The 16 and 13-year winning firsts recorded at The Bend

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 18/05/2021
  • By James Pavey

With their respective victories at the OTR SuperSprint last weekend, Anton De Pasquale and Andre Heimgartner ended some very long waits.

Both drivers returned their car numbers to victory lane; De Pasquale scored the first win for the #11 in 16 years, with Heimgartner delivering the #7 its first win in 13 years.

Heimgartner, who has campaigned the #7 since he joined the Kelly squad in 2018, helped the number to its first win since 2008.

Back in 2008, Todd Kelly scored victory in the Tasmania opener, which was his 19th and final career win.

Heimgartner was just 13 years old when Kelly, the 2005 Bathurst winner, scored the victory.

It was, in fact, the only win for the #7 under Kelly, who moved to Perkins Engineering from the Holden Racing Team from 2008.

Between 2009 and 2017, Kelly campaigned the number for his eponymous team, which he now co-owns with the Grove Group.

The #7 has a decorated history in the championship, with Bob Morris famously campaigning the number with Channel 7 sponsorship.

WATCH: RECAP OF HEIMGARTNER'S HISTORIC WIN

Previously, Bob Jane used the number on a number of occasions, and it featured during his 1962 and 1971 title seasons.

Morris won at Bathurst in 1976 alongside John Fitzpatrick in a Torana L34, and again in 1979, the year he won the Australian Touring Car Championship.

Neil Crompton also campaigned the #7, before Wayne Gardner also carried the number on his iconic Coca-Cola entry, winning at Calder Park in 1997.

Steven Richards and Greg Murphy carried the number to Bathurst victory in 1999 for Gibson Motorsport.

In 2006, Richards assumed Jack Daniel’s colours with the #7, notably winning the round in Perth despite failing to win a race.

Kelly wins at Symmons Plains in 2008

It was campaigned by Shane Price in 2007, before Kelly took over in 2008, carrying the #7 to victory and two thirds at Symmons Plains.

The #11 is one of the more iconic numbers in championship history, with Larry Perkins helping it to Bathurst wins in 1993, 1995 and 1997.

Its last success came with Richards at Oran Park in 2005, when De Pasquale was just 10 years old.

In a memorable moment, Perkins handed the #11 over to De Pasquale ahead of March's Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint.

Of the 24 numbers on the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship grid, only three have never tasted victory: Scott Pye’s #20, James Courtney’s #44, and Macauley Jones’s #96.

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The #20 has gone a record 309 races without a win; Pye scored three podiums in 2020, with the number’s previous podium visit coming in 1992 at Oran Park through Alan Jones.

David Reynolds’s #26 is on the longest winless streak, last tasting victory with Allan Grice in the 1977 Phillip Island enduro.

Pye, Courtney and Jones will get their chance to end their numbers’ waits at next weekend’s Winton SuperSprint.

The Repco Supercars Championship field will return to Victoria for the Winton SuperSprint across May 28-30. Tickets are available here.

The event will be broadcast live on Foxtel and will be streamed on Kayo with highlights on 7 and 7 Plus.

Most recent wins for 2021 car numbers

#26: Allan Grice, Phillip Island 1977
#35: Jason Bargwanna, Gold Coast 2002
#3: Jason Richards, Winton 2006
#34: Michael Caruso, Darwin 2009
#18: James Courtney, Sandown 2010
#4: Lee Holdsworth, Winton 2014
#5: Mark Winterbottom/Steve Owen, Sandown 2015
#22: James Courtney, Adelaide 2016
#14: Tim Slade, Winton 2016
#19: Will Davison/Jonathon Webb, Bathurst 2016
#2: Scott Pye, Albert Park 2018
#9: David Reynolds, Newcastle 2018
#8: Nick Percat, Sydney Motorsport Park 2020
#99: Anton De Pasquale, Darwin 2020
#17: Scott McLaughlin, The Bend 2020
#97: Shane van Gisbergen, Tasmania 2021
#88: Jamie Whincup, Tasmania 2021
#25: Chaz Mostert, Tasmania 2021
#7: Andre Heimgartner, The Bend 2021
#11: Anton De Pasquale, The Bend 2021
#6: Cameron Waters, The Bend 2021

#20: N/A
#44: N/A
#96: N/A

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