The car Greg Murphy and Jason Richards drove to second place in 2008 is returning to Bathurst this year. Pic: / Dirk Klynsmith

THE car that Greg Murphy and Jason Richards piloted to second place in the 2008 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is set to return to Mount Panorama next month.

Layton Barker will make his Super3 Series debut in the ex-Tasman Motorsport car in an expanded two-car effort for Jim Pollicina’s team for the combined Super2/Super3 event on the support card of this year’s Bathurst 1000.

The Tasmanian has competed in V8 Utes and Combined Sedans races at the track in the past, but the event will mark his first behind the wheel of a Supercar.

“I’ve raced Jim’s HQ two-door Monaro in TCM in Newcastle. I didn’t scratch that one, so he was happy to let me drive one of his Supercars around Bathurst!” he said.

“For me, it’s about the experience and ticking this off my bucket list. Also, it’s about handing back a straight car.

A delighted Richards and Murphy on the podium at Bathurst in 2008. Pic: / Dirk Klynsmith

“Unfortunately, I won’t get to drive the car beforehand, which is a shame, so my first time behind the wheel will be heading up Mountain Straight. It’s not ideal, but I’m confident that it will be OK.”

Along with its Bathurst podium result, the car also claimed a pole position at the Gold Coast SuperGP round with Jason Bargwanna in 2009 and took out the Super2 Series in Steve Owen’s hands in 2010.

More recently, the car appeared in last year’s Super3 Series in the hands of Dean Lillie at the Sandown round.

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