Tony Longhurst yearns for V8 Supercars return

Holden Racing Team drivers Mark Skaife and Tony Longhurst celebrate their 2001 Bathurst 1000 victory

Holden Racing Team drivers Mark Skaife and Tony Longhurst celebrate their 2001 Bathurst 1000 victory

Tony Longhurst wishes he was still racing in Australian motorsport’s top category – V8 Supercars.

Longhurst won Bathurst in 1988 and 2001 and was one of the most successful drivers in Australian Touring Car history.

The 53-year-old is returning to the race track for this weekend’s Pirtek Australian Legends race at the Armor all Gold Coast 600, where he will drive his 1988 Bathurst-winning Benson and Hedges Ford Sierra.

Longhurst said that he missed racing and would have liked to still be competing in the V8 Supercars Championship Series.

“I’d like to be racing now, it’s very frustrating,” said Longhurst.

“I struggle with not racing and still feel like I could do a good job, I say that with Johnny Bowe out of a drive, (Glenn) Seton is out of drive, Skaifey (Mark Skaife) is gone and none of the guys that I raced with are around.

“We’re obviously all too old.

“I still feel like I can race and I feel like I can do a good job, but you know it’s the changing of the guard, that’s what happens.

“That’s the bad thing with sport – young people come into it and stuff it for everyone else! (laughs)”.

Longhurst made his Australian Touring Car debut in 1985. His last race was at Sandown in 2007, racing for the Holden Racing Team with Glenn Seton.

In all, Longhurst made 192 race starts, for 25 podiums, seven race, and five round wins.

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