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Monday, 22 January 2018 11:41

Motorsport legends: Sensational Sierra

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It’s 30 years since the Ford Sierra hit Australian touring cars by storm. Dick Johnson reflects back on the turbocharged weapon that turned his Dick Johnson Racing team into a dominator in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #102.

Issue #102 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on issue #102.

A sweat-drenched Johnson fiddles with an ear plug. He smiles, almost sinisterly, as his interviewer asks him about the race so far. Johnson is happy, he'd led the opening stint of the race before handing his Ford Sierra to co-driver John Bowe at the first stop, and even a fuel filler problem which dropped them to 11th wasn't enough to dislodge the grin.

"Were you surprised to be so competitive over here?" comes the question, asked with a syrupy British accent. Johnson's smile grows wider, his eyes sparkle as he quietly chuckles to himself.

"Ah, yeah, okay," is his response, dripping with sarcasm. "I mean, you're obviously quite a match for the other Sierra Cosworths," the interviewer insists, desperate to pull some morsel of genius from the man who'd dominated the opening laps.

Johnson duly delivers, the smile fixed across his face as he retorts: "Mate, we convicts can do anything!"

Now, nearly three decades on from that interview at Silverstone in August 1988, Johnson considers the weekend one of his proudest moments, taking on the world with his Australian-developed Sierra.

His eyes sparkled that day not simply because he'd shown that he was as good as anyone in the world, they sparkled as he claimed revenge for Bathurst in 1987, where he'd been left a humiliated spectator from lap four as a bunch of foreigners went on to dominate Australia's biggest race.

"One of my favourite, bar none photos, was at Silverstone, down the Hanger straight there where on lap one we've got 200 metres on two Eggenberger cars and a Rouse car is another 50 metres behind that," he says with the mischievous twinkle that was there all those years ago.

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Superloop Adelaide 500 February 20-23
Melbourne 400 March 12-15
Tyrepower Tasmania Super400  April 3-5
ITM Auckland Super400 April 24-26
PIRTEK Perth SuperNight May 15-17
Truck Assist Winton Super400 June 5-7
Watpac Townsville 400 June 26-28
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown July 17-19
Sydney SuperNight August 28-30
OTR The Bend 500 September 18-20
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 8-11
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Penrite Oil Sandown Super400  November 20-22
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 December 4-6
   
   

 

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1. Scott McLaughlin
288  
2. Jamie Whincup
261 -27
3. Chaz Mostert
234 -54
4. Cameron Waters
231 -57
5. Will Davison
231 -57
6. David Reynolds
210 -78
7. Lee Holdsworth
171 -117
8. Mark Winterbottom
162 -126
9. Fabian Coulthard
162 -126
10. Rick Kelly
150 -138

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