Walkinshaw completes Slade Holden rebuild

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Monday 20th October, 2014 - 1:37pm

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The Supercheap crew with the rebuilt Commodore

The Supercheap crew with the rebuilt Commodore

Tim Slade and Tony D’Alberto’s Supercheap Auto Holden is on its way to the Castrol Edge Gold Coast 600 after a major post-Bathurst rebuild.

The Walkinshaw Holden was one of several V8 Supercars heavily damaged in a bruising Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

While Garth Tander/Warren Luff, David Reynolds/Dean Canto, Lee Holdsworth/Craig Baird and Russell Ingall/Tim Blanchard will all be in spare chassis on the Gold Coast, a lack of a second race-ready spare at Walkinshaw Racing ensured the Supercheap crew needed to undertake a rebuild.

CLICK HERE for more on David Reynolds/Dean Canto’s FPR chassis switch

CLICK HERE for more on Lee Holdsworth/Craig Baird’s Erebus chassis switch

CLICK HERE for more on Russell Ingall/Tim Blanchard’s GRM/Dragon chassis switch

Supercheap team manager Anthony McDonald said the repair required a total of 250 man hours.

“It’s one of the tightest turnarounds that I’ve worked on, with massive effort required,” said McDonald.

“I’m really proud of everyone at the team. It’s been all hands on deck right from the start, and everyone has been pushing hard to get the Commodore ready for the Gold Coast.”

The team also completed the preparation of its spare for Tander/Luff in time for the departure of the two Walkinshaw trucks this morning.

The Slade/D’Alberto entry will race on the Gold Coast in a mildly revised livery to that seen at Sandown and Bathurst, where the company celebrated its 10th year as event sponsor.