Craig Lowndes and Russell Ingall have both taken the wraps off the respective one-off livery schemes they will run at this year’s fiftieth-anniversary Bathurst 1000 endurance spectacular.
Ingall and co-driver Christian Klien took the covers off a new livery on the #66 SuperCheap Auto Holden Commodore, which sports the corporate colours of his naming right sponsor’s customer loyalty program, Club Plus.
“Bathurst is the most important race of the year, not only for V8 Supercars, but our team and both ours and the race’s major sponsor,” Ingall said at today’s unveiling.
“It’s great to be back at the mountain with a car that looks tough, serious and ready for business.”
And while Ingall’s livery launch certainly attracted plenty of interested spectators, the big reveal came courtesy of five-time Bathurst 1000 winner Craig Lowndes, who became the fifth driver so far to unveil a ‘retro’ livery scheme for this weekend’s event.
Lowndes’ is perhaps the most personal: the former champion has decided to pay honour to the event’s most successful driver, the late Peter Brock, who served as a mentor to Lowndes in his final years of competition.
Lowndes was joined by co-driver Warren Luff and Brock’s widow, Bev, to show off the newly-painted #888 TeamVodafone Holden Commodore, which was airlifted into the Mount Panorama Circuit complex by helicopter.
The livery is reminiscent of the Marlboro-stickered colours run by Brock when he served as a factory Holden driver in the 1980s, at the height of his form in the then-known Australian Touring Car Championship.
“I remember this livery when I was at home watching the race as a kid,” Lowndes said today.
“To be running around in this livery this weekend is going to be really special.”