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by Tim Beissmann

The Toll Holden Racing Team unveiled its 20th anniversary edition V8 Supercar Commodores today ahead of the 2010 V8 season.

The aggressive livery, designed by Holden Design’s Peter Hughes, is an evolution of past HRT designs.

Sinister black skirts inspired by the 2008 Bathurst HRTs outline the new 3D lion side graphic and underscore the distinctly new bright racing red.

HRT driver and last season’s Barry Sheen medallist for the best and fairest racer, Will Davison, was clearly excited about his new car and the upcoming season at this morning’s Fishermans Bend launch.

“2010 is a very special year in the team’s history and to be able to race such a stunning and tough looking car will be an honour.

“I am going into the new season knowing exactly what I want to achieve, and my expectations are high,” he said.

Teammate, Garth Tander, said the team will be looking to improve on its seven pole positions and six race wins from 2009 in the coming season.

“With Will on board, 2009 was a successful year, but it is a sign of the determination within Toll HRT that despite all that we won we still aren’t satisfied as we did not win the driver’s title.

“We appreciate what we achieved, but Will and I are not resting on our laurels. There have been a lot of changes over the off-season and we are looking to exploit those, we are going to push harder than ever before,” he said.

Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Alan Batey, said he was proud that Toll HRT has become synonymous with motor racing excellence over its 20 year history.

“At Holden we are incredibly proud of HRT’s achievements and are confident they will build on their winning heritage in 2010.

“Our association with the team is incredibly important for the Holden brand and as we enter this new decade, HRT will be right there next to us,” he said.

The Holden Racing Team made its debut as the official factory team of Holden with then-team manager Win Percy as its first driver at Round 1 of the 1990 Australian Touring Car Championship at Amaroo Park in Sydney.

Later that year, Percy and Allan Grice went on to record HRT’s first win – the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama.

Since then, the team has gone on to amass a record unmatched by any other team, including 78 poles, 168 race wins, six Bathurst 1000 victories (1990, 96, 2001, 02, 05, 09) and six V8 Supercar Championships (1996, 98, 99,2000, 01, 02).

Davison and Tander will hit the track for the first time in their new look Toll Holden Racing Team Commodores at Winton Motor Raceway for the team’s official pre-season test on February 1, with the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series kicking off in Abu Dhabi on February 18-20.




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