Strong Entry For Sydney Retro SpeedFest


Strong Entry For Sydney Retro SpeedFest

27 cars enter Round 2 of Heritage Touring Cars at Sydney Motorsport Park

A STRONG field of cars celebrating the glory years of Australian touring car racing has entered for the second round of the Heritage Touring Cars Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend on May 3-4.

A total of 27 entries have been received for the round, which will be backed by Sydney-based commercial refurbishment and fit out company MPA Projects and run as part of the new Sydney Retro SpeedFest event.

Headlining the field is HTC Group A points leader Terry Lawlor’s GIO Nissan GT-R.

The turbo-charged, four-wheel-drive ‘Godzilla’ won the 1991 Sandown 500 in the hands of Mark Gibbs and Rohan Onslow and returns to Sydney Motorsport Park 22 years after racing there in Gibbs’ hands in the 1992 Shell Australian Touring Car Championship.

He’ll face stiff opposition from Bill Pye’s ex-Dick Johnson Greens-Tuf Ford Mustang, Craig Markland’s ex-Colin Bond 1992 Bathurst Caltex Sierra RS500 and a range of other cars proven to be front-runners in the ever-growing category.

The Mustang and Sierra both claimed race victories in HTC’s last appearance at Sydney Motorsport Park at the 2013 Muscle Car Masters.

Pye’s Mustang won two races, while Lawlor (driving the Caltex Sierra he’s since swapped for the GT-R) claimed the HTC Trophy race and the Group A Trophy race.

Carey McMahon will be the only other Nissan Skyline pilot on hand for the Sydney Retro SpeedFest round, entering his ex-Mark Skaife GTS-R.

Norm Mogg’s ex-Win Percy 1989 Bathurst Holden Racing Team Commodore will make its first appearance of the 2014 HTC Championship, as will the Army Reserve Falcon XD Group C car of Frank Binding.

Ed Singleton’s, ex-Allan Grice/STP Group C Commodore has been repaired since engine problems sidelined it from the opening round at Phillip Island, while noted openwheeler driver Barton Mawer will join the field in a Group C Ford Escort.

81-year-old Aussie racing veteran – and 1966 Bathurst winner Bob Holden – will also again be on track in his Group A Toyota Corolla.

Seven different brands celebrating a golden era of Australian touring car racing – Holden, Nissan, Ford, Jaguar, Toyota, BMW and Isuzu – make up the entry list for round two.

The Sydney round is the first of two visits to Sydney Motorsport Park for Heritage Touring Cars this year – the second will be at the Muscle Car Masters in September.

The Sydney Retro SpeedFest is a new event run by the Historic Sports and Racing Car Association in conjunction with the Australian Racing Drivers Club featuring a range of categories including the ever-popular Heritage Touring Cars.

Heritage Touring Cars – The Legends of Bathurst compete under the CAMS 5th Category Historic Regulations for Group C and Group A respectively.

Heritage Touring Cars Championship – Group A Points (After Rd 1 of 5)

  1. Terry Lawlor (Nissan GT-R), 43.6 points
  2. Bryan Sala (Ford Sierra RS500), 34.0 points
  3. David Towe (BMW M3), 29.0 points
  4. Jim Richards (Nissan Skyline GTS-R), 25.6 points
  5. Jervis Ward (BMW M3), 24.6 points

Heritage Touring Cars Championship – Group C Points (After Rd 1 of 5)

  1. Bill Magoffin (Alfa Romeo GTV 2000), 32.4 points
  2. Justin Matthews (Ford Escort Mk.2), 32 points
  3. Adam Workman (Nissan Bluebird), 28.0 points
  4. Jeff Trembath (Holden Commodore VC), 24.0 points
  5. Milton Seferis (Holden Commodore VH), 19.0 points