Ex-Adderton Gen3 chassis finds new home

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The chassis plate of the Gen3 Camaro purchased from Peter Adderton by PremiAir Racing. Image: supplied

THE Gen3 Supercar chassis once owned by Peter Adderton has been unveiled as PremiAir Racing’s newly built spare car.

It’s been just over a year since Adderton announced the purchase of a Triple Eight chassis, but by June 2023 he had parted with 888A-064.

Details about the buyer were not confirmed at the time, but it turns out it was PremiAir boss Peter Xiberras who went there.

The car is now fully assembled and was actually quietly used to promote the recent Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 driven by James Golding over the Sundale Bridge.

888A-064 is dressed as the #31 Nulon Camaro. Image: supplied

PremiAir was left with a badly bruised #23 Nulon Camaro after an opening lap incident for Tim Slade in Sunday’s race – to the point where the team was unsure if it could be repaired in time for this month’s Adelaide 500 – but the diagnosis is now looking positive.

That’s because 888A-064 can be held back until it makes its racing debut at the 2024 Bathurst 500.

“In the new Gen3 era of Supercars, it’s a smart decision to have a complete spare car on hand if you have the option,” said PremiAir team manager Stephen Robertson.

“Accidents happen – we saw that especially with Jimmy at the Gold Coast event last year – and as we have seen throughout the 2023 season, it takes quite a while to put these new cars back together after such major accidents.

The interior of 888A-064, now owned by PremiAir Racing. Image: supplied

“This is especially problematic when you have short lead times between events, as we have at some points in the season.

“For example, if we had a similar incident to last year on the Gold Coast at Bathurst, we wouldn’t be able to get that car back online in time to compete in the next event.

“So when the opportunity arose to have such a high-quality, brand new spare car on hand, Peter quickly acted.

“This purchase gives us great confidence ahead of the busy end of the 2023 and 2024 season, and we thank Triple Eight Race Engineering for supplying us with such a great product.”

PremiAir is one of two teams confirmed to be bringing an unchanged selection of primary drivers next year, with Slade and Golding both retained.

Peter Adderton. Photo: Ross Gibb

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