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Golding may drive Lowndes wildcard car in Adelaide

THE Triple Eight Supercar which powered Craig Lowndes and Declan Fraser to eighth this month at Bathurst could be wheeled out for PremiAir Racing at the Adelaide 500.

PremiAir Racing is still assessing the damage to James Golding’s #31 Subway ZB Commodore after it was at the centre of a major Gold Coast 500 pile-up on Sunday.

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Most involved teams believe their cars will be repairable for the season finale on December 1-4 but PremiAir is not so sure just yet.

Indeed, it has already set the wheels in motion for its back-up plan, holding discussions with Triple Eight managing director Jamie Whincup about the use of chassis 888A-053.

That car, which is owned by PremiAir boss Peter Xiberras and leased to Triple Eight, is a 10-time race winner in the hands of Jamie Whincup across seasons 2019-20.

Its most recent two outings have been in Supercheap Auto-backed Bathurst 1000 wildcard entries.

Golding’s regular car, 888A-044, returned to PremiAir’s Arundel headquarters on the Gold Coast last night, with team principal Matt Cook still optimistic it can be salvaged.

“The initial quick peek through all of the cracks and crevices, it doesn’t look too bad,” he told V8 Sleuth.

“It’s still heavily damaged but if it’s heavy into the rail, that’s going to be the telling factor.”

PremiAir was planning to send its crew up to Triple Eight’s Brisbane base to begin assembling its Gen3 Camaros for 2023.

James Golding in the middle of the Lap 4 crash. Pic: Fox Sports

Now, those resources will be tipped into fixing 888A-044 in-house – if it’s deemed possible.

“If it is heavily damaged well inside the rails, it will have to go back to go on the jig (at Triple Eight),” Cook noted.

“They have got all of the measuring equipment and things like that to do that, but we’re pretty confident when we pull it apart it won’t be as bad as what we think.”

Through the chaos, Golding’s teammate Chris Pither recorded a season-best ninth-place finish yesterday.

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