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Motorcraft 300 Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise International Raceway, Queensland, Australia

Date: 27/10/1985
Track length: 3.200 m
Entries accepted:

Pole position: Richards in 1.16,6
Fastest lap:

Distance: 40 laps, shortened from 90 laps because of multi-car accident at the first start
Average speed:
Weather: Overcast and rainy
Ruleset: Group A
Car info: 1985 Cars


Heavy rains overnight had left the Surfers circuit well and truly waterlogged, including flooding the storm water drains around the circuit which forced the cancellation of supporting open-wheel races. More rain a few laps in mixed with oil left by the Davidson/Kramer Mustang caused over 2/3rds of the field to slip off into the ditch on the outside of Ipec corner. Greville Arnel was taken to hospital with neck injuries after Bond's Alfa slammed into his parked Starion as Arnel was getting out of the car. The carnage left Terry Finnigan leading John Smith; both had gone off in the oil and water but had somehow avoided getting stuck. The race was eventually stopped and completely restarted an hour later but without Brock and Harvey, both of whom had already caught a plane back to Melbourne! Skippy Parsons would take the wheel of the #7 Commodore.

Only 14 cars would take the restart, eventually won by Richards from O'Brien and Johnson. The Mustang led early before dropping back with tyres woes caused by a differential damaged in the carnage earlier, while bent suspension, also from the crash, meant O'Brien couldn't quite chase down Richards.
(William Dale Jr/www.ten-tenths.com)

Class A-C
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Group Distance,
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
1 1 1 JPS Team BMW
BMW 635 CSi
Jim Richards, NZ
3475 L6 Class C 40 laps 1 1.16,6    
2 2 22 Erle McRae Racing
BMW 635 CSi
Charlie O'Brien, AUS
3475 L6 Class C   3 1.17,5    
3 3 17 Palmer Tube Mills
Ford Mustang 5.0 GT
Dick Johnson, AUS
4999 V8 Class C   2 1.17,2    
4 4 40 Terry Finnigan
Holden VK Commodore
Terry Finnigan, AUS
  V8 Class C          
5 1 10 Toyota Team Australia
Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86
John Smith, AUS
1587 L4 Class A          
6 5 12 Garry Willmington
Jaguar XJ-S
Garry Willmington, AUS
5344 V12 Class C          
      Grellis Marketing
Holden VK Commodore
Ray Ellis, AUS
  V8 Class C          
Mazda RX-7
Gerry Burgess, AUS
2 x 573 R2 Class B          
    7 Mobil Holden Dealer Team
Holden VK Commodore
David "Skippy" Parsons, AUS
4980 V8 Class C          
    30 Lester Smerdon
Holden VK Commodore
Lester Smerdon, AUS
  V8 Class C          
    20 Jim Keogh
BMW 635 CSi
Jim Keogh, AUS
3475 L6 Class C          
    41 Barry Jones
Holden VK Commodore
Barry Jones, AUS
Tony Mulvihill, AUS
  V8 Class C          
    44 Peter Williamson Toyota
Toyota Celica Supra MA61
Peter Williamson, AUS
2759 L6 Class B          
    58 David Ratcliff
Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86
David Ratcliff, AUS
Don Smith, AUS
1587 L4 Class A          
    4 I.M.B. Team Wollongong
Holden VK Commodore
Peter McLeod, AUS
  V8 Class C          
Isuzu Gemini PF60
1817 L4 Class A          
    13 Bob Holden Motors
Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86
Bob Holden, AUS
1587 L4 Class A          
Ford Mustang 5.0 GT
Kevin Clark, AUS
4999 V8 Class C          
Ford Mustang 5.0 GT
Kevin Clark, AUS
4999 V8 Class C         Accident
DNS   24 Jagparts Racing
Holden VK Commodore
Gerald Kay, AUS
  V8 Class C         Accident at first start
DNS   38 Barry Wraith
Holden VK Commodore
Barry Wraith, AUS
(Wayne Park, AUS)
  V8 Class C         Accident at first start
DNS   47 Network Alfa
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV/6
Colin Bond, AUS
2491 V6 Class B   5 1.18,?   Accident at first start
DNS   51 Greville Arnel
Mitsubishi Starion Turbo A183
Greville Arnel, AUS
1998 tc L4 Class B         Accident at first start
DNS   6?  
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Martin Power, AUS
1998 L4 Class A         Accident at first start
DNS   7 Mobil Holden Dealer Team
Holden VK Commodore
John Harvey, AUS
4980 V8 Class C         Accident at first start
DNS   05 Mobil Holden Dealer Team
Holden VK Commodore
Peter Brock, AUS
  V8 Class C   4 1.18,0   Timing chain - first start
DNS   16 Ken Davison
Ford Mustang 5.0 GT
Ken Davison, AUS
(Wally Kramer, AUS)
4999 V8 Class C         Engine - first start