Heritage Touring Cars Back in Action This Weekend at the Bathurst 1000


Heritage Touring Cars Back in Action This Weekend at the Bathurst 1000

Image by, and thanks to, Brent Murray – At Speed Images 

After several months in hibernation, Heritage Touring Cars is set to burst back into action when we return to our spiritual home of Mount Panorama for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 over the 16th to 18th of October.

Nine Legends of Bathurst will take to the track this weekend, covering the gamut of Group C & A machinery. Steve Webb and Terry Lawlor will represent Ford on the mountain, with both machines most definitely up to the challenge. Webb will be aboard what’s probably the technological marvel of the field – the Ford Sierra – while Lawlor will be steering the ex-Bob Morris 1980 Falcon XD, likely with plenty of help from his right boot.

Webb and Lawlor will be chased down by a collection of fast Holdens from all eras. We’re looking forward to seeing Ed Singleton and the mighty VH Commodore ‘Elvis’ back in action. Michael Logiudice will pilot the Lucky 13 VK Commodore, with Norm Mogg aboard his ex-Holden Racing Team Commodore VL and Jamie McDonald behind the wheel of his VN Commodore.

Tony Pallas will bring the most engine to the mountain, competing in his signature ex-Garry Willmington Group A Jaguar XJ-S. In contrast, Steve Axisa will have the light and nimble Gemini to work with. That car began its life as a road car, but went on to compete at Bathurst several times and raced all the way through to the end of Group C. David Towe’s JPS BMW M3 debuted at Bathurst in 1987 with Jim Richards and Tony Longhurst at the helm and has seen many miles of historic competition in David’s hands.

We’re running under Combined Historics and will be in excellent company, sharing the track with the historic touring cars of Group N. Combined Historics will run five sessions throughout the weekend, kicking off with Practice at 2:00pm on Thursday. Qualifying will run on Friday from 9:10am with our first race event at 1:55pm on Friday afternoon. Saturday is race day, and we’ll be out twice – opening proceedings at 8:35am and going out for our final race of the weekend at 2:05pm.

The action will be broadcast live, and you’ll be able to catch every session if you can organise access to Foxtel. All sessions will be broadcast live on Foxtel 506, and you’ll be able to catch the Friday 1:55pm and Saturday 2:05pm races live on Channel 10.

We’ve missed the sights, sounds, smells and speed of these magnificent historic Group C & A race cars, as well as the community that surrounds them, and can’t think of a better way to re-open the books than supporting the race that forged many of their legends. See you at The Mountain this weekend over the 16th to 18th of October.