Bathurst 1980 through the lens of Phil Aynsley

Gregg Hansford returned to Bathurst after two years of competition in the World Championships that had resulted in 2nd place in the 250 Championship and 3rd place in the 350 Championship in both ’78 and ’79.

In the prestigious Arai 500 he was teamed with Jim Budd on the rare Kawasaki  Z1000SR. After battling Dennis Neill on a Honda RSC 1062 in the early stages of the race the SR’s clutch failed putting Hansford out of the race.

Gregg Hansford with the rare Kawasaki Z1000SR - Arai 500 Bathurst 1980 - Image by Phil Aynsley
Gregg Hansford with the rare Kawasaki Z1000SR – Arai 500 Bathurst 1980 – Image by Phil Aynsley
Gregg Hansford was teamed with Jim Budd on the rare Kawasaki Z1000SR in the Arai 500 at Bathurst 1980 - Image by Phil Aynsley
Gregg Hansford was teamed with Jim Budd on the rare Kawasaki Z1000SR in the Arai 500 at Bathurst 1980 – Image by Phil Aynsley
Arai 500 at Bathurst 1980 - Image by Phil Aynsley
Arai 500 at Bathurst 1980 – Image by Phil Aynsley
Arai 500 at Bathurst 1980 - Image by Phil Aynsley
Arai 500 at Bathurst 1980 – Image by Phil Aynsley
ARAI 500 - 1980 Bathurst - Image by Phil Aynsley
ARAI 500 – 1980 Bathurst – Image by Phil Aynsley
Gregg Hansford was teamed with Jim Budd on the rare Kawasaki Z1000SR in the Arai 500 at Bathurst 1980 - Image by Phil Aynsley
Gregg Hansford was teamed with Jim Budd on the rare Kawasaki Z1000SR in the Arai 500 at Bathurst 1980 – Image by Phil Aynsley
Gregg Hansford was teamed with Jim Budd on the rare Kawasaki Z1000SR in the Arai 500 at Bathurst 1980 - Image by Phil Aynsley
Gregg Hansford was teamed with Jim Budd on the rare Kawasaki Z1000SR in the Arai 500 at Bathurst 1980 – Image by Phil Aynsley

Dennis Neill leads Hansford through Murrays Corner

Dennis Neill leads Hansford through Murrays Corner - Image by Phil Aynsley
Dennis Neill leads Hansford through Murrays Corner – Image by Phil Aynsley

Hansford realising that there is a problem

Gregg Hansford realising there is a problem with the Kawasaki Z1000SR in the Arai 500 Bathurst 1980
Gregg Hansford realising there is a problem with the Kawasaki Z1000SR in the Arai 500 Bathurst 1980

Hansford immediately after retiring the bike

Gregg Hansford after immediately retiring the big Kawasaki Z1000SR with technical problems
Gregg Hansford after immediately retiring the big Kawasaki Z1000SR with technical problems
Mick Cole / Honda RSC 1062 - Bathurst 1980 - Image by Phil Aynsley
Mick Cole / Honda RSC 1062 – Bathurst 1980 – Image by Phil Aynsley
Dennis Neill / Honda RSC 1062 - Bathurst 1980 - Image by Phil Aynsley
Dennis Neill / Honda RSC 1062 – Bathurst 1980 – Image by Phil Aynsley
Dennis Neill / Honda RSC 1062 - Bathurst 1980 - Image by Phil Aynsley
Dennis Neill / Honda RSC 1062 – Bathurst 1980 – Image by Phil Aynsley
Dave Robbins / Ducati NCR 900 - Bathurst 1980 - Image by Phil Aynsley
Dave Robbins / Ducati NCR 900 – Bathurst 1980 – Image by Phil Aynsley
Gregg Hansford / Kawasaki KR350 - Bathurst 1980
Gregg Hansford / Kawasaki KR350 – Bathurst 1980

The 1980 meeting also saw the Australian debut of the Yamaha TZ500, ridden by Ron Boulden

Ron Boulden / Yamaha TZ500 with Warren Willing - Bathurst 1980 - Image by Phil Aynsley
Ron Boulden / Yamaha TZ500 with Warren Willing – Bathurst 1980 – Image by Phil Aynsley
Ron Boulden / Yamaha TZ500 - Bathurst 1980 - Image by Phil Aynsley
Ron Boulden / Yamaha TZ500 – Bathurst 1980 – Image by Phil Aynsley

At the start line of Sunday’s Unlimited GP. From L to R: Gary Coleman, Ron Boulden, Andrew Johnson, Lee Roebuck, Steve Trinder

At the start line of Sunday’s Unlimited GP. From L to R: Gary Coleman, Ron Boulden, Andrew Johnson, Lee Roebuck, Steve Trinder - Bathurst 1980 - Image by Phil Aynsley
At the start line of Sunday’s Unlimited GP. From L to R: Gary Coleman, Ron Boulden, Andrew Johnson, Lee Roebuck, Steve Trinder – Bathurst 1980 – Image by Phil Aynsley
Start of the Unlimited GP - 1980 Bathurst - Image by Phil Aynsley
Start of the Unlimited GP – 1980 Bathurst – Image by Phil Aynsley
Ron Boulden / Yamaha TZ750 - 1980 Bathurst - Image by Phil Aynsley
Ron Boulden / Yamaha TZ750 – 1980 Bathurst – Image by Phil Aynsley

Ron Boulden / Yamaha TZ750 leading Andrew Johnson / Yamaha TZ750 over the last hump on Con Rod Straight

Ron Boulden / Yamaha TZ750 leading Andrew Johnson / Yamaha TZ750 over the last hump on Con Rod Straight - Bathurst 1980 - Image by Phil Aynsley
Ron Boulden / Yamaha TZ750 leading Andrew Johnson / Yamaha TZ750 over the last hump on Con Rod Straight – Bathurst 1980 – Image by Phil Aynsley
Roger Freeth / Suzuki RG500 - 1980 Bathurst - Image by Phil Aynsley
Roger Freeth / Suzuki RG500 – 1980 Bathurst – Image by Phil Aynsley
Roger Freeth / Suzuki RG500 - 1980 Bathurst - Image by Phil Aynsley
Roger Freeth / Suzuki RG500 – 1980 Bathurst – Image by Phil Aynsley
Andrew Johnson / Yamaha TZ750 - 1980 Bathurst - Image by Phil Aynsley
Andrew Johnson / Yamaha TZ750 – 1980 Bathurst – Image by Phil Aynsley
Andrew Johnson / Yamaha TZ750 - 1980 Bathurst - Image by Phil Aynsley
Andrew Johnson / Yamaha TZ750 – 1980 Bathurst – Image by Phil Aynsley