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Hardie-Ferodo 1000 Bathurst 1976

Mount Panorama, Bathurst, Australia

Date: 3/10/1976
Track length: 6.172 km
Attendance: unknown
Entries accepted: 71
Starters: 60
Finishers: 34

Pole position: Moffat in 2.25,0
Fastest lap: Moffat and Brock i n 2.28,4

Distance: 163 laps, 1006 km
Average speed: 141,30 kmh
Weather: Fine
Ruleset: CAMS Group C
Car info:  

 

Britain's John Fitzpatrick teamed up with local driver Bob Morris in an Australian-built Holden Torana to win the tough Bathurst 1000 kilometre touring car race on Sunday. Held at the daunting 6.17 km (3.8 mile) Mount Panorama circuit in New South Wales, the race produced a grand slam for V8-engined General Motors L34 models which finished in the first seven places. Second place fell to local drivers Colin Bond/John Harvey who might have won if they hadn't pitted to change a fan belt in the closing stages when they were half a minute ahead, Fitzpatrick's car limped across the line, after nearly seven hours' racing, with a broken half shaft. Third place went to last year's winner Peter Brock who shared a Torana with his brother Phil.

The race was a disaster for Ford with their 1974 winner John Goss finishing well down after troubled run in his Falcon and the pole position winning Falcon of Allan Moffat/Vern Schuppan out with a broken fan belt pulley which eventually cooked the engine. Moffat led the race and was fastest in practice, ahead of Brock, Bond and Allan Grice who shared a Torana with Frank Gardner. The Grice/Gardner car retired with a broken valve.

In spite of a lurid moment in practice, the Torana shared by Jack Brabham and Stirling Moss lined up ninth fastest on the grid. Moffat's pole time was 2.25,0 while Brabham's best was 2.31,0 and Moss was 3.5s slower than his team mate. The car was almost wiped out in practice when Brabham arrived at the end of the 160 mph Con Rod Straight to find he had no brakes. He flung the car into third gear and then first at about 100 mph and spun for 200 yards down the road, narrowly missing Gardner. The Torana survived but was in trouble again at the start of the race when Brabham had problems with the clutch and the gearbox jammed between first and reverse as the flag fell. A car coming through from the back rammed the stationary Holden and that meant a three hour stint in the pits while the damage was put right using a complete rear end from the spare car. Eventually the car rejoined the race to keep faith with the crowd and Moss did most of the driving, eventually getting down to 2.32,2. They were classified fifty-first.
Marie-Claude Beaumont retired her Alfa Romeo early in the race and the only salvation for Ford was a 3-litre Capri which finished down in eighth.

P.S.
It should be noted that the race winning #7 Holden was accidentally credited with an extra lap, putting it ahead of the #1 Holden. The error was picked up after the race and the relevant race official offered the Holden Dealer Team, the official factory team, the right to appeal. However, the #7 car was entered by Ron Hodgson Motors, one of Holdens biggest dealerships. Holden hierarchy decided it would be good 'politic' to let Bob Morris and British sportscar racer John Fitzpatrick keep the win. A move for which Holden apologised to John Harvey at a testimonial dinner in 2003.


Class A, B, C and D
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
1 1 7 Ron Hodgson Racing
Holden Torana LH L34
Bob Morris, AUS
John Fitzpatrick, GB
5044 V8 Class D 163 laps, 7:07.12,0 4 2.26,4    
2 2 1 Holden Dealer Team
Holden Torana LH L34
Colin Bond, AUS
John Harvey, AUS
5044 V8 Class D 163 laps, 7:08.00,3 3 2.26,2    
3 3 5 Bill Patterson Holden
Holden Torana LH L34
Peter Brock, AUS
Phil Brock, AUS
5044 V8 Class D 160 2 2.25,1    
4 4 8 Holden Dealer Team
Holden Torana LH L34
Charlie O'Brien, AUS
Wayne Negus, AUS
5044 V8 Class D 160 7 2.28,3    
5 5 15 Cadbury Schweppes Pty Ltd
Holden Torana LH L34
Peter Janson, NZ
Kevin Bartlett, AUS
5044 V8 Class D 158 9 2.29,5    
6 6    
Holden Torana LH L34
Bob Forbes, AUS
Russ McRae, AUS
5044 V8 Class D 157 15 2.35,2    
7 7    
Holden Torana LH L34
Bob Skelton, AUS
Alan Hamilton, AUS
5044 V8 Class D 157 13 2.33,1    
8 1    
Ford Capri 3000
Barry Seton, AUS
Don Smith, AUS
2993 V6 Class C 156 18 2.38,1    
9 2 23  
Mazda Savanna RX-3
Don Holland, AUS
Lynn Brown, AUS
2292 eq. R2 Class C 155 28 2.43,3    
10 3    
Ford Capri 3000
Graham Moore, AUS
Dick Johnson, AUS
2993 V6 Class C 154 19 2.41,3    
11 4 21  
Mazda Savanna RX-3
Geoff Leeds, AUS
Jim McKeown, AUS
2292 eq. R2 Class C 154 25 2.42,4    
12 1    
Ford Escort II RS 2000
Eric Boord, AUS
Tom Tymons, AUS
1993 L4 Class B 152 30 2.43,8    
13 5    
Ford Capri 3000
Russell Skaife, AUS
Brian Potts, AUS
2993 V6 Class C 151 26 2.42,6    
14 2    
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV
Phil McDonnell, AUS
Jim Hunter, AUS
1962 L4 Class B 151 39 2.47,4    
15 3    
Ford Escort II RS 2000
Lyndon Arnel, AUS
Peter Hopwood, AUS
1993 L4 Class B 150 38 2.46,6    
16 4    
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV
Frank Porter, AUS
Tony Roberts, AUS
1962 L4 Class B 149 34 2.45,4    
17 5    
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV
John Leffler, AUS
Richard Carter, AUS
1962 L4 Class B 148 33 2.45,3    
18 6 40  
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV
Peter Wherrett, AUS
David Jones, AUS
1962 L4 Class B 148 35 2.45,5    
19 8 18 Brian Wood Ford
Ford Falcon XB GT
Murray Carter, AUS
Ray Winter, AUS
5760 V8 Class D 148 14 2.33,9    
20 6   Craven Mild Racing
BMW 3.0 Si
Paul Older, AUS
Barry Lake, AUS
2985 L6 Class C 147 31 2.44,6    
21 7    
Ford Escort II RS 2000
Terry Daly, AUS
Barry Jones, AUS
1993 L4 Class B 146 42 2.48,4    
22 7    
Mazda Savanna RX-3
Brian Wheeler, AUS
Neil Mason, AUS
2292 eq. R2 Class C 143 32 2.44,7    
23 8    
Ford Escort II RS 2000
Bruce Hodgson, AUS
Dave Morrow, AUS
1993 L4 Class B 142 37 2.45,9    
24 1    
Datsun 1200
Bill Evans, AUS
Bruce Stewart, AUS
1171 L4 Class A 139 49 2.58,7    
25 8 24  
Mazda Savanna RX-3
John Duggan, AUS
Doug Angus, AUS
2292 eq. R2 Class C 139 29 2.43,7    
26 2    
Honda Civic
Brian Reed, AUS
Ian Chilman, AUS
1231 L4 Class A 137 55 3.03,2    
27 9    
Holden Torana LH L34
Tim Slako, AUS
Brian Rhodes, AUS
5044 V8 Class D 137 17 2.35,3    
28 3    
Honda Civic
Roger Bonhomme, AUS
Paul Older, AUS
1231 L4 Class A 137 53 3.02,9    
29 4    
Morris Mini 1275 GT
Jeff Harris, AUS
Arthur Hardwick, AUS
1275 L4 Class A 136 56 3.03,9    
30 5    
Mazda 1300
Brian Porter, AUS
John Ainsley, AUS
1272 L4 Class A 130 61 3.07,7    
31 10    
Ford Falcon XB GT
John Goss, AUS
Jim Richards, NZ
5760 V8 Class D 129 5 2.27,5    
32 6    
Toyota Corolla
Greg Toepfer, AUS
Greville Arnel, AUS
1166 L4 Class A 127 57 3.03,7    
33 7    
Morris Mini 1275 GT
Ray Molloy, AUS
Alan Braszell, AUS
1275 L4 Class A 125 51 3.02,5    
34 8    
Alfa Romeo 1300 ?GTJ
Robin Dudfield, AUS
Tony Niovanni, AUS
1290 L4 Class A 116 59 3.04,9    
DNF      
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV
Ron Gillard, AUS
Graham Harrison, AUS
1962 L4 Class B 120 41 2.48,1   Accident
DNF      
Ford Capri 3000
Alan Cant, AUS
George Morrell, AUS
2993 V6 Class C 111 20 2.41,4   Oil line
NC      
Honda Civic
Ken Brian, AUS
Noel Riley, AUS
1231 L4 Class A 104 58 3.04,7   Insufficient laps
DNF      
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Ron Dickson, AUS
Graeme Lawrence, NZ
1998 L4 Class B 103 22 2.41,5   Accident
NC      
BMW 2002 TII
Peter Granger, AUS
Gerry Murphy, AUS
1990 L4 Class B 97 47 2.50,5   Insufficient laps
DNF      
Holden Torana LH L34
Warren Cullen, AUS
Max Stewart, AUS
5044 V8 Class D 95 11 2.31,6   Oil leak
DNF   9 Moffat Ford Dealers
Ford Falcon XB GT
Allan Moffat, CDN
Vern Schuppan, AUS
5760 V8 Class D 87 1 2.25,0   Head gasket
DNF      
Mazda Savanna RX-3
Bob Williamson, AUS
Gary Cooke, AUS
2292 eq. R2 Class C 83 62 2.51,3   Fan belt
DNF      
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
James Laing-Peach, AUS
Paul Gulson, AUS
1998 L4 Class B 82 23 2.41,9   Bearing
DNF   12 Craven Mild Racing
Holden Torana LH L34
Allan Grice, AUS
Frank Gardner, AUS
5044 V8 Class D 72 8 2.29,1   Rocker nut
NC      
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
John Dellaca, AUS
Terry Wade, AUS
1998 L4 Class B 67 36 2.45,6   Insufficient laps
DNF      
Morris Mini 1275 GT
Hugh Donaldson, AUS
Mike Quinn, AUS
1275 L4 Class A 58 52 3.02,0    
DNF      
Holden Torana LH L34
Bruce Hindhaugh, AUS
Garth Wigston, AUS
5044 V8 Class D 56 12 2.32,1   Cam drive
DNF      
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV
Marie-Claude Charmasson ("Beaumont"), F
Christine Gibson, AUS
1962 L4 Class B 52 48 2.53,8   Fuel injection
DNF      
Fiat 124 Sport Coupé
Allan Nuttall, AUS
Richard Bailey, AUS
1796 L4 Class B 51 46 2.50,4   Clutch
DNF     Lennox motors
VW Golf
Chris Heyer, AUS
Peter Lander, AUS
1588 L4 Class B 38 45 2.49,7   Timing belt
DNF   17  
Holden Torana LH L34
Stirling Moss, GB
Jack Brabham, AUS
5044 V8 Class D 37 10 2.30,0   Valve
DNF      
Ford Capri 3000
Lawrie Nelson, AUS
Nick Louis, AUS
(Barry Nelson, AUS)
2993 V6 Class C 32 24 2.42,3   Accident
DNF      
Ford Escort II RS 2000
Jim Murcott, AUS
Rod Stevens, AUS
1993 L4 Class B 28 44 2.49,4   Engine
DNF   72  
Fiat 128 Berlinetta 3P
Charlie O'Shanesy, AUS
Gary Leggatt, AUS
1290 L4 Class A 27 60 3.05,0   Manifold
DNF      
Ford Escort II RS 2000
Bob Holden, AUS
Ray Cutchie, AUS
1993 L4 Class B 23 43 2.49,2   Gearbox
DNF      
Ford Escort 1300
Ken Harrison, AUS
David Turnbull, AUS
1298 L4 Class A 22 54 3.03,0   Manifold
DNF      
VW Passat 1300
Bernie Stack, AUS
Keith Poole, AUS
1297 L4 Class A 19 50 3.02,5   Wishbone
DNF      
BMW 2002 TII
Ralph Radburn, AUS
Peter Williamson, AUS
1990 L4 Class B 14 27 2.42,8   Rocker arm
DNF      
Ford Capri 3000
Lakis Manticas, AUS
Doug Chivas, AUS
2993 V6 Class C 3 21 2.41,5   Engine
DNF      
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
David Seldon, AUS
Bob Martin, AUS
1998 L4 Class B   40 2.47,7   Engine
DNS     Craven Mild Racing
Holden Torana LH L34
Frank Gardner, AUS
Allan Grice, AUS
5044 V8 Class D   6 2.28,1   Withdrawn
DNS      
Holden Torana LH L34
Ray Kaleda, AUS
Bob Stevens, AUS
5044 V8 Class D   16 2.35,3    
DNQ      
Alfa Romeo 1300 ?GTJ
David Crowther, AUS
Gordon Rich, AUS
1290 L4 Class A