MOUNT PANORAMA, Australia — Simona De Silvestro, Renee Gracie and the Harvey Norman Supergirls race team have unveiled the new livery and sponsorship they will carry into this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Oct. 6-9 at Mount Panorama.
Joining Norman for the team’s second attempt at Australia’s Great Race is Nikon KeyMission 360, a new-to-the-market 360-degree action camera from one of the industry’s leading photography brands.
In recognition of the sponsorship, the car will sport number 360 in the 1000 kilometer race, with the number previously reaching the Bathurst podium in 2014 on the side of the Nissan Motorsport entry shared by James Moffat and Taz Douglas.
Additional backing for the entry comes from Caltex, Fujitsu, Dunlop, Wilson, the Bathurst Regional Council and Bremtec.
For De Silvestro, the Bathurst event marks the start of the next chapter of her career, after it was announced this summer that she will compete full-time in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for the next three seasons.
“It’s great to be back in Australia,” said De Silvestro. “This time around everything feels a bit more normal knowing the tracks we are going to, and even though I am with a new team in Nissan, I’m really looking forward to getting to work with them.
“My expectations are always high every time I get into a race car, and I know that Bathurst is a very challenging circuit and event. It’s been a full year since I have driven a Supercar, but I’m sure it will come back to me quite quickly. I think our biggest goal is to improve on last year’s result, and if we have a clean race then I’m sure we can have a good result at the end. Finishing (in the) top 15 would be a great achievement.”
Gracie, the leading female driver in the Dunlop Series, is gunning to improve upon the pair’s 21st-place finish from last year.
“The first thing is to get comfortable in the car and focus on the end game,” said Gracie. “If we can stay on the lead lap, then the ultimate result will take care of itself.”
“The team is very supportive and it feels like they’re really into the whole concept of what we are doing, which is great. They’ve put together a very experienced group of guys and I felt really good being there … we were cracking jokes and having plenty of laughs, but things will get much more serious once the engine barks into life for the big race next month.”
In preparation for their wild card Bathurst start, de Silvestro and Gracie will participate in a two day test at Winton Motor Raceway this coming week.
CREDIT: Harvey Norman Supergirls Race Team