Holden is aiming for a record 30th win in this weekend’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – this year marking the 50th anniversary of the first endurance classic at Mount Panorama.
The 2013 race will be the first contested under V8 Supercars’ Car Of The Future regulations, with Holden represented by 16 new VF Commodores in the 29-car field, led by the factory Holden Racing Team and defending Bathurst champions, Red Bull Racing Australia.
GM Holden Motorsport and Sponsorship Manager Simon McNamara said Bathurst continued to be the most important race on the calendar.
“Bathurst is Australia’s Great Race, it’s the biggest event of the year and the one that captures the attention of all Australians,” McNamara said.
“It’s also an extremely tough race and wins on Mt Panorama are never easy to achieve, which makes us very proud of Holden’s record on the mountain.
“This year’s race is particularly important as it’s the first in a new era of V8 Supercars, there are more manufacturers and an increased level of competition and rivalry.
“We have had to adapt to changing technical regulations many times in the past, but the record books shows that we have always remained competitive.”
Holden celebrates 45 years since it first won the Bathurst classic in 1968, Bruce McPhee and Barry Mulholland collecting the crown in their HK Monaro GTS 327.Â
Since then, Holden has amassed a record 29 victories – 12 more than its nearest competitor, arch-rival Ford.
It also celebrates the 30th anniversary of Holden veteran John Harvey’s first and only Bathurst win, with Peter Brock and Larry Perkins in the 1983 race, 20 years since Perkins and the late Gregg Hansford’s 1993 triumph, and 10th anniversary of Greg Murphy and Rick Kelly’s dominating 2003 victory.
Holden’s most recent win was delivered last year by Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell in their Triple Eight Race Engineering VE Commodore Series II.
The new VF Commodore has had a highly successful debut season, winning 22 of the first 28 races, securing the Manufacturers Championship for Holden as early as July.
“VF Commodore has already established a world-class reputation as both a road car and a race car,” McNamara said.
“Its predecessor won the past four straight Great Races; VF has big shoes to fill, but we’re confident it can continue Holden’s winning tradition at Mount Panorama.”
Three-time Bathurst winner, Garth Tander is joined for the third straight year in the #2 HRT Commodore by rookie 2011 winner Nick Percat, while 2010 V8 Champion James Courtney is partnered by four-time Bathurst winner Greg Murphy.
Whincup and Dumbrell reunite to defend their crown for Red Bull Racing Australia, and head to Bathurst in fine form after a dominant victory at last month’s Wilson Security Sandown 500, while five-time Bathurst winner Craig Lowndes is again paired with Warren Luff.
Multiple race winners in 2013, Brad Jones Racing is represented by Fabian Coulthard/Luke Youlden (Lockwood Commodore) and Jason Bright/Andrew Jones (Team BOC Commodore) while Tekno Autosports has two VF Commodores for Clipsal 500 winner Shane Van Gisbergen/Jeroen Bleekemolen and Jonathon Webb/Marc Lieb.
“One of the most encouraging aspects of this season has been the number of Holdens at the front of the field,” McNamara said.
“The results are a credit to our teams, and Holden Motorsport Technical Manager Peter Harker, who coordinated the homologation of VF in conjunction with HRT and Triple Eight Race Engineering.
“It’s going to be a tough race, but we are confident we have the drivers, teams and cars to grab the ultimate success and have the entire country thinking Holden.”
Practice for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 starts this Thursday, 10 October, followed by qualifying on Friday, the Top 10 Shootout on Saturday and the 1000km race on Sunday.
Holden Motorsport has designed a comprehensive Bathurst 1000 infographic, available for download. The infographic details Holden's 29 Bathurst winners, the two greatest laps in Bathurst history, the features of the new VF Commodore race car, a typical pit-stop and a full fast lap of the Mountain. Fans can download the infographic by clicking HERE.
Previous Holden Bathurst Winners
1968: Bruce McPhee/Barry Mulholland – Holden HK Monaro GTS 327
1969: Colin Bond/Tony Roberts – Holden HT Monaro GTS 350
1972: Peter Brock – Holden LJ Torana GTR XU1
1975: Peter Brock/Brian Sampson – Holden LH Torana L34
1976: Bob Morris/John Fitzpatrick – Holden LH Torana L34
1978: Peter Brock/Jim Richards – Holden LX Torana A9X
1979: Peter Brock/Jim Richards – Holden LX Torana A9X
1980: Peter Brock/Jim Richards – Holden VC Commodore
1982: Peter Brock/Larry Perkins – Holden VH Commodore
1983: Peter Brock/Larry Perkins/John Harvey – Holden VH Commodore
1984: Peter Brock/Larry Perkins – Holden VK Commodore
1986: Allan Grice/Graeme Bailey – Holden VK Commodore SS Group A
1987: Peter Brock/David Parsons/Peter McLeod – Holden VL Commodore SS Group A
1990: Allan Grice/Win Percy – Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV
1993: Larry Perkins/Gregg Hansford – Holden VP Commodore
1995: Larry Perkins/Russell Ingall – Holden VR Commodore
1996: Craig Lowndes/Greg Murphy – Holden VR Commodore
1997: Larry Perkins/Russell Ingall – Holden VS Commodore
1999: Greg Murphy/Steven Richards – Holden VT Commodore
2000: Garth Tander/Jason Bargwanna – Holden VT Commodore
2001: Mark Skaife/Tony Longhurst – Holden VX Commodore
2002: Mark Skaife/Jim Richards – Holden VX Commodore
2003: Greg Murphy/Rick Kelly – Holden VY Commodore
2004: Greg Murphy/Rick Kelly – Holden VY Commodore
2005: Mark Skaife/Todd Kelly – Holden VZ Commodore
2009: Garth Tander /Will Davison – Holden VE Commodore
2010: Craig Lowndes / Mark Skaife – Holden VE Commodore Series II
2011: Garth Tander / Nick Percat – Holden VE Commodore Series II
2012: Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell – Holden VE Commodore Series II
2013 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – Holden Drivers/Teams
1. Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell – Red Â Bull Racing Australia VF Commodore
2. Garth Tander/Nick Percat – Holden Racing Team VF Commodore
3. Tony D’Alberto/Jonny Reid – Team HIFLEX VF Commodore
8. Jason Bright/Andrew Jones – Team BOC VF Commodore
10. Andy Priaulx/Mattias Ekstrom – Xbox One Racing VF Commodore
14. Fabian Coulthard/Luke Youlden – Lockwood Racing VF Commodore
19. Jonathon Webb/Marc Lieb – Darrell Lea/Tekno VF Commodore
21. David Wall/Chris Pither – Wilson Security Racing VF Commodore
22. James Courtney/Greg Murphy – Holden Racing Team VF Commodore
33. Scott McLaughlin/Jack Perkins – Fujitsu Racing GRM VF Commodore
34. Alexandre Premat/Greg Ritter – Fujitsu Racing GRM VF Commodore
66. Russell Ingall/Ryan Briscoe – Supercheap Auto Racing VF Commodore
80. Scott Pye/Paul Morris – ekol Racing VF Commodore
88. Dean Fiore/Matthew Halliday – Dodo Insurance Racing VF Commodore
97. Shane Van Gisbergen/Jeroen Bleekemolen – VIP Petfoods/Tekno VF Commodore
888. Craig Lowndes/Warren Luff – Red Bull Racing Australia VF Commodore