A former Benalla racecar driver will compete at the Australian Grand Prix next month.MONIQUE FREER February 13, 2013 4:33am
Race car driver Michael Gibson will compete at the Australian Grand Prix and Phillip Island Classic in March.
Benalla racecar driver Michael Gibson is heading to the big smoke to compete against the best at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix and Phillip Island Classic in March.
Gibson was invited to race the Rennmax Repco Brabham Sportscar at the Grand Prix after winning the Australian Sports 2000 Championship over four rounds late last year.
While he won the Sports 2000 race at the Phillip Island Classic in 2012, it will be Gibson’s first appearance at the Grand Prix.
‘‘It’s one of those things that, as a little boy, you dream about racing at the Grand Prix in front of the world,’’ Gibson said.
‘‘For it to come off would be fantastic.’’
Racing is not just a passion for Gibson; it is in his blood. Part of a third generation of racing enthusiasts, he was born into a family passionate about the sport, and watched his grandfather, father and uncles race from a young age.
At the age of nine Gibson began racing go-karts before progressing to racecars at 18. He currently races with Gibson Racing Team, which he described as ‘‘basically just a family team’’ that has been operating since his father was racing.
Racing in the Rennmax Repco Brabham Sportscar — a model with a Formula One engine, in which motor racing legend Jack Brabham drove — Gibson said he was aiming for a top-10 finish at the Grand Prix.
‘‘We might surprise ourselves and go top five, but I’m looking at top 10 realistically, and to bring the car home in one piece,’’ he said.
Gibson is a mechanical engineer by trade, living and working in Melbourne. But on the weekends he is back in Benalla, where his cars are based, testing cars at Winton.
Competing at both competitions in March also requires significant funds, which is why Gibson Racing Team is hosting a Grand Prix Fundraiser Dinner.
Alongside live entertainment from The Buffalo Theory, there will also be a racing simulator in which you can earn your very own Gibson Racing Team shirt for a gold coin donation. Numbers are limited and bookings close February 15, so book now. The cost for the evening is $80 per person, and the dress code is formal. For further information contact Simon on 0401
Goulburn Valley Suns have taken it right up to Kingston City only to go down by a single goal in a hard-fought National Premier Leagues contest.
The first preliminary final on Saturday saw the Tungamah seniors start their campaign against Waaia at the Rennie Recreation Reserve.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
THREE words were chanted in unison at Hopwood Gardens, Echuca on Thursday night — bring them here.
EVERY day about 5000 motorists travel the Northern Hwy between Elmore and Rochester.
KYABRAM’S Margaret and Leonard Flint have come a long way since meeting in the early 1950s.
Avenel win over Nagambie to take top spot
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
YOU probably wouldn’t expect to find an intensive care nurse running an award winning hotel and brewery, but that’s exactly what you will find when you visit Tooborac.
The preparations for the 10th Cobram Swap Meet have been given a boost with a brand new line marker. The Rotary Club of Cobram, which organise the swap meet, applied for a volunteer grant from the Federal Government, from which it received $4600.
At 77 years of age, popular local golfer Paul ‘Tango’ has claimed his second hole-in-one.
Tuesday, August 16
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.