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The Adelaide 500 which accounted for an entire solo career

THE 2007 Adelaide 500 holds a special place in the career of Bathurst 1000 podium finisher Adam Macrow.

In a career that spanned a decade at the top level as far as endurance co-drives went, it was the sole weekend when Macrow had a Supercars Championship car to himself.

On the back of winning the previous season’s Super2 crown, Macrow was drafted in by Team Kiwi Racing as a substitute for Paul Radisich, who was still recovering from a mammoth Mount Panorama crash five months earlier.

Armed with a Ford Performance Racing-built BF Falcon, the then 27-year-old admits he didn’t know why he got the nod but remains grateful for the opportunity.

Macrow raced forward from 30th to 18th in the Saturday season-opener before turning 18th on the Sunday grid into 16th at the chequered flag.

He never raced again as a primary driver, wrapping up his co-driving career after the 2008 endurance campaign with Jason Bright and Britek Motorsport.

“I was hoping to get another race but he (Radisich) got better too quick!” Macrow laughed of his brief TKR stint on the latest edition of the V8 Sleuth Podcast powered by Repco.

“It was a very last-minute deal, I remember I hadn’t driven or trained for a long time because I wasn’t doing Super2 or anything like that.

“I remember about two weeks out, I came to Melbourne, did the seat fitting, let’s do this. I went and did the seat fitting and I drove the car for the first time at Adelaide.

“I hadn’t driven that car and they were a very different car to drive, the FPR cars, compared to Triple Eight.

Macrow chases a train of cars. Pic: an1images.com / Justin Deeley

“Once again, one of those weekends where I worked with the engineers and we just got better and better and I think we ended up 15th which wasn’t too bad considering I didn’t know the car that well.

“We just got it better and better and finished both races and if you have a look, I was actually second quickest on the lap times in the second race.

“The second race, on the Sunday, really got the car right, tuned it up and it was really quick and I felt really comfortable.”

Macrow is perhaps best known for delivering Triple Eight Race Engineering its maiden Bathurst 1000 podium, co-driving with Steven Ellery to third place in 2005.

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