Sala turns the tables

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When

Bryan Sala made his Bathurst 1000 de­but as a 17-year-old in a pri­va­teer Ford Sierra Turbo in 1991 he could only dream he’d fin­ish ahead of a Shell Sierra and a fac­tory-built Nis­san GT-R.

Twenty-six years later he turned the tables on ma­chines and driv­ers that headed the field in the 1991 Tooheys 1000 by win­ning four of the five Her­itage Tour­ing Car sprints at the 2017 Phillip Is­land Clas­sic. What’s more, he was aboard the same Sierra at the Vic­to­rian sea­side cir­cuit in which he fin­ished 10th in his first Great Race. How­ever, un­like one of Sala’s ear­li­est out­ings as a teenager, his Tyre­power Sierra wasn’t sport­ing a wind­screen ban­ner which read, ‘Bryan Sala: a kid in a hurry’.

The only other race win­ner at the PIC was Chris Stillwell, aboard the exDick John­son Racing Shell Sierra, who suf­fered me­chan­i­cal dra­mas later in the week­end. Apart from Sala, the most con­sis­tent of the fron­trun­ners was the GIO GT-R of Tony Al­ford, which fin­ished in the top three each time.

Jim Richards, vic­tor with Mark Skaife on the day Sala made his Bathurst de­but, posted three wins in the Group C di­vi­sion in Pete Stur­geon’s BMW 635CSi af­ter re­tir­ing from Fri­day’s sprint. Mil­ton Se­feris (ex-Peter Jan­son Com­modore) was top of the Group C pops in the other two races.

The next HTC out­ing is Bathurst’s non cham­pi­onship round over Easter, April 14-16.

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