GMS storms onto the podium at Winton Festival of Speed
Over 300 entries were received for the 2016 Winton Festival of Speed on the weekend, where the Heritage Touring Cars series was to see a battle for points in the four Group A and Group C races held over Saturday and Sunday.
It was Gibson Motorsport who enjoyed top success in the Group A and C touring car series, with its competitors Tony Alford, in the GIO GTR that Gibson Motorsport built in 1991 for Bob Forbes, and Mark Eddy, in a 1988 HR31 Skyline GTS-R, both winning podium finishes.
Alford, who is leading the Heritage Touring Cars series points table, enjoyed particular success by racing to top of the podium in all four races. It was a good outing for Alford whose son, Kyle Alford, was also competing in Group SC for PPE Engineering.
Saturday’s qualifying result couldn’t have been better for Alford who took pole position with a weekend fastest lap of 1:28.94sec on the eighteen-car grid, ahead of Carey McMahon in his 1990 Ford Sierra, who, as usual, proved to be a competitive adversary to Alford.
Eddy, in the Nissan HR31, couldn’t find his way around David Towe’s BMW M3 that qualified for third.
Race 1 on Saturday saw a consistent result to qualifying and Alford finished first, ahead of McMahon, while Eddy still couldn’t get around third placed Towe, whose M3 proved very quick on the 3.0km circuit.
Alford continued his flying start by also finishing first in Race 2 on Saturday, again ahead of McMahon, while Eddy remained on the heel of Towe and finished fourth.
Sunday saw similar success for Alford, while Eddy had some breathing space ahead of him due to mechanical problems with Towe’s M3.
In Race 3, Alford finished first with a fastest of the day lap of 1:29.18sec, while Eddy finished third, just a second behind McMahon in his Sierra Cosworth RS500.
Race 4 was a continuation of form for Alford, who finished first on the podium, again, and Eddy finished third, completing his fastest lap of the weekend of 1:31.44sec.
Gibson Motorsport’s Alan Heaphy was very happy with the result, saying, “We never had any issues with any of the cars, even the old Datsun 240 of young Kyle Alford went pretty well. It was a great weekend for the whole team”.
The next outing for GMS will be at the Muscle Car Masters at Sydney Motorsport Park, October 28th to 30th.
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