THE Gen3 Supercar chassis once owned by Peter Adderton has been unveiled as PremiAir Racing’s newly built spare car.
It was just over a year ago that Adderton announced the acquisition of a Triple Eight chassis, but he had relinquished 888A-064 by June 2023.
Details about its buyer were not confirmed at the time, but it turns out it was PremiAir boss Peter Xiberras who swooped.
The car is now fully assembled and in fact was quietly used to promote the recent Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500, driven by James Golding over the Sundale Bridge.
PremiAir was left with a badly bruised #23 Nulon Camaro after an opening lap incident for Tim Slade in the Sunday race – to the point where the team was unsure if it would be repairable in time for this month’s Adelaide 500 – but the diagnosis is now looking positive.
That’s due to allow 888A-064 to be held back until making its racing debut at the 2024 Bathurst 500.
“In the new Gen3 era of Supercars, it is a smart decision to have a complete spare car on hand if you are able to,” said PremiAir team manager Stephen Robertson.
“Accidents happen – we saw that in particular with Jimmy last year at the Gold Coast event – and as we have seen across the 2023 season putting these new cars back together after heavy accidents like that takes quite a bit.
“This is especially problematic when you have short turnaround times between events as we have at some points throughout the season.
“If we had a similar incident to what we had at the Gold Coast last year at Bathurst for instance, we wouldn’t be able to have that car back online in time to compete at the next event.
“So, when the opportunity came up to have such a high-quality, brand-new spare car on hand, Peter was swift to act.
“This purchase gives us a lot of confidence heading into the busy tail-end of the 2023 season and into 2024, and we thank Triple Eight Race Engineering for delivering such a great product to us.”
PremiAir is one of two teams confirmed to be taking an unchanged primary driver roster into next year, with Slade and Golding both retained.