This rainbow racing car sends a strong message to all the haters out there

Joseph McCormick March 22, 2017
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A racing team in Australia has sent a strong message for equality with a rainbow-coloured car.

The car, by the Holden racing team, was unveiled at the weekend for the Formula One Australian Grand Prix weekend.

The move comes as Australia debates same-sex marriage, and the country’s public prepares to go to the polls to say whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

A statement from Brad Jones Racing released a statement about the supercar.

It reads: “The unmissable rainbow colours on the #8 Holden Commodore is all about supporting equality of people, no matter their race, gender or sexual preference.

“It is not a stance on any issue in particular, but of equality in all its forms, diversity and equal opportunity for all.

“The Australian Grand Prix weekend is a great opportunity to showcase motorsport to the world.”

Adding: “When Brad Jones Racing had the idea to run the ‘Supporting Equality’ livery, Holden were happy to be on board.

“Having done a similar campaign recently, Holden stand up for equality and supports their community in this space.

Despite not being a statement in favour of same-sex marriage specifically, it supports equality for all.

Brad Jones, the owner of the team, said in a separate statement: “It’s an opportunity for BJR and Holden to celebrate motorsport and show that anyone can get involved and enjoy the sport.”

Retired Le Mans endurance racer Danny Watts came out as gay earlier this year.

The retired racer has said he never felt able to come out as gay while driving in the sport.

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