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Alford takes AGT Challenge championship podium

Alford takes AGT Challenge championship podium

Gibson Motorsport client Tony Alford has achieved a strong runner-up position in the 2015 Australian GT Championship for ‘Challenge’ class machines.

Alford arrived at New Zealand’s Highlands Motorsport Park for the final of the six-round series embroiled in a championship battle with Richard Gartner’s Porsche 997 Cup car and the Michael O’Donnell’s similar Porsche. Heading into the finale Alford was looking to maximise his Donut King Nissan GT-R’s performance on the challenging 4.5km South Island circuit.

The striking GT-R was wheeled into service at Sandown’s fifth championship round, after Alford’s earlier Lotus steed was irreparably damaged. Gibson Motorsport – who also looks after Alford’s HR31 GTS-R Group A Touring Car – was charged with preparing the twin-turbo V6-powered monster and providing at-circuit support in New Zealand.

Two 60-minute championship races were held on the Saturday, as part of the lead-in to the ‘Highlands 101’, a popular non-championship event battled out on the Sunday.

“It was a challenging and interesting event,” said GMS team manager, Alan Heaphy.

“The circuit is a cracker, and there’s a point [‘The Bridge’, as it is known] where the cars can jump all four wheels off the ground. That gave the GT-R’s electronics some headaches, but we were able to recalibrate its ‘brain’.

“This enabled Tony to compete and take second in the championship as a result.”

The final championship table had Gartner taking the title with 726 points. Alford’s 692 points bested O’Donnell on 677.

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