25 June 2020 | General

Supercars race winner confirmed for Holden Revival at Bathurst International

A Supercars race winner and Bathurst 1000 podium finisher has been confirmed to take part in the Holden Bathurst Revival as part of the inaugural Bathurst International this November.

The Garry Rogers Motorsport Commodore VE that Michael Caruso used to secure his maiden Supercars victory in Hidden Valley in 2009 is currently being restored to its former Fujitsu guise from the 2010 season, and will be driven by its new owner Terry Hamilton.

For information on how to enter your Holden racer in the Holden Bathurst Revival, email for more details.

The GRM 011 chassis is no stranger to Bathurst, or its famous podium, having taken Caruso and Lee Holdsworth to third place at the mountain in 2009.

The car was built new for Caruso in 2009. ‘Robbo’ used the car through the 2009 and most of the 2010 season before becoming a spare chassis for the Melbourne-based team.

The car was pressed back into service in 2012 for Alex Premat to use in the closing rounds of that season after his regular car was badly damaged in the famous start-line accident on the Gold Coast when American Ricky Taylor.

GRM 011’s last round in then ‘Main Game’ was 2012 at the Sydney Olympic street track, where Premat was forced out of the meeting when he suffered carbon monoxide poisoning, opening the door for Scott McLaughlin to drive the car in what would be his ‘solo’ Supercars debut.

Its Development Series life saw James Golding and Chelsea Angelo both make their race debuts in the car before being sold to Dragon Racing where it has now been purchased by Hamilton, who says he is looking forward to getting the car match fit for its Bathurst return.

“I’ve had the car less than 12 months, so I’m in the process of putting in the Fujitsu colours from 2010,” said Hamilton.

“I’ve raced this car three or four times in Sports Sedans, but I’ve never had the chance to run it at Bathurst.

“The Holden Bathurst Revival is the ideal to opportunity drive the car in anger without having to stress about finding that last tenth of a second.

“Also, it’s a great chance to get out there and have some fun, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

The Holden Bathurst Revival will pay tribute to all eras of the ‘The General’s’ motorsport history, from competition variants of the first ever Holden model – the 48-215 – through to modern V8 touring cars.

Eligibility extends to Holdens from almost every circuit racing category that the marque has been represented in, including grass roots categories Group N and Improved Production/Club Cars, as well as series no longer contested such as V8 Utes, Commodore Cup and Future Tourers.

The Holden Bathurst Revival will be one of many classes competing at the Bathurst International, including TCR Australia, S5000, Touring Car Masters and the production cars, competing for the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour.

The four-day event will run on November 12-15, 2020.

For information on how to enter your Holden racer in the Holden Bathurst Revival, email for more details.