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Corse To Look After 'Godzilla'
Posted by: newsla on Feb 05, 2014 - 03:11 PM
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Corse To Look After 'Godzilla'


At last year’s Heritage Touring Car Series round at Sydney Motorsport Park, Terry Lawlor chases the Nissan R32 GT-R he’s just bought from Craig Markland, in the Ford Sierra-Cosworth he’s just sold to Markland!

 

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There’ll be a monster lurking in the Corse Motorsport workshop this year – ‘Godzilla’, otherwise known as a Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R .

The turbocharged all-wheel drive supercar has been bought by Terry Lawlor to contest the 2014 Heritage Touring Car Series for Group C (1973-‘84) and Group A (1985-’92) cars.

In an unusual deal, Lawlor traded his Corse-restored Group A Caltex Sierra-Cosworth RS500 for the GIO GT-R of HTC rival Craig Markland!

The supercar was nicknamed after the 1950s Japanese cult movie monster during its domination of the final three years of Group A.

Lawlor’s GT-R was owned by Bob Forbes and driven by Mark Gibbs in 1991 and 1992.

It won the 1991 Sandown 500 with dual Australian Drivers’ Champion Rohan Onslow co-driving with Gibbs.

Corse owner Mick Mitchell, who was a mechanic with Colin Bond’s Caltex Sierra team when the GT-Rs came on the scene in 1990, is looking forward to preparing the ‘Godzilla’ for this year’s HTC series.

“The GTRs wiped the floor with the Sierras in the Group A days, but I’ve always liked them.”

Mitchell expects Lawlor to be highly competitive in this year’s HTC series, although he isn’t predicting a GT-R walk-over.

“The main aim of HTC is to showcase authentic cars that competed in Group C and Group A, with an emphasis on enjoyment rather than winning,” he said.

“There’s a big variation in racing experience among the drivers, so the cars don’t play such a pivotal role.

“Terry will be racing against some quick drivers in quick cars, but judging by his excellent drives in the Sierra last year he should be at or near the front.”

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