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Great Southern 4 Hour heralds challenging global production racing Toyota 86 debut


After several years of planning and many months of preparation the Pedders Racing Toyota 86 made its long awaited, world first appearance for a national production car championship entry, as the #86 took on Round 1 of the 2013 Australian Manufacturers Championship (AMChamp) at the renowned Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

As the Bendigo team arrived to a cold and damp Phillip Island circuit, the Pitman Trucks transporter was unpacked, and the garage set up, ready for a busy weekend of racing. Since the Bathurst shakedown, modifications had been made to the transporter, making loading and unloading a much more efficient task, and ensuring the Pedders entry travelled safe as the journey around Australia commenced its opening leg. Committed to efficiency and professionalism, the pit garage set up was completed by only two team members, the new modular workbenches in place, and a clinical transition of tools and equipment had the team ready for Friday practice, except for one important item, the car.

Team Principle and driver, Grant Phillips of Pedders Bendigo, along with the rest of the crew had made a stop at Grafico Auto Disegno to collect the 86 in its revamped and eye-catching livery, completed just in time for its AMChamp debut. The culmination of months of effort from the committed team members and sponsors alike, finally came to life in a truly stunning livery, and a race package that was ready to take on the Island….to read the rest of the article please download the pdf below.

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