Gregg Hansford

Gregory John "Gregg" Hansford (8 April 1952 – 5 March 1995) was an Australian professional motorcycle and touring car racer.wikipedia
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1977 Hardie-Ferodo 1000

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He had previous ties to the Moffat team and was actually entered to partner Colin Bond in the second Moffat Ford Dealers Ford Falcon in the 1977 Hardie-Ferodo 1000.
They finished in side-by-side formation with the Moffat Ford Dealers team's second Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop driven by Colin Bond and Alan Hamilton in the most dominant team performance seen at the race (Hamilton got the drive after Bond's original nominated co-driver Gregg Hansford was unavailable due to injury from a motorcycle racing accident).

1978 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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Hansford finished second to his Kawasaki teammate, Kork Ballington, in the world 250cc championship and third in the world 350cc championship in 1978.

Lakeside International Raceway

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He then finished in 6th place at Oran Park before finishing second to Peter Brock's Holden Dealer Team Commodore in the wet final round at Lakeside in Brisbane (Moffat finished 3rd to clinch his 4th ATCC).
The fast and challenging nature of the circuit was an education for a generation of Queensland racing drivers and riders, including: John French, Dick Johnson, Gregg Hansford, Tony Longhurst, Will Power and five time 500cc Grand Prix motorcycle road racing world champion Mick Doohan.

Colin Bond

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He had previous ties to the Moffat team and was actually entered to partner Colin Bond in the second Moffat Ford Dealers Ford Falcon in the 1977 Hardie-Ferodo 1000.
Bond confirmed that he turned down Moffat's offer, preferring instead to stick to his own car which was co-driven by open wheel driver Alan Hamilton (Bond was to have driven with Gregg Hansford, but the Queenslander had to withdraw through injury suffered in a Motorcycle racing accident).

1983 Australian Touring Car Championship

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Hansford then put in some good performances in the Mazda in the 1983 Australian Touring Car Championship.
His race almost ended coming out of the Karrasell on the first lap when the left rear tyre of his Commodore got out into the mud and pitched the car sideways, almost into the path of Gregg Hansford in the second Allan Moffat Racing Mazda RX-7.

1984 James Hardie 1000

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Later the pair finished second in the Mazda at the Castrol 500 at Sandown before they went on to finish third at the 1984 James Hardie 1000 at Bathurst.
Third place was taken by the Mazda RX-7 of Allan Moffat and Gregg Hansford.

1981 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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In 1980 he teamed with Eddie Lawson to finish second in the Suzuka 8 Hours event, but suffered severe injuries in 1981 at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa forcing his retirement from motorcycle racing.

Allan Moffat Racing

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Hansford then turned to touring car racing in 1982 with Allan Moffat Racing.
Moffat also finished third at Bathurst in 1981 (with Derek Bell), sixth in 1982 and second in 1983 (both with Mazda Japan factory driver Yoshimi Katayama) and third in 1984 with Gregg Hansford, who like Katayama was a former Grand Prix motorcycle star.

Dick Johnson (racing driver)

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Moffat, who was making his comeback to racing after a crash earlier in the year at Surfers Paradise, started the race from pole and although suffering from the flu handed the car to Hansford in the lead ahead of 1984 ATCC winner Dick Johnson in his Ford XE Falcon, a lead the former Grand Prix Motorcycle star would not lose.
The larger budget allowed the team to expand from just one car for Dick, to a second Ford Sierra RS Cosworth for his then team mate Gregg Hansford.

1986 James Hardie 1000

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The following year he joined fellow Queenslander Dick Johnson in a Ford Mustang GT and finished the 1986 James Hardie 1000 in fourth outright.
Dick Johnson and Gregg Hansford finished fourth in their Ford Mustang, while the "Super" team of former rivals Peter Brock and Allan Moffat, who had won 12 of the previous 16 races at Bathurst, finished in fifth place one lap down in their repaired HDT Commodore after losing almost 3 laps in the pits with an oil cooler problem while in a strong second place.

1987 Australian Touring Car Championship

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Gregg Hansford stayed with Dick Johnson Racing for the 1987 season, with the team running two new Ford Sierra RS Cosworth's in the 1987 Australian Touring Car Championship.
The team ran a pair of the new Ford Sierra RS Cosworths for team boss Dick Johnson and his 1986 James Hardie 1000 co-driver Gregg Hansford.

Larry Perkins

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The 1987 James Hardie 1000 was a disaster for the team with the Johnson/Hansford car retiring from the race with diff failure after just 3 laps, while the team's second car retired one lap earlier after Neville Crichton crashed with the Holden Commodore of Larry Perkins.
He went on to win the race six times (1982, 1983, 1984, 1993, 1995, 1997), with co-drivers Peter Brock (1982–84), John Harvey (1983) (all for the Holden Dealer Team which by then was owned by Brock with Perkins in charge of race car building and preparation), Gregg Hansford (1993) and in his last two wins in 1995 and 1997 with Russell Ingall, winning each time in an Australian developed Holden Commodore.

1983 James Hardie 1000

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He then went and qualified 12th in the Mazda at the 1983 James Hardie 1000 (Moffat qualified his car 14th), though problems saw him and co-driver Garry Waldon not classified as finishers after only completing 49 laps.

1988 Enzed Sandown 500

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He again linked with Allan Moffat and the pair went on to win the Enzed 500 at Sandown driving a Reudi Eggenberger built Ford Sierra RS500.
Allan Moffat and Gregg Hansford won the race in their Eggenberger Motorsport built Ford Sierra RS500.

1984 Australian Endurance Championship

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Hansford's first touring car win was the 1984 Oran Park 250 in the 1984 Australian Endurance Championship with team boss Allan Moffat in the RX-7.

Neil Crompton

He then finished 2nd at the 1993 James Hardie 12 Hour with Charlie O'Brien in a Mazda RX-7 and won the 1994 James Hardie 12 Hour with television commentator turned race driver Neil Crompton, again in an RX-7.
His best results being two third placings in the crash shortened 1992 race with Swede Anders Olofsson in a Gibson Motorsport Nissan GT-R and in 1995 with 1987 500cc Grand Prix Motorcycle World Champion Wayne Gardner in a Wayne Gardner Racing Holden Commodore in addition to winning the 1994 12 Hour endurance race with Gregg Hansford in a factory supported Mazda RX-7.

Peter McLeod

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Though at the start of 1985, the Moffat team took their Mazda RX-7, along with Peter McLeod and Kevin Bartlett to drive in the 24 Hours of Daytona.
In 1985 he joined Allan Moffat, Kevin Bartlett and Gregg Hansford in Mazda Australia's attack on the 24 Hours of Daytona.

1980 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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In 1980 he teamed with Eddie Lawson to finish second in the Suzuka 8 Hours event, but suffered severe injuries in 1981 at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa forcing his retirement from motorcycle racing.

1994 James Hardie 12 Hour

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He then finished 2nd at the 1993 James Hardie 12 Hour with Charlie O'Brien in a Mazda RX-7 and won the 1994 James Hardie 12 Hour with television commentator turned race driver Neil Crompton, again in an RX-7.
The race was won by Gregg Hansford and Neil Crompton driving a Mazda RX-7 for BP Mazda Motorsport.

1994 Tooheys 1000

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Such performances earned him further respect and drives in both V8 Supercars and Super Touring, with highlights being 1st in the 1993 Tooheys 1000, 3rd in the 1994 Tooheys 1000 and 3rd in the 1994 Sandown 500 all partnered with Larry Perkins in a Holden VP Commodore.
Larry Perkins and Gregg Hansford were third in their Holden VP Commodore entered by Perkins Engineering.

1984 Castrol 500

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Later the pair finished second in the Mazda at the Castrol 500 at Sandown before they went on to finish third at the 1984 James Hardie 1000 at Bathurst.
The pair finishing a lap ahead of the Moffat/Gregg Hansford RX-7 with the second HDT Commodore of John Harvey and new team recruit David Parsons finishing 3rd.

DJR Team Penske

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Gregg Hansford stayed with Dick Johnson Racing for the 1987 season, with the team running two new Ford Sierra RS Cosworth's in the 1987 Australian Touring Car Championship.
For Sandown and Bathurst the team signed former Grand Prix motorcycle star and Moffat team driver Gregg Hansford to be Johnson's co-driver.

John Bowe (racing driver)

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Hansford was dumped from DJR before the start of 1988 for former dual Australian Drivers' Champion John Bowe (Hansford reported that he only found out of his dumping after watching a television news report and that Johnson never actually contacted him about it).
For 1988, Dick Johnson Racing hired Bowe, replacing Gregg Hansford as the teams number two driver in their Ford Sierra RS500's.

Oran Park Raceway

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He then finished in 6th place at Oran Park before finishing second to Peter Brock's Holden Dealer Team Commodore in the wet final round at Lakeside in Brisbane (Moffat finished 3rd to clinch his 4th ATCC). Hansford's first touring car win was the 1984 Oran Park 250 in the 1984 Australian Endurance Championship with team boss Allan Moffat in the RX-7.