EX-F1 me­chanic Gib­son to race in Sports 2000

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Ex-benet­ton For­mula 1 me­chanic Grant Gib­son is hop­ing to race in the UK for the first time this year af­ter pur­chas­ing an ex-paul Tray­hurn Van Diemen Du­ratec Sports 2000 car.

Gib­son raced in his na­tive Australia in his for­ma­tive years be­fore mov­ing to the UK to work in For­mula 1.

“I used to race in Australia a long time ago, I raced a Lo­tus 15, ex-gra­ham Hill car,” said Gib­son. “Then I raced a Repco Brab­ham 3-litre car. I came to Eng­land to get in­volved with F1 and learn the lat­est tricks to then go back to Australia and ap­ply that.”

Gib­son spent the 1980s in F1, and in 1986 he looked af­ter Nigel Mansell’s Wil­liams, which fa­mously blew a tyre while he was con­tend­ing for the cham­pi­onship.

Gib­son hopes to be out in the Sports 2000 Du­ratec Cham­pi­onship by the end of the year, but the Van Diemen needs a re­fresh first.

“I’m plan­ning to re­pair or re­place a lot of parts on the car,” added Gib­son. “I have busi­ness in­ter­ests so time is a bit tight this sea­son. And I’m back to Australia in a cou­ple of weeks for six weeks. We’ll cer­tainly try to be ready be­fore the end of the year.”

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