The 2022 running of the Great Race will bear witness to a number of significant events both on and off the track, with celebrations of the much loved Holden Lion taking centre stage at Bathurst during the week leading up to race day.
“Bathurst is one of the most iconic races in the world and we want to appropriately recognise this historic end of an era for Holden in racing,” said Chris Payne, General Manager Chevrolet Racing.
“Sunday will be emotional for a lot of Holden fans, including ex-Holden & race team employees and ex-Dealer staff, the final time a Holden races in a Supercars event at Bathurst.
“It would be an outstanding way to farewell Holden from the Mountain if one of the Commodore drivers can add to the brand’s 35 race wins at the circuit.”
There will also be a number of special moments which focus on the 50th anniversary of Peter Brock’s first Bathurst victory in 1972.
“When you think of Bathurst, it’s difficult not to think of Peter – the King of the Mountain,” said Mr Payne.
“He was an incredible driver who achieved an unrivalled nine wins here for Holden, an achievement I don’t ever think will be bettered.”
“Peter’s first win here for Holden was in 1972, so 50 years on it’s just a wonderful tribute to him that Supercars have created a Peter Brock Tribute display at Bathurst, so the fans can come into the Harris Park precinct and enjoy seeing some of his cars again and just remember the great moments and memories he gave to us all,” he added.
In conjunction with Australia Post and the Brock family, GMANZ today showcased a limited stamp release dubbed ‘Peter Brock – King of the Mountain.’ The stamps feature five of Brock’s famous victories at Mount Panorama and are available now at Australia Post Offices.
One of Holden’s other famous sons will also have special reason to celebrate this weekend, as he takes to the track for his 300th combined Touring Car/ Supercars round starts – a record unmatched in the history of the sport.
“I’ve enjoyed an incredibly memorable career and am humbled to be here for my 300th round start,” said seven times Bathurst winner, Craig Lowndes.
“I have a strong affinity with the Mountain and would like nothing more than to add to the wins I have savoured here.
“It’s a long race, one in which anything can happen – and it usually does – but to be in the running come Sunday would be hugely satisfying.” Lowndes added.