Team Kiwi Racing's Paul Radisich joins a select group when he starts in his 100th championship race in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on Sunday.
Radisich is hoping to celebrate in style with a top-10 finish or better when he
teams up with fellow New Zealander Fabian Coulthard in the All Black Holden at
the famous Mt Panorama circuit.
The two-time Touring Car World Champion did not start his V8 Supercar career until
he was 36 but has been a regular since his debut in 1999.
He becomes just the 22nd driver to start in 100 V8 Supercar championship rounds
and only the fourth New Zealander to achieve the honour. He follows Jim Richards
on 130 starts, his son Steven Richards on 121 and Greg Murphy on 110 starts.
"It's a real honour. I hope it's not a sign that I am ready to be sent out
to pasture," Radisich joked.
"I could not think of a more special place or special time to achieve this
honour than at Bathurst and on the occasion when we are celebrating the career
and life of Peter Brock.
"He supported me and I will always be grateful for that. It is going to be
very strange this weekend not to have him around.
"I hope I can do justice to this honour and this opportunity."
Radisich believes the TKR Holden will be a strong race package for the weekend
and he is impressed with the efforts of his young co-driver Coulthard."
"We have not had quite the season we were hoping for but the car has been
solid. We know that it will be an extremely strong race car on Sunday.
"The team are working very hard to help us have a solid qualifying performance.
It is not as important at Bathurst like the other races but we want to find some
pace this week as well."
It is also the final time that Team Kiwi, New Zealand sole team in the V8 Supercar
Championship, will campaign the Holden at Mt Panorama, having signed a deal to
run a factory-backed Ford in next year's championship.
There is practice on Thursday and Friday, qualifying and Top-10 Shootout on Saturday
with 162-lap race starting at 11am on Sunday. It follows a special tribute for
Brock with a parade by many of his winning Bathurst cars driven by former co-drivers
and members of the Brock family.
The winner of the race will receive the new Peter Brock Trophy.