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Masterful drive wins day

Darryl Hansen overcame an early collision to weave his way through the field and win the Rose City Touring Car Trophy at Winton at the weekend.

GREGOR MACTAGGART August 13, 2014 3:10am

Marcos Ambrose’s 2001 Bathurst pole-sitting Falcon highlighted the Five Litre Touring Car demonstration events at the Winton Festival of Speed. Picture: RenSmart Photography

Ford driver Darryl Hansen produced a late charge to claim a memorable victory in the Rose City Touring Car Trophy at Winton last weekend.

Competing in the Group N category for cars built before December 1972, Hansen, in his Ford Mustang Fastback, capped an eventful race with a perfect result.

Having qualified second on the grid, Hansen dropped to 14th place following a collision with pole-sitter Bill Attard at the first turn.

The West Australian then staged a remarkable drive through the field, climbing up to second place behind Michael Anderson when a safety car was deployed late in the race.

When the restart came, Hansen’s superior speed helped him secure the lead before powering home to win by more than a second from Anderson, with Attard in third.

The Rose City trophy event was one of the major attractions on a bumper weekend of classic car racing at the Winton Festival of Speed.

Popular driver John Bowe, who won two Bathurst titles in partnership with Dick Johnson, added another trophy to his burgeoning mantelpiece.

Driving a 1974 March Formula 1 car, Bowe scored comprehensive wins in all three races to secure the Mick Ronke Trophy for the Group Q and R Racing categories.

The historic Formula Fords produced a pulsating four-way battle throughout the series between Andrew McInnes, David Hardman, Jonathon Miles and Nick Bennett.

McInnes claimed the first two races, but speared off the track in race three, leaving Hardman to claim the win.

Geoff Morgan sealed the Tourist Trophy in his 1975 Porsche 911, with some other winners through the categories being Laurie Bennett (Group M and O), Michael Gibson (Group Q and R Sports) and Milton Seferis in his ex-Peter Janson Commodore.

Also of interest was the presence of the Marcos Ambrose-driven Falcon V8 Supercar that qualified on pole for Bathurst in 2001.

Wayne Wakefield, who was Ambrose’s co-driver for the great race that year, got behind the wheel for the three demonstration runs at the weekend.

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