2009 Su­percheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Win­ner

Garth Tan­der/Will Dav­i­son

Australian Muscle Car - - Cars That Won Bathurst -

#2 Holden Rac­ing Team Holden Com­modore VE Chas­sis – WR 006

The 2009 Bathurst win­ner’s his­tory dates back to its de­but in the fi­nal round of the 2007 V8 Su­per­car Cham­pi­onship Se­ries at Phillip Is­land.

The sixth VE Com­modore built by Walkin­shaw Rac­ing, it was the first of the ‘sec­ond gen­er­a­tion’ of VEs de­signed by the team fea­tur­ing a smart ECU, min­i­mal in-car in­stru­men­ta­tion and min­i­mal ac­tual parts in the cock­pit.

A Pi Re­search mod­ule re­placed the con­sole, a whole new trans­mis­sion tun­nel and new roll cage de­sign was also part of the re-de­sign over the pre­vi­ous five chas­sis, while the driver was also moved slightly fur­ther in­board com­pared to the pre­vi­ous cars.

Mark Skaife gave WR 006 its rac­ing de­but at Phillip Is­land in 2007 car­ry­ing race num­ber 200 in def­er­ence to the five-time champ mak­ing his 200th Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship/V8 Su­per­cars Cham­pi­onship round start.

Skaife re­tained the car in 2008 and raced it as the #2 Com­modore in what turned out to be his fi­nal sea­son full-time in V8 Su­per­cars – and with the Holden Rac­ing Team – with Glenn Se­ton and Craig Baird pilot­ing the car in the en­durance races at Phillip Is­land and Bathurst, and Skaife hav­ing his fi­nal start in it at Oran Park.

It then be­came Will Dav­i­son’s #22 car, when he joined HRT for 2009, and he claimed wins in it at Sandown and Queens­land Race­way. The car was re-num­bered #2 and claimed a last lap vic­tory at the Phillip Is­land 500 in the hands of Garth Tan­der and Dav­i­son.

Tan­der then put it on pole at Bathurst (his sec­ond in suc­ces­sive years). Dav­i­son led away in the early stages and they went on to win the race.

Dav­i­son ended up fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the 2009 cham­pi­onship to Jamie Whin­cup in the car and he re­tained it for the first part of 2010, though it would turn out to be a dif­fi­cult sea­son for both the team and driver.

Two new cars came on-stream the Hid­den Val­ley round, so this car re­verted to spare sta­tus, though it was pressed back into ac­tion on the Gold Coast for Dav­i­son and Ryan Briscoe to drive af­ter Dav­i­son’s late race wall-bang­ing ac­ci­dent on the Moun­tain at Bathurst.

Nick Per­cat then used it in the fi­nal two rounds of the Fu­jitsu Se­ries at Sandown and Syd­ney be­fore run­ning it as the #222 Coates Hire car in the 2011 se­ries, in which he won the first round in Ade­laide but fin­ished sev­enth in the points over­all.

The car lay idle in 2012 when Per­cat moved into a newer chas­sis be­fore be­ing sold in early 2013 to John An­der­son (owner of the 2003 Bathurst-win­ning HRT 043 chas­sis).

Ace car restora­tion ex­pert Rick Wy­att stripped it back to a bare chas­sis with work re­cently com­pleted on the car, as the im­age here shows. Many cor­rectly num­bered com­po­nents have been re­turned to the car from its suc­cesses in 2009.


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