Gardner/Crompton-inspired livery for Pither/Hill

The retro Coca-Cola livery Chris Pither and Cameron Hill will take into Bathurst

PREMIAIR Racing has joined the retro brigade for the Repco Bathurst 1000, revealing a ‘90s-inspired Coca-Cola livery for Chris Pither and Cameron Hill.

The #22 car’s revised design harks back to the Wayne Gardner Racing VR Commodore which Gardner and Neil Crompton drove to third place in the 1995 Great Race.

“When it came to deciding what car and team to honour for this year’s Bathurst, we couldn’t go past Wayne Gardner and Neil Crompton’s #7 Coca-Cola car,” said Pither, who has enjoyed long-term support from the soft drink giant.

“It is a truly iconic car, instantly recognisable, and of course, it obviously has a lot of synergy for us being backed by Coca-Cola.

“I am very happy with the look and I can’t wait to see what we can do while flying these colours at the Great Race this year.”

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Coca-Cola Europacific Partners national partnerships manager Lyndon Hunter hailed the chance to go retro.

“Coca-Cola has a very long and passionate association with motorsports, and so we jumped at the chance to honour some of our history and the achievements of our drivers’ past at Bathurst, the most storied racing venue there is in Australia,” said Hunter.

“The livery is equal parts striking and nostalgic and is a very fitting tribute to the #7 Coca-Cola that we saw flying around Mount Panorama in ’95 with Wayne Gardner and Neil Crompton behind the wheel.

The retro livery will run today at Queensland Raceway

“We can’t wait to see it in action this October.”

From 12 prior Bathurst 1000 starts, Pither has a best result of fourth (with Dale Wood for Erebus Motorsport in 2017).

For Triple Eight Super2 driver Hill, the October 6-9 event this year will be his debut.

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PremiAir Racing is due to test today at Queensland Raceway, along with fellow Queensland squads Dick Johnson Racing, Triple Eight and Matt Stone Racing.

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