HRT livery to feature in Kumho V8 field

Hansen's car in the HRT's 2003 livery

Hansen's car in the HRT's 2003 livery

The famous red and white hues of the Holden Racing Team will feature on the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series grid at Mallala this weekend.

Having bought HRT chassis 054 in the off-season, West Australian Matt Hansen has returned the car to the HRT colours since Wakefield Park’s opening round last month.

The last of the cars to carry a HRT build plate (with the Walkinshaw Performance tag used from the first VE), chassis 054 made its debut in the V8 Supercars Championship at Queensland Raceway in 2006 in the hands of Todd Kelly.

After famously crashing out on the opening lap of the 2006 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, the car has spent recent seasons in the Fujitsu Series, initially campaigned by Kayne Scott, and most recently by Geoff Emery.

The Kumho V8 Touring Car Series caters for ex-V8 Supercars

The Kumho V8 Touring Car Series caters for ex-V8 Supercars

As cars are not allowed to compete in VZ specification in the Kumho Seres, Hansen has chosen to run the HRT’s 2003 VY colourscheme in the Shannons Nationals class.

“We thought we’d return it to the HRT colours,” Hansen told

“The car only ever raced as a VZ, but we’ve put it back to a VY for this series.

“The Holden Racing Team cars all have great history and are pretty popular with the fans.

“The cars in the Kumho Series are all ex-V8 Supercars, and while there is a bit of sponsorship, a lot of the guys are privateers like us, so we thought why not.

“I think it’d be great if some of the other cars in the category went back to the old liveries as well.”

Hansen raced an ex-Prancing Horse Racing AU Falcon in last year’s V8 Touring Car Series, and filled in for the injured Tony Bates in a Greg Murphy VE at the most recent round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series.

Hansen says his V8 Touring Car form should improve after the Barbagallo experience.

“I’m not sure if the paint job is going to make it go any faster, but I think there should be an improvement from me after doing the Fujitsu races,” said Hansen.

“I felt I improved throughout the weekend running against that level of competition.”

Seventeen entries have been received for Round 2 of the 2011 Kumho V8 Touring Car Series, to be held with the Shannons Nationals at South Australia’s Mallala Raceway this weekend.

See below for the full entry list

Sponsor Driver State Vehicle
5 Australian Custom Moulders Matthew Hansen WA Commodore VY
6 Valley Longwall Int’l/Werner Eng Nathan Garioch Qld Falcon BA
7 Poll Performance Jim Pollicina NSW Commodore VY
14 Jason George Jason George Vic Falcon BA
21 Century 21 Hazelbrook Chris Delfsma NSW Falcon AU
22 SA Tractors/Retro Blast Isi Ambrosio WA Commodore VY
23 Valley Longwall Int’l/Werner Eng Justin Garioch Qld Falcon BA
25 Carrington Equipment Grp Michael Hector NSW Falcon BA
27 Graham Body Works/Monster Cables Shaun Fennell Vic Commodore VX
31 Derrick Hocking Derrick Hocking Qld Commodore VY
33 Voight Contracting Steve Voight Qld Commodore VY
39 Smerdon Racing Chris Smerdon SA Falcon BA
49 Lubrimaxx Terry Wyhoon Vic Falcon BA
50 Warby Lodge Motor Inn Mark Shepherd Vic Falcon BA
62 Beautiful Tiles Scott Loadsman NSW Commodore VY
81 Cavalier Homes Barossa Michael Bartsch SA Falcon AU
98 MacArthur Truckserve Aaron Tebb NSW Commodore VY

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