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Rodney Forbes makes cameo racing return

THE driver who became Craig Lowndes’ first Ford Supercars teammate is emerging from an 11-year racing hiatus this weekend.

Rodney Forbes will compete in the Australian Production Sports category as part of the April 19-20 Hi-Tec Oils Super Series event at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The 56-year-old will steer a Porsche 997 in what he assures is a one-off.

“It’s just for fun,” Forbes told V8 Sleuth.

Rodney Forbes’ Porsche. Pic: Supplied

“A mate of mine who used to prepare my car with me when I was racing the old Porsche in GT production, he is actually racing himself, Andy Hall.

“So I just thought I’d come and we could have a race against each other, rather than him working on my car.”

Forbes was a Supercars regular from 1998 to 2003, accumulating 132 championship race starts.

Rodney Forbes at Phillip Island in 2002. Pic: an1images.com / Graeme Neander

His career ended when 00 Motorsport (owned by Rodney’s father, Bob) closed its doors midway through ’03, after which time he competed in one-make Porsche racing and then spent the years 2009-13 overseas.

He has not raced since 2013, only partaking in against-the-clock styled events thereafter.

“I was just racing my BMW in supersprints for a while and then eventually I just decided that I wanted to get back into an actual race car rather than a road car, so I bought myself a Cup car,” said Forbes.

Among other familiar names racing at SMP this weekend will be Todd Hazelwood, in the TA2 Muscle Car Series.

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