GMS at the Lakeside Classic 2013
The Lakeside Classic played host to the latest round of Heritage Touring Car racing over the weekend of July 19-21.
The event saw multiple Bathurst and Australian Touring Car Champion Jim Richards reunited with his Gibson Motorsport (GMS) Nissan Skyline HR31, which he drove during his championship-winning 1990 ATCC campaign.
As previously detailed on our site, Jim reacquired ‘Number 2’ earlier this year, and graciously offered former team-mate Mark Skaife the chance to introduce it to the public at the Phillip Island Classic in March.
For Lakeside, Fred Gibson and his dedicated crew looked after the Richards Skyline, along with supporting Brian Henderson’s 1985 Nissan Gazelle throughout the weekend.
Still sporting the same tyres which Skaife competed on at Phillip Island, Richards took a convincing pole position in the Skyline and achieved two race victories and a second placing over the course of the weekend.
“Given the only thing we’d changed since Phillip Island was the diff ratio – to a shorter 4.3:1 drive from 3.7, to suit the twisting circuit – Jim was over the moon with the way the car performed and he had a couple of great battles with Bill Pye in the ex-Dick Johnson Mustang,” explained GMS team manager Alan Heaphy.
Further to their commitment to historic racing, the newly reformed Gibson Motorsport now turns its attention to the upcoming Muscle Car Masters, to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on the last weekend in August.
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