A number of runners at this weekend’s Townsville 400 round of the V8 Supercars Championship will sport new colour schemes.

The new paint job is headlined by the Holden Racing Team, which will continue its 25th anniversary celebrations with a throwback livery paying tribute to its greatest driver, the late Peter Brock.

Fellow champions Garth Tander and James Courtney will have their Holden Commodores sporting a livery in the same colour scheme that Brock ran when he claimed his last pole positions and race wins back in 1997.

The team engaged the services of the original livery’s designer, Peter Hughes, to replicate the paint scheme.

“HRT’s 1997 livery is one of my all time favourites. It was the first HRT Commodore I designed and is sentimental to me being Brock’s final year,” Hughes reflected.

“I’m always excited to see a HRT liveries come to realisation, and I’m proud to bring back this design.”

“[It] was a big year for the Holden Racing Team with Brock’s last full time year in V8 Supercars, so it’s really special to carry those colours on my HRT Commodore. The guys have done an incredible job replicating the livery,” Tander added.

“I was racing Formula Ford at the time and remember seeing huge crowds surrounding Brock and the HRT garage. To now carry the same livery is exciting.”

The factory Holden team heads to this weekend’s trio of races at the Reid Park circuit hoping to claim a 1-2 finish for the third year running.

“We’ve had a lot of success at Townsville and I’m hoping we can replicate it. It would be fitting to do it in the 1997 retro livery,” Tander added.

Another driver running a throwback livery is series veteran Jason Bright, who will become the fourth driver in Australian touring car history to notch up a milestone 500 race starts, after Russell Ingall, Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander.

Jason Bright, Brad Jones Racing - 2015 Townsville 400 livery

Bright will run a retro livery to mark his 500th race start.

The Brad Jones Racing driver made his championship debut in a one-off drive in 1997 with Garry Rogers Motorsport before embarking on a full-time campaign with Stone Brothers Racing the following year.

This weekend will see the 42-year-old run a special #500 entry painted in the same colour scheme he ran when he took his first race win for BJR at Barbagallo Raceway in 2011.

Bright currently sits thirteenth in the Drivers’ Championship standings with a pair of fifth-placed finishes as his best results, having been unable to match the qualifying pace of teammate Fabian Coulthard. His last race win came in 2013 at Pukekohe, although he did claim a pole position at Townsville last year.

Nissan Motorsport’s Michael Caruso will sport another GT Academy livery scheme this weekend as the carmaker’s racing development group gears up for its finals series on the Gold Coast.

Michael Caruso, Nissan Motorsport - 2015 Townsville 400 livery

Caruso’s GT Academy livery will feature a striking chrome scheme.

The #23 Nissan Altima has so far run in NISMO and MP300 Navara hues this season, but this weekend will mark a return to GT Academy branding, which Caruso last ran at Symmons Plains Raceway.

This paint job sees a striking chrome scheme adorning his car, which Caruso hopes will help continue a solid run of form that has seen him finish in the top-five in three of the last six races.

“This is easily the best-looking V8 Supercar I will have the privilege of driving,” Caruso beamed.

“We see lots of different colour schemes and special designs from time to time, but this GT Academy livery is going to stick in people’s minds for a long time.”

Images via Holden Racing Team, Nissan Motorsport and Team BOC

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