Garth drove for the Holden Racing Team from 2008 to 2016; a commitment to the team of nine years in total.
Despite the passing of team owner, Tom Walkinshaw, in December of 2010, his legacy lives on in the team he founded more than 20 years ago.
Walkinshaw started Australia’s best known race team in partnership with General Motors Holden in 1990, and at a similar time establishing Holden Special Vehicles – the niche, high performance car company that has gone on to produce over 60,000 vehicles for Australian, New Zealand international markets.
Walkinshaw’s involvement in local motorsport extended beyond the seven time Bathurst 1000/six time V8 Supercar Championship winning Holden Racing Team and he was instrumental in establishing the Holden Young Lions in 1997 which went on to be known as K-Mart Racing and later the HSV Dealer Team.
These teams have also enjoyed considerable Bathurst and Championship success. The continuation of the Walkinshaw family involvement through Tom’s son, Ryan and his investment in the Holden Racing Team is a great fillip for fans right around the country.
In its long history the team has consistently demonstrated its winning form, experience and innovation, amassing six championships and seven Bathurst 1000 titles, as well as numerous round victories.
Garth is now back at his original V8 Supercars race team, Garry Rogers Motorsport, driving a brand new Holden Commodore race car for the Wilson Security Racing entry in the 2017 Championship.
- It takes 720 man hours to construct each car
- All cars must meet the minimum weight of 1445kg at all times
- Front suspension: Walkinshaw Racing developed double wishbone designed for racing with adjustable camber and adjustable front anti-roll bar
- Rear suspension: V8Supercars designed Independent Rear Suspension (IRS). Adjustable spring rates, ride heights, camber and toe in/out. Cockpit adjustable rear antiroll bar
- Fitted with onboard air operated jacks for tyre and wheel removal during a pit stop
- Walkinshaw Racing 5.0 litre fuel injected V8, WR developed cylinder heads, fuel injection, intake and exhaust system, category controlled MoTec engine management control system
- Estimated power: 620 + BHP, limited to maximum 7,500 RPM
- The cost of an engine is approximately $120,000 each
- The engines have a minor service every 3,000km’s and a major rebuild every 12 months
- Since 2009 all V8 Supercar teams use E85 CSR fuel
Gearbox and Differential
- All V8 Supercars use a custom built Albins six speed sequential gearbox/transaxle differential assembly
- The oil used in the gearbox and differential is blended by Mobil specially for HRT to meet the high temperatures and extreme workload
- All V8 Supercars use the same differential gears, the gear sets are changed to suit the length of the track the cars are racing on
- Differential ratios are determined by V8 Supercars
- The cost of a gearbox is approximately $35,000
Brakes and Wheels
- Front brakes: AP Racing 6-piston front calipers with 385mm ventilated discs
- Rear brakes: AP Racing 4-piston rear calipers with 360mm ventilated discs
- Each team will use at least 2 sets of front brake rotors per race meeting
- Brake rotors can reach up to 950 degrees Celsius in front and 750 degrees Celsius in rear during a race
- Each team will use 2 sets of front brake pads per race meeting
- All V8 Supercars use a Dunlop control tyre
- There is only one slick tyre and one wet tyre to choose from
- Wheels: Dynamics, 18” by 11” alloy, control item from V8 Supercars
- Each wheel and tyre weighs around 23kg inflated
- The air spike used to jack up the cars during a pit stop needs to be supplied with 450 PSI of air pressure to jack the car off the ground
- All team members are in radio contact with each other during a race, they all have their own 2 way radios fitted into their helmet
- The driver’s helmet is made from Carbon Fibre and once fitted with the radio and custom paint scheme these helmets are worth $3,500 each and most drivers will own two helmets
A V8 Supercar costs an estimated $500,000