Chaz Mostert will be sporting a flash from the past at the upcoming Sandown 500 this weekend when he dons the livery used by Supercheap Auto Racing in the 1999 Supercars championship.
Supercheap Auto is currently celebrating their 20th year in the sport and the unique purple, red and yellow scheme, which was used by John Briggs on his EL Falcon Supercar in the Company’s second season in the series, will carry Chaz Mostert and co-driver Steve Owen for the retro round.
The livery was chosen via fan vote on social media over other Supercheap Auto Racing schemes raced by Russell Ingall and Greg Murphy during their time representing the automotive retail brand.
Mostert, currently fifth in the standings, likes the chance to pay tribute to the history of the sport and that of Supercheap Auto.
“Retro round is a great concept and it is nice to be able to recognise a bit of Supercheap Auto’s 20-year history in the sport this weekend at the Sandown 500,” Mostert said. “We ran one of their retro liveries last year which was a lot of fun and got a great fan response so hopefully the fans really like what we’ve got this year. John Briggs played a big role in Supercheap Auto’s entry to the sport so hopefully we can do him proud.”
“John’s original car has been restored and it is great that it is still around. I had the chance to check it out and while 1999 isn’t that long ago for a lot of fans, I couldn’t get over how much Supercars have developed. You can tell it is a Supercar but it looks ancient when you compare it to the Prodrive Racing FG X Falcon I drive today. The technology has come a long way, as have the materials we use to build the car and of course the safety we have has advanced significantly.”
Mostert and Owen will give the retro livery its track debut on Friday during practice for this weekend’s Sandown 500 which will be followed by the 55th edition of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on 5-8 October.