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GRM CELEBRATE DRIVERS HISTORIES AT SANDOWN 500

GRM tribute drivers histories for Sandown 500 - Photo: Supplied

GRM tribute drivers histories for Sandown 500 – Photo: Supplied

Garry Rogers Motorsport (GRM) will celebrate the history of it’s drivers with two seperate retro liveries at this weekends Sandown 500.

Team owner Garry Rogers holds fond memories of his time as a driver racing in the Sandown 500, or the Hang Ten 400 as it was known at the time.

Rogers’ best result in the Sandown touring car endurance race was a second when he finished behind Peter Brock in 1980. Brock’s sixth of seven consecutive wins.

Garth Tander's Sandown 500 livery - Photo: Supplied

Garth Tander’s Sandown 500 livery – Photo: Supplied

The No. 33 GRM Commodore of Garth Tander and James Golding will pay tribute to the car in which Tander began his Supercars career with Garry Rodgers back in 1998.

The livery the team have decided to recreated is the one from the ex-Gibson Motorsport “Sega” car that Mark Skaife originally raced before it was purchased by GRM at the end of 1996 season. Steve Richards campaigned the car in 1997 and along with his father Jim finished 2nd at that years Bathurst 1000 behind Perkins and Ingall.

Tander then took over the car for the remainder of the 1998 season when Richards famously went over to England to take up a testing role with Nissan. This years Sandown 500 retro livery is a recreation of that 1998 livery.

James Moffat's Sandown 500 livery - Photo: Supplied

James Moffat’s Sandown 500 livery – Photo: Supplied

The No. 34 GRM Commodore of James Moffat and Richard Muscat will run a different livery, this time paying tribute to Moffat’s fathers racing history.

Allen Moffat is probably best know for his exploits in a Ford and the Mazda RX-7, however there was a time that he raced a Holden. In particular his World Touring Car Championship and Spa campaign with Peter Brock and John Harvey in 1987.

The team have paid tribute the the tribute the 30th anniversary of that accomplishment by recreating the Rothmans VL Commodore livery as raced at Spa Francorchamps for James Moffat this weekend.

Garry Rogers was happy with the teams designs for this years retro round.

“Personally, for my Team I see it as a positive initiative so long as there is relevance in what we present. I am very happy with what we have come up with this year!” said Rogers

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