AUDI SPORT Team Valvoline has shown off their new colours they hope will help guide Audi to a record fourth Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour crown next weekend.
The pair of Valvoline-supported Pro class entries sport stunning Red, Black and silver schemes.
The No. 2 car to be driven by the all-German trio of Christopher Mies, Christopher Haase and Markus Winkelhock in a dark red and black livery, while the team No. 22 entry – to be shared by Garth Tander, Frederic Vervisch and Kelvin van der Linde – features Silver as the more prominent livery.
The two Valvoline cars only arrived in Australia last week, after shipping delays caused some headaches for the team actually getting hold of the vehicles.
The cars were ultimately offloaded in Western Australia and trucked across the country – two truck drivers sharing the duties to get them to Melbourne in time for pre-event preparations.
Compounding the time critical issues, the two 2019-specification cares required some work to revert them to 2018 specifications for the race.
Given the fact the race is so early in the year, 12-Hour regulations only allow the previous year’s homologated vehicles into the race – meaning no 2019-specification vehicles are eligible to compete until 2020.
The latest updates will be reapplied to the vehicles prior to the opening round of the Australian GT Championship in March.
Meanwhile. the team also unveiled the Melbourne Performance Centre-entered No. 3 car that they hope will also snare pro-am honors this week.
Supported by 1 Cover Travel Insurance, the bright green, black and yellow R8 will be driven by Pete Storey and triple BTCC Champions Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal.
MPC will also field the Hallmarc Racing entry to be driven by Marc Cini, Lee Holdsworth and Dean Fiore.