V8 Supercars to run Phillip Hughes tributes
The 26-car field for the Sydney NRMA 500 will run special tribute logos for fallen cricketer Phillip Hughes.
All cars in the final championship round at the Sydney Olympic Park circuit will carry the stickers on their rear side windows.
The number 408 is the official Test cap Hughes was presented when he debuted for Australia in South Africa in 2009.
In the days after the cricketer was tragically killed in a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG last week, V8 Supercars discussed ways of paying its respects.
Several of the drivers have previously participated in sportsman functions with Hughes.
A V8 Supercars spokesman told Speedcafe.com it felt it appropriate to pay respect as an ‘entire family’ rather settle on a single entry carrying a tribute.
The category had been approached by Team Jeld-Wen owner Charlie Schwerkolt for Jack Perkins to swap his number #18 for #63, the score Hughes was on when he was struck by a bouncer.
“I saw the A-League and all the other sporting codes do some stuff and thought it would have been a nice way to pay respect,” Perkins told Speedcafe.com
“I love my cricket and everyone who knows me know I love my cricket.
“A good mate of mine whose nickname is ‘Warnie’ told me I should do the number change.
“We weren’t allowed to do it and that really is the story.”