12-hour winner inducted into Bathurst Legends Lane

LIQUI-MOLY BATHURST 12 Hour winner Gregg Hansford has been induced into Bathurst’s Legends Lane at Mount Panorama. 

Famous for his two-wheeled career, Hansford won on two wheels and four at Bathurst and won both the Bathurst 1000 and 12-hour endurance races.

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He was inducted into the Legends lane alongside Mark Skaife and legendary broadcaster Mike Raymond at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 this weekend and was represented by sons Rhys and Ryan – who is racing this weekend in the Touring Car Masters – at the induction ceremony (pictured).

Hansford won the 12-Hour in 1994, driving a BP-sponsored Mazda RX-7 SP alongside Neil Crompton.

The race winning car was retained by Mazda and is on display at Mount Panorama this weekend in the Legends of Bathurst display in the Supercars paddock.

The ’94 race was the last of the ‘original’ 12-hour races held at Mount Panorama, the race moving to Eastern Creek in Sydney for one year before being placed on hiatus until its return in 2007.

That race marked Hansford’s third start in the around-the-clock classic, having made his debut driving with John Bowe in a Mazda RX-7 two years earlier, finishing fifth outright.

He stood on the podium a year later, sharing another Mazda with fellow Queenslander Charlie O’Brien to finish third.

His triumph with Crompton in 1994 came after a tense race-long battle with the Porsche 968CS of Peter Fitzgerald, Jim Richards and Nicolas Leutwiler – the cars split by less than a lap at the finish.

Hansford made 13 Bathurst 1000 starts, winning in 1993 with Larry Perkins and finishing third in his final start a year later.

Hansford holds the unique distinction of winning at Bathurst on a bike and in a car and was a ten-time Moto GP winner, the most for an Australian at the peak of two-wheeled competition globally behind Mick Doohan, Casey Stoner and Wayne Gardner.

He died at age 42 following a crash while competing in a Super Touring race in 1995 at Phillip Island.

Hansford finished third in his first official start in the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1983 and won his first race at Oran Park in 1984.

He broke through for his only Bathurst 1000 victory alongside Larry Perkins in 1993. Rick Kelly and Garry Jacobson’s Nissan is honoring the 25th anniversary of that famous victory this weekend by donning Perkins famous No. 11 and a replica livery from the 1993 race.

The 2019 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour will be held between January 31-February 3 2019.