Mus­cle Sport

Ev­ery­where you turned at Bathurst this year there were pointers to the past and things that caught the eye of Great Race his­tory buffs.

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Ev­ery­where you turned at Bathurst this year there were pointers to the past and things that caught the eye of Great Race his­tory buffs.

While the fron­trun­ning Nis­san Al­tima of Michael Caruso was decked out in the colours of the 1991 Bathurst-win­ning GT-R, the vic­to­ri­ous car from 25 years ago was dis­played in unique fash­ion in the pad­dock. The 1:1 model gar­nered plenty of at­ten­tion in its dis­play box.

h yt rs Fo ill B Glenn Se­ton closed the gap on Tour­ing Car Masters’ championship leader John Bowe (To­rana) at Bathurst by claim­ing the over­all week­end hon­ours and there­fore the Trans-Tas­man Chal­lenge. The Thun­der Road Rac­ing Team Aus­tralia driver won two of the three races, which saw reg­u­lar TCM com­peti­tors joined by a big con­tin­gent of Ki­wis from NZ’s Cen­tral Mus­cle Car Se­ries. Sun­day’s win was the 1993 and ’97 ATCC win­ner’s third TCM race vic­tory at Bathurst and fourth of the sea­son. The se­ries now heads to the sea­son fi­nale at Syd­ney Olympic Park in De­cem­ber.

2016 Peter Brock Tro­phy win­ner Will Dav­i­son hit the jack­pot late Sun­day af­ter­noon – and, in AMC’s opin­ion, in the morn­ing too! Dav­i­son drove the 1977 Bathurst pole-sit­ting Bill Pat­ter­son Rac­ing A9X To­rana that has been re­cently re­stored by owner Rus­sell Sten­house. This is the hatch that won the 1977 HangTen 400, the A9X model’s de­but race. It was then driven to third on the Moun­tain by the Brock brothers, Peter and Phil, be­fore be­ing sold to Joe Moore. He drove it in the 1979 Great Race with Fred Gib­son, be­fore the car largely dis­ap­peared from public view – un­til now. Look for a full fea­ture on this mag­nif­i­cent To­rana in 2017.

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