Triple Eight Race Engineering has revealed its Holden tribute livery to mark the brand’s final Supercars event at this weekend’s VALO Adelaide 500.
The livery features Holden logos and badges from its history on an all-white design, designed by motorsport livery designer and ex-Holden designer Peter Hughes.
Van Gisbergen, the 2022 Supercars champion, also announced that he’ll run #1 on his Holden Commodore for the final event as a nod to the team’s success throughout the 2022 season, and a tribute to Holden’s return to the streets of Adelaide for the final time.
Triple Eight Race Engineering first raced for Holden at the beginning of 2010. Holden became co-naming rights partner of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team from 2017 to 2020, before the brand announced its retirement at the beginning of the 2020 season.
Since the commencement of Triple Eight’s partnership with Holden, the team has claimed 189 race wins, 137 pole positions, 420 podiums, six Bathurst 1000 wins, eight drivers’ championships, 10 teams’ championships and 10 manufacturers championships.
“There’s certainly no underestimating the significance of this year’s Adelaide 500 – the last Supercars championship event for the roaring Lion,” said Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight Race Engineering managing director.
“Seeing the Holden badge cross the finish line for the final time on Sunday on its home soil will no doubt pull a heart string.
“Triple Eight’s relationship with Holden started in 2010, and we’ve shared so much success over that time; 189 wins, 10 manufacturers titles, eight drivers’ championships and six Bathurst 1000 wins to name a few.
“Although it’s a time to reflect and celebrate the legacy of Holden, I want fans to be excited for the future of the sport with the introduction of Gen3 and the Chevrolet Camaro. Triple Eight, General Motors and Supercars have put in a mammoth effort over the past three years to get this project on the track for the beginning of the 2023 season, and I can’t wait to be part of the Camaro versus Mustang rivalry into the future.”
Van Gisbergen added: “I think the Holden tribute livery looks awesome – everyone that has been involved in the design has done a fantastic job.
“I’ve also decided to run #1 on my car for the final round of the season. We’re in a lucky position with the championship wrapped up that we can do something cool like this. It’s a thank you to the entire team because I know they’ve always loved running the #1 and have truly earnt it this year. It also suits with the last race for Holden running the #1 on the side of the car.
“I’ve got memories of Jamie [Whincup] and Skaifey [Mark Skaife] running the #1 at the start of the season and winning on the streets of Adelaide, and it was the manufacturing home of Holden, so hopefully it will be a meaningful tribute to the many employees past and present. It would be great to win the last race for sure, but if it can’t be me, hopefully it’s another Holden.”