One of the favourites for Class C GT4 honours in the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour race, the #25 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, will go political with its on car signage promoting the “Climatic Sceptics Political Party”.
The Corvette, to be driven by one of the most versatile team of drivers in the race – Paul Freestone, Hayden Pullen and David Seiders – will display: “CO2 is no threat – carbon tax is.
“It’ll probably be quite controversial in some quarters, but its something we really believe in,” Pullen said.
“They have some great policies. One very close to our hearts is the party’s word that they will work towards more of our fuel taxes going towards funding our national highways transport infrastructure.”
There will be nothing controversial about the Corvette on track however – the three drivers have an enormous amount of experience, including the Melbourne based Freestone, who owns the car.
The owner of a nationwide transport company, he was a champion truck racer in the ’60s, raced Auscar at the Calder Thunderdome, Nascar in the United States and has won the Australian GT Production championship the past two years in the Corvette.
Wagga’s Pullen came from karts and has raced Trucks, Utes and made his V8 Supercar debut in the final round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at the 2009 Sydney Telstra 500 driving a Sieders Motorsport Ford Falcon BA.
Pullen owns his own V8 Supercar, an AU Ford Falcon that he used to win the 2010 Victorian Super TT championship with a round remaining and broke the Super TT track record.
He also did a great job in the 2010 Wakefield 300 driving a Donut King HSV R8 Clubsport, qualifying second and finishing fourth with Ross Wood in torrential rain.
Former multiple Australian rally champion Neil Bates was to have been the third driver, but due to other commitments with Toyota was forced to withdraw, and Pullen said they were quick to sign Seiders.
“We drove together at Homebush (2009), as I had his [David Seider’s] while he drove his brother’s, and we worked really well together.
“David was set to return to the Fujitsu Series last year, but he had a sponsor who wanted to back a V8 Ute, so they parked the supercar in the shed and raced in the V8 Utes Series,” Pullen said.
From Londonderry in Western Sydney, Seiders had a great season in the V8 Utes, improving all season, winning the Rookie of the Year and finishing fifth outright.
The Corvette is being prepared for the race in Pullen’s HP Racing workshop in Wagga – all the mechanicals have been rebuilt or replaced, leaving him convinced it will be in top shape for the first weekend in February.