The Heritage Revival races at the Repco Bathurst 1000 have concluded in style today, the Group C XD Falcon of Terry Lawlor and Group S Porsche 911 of Doug Barbour staging an entertaining contest for the lead on a wet track.
Due to the conditions, the first few laps of the race were run behind the Safety Car. When the field was given the green flag, Barbour immediately attacked in his Porsche, using its nimble handling characteristics to launch an assault on Lawlor as well as Greg Keam’s Mustang.
Barbour surged through to the lead with a bold move down the inside of both Lawlor and Keam into Hell Corner, but Lawlor was able to pass him up Mountain Straight on the final lap to take the lead and the win.
“The conditions in that session were certainly challenging and I had a few moments, but it was a lot of fun racing against Doug, whose car had completely different strengths to mine,” Lawlor said.
“When it started raining before the race, I got excited because I knew the conditions would suit my Porsche, and it was great fun racing against Terry; normally I compete in Group S, so it was an interesting experience getting to race my Porsche against different types of cars this weekend,” Barbour added.
Keam brought his Group A Mustang home third ahead of brothers Luke and Jack Harrison in their Group C Mustangs. Stephen Axisa (Group C Commodore), Brian Henderson (Nissan Bluebird), Glenn Gerstel (Group C Falcon), Nathan Gordon (Group N Monaro) and Michael Cross (Group N Torana XU-1) rounded out the top 10 ahead of Mike Roddy, who was able to finish the race despite spinning his Jaguar into the wall at Griffin’s Bend on the first lap of green flag racing.
Heritage Revival organiser Ed Singleton was thrilled with the race meeting and the response from fans, despite the weather conditions, and is set to announce more news about the category in the coming days.