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The forgotten man of FPR’s first Bathurst

AFTER two years in the wilderness, Darren Hossack unexpectedly got the nod to drive in Ford Performance Racing’s famed #5’s first Bathurst 1000.

Prodrive had bought out Glenn Seton Racing ahead of the 2003 season and was running three FPR Falcons for Craig Lowndes, Glenn Seton and David Besnard.

Come the enduros, Lowndes and Seton paired up in the #6, and Owen Kelly was drafted in alongside Besnard in the #19… leaving two seats vacant for the #5.

“That was good but it was also sad because Stewy McColl was down to test drive; myself, Adam (Macrow) and Stewy,” Hossack recalled to the V8 Sleuth Podcast last month.

“And sadly he had a crash at Phillip Island and lost his life, so that put Adam and I in the car.

“That sort of came about because John Gourlay’s wife’s sister, she actually worked at FPR and threw my name in the ring and they were like, ‘this bloke has raced all these cars and we haven’t heard of him’.

“So that’s sort of how that came about.”

Hossack/Macrow wound up with little to show in the way of results, but there would be greater things to come for FPR and its #5 – including winning the 2013 Bathurst 1000 and the 2015 championship, both led by Mark Winterbottom.

“I remember, whilst our results were not good, it’s probably the only team I’ve ever driven for where as a co-driver and as a car they didn’t really want to run, we got every opportunity that the lead cars did,” said Hossack.

“I remember being in the truck and they were talking to Craig about how Craig wanted different brake rotors or something. Him and Glenn decided on what rotors they were going to run, and then they said to Adam and I, ‘well do you want the same rotors?’

“Honestly, they ran that car, to the best of my knowledge, as if it was a lead car.

“It was a very good team to be a part of.

“Probably it was a bit early and the cars were not as good as what they became later, but still very privileged to be part of that organisation at one point.”

Hossack went on to win the National Sports Sedans title in 2004 and 2008 driving for Gourlay, the first in a Saab and the latter in the very Audi A4 with which Jordan Caruso wowed fans at Bathurst last year.

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