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Amaroo Park

Amaroo Park Grand Prix Circuit, Amaroo, New South Wales, Australia

Date: 5/3/1989
Track length: 1.946 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted: 39
Starters: 28
Finishers: 22

Pole position: Johnson in 0.51,16
Fastest lap: Johnson in 0.52,78

Distance: 1 hour, 66 laps
Average speed:
Weather: Sunny
Ruleset: Group A
Car info:  

 

Lots of changes in the off-season, led by Brock's defection to Ford. With BMW's withdrawal from Australian touring car racing, the Mobil team was free to run two ex-Rouse Sierras for Brock and Brad Jones. Richards had left to join Nissan, who by Amaroo had sorted their handling and reliability issues with the HR31 Skyline. The other Mobil BMW driver, Neil Crompton, was signed to drive for the factory Holden team alongside Win Percy. Unfortunately, that's as far as the team got. The factory team never showed, finally appearing in time for the enduros, but more on that later. Larry Perkins appeared to be on the outs with the factory and only ran his privately-entered car at Sandown and Winton. Benson & Hedges Racing had expanded to two cars as had Colin Bond's team, Ken Mathews having acquired Longhurst's Bathurst-winning car from the year before, while the coffers at Miedecke Motorsport were now flush with funds from Kenwood, Yokohama, and Blast Dynamics. Meanwhile, down in the little car class, Toyota ran a Star Search competition that would see new young talent from all around Australia racing alongside John Faulkner in the second TTA Corolla throughout the ATCC, with the best two racing the car at Bathurst. Calder and AIR were off the calendar after Bob Jane signed a sponsorship deal with Vic Health for the Calder facility that prevented the display of cigarette advertising. Mallala was added as the South Australian round of the series. The biggest change was made to the races themselves. The races were now to be 1 hour in duration, rather than consisting of a set number of laps, deferring to the wishes of series broadcaster Channel 7.

Some things hadn't changed, though: Dick Johnson qualified on pole, with Bowe 3rd. Brock qualified on the front row but team-mate Jones would start from the back, having been caught out in the wet first session. Joining him down the back was Miedecke, who had engine management dramas through qualifying.

Bowe got a cracking start to shoot past Johnson and Brock into the lead as the field crested Bitupave Hill for the first time. Brock - running on Dunlops since Bridgestone didn't have Sierra tyres ready yet - held third but was holding the field up, his slowing pace foreshadowing a turbo failure. Richards had already snuck through and was chasing down the leading Shell cars. He soon flew past Johnson - passing him around the outside at Honda corner! - but there was nothing he could do about Bowe. Fury passed Johnson for 3rd just before Dick headed to the pits for new tyres. He charged back within 3 seconds of Fury; had he pitted a couple of laps earlier, the race could have been very different. A very good race, giving hope for a close championship.
(William Dale Jr/www.ten-tenths.com)


Class A-C
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 18 Shell Ultra Hi Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
John Bowe, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 66 laps, 1:00.22,62 4 0.51,60 0.52,82  
2 2 2 Nissan Motorsport
Nissan Skyline GTS-R Turbo HR31
Jim Richards, NZ
2029 tc L6 A 66 laps, 1:00.28,18 6 0.52,16 0.53,32  
3 3 3 Nissan Motorsport
Nissan Skyline GTS-R Turbo HR31
George Fury, AUS
2029 tc L6 A 66 laps, 1:00.30,10 7 0.52,32 0.52,90  
4 4 17 Shell Ultra Hi Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Dick Johnson, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 66 laps, 1:00.33,62 1 0.51,16 0.52,78  
5 5 30 Peter Jackson Racing Pty Ltd
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Glenn Seton, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 66 laps, 1:00.46,44 5 0.52,10 0.53,68  
6 6 25 Benson & Hedges Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Tony Longhurst, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 66 laps, 1:07.07,96 3 0.51,60 0.53,20  
7 7 9 Allan Moffat Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Allan Moffat, CDN
1993 tc L4 A 65 8 0.52,86 0.54,72  
8 8 105 Mobil 1 Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Brad Jones, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 65 28 1.02,04 0.53,94  
9 9 6 Miedecke Motorsport
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Andrew Miedecke, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 65 26 0.58,84 0.53,48  
10 10 36 Bob Forbes Corporation Pty Ltd
Holden VL SS Commodore
Mark Gibbs, AUS
4980 V8 A 65 13 0.53,82 0.54,66  
11 11 4 Caltex CXT Race Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Colin Bond, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 65 9 0.52,94 0.53,60  
12 12 20 Benson & Hedges Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Neville Crichton, NZ
1993 tc L4 A 65 12 0.53,64 0.54,40  
13 13 68 Blue Haven Pools
Holden VL SS Commodore
Garry Willmington, AUS
4980 V8 A 64 15 0.53,88 0.55,90  
14 14 37  
Holden VL SS Commodore
Brian Callaghan, AUS
4980 V8 A 64 10 0.53,04 0.54,58  
15 15 19 Caltex CXT Race Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Ken Mathews, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 63 14 0.53,84 0.55,72  
16 16 24 Jagparts Racing
Holden VK Commodore
Gerald Kay, AUS
4980 V8 A 63 19 0.55,26 0.56,42  
17 1 32 Toyota Team Australia
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
John Faulkner, NZ
1587 L4 C 61 22 0.57,36 0.57,70  
18 2 33 Toyota Team Australia
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
Russell Becker, AUS
1587 L4 C 61 23 0.57,90 0.58,86  
19 3 39  
Nissan Gazelle
David Sala, AUS
1990 L4 C 60 25 0.58,40 0.58,10  
20 4 13 Bob Holden Motors
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Timothy Hall, AUS
1587 L4 C 60 27 1.01,10 0.58,64  
21 5 78  
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Geoffrey Full, AUS
1587 L4 C 60 24 0.58,38 0.59,26  
22 17 23 Beaurepaires Motorsport
Holden VL SS Commodore
Chris Lambden, AUS
4980 V8 A 57 17 0.54,42 0.55,50  
DNF   48  
Holden VL SS Commodore
Wayne Park, AUS
4980 V8 A 52 16 0.54,28 0.55,62  
DNF   05 Mobil 1 Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Peter Brock, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 13 2 0.51,30 0.53,58 Turbo charger
DNF   8 Miedecke Motorsport
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Andrew Bagnall, NZ
1993 tc L4 A 11 11 0.53,36 0.54,18 Fuel system
DNF   69 Blue Haven Pools
Holden VL SS Commodore
Reda Awadullah, ET
4980 V8 A 11 21 0.56,48 0.57,48 Head gasket
DNF   14  
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Murray Carter, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 11 18 0.54,84 0.54,20 Turbo charger
DNF   41 Mulvihill Motorsport P/L
Holden VL SS Commodore
Tony Mulvihill, AUS
4980 V8 A 3 20 0.55,26 4.13,34  
DNQ   42  
Holden VL SS Commodore
Matt Wacker, AUS
4980 V8 A     1.04,46    
DNQ   28 Sommariva Concrete
BMW 635 CSi
Joe Sommariva, AUS
3475 L6 A     1.07,42    
DNQ   51 Bob Holden Motors
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Dennis Rogers, AUS
1587 L4 C     no time?