Courtney's first race winner restored to original colours

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  • 4 Days ago
  • By V8 Sleuth, Main Pic by AN1 Images/Justin Deeley

The car which powered James Courtney to his breakthrough Repco Supercars Championship race win has been restored to its original livery.

Courtney made his highly anticipated V8 Supercars debut at the 2005 Sandown 500, sharing a Holden Racing Team VZ Commodore with Jim Richards, having returned from his European expedition which included Formula 1 testing.

That led to a full-time seat at Stone Brothers Racing the following season, replacing NASCAR-bound star Marcos Ambrose.

Courtney quickly became a regular podium contender but it wasn’t until mid-2008 that he would finally clinch a maiden race win – coming after 14 finishes in either second or third place.

Running in Jeld-Wen colours, Courtney won from pole position in Race 1 at Queensland Raceway.

The result came in the 10th start of chassis SBR BF06’s life.

SBR BF06 only contested 39 Supercars Championship races in total before being used in Super2 by Karl Reindler and becoming the first V8 Supercar that Scott McLaughlin tested.

The car sold to Chris Smerdon in 2010, who it has remained with ever since, racking up a number of V8 Touring Car starts along the way.

Smerdon has a long-standing association with Matt Stone Racing, whose workshop plays home to SBR BF06.

Courtney meanwhile, once a race winner, switched to Dick Johnson Racing for 2009 and won the championship the following season.

He’s about to embark on his 18th successive full-time main game season, driving Tickford Racing’s #5 Gen3 Ford Mustang.

The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship will commence in Newcastle on March 10-12.

Tickets are on sale on Supercars.com and Ticketek.com.

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