Gregg Hansford

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Gregg Hansford
Nationality Australian
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1978 - 1981
First race 1978 250cc Spanish Grand Prix
Last race 1981 500cc Dutch TT
First win 1978 250cc Spanish Grand Prix
Last win 1979 350cc Finnish Grand Prix
Team(s) Kawasaki
Championships 0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
33 10 25 11 5 358

Gregory John "Gregg" Hansford (8 April 1952 – 5 March 1995) was an Australian motorcycle and touring car racer.

Racing career[edit]

Motorcycles[edit]

Hansford began racing motorcycles in Australia, winning the 1973 500cc Unlimited title, as well as competing in the New Zealand Marlboro Series in 1975/76 and 1977/78 on Team Kawasaki 750s. He also won one leg of the 77/78 series on a KR250. In 1978 he traveled to Europe to compete in Grand Prix motorcycle racing for the Kawasaki factory racing team. He finished 2nd in the world 250cc championship and third in the world 350cc championship in 1978. In 1979 he again finished 2nd in 250cc and 3rd in 350cc.[1] In 1980 he teamed with Eddie Lawson to finish second in the Suzuka 8 Hours event,[2] but suffered severe injuries in 1981 at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa forcing his retirement from motorcycle racing.

With 10 Grand Prix victories to his credit, Hansford is ranked fourth for the most Grand Prix wins by an Australian behind Mick Doohan (54 wins), Casey Stoner (38) and Wayne Gardner (18).

Touring Cars[edit]

Hansford then turned to touring car racing in 1982 with Allan Moffat Racing. 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. However, a motorcycle racing crash caused injuries which saw Hansford forced to withdraw from the race and be replaced by open wheel driver Alan Hamilton. The car he was to drive with Bond finished second in Ford's famous 1-2 victory at Bathurt in 1977.

Hansford put in some good performances in Moffat's second Mazda RX-7 in the 1983 Australian Touring Car Championship, including finishing second to Peter Brock's Holden Dealer Team VH Commodore in the final round at Lakeside in Brisbane. He then went and qualified 12th in the Mazda at the 1983 James Hardie 1000 (Moffat qualified his car 14th), though problems saw he and co-driver Garry Waldon not classified as finishers after only completing 49 laps. Moffat and Japanese driver Yoshimi Katayama finished second outright.

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

After Australian touring car racing changed from the locally developed Group C rules to the international Group A rules in 1985, Hansford was forced to look elsewhere as Mazda (nor Moffat for the season) wouldn't be competing. Though at the start of 1985, the Moffat team took their Mazda RX-7 and Peter McLeod and Kevin Bartlett to drive in the 24 Hours of Daytona. After Moffat qualified the car 38th in the GT class, they progressed through to the top 5 in their class before engine problems saw them drop back to 24th outright at the end of the race.

Hansford then teamed with Moffat's former team mate Colin Bond to drive an Alfa Romeo GTV6 to eighth outright in the 1985 James Hardie 1000. The following year he joined fellow Queenslander Dick Johnson in a Ford Mustang and finished the 1986 James Hardie 1000 in fourth outright.

Gregg Hansford stayed with Dick Johnson Racing for the 1987 season, with the team running two Ford Sierra RS Cosworth's in the 1987 Australian Touring Car Championship. The team endured a tough season with the fast but fragile Sierra's which were upgraded to the more reliable, and much more powerful RS500 version for the endurance races. 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.

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 Dick Johnson never actually contacted him about it). He again linked with Allan Moffat and the pair went on to win the Enzed 500 at Sandown in Melbourne driving a Reudi Eggenberger built Ford Sierra RS500. The pair were joined by ace West German driver Klaus Niedzwiedz at the 1988 Tooheys 1000 at Bathurst (with Eggenberger himself engineering the car for the race), and were leading by almost a lap on lap 129 when the car suffered engine failure with Handsford at the wheel (the turbocharged car had cooled during a safety car period and when racing resumed formed a vapor lock in the engine which caused head gasket failure).

Hansford would drive the RS500 Sierra's for both Allan Moffat and Glenn Seton Racing over the next four seasons, though on-track results would elude him.

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 Neil Crompton, again in an RX-7. Such performances earned him respect and drives in both V8 Supercars and Supertourers, with highlights being 1st in the 1993 Tooheys 1000,[3] 3rd in the 1994 Tooheys 1000 and 3rd in the 1994 Sandown 500 all partnered with Larry Perkins in a Holden VP Commodore.

Hansford's 1993 Bathurst win gave him the unique distinction of winning a race at the Mount Panorama Circuit in both motorcycle and car racing.

Death[edit]

While competing in a Supertouring race in 1995 at Phillip Island, Hansford's Ford Mondeo slid off the track and hit a tyre wall at high speed. The car bounced back onto the track where he was hit by Mark Adderton's Peugeot 405 at over 200 km/h. Hansford died moments after the impact. His partner and their youngest son Harrison were about to celebrate his first birthday.

In 2007, Hansford's sons Rhys and Ryan had made their first steps into a motor racing career and Ryan presently (2013) competes in V8 Utes. Ryan previously competed in the Australian Mini Challenge.

Hansford is buried in Brisbane's Pinnaroo Lawn Cemetery.[4]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
1973 Australian 500 cc Unlimited Motorcycle Series 1st
1978 250 cc World Championship 2nd Kawasaki KR250 Kawasaki
350 cc World Championship 3rd Kawasaki KR350 Kawasaki
1979 250 cc World Championship 2nd Kawasaki KR250 Kawasaki
350 cc World Championship 3rd Kawasaki KR350 Kawasaki
1980 350 cc World Championship 15th Kawasaki KR350 Kawasaki
1983 Australian Touring Car Championship 8th Mazda RX-7 Peter Stuyvesant International
1983 Australian Endurance Championship 6th Mazda RX-7 Peter Stuyvesant International
1984 Australian Endurance Championship 2nd Mazda RX-7 Peter Stuyvesant International Racing
1985 Australian Touring Car Championship 28th Alfa Romeo GTV6 Network Alfa
1985 Australian Endurance Championship 7th Alfa Romeo GTV6 Network Alfa
1986 Australian Touring Car Championship 30th BMW 635 CSi Charlie O'Brien
1986 Australian Endurance Championship 28th Ford Mustang Palmer Tube Mills
1987 Australian Touring Car Championship 10th Ford Sierra RS Cosworth Shell Ultra Hi-Tech Racing Team
1989 Australian Touring Car Championship 15th Ford Sierra RS500 Allan Moffat Enterprises
1990 Australian Touring Car Championship 10th Ford Sierra RS500 Allan Moffat Enterprises
1991 Australian Endurance Championship 24th Ford Sierra RS500 Peter Jackson Racing
1994 Australian Super Production Car Series 7th Mazda RX-7 Mazda

Motorcycle Grand Prix results[edit]

Source:[1]

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Points Rank Wins
1978 250cc Kawasaki VEN
-
ESP
1
FRA
1
NAT
2
NED
3
BEL
-
SWE
1
FIN
2
GBR
-
GER
2
CZE
2
YUG
1
118 2nd 4
350cc Kawasaki VEN
-
AUT
7
FRA
1
NAT
2
NED
8
SWE
1
FIN
-
GBR
-
GER
-
CZE
2
YUG
1
76 3rd 3
1979 250cc Kawasaki VEN
7
GER
6
NAT
-
ESP
2
YUG
2
NED
2
BEL
DNS
SWE
2
FIN
2
GBR
-
CZE
-
FRA
2
81 2nd 0
350cc Kawasaki VEN
-
AUT
-
GER
-
NAT
1
ESP
2
YUG
-
NED
1
FIN
1
GBR
2
CZE
4
FRA
-
77 3rd 3
1980 350cc Kawasaki NAT
-
FRA
-
NED
-
GBR
-
CZE
-
GER
5
6 15th 0
500cc Kawasaki NAT
-
ESP
-
FRA
-
NED
-
BEL
-
FIN
-
GBR
-
GER
NC
0 - 0
1981 500cc Kawasaki AUT
-
GER
-
NAT
-
FRA
-
YUG
-
NED
NC
BEL
-
SM
-
GBR
-
FIN
-
SWE
-
0 - 0

Car Racing[edit]

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1987 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra RS500 MNZ JAR DIJ NUR SPA
BNO SIL BAT
Ret
CLD
Ret
WEL
Ret
FJI NC 0

Complete Asia-Pacific Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 DC Points
1988 Allan Moffat Racing Ford Sierra RS500 BAT
Ret
WEL
PUK
FJI
NC 0

Complete Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year Pos Class No Team Co-Drivers Chassis Laps
Engine
Group C
1982 DNS A 42 Australia Peter Stuyvesant International Racing Australia Lucio Cesario Mazda RX-7
Mazda 12A 1.2 L 2-Rotary
1983 NC A 34 Australia Peter Stuyvesant International Australia Garry Waldon Mazda RX-7 49
Mazda 12A 1.2 L 2-Rotary
1984 3 Group C 42 Australia Peter Stuyvesant International Racing Canada Allan Moffat Mazda RX-7 161
Mazda 13B 1.3 L 2-Rotary
Group A
1985 8 B 47 Australia Network Alfa Australia Colin Bond Alfa Romeo GTV6 158
Alfa Romeo 2.5 L V6
1986 5 C 17 Australia Palmer Tube Mills Australia Dick Johnson Ford Mustang 162
Ford 302 5.0 L V8
1987 DNF 1 17 Australia Shell Ultra Hi-Tech Racing Team Australia Dick Johnson Ford Sierra RS500 31
Cosworth YBD 2.0 L I4 Turbo
1988 DNF A 9 Australia Allan Moffat Enterprises West Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz
Canada Allan Moffat
Ford Sierra RS500 129
Cosworth YBD 2.0 L I4 Turbo
1989 DNF A 9 Australia Allan Moffat Enterprises Belgium Pierre Dieudonné Ford Sierra RS500 30
Cosworth YBD 2.0 L I4 Turbo
1990 DNF A 9 Australia Allan Moffat Enterprises Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz
Ford Sierra RS500 138
Cosworth YBD 2.0 L I4 Turbo
1991 9 A 30 Australia Peter Jackson Racing Australia Glenn Seton Ford Sierra RS500 146
Cosworth YBD 2.0 L I4 Turbo
1992 19 A 10 Australia Allan Moffat Enterprises Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz Ford Sierra RS500 128
Cosworth YBD 2.0 L I4 Turbo
Group 3A Touring Cars
1993 1 A 11 Australia Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Larry Perkins Holden VP Commodore 161
Holden 5.0 L V8
1994 3 A 11 Australia Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Larry Perkins Holden VP Commodore 161
Chevrolet 5.0 L V8

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jim Richards
Mark Skaife
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1993
(with Larry Perkins)
Succeeded by
Dick Johnson
John Bowe