GARRY Rogers Motorsport’s announcement that it will run a wildcard entry in this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 will see history made with the youngest-ever combination in the history of the race.
Tyler Everingham, 19, and Nathan Herne, 18, will surpass the record achieved by Jack Perkins and Shane Price (in 2006) when they line up in one of GRM’s ZB Commodores this October.
The duo will be entrusted with GRM chassis 024, which was one of two new ZB Commodores built by GRM at the start of the 2018 Supercars Championship season.
It was driven by James Golding as the #34 Wilson Security entry in 2018, including a tweak to Soundwave Disco retro colours for the Sandown 500.
Golding and Richard Muscat drove the car in the endurance races that year, including an eighth-place finish at Bathurst.
The chassis was retained by Golding last year as car #34 with backing from Boost Mobile and he and Muscat again paired up for the endurance races, finishing 11th at Bathurst.
GRM had retained the car as it had finished its last race from Newcastle last November and will prepare it for the rookie duo’s Bathurst 1000 debut.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of GRM’s only Bathurst 1000 win in 2000 with Garth Tander and Jason Bargwanna.
That win, and all other Holden Bathurst wins, are celebrated in the new ‘Racing the Lion’ Holden illustrated book published by V8 Sleuth that is available to order online here now.
The Melbourne-based team has competed in the Bathurst 1000 every year since it joined the V8 category in 1996 and will keep its streak ticking this year via the wildcard entry.
In fact, it competed in both Bathurst races in 1997 – Steve Richards and Matt Neal drove a Nissan Primera in the AMP Bathurst 1000 for Super Tourers and Richards paired with father Jim in the V8 Supercar Primus 1000 Classic.