HOLDEN TEAMS SHUFFLE CARS A GOLD COAST INDY RAPIDLY APPROACHES Holden's V8 Supercar teams have been burning the midnight oil in preparation for this weekend's Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge on the Gold Coast after a range of accidents and ...
HOLDEN TEAMS SHUFFLE CARS A GOLD COAST INDY RAPIDLY APPROACHES
Holden's V8 Supercar teams have been burning the midnight oil in preparation for this weekend's Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge on the Gold Coast after a range of accidents and incidents have left them to wheel out spare cars or repair cars damaged at Bathurst.
The Holden Racing Team have benched their newest Commodore that was damaged on the opening lap of the Supercheap Auto 1000, with Mark Skaife to move back into the chassis he has campaigned all year prior to the endurance events.
He will be rejoined in the factory Holden lineup by Todd Kelly after Kelly's endurance stint with the Toll HSV squad.
The Bathurst runnerup will drive the 2005 Bathurstwinning car that he campaigned early in the course of this year's series which has been repaired after Jim Richards' hit with the wall at Mount Panorama a fortnight ago.
Kelly's brother Rick will retain his regular #15 Commodore, while Garth Tander will not only step back into the black and orange colours of the Toll HSV team, but back into his regular #16 car that was rested for the endurance events.
Tasman Motorsport has elected to repair Jason Richards' #3 Commodore after its wild airborne ride through the Chase and subsequent crash at Reid Park at Bathurst.
The team does have a spare chassis at its Melbourne workshop but have instead elected to repair the existing car for the Indy event rather than switch the mechanicals and debut the new machine.
Andrew Jones will move back into his regular car that was driven in the endurance events by Owen Kelly and Mark Noske.
At Supercheap Auto Racing, Greg Murphy will step back into the #51 Commodore VZ he has campaigned throughout the first seven rounds of the series.
Teammate Cameron McConville will return to the car he has driven in for the majority of the season after crashing at Bathurst in the chassis that had been repaired for the enduros from its heavy accident at the Adelaide seasonopener.
Jack Daniel's Racing will place Paul Dumbrell in its spare Commodore, as used by Jack Perkins and Shane Price at Bathurst, with the team running short on spare parts after its rebuild of Steven Richards' car from a practice accident at the Mountain.
One of the few Holden teams to escape damage at Bathurst was Garry Rogers Motorsport.
Dean Canto and Lee Holdsworth will continue in their regular championship mounts which escaped Bathurst without any damage. Meanwhile, Team Kiwi ace Paul Radisich will be watching from home in Melbourne after suffering a broken sternum, broken ankle and bruised voice box in a high speed accident at Bathurst.
The #021 Commodore was completely destroyed after rescue crews were forced to cut the roof off and slice through the roll bars to extricate the twotime Touring Car World Cup winner.
HOLDEN MOTORSPORT QUOTEBOOK
Rick Kelly (#15 Toll HSV DT Commodore VZ 2nd in points) "The championship is alive, and we are going to do our best to chase it down, starting at Surfers Paradise. The Indy circuit is awesome. We go from doing a 1000km race at Bathurst to racing through the streets on a really tight track. I think we will go really well there because that sort of track suits the way I drive and the car we have under us. To achieve a really quick lap there, you probably need to clip at least one wall! We showed we had really good car speed at Adelaide, which is a similar track with a lot of changes of direction."
Garth Tander (#16 Toll HSV DT Commodore VZ 6th in points) "My championship is over for this year, so it really is all about trying to get as many race wins as we can and trying to finish off the year as strongly as possible in anticipation for next year. In saying that, I will be doing everything I can to support Rick and help him for his championship." th Paul Dumbrell (#11 Jack Daniel's Racing Commodore VZ 10 in points) "We've had a far better Bathurst this year than last to head into Indy with. Getting back to the pace and form we showed in the early part of the season is what we want to achieve this weekend. Even though I'm not driving my regular car, the only difference with this chassis is the chassis itself because it has all of the running gear in it from my regular car."