FORMER HRT COMMODORE GIVES SUPER2 STEP UP

QUEENSLANDER Bradley Neill will make the step up into the Dunlop Super2 Series in 2021 behind the wheel of an ex-Holden Racing Team Commodore VF prepared and run by Eggleston Motorsport.

Neill was born and bred in Toowoomba in Queensland, the same hometown as Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series winner Will Power, and still lives there to this day.

A promising junior cricketer and rugby player, Neill has turned to motorsport after building a successful career in the valuation industry.

The 43-year-old bought an ex-David ‘Truckie’ Parsons, Perkins Engineering-built Commodore and, running the car with his father, joined the Heritage Class of the V8 Touring Car Series for older cars built in the 1990s.

He won the Heritage Cup in 2017 and moved into an ex-Shane van Gisbergen, Stone Brothers-built Falcon FG in 2018 run by Matt Stone Racing.

Neill finished fourth in the Kumho Cup in that season and returned the following year to win the class as he continued to develop his skills.

Also experienced behind the wheel of a MARC Car in the GT1 Series, Neill sampled MSR’s Supercars Championship Commodore at the end of last season at a ride day at Queensland Raceway and intends on running the majority, if not all, of the 2021 Dunlop Super2 Series.

His ex-HRT Commodore will be prepared and run for him by Eggleston Motorsport alongside its own Super2 cars and the Super3 Commodore of EMS customer Steven Page.

Neill’s ex-HRT Commodore was driven in last year’s Sydney Motorsport Park round of the Super2 Series by Tyler Everingham.

Its previous history at the Walkinshaw team was with James Courtney – the former Supercars Champion drove the car in 2016 in HRT colours and won Race 2 in Adelaide of that season in an epic fight in the closing laps with Jamie Whincup.

Courtney drove the car for the rest of that season – the team’s last as the official factory Holden Racing Team – before it was run under the Mobil 1 HSV Racing banner in 2017 with Courtney again at the helm.

The history of Holden in Australian motorsport has been celebrated in our latest book, ‘Racing The Lion, a 400 page hardcover collector’s book available now here from the V8 Sleuth Online Bookshop.

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.