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.
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.
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.
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.