F1 star Bottas to drive Bathurst-winning Holden

19 Mar 2023
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Formula 1 star Valtteri Bottas will get behind the wheel of Bathurst 1000-winning Supercar machinery this weekend.

Alfa Romeo driver Bottas will be a headline act at this weekend’s Adelaide Motorsport Festival.

The Finnish driver arrives in Australia from Saudi Arabia, where he competed in the second F1 race of 2023 on Monday (AEDT).

The 33-year-old came home 18th in the race, which was won by Oracle Red Bull Racing veteran Sergio Perez.

Prior to his appearance at the 2023 Australian Grand Prix, Bottas will make a cameo in Adelaide, the former site of the F1 race.

Bottas will drive the Stix-liveried Holden VF Commodore that won the 2016 Bathurst 1000 in the hands of Will Davison and Jonathon Webb.

Davison and Webb famously won the race by less than 0.2s, despite not leading a lap all day.

The 2016 Bathurst finish


The race was marred by the late tangle between Jamie Whincup, Garth Tander and Scott McLaughlin, with the former penalised.

Bottas will steer the #19 Tekno Commodore with guidance by seven-time Bathurst winner Craig Lowndes.

Lowndes will also join Bottas on track in the Supercar demonstration. The Supercars Hall of Famer will drive Broc Feeney’s 2022 Adelaide 500-winning ZB Commodore.

The 10-time Grand Prix winner will share the track with Lowndes at 1:45pm local time on Sunday March 26.

It will come after Bottas drives an Alfa Romeo GTV Group A touring car in the Heritage Touring Cars category at 10:45am.

Bottas will also meet fans and participate in a Q&A hosted by Mark Gallagher at 12:00pm.

A number of F1 cars will also feature in the Adelaide event, from two 1985 Scuderia Ferrari 156/85s, a 1988 Arrows A10B Megatron, and a 2001 Arrows AX3 Hart.

The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship will resume at the Beaurepaires Melbourne SuperSprint on March 30-April 2.

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