Tony Roberts (racing driver)

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Anthony Roberts, (17 November 1938 – 2001), was an Australian race and rally driver.

Roberts won the 1968 Datsun 3 Hour Trophy at Sandown in Melbourne with Bob Watson, giving the Holden HK Monaro GTS327 a debut victory. In 1969 Roberts, then a prominent rally driver competing for a major Holden dealership, and with just a single season of circuit racing experience, was invited by Harry Firth to join his newly formed Holden Dealer Team and went on to take victory co-driving with Colin Bond in the 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500 HDT Holden HT Monaro GTS350.

Roberts and Bond won the 1970 Rothmans 12 Hour at Surfers Paradise, also in an HDT Monaro GTS350. Then Roberts drove a Holden Torana sports sedan which was used as a prototype for the Torana GTR XU-1 which debuted later in the year.

During the 1970 Hardie-Ferodo 500 Roberts was involved in a sensational incident late in the race when, after losing control, he launched his Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II backwards over Skyline before tumbling down the hillside.

Roberts made seven starts in the history of the Bathurst 1000, after his impressive debut with a third place (with Bob Watson) in 1968. Tony Roberts died in 2001.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Greenhalgh, David, "Vale Tony Roberts" in Normoyle, Steve (Ed.) The Great Race 2001 (Chevron Publishing, 2001) p. 52.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bruce McPhee
Barry Mulholland
Winner of the Bathurst 500
1969
(with Colin Bond)
Succeeded by
Allan Moffat