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Rollover Commodore’s history of heavy hits

A SCARY rollover in Perth was just the latest chapter in a chequered history for the Holden ZB Commodore in question.

Cameron McLeod was at the wheel of the #92 Coca-Cola PremiAir Racing entry in yesterday’s Super2 race when contact with Cooper Murray sent it into a series of somersaults.

While McLeod thankfully emerged from the wreckage, the car was left in tatters.

PremiAir is not yet sure if the chassis will be salvageable but is planning to attempt a rebuild.

The car will be sent up to Triple Eight’s jig in Brisbane, after which a course of action will be determined.

The incident and associated damage is the latest bump in the road for chassis 888A-044.

The Triple Eight-built Holden debuted in VF specification for Team 18 in August of 2016 at Sydney Motorsport Park.

It had been deployed as a replacement car for the Team 18 Commodore which was written off earlier in the season in a Darwin crash that injured driver Lee Holdsworth.

Karl Reindler substituted for the injured Lee Holdsworth at the 2016 Sydney SuperSprint. Pic: an1images.com / Scott Wensley

It remained a regular on-track with Team 18 through until the end of 2018 – by which time it had been upgraded to be a ZB – with its most infamous moment being the Winton test crash that cost Matt Brabham a co-drive.

After a year on the sidelines, 888A-044 returned in 2020 in the hands of Team Sydney’s Chris Pither.

It was then passed onto Garry Jacobson for 2021, who remained in the car the following season as Team Sydney was bought out by PremiAir.

Jacobson’s mid-season sacking opened the door for James Golding, who responded by delivering PremiAir several top 10 qualifying results.

A blunder from Golding, however, led to 888A-044 being spectacularly retired from the main game one round before it was due to be decommissioned in favour of Gen3.

The Subway Supercar post-crash. Pic: PremiAir Racing

It was in Race 2 of the 2022 Gold Coast 500 that Golding came unstuck through the beach chicane, leaving a stack of cars behind with nowhere to go but straight into a huge pile-up.

An extensive rebuild did ensure the chassis would not finish on that note.

It was given a second life in Super2, leased by PremiAir last year to Callum Walker, before McLeod struck a deal for 2024.

A hearing on the incident between McLeod and Murray has been adjourned, after stewards found the latter “has a case to answer”.

Cameron McLeod’s rollover. Source: Fox Sports
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