2004 Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst 1000 Win­ner

Greg Mur­phy/Rick Kelly

Australian Muscle Car - - Cars That Won Bathurst -

#15 Kmart Rac­ing Holden Com­modore VY Chas­sis – HRT 044

Many be­lieve the 2003 Kmart Bathurst win­ner was the same car that won the 2004 race, though that is not the case – how­ever both were orig­i­nally Holden Rac­ing Team cars.

The ’04 win­ner was built new in 2001 as a VX for Ja­son Bright, de­buted at East­ern Creek and driven by Bright for the re­main­der of that sea­son and then again for the first half of 2002.

It was then moved across to Kmart Rac­ing and be­came Todd Kelly’s Kmart #15 car from Win­ton on­wards when Bright de­buted a new chas­sis.

Driven by Kelly for the re­main­der of 2002 (save for the en­durance races where it was rested), it be­came Rick Kelly’s car in 2003 when Todd moved across to HRT (to drive the 043 chas­sis too!).

The younger of the broth­ers ran it for the first half of the sea­son be­fore step­ping into an­other chas­sis, so 044 was re­fur­bished and re-emerged in 2004 as a VY with Kelly again driv­ing.

He won in the wet in it at East­ern Creek be­fore pair­ing with Mur­phy to fin­ish fourth at Sandown as the #51 en­try. They swapped the car back to Kelly’s reg­u­lar #15 for Bathurst where they de­buted a new Spi­der-Man 2 liv­ery and claimed a sec­ond-straight win at Mount Panorama.

Kelly ran the car for the rest of the sea­son and won a race at Sym­mons Plains be­fore Mur­phy drove it for the sea­son-fi­nale at East­ern Creek.

Pur­chased by the D’Al­berto fam­ily in 2005 it was raced by Tony D’Al­berto in that year’s HPDC Se­ries (now known as the Dun­lop Se­ries) and was run by their team for driver Mark McNally in 2006 and 2007.

Since then it has been used as a ride car on oc­ca­sion by the D’Al­berto team, which with­drew from com­pet­ing in the V8 Su­per­cars Cham­pi­onship in 2014.

It was put up for sale ear­lier this year with a range of par­ties tak­ing in­ter­est in se­cur­ing this piece of Bathurst his­tory.

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