EX-GRM HOLDEN COMMODORE RETURNS TO RACING OVERSEAS

GRM VF15 returned to race action at Silverstone last weekend. Pic: Facebook / Holden Racing UK

AN ex-Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore has returned to racing in the hands of its new owner in England.

Originally built for Alex Premat to race in 2013, the car was last campaigned in Australia by Image Racing in the 2017 Super2 Series for Renee Gracie and Jordan Boys.

It is now one of a fleet of Commodore Supercars owned by Englishman Alex Sidwell and his Holden Racing UK operation.

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After giving GRM VF15 its first hitout at Brands Hatch last November, Sidwell campaigned the Commodore in the Classic & Modern Motorsport’s opening event for Special Saloons and Tin Tops for 2022 at Silverstone at the weekend.

Mechanical issues hampered the machine in qualifying and the opening race, but Sidwell managed to charge through from 15th on the grid to second in the first sprint to BMW racer Charles Hyde-Andrews-Bird, then led the second only for a late bobble to give Hyde-Andrews-Bird the weekend sweep.

Sidwell owns both of the 2013 season GRM VFs raced by Premat and Scott McLaughlin, and recently purchased another chassis that the team later built to race in Super2.

He pressed GRM VF15 into action after while the ex-Brad Jones Racing Commodore that he usually races is shipped back to Australia for repairs following a heavy crash at Silverstone last year a heavy crash at Silverstone last year.