTS 1 BATHURST PODIUMS 0

SUPERCARS TEAMS Garry Rogers Motorsport (2019), Kelly Racing (2020), Team Sydney (2021)

Dylan O’Keeffe returns to Bathurst with a new team, switching from Kelly Racing to Team Sydney. He made his Supercars debut in a ZB Commodore with Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2019, returning to a Commodore after just missing a top 10 in a Mustang last season. REPCO SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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JAKE KOSTECKI

ENTRY UNIT RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH January 24, 2000 FROM Perth, Western Australia LIVES Brisbane, Queensland STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 184cm WEIGHT 70kg ENGINEER Chris Stuckey

BATHURST DEBUT 2019 (Kostecki Brothers Racing with Brodie Kostecki) BATHURST BEST DNF 2020 BATHURST DNF BATHURST STARTS 2 BATHURST PODIUMS 0 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 27th (2020)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Kostecki Brothers Racing (2019), Matt Stone Racing (2020-21)

Jake Kostecki got a full season with Matt Stone Racing after sharing driving duties in the #34 entry in 2020, though he will leave the team to join Tickford Racing in 2022. Jake is the youngest of the three Kosteckis in the field, alongside cousin Brodie and brother Kurt. Jake and Kurt team up for the first time to form the second sibling combination in the field alongside Will and Alex Davison. CO-DRIVER

KURT KOSTECKI DATE OF BIRTH July 4, 1998

FROM Perth, Western Australia LIVES Brisbane, Queensland HEIGHT 185cm WEIGHT 80kg

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BATHURST DEBUT 2020 (Walkinshaw Andretti United with Bryce Fullwood) BATHURST BEST DNF 2020 BATHURST DNF BATHURST STARTS 1 BATHURST PODIUMS 0

SUPERCARS TEAMS Team 18 (2016), Kostecki Brothers Racing (2018), Walkinshaw Andretti United (2020-21), Matt Stone Racing (2021)

Kurt Kostecki has had irregular appearances in Supercars dating back to 2016, as an injury replacement or wildcard entrant. He joins Matt Stone Racing to partner brother Jake off the back of wildcard appearances for Walkinshaw Andretti United this season.

ZANE GODDARD

ENTRY YELLOW COVER RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH October 13, 1999 FROM Gold Coast, Queensland LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 178cm WEIGHT 64kg ENGINEER Jack Bellotti

BATHURST DEBUT 2020 (Matt Stone Racing with Jake Kostecki) BATHURST BEST DNF 2020 BATHURST DNF BATHURST STARTS 1 BATHURST PODIUMS 0 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 25th (2020)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Matt Stone Racing (2020-21)

Zane Goddard moved across the Matt Stone Racing garage into his own entry this season, after making his debut in a shared entry with the team in 2020. After being evenly matched with teammate Jake Kostecki throughout the championship season, the duo farewell the team following the conclusion of Bathurst. Leading his own entry is a chance for Goddard to put himself in the shop window for other teams. CO-DRIVER

JAYDEN OJEDA

DATE OF BIRTH July 31, 1999 FROM Penrith, New South Wales LIVES Penrith, New South Wales HEIGHT 182cm WEIGHT 83kg

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SUPERCARS TEAMS Garry Rogers Motorsport (2020), Matt Stone Racing (2021)

After a late call-up to race in the Garry Rogers Motorsport wildcard entry at Bathurst in 2020, Jayden Ojeda returns to the main game at Matt Stone Racing. The Super2 front-runner rounds out an inexperienced Matt Stone Racing line-up, eager to impress on the big stage.

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BROC FEENEY

ENTRY SUPERCHEAP AUTO RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH October 18, 2002 FROM Gold Coast, Queensland LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 180cm WEIGHT 73kg ENGINEER Martin Short

BATHURST DEBUT 2020 (Tickford Racing with James Courtney) BATHURST BEST 10th (2020) 2020 BATHURST 10th BATHURST STARTS 1 BATHURST PODIUMS 0 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 35th (2020)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Tickford Racing (2020), Triple Eight Race Engineering (2021)

Broc Feeney gets the chance to lead an entry at Bathurst ahead of his promotion into the main game as Jamie Whincup’s replacement at Triple Eight Race Engineering. The highly-rated teenager made his Bathurst debut on his 18th birthday in 2020, scoring a top 10 alongside James Courtney at Tickford Racing, with this opportunity the chance to learn from his new team and veteran co-driver. CO-DRIVER

RUSSEL INGALL

DATE OF BIRTH February 24, 1964 FROM London, England LIVES Gold Coast, Queensland HEIGHT 172cm WEIGHT 70kg

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BATHURST DEBUT 1990 (Bob Forbes Motors. with Kevin Bartlett) BATHURST BEST 1st (1995, ’97) 2020 BATHURST BATHURST STARTS 25 BATHURST PODIUMS 4

SUPERCARS TEAMS Perkins (1996-2002), SBR (2003-07), PMM (2008-11), Walkinshaw Racing (2012-13, 2015), LDM (2014), Prodrive (2015), Nissan Motors. (2016), Triple Eight Race Engineering (2021)

After a five-year absence from the Bathurst 1000 grid, Russell Ingall returns in a wildcard entry with Triple Eight Race Engineering. The veteran has won the Great Race two times and will be able to assist in Broc Feeney’s step up into the lead role.

RICHIE STANAWAY

ENTRY EREBUS BOOST MOBILE RACING CAR HOLDEN ZB COMMODORE DATE OF BIRTH November 24, 1991 FROM Tauranga, New Zealand LIVES Auckland, New Zealand STATUS Single CHILDREN None HEIGHT 176cm WEIGHT 79kg ENGINEER Wayne Mackie

BATHURST DEBUT 2016 (Super Black Racing with Chris Pither) BATHURST BEST 12th (2019) 2020 BATHURST BATHURST STARTS 4 BATHURST PODIUMS 0 CHAMPIONSHIP BEST 24th (2019)

SUPERCARS TEAMS Super Black Racing (2016), Prodrive Racing Australia/Tickford Racing (2017-18), Garry Rogers Motorsport (2019), Erebus Motorsport (2021)

Richie Stanaway walked away from Supercars at the end of 2019 following unhappy seasons at Tickford Racing and Garry Rogers Motorsport. This wildcard opportunity with Erebus Motorsport is a chance to showcase his talent, driving alongside fellow New Zealander Greg Murphy. The battle between the wildcard entries will be a fascinating subplot at Bathurst. CO-DRIVER

GREG MURPHY

DATE OF BIRTH August 23, 1972 FROM Hastings, New Zealand LIVES Auckland, New Zealand HEIGHT 178cm WEIGHT 75kg

BATHURST DEBUT 1994 (Bruce Miles with James Kaye) BATHURST BEST 1st (1996, ’99 ’03, ’04) 2020 BATHURST BATHURST STARTS 22 BATHURST PODIUMS 8

SUPERCARS TEAMS HRT (1997-98, 2013-14), Gibson (1999-2000), Kmart Racing (200104), PWR (2005-06), Tasman (200709), PMM (2010), Kelly Racing (201112), Erebus Motorsport (2021)

Greg Murphy follows fellow Great Race winner Russell Ingall back onto the grid, joining Erebus Motorsport and continuing his run of Bathurst starts with Holden that dates back to 1995. He has won the event four times and last appeared in the Great Race in 2014. REPCO SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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FAST FACTS • The 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000 is the 61st running of ‘The Great Race’ at the Mount Panorama Circuit. The event was first held at Bathurst in 1963 with two races staged in both 1997 and 1998. • The Great Race will be held for the first time in December in 2021. It has been staged 54 times in October, five times in November and four times in September. • The Bathurst 1000 hosts the season-ending championship round for the second year in a row. It also held the finale in 1999 and 2000, the former the first year the event was included in the championship. • Dick Johnson Racing celebrates the 40th anniversary of its first win in the Bathurst 1000 in 2021. The victory for Dick Johnson and John French in 1981 was the first of four Bathurst wins for the Ford team, followed by 1989, 1994 and 2019. • Triple Eight Race Engineering is one Great Race victory away from equalling the record for most Bathurst 500/1000 wins for a team. It sits on eight victories, one behind the Holden Dealer Team. • The 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000 marks the final full-time Supercars race for Jamie Whincup. The seven-time champion has won four Bathurst 1000s – 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012. • Craig Lowndes will move to second outright in the all-time Bathurst 500/1000 wins’ list with victory in 2021. He’s currently on seven wins alongside Jim Richards, two behind Peter Brock. Lowndes jumps to equal third on the all-time Bathurst starts list with his 28th appearance in the Great Race. • A third consecutive pole position for Tickford Racing would put the Ford team equal top of the Bathurst 500/1000 pole position list, alongside the Holden Racing Team. • Todd and Rick Kelly bow out as Supercars team owners, having sold their remaining stake in Kelly Grove Racing to the Grove family. The 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000 will be the first Great Race not to feature at least one of the brothers on the grid since 1997. • Greg Murphy and Russell Ingall return to the Bathurst 1000 for the first since 2014 and 2016 respectively. It will be Ingall’s 26th start and Murphy’s 23rd. Ingall, 57 years of age, and co-driver Broc Feeney, 19 years of age, set a new record for biggest age difference between co-drivers with a gap of 38 years and 236 days.

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10 THE DIPPER

7 MCPHILLAMY PARK

9 THE ESSES

A sharp downhill left-hand corner, named after the dip in the road. Speed: 90km/h Gear: 2nd

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11 FORREST’S ELBOW

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Another sharp left-hand turn, where the line drifts towards the outside wall. Named after motorcycle racer Jack Forrest, who scraped his elbow away after dropping his bike here. Speed: 90km/h Gear: 2nd

A fast left-hand turn with the crest on the inside of the corner making the entry blind for drivers. Named after Walter J. McPhillamy, a former Mayor of Bathurst, who donated 15 acres of land at the top of Mount Panorama for park and circuit use. Speed: 188km/h Gear: 4th

The ‘S’ shaped downhill series of corners that begin the plunge down Mount Panorama. Speed: 130km/h Gear: 2nd

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6 SULMAN PARK

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8 BROCK’S SKYLINE

The short straight at the top of Mount Panorama. Named as the best vantage point for looking down on Bathurst and for Peter Brock following his passing in 2006, with fans leaving messages of condolence on the wall at Skyline. Speed: 215km/h Gear: 4th

AROUND THE MOUNTAIN 12 CONROD STRAIGHT

The 1.916km straight is the fastest point of the circuit, descending downhill with a hump in the middle. Named after the conrod failure suffered by Frank Kleinig in his Kleinig Hudson in a race in 1939. Speed: 290km/h Gear: 6th

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3 3 GRIFFIN’S BEND

Negatively-cambered corner that opens up on exit. Named after the former Mayor of Bathurst Martin Griffin, who opened the track in 1938. Speed: 120km/h Gear: 3rd

13 THE CHASE

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Added to the circuit in 1987 on safety grounds to break up Conrod Straight, creating one of the fastest corners in Australia before the tight left-right turns. Speed: 120km/h Gear: 2nd

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A steep drop leads into a climbing left-hand turn, which tops out at the highest point of the track at 862-metres above sea level. Named after racer Tom Sulman, a regular at Bathurst, who was killed in an accident at the end of Conrod Straight in 1970. Speed: 180km/h Gear: 4th

5 REID PARK

A pair of uphill right-hand corners then a left-hand turn as the circuit opens up and continues to climb. Named after engineer Hughie Reid, who redesigned sections of the road for motor racing. Speed: 160km/h Gear: 3rd

4 THE CUTTING

The tightest corner on the circuit has a 1:6 gradient on exit. Named after the cutting made into the rock of the mountain to create the circuit. Speed: 90km/h Gear: 2nd

2 MOUNTAIN STRAIGHT

The undulating 1.111km-long straight that rises, plunges, then rises again towards the mountain. Speed: 250km/h Gear: 5th

14 MURRAY’S CORNER

Ninety-degree left-hander that ends the lap. Named after racer Bill Murray, who crashed his Hudson at the corner in 1946. Speed: 95km/h Gear: 2nd P32

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1 HELL CORNER

Ninety-degree left-hander that starts the lap and the run up Mount Panorama. Named after a tree stump that sat on the inside of the corner, which riders claimed would condemn them to hell if they fell. Speed: 95km/h Gear: 2nd

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BATHURST 500/1000 WINNERS YEAR/RACE TITLE

DRIVERS

TEAM

CAR

1963 Armstrong 500 1964 Armstrong 500 1965 Armstrong 500 1966 Gallaher 500 1967 Gallaher 500 1968 Hardie-Ferodo 500 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500 1970 Hardie-Ferodo 500 1971 Hardie-Ferodo 500 1972 Hardie-Ferodo 500 1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 1974 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 1975 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 1976 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 1977 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 1978 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 1979 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 1980 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 1981 James Hardie 1000 1982 James Hardie 1000 1983 James Hardie 1000 1984 James Hardie 1000 1985 James Hardie 1000 1986 James Hardie 1000 1987 James Hardie 1000 1988 Tooheys 1000 1989 Tooheys 1000 1990 Tooheys 1000 1991 Tooheys 1000 1992 Tooheys 1000 1993 Tooheys 1000 1994 Tooheys 1000 1995 Tooheys 1000 1996 AMP Bathurst 1000 1997 AMP Bathurst 1000* 1997 Primus 1000 Classic 1998 AMP Bathurst 1000* 1998 FAI 1000 Classic 1999 FAI 1000 2000 FAI 1000 2001 V8 Supercar 1000 2002 Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 2003 Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 2004 Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 2005 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 2006 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 2007 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 2008 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 2009 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 2010 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 2011 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 2012 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 2013 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 2014 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 2016 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 2017 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 2018 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 2019 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 2020 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

Harry Firth/Bob Jane Bob Jane/George Reynolds Barry Seton/Midge Bosworth Rauno Aaltonen/Bob Holden Harry Firth/Fred Gibson Bruce McPhee/Barry Mulholland Colin Bond/Tony Roberts Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Peter Brock Allan Moffat/Ian Geoghegan John Goss/Kevin Bartlett Peter Brock/Brian Sampson Bob Morris/John Fitzpatrick Allan Moffat/Jacky Ickx Peter Brock/Jim Richards Peter Brock/Jim Richards Peter Brock/Jim Richards Dick Johnson/John French Peter Brock/Larry Perkins Peter Brock/Larry Perkins/John Harvey Peter Brock/Larry Perkins John Goss/Armin Hahne Allan Grice/Graeme Bailey Peter Brock/David Parsons/Peter McLeod Tony Longhurst/Tomas Mezera Dick Johnson/John Bowe Allan Grice/Win Percy Jim Richards/Mark Skaife Jim Richards/Mark Skaife Larry Perkins/Gregg Hansford Dick Johnson/John Bowe Larry Perkins/Russell Ingall Craig Lowndes/Greg Murphy Geoff Brabham/David Brabham Larry Perkins/Russell Ingall Rickard Rydell/Jim Richards Jason Bright/Steven Richards Greg Murphy/Steven Richards Garth Tander/Jason Bargwanna Mark Skaife/Tony Longhurst Mark Skaife/Jim Richards Greg Murphy/Rick Kelly Greg Murphy/Rick Kelly Mark Skaife/Todd Kelly Craig Lowndes/Jamie Whincup Craig Lowndes/Jamie Whincup Craig Lowndes/Jamie Whincup Garth Tander/Will Davison Craig Lowndes/Mark Skaife Garth Tander/Nick Percat Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell Mark Winterbottom/Steven Richards Chaz Mostert/Paul Morris Craig Lowndes/Steven Richards Will Davison/Jonathon Webb David Reynolds/Luke Youlden Craig Lowndes/Steven Richards Scott McLaughlin/Alexandre Prémat Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander

Ford Motor Company Ford Motor Company Fairfield Motors BMC Australia Ford Motor Company Wyong Motors Holden Dealer Team Ford Motor Company Ford Motor Company Holden Dealer Team Ford Motor Company McLeod Ford Gown-Hindhaugh Racing Ron Hodgson Racing Moffat Ford Dealers Holden Dealer Team Holden Dealer Team Holden Dealer Team Dick Johnson Racing Holden Dealer Team Holden Dealer Team Holden Dealer Team Tom Walkinshaw Racing Chickadee/Roadways Racing HDT Racing Benson & Hedges Racing Dick Johnson Racing Holden Racing Team Gibson Motorsport Gibson Motorsport Perkins Engineering Dick Johnson Racing Perkins Engineering Holden Racing Team BMW Motorsport Australia Perkins Engineering Volvo S40 Racing/TWR Stone Brothers Racing Gibson Motorsport Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Racing Team Holden Racing Team Kmart Racing Kmart Racing Holden Racing Team Triple Eight Race Engineering Triple Eight Race Engineering Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Racing Team Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Racing Team Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford Performance Racing Ford Performance Racing Triple Eight Race Engineering Tekno Autosports Erebus Motorsport Triple Eight Race Engineering DJR Team Penske Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Cortina GT Ford Cortina GT Ford Cortina GT500 Morris Cooper S Ford XR GT Falcon Holden GTS 327 Monaro Holden GTS 350 Monaro Ford XW GT-HO Ph II Falcon Ford XY GT-HO Ph III Falcon Holden XU-1 Torana Ford XA GT Falcon Ford XA GT Falcon Holden L34 Torana Holden L34 Torana Ford XC Falcon Holden A9X Torana Holden A9X Torana Holden VC Commodore Ford XD Falcon Holden VH Commodore Holden VH Commodore Holden VK Commodore Jaguar XJ-S Holden VK Commodore Holden VL Commodore SS Ford Sierra RS500 Ford Sierra RS500 Holden VL SS Commodore Nissan Skyline GT-R Nissan Skyline GT-R Holden VP Commodore Ford EB Falcon Holden VR Commodore Holden VR Commodore BMW 320i Holden VS Commodore Volvo S40 Ford EL Falcon Holden VT Commodore Holden VT Commodore Holden VX Commodore Holden VX Commodore Holden VY Commodore Holden VY Commodore Holden VZ Commodore Ford BA Falcon Ford BF Falcon Ford BF Falcon Holden VE Commodore Holden VE Commodore Holden VE Commodore Holden VE Commodore Ford FG Falcon Ford FG Falcon Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore Holden ZB Commodore Ford Mustang Holden ZB Commodore

* Super Touring Bathurst 1000

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POLE POSITIONS

MOST PODIUMS TOTAL

14 12 12 12 10 9 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 5

DRIVER

Craig Lowndes Peter Brock Jim Richards Larry Perkins Mark Skaife Steven Richards Greg Murphy Jamie Whincup Allan Moffat Garth Tander Allan Grice John Bowe Colin Bond Dick Johnson Bruce McPhee Brad Jones Cameron McConville Warren Luff John Harvey

1ST

2ND

3RD

7 9 7 6 6 5 4 4 4 4 2 2 1 3 1 0 0 0 1

5 1 2 3 2 3 1 3 1 1 4 4 2 3 3 3 2 2 3

2 2 3 3 2 1 3 0 2 2 1 1 4 0 2 3 4 4 1

MOST POLE POSITIONS 6 Peter Brock 5 Mark Skaife 4 Allan Moffat 2 Ian Geoghegan 2 Kevin Bartlett 2 Dick Johnson 2 Glenn Seton

2 Craig Lowndes 2 Garth Tander 2 Mark Winterbottom 2 Greg Murphy 2 Jamie Whincup 2 David Reynolds

YEAR 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997* 1997 1998* 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

DRIVER Ian Geoghegan Bruce McPhee Ian Geoghegan Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Allan Moffat John Goss Peter Brock Colin Bond Allan Moffat Peter Brock Peter Brock Peter Brock Kevin Bartlett Kevin Bartlett Allan Grice Peter Brock George Fury Tom Walkinshaw Gary Scott Klaus Ludwig Dick Johnson Peter Brock Klaus Niedzwiedz Mark Skaife Dick Johnson Larry Perkins Glenn Seton Craig Lowndes Glenn Seton Paul Morris Mark Skaife Rickard Rydell Mark Skaife Mark Larkham Wayne Gardner Marcos Ambrose Mark Skaife Greg Murphy Steven Richards Craig Lowndes Mark Skaife Mark Winterbottom Garth Tander Garth Tander Mark Winterbottom Greg Murphy Will Davison Jamie Whincup Shane van Gisbergen David Reynolds Jamie Whincup Scott McLaughlin David Reynolds Chaz Mostert Cameron Waters

TIME 3m02.00s 2m56.70s 2m48.90s 2m52.10s 2m38.90s 2m35.80s 2m33.40s 2m30.80s 2m27.40s 2m25.00s 2m24.90s 2m20.00s 2m20.50s 2m20.97s 2m36.40s** 2m17.50s 2m16.20s 2m13.85s 2m18.82s 2m17.16s 2m16.96s 2m16.46s 2m15.80s 2m13.94s 2m12.62s 2m12.893s 2m13.013s 2m12.1464s 2m11.5540s 2m11.0160s 2m16.5958s 2m10.0397s 2m14.9265s 2m09.8954s 2m09.5146s 2m28.3844s** 2m09.7785s 2m08.8278s 2m06.8594s 2m07.9611s 2m08.5990s 2m07.4221s 2m07.0908s 2m07.2963s 2m07.9463s 2m07.5377s 2m08.8009s 2m08.0693s 2m07.8825s 2m06.3267s 2m27.8201s** 2m05.4263s 2m03.8312s 2m04.0589s 2m03.7897s 2m03.5592s

CAR Ford XR GT Falcon Holden GTS 327 Monaro Ford XW GT-HO Falcon Ford XW GT-HO Ph II Falcon Ford XY GT-HO Ph III Falcon Ford XY GT-HO Ph III Falcon Ford XA GT Falcon Holden L34 Torana Holden L34 Torana Ford XB GT Falcon Holden A9X Torana Holden A9X Torana Holden A9X Torana Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet Camaro Holden VH Commodore Holden VH Commodore Nissan Bluebird Turbo Jaguar XJ-S Nissan Skyline Turbo Ford Sierra RS500 Ford Sierra RS500 Ford Sierra RS500 Ford Sierra RS500 Nissan Skyline GT-R Ford Sierra RS500 Holden VP Commodore Ford EB Falcon Holden VR Commodore Ford EF Falcon BMW 320i Holden VS Commodore Volvo S40 Holden VT Commodore Ford AU Falcon Ford AU Falcon Ford AU Falcon Holden VX Commodore Holden VY Commodore Holden VY Commodore Ford BA Falcon Holden VZ Commodore Ford BF Falcon Holden VE Commodore Holden VE Commodore Ford FG Falcon Holden VE Commodore Ford FG Falcon Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore Ford FG X Falcon Holden VF Commodore Ford FG X Falcon Holden ZB Commodore Ford Mustang Ford Mustang

*Super Touring Bathurst 1000 **Wet weather qualifying Note: From 1963-66 the grid was lined up by classes with the most expensive class at the front. REPCO SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

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FASTEST RACE LAPS

MOST WINS

YEAR DRIVER 1964 Ian Geoghegan/Leo Geoghegan 1965 Brian Foley 1966 Frank Matich 1967 Fred Gibson 1968 Bruce McPhee 1969= Allan Moffat/Alan Hamilton 1969= Fred Gibson/Barry Seton 1970 John Goss/Bob Skelton 1971 Bob Morris 1972 Allan Moffat 1973 John Goss 1974 Peter Brock 1975 Not recorded 1976= Allan Moffat 1976= Peter Brock 1977 Allan Moffat 1978 Allan Moffat 1979 Peter Brock 1980 Dick Johnson 1981 Dick Johnson 1982 Peter Brock 1983 Peter Brock 1984 Peter Brock 1985 John Goss 1986 Allan Grice 1987 Andrew Miedecke 1988 Tony Longhurst 1989 Dick Johnson 1990 Mark Skaife 1991 Mark Skaife 1992 Mark Skaife 1993 Mark Skaife 1994 Dick Johnson 1995 Craig Lowndes 1996 Craig Lowndes 1997* Jason Plato 1997 Larry Perkins 1998* Rickard Rydell 1998 Craig Lowndes 1999 Paul Radisich 2000 Craig Lowndes 2001 Simon Wills 2002 Brad Jones 2003 Garth Tander 2004 Jason Bright 2005 Mark Skaife 2006 Craig Lowndes 2007 Jamie Whincup 2008 James Courtney 2009 Jason Richards 2010 Jason Bright 2011 Jamie Whincup 2012 Shane van Gisbergen 2013 Garth Tander 2014 Chaz Mostert 2015 Jamie Whincup 2016 David Reynolds 2017 David Reynolds 2018 David Reynolds 2019 Chaz Mostert 2020 Shane van Gisbergen *Super Touring Bathurst 1000. Note: No fastest lap recorded in 1963 and 1975.

WINS

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9

Peter Brock

7

Jim Richards, Craig Lowndes

6

Larry Perkins, Mark Skaife

5

Steven Richards

4

Allan Moffat, Greg Murphy, Jamie Whincup, Garth Tander

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Dick Johnson

2

Harry Firth, Bob Jane, John Goss, Allan Grice, John Bowe, Russell Ingall,

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TIME 3m21.3s 3m.13.7s 3m10.0s 3m03.0s 2m58.0s 2m52.1s 2m52.1s 2m53.0s 2m40.0s 2m36.5s 2m34.8s 2m29.8s 2m28.4s 2m28.4s 2m26.4s 2m22.0s 2m21.1s 2m22.2s 2m20.9s 2m20.1s 2m18.5s 2m15.13s 2m21.86s 2m18.99s 2m22.50s 2m19.06s 2m19.12s 2m15.46s 2m14.50s 2m16.47s 2m14.803s 2m14.1458s 2m14.3229s 2m13.1636s 2m16.8034s 2m12.3398s 2m17.9558s 2m12.7771s 2m.12.5624s 2m14.2602s 2m10.2011s 2m09.5705s 2m08.6726s 2m08.8972s 2m08.6515s 2m08.6571s 2m08.4651s 2m09.2775s 2m08.9972s 2m08.8215s 2m09.3340s 2m09.5962s 2m10.5344s 2m07.4913s 2m07.1226s 2m06.2769s 2m07.5013s 2m06.1492s 2m04.7602s 2m05.6412s

CAR Ford Cortina GT Morris Cooper S Morris Cooper S Ford XR GT Falcon Holden GTS 327 Monaro Ford XW GT-HO Falcon Ford XW GT-HO Falcon Ford XW GT-HO Falcon Ford XY GT-HO Falcon Ford XY GT-HO Falcon Ford XA GT Falcon Holden L34 Torana Ford XB GT Falcon Holden L34 Torana Ford XC Falcon Ford XC Falcon Holden A9X Torana Ford XD Falcon Ford XD Falcon Holden VH Commodore Holden VH Commodore Holden VK Commodore Jaguar XJ-S Holden VK Commodore Ford Sierra RS500 Ford Sierra RS500 Ford Sierra RS500 Nissan Skyline GT-R Nissan Skyline GT-R Nissan Skyline GT-R Holden VP Commodore Ford EB Falcon Holden VR Commodore Holden VR Commodore Renault Laguna Holden VS Commodore Volvo S40 Holden VT Commodore Ford AU Falcon Holden VT Commodore Ford AU Falcon Ford AU Falcon Holden VY Commodore Holden VY Commodore Holden VZ Commodore Ford BA Falcon Ford BF Falcon Ford BF Falcon Holden VE Commodore Holden VE Commodore Holden VE Commodore Ford FG Falcon Holden VF Commodore Ford FG Falcon Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore Holden VF Commodore Holden ZB Commodore Ford Mustang Holden ZB Commodore

Tony Longhurst, Rick Kelly, Will Davison

MOST WINS IN A ROW WINS 3 3 3

DRIVERS Peter Brock/Jim Richards (1978-1980) Peter Brock/Larry Perkins (1982-1984) Craig Lowndes/Jamie Whincup (2006-2008)

MOST WINS PER MAKE WINS 34 20 2 1

MAKE Holden Ford Nissan Morris, Jaguar, BMW, Volvo

BEST RESULT FOR MAKE 1st to 9th – Morris Cooper S in 1966 MOST WINS IN A ROW FOR MAKE 7 – Holden (1999-2005) MOST WINS FOR TEAM 9 – Holden Dealer Team/HDT Racing BIGGEST WINNING MARGIN 6 laps – Peter Brock/Jim Richards in 1979 CLOSEST NON-FORMATION WINNING MARGIN 0.1434 seconds – Will Davison/Jonathon Webb ahead of Shane van Gisbergen/ Prémat (2016)

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MOST STARTS 35 – Jim Richards MOST FASTEST LAPS 6 – Peter Brock MOST SHOOTOUTS 21 – Dick Johnson MOST POLES FOR MAKE 25 – Ford MOST POLES FOR TEAM 7 – Holden Racing Team MOST POLES IN A ROW 3 – Allan Moffat (1970-1972), Peter Brock (1977-1979) MOST WINS FROM POLE 2 – Allan Moffat (1970-1971), Peter Brock/Jim Richards (1978-1979), Mark Skaife/ Jim Richards (1991 & 2002) MOST BATHURST-CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES 3 – Mark Skaife (1992, 2001, 2002) MOST SANDOWN-BATHURST DOUBLES 5 – Peter Brock (1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984) MOST SANDOWN-BATHURST-CHAMPIONSHIP TRIPLES 2 – Peter Brock (1978, 1980)

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SUPPORT CATEGORIES DUNLOP SUPER2 & SUPER3 SERIES

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he Dunlop Super2 and Super3 Series combine once again in 2021, creating a bumper field of young talent eager to impress and one day make their way into the main game. With 2020 race winners Thomas Randle, Brodie Kostecki and Will Brown turning their attention to their main-game programs, there’s the opportunity for a new generation of youngsters to fight for the title. Triple Eight Race Engineering fields Broc Feeney

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and Angelo Mouzouris in a pair of Holden VF Commodores. Feeney steps up into the main game in place of seven-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup in 2022, following his wildcard appearance for the team in the Repco Bathurst 1000. Tickford Racing enters a single Ford FG X Falcon for Zak Best, who received a late call-up to drive for the team in the main event. MW Motorsport runs Nissan Altimas for Tyler Everingham, Josh Fife, Declan Fraser and Jayden Ojeda, after championship

wins with the Altima with Bryce Fullwood and Randle in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Eggleston Motorsport has been a regular in the secondtier category running Holden VF Commodores, with Matt McLean and Jack Sipp its regular drivers in 2021. Other entries to watch include Matt Chahda in another Falcon FG X, Image Racing’s Jordan Boys and Jaylyn Robotham and thirdgeneration racer Aaron Seton in a Matt Stone Racing VF Commodore. The Ford FG Falcon is the leading car amongst the

Super3 entries, with Nash Morris (son of Bathurst 1000 winner Paul Morris), Reef McCarthy, Michael Anderson and Jason Gomersall the leading contenders. Scan the QR code for the Dunlop Super2 and Super3 Series entry list.

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PORSCHE PAYNTER DIXON CARRERA CUP AUSTRALIA

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he Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia is the premier one-make championship in Australia and is a regular on the Repco Supercars Championship support bill. Drivers compete in identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (991 Gen II) race cars. The secondgeneration 991-series 911 race car was introduced to the series in 2018 and will be replaced by the 992-generation 911 GT3 Cup car in 2022. The championship is made up of two classes, the Pro and

Pro-Am classes, which results in a mix of rising stars, experienced professional racers and “gentleman” racers on the grid. The 2021 season saw the addition of two Bathurst 1000 winners to the field with Craig Lowndes making his full-time debut in the category, while Luke Youlden returned after a brief retirement. Fellow Supercars endurance co-drivers Dale Wood and David Russell have also been amongst the contenders in the Pro class in 2021. After three rounds at Sandown, Tailem Bend and

Townsville, Cameron Hill leads the championship with six wins from the nine races and is the driver to beat heading into the final rounds of the season. Cooper Murray is his closest challenger, with a win last time out in Townsville, with Harri Jones, David Wall and Aaron Love rounding out the top five. Other entries to watch include the highly-touted New Zealander Matthew Payne, who looks set for a future in Supercars, along with Michael Almond and Nick McBride. Supercars team owner

Stephen Grove heads the Pro-Am class following wins at Sandown and Townsville, ahead of Geoff Emery, Sam Shahin, Dean Cook and Scott Taylor. Scan the QR code for the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia entry list.

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VHT S5000 TASMAN SERIES

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he VHT S5000 category represents a new generation of Australian openwheel racing, encompassing the Australian Drivers’ Championship and Motorsport Australia Gold Star. The category launched in 2019 with the goal of bringing high-powered open-wheelers back to the forefront of Australian motorsport. S5000 is the modern successor to the legendary Formula 5000 category, which captured the hearts and minds of Australian motor-racing fans throughout the 1970s.

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The number ‘5000’ is a reference to the 5.2-litre (5200cc) Ford Coyote V8 engine, which produce 560bhp and speeds of up to 300km/h. The S5000 chassis is based on a FIA-compliant Formula 3 chassis, manufactured by French company OnroakLigier. Holinger supplies the six-speed gearbox and transaxle, while Borland Racing Developments supplies the suspension and wing package with Garry Rogers Motorsport responsible for the assembly and preparation. The S5000’s appearance at the Repco Bathurst 1000 is part of the S5000 Tasman

Series, the rebirth of the iconic Tasman Series staged between 1964 and 1975 which saw the likes of Bruce McLaren, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart and Chris Amon compete at Australian and New Zealand circuits over the course of the southern hemisphere summer. The same Tasman Cup presented to those legends will be awarded to the winner of the 2021 series, with the full blessing of custodians Motorsport Australia and Motorsport New Zealand. The 2021 VHT S5000 season saw Joey Mawson win the title with Supercars driver Thomas Randle, Tim Macrow,

James Golding and Nathan Herne the other championship contenders. The grid features a mix of Supercars endurance codrivers, open-wheel specialists and rising stars. Scan the QR code for the VHT S5000 Tasman Series entry list.

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SUPERCHEAP AUTO TCR AUSTRALIA SERIES

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he Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series launched in 2019, bringing the Touring Car Racing formula adopted in more than 30 countries and regions worldwide, including in the FIA WTCR World Touring Car Cup, into Australia. The TCR formula features two-litre turbocharged racing versions of the ‘C Hatch’ segment of the automotive sector, with the likes of the Audi RS 3, Honda Civic Type

R, Hyundai i30N, Peugeot 308 and Renault Megane RS represented on the grid. Supercars race winner and 2014 Bathurst 1000 champion Chaz Mostert has been the driver to beat in the TCR championship in 2021, driving an Audi RS 3 alongside his Holden ZB Commodore in Supercars this season. Mostert won all three races held at the Mount Panorama Circuit in April, holding a comfortable championship margin over Luke King in another Audi.

HMO Customer Racing teammates Josh Buchan and Nathan Morcom sit in third and fourth in the championship in their Hyundai i30Ns, with Aaron Cameron rounding out the top five in a Peugeot 308. Sueprcars co-drivers Lee Holdsworth, Tony D’Alberto, James Moffat, Michael Caruso, Dylan O’Keeffe and Garth Tander have also taken part in the TCR championship in 2021. Another name familiar to Supercars fans is Jason

Bargwanna, with the 2000 Bathurst 1000 winner returning to racing alongside son Ben Bargwanna in 2021. Scan the QR code for the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series entry list.

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FANATEC GT WORLD CHALLENGE AUSTRALIA POWERED BY AWS

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ome of the most highly-sought after sportscars return to the Mount Panorama Circuit with the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS set for its second round at Bathurst in 2021. The series brings top-class GT sportscar racing under one category, featuring the likes Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Porsche, Audi and more with a combination of pro and amateur drivers across four classes. The GT Pro/Am is the leading class with pro and amateur drivers combining in the same

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entry; the GT Am class is exclusively for amateur drivers; the GT Trophy class is for older model cars; and the GT4 class is exclusively for GT4 machinery. Yasser Shahin and Garth Tander top the GT Pro/Am class with five wins from the opening six races of the season in their Audi R8 LMS Evo. The only race they lost was at Bathurst, with the Triple Eight Race Engineering Mercedes AMG GT3 driven by Prince Jefri Ibrahim and Shane van Gisbergen winning the opening race at the Mount Panorama Circuit. Ibrahim sits in third place in the championship standings

and shapes as the biggest challenger to the points-leading Audi. Tony Bates is in fourth place in another Audi R8 LMS Evo, with father-and-son combination Stephen and Brenton Grove right behind in a Porsche GT3-R 911-II. Andrew Macpherson and Ben Porter head the GT Am class in a Lamborhini Huracan, with GT regular Tony Quinn next best in his Aston Martin Vantage. Brad Schumacher tops the GT Trophy class in his Audi R8 LMS Ultra, ahead of the Nissan Nismo GT3 of Brett Hobson and another Audi R8 LMS Ultra of Greg Taylor,

while Mark Griffith leads the GT4 class in his Mercedes. The return of sportscars to Mount Panorama is eagerly anticipated following the cancellation of the Bathurst 12 Hour in 2021. Scan the QR code for the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS entry list.

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GULF WESTERN OIL TOURING CAR MASTERS SERIES

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ars that helped make the Bathurst legend return to the Mount Panorama Circuit in the Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters Series. Holden Toranas, Valiant Pacers, Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros have been the staple of Touring Car Masters over the years, though recent changes to eligibility paved the way for Ford XD Falcons and Holden VB Commodores to join the field.

After three rounds at Symmons Plains, Mount Panorama and Sydney Motorsport Park, the 2021 Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters Series concludes at Bathurst with the championship battle wide open. With three different drivers winning the three rounds held so far, including eight different race winners, 10 drivers remain in mathematical contention for the outright Touring Car Masters title, while the ProMasters, ProAm and ProSports battles

also remain wide open. John Bowe and his Holden Torana SL/R leads the championship by just 10 points over Ryan Hansford in his Torana A9X, while Marcus Zukanovic in an XD Falcon sits in equal third alongside Cameron Tilley and his Pacer. Three-time champion Steven Johnson sits in fifth place, within striking distance in another XD Falcon. Behind him is Ryal Harris in a Camaro SS, which won two races at the round held at Bathurst in February.

The 2021 race winners include Bowe, Hansford, Harris, Johnson, Tilley, Zukanovic, Adam Garwood and Jim Pollicina. Scan the QR code for the Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters Series entry list.

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING AUSTRALIA 86 SERIES

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he Toyota Gazoo Australia 86 Series is now well established in Australia, starting out in 2016. The series pits youngsters eager to establish themselves in motorsport alongside seasoned professionals, with its inaugural champion Will Brown now a full-time driver in Supercars. With the goal of helping youngsters transition from go-karts and Formula Fords into tin-tops, it has become a

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valuable addition to Australian motorsport. All competitors drive a Toyota 86 that has been modified with a high-performance yet affordable race package that can have them on track for approximately $75,000, including the cost of the original road car. Developed by Neal Bates Motorsport, the race package includes upgraded brakes, suspension, exhaust and engine components. Control Dunlop tyres are fitted along with a roll-cage and race seat.

The 2021 season started at the Mount Panorama Circuit in February with Cameron Crick dominating the event with three wins from the three races. Zach Bates, Kai Allen, Bradley Vaughan, James Holdsworth and Lachlan Gibbons are amongst Crick’s closest competitors, with third-generation racer Clay Richards (grandson of Jim Richards and son of Steven Richards) another driver to watch. These youngsters can test themselves against

guest drivers in the Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia entries, which change at each round and includes Steven Richards at Bathurst. Scan the QR code for the Toyota Gazoo Australia 86 Series entry list.

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HALTECH V8 SUPERUTE SERIES

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he Haltech V8 SuperUte Series returns to the Mount Panorama Circuit, with recent technical changes made to the big utes. After an initial two-year stint with diesel engines, the SuperUtes switched to V8 LS3 power units with the category rebranded to the V8 SuperUte Series in 2021. The SuperUte Series

debuted in 2018, representing a whole new automotive sector on the race tracks of Australia; the ute that makes up around a quarter of all new cars sold in the country with the likes of the Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, Holden Colorado, Isuzu D-Max and Mazda BT-50 represented in the category. The rear-wheel drive cars weigh around 1800

kilograms and feature control components with suspension modifications made in 2019 to lower the ride height and improve the quality of racing. New wheel flares were also developed in the 2021 hiatus, with a change in wheel and tyre specifications providing more grip and increasing lap times with a lower centre of gravity. The leading contenders include Ryal Harris, Aaron

Borg, Cameron Crick, Craig Woods and Ben Walsh. Scan the QR code for the Haltech V8 SuperUte Series entry list.

NATIONAL TRANS AM SERIES

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rans Am racing is booming in popularity in Australia, returning to the Mount Panorama Circuit for the second time in 2021. Trans Am racing was pioneered in the USA back in the 1960s. The current evolution of the series caters for modern V8-powered, rear-wheel drive muscle cars such as the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger.

Using a cost-effective common chassis and components across all makes, the Trans Am formula offers big performance and close racing with a strong grid combining talented youngsters and amateur racers. Aaron Seton and Nathan Herne have led the way in 2021, with Seton winning the round at Bathurst in April and looking to defend his title. Other contenders include Edan Thornburrow,

Tim Brook and Hugh McAlister. Seton isn’t the only familiar surname in the Trans Am ranks. As the grandson of Barry Seton and son to Glenn Seton, he is also not the only third-generation racer. Jett Johnson, son of Steven Johnson and grandson to Dick Johnson, entered Trans Am events in 2021. Nash Morris, son of Paul Morris, is also a regular in Trans Am, while Dalton

Ellery, son of Steve Ellery, also made a recent debut in the category. Scan the QR code for the National Trans Am Series entry list.

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National Sporting Authority

Motorsport Australia

Chief Scrutineer

Promoter

Supercars Australia Pty Ltd

Deputy Chief Scrutineer

Organiser

Supercars Australia Pty Ltd

Chief Marshal

Organising Committee

Rachael White, Phil Shaw, Matt Gegg, Michael Hancock, Steve Preece, Hannah Holloway, Kimberly Hughes

SUPERCARS OFFICIALS VCS Race Director

Tim Schenken

VCS Deputy Race Director

James Taylor

DS2 Race Director

James Taylor

Clerk of the Course

Michael Hancock

Secretary of the Event

Hannah Holloway

Medical Delegate

Dr Carl Le

Head of Motorsport

Adrian Burgess

DS2 Category Technical Manager

Tony Bowker

Chief Flag Marshal

Sid Herold George Chrobak Mark Moore

Chief of Recovery

Brad Moras

Deputy Chief of Recovery

Greg Muller

Chief Fire Marshal Deputy Chief Fire Marshal

Mike O’Connor Peter Hush

Senior Pit Lane Fire Marshal

Brett Wright

Chief Pit Lane & Grid Marshal

Michelle Luke

Deputy Chief Pit Lane Marshal

Adrian Bond

Deputy Chief Grid Marshal Chief Paddock Marshal Deputy Chief Paddock Marshal

Starter

Paul Martin

Driving Standards Advisor

Craig Baird

Deputy Chief Supply

James Delzoppo

Robert Butler

Deputy Chief Flag Marshal

Chief Supply

Race Control Operations

Richard Setchfield

Sector Marshals

Kevin Todd Julie Hockey Greg Waller Leon Billingham Keith Dean Andrew Beattie

Ian Leech

Jason Carroll

Recovery Co-ordinator

Alistair Walker

Graham Church

Safety Car Driver

Jason Routley

Steve Clift

Berenice Stratton

Terry Collits

Paul Glover

James Cook

Timing Co-ordinator

Safety Car Communicator Media Manager

Stewart Curtis

SUPPORT EVENT OFFICIAL Deputy Clerk of the Course

Steve Preece

Deputy Secretary of the Event

Kimberly Hughes

Assistant Clerks of the Course

David Martin, Evan Jones, Gary Peterson

VCS Stewards

Matt Selley, Christopher McMahon, Steve Lisk

Support Category Stewards Trevor Neuamnn, John Leahy, Trisha Davidson Emergency Coordinator Chief Communicator Communicators Chief Timekeeper Course Car Marshals Support Safety Car Driver Support Safety Car Observer Chief Starter Assistant Starter P46

Kaye Callendar Phil Revill

Rod Edwards Kate Eppelstun Derek Fleming Adrian Fuller Toni Fuller Keith S. Kelly David Macefield

Loren Bennett, Peter Durkin

Ray McGuiness

Alex Harkness

Ray Morris

Paul Howlett, Jim Fryday

Rod Mountifield

Peter Dane

Stephen Navaratnam

Jacqueline Devereaux

Leonard Riding

Derek Taylor

Tony Thorne

Matthew McNicol

Greg Whan

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ISSUE 123 SUPERCARXTRA.COM.AU 8 ANALYSIS: THE MOVERS & SHAKERS How the 2022 Supercars grid is taking shape with the delay of Gen3 until 2023. 10 ANALYSIS: THE BIGGEST SHOES TO FILL Broc Feeney’s promotion into the main game as Jamie Whincup’s replacement at Triple Eight Race Engineering. 12 ANALYSIS: THE LONG-AWAITED STEP UP Thomas Randle on getting his big break in the main game with the expanding Tickford Racing. 14 ANALYSIS: THE END OF THE ROAD FOR THE KELLYS Todd and Rick Kelly’s farewell to Supercars team ownership. 16 WINTERBOTTOM COLUMN Mark Winterbottom on the challenges of 2021 and his prospects for Bathurst.

19 LOWNDES COLUMN Craig Lowndes on Jamie Whincup’s full-time farewell at Bathurst. 24 FEATURE: THE OLD GUARD Greg Murphy and Russell Ingall on their return to the driver’s seat in wildcard entries at Bathurst. 30 FEATURE: THE WILDCARD COMBOS A look back on some of the most intriguing wildcard entries in the history of the Great Race. 36 FEATURE: THE SEASON THAT WAS Reflecting on 2011, which saw Jamie Whincup win the title and Garth Tander and Nick Percat claim Bathurst. 42 FEATURE: THE GOLDEN CHILD What made Mark Skaife and the Holden Racing Team’s Holden VX Commodore so special.

48 FEATURE: WHEN GODZILLA CRUSHED THE MOUNTAIN Profile of the all-conquering Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R. 54 FEATURE: REDEMPTION Dick Johnson’s championship and Bathurst 1000 double in 1981. 58 FEATURE: THE PHASE III DOMINATOR Allan Moffat’s record-breaking Ford XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III. 66 FROM THE ARCHIVES The first international Australian Touring Car Championship/ Supercars round from 2001.

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or the second season in a row and for just the fourth time in Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars history, the Bathurst 1000 rounds out the championship season in 2021. After another disrupted season, the 2021 championship ends where it started back in February at the legendary Mount Panorama Circuit for the 61st running of Bathurst’s Great Race. Alongside the championship regulars will be two wildcard entries featuring a fascinating mix of youth and experience. Triple Eight Race Engineering fields two-time Bathurst winner Russell Ingall alongside rising star Broc Feeney, while Erebus Motorsport enters four-time winner Greg Murphy alongside fellow returnee Richie Stanaway. We profile these wildcard entries and the return of Ingall and Murphy in the cover story of this edition, with the addition of these Supercars legends and their talented co-drivers adding an extra dimension to Bathurst in 2021. With the addition of two high-profile entries into the field for Bathurst, we also take a look at some of the most intriguing wildcard entries in the history of the Great Race, from an all-woman entry at the Armstrong 500 in 1962 to some of the international stars to have graced Mount Panorama in recent years. Elsewhere, we look back on the decade-on anniversaries of the Great Race with features on key topics from 2011, 2001, 1991, 1981 and 1971. We start with a look back

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on the 2011 season, which saw Jamie Whincup win his third championship and Garth Tander and rookie Nick Percat prevail at Bathurst. In 2001, Mark Skaife was in the midst of a dominant run with the Holden Racing Team in the Holden VX Commodore that became known as ‘The Golden Child’, as he reflects on this edition. Ten years earlier, Skaife and Jim Richards took Nissan’s first win at Bathurst in the allconquering Skyline R32 GT-R. The duo remember what made ‘Godzilla’ such a dominant force in the feature. The 1981 season saw Dick Johnson fight back from the heartbreak of his 1980 tangle with a rock at Bathurst to score a championship and Bathurst double. As we examine, it marked the arrival of a new Ford hero and set the tone for the remarkable highs and lows Dick Johnson Racing would experience over the decades. From 1971 is the story of the Ford XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III, which Allan Moffat drove to a crushing win at Bathurst. We look at what made the Phase III such an iconic car that went from breaking records on the race track to the auction house. The ‘Analysis’ section

examines the latest news surrounding Supercars, including how the grid is shaping up for 2022, the delay to the introduction of Gen3 until 2023, Feeney and Thomas Randle’s promotions into the main game and the farewell of Todd and Rick Kelly. Mark Winterbottom and Craig Lowndes share their thoughts in their columns, ahead of the biggest race of the year. We also remember the championship’s first international round, which was held at Pukekohe Park Raceway in New Zealand 20 years ago in 2001, in our ‘From the Archives’ section. The print edition of this issue includes a pullout poster featuring Skaife’s ‘Golden Child’ and Johnson’s XD Falcon. Whether you’re reading this as part of the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000 program or in the standalone issue #123, we hope you enjoy the Great Race! Visit us at SupercarXtra. com.au for the latest news and to shop at our online store, or keep in touch with us on our social media channels on Twitter and Instagram (both @SupercarXtra) and on Facebook (facebook.com/ SupercarXtra). Enjoy! – Adrian

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2022 MOVERS & SHAKERS

Supercars race winners Nick Percat, Jack Le Brocq and André Heimgartner are amongst the group of drivers changing teams in 2022, following an unexpected flurry of activity in the silly season.

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he pause in racing in 2021 allowed the silly season to play out quite quickly, in the process reshaping the Repco Supercars Championship grid in 2022. The early movers were Triple Eight Race Engineering and Tickford Racing, who secured the services of Broc Feeney (see page 10) and Thomas Randle (see page 12) respectively. Feeney replaces the retiring Jamie Whincup, while Randle slots into Tickford’s expanding four-car line-up. André Heimgartner moved next, leaving Kelly Grove Racing for Brad Jones Racing. With Kelly Grove Racing morphing into Grove Racing with the departure of the Kelly family (see page 14), Heimgartner opted for a switch. It’s a return to the team he raced for as an endurance co-driver in 2017, after a late call-up to replace the injured Ashley Walsh. His strong showing at Bathurst and the Gold Coast included a podium and put him back in contention for a full-time drive. Heimgartner slots into a team that farewells Nick Percat and Todd Hazelwood. Percat is set to move to Walkinshaw Andretti United alongside Chaz Mostert, in place of Bryce Fullwood. It’s a reunion of sorts for

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Percat, who scored a Bathurst win in his Great Race debut for the team when it was known as the Holden Racing Team in 2011 and raced within its stable between 2010 and 2014. Hazelwood is also returning to familiar territory, moving back to Matt Stone Racing. He won the Dunlop Super2 Series for the team in 2017 and stepped up with them into the main game from 2018, spending two seasons there before a move to Brad Jones Racing. It’s all-change at Matt Stone

Racing with 2021 drivers Jake Kostecki and Zane Goddard on the move. Kostecki is heading to Tickford Racing, replacing Jack Le Brocq and teaming with Randle, Cameron Waters and James Courtney. Le Brocq is moving the other way, slotting into Matt Stone Racing alongside Hazelwood, with Fullwood heading to Brad Jones Racing. Supercars will also have a new owner in 2022 with its sale by Archer Capital to Racing Australia Consolidated

Enterprises Ltd (RACE). RACE is a consortium led by entrepreneur Barclay Nettlefold, together with the Australian Racing Group (ARG) and advisory firm Henslow. “Supercars, with the support of Archer, has done an amazing job navigating the past two years,” says Nettlefold. “The RACE board and I look forward to combining our collective resources, heralding an exciting new era in the growth of a sport that all Australians love.”

From top left to bottom right: Nick Percat, André Heimgartner, Jack Le Brocq, Todd Hazelwood, Jake Kostecki and Bryce Fullwood are all on the move in 2022.

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2023 GEARING UP FOR GEN3

The Gen3 Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros will go racing in 2023, following confirmation of the delay in introducing the new regulations until the conclusion of the 2022 season.

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upercars has delayed the introduction of the Gen3 program until 2023, meaning the current Ford Mustangs and ZB Commodores will race on in 2022. With the ongoing challenges with international supply chains and domestic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Supercars opted to push back the introduction of the new cars. The Gen3 cars were initially set for introduction at the start of 2022, though that was pushed back with a mid-season changeover planned. However, Supercars, along with

key stakeholders including naming-rights sponsor Repco, Ford, General Motors and its broadcast partners, decided for the delay until 2023. The introduction of Gen3 will mark the end of the road for Holden and the Commodore, following the retirement of the iconic Australian manufacturer, with the Chevrolet Camaro taking on the Ford Mustang on behalf of General Motors from 2023. The two key changes for the Gen3 cars are with the body shape and engine, with the manufacturers’ respective homologation teams being Triple Eight Race Engineering for the Camaro and Dick

Johnson Racing for the Mustang. Gen3 engines will come from a single supplier per manufacturer, as opposed to multiple suppliers as is currently the case. Engines will go into a pool before being distributed to respective teams. Mostech Race Engines will build the Gen3 Ford engine, while KRE Race Engines is responsible for the General Motors powerplants. There’s a move away from the 30-year engine capacity limit of five litres for the V8s, with the General Motors engine at 5.7 litres and Ford’s at 5.4 litres. Ford’s Gen3 engine will Renders of the Gen3 Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, highlighting the lower profile of the coupes in contrast to the current Gen2 cars.

have four camshafts with four valves per cylinder, while General Motors’ engine is a single camshaft with two valves per cylinder with the capacity difference coming into play to help achieve parity. The lower profile of the cars and reduction in aerodynamics will be the standout feature of Gen3, with the Supercars looking more like their roadgoing versions. This means there will be more carryover of parts and resemblance to the Camaros and Mustangs that are on the road, with a targeted downforce reduction of roughly 60 percent also helping the quality of racing. “They’ll be very different to what we’ve currently got,” says Supercars head of motorsport, Adrian Burgess “You’ll be able to look at the rear wings and know where they’ve come from. They’re not going to look out of proportion and exaggerated compared to the rest of the car… you want to look at the front bar, rear wing, side skirts and see the road car DNA in it. “It’ll be unmistakable when you see the cars in the flesh where they’ve come from, and that’s a fantastic thing.” The Gen3 cars will appear at Repco Supercars Championship events throughout 2022, in addition to an extensive testing program. SUPERCAR XTRA

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Broc Feeney will step into Triple Eight Race Engineering in place of the retiring Jamie Whincup in 2022, with Supercars’ leading team taking a huge leap of faith on the teenage rookie.

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n three short years, Broc Feeney has progressed from the third-tier of Supercars into one of the leading entries in the premier class with his step up with Triple Eight Race Engineering on a multi-year deal. Feeney will replace the retiring Jamie Whincup for the powerhouse team in 2022, one of the quickest progressions for a driver in the history of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars. Not only will Feeney be amongst the youngest-ever drivers to compete full-time in 10

the category at 19 years of age, he will do so in an entry and in place of a driver that has won a record-breaking seven championships. “It’s an amazing opportunity for me to be replacing ‘The GOAT’ Jamie Whincup… it’s so surreal for me at the moment, but I think it will start to kick in at the start of next year,” said Feeney. “It’s such a good place for me to be, considering I’m a rookie coming into the Supercars series. To have the drivers that I’m surrounded by and the knowledge they have is a great opportunity.

“When Roland (Dane, Triple Eight managing director) told me the news, I was in shock. “He explained everything to me and basically asked how it sounded – I said it sounded bloody awesome! “I got out of that meeting and rang my parents straight away. It was such a big relief as we’ve all put in so much effort the last few years, and it’s a day I’ll never forget.” Feeney shot to prominence with his championship win against a competitive field in the Super3 Series in 2019, in his first season racing V8s.

He stepped up to the Dunlop Super2 Series with Tickford Racing in 2020, while also making his main-game debut on his 18th birthday at the 2020 Bathurst 1000 as co-driver to James Courtney at Tickford Racing, finishing in 10th place. A switch to Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Super2 team in 2021 paved the way for a wildcard opportunity alongside veteran Russell Ingall at Bathurst, while also putting him in a prime position to step up into the main game following Whincup’s retirement announcement.

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“To be aligned with this amazing team in my Super2 season and to be promoted into the main series is a dream come true,” added Feeney. “For the short eight months I’ve been with the team, I’ve learnt so much, and I cannot wait to learn more in the next few years. “The Super2 season has been a very important year for me. I knew at the start of the year that there was an opportunity to replace Jamie, and it all depended on how my results went this year… and this now feels like a big reward. “To be honest, I always wanted to get to Supercars, but to be behind the wheel of a Red Bull Ampol Racing machine is pretty exciting.” Feeney has also claimed a class win at the Bathurst 12 Hour in addition to outings in the Aussie Racing Car Championship, the Toyota 86 Racing Series, the Australian

GT Championship and various Hyundai Excel categories and events. He’s the latest Paul Morris protégé to make it into Supercars, alongside Anton De Pasquale and Brodie Kostecki. Feeney also follows in the footsteps of new teammate Shane van Gisbergen, Rick Kelly and Scott McLaughlin in making their full-time maingame promotion as teenagers. Whincup ends his full-time driving career at the end of the current season and will take up the managing director and team principal roles at Triple Eight Race Engineering, which opted for Feeney over a more experienced driver. “It’s obviously big news for Triple Eight that we’ll be bringing on a new recruit, which is certainly exciting,” said Whincup. “It’s a feel-good factor as well for myself and the shareholders to give a young

kid an opportunity in one of the best seats in the category and to go out there and prove themselves. “I’m excited, and certainly everyone within the team is excited, and our fan base should be excited as well. “I’m looking forward to giving Broc the keys to whatever number he decides to run next year. “I think some people will look at this decision and think we would have gone in an ‘established driver’ direction, but we’re not a team that takes things conservatively. “We take risks at Triple Eight, we’re on the front foot and we have a crack and lead with our gut feel, and it seemed right to give Broc the opportunity. “Of course, there’s an element of skill, but more importantly than that, certainly for me, is you need someone with good morals and a good attitude who knows the

definition of hard work. “Broc ticks all of those boxes, but now it’s up to us to make sure we give him a fantastic car and build a fantastic team around him.” Feeney will be the eighth full-time Triple Eight Race Engineering driver since the team debuted in 2003 and the first rookie. Parallels will inevitably be drawn with Whincup, who joined Triple Eight Race Engineering in 2006 and won on debut with the team in Adelaide, won Bathurst as co-driver to Craig Lowndes and finished 10th in the championship. “It is hard to have expectations at the moment going into next season, but I just want to have a consistent year and learn as much as I can,” said Feeney. “Everyone says the rookie year is the toughest, but I’m looking forward to having a good and consistent year.”

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THE LONG-AWAITED STEP UP

After a Dunlop Super2 Series championship win and multiple main-game starts, Thomas Randle will finally race in the Repco Supercars Championship on a fulltime basis with Tickford Racing in 2022.

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riple Eight Race Engineering recruit Broc Feeney won’t be the only highlyrated rookie on the Repco Supercars Championship grid in 2022. Thomas Randle also steps up, with Tickford Racing expanding to four entries next season. Tickford Racing acquired a license from Supercars to expand back up to four entries in 2022, after being forced to downsize to three in 2021 with the sale of Phil Munday’s 23 Red Racing entry to Brad Jones Racing following the Blanchard Racing Team’s solo move. Randle joins the main game after an incredible journey over the last two years, having been diagnosed with testicular cancer and undergoing treatment throughout the course of 2020. “It’s been a tough ride, not just on-track but off-track as well; I mean it was only six months ago I was finishing my treatment, so saying six months later that I’m a fulltime driver in 2022 is pretty amazing,” said Randle. In contrast to teenager Feeney’s meteoric rise, Randle has been waiting in the wings for his big break in Supercars and will turn 26 years of age in 2022. After winning the Australian Formula Ford championship in 2014 and finishing runnerup in the Australian Formula 4 championship in 2015,

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he ventured to Europe to compete in British Formula 3, Formula V8 3.5 and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. The Victorian returned to Australia in 2018 and joined Tickford Racing in the Dunlop Super2 Series for two seasons, before a move to MW Motorsport resulted in a championship victory in the second-tier category in 2020. Randle made his maingame debut in a Tickford Racing wildcard entry at The Bend Motorsport Park in 2019, going on to finish on the podium alongside Lee Holdsworth at that season’s Sandown 500. After an endurance codriver stint with Brad Jones Racing in 2020, Randle returned to Tickford Racing for further wildcard entries and another Bathurst start in 2021 ahead of his full-time promotion in 2022. He also returned to his open-wheeler roots by winning races in the S5000 championship. “I always said I wanted to get there on merit, and I guess there’s no better way to do that than on a race weekend when I get to drive a Supercar!” said Randle. “The hardest step is always this one, and to be representing some amazing brands in Tickford and Ford, the team’s supporters and members, I’ll do my best to make them proud.” Randle is the latest Tickford Racing protégé to step up with

the team, following in the footsteps of Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters. “From the day we signed Thomas to our Super2 team for 2018 the goal has always been to get him into our main game program, so to have him stepping up with us in 2022 is extremely rewarding,” said Tickford Racing CEO and team principal Tim Edwards.

“It’s absolutely a testament to Thomas’ ability and work ethic, but also to the development program we have within the team. “Thomas has obviously been very impressive and has been an excellent ambassador for the team and our partners, and we cannot wait to hit the track with him full-time next year.”

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ates has confirmed that plans are afoot to continue to support Kelly Grove Racing (KGR) in 2022, even after long-time Gates athlete André Heimgartner has announced he’ll be heading off to Brad Jones Racing after a successful four-year stint at KGR. Gates has been a long-time supporter of Victor Bray and Jay Upton, two of the most iconic names in Australian drag racing, and, more recently, developed a mutually beneficial relationship with Heimgartner. “Our relationship with André started about seven years ago when he was driving in the Porsche Cup Series,” said Priscilla Robb, marketing manager of Gates in Australia and New Zealand. “Gates took this too-good-to-refuse

sponsorship opportunity to one of our fluid power distributors, and we both jumped on-board and have been riding shot-gun as his career has developed. “Because our product range is heavily automotive, we were interested at being associated within motorsport at the top level. We’ve been supporting André through a variety of categories, and while we’re sad that once the curtain comes down on the 2021 season, we’ll be parting ways, we’re already in negotiations the team at Grove Racing to ensure we are still aligned with what many consider the world’s premier touringcar category for 2022 and beyond.” 2022 looks to be a watershed season for the hardworking team at Braeside as the Kelly brothers

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After 13 years of team ownership, brothers Todd and Rick Kelly have sold their remaining stake in Kelly Grove Racing, ending more than two decades of direct involvement in Supercars.

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he Kelly family ends its time as Supercars team owners with the rare honour of winning races across three manufacturers – Holden, Nissan and Ford. Brothers Rick and Todd Kelly have sold their 50 percent stake in Kelly Grove Racing to the Grove Group, handing over full ownership of the Victorian-based team to father-and-son duo Stephen and Brenton Grove from 2022. “We have been very fortunate to have been part of the premier category in the country for such a long period,” said Todd. “Being part of such an intense business is something that I will genuinely miss. But now is the time to hand over the reins to Stephen and Brenton Grove.” Kelly Racing was founded in 2009 with a four-car line-up

formed out of the HSV Dealer Team and Perkins Engineering, running Holdens with the Kellys driving two of the entries following a Bathurst 1000 win with the Holden Racing Team for Todd in 2005 and two Bathurst victories and championship success with Kmart Racing/HSV Dealer Team for Rick between 2003 and 2006. Kelly Racing switched to Nissan with a factory-backed deal from 2013, turning the Altima into a race-winning package despite the challenge of developing the aerodynamic and engine package from the first year of the Car of the Future regulations. The team moved onto Ford Mustangs in 2020 following the end of the team’s partnership with Nissan, with the Groves joining forces with the Kellys in 2021 and scoring their first win with the Mustang. Kelly Racing will retain

ownership of the team’s CNC machine shop, the engine department and all production departments as well as the current Mustangs, with Todd set to remain with the team in a behind-the-scenes technical role. “Over the years, we have done an incredible amount of engineering and manufacturing work initially with the Holden’s and then the design and production of the Nissan Altima and Nissan VK50 quadcam Supercar engine and then again with the conversion to Mustang,” reflected Todd. “We have always had pride in doing everything in-house ourselves and doing the best possible job of designing and producing our equipment. “Although we have achieved quite a lot through sheer hard work, the biggest challenge we have had over the years has been the resources to take it to the big teams. I’m genuinely excited

to watch the team grow with the firepower and resources of the Groves behind it.” While Todd remained in a hands-on role with the team, Rick stepped away from Supercars following his retirement from full-time driving at the end of 2020. “I’m very grateful for my time in Supercars, both as a driver and team owner,” said Rick. “Through this time, I had the chance to be a part of many great things both on the track and off and have learnt so much, which I believe will position me well in attacking future projects in other industries.” Kelly Grove Racing has recruited David Cauchi as team principal for 2022. Cauchi will join the Ford team following a long stint with Triple Eight Race Engineering as engineer to Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen.

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fter last year, we hoped this Supercars season would be a return to some sort of normality. Unfortunately, we were forced into another long spell without racing. But now we are back racing again, with a hectic end to the season that concludes with the biggest event of the year.

The preparation for Bathurst has again been impacted by the changes to the schedule, so we enter the event with very limited testing, a run of consecutive events at Sydney Motorsport Park and no lead-in endurance event. While Team 18 has been busy in the workshop practicing pitstops and preparing for Bathurst, nothing compares to the real thing in

“I’M A FAN OF HAVING THE BIGGEST EVENT AT THE END OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP. WHETHER THE CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE IS ALIVE OR NOT, WE GO THERE TO GIVE IT ALL WE’VE GOT WITH THE BIGGEST EVENT PRIZE AT STAKE.”

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the heat of the moment. However, we are all in the same boat and have the experience from last season, with an endurance event to end the season after a run of sprint rounds, so teams should be better prepared knowing what to expect. Personally, I’m a fan of having the biggest event at the end of the championship. Whether the championship battle is alive or not, we go there to give it all we’ve got with the biggest event prize at stake. And with so many categories on track over the course of the week, it promises to be one of the best Bathursts we’ve seen with a real end of season celebratory vibe. It’ll be great to race together with Michael Caruso for the first time. We’ve raced against each other for years, and were even teammates going way back as we were both under the guidance of Jim Morton. You get to know drivers as rivals and think you have the full picture of them as people, but it isn’t until you work with them as co-drivers that you get a better sense for who they really are. Michael is so passionate about his driving and the sport, so much so that I’ve never seen that level of passion from another driver. Every time he’s been at an event, he has his head in the car talking about the set-up, aerodynamics, tyres and the like. He will constantly say what we should be trying and even gives his thoughts on pit strategies and how we should

approach the race, giving another racer’s view from all his years of experience. That experience is crucial for a Bathurst without a lead-in event. With so little recent racing for most co-drivers ahead of Bathurst, experience and confidence will be a big factor once again. How the teams and drivers deal with that pressure will be vital, so experience counts for a lot. Last season we came away from Bathurst with two top 10 finishes in the race to secure two top 10 finishes in the championship standings. This season we are better placed with the second-season experience of running two cars and stability in terms of personnel, with only Michael new to the team this season. We started this season with fourth and fifth places across the two 250-kilometre races at Bathurst, so clearly the goal is to make it onto the podium. It’s going to be tough, though, as there are so many strong combinations within such a competitive field. But we are well placed with a strong team and a car that on its day can compete at the front of the field. Anything can happen at Bathurst. And we are certainly mindful that weather could play a big factor at the start of summer. But that’s the beauty of Bathurst; you never know if you will be celebrating or commiserating on the Sunday night. We’ve put in the hard yards in preparation. Now we just have to deliver. – Frosty

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eading to Bathurst will be a relief for all involved in Supercars after another interrupted season. For me, it’s a long-awaited chance to get back in the driver’s seat and race, at the biggest and best event. Despite the challenges, I’ve been able to be heavily involved with Triple Eight Race Engineering throughout the year, from being in the workshop to participating in test days. But nothing compares to the intensity of a race meeting, especially at Bathurst. Once again there will be a lot of pressure on co-drivers with no lead-in endurance event, going into Bathurst stone cold in a Supercar without the crucial experience from a recent race. In saying that, I’ve been fortunate to still have as much competitive seat time as possible this year, really enjoying being part of Wall Racing, behind the wheel of a Porsche in the Paynter Dixon Carerra Cup Series. Bathurst is going to be such a significant event for all involved in the team as it is Jamie Whincup’s final race as a full-time driver. He’s a private person, but there’s no doubt that there will be some emotions come through throughout the event. I know what that feeling is like having gone through that experience in Newcastle in 2018. And I’ll be doing my best to make sure I do everything I can to get a great result for Jamie.

I’ve got to make sure we are in a strong position throughout the day and hand the car over to him for the final stint near the front, where he can do what he does best. Fifteen years after we first won Bathurst together, it would be a great way to end his fulltime career. Having made the decision on his future, he will go to Bathurst with the mindset of enjoying the experience while also leaving nothing on the table. Knowing how methodical he is with his preparation, it remains to be seen if he decides to combine his role as team manager with co-driving duties moving forward, which could make this event even more significant. There’s no doubt this is one

of the strongest line-ups the team has entered at Bathurst, with Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander defending their Bathurst title and Russell Ingall and Broc Feeney joining us in a wildcard entry. Broc has an amazing opportunity to lead that entry ahead of his promotion as Jamie’s replacement in 2022. It’s a massive step up from Super2, in one of the leading entries in the main game. But there’s no doubt he’s talented and determined enough to make it work. I was given a similar opportunity with the Holden Racing Team at Bathurst in 1994 and in the championship in 1996, and racing for such strong teams is a great foundation for a young driver. It’ll also be interesting to

work with Russell over the course of Bathurst. While we’ve raced against each other for years, we’ve never been alongside one another in the same team. Like with Garth and I, the championship continues to evolve after we stop racing full-time, but the hunger and determination to compete remains the same, especially at Bathurst. After the pressure cooker of consecutive events at Sydney Motorsport Park, it will be another intense Bathurst with championship considerations also in play. I’ll be there to support Jamie and hopefully deliver us a fourth Bathurst win together and more championship success for Triple Eight. – Craig

“I’LL BE DOING MY BEST TO MAKE SURE I DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO GET A GREAT RESULT FOR JAMIE. I’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE IN A STRONG POSITION THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND HAND THE CAR OVER TO HIM FOR THE FINAL STINT NEAR THE FRONT, WHERE HE CAN DO WHAT HE DOES BEST.”

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THE FIRST BATHURST WIN

Ford gained the ascendancy in the early years of the Bathurst 500, with Harry Firth leading the Blue Oval’s factory-backed team. Holden answered the challenge from 1968, with the privately entered HK Monaro GTS327 of Bruce McPhee and Barry Mulholland prevailing over its more fancied opponents. Holden’s first Bathurst win was part of a podium sweep for the Monaro.

ARRIVAL OF THE HOLDEN DEALER TEAM

Holden committed to Australian touring cars with the creation of the Holden Dealer Team. But with Generals Motors not allowing its manufacturers to race in an official capacity, Holden garnered the support of its dealer network to overcome that limitation. Harry Firth moved from Ford to spearhead the new Holden team, which won the 1969 Bathurst 500 with Colin Bond and Tony Roberts in a HT Monaro GTS350.

From saddlery manufacturing in Adelaide in 1856, Holden grew into an Australian automotive giant. The news of its demise wasn’t unexpected, given its dwindling sales in recent years, but it was still felt acutely not only within Supercars but across Australia. This is the story of Holden’s journey in Australian touring cars, from the formative years to the present.

THE FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP WIN Ford ruled the Australian Touring Car Championship when it switched from Appendix J to Improved Production, with the Mustang winning five consecutive titles. That run came to an end in 1970 with Norm Beechey winning the championship in the HT Monaro GTS350, Holden’s response to not only the Mustang but also Ford’s success with the locally-derived Falcon. The Monaro became a cult classic for Holden, with the two-door coupe the fitting winner of Holden’s first championship and first Bathurst.

IN THE BEGINNING 

The Australian Touring Car Championship was born at Gnoo Blas in New South Wales in 1960. The race, the first to be run under Appendix J regulations, featured 44 cars, 23 of which were Holdens, the majority the 48-215 (FX). It set the tone for the future of the championship, with Holden not only a constant presence but often having the most cars on the grid. Six decades on, Holden still contributed more than half of the cars on the grid with 16 of 24 entries in 2020.

THE ARRIVAL OF PETER BROCK 

Holden entrants switched from the Monaro to the Torana in the 1970s, coinciding with the rise of the Holden Dealer Team and the arrival of Peter Brock. Brock scored a podium in his Bathurst debut in 1969 and three years later won the event singlehandedly in a dominant display in wet conditions in 1972. By the time he added a championship win in 1974, Brock had emerged as Holden’s number one.

THE FIRST BATHURST

The Armstrong 500 moved from Phillip Island to Bathurst in 1963, marking the beginning of what became Australia’s ‘Great Race’. Holden was present on the grid in an unofficial capacity with six EH S4s and an older model FB. The EH S4 of Ralph Sach and Fred Morgan finished in second place, one lap behind the winning Ford Cortina Mk.I GT of Bob Jane and Harry Firth.

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Holden’s all-new family sedan got its motorsport career off to a flying start when Peter Brock led home an emphatic one-two-three finish in the car-busting 20,000km 1979 Repco Round Australia Trial. Success continued the following year when it debuted in the ‘new look’ Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) in 1980. Gone were the A9X Toranas and XC Falcon hardtops, replaced by a new breed of VB Commodore and XD Falcon fourdoor V8 family sedans with sharp European styling. Gone, too, were the fire-breathing V8s of the 1970s muscle car era, replaced by detuned ‘anti-pollution’ versions in response to fuel economy and exhaust-emission concerns in a world gripped by its second oil crisis. With power cut from 400bhp in the A9X Torana to around 310bhp in the Commodore, it was a startling change, but it was one Brock and the Marlboro-Holden Dealer Team (HDT) embraced as they dominated the 1980 ATCC.

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HDT cosmetically updated to the new VC model in the mid-1980 before winning the 1980 Sandown-Bathurst double. Brock was lobbying the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) hard for acceptance that year of more powerful big-valve L34-type cylinder heads being used in his new HDT Special Vehicles road cars, but the governing body disagreed due to insufficient numbers being produced for homologation. So in 1981 Brock had his work cut out against Dick

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Johnson’s larger capacity 5.8-litre Falcon. The ATCC came down to a winner-takes-all grand finale at Lakeside in Queensland where Brock narrowly lost to Johnson in one of the series’ most thrilling races. Brock countered with another Sandown win and was looking fast and threatening in the opening laps of the 1981 Bathurst 1000 until a broken axle put him out of contention.

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Supercars legends Russell Ingall and Greg Murphy return to the driver’s seat in wildcard entries at the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000, alongside a rising star and another returnee, adding an extra layer of intrigue to this year’s Great Race.

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t started as a publicity stunt, then it gained momentum. Triple Eight Race Engineering was putting a car in the Repco Bathurst 1000 for Russell Ingall and Broc Feeney. Then Erebus Motorsport came along and entered Greg Murphy and Richie Stanaway. Ingall, at 57 years of age, and Murphy, who is 49, have Bathurst wins among their many credentials and are two of the greats of recent times in terms of their racing, profiles and personalities. While they are Bathurst veterans, their addition to the field will be a breath of fresh air to the Great Race in 2021. Then there are their co-drivers, teenager Feeney on the brink of a full-time graduation with Triple Eight to replace the seventime champion Jamie Whincup, and Stanaway, who walked away

from motorsport at the end of 2019 after two troubled seasons that didn’t live up to his potential. Murphy has conquered the Mountain four times but is perhaps best known for the ‘Lap of the Gods’ Shootout lap in 2003 that brought all of pitlane out of their garages to recognise the feat. Ingall is the no-holds barred enforcer; one of the hardest racers the sport has seen, who won the Supercars championship once and claimed victory at Bathurst twice. Murphy has been a Holden man for his entire career (apart from his Bathurst debut in a Toyota Carina in 1994), while Ingall has driven Holdens, Fords and Nissans at Bathurst. But they have both been out of the seat for a few years; Murphy last raced there in 2014 and Ingall in 2016.

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Knowing both of them the way we do, we know they aren’t just going there to tootle around and have a bit of fun. That is not in their DNA. They will be as serious as this COVID-interrupted world allows. Former rival and co-worker in television land to both, Mark Skaife, expects they will get up to speed and race hard because that is what they do. “Both of them are very accomplished, very good operators,” he says. “I’m also cognizant that Jim Richards outqualified me in 2003 when he was 56 – we’d won the race the year before, I was the champion of the series and he beat me in qualifying in his own car, which I wasn’t that wrapped about! “You don’t just wake up one morning and you can’t drive cars. People are just so obsessed with this age thing. “In our game, if you go and drive the car as well as the car can be driven, meaning you drive it right to its grip threshold, then that’s as fast as that car can go. It doesn’t matter if you are 20 or 50. “There’s lots of examples in the history of motorsport where age defies the critics. Have a look at the age that Peter Brock was in his original retirement when he was leading Bathurst and broke the lap record – he was 53!

“I’VE JUST GOT TO PREPARE AS BEST I CAN OUTSIDE THE CAR AND THAT ALONE WILL BE GREAT FOR THE MENTAL ASPECT OF THE CHALLENGE OF BEING THERE.” – GREG MURPHY

“I think if these guys get enough time in the car and they apply themselves as they’ve always done, which is professionally, they will be really good. “That young bloke, Broc Feeney, is going to learn a lot throughout that weekend. You don’t get to do what Russell’s done and have the record that he’s got without having professional standards and going about it meticulously and having a hardcore racer’s perspective. “Broc will be surprised by Russell’s level of preparation and his willingness to go above and beyond to do a really good job; they’ll surprise people.” Murphy was comfortable in retirement back in New Zealand. He had a new radio show among his many other ventures. The last thing on his mind was coming out of retirement for another Bathurst. “The whole thing was a shock,” he reflects. “It came about because it was decided that Russell’s appearance could lead to a bit of ambush marketing with a wildcard for Bathurst; kudos to them for pulling off that one. “It got Peter Adderton’s attention because that is normally the sort of thing he does and he didn’t like people stealing his tricks. So, he thought, ‘If I can’t beat them, I better join them.’ And he threw out the old idea of a wildcard with the comeback kid and the old bloke. That’s how it all happened, and it was initially a definite ‘no’ from me and a ‘no’ from Richie as well. “After a bit of bribery, a bit of guilt-tripping, and various other means of propaganda and stuff, we both relented.” Murphy says the first thing he had to work on was his fitness, and he got back on the bike and hit the gym just as he had been doing a decade ago. Funnily enough, he was enjoying himself. But he knew he needed to get in a car, preferably a Supercar, and Murphy will race in the Bathurst 1000 for the first time since 2014, continuing his streak of racing Holden Commodores that dates back to 1995.

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that was taking its time with COVID lockdowns and the like preventing that. It is a challenge that motivated him. He is expecting some parts of the driving will be better and easier than before, while other parts will be harder. He is under no illusions. “You don’t forget how to drive, but it’s just the tiny one-percenters and stuff and the very small pieces of the puzzle that you need,” he says. “When you’re doing it full-time, it sort of becomes quite subliminal and they just happen naturally. Whereas, I think after being away from it and not thinking about it and being in that zone for seven years, I don’t think it’s all going to come flowing to the absolute top performance level. “There’s no way someone like me, after being away for as long as I have, is going to compete on a level of Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen and Cam Waters and Chaz Mostert and all those guys running right at the front end. “To be honest, I’m not as good a driver as Shane van Gisbergen and I never was. But the others are taking up the challenge to him and I think they’re probably being pulled along and being forced to find another level. It’s really impressive watching at the moment what Cam’s doing and what Jamie’s doing… I think it’s awesome to watch. “Having not driven a Supercar in 2021, let alone 2020, 2019 and 2018, I don’t expect to be on the pace with them arriving at Bathurst. That’s okay and that’s fine; I’ve just got to prepare as best I can outside the car and that alone will be great for the mental aspect of the challenge of being there.” He said there was no goal at the moment other than finishing the race, but that might change when he first gets in the car and the fierce determination that was a feature of his career fires up and comes into play. Stanaway, he feels, will be the same. But keep in mind, he says, that this is not realistically an outright tilt at win number five.

“I’ve never gone there with this kind of thinking before, so that will be strange, but you can’t go there and just take it as a lark,” he says. “You don’t want to be someone who’s just a moving chicane. You want to try and be competitive, but there’s a good chance I’m not going to be up the pointy end of the timesheets. “That’s not a problem for me, to be honest. I want to be competent. I want to make very few mistakes or at least just have very minor ones, and enjoy the process of being back in the event and not feel that there’s pressure behind me. “I think Russ probably talks it up a bit, which is great because he’s that sort of character, but he’s there for the fans and he wants to wind up a few people and bring along his personality, which is fantastic. I’m probably going to bring mine as well in some way, shape or form. “I think the two of us will probably have a few laughs and there should be a bit of fun and there’ll be a bit of that competitive spirit between us. “We’re supposed to be garaged together and sharing a boom, so I’m hoping that’ll be part of the entertainment of the whole deal.”

Ingall finished in second place in the 2002 Bathurst 1000, five days before Broc Feeney was born.

RUSSELL INGALL & GREG MURPHY’S RECORDS IN THE BATHURST 1000 Debut Starts Wins Podiums Poles Shootouts

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“HOPEFULLY IN DECEMBER, THE STARS ALIGN JUST THAT LITTLE BIT FURTHER AND WE CAN GET UP AND GET A RESULT.” – RUSSELL INGALL

Murphy and Ingall were teammates at Paul Morris Motorsport in 2010, though they didn’t team up in the same entry at Bathurst.

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Pride says Murphy won’t just sit there and accept what he is given; he and Stanaway will be working away on the car set-up just as he did back in the day. He doesn’t expect the weekend to be a walk in the park. Logic tells him that the speed difference between a 2014 and a 2021 car is not engine related; it is grip and aero, and that may make it easier or harder – he’s just not sure yet. He does expect that the ride over the top of Mount Panorama will be more entertaining as a driver than it was because of that, though. “I’ve come to a point where I’m looking forward to it, as the last time I drove around there I was in the Sandman with the V6 in it, and that was nice and familiar. It was slow in comparison because I couldn’t go too fast, but it was good,” he says. “This place is special; it’s the Mecca of our motorsport universe. Any time you get to drive around Bathurst is an honour. So I’m doing it again when I never thought I would, and it’s quite a bizarre feeling and a strange space because I was happy. I wasn’t the one suggesting it, so it has all come around as a bit of a pinch-me kind of thing.” Ingall’s story was a little different given it was more a planned thing with his former sponsor; he was committed early on and then just hit the track, first at the Norwell driving centre owned by Paul Morris and then in the real car at Queensland Raceway. Reality settled in the day the covers came off the car at the formal launch. “Hopefully in December, the stars align just that little bit further and we can get up and get a result,” he says.

“Testing has been awesome, and we’ve probably done more testing than any other team in the lead up to Bathurst. So we are making headway with that and I’m getting more comfortable with the car every time I jump into it.” With the race being moved to December, he says it will be hotter than normal, which will place a strain on his fitness, but, like Murphy, all his experience tells him to take the challenge seriously. “I like long-distance racing. I’ve never really suffered at all in my whole career… age won’t be a factor in that; it is just a matter of being smart,” he says. “Whether it’s going to be my last or not, who knows, but that’s probably why I’m putting so much effort into it. If this is my last Bathurst, I want to have a decent crack at it. “I don’t want to go there just for the sake of making up the numbers, or shaking hands and kissing babies, which I’ll no doubt be doing throughout the week. I’m sure the wildcard garage will be very popular with the punters, but it’s to have a good go at it. “Broc’s shown the speed too, he’s shown his ability. I don’t want to let the team down; I want to make sure I do my bit. “I’m pretty sure he’ll qualify the thing in the top 10, and that puts the pressure back on me, because if I’m starting the race, that means we’ll be at the pointy end of the grid, and I want to keep it that way throughout the whole race. “I think we’ll be very competitive and we just might do something a little bit tricky with strategy, but overall we’re there to have a swing.”

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THE WILDCARD COMBOS

The high-profile additions to the grid in the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000 add to the long history of wildcard entries at the event. From the event’s formative years at Phillip Island to its growth at Bathurst, drivers from varied categories, countries and disciplines have entered the Great Race. These are some of the most notable and intriguing combinations who weren’t regulars in the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars.

ANNE BENNETT, DIANE LEIGHTON & PAM MURISON – 1962

MOTO KITANO & KUNIMITSU TAKAHASHI – 1966

The third and final Armstrong 500 at Phillip Island, before the race moved to Bathurst in 1963, saw the first women to enter the event, driving together in a Simca Aronde. The trio finished in third place in Class C, for cars with a purchase price of between £901 and £1050. They paved the way for the more than 30 women and 15 all-women combinations in the history of the event.

This was the first non-Antipodean and non-European combination at Bathurst, and the first of many Japanese drivers to race in the event over the coming decades. The duo drove a Datsun 1300 to 22nd place, with the presence of Japanese manufacturers such as Datsun/Nissan, Mazda and Toyota increasing as the event grew.

PADDY HOPKIRK & TIMO MÄKINEN – 1965

The Formula 1 legends came out of retirement to team up in a privateer Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 in 1976. Though a start-line stall that resulted in significant damage curtailed their race, which eventually ended with engine failure, it remains the most high-profile combination in the history of the Great Race. Brabham returned to Bathurst a year later to partner with son Geoff Brabham in a Ford XC Falcon GS500.

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JOHNNY RUTHERFORD & JANET GUTHRIE – 1977

KIYOSHI MISAKI & MARK THATCHER – 1979

This all-American all-star combination drove the second Ron Hodgson Holden LX Torana SS A9X in 1977. Guthrie had become the first woman to qualify for an Indianapolis 500 earlier in the year. She was joined at Bathurst by Rutherford, who by that stage had won the Indianapolis 500 on two occasions.

Just a few months after Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, her son Mark Thatcher entered Bathurst alongside Kiyoshi Misaki in a Peter Williamson-prepared Toyota Corolla Levin in 1979. The entry failed to finish the race, with Thatcher going on to make worldwide headlines when he went missing for six days during the 1982 Paris to Dakar Rally.

GERRY MARSHALL & BASIL VAN ROOYEN – 1977 Bill Patterson Racing also fielded two internationals in its second entry in 1977, with Marshall and van Rooyen in a Holden LX Torana SL/R 5000 A9X. Marshall was a long-time entrant in British touring cars, while van Rooyen made two starts in Formula 1 in his native South Africa. Like the other all-international combination at Bathurst that year, they failed to finish the race.

DEREK BELL & DIETER QUESTER – 1978 The Ron Hodgson team continued to field internationals with an all-new combination in 1978, pairing Le Mans 24 Hours winner Bell with Formula 1 starter Quester in a Holden LX Torana SS A9X. Bell impressively qualified in fifth place, though the entry retired after five laps following an accident. It was one of five consecutive Bathurst starts for Bell, which culminated with a third place alongside Allan Moffat in 1981.

DICK BARBOUR & SAM POSEY – 1980 American duo Barbour and Posey were regulars in sportscar competitions, combining to drive a Ron Dickson-prepared Chevrolet Camaro Z28 at Bathurst in 1980, in one of three Camaros entered into the race. Barbour and Posey appeared in multiple Le Mans 24 Hours entries, though the duo failed to finish at Bathurst.

DENNY HULME & LEOPOLD VON BAYERN – 1984 Formula 1 world champion Hulme made his first Bathurst appearance in 1982 and returned two years later in a BMW 635 CSi alongside von Bayern, a member of the Bavarian royal house who raced in various touring-car and sportscar categories. They finished in 15th place and second in class.

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JOHNNY CECOTTO & ROBERTO RAVAGLIA – 1985 International drivers filled five of the six spots on the podium in the first Group A Bathurst in 1985, with Venezuelan Johnny Cecotto and Italian Roberto Ravaglia in a BMW 635 CSi in second place. Cecotto won races in grand prix motorcycle racing before moving into Formula 1, sportscars and touring cars, while Ravaglia went on to win world, European, German and Italian touring-car titles.

GARY BRABHAM & JUAN MANUEL FANGIO II – 1987 The Bathurst 1000 was a round of the shortlived World Touring Car Championship in 1987, attracting a large number of international entries alongside the locals. One of the most intriguing entries was the BMW M3 of Brabham and Fangio, sons of multiple Formula 1 world champions Jack Brabham and Juan Manuel Fangio, going on to finish in 16th place.

PIERRE DIEUDONNÉ & STEVE SOPER – 1987 The internationals looked to have defeated the locals at Bathurst in 1987 with Dieudonné and Soper taking the chequered flag ahead of Eggenberger Motorsport teammates Klaus Ludwig and Klaus Niedzwiedz. But the Ford RS500 Sierras were disqualified for illegally modified front-wheel guards, handing the win to the Holden Dealer Team entry led by Peter Brock. Dieudonné and Soper were two of the leading touring-car racers from Europe at the time, winning multiple races across various categories.

FRANK BIELA & KLAUS NIEDZWIEDZ – 1989 The all-German combination of Biela and Niedzwiedz were best of the rest behind the all-conquering entry of Dick Johnson and John Bowe in 1989, finishing in second place in an Allan Moffat Racing Ford RS500 Sierra. Niedzwiedz lost his second place following disqualification in 1987, with his Bathurst podium added to an impressive resume that includes wins in the DTM. Biela went on to win the British Touring Car Championship and DTM titles and five victories in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

NEAL BATES & RICK BATES – 1991 The twin brothers best known for their rallying exploits were also regulars at Bathurst, teaming up in the Great Race on three occasions – in a Toyota Corolla FX-GT in 1991 and 1992 and in a Ford AU Falcon in 2003, with a best of 24th overall and third in class in 1992. 32

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YVAN MULLER & JASON PLATO – 2000 The then British Touring Car Championship teammates switched their Vauxhall Vectras for a Holden VT Commodore with the Holden Racing Team at Bathurst in 2000. The Super Touring regulars acquitted themselves well in very wet conditions, finishing in 10th place – their best-ever finishes at Bathurst.

JAN MAGNUSSEN & NICOLAS MINASSIAN – 2003 This all-European combination joined forces in a Team Dynamik Holden VY Commodore, finishing just outside the top 10 in 11th place. Magnussen raced in Formula 1 over the course of three seasons before becoming a regular contender in sportscars, while Minassian was also a successful sportscar racer after transitioning from open-wheelers.

MARCUS MARSHALL & ALEX TAGLIANI – 2005  The Champ Car teammates raced for Craig Gore’s Team Australia-backed outfit in 2005, making the jump into a Ford BA Falcon for Gore’s WPS Racing team and finishing in 13th place. Marshall became a regular in the championship following his open-wheel stint, while Tagliani continued in IndyCar racing with a win in Champ Car and pole position at the Indianapolis 500.

MATT HALLIDAY & ALAIN MENU - 2005 Larkham Motor Sport mixed youth and experience in 2005, fielding Halliday and Menu in a Ford BA Falcon at Bathurst. Halliday was a rising star at the time who went on to race in A1 GP and Champ Car before regular appearances at Bathurst, while Menu won the British Touring Car Championship two times. They finished in 12th place. SUPERCAR XTRA

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FABRIZIO GIOVANARDI & MARC HYNES – 2008 When a team could combine their regular drivers into the one entry, the other entry was often an experimental mix of young or experienced drivers. Triple Eight Race Engineering often took advantage of its overseas connections to field international drivers of a high pedigree. This included Giovanardi and Hynes in 2008, driving a Ford BF Falcon alongside the winning entry of Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup. Giovanardi had just won his second consecutive British Touring Car Championship title, while Hynes won a British Formula 3 title and went on to represent Lewis Hamilton. The duo finished in 15th place.

MATT NEAL & BORIS SAID – 2008 Paul Morris Motorsport partnered two drivers from very different backgrounds in 2008. While Neal won multiple British Touring Car Championship titles, Said spent most of his career racing sportscars and in NASCAR in North America. Neal and Said drove a Holden VE Commodore, though spun off in the late stages of the race.

ALLAN SIMONSEN & JAMES THOMPSON – 2009 The 2009 Bathurst 1000 saw the reintroduction of wildcard entries into the event for the first time since 2004, with three single-car teams entering from the second-tier Super2 Series. Triple Eight Race Engineering once again opted for an allinternational line-up in its second entry, featuring sportscar ace Simonsen and British Touring Car Championship title winner Thompson, though the entry failed to finish.

GRANT DENYER & CAMERON WATERS – 2011 Waters became the youngest-ever starter at Bathurst in 2011 at 34

17 years of age. The teenager won the ‘Shannons Supercar Showdown’ television series to earn his spot on the grid, alongside Denyer in a Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore. The entry may have failed to finish, but Waters made a positive impression and is now a front-runner in Supercars.

MATTIAS EKSTRÖM & ANDY PRIAULX – 2013 Triple Eight Race Engineering fielded a heavyweight wildcard entry at Bathurst in 2013, complete with backing from Xbox. Ekström, a two-time DTM champion, and Priaulx, a three-time World Touring Car Championship winner, drove the Holden VF Commodore to 10th place after leading 17 laps; the best performance and finish of a wildcard entry in recent times.

SIMONA DE SILVESTRO & RENEE GRACIE – 2015 The combination of De Silvestro and Gracie made two consecutive starts at Bathurst, with Prodrive Racing Australia in a Ford FG X Falcon in 2015 and with Nissan Motorsport in a Nissan Altima in 2016 with a best of 14th place in the latter. It was the introduction into Supercars for De Silvestro, the former IndyCar podium finisher, who went on to compete in three full-time seasons with Nissan Motorsport/Kelly Racing.

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE & ALEXANDER ROSSI – 2019  The IndyCar race winners combined in a Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden ZB Commodore in 2019. Hinchcliffe had raced for Garry Rogers Motorsport at the Gold Coast 600 in 2012, while it was a Supercars debut for Indianapolis 500 winner Rossi. Hinchcliffe and Rossi were Andretti Autosport teammates in IndyCar in 2020 and 2021, with team owner Michael Andretti a part-owner of Walkinshaw Andretti United. The North American duo finished in 18th place after a late-race spin.

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or the second consecutive year the driver who had won the title in a Ford would be defending it in a Holden. No one could blame 2010 champion James Courtney for disembarking the Dick Johnson Racing (DJR) ship for 2011. DJR appeared to be sinking under the weight of financial dramas and difficulties between Dick Johnson and Charlie Schwerkolt, and it was a small wonder the team actually made it to season’s end, let alone bagging the championship. A lucrative offer from the Holden Racing Team (HRT) would have looked fairly irresistible to Courtney and long-time manager Alan Gow. The deal was done. Courtney had had an offer from Schwerkolt to join him in a Ford Performance Racing-run Falcon, with backing from Pepsi, but HRT’s offer proved too tempting. Courtney would be the replacement for Will Davison as HRT pushed on into 2011 in the wake of the death of owner Tom Walkinshaw a few weeks before Christmas. It shaped up as a pivotal year for the HRT. The flagship Red Lion squad clearly was not the Holden team that had done the bulk of the winning in 2010. If this trend continued, Holden’s motorsport flagbearer was in danger of losing its lustre and becoming just another Commodore team. The late Walkinshaw’s 23-year-old son, Ryan, arrived in Australia to assure everyone he was determined to restore his late father’s team to its former glory. This was not going to be an easy task, with Triple Eight Race Engineering having scarcely missed a beat in its switch from Ford to Holden. The dayglo red-and-chrome-coloured TeamVodafone Commodores went into 2011 as hot favourites. The defending champ beat TeamVodafone when they rolled out for the season opener in faraway Abu

The 2011 Supercars season saw Jamie Whincup return to the top after narrowly missing out on the title the previous year; significant changes for foundation teams; a rookie winner at Bathurst; and one of the most spectacular crashes in the history of the category. With this chapter extract from Supercars: The Holden VS Ford Era 1993-2020 (Gelding Street Press, $39.99), edited by Luke West and available now where all good books are sold, we reflect back on the season. Dhabi. Well, not in the first race of the year; that was won convincingly by Jamie Whincup. Courtney had been a non-scorer in the first race after receiving a tap from Jason Bargwanna that deranged car #1’s steering. But the following day he came through to make it a fairytale HRT debut with victory after a most exciting race slugging it out with Jason Bright in the Team BOC Commodore. A fantastic win, but it was the only victory Courtney would record all season. As for HRT teammate Garth Tander, his 2011 campaign hadn’t exactly gotten underway in perfect fashion, having left the Middle East at a lowly 21st in the points. Garth would fare better once the Australian races began a few weeks later, starting with Adelaide, and there would be a significant late-season trophy for his mantelpiece. For the second year in a row the series had started off-shore, but this wasn’t the point of conjecture it had been in 2010 because the championship had been granted international status by world governing body the FIA. This was a huge vote of confidence in the Aussie category and was unprecedented. The Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC), which had begun half a century earlier with a single race around ordinary public roads in Orange in rural NSW, was now an international championship. There were some caveats. Europe was off-limits due to the proliferation of strong touring car series there, but Asia and America were fair game for expansion. That was all in the future, but in the meantime the focus was on the actual racing in Australia. On the streets of Adelaide, Tander made amends for his disaster in Abu Dhabi with a nicely judged win in the Saturday 250km race. Even more SUPERCAR XTRA

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The moment Steve Owen made contact with Karl Reindler off the start at Barbagallo Raceway, resulting in a spectacular fireball.

pleasing was the fact he had to overcome the two TeamVodafone cars to get it done, with Whincup ending up second and Craig Lowndes third. Bright was fourth, serving notice that this might be Brad Jones Racing’s time in the sun in V8 Supercars. If so, it was going to be a year of mixed feelings for the Albury team. Jason Richards had been sidelined late in 2010 by a rare form of abdominal cancer, and the battle against the illness meant he wouldn’t be a part of the squad in 2011. Standing in was Jason Bargwanna. Sunday saw Whincup prevail from Rick Kelly in the Jack Daniel’s Commodore and Mark Winterbottom. From the fantastic carnival that is the Adelaide event to New Zealand’s version of the Clipsal 500, the ITM400 at Hamilton served up that combination of factors that usually spells trouble: rain and a tight, walled street circuit. The rain turned Saturday’s race into something of a shambles as drivers struggled not only to pull up on the slick surface in time to make it to the pits, but also to stop their cars on the concrete surface in pitlane. The lollypop men at the front of the cars in pitlane were earning their wages in Hamilton because several got skittled by their own cars as drivers arrived in their pitboxes with everything

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Holden VE Commodore Holden VE Commodore Ford FG Falcon Ford FG Falcon Holden VE Commodore Holden VE Commodore Ford FG Falcon Holden VE Commodore Ford FG Falcon Holden VE Commodore

locked up. Garth Tander’s chief mechanic, Justin Burns, suffered a broken hand but the others, luckily, escaped injury. Out of the chaos emerged Rick Kelly with a win that was all the sweeter for the presence of brother Todd in third, the Jack Daniel’s Commodores sandwiching Craig Lowndes. Sunday was more or less dry and it offered up something for the locals to celebrate as Shane van Gisbergen did what he’d threatened to do more than once towards the end of 2010, which was to finally win a V8 Supercar race. He fought Lee Holdsworth for the win, with Tander third, having vaulted from 19th on the grid. Points leader Whincup scored no points on Sunday, bowing out in a multicar crash that also accounted for Michael Caruso and Winterbottom. Barbagallo Raceway, dumped from the calendar in 2010, was back in favour with V8 Supercars Australia after an injection of cash from the WA government and a promise to install pit garages. For its return, the Perth track would host three races rather than two, and it proved a happy hunting ground for Whincup. Victories in the first and last races put his championship quest firmly back on track, with Lowndes also there. And what of race two at Barbagallo? That was both a triumph and a disaster for Brad Jones Racing (BJR). Local Karl Reindler stalled on the grid and got collected by Steve Owen (Paul Morris Motorsport). Reindler’s Fair Dinkum Sheds Commodore erupted in flames. It was a shocking thing to see, reminiscent of fiery catastrophes of decades past. Reindler was lucky to escape with not much more than burns to his hands. What was a disastrous start for BJR ended in triumph, however, with Jason Bright storming home on fresher tyres and easily overhauling Whincup to deliver BJR its first success in V8 Supercars in a points-paying race at least. The icing on the cake was third for Bargwanna. Normal service was resumed at Winton, where Whincup was relatively untroubled in Saturday’s race, taking the win from Holdsworth and DJR’s

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Steven Johnson. Former teammate Courtney’s title defence was in tatters with another lacklustre run: eighth on Saturday and 25th Sunday. Courtney languished in the standings behind his replacement at DJR, rookie James Moffat. Sunday saw Jason Bright’s purple patch continue, his late-race switch to soft tyres proving to be a strategy masterstroke of victorious proportions. Second place for Whincup saw him extend his series lead. Darwin’s Hidden Valley track has very little in common with the Hamilton street circuit, but the result in the Northern Territory mirrored that of the New Zealand event: Rick Kelly won on Saturday and van Gisbergen won on Sunday. Garth Tander bounced back to form in Townsville, winning on Saturday from Whincup, Will Davison and Lowndes. On Sunday the TeamVodafone Commodores, in their special one-off military camouflage livery, provided a one-two salute to the many defence force personnel present. When the circus headed south to Ipswich, Lowndes was dominant on both Saturday and Sunday. Best of the rest across the weekend was Stone Brothers Racing’s Tim Slade. The title fight arrived at the two-driver, endurance race portion of the championship, beginning with Phillip Island. The championship battle was effectively now just a contest between teammates Whincup and Lowndes, who were joined for the L&H 500 and the SuperCheap Auto Bathurst 1000 by Andrew Thompson and Mark Skaife respectively. Triple Eight enlisting Skaife was a no-brainer, but they had a problem as far as Whincup’s co-driver was concerned because Whincup’s very effective partner from 2010, Steve Owen, was now a fulltimer with another team. Roland Dane signed up the otherwise unemployed Thompson, who was reasonably experienced at the highest level. And to make sure he was ready, Dane ran him in the Fujitsu Series in a Commodore that was technically identical to the Whincup car.

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Holden Racing Team was doing much the same thing with Nick Percat. The reigning Formula Ford champ had been a long-term Walkinshaw prospect, and pay day had arrived at Phillip Island. Tander had been coaching his young co-driver for more than a year, but this was going to be a big ask for someone with so little touring car experience. The height factor (Percat is a mere 2cm shorter than Garth) meant it was ergonomic sense to pair them up, which left a more rounded, capable and shorter combo in the sister car in which Courtney would be joined by Cam McConville. Phillip Island would ultimately turn out to be a race between the two TeamVodafone Commodores, with the Whincup/Thompson combo having the advantage on track but losing out in the pits when minor damage to the driver’s door on car #88 momentarily saw it jam, the delay enough to see #888 take the lead and the win. Whincup’s second place hardly put a dent (pun intended) in his points lead, which stood at 92 points over Lowndes. Bathurst, though, did indeed open the door (see above re: pun) for Lowndes when Whincup and

The Holden Racing Team’s Garth Tander and rookie Nick Percat claimed the Peter Brock Trophy with victory in the Bathurst 1000.

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Thompson could only manage 21st on a day when his teammate bagged second. Alternator problems plagued car #88 intermittently. The main story of Bathurst 2011 was debutant Percat, who won the biggest race on the calendar – the biggest racing prize he’ll likely ever win – in his role as co-driver to Tander. It wasn’t a blemish-free performance by any means as he survived tagging the wall during his second stint. The racing gods that haunt Mount Panorama, usually so eager to teach errant newcomers harsh lessons, were smiling on the young South Australian that day, the #2 HRT Commodore emerging without damage from the incident. Percat’s brush with the wall likely took the edge off the car’s performance and left Tander vulnerable to Lowndes during the sprint to the flag after the final safety car period, but the HRT team leader drew on all his experience to hold off car #888 by 0.3 seconds to claim his third Bathurst victory. Percat, meantime, became the first rookie to win the Great Race since Jacky Ickx in 1977. It was smart strategy and good fortune that had car #2 at the head of the field after frequent safety car periods. The longest of these was for David Besnard’s massive, fiery rear-ender at Griffin’s Bend due to brake failure in the #17 DJR Falcon he shared with Steven Johnson. Lowndes and Skaife’s second place gave Lowndes a 100-point lead over Whincup heading into the Gold Coast 600. Things swung back dramatically in Whincup’s favour when it was car #888’s turn to experience mechanical gremlins,

Lowndes and his international co-driver, Andy Priaulx, retiring from the Saturday race. No such problems for Whincup and Sebastien Bourdais, who won that affair and backed it up with second place to Winterbottom/Richards Lyons on Sunday. It was the start of one of Whincup’s trademark winning streaks that saw him record four victories (and a second placing) from six starts over the Gold Coast, Symmons Plains and Sandown weekends. Thirteenth on Saturday at Sandown (in a race won by Rick Kelly) was his only finish lower than second during this period, whereas Lowndes made only one podium appearance across the same six races. Heading to Sydney Olympic Park for the two remaining 250km races, Whincup held a 188point lead over his older rival. Simply finishing ahead of Lowndes in Race 27 would be enough for Whincup to clinch his third title. But in the finest traditions of V8 Supercar street races, it didn’t pan out that way. Lowndes won the Saturday race, while Whincup could only manage 20th after tagging the wall. It meant Whincup needed to finish 12th or higher on Sunday if Lowndes won. Sounds simple, but a showery Sunday and a drying track for the race start complicated matters further. Lowndes kept the pressure on by running up front behind leader (and eventual winner) Winterbottom for much of the race, but Whincup kept his nerve behind them, letting several aggressive foe pass him in a risk-aversion exercise that netted him eighth place and a trio of championships.

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The 2001 Supercars season marked the debut of one of the most successful cars in the history of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars and Bathurst 500/1000: the Holden Racing Team’s VX Commodore driven by Mark Skaife to championship and Bathurst doubles in 2001 and 2002. Along with Skaife and his Holden Racing Team colleagues, we reflect back on what made ‘The Golden Child’ so special.

raig Kelly was a full-back in the AFL when the biggest and scariest forwards in history played. It took a unique person to survive and thrive. He was a niggling and snarky player and had a way with words; as quick with his tongue as he was with his fist. He was also a mate of Mark Skaife’s and would eventually become the CEO of the Holden Racing Team (HRT). Soon after his official role commenced, he was blown away by Skaife’s protective tendencies over HRT chassis #045. The car had a dream run; it barely got a scratch and it dominated the sport. It is the only car in history that has won Bathurst twice (the other being the Holden Dealer Team’s VH Commodore SS from 1982 and 1983) and the championship in two years. It was the way Skaife protected and loved that car that led Kelly to call it ‘The Golden Child’, which is exactly what it was to Skaife. The car debuted at the Queensland 500 in 2001 – the wet race won by Paul Radisich in a sandtrap – and was Skaife’s primary car for the rest of that season and the next before being turned into a Project Blueprint car and winning the Adelaide 500 for a second time in 2003. It won 20 times as a VX Commodore and then a VY, including 11 of the first 14 races in 2002. When the car eventually retired, it was perhaps, and still remains, the most successful car in Australian touring-car history. “It is certainly a car I fell in love with,” says Skaife with remarkable affection. “It’s always difficult when you love something but you’ve got to treat it harshly. It’s a little bit like a cruelto-be-kind scenario with a child. It’s a love affair that comes from success; it was just extraordinary in that period of a golden era for the Holden Racing Team. “I did not want at any point for it to be converted into a ‘Blueprint car’, but as it turned out it was really the only way that we were going to get all our cars ready and done in the period of time that we had. It was an interesting period for us, and the key to ‘The Golden Child’ terminology was Craig. “It didn’t have that name prior to Craig starting as the CEO at the Holden Racing Team, and when he knew how passionate I was about the car and how much I protected it from going to stupid places on displays or to having anything done with it that might affect the specification or its longevity, that’s when he coined the phrase. Don’t touch ‘The Golden Child’ he’d say all the time.” Skaife, like the entire HRT crew, knew something special had been unlocked even at the car’s first test session. “Every time you roll a new car out you try to make it better than the last one, but we rolled it out for its first run at Phillip Island and I went faster than I’ve ever gone on a first day of testing. It had the fundamentals of a great race car straight away,” reflects Skaife. “The torsional rigidity of the chassis, for instance, the attention to detail of the build and the weight distribution… We changed some ergonomic things with SUPERCAR XTRA

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The Holden VX Commodore goes down in history as one of the greatest in Australian touring cars, winning backto-back championships and Bathurst 1000s in 2001 and 2002.

it too. We were already sitting a long way back, but we tried to lay or reduce the angle of the steering column and make it slightly more open-wheeler in how it was functioning, and not by a little bit either. “We tried to reduce the angularity of the steering column down to the steering rack, and we did. We altered it for that car, which was something that I wanted to do pretty much from the time that I arrived at HRT. “We weren’t totally successful because we actually brought it back a little bit from what we originally designed, but Dennis Watson and George Smith at Dencar were working closely with Richard Hollway on making the ergonomics slightly better and reducing some of those angles of steering joints and apex joints in steering columns, which was not easy. “There’s a lot of constraints around touring cars and the way that you have to configure the seat position and all the steering inputs, etcetera, to make it work.

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It wasn’t like we were starting from zero base; our cars were pretty good before we built chassis #045. We just continued to evolve it to make it better. It was probably the ultimate expression of a pre-Blueprint era car.” HRT was at the peak of its powers at this time. It was on a championship roll; Skaife was dominating, and Jason Bright was a great wingman who brought more to the team than his results showed. John Crennan and Tom Walkinshaw led the way, just before the latter’s business world melted down. Like the great teams of today, it was also well staffed with engineers and mechanics as good, if not better, than any in pitlane. Rob Starr was the calming voice in Skaife’s ear, while Hollway was in his first Supercars gig in charge of the race engineering and the tech beneath the skin. Both say it was not just a golden child but also a golden era. “HRT was the first Supercar team that I worked with, but at the time I don’t think I appreciated enough how well we were going and how hard it is to get there,” says Hollway. “In that era that car was evolution, not revolution. We used to build the cars in pairs, and each pair was always a little bit lighter, a little bit stiffer and full of development stuff from the previous pair. “It was just continuous evolution, really, but if you look back there’s not a massive difference between it and the cars before it… the next car was a big change. It still had a big Ronnie Harrop influence. He’d long since departed in terms of engineering a car, but his philosophy was built into it; it was well-engineered and simple. “I remember when Mark first drove it, he liked it straight away. He said it had more turn, and that meant we could run softer rear springs in it, and that helped the drive traction. It was great right out of the

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box. But you’re talking half a tenth or a tenth here and there; it was a progression rather than a massive jump. “I guess all those things add up. All those one-percenters made it a little bit more consistent and easier to turn. It was a bit lighter with a lower centre of gravity and a bit easier on the tyres... but certainly not a massive jump in terms of car speed.” He said it later became the first of the team’s Project Blueprint cars with what the team called Kahuna Conversion, which essentially meant cutting the front off and putting the new front end in. Unfortunately for the team, it also scored the new Holden Motorsportspec engine rather than the Chev it had previously run, and that dulled the car’s performance while they got on top of the new engine. Starr has similar recollections, saying it was just a perfect storm of all the team’s innovations over the years coming together in one great package. It was also well driven by Skaife, who was at the peak of his powers, and his feedback and connection with the engineers helped sharpen what was the best tool in pitlane into a dominant one. “Obviously with every model back in those days,

“IT IS CERTAINLY A CAR I FELL IN LOVE WITH. IT’S A LOVE AFFAIR THAT COMES FROM SUCCESS; IT WAS JUST EXTRAORDINARY IN THAT PERIOD OF A GOLDEN ERA FOR THE HOLDEN RACING TEAM.” – MARK SKAIFE ON ‘THE GOLDEN CHILD’ SUPERCAR XTRA

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Skaife and Tony Longhurst took victory at Bathurst in 2001, in the middle of the Holden Racing Team’s dominant two-year spell with the Holden VX Commodore.

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you always made some things a little bit nicer and a little bit better as far as the build side of things,” says Starr. “Skaife was obviously in pretty good form at that time as well, so when you got the car in a pretty reliable window from round to round, you didn’t need to play around with it too much. “Mark’s feedback was always so good that it was easy to get a pretty reasonable car most times. Back in those days, you needed to dial it in pretty quickly with short practice sessions leading into short races. If you started up front it was always a bit easier, and we were always up the front.” There was lots of parity talk at the time, but that

was missing the fact that HRT and this car, in particular, was dominating the other Commodores as well as the Ford Falcons. The car evolved during its two years of racing life, but more just baby steps with better made and designed parts going in. That all led to the start of 2002, where Skaife won 10 races in the first five rounds (13 races) of the season with round wins in each of those, before winning Bathurst. The title was sealed on the Gold Coast with another two rounds remaining. It would have been done at Bathurst had the two drivers not had to split their points. It won the Adelaide 500 and two other races in Project Blueprint-mode before fading away with a cameo later in 2004 after Jason Plato wrecked the #05 car at Bathurst. “It was a good time with such great memories,” Starr concludes. “The whole HRT was so strong back then, and that car was certainly a good part of the history. Back-to-back Bathurst wins, back-to-back championships, back-to-back Adelaide wins; it was a pretty worthy rocket, that’s for sure.” Skaife owned the car for a while after it was retired and he had sold HRT, but he eventually ceded to one of the many requests from someone to buy the car. By that stage, it had been painstakingly restored to its 2003 Adelaide 500-winning trim, from the paint scheme to using the actual set-up sheets from the time to have it like it raced. He made sure the owner of the car respected its history and status as ‘The Golden Child’… and that he had visitation rights.

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ive-time Australian Touring Car Championship winner Mark Skaife openly admits that the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R “polarised people”, but for Nissan fans that supported Fred Gibson and George Fury with the Bluebird in the early 1980s through to the arrival of the Skyline RS DR30 in the mid-80s and finally the R32 GT-R, it was the hero car they’d been waiting for. “It’s easy to be disparaging of what was the most advanced touring car in the world of the day,” says Skaife. “But it really changed the face of Australian racing where we actually saw a regulation change; the car was effectively banned! The series changed at the end of 1992, and basically we went to what we’ve got today.” Skaife took the first of his six Bathurst 1000 wins in 1991 in the GT-R and says he remembers it like it was yesterday. “It was a pretty powerful time in a young racing driver’s life when you win your first Bathurst, especially winning it with Jim Richards and Fred Gibson’s team,” reflects Skaife. “So many of the people were almost like family members. It was essentially a complete Japanese-spec car when it arrived in 1990. And by the time we got to the end of the year in 1991, it had become an Australian-ised Nissan GT-R, which was not only faster but certainly more reliable and durable.” Four-time Australian Touring Car Championship winner Jim Richards says after his 1990 and 1991 championship successes, they knew the GT-Rs would be fast for the 1991 Bathurst 1000. “The main thing I remember was that we knew if the car didn’t have a mechanical failure at all, then we could probably win it,” says Richards. “Basically, it was a trouble-free run for us; everything went really well and it was a great moment for Nissan… reliability wasn’t a problem because we weren’t running a lot of boost. “The car had four-wheel drive, so although the Sierras could keep up for four or five laps, we could pull away after their tyres got a bit worn because we had four wheels doing the driving and they had two wheels doing the driving. “So we were never really worried about them, to be honest. We knew if we drove it fast that there was no car out there in the race that could actually beat us.” Gibson Motorsport initially used parts from the Nissan team in Japan to construct the 2.6-litre twin-turbo six cylinder engine, capable of up to 700 horsepower. “We realised as we got those parts they weren’t what we really wanted,” reflects Richards. “So we made things stronger and better. In the first run out Mark drove the car and we found that the diff wasn’t strong enough, the carrier, so we were allowed to put a different carrier in. “We fixed that problem, strengthened up the axles and all that. Fred and the boys made it into a better car than what the Japanese had at the time.” Without overstating it, Skaife says there was hardly 50

The Skylines lead the field at the start of the 1991 Bathurst 1000.

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Nissan scored its first Bathurst win in 1991, confirming the Skyline’s domination.

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a component on the car that was the same as the car which arrived in Australia in 1990, including the engine specification. “We were using electromotive as effectively the MoTeC of the day,” he says. “When the Japanese management systems and data acquisition arrived, it arrived as a Japanese spec NISMO car. So once we started to Australian-ise it, the engines were done in-house, we used our own turbo chargers, we basically made most of the ancillary components for the car. “We were the first team in that era to have our own machine shop and the capability of making so much of the stuff in-house. “We cast our own uprights, we made our own wishbones, we made our own wheels. The brake diameters for instance, the rotar size, we increased the callipers that they used. We changed the actual four-wheel drive system. We tuned the gearbox; we made our gearbox a six-speed Holinger. “The actual crown wheel and pinion, they actually had a differential to begin with, which we turned into a spool. So we didn’t have a traditional differential or the system that they were using. “If I start thinking from the back to the front of the car, that’s pretty much it. Every other item, brake ducting, radiator ducting, intercooler, interlock shrouding, all of the plumbing was different.” Skaife says the greatest engineering challenge during the GT-R project was the engine program because of the cost base and some of the difficulties experienced. “We had three people in the engine room full-time and a fourth person at one stage because we were building the turbos and the engines ourselves,” he says. “In terms of transferring everything over to the electromotive engine management ECU, we were the first ones. It was the first of any proper data acquisition system in Australia where we used PI research. The PI dash became the data acquisition system. In those days, they were called a System 4, which was roughly a $50,000 data acquisition system. “The turbo chargers were $38,000 each, so we just decided we’re not doing that anymore. So we effectively bought the componentry and made stuff to suit. Even with the balancing equipment you needed to be able to build the turbos, we bought those plant and equipment pieces to be able to complete the turbo charger in-house. “So much of that was a development program that no one really would have known of. It was so broad and so far reaching in the technical stakes. “It wasn’t just about being technical; we wanted to improve the vehicle mass, we wanted to build things which we thought would improve the car and extensively improve the reliability. By the time we got to 1991, we could drive it hard.” Skaife says the car ended up being so good, they weren’t allowed to run the car in the home of Nissan, Japan. SUPERCAR XTRA

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“WE KNEW IF WE DROVE IT FAST THAT THERE WAS NO CAR OUT THERE IN THE RACE THAT COULD ACTUALLY BEAT US.” – JIM RICHARDS “They were at that time the best Nissan GT-Rs in the world,” he explains. “In fact, we were still supported by Nissan Japan and we were often in contact about going to do some races up there and were very quickly discouraged not to bring our cars there!” Despite the Nissan GT-R’s dominance, Richards says that didn’t necessarily make the car easy to drive, with a racing weight of 1500kg. “It wasn’t an easy car to drive because it was quite heavy,” says Richards. “The four-wheel drive put a bit of feedback through the steering wheel, and so you really had to hang on to it. But you basically knew that if you drove it well, you were going to win the race or come first or second. It would not wheel spin out of the corner. If it was wet, it wouldn’t either, so you couldn’t ask for anything else.” Team boss Gibson was the man behind the team and its success, who Skaife describes as “the Roland Dane” of the day, in reference to the current Triple Eight Race Engineering boss. “I think the overarching thing is that Fred ran the most professional racing team of the day, and the comparison with Roland is a very good one,” he says. “What Fred did is he attracted so many of the best technical and engineering people. When you’ve got a good team that is well funded, well run, it’s got a nice cohesive, harmonious team dynamic, people wanted to be there. “The sorts of people that we were able to utilise, 52

there was a lot of manufacturing capability in Australia and around the world…we probably had 40 odd people in those days.” The dominant Bathurst win in 1991, with a 1.2 second gap in the qualifying Shootout ahead of the GT-R of privateer entrants Mark Gibbs and Rohan Onslow, and a one-lap margin in the race, heralded the arrival of the GT-R as the dominant force. “We did what I thought we would do, and that was a big responsibility,” says Richards. “By crickey, we had lots of beers, laughed, joked and carried on and went out for dinner just like we normally would. It was very important for Nissan because we ran the year before in the GT-R and broke a diff carrier and didn’t finish.” Skaife adds: “We had a thousand beers at Bathurst, and I don’t think we pulled up too much until a fair bit later that week. It was an unbelievable feeling, something that every young racing driver in this part of the world wants to do. “It was a life changing day. It couldn’t have been better. I did it with Richo and Fred, my mum and dad were there, the relationship with Nissan was so strong. It was essentially like a big family. Jimmy taught me a lot of things, but he also taught me how to drink beer. So we did enjoy that a lot.” And the fact that the car did “polarise” people means we’re still talking about it 30 years on. “There was a strong level of patronage from people who liked it,” recalls Skaife. “Now because it wasn’t a Ford or a Holden, there was always this sort of level of maybe Australian bias and Australian heritage, etc, which you have to understand is probably the case. But having said all that, the willingness in those days from the Nissan dealers to be behind it, the sort of reception that we got from a positive perspective, not blokes trying to chuck cans at us on the podium, was excellent.”

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After the heartbreak of crashing out of the lead following a tangle with a rock at Bathurst in 1980, Dick Johnson and his eponymous team fought back to win the championship and Great Race double in 1981. Forty years on, we reflect on one of the greatest comebacks in Australian touring-car history.

hen the dejected Dick Johnson appeared on Channel Seven’s coverage of the 1980 Bathurst 1000 after crashing out from the lead of the race due to a rock on track, the Queenslander questioned whether he would be back at Mount Panorama having “had a gutful of the whole bloody operation.” The then 35-year-old had already made a name for himself in Australian touring-car circles before he shot to fame as a result of his misfortune at Bathurst in 1980. Johnson made semi-regular championship and Bathurst appearances in the 1970s, initially in privateer Holden Toranas and then with Ford outfit Bryan Byrt Racing. Following Byrt’s death and the demise of the team, Johnson had two choices: giving up on racing and focusing on his day job running a Shell service station, or setting up his own racing outfit. Johnson bought the car and equipment off Bryan Byrt Racing and formed what became known as Dick Johnson Racing (DJR). “There’s a chance if we can do this right we can win a few races, so we stuck everything we had into the race car and it went from there,” said Johnson. It would prove to be worth the risk when he qualified on the front row and led the early stages of the biggest race of the year at Bathurst in 1980. The unfancied Johnson and co-driver John French were controlling proceedings at Bathurst in an impressive run for the new outfit when Johnson encountered a football-sized rock heading up Mount Panorama on lap 17. “I just couldn’t believe my bloody eyes with these galoots up there that just throw boulders; that was enormous,” he said post-race. “This was our big shot; we had sunk every bob into this. With our car the way it was, it was more than capable of winning the race – and doing it easily!” But rather than being a crushing blow, the incident led to an outpouring of support. As Johnson later admitted, winning Bathurst that year would not have given him the amount of exposure that he received following the crash. “At the time, it was the worst thing, but it turned out to be the best thing,” he said. More than $70,000 was donated by the public and Ford Australia to get him back on track for the following season, with Edsel Ford matching the public donations. Johnson built a new Falcon XD and won his first championship race at the 1981 season opener at Symmons Plains. He went on to win the championship over Peter Brock following a thrilling finale on home soil at Lakeside. “We’d put an awful lot on the line to get to there and it seemed like it was going to be the end, but because of one of the callers to Channel Seven (who launched a fundraising appeal), what happened saved us,” reflected Johnson. “Seven’s switchboard was absolutely jam-packed with people ringing in to donate money to get us back SUPERCAR XTRA

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1981 CHAMPIONSHIP TOP 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Dick Johnson Peter Brock Colin Bond Steve Masterton Murray Carter Peter Janson Alan Browne Peter Williamson Graeme Bailey Steve Harrington

Dick Johnson Racing Holden Dealer Team Masterton Homes Masterton Homes Murray Carter Cadbury-Schweppes Re-Car Racing Toyota Dealer Team Chickadee Chicken Roadways Racing

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on track, and one of the callers was Edsel B Ford II (Ford Motor Company heir and then assistant managing director of Ford Australia). “Edsel said that for every dollar donated he would match it one-for-one – and he did. He may have thought it was only going to be four or five grand, but 78 grand later, he’d given us a pretty good budget to do the full season the following year, which I needed really bad. In a sense, that put an awful lot of pressure on me. “I’m not one to let people down, so it made me, not try harder, but it made it more important for me to get out there and make sure I did the best job for all the people who supported us. “That was a lot of money in 1980. But we never really did it easy because there was only the two of us. It was (Dick’s brother) Roy and I. We were building

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the car together, and I was building the engines and gearboxes. “Roy and I used to drive the truck everywhere and we’d live in the truck. We didn’t have the budget to stay in motels. There were some interesting times. “It was an absolute blinder of a championship because it was one that came down to the last race between Brock and myself and there was only one point in it. It was a race around Lakeside, and we were wheel-to-wheel for the entire duration of the event.” Brock would later describe the win as a “turning point” in Johnson’s life, giving him the self-belief and confidence as the Blue Oval’s new leader. Following on from that championship success, Johnson returned to Bathurst to make amends for the heartbreak that had occurred 364 days before. Johnson again qualified in second place and overcame the challenge of Brock and Kevin Bartlett, leading on lap 121 when a multi-car pile-up ended the race early. Despite engine concerns and the uncertainty around the race stoppage, Johnson and co-driver French were awarded the win, completing the remarkable comeback. “You wouldn’t believe the feeling of relief after we won, firstly the championship and then Bathurst; it was a fitting climax to an incredible 12-month journey,” said Johnson. “There’s a lot from 1980 that attributes to the win in 1981. Fortunately, I won, which meant it was the first championship, and then to go to Bathurst that year was really something special. “We had a really good, strong car; we had a good combination in Frenchy and myself; and the car was really strong leading the race quite easily. “It just so happened that we did everything right

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“YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE THE FEELING OF RELIEF AFTER WE WON, FIRSTLY THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND THEN BATHURST; IT WAS A FITTING CLIMAX TO AN INCREDIBLE 12-MONTH JOURNEY.” – DICK JOHNSON

during the day, and I think it was about lap 121 where there was a big shunt on top of the Mountain, and it was between Bob Morris and Christine Gibson, and that sort of blocked the track a fair bit because a lot of cars came around unaware of what was in front of them and completely blocked the track. “So they red flagged the race and because the race had done more than 75 percent, they declared us the winners. “They went back a lap and actually Bob Morris, who was second at the time, ended up coming second even though his car had crashed, so that’s obviously what the rules were all about. “It was a hell of a relief for me because all those people had really stuck their faith behind us back in 1980, and to come back the following year and not only win the championship but win the race (Bathurst), which was pretty cruel to us the year before, was special. “The same as 1980, I had no doubt our car was more than capable of winning the event even though a lot of people said, ‘Oh, but in ’81 it was leaking oil.’ “It was only when the engine was turned off because it was on a suction pipe that the oil was leaking. When the engine was running it wasn’t leaking oil at all. And that engine went in another car for

Surfers Paradise, and it would have well and truly done Bathurst (had the race not been called) without any problems at all.” The lows and highs of 1980 and 1981 set the tone for Johnson and his team over the next 40 years. Further championship wins followed in 1982 and 1984, the latter in the final year of the Group C regulations. But amongst those title successes was further heartbreak at Bathurst, including the infamous crash into the trees in the Shootout in 1983. After being forced to park his Falcon and following an uncompetitive stint with the Mustang in the early years of Group A, the switch to Sierras resulted in championship wins in 1988 and 1989 and another Bathurst win in 1989. The switch back to the Falcon into the V8 era led to a third Bathurst in 1994, with Johnson racing for a final time in the Bathurst 1000 in 1999. The rollercoaster ride continued for him postdriving with the team bouncing back from repeated financial crises and the coming and goings of partners, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020 with the drivers’ and teams’ championships. With 10 drivers’ titles and four Bathurst 1000 wins, the team owes its success to the remarkable events of 1980 and 1981.

Dick Johnson Racing overcame the heartbreak of 1980 to win at Bathurst in 1981.

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Dick Johnson/John French Bob Morris/John Fitzpatrick Allan Moffat/Derek Bell Garry Rogers/Clive Benson-Browne Alan Browne/Tony Edmondson Joe Moore/Christine Gibson Allan Grice/David Hobbs Colin Bond/Don Smith Garry Willmington/Mike Griffin John English/John Donnelly

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It’s 50 years since one of the most iconic and highly sought-after Australianbuilt cars dominated at Bathurst. Allan Moffat’s Ford XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III crushed the opposition at the Mount Panorama Circuit in 1971, making a legend of the car and driver. SUPERCAR XTRA

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Bob Jane Allan Moffat Ian Geoghegan Jim McKeown Norm Beechey Graham Ritter John French John Rushford Brian Foley Trevor Meehan Colin Bond Bill Fanning

Bob Jane Racing Team Allan Moffat Racing Total Team Shell Racing Shell Racing B.S. Stillwell and Co. Allan Moffat Racing/Total Team Rushford Engineering Brian Foley M. Brewster Holden Dealer Team Bill Fanning

1971 BATHURST 500 TOP 10 1. 2. 3. 4. 5 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Allan Moffat Phil Barnes/Bob Skelton David McKay Colin Bond John French John Goss/Barry Sharp L. Geoghegan/P. Brown Peter Brock Brian Foley/Don Holland Bob Beasley

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ifty years ago, the Ford XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III was breaking records on the race track. Today, it’s breaking records off the track. In February 2021, a fully restored 1971 Phase III set an auction record for an Australian-built road car when it sold for $1.15 million. The Phase III is one of the most iconic Australian cars of all-time, a road car built primarily for success on the race track that made Allan Moffat a household name and put Ford at the forefront of the Australian automotive market. Ford gambled on going its own way with an Australian designed and built Falcon heading into the 1970s, to not only counter the threat of Holden’s Monaro but also to differentiate from the American-built Mustang. The brainchild of Al Turner, with the backing of Bill Bourke, there were only 300 Phase IIIs made. Success at Bathurst was the focal point for Ford as the battle between the Blue Oval and rivals Chrysler 60

Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 Ford Boss 302 Mustang Ford Mustang Porsche 911S Holden HT Monaro GTS350 Ford Escort Mark I Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III Ford Escort Mark I Alfa Romeo GTAm Morris Cooper S Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 Ford Escort Mark I

Ford XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III Ford XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III Ford XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 Ford XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III Ford XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III Chrysler VH Valiant Charger E38 Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 Chrysler VH Valiant Charger E38

and Holden intensified. The Phase III may have looked just like the Falcon GT version it was based on, but it featured an upgraded engine, improved four-speed top-loader gearbox, a nine-inch differential, a larger fuel tank and race-ready brakes. With an engine output in excess of 350 bhp, producing more than 7000 rpm, it was generally considered to be the fastest four-door production car in the world. There were 13 GT-HOs in the field for the 1971 Bathurst 500, including the factory-backed entries of Moffat and John French and privateer entries for the likes of David McKay, John Goss, Kevin Bartlett, Murray Carter and Bob Morris. The challengers were the recently developed Chrysler VH Valiant Charger R/T E38 and Holden’s nimble XU-1 Torana, with works teams from Toyota, Datsun, Mazda, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors highlighting the growing status of the race. Moffat stamped his authority on the event with

Top: Sixty entries competed in the 1971 Bathurst 500, including 13 Ford XY Falcon GT-HO Phase IIIs. Right: Allan Moffat dominated at Bathurst in 1971, setting a recordbreaking pace.

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a crushing time in the opening practice session that was more than 13 seconds under the lap record from 1969, with that level of performance continuing throughout the race meeting. The Phase III filled the top seven places on the grid with Moffat three seconds clear of the rest on pole position and the first non-Ford, the Charger of Leo Geoghegan, almost seven seconds off the time set by the polesitter. The Holden Dealer Team Toranas of Peter Brock and Colin Bond were a distant 11th and 15th respectively. Moffat raced away from the start. His only threat was a stray beer carton that lodged itself on his GTHO’s radiator grille, as a result of windy conditions on race day. The Ford team signalled to Moffat to pit so they could remove the debris, but Moffat drove on with a close eye on the car’s heating. It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the other Falcons. Bill Brown survived one of the most spectacular crashes in Bathurst history when a tyre blew on his Phase III at McPhillamy Park. The Falcon rolled several times along the guard rail, which cut into the Falcon with the roll bar saving Brown’s life. He suffered bruising, cuts and a concussion, but it could’ve been so much worse. Moffat took the chequered flag to claim his second consecutive Bathurst win, with a new racetime record and the first average speed in excess of 130km/h. Phase IIIs completed the podium with Phil Barnes/Bob Skelton in second and McKay in third. Bond was best of the rest in fourth with the Chrysler challenge never materialising with the top Charger in seventh place. The biggest concern for the Phase III at Bathurst was whether its brakes would survive the race distance. But new pads developed by Bill Collins were so good that the leading Phase IIIs went the distance without a change of pads, for the first time for the winner of the event. The stunning performance of the Phase III is best illustrated when comparing the times set by Moffat in the XW Falcon GT-HO Phase II in 1970. The pole time from 1971 was almost 10 seconds quicker than 1970, while Moffat’s race time was lowered by 33 minutes. He called the Phase III “one of the best cars in the world,” comparable to GT cars of the time. Moffat drove the Phase III to Australian Touring Car Championship title success in 1973, the first championship run to the locally-derived Group C regulations. By Bathurst that year it was replaced by the XA Falcon, featuring a significantly different body shape. Plans for a Phase IV version for the XA model were abandoned following the “supercar scare” of 1972, with fears the Phase IV and Holden’s V8-engined LJ Torana would be too dangerous on Australian roads, only adding to the mystique of the Phase III. Fifty years on, the Phase III remains a cult classic. It kicked off the Group C era as a legendary Bathurst special and is now a million-dollar classic. SUPERCAR XTRA

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History was made 20 years ago with the first Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars round held outside of Australia at Pukekohe Park Raceway in New Zealand, with the local heroes putting on a show.

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he Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC)/ Supercars has ventured outside of Australia on 28 occasions across five countries – New Zealand, Bahrain, China, the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America. Those international endeavours started 20 years ago with the first championship event held in New Zealand in 2001. It wasn’t the first time Australian touring cars had raced in New Zealand. Australian entrants were regulars in the Pukekohe 500 and Wellington 500 events between 1984 and 1996. The final event at Wellington in 1996 was coupled with an ATCC non-championship event at Pukekohe, but it would be five years before New Zealand’s inclusion into the championship. The historic round, named

the Boost Mobile V8 International, occurred on November 9 to 11; the penultimate round of the 2001 season following on from the Bathurst 1000, where Mark Skaife all but sealed the title with victory in the Great Race. The 30-car field for Pukekohe included seven New Zealand-born drivers – John Faulkner, Angus Fogg, Greg Murphy, Paul Radisich, Jason Richards, Steven Richards and Simon Wills, with Fogg and Jason Richards in the two Team Kiwi Racing entries. Murphy set the tone for the weekend with pole position as the only driver to lap in the 56-second bracket in both the qualifying and Shootout sessions. Skaife was right behind in another Holden VX Commodore, while rookie Marcos Ambrose continued to impress with third in his Ford AU Falcon. The first championship race

in what’s known as “the land of the long white cloud” was stopped short due to rain, with Murphy winning with a nine-second margin over Ambrose and Skaife securing his fourth title in third place. Another starring performance came from Jason Richards, who finished in fourth in the Team Kiwi Racing entry to add to the celebrations for the locals. Skaife pressed Murphy in the second race but couldn’t overcome the Kiwi, with Ambrose yet again in the top three. Murphy completed the clean sweep in the third race with another comfortable margin, this time with Jason Bright overcoming teammate Skaife in the battle for second place. It was the start of a dominant run for Murphy at Pukekohe. He backed up his 2001 success with further round wins in 2002 and 2003,

winning three of the six races. After missing out on a win in 2004, he fought back with another clean sweep in 2005 to confirm his status as the ‘King of Pukekohe’ and a local legend. “To have a round at home and have that success was very special,” Murphy told Supercars.com. “As far as the Pukekohe wins go, they for me rate right up there as the best things that ever happened in my Supercar career. It fell into place; I’d much prefer it was there than somewhere that didn’t have the same kind of affinity or same kind of meaning and feeling. “I’m very fortunate to have that kind of thing happen, and I really relished the opportunity to be there and race, being a Kiwi in one of the, if not the, best touring car series in the world in an Australian domestic championship.”

Team Kiwi Racing’s Angus Fogg gets sideways in front of his home crowd at Pukekohe Park Raceway in 2001.

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