Penrite Racing reveals gold Bathurst look

03 Oct
Both Penrite Mustangs to carry striking new livery for 2023 Great Race
3 mins by James Pavey
  • Penrite Fords to carry stunning new gold livery for Great Race

  • New livery revealed in front of fans on top of the Mountain

  • Team chasing Bathurst breakthrough after showing pace at Sandown

Penrite Racing has revealed a stunning gold look for both Fords for this weekend’s Repco Bathurst 1000.

The Matt Payne/Kevin Estre and David Reynolds/Garth Tander Mustangs will carry identical one-off liveries for the second straight event.

It comes after the team celebrated Allan Moffat’s Federation Falcon at the last start Penrite Oil Sandown 500, with both cars running a throwback scheme.

Penrite Racing revealed the new look with hundreds of fans on top of the Mountain, two days out from track action at the October 5-8 event.

Gold liveries and Penrite backing are no stranger to Bathurst, with Erebus Motorsport running a chrome gold look for the 2018 and 2019 events.

“Penrite are thrilled to unveil our new Penrite Racing Bathurst livery to the fans at the mountain this week. We had a great time last year interacting with the campers and the fans, so we thought it’s something we should definitely do again,” Penrite Brand Manager Jarrod Harding said.

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“We have always designed our cars around reinforcing Penrite’s proud Australian history or a particular product, however at Bathurst we usually like to try and sneak in some chrome gold that shines on the broadcast. 

"The combination of black and gold is special, however this year we wanted something different, which lead to a chat with designer Peter Hughes who suggested a the brushed copper effect, matched with the strong black and mono logos, which really gives the car a unique and sleek look that is sure to turn heads.

“It’s probably the first time we have just designed a car to be clean and cool."


Payne said: I am really excited for the livery, I think it looks awesome, the base colour is really different to recent Penrite Racing cars and brings a new look to the car.

“Being Bathurst, it is the biggest weekend of the year combined with a lot of unknowns with the Gen3 car and changes. It will be interesting for the fans, and I hope we have a speedy car come Sunday that allows us to fight for the win and I am looking forward to sharing the car with Kevin again.”

Five-time Bathurst winner Tander added: “The Penrite Mustang will absolutely stand out from the crowd at Bathurst this weekend. Penrite racing have done a great job again with the livery, so really excited about that. Obviously with Bathurst itself we are looking for another strong weekend off the back of Sandown with matt and Kevin’s performance as the first Mustang home on Sunday.

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“For Dave and I, we were looking really strong early. The team did a great job at Sandown but we all know what a challenge Bathurst is however we are really excited to meet that challenge.”

The Grove-owned Ford team is expected to among the leading Ford teams at Mount Panorama, with the team showing strong pace at Sandown.

The Payne/Estre Ford finished sixth at Sandown, and was the lead Mustang in the race dominated by Triple Eight Race Engineering and Erebus.The Reynolds/Tander car also ran in the top five early in the race before a wheel parted company with the #26 Ford, bringing a premature end to their race.

This year’s Great Race is the second for the Braeside team under full Grove ownership, with the team scoring mixed results at last year’s race.

Lee Holdsworth and Payne paired up to finish sixth, with Reynolds and Matt Campbell rubbed out early after a lap 5 pile-up at The Chase.

The new-look Penrite Fords will hit the track for the first time on Thursday October 5 with Practice 1 at 1:20pm AEST.

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