GMS out in force at Bathurst Motor Festival
Pics by James Smith
The Gibson Motorsport team returned once more to The Mountain for the 2015 edition of the Bathurst Motor Festival.
Held over the Easter weekend (April 3-5), the Bathurst Motor Festival offers an action-packed weekend of motorsport, headlined by the fantastic Heritage Touring Cars for original Group C and A machines, enjoying a non-championship round.
Gibson Motorsport continued its support of the series with an impressive marquee display that housed ‘garages’ that were open to the public.
The GMS team was on-hand with one DR30 Nissan Skyline for Brian Henderson, along with two HR31s for Tony Alford and Mark Eddy.
Also on-hand was the GMS-built ex-GIO R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R of Terry Lawlor.
Thirty-three qualifiers braved wet conditions on the Friday, with Lawlor maximising the GT-Rs all-wheel drive traction to record fastest time. Eddy finished the session third, Henderson ninth and Alford tenth; impressive results in the turbocharged GMS Nissans.
Race one was held over six laps on the Saturday morning, again in damp conditions. Lawlor maximised his pole position and was able to take the victory by eight seconds from Bryan Sala’s potent Ford Sierra RS 500.
Eddy was able to take the final podium placing in his HR31 with Henderson emulating Glenn Seton in-period as he took the DR30 to eighth place. Tony Alford in his HR31 suffered from a fogging screen, dropping to 13th.
Saturday evening’s second race was slightly drier, with Lawlor again winning from Sala with Eddy in third. This time, Henderson was able to improve to seventh (hot on the heels of the Collins VL Commodore) but the big mover was Alford, who finished behind Henderson in eighth position.
Fast-forward to Sunday and the weather improved dramatically for the final six-lapper.
Once more Lawlor cleared off, making the most of his GMS-rebuilt 2.6-litre turbo six. The HR31s, however, also improved with Alford continuing his surge up the leaderboard to finish fifth, immediately ahead of Eddy.
“The sight of the HR31s running together was a wonderful spectacle,” said GMS manager Alan Heaphy. “The sound, the flames… the crowd really enjoyed it.”
Brian Henderson gained another top-ten result, finishing ninth in the DR30.
All GMS Nissans ran faultlessly throughout the event, again underlying the company’s expertise when it comes to building and managing race machines.
The next Heritage Touring Cars championship round will be held at Historic Warwick, from May 2-3.
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