Proud 1972 Mazda RX2 owner Paul Bruce was pleased to see his mate Gary Bonwick drive for him to place second at the Phillip Island Classic.
Proud 1972 Mazda RX2 owner Paul Bruce was pleased to see his mate Gary Bonwick drive for him to place second at the Phillip Island Classic.

Friend blitzes record

HIS stand-in experienced his first speedway in a Mazda and blitzed the field taking second place at the prestigious Phillip Island track.

Warwick driver Paul Bruce watched his number 22 1972 Mazda RX2 being driven around the track by good friend, Rose City born-and-bred Gary Bonwick at the Phillip Island Classic in the car’s record time.

Bonwick, usually more comfortable behind the wheel of a HQ Holden in which he has been Australian Champion for two years in a row, was surprised to arrive two hours late to the event and find himself as the fastest qualifier.

Bruce asked his mate to drive in his place due to an illness, and although he was devastated not to race the famous track for the first time it was good to see his car get a great result.

“It was just a blow-out weekend. Full-on racing,” Bruce said.

Bruce has been racing for 10 years and is a regular at Morgan Park Raceway where he is preparing to race his new Mazda after number 22 sold due to its performance at Phillip Island.

“It was one of the best results for the Mazda. To go down there and do so well, there were cars from all over Australia,” Bruce said.

“The car went really well for the way the track was set up; it’s built for a track like Morgan Park, but he (Bonwick) justpeddled the pants off it.”

Bruce joked he was going to have trouble getting Bonwick out of a Mazda seat for him to jump back into the steering position now Bonwick has experienced what a little Mazda can do.

“It was unreal, an awesome track. It was hard to stand there and watch, but I couldn’t have got a better man behind the wheel,” he said. “The next big one for us will be Historic Warwick at Morgan Park ready for the new car.”



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