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Driv­ers saluted

DICK John­son and Colin Bond have been awarded Con­fed­er­a­tion of Aus­tralian Mo­tor Sport (CAMS) life mem­ber­ship. John­son, 65, and Bond, 68, join 23 other of­fi­cials and com­peti­tors who have been recog­nised since the life mem­ber­ship pro­gram was in­tro­duced in 1982. John­son drove tour­ing cars from the mid-60s un­til 2000, when he re­tired to con­cen­trate on the run­ning of his Ford team Dick John­son Rac­ing. He won five Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onships and three Bathurst 1000 crowns. Bond was renowned in a va­ri­ety of mo­tor sport dis­ci­plines, win­ning the ’75 ATC, three Aus­tralian Rally Cham­pi­onships and the 1969 Bathurst. Both have also been in­ducted into the V8 Su­per­car Hall of Fame.

Champs’ hon­our

MORE cham­pi­ons have been in­ducted into the V8 Utes Hall of Fame, in­clud­ing Rod Wil­son (2001), War­ren Luff (2002/03), Mar­cus Zukanovic (2004/05), Damien White (2006/07), Grant John­son (2007/10), Lay­ton Cram­brook (2008) and Jack Else­good (2009). Luff is now driv­ing for Lu­cas Dum­brell Motorsport in V8 Su­per­cars. The top three driv­ers of the sea­son were Grant John­son, 2009 cham­pion Jack Else­good and An­drew Fisher, who also claimed the ti­tle for the best driver aged over 40. The most im­proved driver award went to Gary Car­son, who im­proved nine spots from his rookie year last year.

BMWre­turns

THE win­ning Bathurst 12-HourBMW will front a three-car as­sault on the Fe­bru­ary 6 race. GWS Motorsport will re­turn with theBMW335i Turbo that won the 2007 and 2010 races out­right. It will be driven by Garry Holt, John Bowe and Paul Mor­ris. The team will also en­ter a pair of BMW130i mod­els to bat­tle for class vic­tory. The 2011 Bathurst 12-Hour will in­clude GT ve­hi­cles with 31 man­u­fac­tur­ers el­i­gi­ble to com­pete.

Darcy chal­lenge

WORLD un­der-21 speedway cham­pion Darcy Ward, of Bris­bane, will take on an in­ter­na­tional field to­mor­row in Bris­bane. The 25 top solo rid­ers com­pet­ing at the Mick Doohan track in­clude two Swedes and four from Eng­land in a fiveteam tour­na­ment over 26 heats.

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