The ex-Premat Commodore at Brands Hatch. Pic: Holden Racing UK

AN ex-Garry Rogers Motorsport Commodore has cut its first laps in almost four years, taking to the track at Brands Hatch in the United Kingdom.

Originally built for Alex Premat to race in 2013, the car was last campaigned in Australia by Image Racing in the ’17 Super2 Series for Renee Gracie and Jordan Boys.

It is now one of a fleet of Commodore Supercars owned by Englishman Alex Sidwell and his Holden Racing UK operation.

Sidwell has pressed GRM VF15 into action after the ex-Brad Jones Racing Commodore he usually races in Super Saloons was heavily damaged earlier this year.

The GRM car’s run at Brands Hatch last week was an initial test outing ahead of planned racing duties while the BJR Commodore returns to Australia for repairs.

WATCH: Onboard with Sidwell in GRM VF15 at Brands Hatch

“This was purely a test/shakedown to make sure the car didn’t have faults or issues, we were not going for any times or hot laps,” the team wrote on social media.

“So, don’t expect to see a blistering lap. It was also pretty busy on track, this was probably the clearest lap and a bit, out of the two sessions we participated in.

“We did find a couple of little niggles but certainly nothing major.

“These will be sorted over the winter, plus tidying up some parts of the car, then we will be out testing and see what this car can do.”

Sidwell owns both of the 2013 season GRM VFs raced by Premat and Scott McLaughlin, and recently purchased another chassis that the team later built to race in Super2.

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