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GALLERY: #TBT 2007 Clipsal 500

YOU know what? There are worse things in life than sitting in a grandstand watching motorsport.

WORDS & IMAGES: Mark Walker

Why would you let a lack of media credentials stand in the way of a weekend of motorsport? Grab a beer, and settle in for the 2007 Clipsal 500 from the Adelaide Parklands pit straight grandstand, albeit in its previously un-shaded form.

OUR COVER image is one of some significance for the Holden brand in V8 Supercar competition, with reigning series champion Rick Kelly leading teammate (and ultimate 2007 champion) Garth Tander onto the race track. The significance? It’s the very first five metres of action seen for the brand new VE Commodore in competition use, with the nameplate (and subsequent VE Series II update) winning 103 championship races, three driver’s titles, four consecutive Bathurst 1000 crowns, three Super 2 Series titles, as well as two Super 3 championships (and counting).

READY to roll out. Check out the old Formula 1 spec garages, definitely not missed by its inhabitants.

BLAST off on the new season. James Courtney started from the pole position alongside Jamie Whincup, then Garth Tander/Mark Winterbottom, Jason Richards/Craig Lowndes, Todd Kelly/Russell Ingall and Steven Johnson from grid nine.

TODD Kelly, victorious in race number one of the season, with the podium rounded out by James Courtney and Jamie Whincup.

RICK Kelly meanwhile took the win in leg two, leading home brother Todd and James Courtney.

PODIUM celebrations in full swing. Rick Kelly, Mark Beretta, Mark Horsburgh, and the Clipsal girls, remember them?

IT’S A FREAKING BLIMP!

ELSEWHERE in the support races, Australian GT fronted with various examples from Porsche and Ferrari, plus a Lamborghini and a Lotus thrown into the mix.

DAVID Reynolds the 2007 Australian Carrera Cup Champion.

…AND series runner up Alex Davison, aboard the Jim Richards run machine.

THE V8 Utes lined up and ready to go, with a highlight being the grid personnel provided by Steve Robinson’s Fijian sponsorship connections.