HOLDEN SUPERCAR’S LONG-AWAITED BRITISH DEBUT

The ex-BJR Commodore at Brands Hatch. Pic: Holden Racing UK

A famous Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore Supercar recently turned its first laps at Brands Hatch, after a lengthy wait for owner Alex Sidwell.

BJR 001 is the latest Supercar to join Sidwell’s ‘Holden Racing Team’ fleet in the UK, where it lives alongside Commodores from Tasman, PWR, Walkinshaw and Garry Rogers Motorsport.

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The first chassis built completely in-house at BJR, this car was also the team’s first Car of the Future specification Commodore and was debuted by Jason Bright in 2013.


It’s best known for winning the inaugural Jason Richards Trophy at Pukekohe in the car’s maiden season, and then suffering a massive accident at the Adelaide 500 the following year.

The spectacular crash is featured in our upcoming book, ‘Sensational Adelaide: An Illustrated History of the Adelaide 500’, which can be pre-ordered in the V8 Sleuth Bookshop.

BJR 001 in the immediate aftermath of its Adelaide rollover. Pic: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith

Initially thought a write-off, the bare chassis was stripped of its components and offered for sale by BJR for just $10,000.

However, it was eventually rebuilt by BJR and returned to action in the Super2 Series, driven by Jack Smith in 2017 and Zane Goddard in ’18.

Sidwell purchased it at the end of that season, driving it at Winton the week after the final round in Newcastle and again in 2019 following a rebuild.

The car will be raced by SIdwell in the UK. Pic: Holden Racing UK

It arrived in the UK in December 2019 but did not hit the track until last week, where Sidwell completed a shakedown at Brands Hatch ahead of a planned upcoming race outing at Silverstone.

You can follow more of Sidwell’s Supercar exploits via the Holden Racing UK Facebook page.