Nissan Altima V8 Supercar brothers Todd and Rick Kelly have selected a rare piece of Nissan road car history to venture up to Mount Panorama this weekend. Following a road trip tradition that the pair has held true for over a decade, the former Bathurst champs will travel to the famous circuit in a unique Nissan Bluebird TRX, one of six cars built by Nissan Australia as promotional vehicles in 1982.
The Kellys, owners and drivers at Nissan Motorsport’s V8 Supercars operation, will be joined at Mount Panorama by Nissan’s sixth other drivers, all aiming to taste success in Australia’s greatest motor race.
The Bluebird TRX is a continuation of Nissan’s celebrations ahead of this weekend’s race, where the car company will honor the 30th anniversary of George Fury’s record-breaking, pole-sitting lap time in the 1984 Bathurst 1000.
Fury’s turbo-powered Bluebird stunned the field in the 1984 event, breaking the lap record in Saturday’s traditional Bathurst Top 10 Shootout with a time of 2m13.85s. It was the first time a manufacturer other than Ford or General Motors had earned pole position for the Bathurst 1000.
The record-breaking lap was also the first time that a turbo-charged car had taken pole for the Bathurst 1000, and Fury’s lap time would not be beaten until 1991 – coincidentally, by another Nissan – the mighty Nissan GT-R R32.
To help celebrate Fury’s feat, the #36 Nissan of Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore will sport the “heritage” livery, harking back to Fury’s pole-sitting Bluebird.
On track action commences on Thursday with a trio of practice sessions, before two further practices on Friday alongside a sole 40 minute qualifying session. Saturday will feature a sixth and final practice session before the running of the traditional Top 10 Shootout in the afternoon. Sunday sees an early morning 20 minute warm up, ahead of the 161-lap, 1000km-long race.
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