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Bathurst-winning Jaguar bent in Heritage finale

ONE of the most valuable cars at the 2022 Repco Bathurst 1000 suffered a significant flesh wound in the final race of the Heritage Revival.

The Heritage category featured a variety of Group N, Group C and Group A touring cars, as well as Group S sports cars.

A star attraction was Mike Roddy’s ex-Tom Walkinshaw Racing Jaguar XJS – the very car that won the 1985 James Hardie 1000 in the hands of John Goss and Armin Hahne.

Roddy suffered a half-lose at Griffins Bend on the first racing lap of the final, which had started under Safety Car amid slippery track conditions.

The right-front corner of the big, V12-engined Cat clouted the concrete on driver’s right, before Roddy rejoined the circuit and finished the race in 11th place.

Terry Lawlor (ex-Bob Morris Group C Ford Falcon XD) won a spirited battle with Doug Barbour (Group S Porsche 911) to take victory by less than a tenth of a second.

Greg Keam (Group A Ford Mustang), Luke Harrison (Group N Torana XU-1) and Jack Harrison (Group N Ford Mustang) completed the top five.

Terry Lawlor scored pole and two race wins. Pic: Nathan Wong

“The conditions in that session were certainly challenging and I had a few moments, but it was a lot of fun racing against Doug, whose car had completely different strengths to mine,” said Lawlor.

Lawlor had held off Keam to win Race 1 by just 0.25s on Friday morning, while that evening’s race was declared a non-event after an incident prior to the start.

Oil on the circuit led to Rod Hatfield looping his Group C Torana at Forrest’s Elbow, where he was collected by an unsighted Chris O’Connor in his Toyota Celica.

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