The Toll Holden Racing Team will help GM Holden to celebrate its 60th anniversary at Bathurst by rolling out a special commemorative livery on its two car entry in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The sides of HRT's distinctive day-glo red and pearl VE Commodore racers will each sport a 3D chrome-silver version of the team's famous racing lion, while the bonnets will feature a striking chrome-silver 60th anniversary logo.

"GM Holden has developed a proud racing heritage throughout its 60-year history with famous wins at Mount Panorama helping forge the company's identity and its place in the Australian conscience," GM Holden chairman and managing director Mark Reuss said. "As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 48-215, it is fitting that the
Holden Racing Team, our factory squad, will mark our history in a very special way when its cars take to the track at Bathurst.

"Certainly everyone at Holden, from our workforce to a legion of passionate fans, wishes HRT and our other Holden-sponsored teams the best of luck for this year's great race."

Garth Tander, who leads the V8 Supercar championship standings going into the event in the #1 Toll HRT Commodore, is joined by five-time Bathurst 1000 winner Mark Skaife in the car most pundits rate as Holden's top chance for victory in the enduro classic, with the duo having already taken victory at Phillip Island in the opening enduro event of the year.

"I was honoured to be asked to join the factory racing squad this year and of course, from that moment on, I've been especially looking forward to representing GM Holden at Bathurst," he said. "To be carrying a livery of such historical significance is only going to add extra spice on the day and be even sweeter if we can get our nose in front by the end of the day."

Skaife, who last won at Bathurst in 2005, said he loved the standout styling of the new livery, which
will also be featured on the #2 car to be campaigned by Craig Baird and Glenn Seton.

"It looks good, doesn't it?" he said. "I thought our 2008 livery was the best I've seen but this is just awesome.

"Look, it's not as though Garth and I need any additional motivation to win the 1000. We've both been there before and we're absolutely focused on doing it again. But you definitely get an extra spark from something like this.

"One interesting thing to think about is that the last two times the HRT cars have run a celebratory livery - in Darwin in 2005 for our 50th team victory and at Sandown in 2003 for Mobil - we've gone on to win that round. It's a good omen leading into Bathurst."

The new livery was the work of GM Holden designer Peter Hughes, who also penned the original HRT livery for the 2008 campaign, and he said he was hopeful that fans would like the one-off special.

"We really wanted to retain most of the '08 HRT look, so the distinctive day-glo red and pearl white of the current livery had to stay, but we knew something unforgettable had to be added to signify our 60th birthday celebrations," he said. "The massive 3D chrome-silver lion that dominates the side of the car symbolizes Holden's 60th anniversary, plus our passion and pride for being involved in motorsport. This is coordinated with the bold chrome-silver 60th Anniversary logo on the bonnet. The rest of the livery remains simple and sympathetic to the lines of the VE.

"The whole effect is fresh and very striking, yet the livery is executed in a way that it remains unmistakably 'HRT'. I hope all the Holden fans at Bathurst like the celebratory new look."



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