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Valtteri Bottas to drive Bathurst 1000-winning V8 Supercar

Finnish Formula 1 race winner Valtteri Bottas will get behind the wheel of the 2016 Bathurst 1000-winning Holden VF Commodore V8 Supercar at the 2023 Adelaide Motorsport Festival on Sunday March 26.

Bottas will be guided by Australian motorsport legend Craig Lowndes, seven-time winner of the Bathurst 1000 and three-time winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars Championship, in his initiation to a V8 Supercar.

The Stix-liveried Holden VF Commodore won the 2016 Bathurst 1000 in the hands of team owner Jonathon Webb and Will Davison, with Webb also attending and driving the car at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival. Bottas will drive the V8 Supercar at 1:45pm on Sunday March 26. It follows on from Bottas driving an Alfa Romeo GTV Group A touring car in the Heritage Touring Cars category at the event at 10:45am.

The Finn will be joined on track in the V8 Supercar demonstration by Lowndes, who will be driving the 2022 Adelaide 500-winning Red Bull-backed Holden ZB Commodore.

Bottas will also meet fans and participate in a Q&A hosted by Formula 1 executive and commentator Mark Gallagher in the Adelaide Motorsport Festival’s Grand Marquee at 12pm.

Bottas will head to Adelaide following the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the second round of the 2023 Formula 1 world championship, with the Adelaide Motorsport Festival held on March 25 and 26, the week before the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. He has made more than 200 grand prix starts with 10 wins (including the 2019 Australian Grand Prix), 67 podiums and 20 pole positions, driving for Williams, AMG Mercedes-Benz and current team Alfa Romeo over the course of his Formula 1 career.

The list of Formula 1 cars confirmed for the 2023 Adelaide Motorsport Festival includes: two 1985 Scuderia Ferrari 156/85s, two 1989 Brabham BT58 Judds, a 1992 Brabham BT60B Judd, a 1988 Arrows A10B Megatron, a 1988 Larrousse Lola LC88 Cosworth, a 1989 Leyton House CG891 Judd, a 2001 Arrows AX3 Hart and more.


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