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Bottas to drive 2016 Bathurst 1000 winner at Adelaide Motorsport Festival

Stefan Johansson, Ferrari 156/85

Alfa Romeo racer Bottas has dabbled with categories beyond F1 in recent times, with the Finn contesting a variety of rallies in World Rally Championship machinery since 2019.

He also conducted a private test of the spec Extreme E car alongside double Formula E title winner Jean-Eric Vergne and nine-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb.

Bottas also participated in the 2023 Race of Champions in January alongside compatriot and two-time F1 champion Mika Hakkinen.

Now, he will demonstrate the V8 Holden Commodore – as shared by the victorious duo of Will Davison and Jonathon Webb at Bathurst in 2016 – at the Victoria Park motorsport showcase on 26 March.

Also of note for his run, Bottas will be guided by seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner and triple Supercars champion Craig Lowndes.

In turn, the Australian will then have a go in F1 machinery as he is listed to drive a 1986 Benetton B186, which won the Mexican GP courtesy of Gerhard Berger.

Ten-time GP winner Bottas is also set to drive the European Touring Car Championship-winning Group A Alfa Romeo GTV touring car as previously raced by 1980 F1 champion Alan Jones.

Bottas will also meet fans and participate in a Q&A hosted by GP Racing columnist Mark Gallagher.

Meanwhile ex-F1 driver Stefan Johansson will demo a 1985 Ferrari 156/85.

Stefan Johansson, Ferrari 156/85

Photo by: Motorsport Images

Further Festival highlights include:

  • 1989 Leyton House CG891, as designed by Adrien Newey
  • 2022 Triple Eight Holden Commodore ZB, the final Holden to a win a Supercars race
  • 1979 BMW M1 Procar, run by ex-McLaren boss Ron Dennis’ Project 4 operation
  • 1971 McLaren M8E CanAm car, marking the 60th anniversary of McLaren
  • 1992 Brabham BT60B, the final F1 car to wear the Brabham name
  • 1988 Arrows A10B, as designed by Ross Brawn
  • Arrows AX3, three-seater F1 car
  • 2020 Hyundai Kona EV rally car, as driven by Hayden Paddon

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