IT WAS dubbed the ‘Lap of the Gods’. Just over two minutes of driving perfection, a sublime performance of car and driver, working in unison, to put together one of the single greatest tours of the Mount Panorama circuit.
The car? A Holden Racing Team-built Holden VY Commodore, which went on to win the 1000-kilometre race the next day. It is now for sale.
Adding the legendary car to your collection won’t be cheap, with offers of “around $900,000” being considered.
Queensland-based collector John Anderson owns the car, which was restored in 2011 to its full 2003 Bathurst livery and specification.
Originally built in 2000 for HRT, the car made its debut as a VT Commodore at the hands of Craig Lowndes, winning the Queensland 500 that year with Mark Skaife sharing driving duties.
Converted to VY specification, the chassis was then raced by HRT’s Todd Kelly for the early part of the 2003 before moving to the sister squad, K-Mart Racing Team, later in the season.
The full listing can be found on the V8Slueth website.
That 2003 pole lap of 2:06.8594 is etched into Supercars folklore, and stood for seven years as the fastest V8 Supercar lap at the circuit.
Fellow New Zealander Scott McLaughlin is currently the fastest Supercar driver at Mount Panorama, with a lap time three seconds quicker than Murphy’s – but there will only ever be one Lap of the Gods.