HERITAGE TOURING CARS ROUND 2 AT AUTUMN HISTORIC

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TONY ALFORD has a selection of Nissan Skyline GTRs at his disposal and chose to take the ex-GIO machine to the Autumn Historics at Morgan Park to dominate the second round of the Heritage Touring Car Championship with three wins from four starts.

The category, for Group C and A car, drew 25 entries and headlined the historic meeting in their only Queensland appearance this year.

In qualifying Alford took pole position from Carey McMahon, driving the ex-Tony Longhurst B&H Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 and Duncan MacKellar, steering ex-Allan Moffat ANZ Sierra. 

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In race one Alford leapt off the start and controlled the race to take the win, winning from McMahon and MacKellar, the three Group A cars some 15 seconds ahead of the fight for fourth place between Mark Taylor and John Douglas in their Group A Holden Commodores.

The second race was the Lloyd Bax Handicap, a full reverse grid event with the runners split into three groups off the start. The faster cars made short work of the smaller cars and by mid race they darting in and out of the back markers.

MacKellar cleared the pack from Alford and Warwick local Wayne Clift in his Group A Commodore VK in third place. Edward Singleton (Group C ex-Allan Grice STP Commodore VH) was fourth from Douglas. 

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The feature event over 10 laps also included the John French and Glen Seton Trophies. Again it became a three-way battle between Alford, McMahon and MacKellar. McMahon was hunting down Alford but just didn’t quite have the speed to pass with the two finishing just 0.6 seconds apart with Mackellar 4.5 seconds adrift.

Alford also set a new Group A lap record of 1 minute 22.175 seconds while Chris Bowden lowered the benchmark for Group C to 1 minute 26.595 seconds in his ex-Tony Mulvihill Mazda RX-7. The John French Trophy went to Bowden for first in Group C and Alford was awarded the Glen Seton Trophy topping Group A. 

The last race was an eight-lap sprint and Alford completed great weekend by beating MacKellar, Taylor and Douglas. McMahon failed to finish after a drive shaft broke and landed at pit exit, which sent the Sierra off at turn one.

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