Paul Morris Motorsport has confirmed that it will rebuild – rather than replace – the wrecked Holden Commodore belonging to VIP Petfoods driver Steve Owen ahead of next weekend’s round of the V8 Supercars championship at Winton Raceway.Steve Owen's Holden is being rebuilt after its fiery shunt at Barbagallo Raceway

Owen’s car was almost completely written off after it ploughed into the back of Karl Reindler’s stalled car at the start of the second race at the last round at Barbagallo Raceway less than ten days ago. Both cars caught fire and sustained major damage in the accident, which registered 37G on impact.

While Reindler was hospitalised with minor burns to his hands, Owen incredibly suffered no injuries.

The three-week turnaround between the rounds at Perth and Winton has given the team enough time to perform a rebuild of Owen’s damaged VE Commodore chassis, confirmed the team’s commercial manager Scott Jennings.

“Late last week the car was stripped back to roll cage and sent to the smash repairers to be straightened on the jig,” he told BigPond Sport.

“We’ll square up and replace everything forward of the windscreen, as well as fitting a new engine. As a precaution we will also undertake a total refit of all the safety equipment – a new seat, seat brackets, harnesses and the like.

“We’d love to have it finished by the weekend, but more realistically it will be early next week, just in time to load it in the truck for Winton.”

[Image via VIP Petfoods Racing]

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