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Tooheys 1000 Bathurst 1989

Mount Panorama, Bathurst, Australia

Date: 1/10/1989
Track length: 6.213 m
Attendance: unknown
Entries accepted: 55 plus 3 reserves
Starters: 55
Finishers: 27

Pole position: Brock/Rouse in 2.15,80
Fastest lap: Johnson in 2.19,12

Distance: 1000 km
Average speed: 153,54 kmh
Weather: Fine
Ruleset: Group A
Car info:  

 

All the contenders and pretenders from Sandown were at Bathurst for the big dance. Bond, Moffat and Seton had expanded to run two cars. Once again, Ruedi Eggenberger returned to run the Moffat operation, with a brand new car for Niedzwiedz, Moffat and Frank Biela. Other international arrivals were Andy Rouse, slotting into the co-driver role for Peter Brock; his BTCC rival Robb Gravett, arriving to drive the second DJR car; after rumours of Stefan Johansson or Keke Rosberg, it was Alain Ferté that came down to pilot one of Glenn Seton's cars; Anders Olofsson was back for Nissan; and Gianfranco Brancatelli returned to join Robbie Francevic in the Whittaker's Peanut Slab Sierra. Toyota Team Australia had their new turbo Supra ready to make its race debut, with John Smith and Drew Price at the helm. The circuit was due for resurfacing in early 1990 and the kerbing had been redone in preparation. Some new kerbs had been installed while others were raised in profile. A few of the drivers were concerned about the height and placement of the new kerbs, but it would only be a problem for one year. Also, the traditional standing start made a return, now that the race was back under the overall control of the ARDC.

Sierras took up nine of the top ten places in qualifying, Richards' Skyline the interloper in the group of Fords. Andrew Bagnall was first cab off the rank, but planted the Gulliver's Travels Sierra in the wall at Reid Park. The hit was worse than it first looked, and the TAFE Smash Repair crew did a good job to get the car ready to start from pit lane on Sunday. Johnson was fastest heading into the Top Ten, but it was Brock that took pole and the prize money, dipping into the 2m15s. Controversy, though, when scrutineers find a fire extinguisher system nozzle pointed at the intercooler. The popular suggestion was that the extinguisher squirted halon onto the intercooler during the top ten lap, keeping it extra cool to boost horsepower. Nothing was proven, but Brock copped a $5000 fine from the entrant's group.

With six cars starting from the pits, the rest of the field arrived at the grid at the end of the formation lap and waited. And waited. And waited. And waited. Although the standing start was a return to tradition, this was the first time the cars did a formation lap immediately prior to the start of the race. Previously, two warm up laps were done, the cars formed up, and the engines switched off while more ceremonies were performed; then, with a couple of minutes to 10 o'clock, "Gentlemen start your engines." It was suspected organisers were waiting on the clock to strike 10... meanwhile temperature gauges were starting to rise, and several cars would later retire from the race as a result of the long hold.

When the lights eventually went green, Brock made a terrific getaway to lead into Hell Corner, followed by Johnson - who smoked the tyres to avoid making the same mistake he had at Sandown - Niedzwiedz, Brad Jones and Miedecke. Sadly, this was about as far as Miedecke got, a broken gear selector shaft jamming the car in fifth. The Yokohama Sierra got as far as Reid Park, another disaster in a year full of them for Miedecke. As the leaders came down Conrod for the first time, Johnson blew past Brock to take the lead. Apart from those first five-or-so kilometres, car #17 would lead for the whole day. Longhurst had dropped back on the run up Mountain Straight for the first time to be down in 13th at the end of lap 1. Niedzwiedz passed Brock going into Hell on lap 3, while Longhurst and Brancatelli began to charge their way through the field, Brancatelli setting the second fastest lap of the race. Brock soon pitted complaining of a loose rear wheel, just the start of the troubles for the Mobil Sierra team.

Brancatelli got as high as third before a wheel fell off across the top of the mountain, retiring the car after it ground the bottom off the radiator on the way back to the pits. Behind him, Seton had lost the #30 Peter Jackson Sierra on patch of oil coming over Skyline, backing the blue Sierra into a tyre barrier. Although he drove back to the pits, it was some laps before the car was ready to return to action, by which time Seton and Ferté had switched to car 35. The final victim of this sequence was Brad Jones. Debris from Seton's off had cut Jones brake lines, giving the Albury youngster a fright when he braked for Caltex Chase. The 105 car lost several laps repairing the damage.

Longhurst was the next to fall, pitting earlier than planned with a blown head gasket. He would soon jump into the #20 car. Next to retire with overheating issues was Pierre Dieudonné. With Bond also in trouble by this stage, and the second Johnson car struggling with electrical issues all the major Sierra teams were down to one competitive car, if that. Meanwhile, the factory Skylines and Commodores were just trucking along, each running in tandem and without any dramas. Not much changed after the first round of stops. Allan Grice had snuck into the top five on fuel strategy, but would soon lose several laps with gearbox problems.

It was plain sailing up front for Johnson and Niedzwiedz, while Brock made his way back into the top three by half distance before rear wheel dramas struck again. This time wheel nut wouldn't budge, and eventually the team had to cut it off. The hub was too badly worn to fit a new one, so that was that for car 05. Johnson and Bowe had pulled out the best part of a lap on the second-placed car. However, they weren't doing it easy. The turbo was dropping boost pressure, and Bowe was having to press on to keep up the lap time. Biela was slowly catching the the red car, but the Moffat challenge evaporated soon after their final planned stop. The ANZ car was blowing smoke as it returned to the track, Niedzwiedz bringing the car back in a couple of laps later because a wheel felt loose. The German emerged from the pits directly in front of Bowe, nearly one lap down.

From there, Bowe made a final stop for fuel and cruised to the flag with Niedzwiedz over a minute behind in second. Cotter/Doulman were the last M3 standing in class B after the demise of both Sax cars and the dominant class-leading Plaspak car of Bill Bryce, while the little car class was won by TTA's Star Search drivers superbike racer Mike Dowson and rally driver Neal Bates.
(William Dale Jr/www.ten-tenths.com)


Division 1, 2 and 3
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 17 Shell Ultra Hi Tech Racing Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Dick Johnson, AUS
John Bowe, AUS
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 161 laps, 6:30.53,44 2 2.16,58 2.19,12 Tooheys Top 10: 2.16,79 (Johnson)
2 2 10 Allan Moffat Enterprises
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Frank Biela, D
Klaus Niedzwiedz, D
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 161 laps, 6:32.15,06 4 2.17,02 2.20,06 Tooheys Top 10: 2.17,42 (Niedzwiedz)
3 3 2 Nissan Motor Sport
Nissan Skyline GTS-R Turbo HR31
Jim Richards, NZ
Mark Skaife, AUS
(Anders Olofsson, S)
2029 tc L6 Div. 3 160 laps 7 2.18,86 2.21,80 Tooheys Top 10: 2.20,09 (Richards)
4 4 3 Nissan Motor Sport
Nissan Skyline GTS-R Turbo HR31
Anders Olofsson, S
George Fury, AUS
(Mark Skaife, AUS)
2029 tc L6 Div. 3 160 13 2.19,64 2.22,92  
5 5 20 Benson & Hedges Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Alan Jones, AUS
Denny Hulme, NZ
Tony Longhurst, AUS
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 158 9 2.19,06 2.20,96 Tooheys Top 10: 2.20,63 (Jones)
6 6 16 Holden Racing Team
Holden VL SS Commodore
Larry Perkins, AUS
Tomas Mezera, AUS
(Win Percy, GB)
4980 V8 Div. 3 158 11 2.19,16 2.23,38  
7 7 7 Holden Racing Team
Holden VL SS Commodore
Win Percy, GB
Neil Crompton, AUS
(John Harvey, AUS)
(Steve Harrington, AUS)
4980 V8 Div. 3 158 18 2.22,00 2.24,08  
8 8 18 Shell Ultra Hi Tech Racing Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Robb Gravett, GB
Jeff Allam, GB
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 158 12 2.19,62 2.21,70  
9 9 105 Mobil 1 Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Brad Jones, AUS
Paul Radisich, NZ
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 153 5 2.18,20 2.22,90 Tooheys Top 10: 2.19,09 (Jones)
10 10 15 ICL Racing Pty Ltd
Holden VL SS Commodore
Allan Grice, AUS
Peter Janson, NZ
4980 V8 Div. 3 153 19 2.22,44 2.23,10  
11 11 37 Brian Callaghan Racing P/L
Holden VL SS Commodore
Barry Graham, AUS
Brian Callaghan, AUS
4980 V8 Div. 3 152 22 2.23,40 2.27,08  
12 12 55 Playscape Racing Australia
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Kevin Waldock, AUS
Bryan Thomson, AUS
(Michael Preston, AUS)
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 152 23 2.25,10 2.25,26  
13 13 12 Lansvale Smash Repairs P/L
Holden VL SS Commodore
Steve Reed, AUS
Trevor Ashby, AUS
(Wally Storey, AUS)
4980 V8 Div. 3 151 29 2.27,32 2.30,30  
14 14 22 Lusty Engineering P/L
Holden VL SS Commodore
Alf Costanzo, AUS
Graham Lusty, AUS
4980 V8 Div. 3 146 24 2.25,20 2.25,58  
15 15 34 Ray Gulson
BMW 635 CSi
Graham Gulson, AUS
Ray Gulson, AUS
3475 L6 Div. 3 143 39 2.30,60 2.32,52 Started from pit lane
16 1 52 M3 Motorsport
BMW M3 Evo
John Cotter, AUS
Peter Doulman, AUS
2332 L4 Div. 2 142 42 2.34,84 2.37,08  
17 1 33 Toyota Team Australia
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
Mike Dowson, AUS
Neal Bates, AUS
1587 L4 Div. 1 141 48 2.37,92 2.38,86 Started from pit lane
18 16 44 Sutherland Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi Starion Turbo A183
Gary Scott, AUS
Kevin Bartlett, AUS
Terry Shiel, AUS
1998 tc L4 Div. 3 141 26 2.25,94 2.28,76  
19 2 32 Toyota Team Australia
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
John Faulkner, NZ
Peter MacKay, AUS
1587 L4 Div. 1 140 46 2.36,32 2.39,38  
20 17 30 Peter Jackson Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Glenn Seton, AUS
John Goss, AUS
Tony Noske, AUS
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 140 8 2.19,06 2.23,96 Tooheys Top 10: 2.20,52 (Seton)
21 18 60 The Xerox Shop
Mitsubishi Starion Turbo A183
Alan "Scotty" Taylor, AUS
Roger Hurd, AUS
1998 tc L4 Div. 3 139 44 2.35,46 2.38,14  
22 19 54 Clive Smith
Nissan Skyline RS Turbo DR30
Clive Smith, AUS
Paul Trevathan, AUS
1990 tc L4 Div. 3 137 47 2.36,52 2.36,34 Started from pit lane
23 3 78 Team Madison Racing
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Geoffrey Full, AUS
Michael Adcock, AUS
1587 L4 Div. 1 136 53 2.45,54 2.44,12  
24 2 49 David Sala
Nissan Gazelle
Ross Burbidge, AUS
Steve Williams, AUS
(David Roberts, AUS)
1990 L4 Div. 2 134 50 2.41,00 2.43,96  
25 20 38 Mulvihill Motorsport P/L
Holden VL SS Commodore
Glenn McIntyre, NZ
Graham Moore, AUS
Tony Mulvihill, AUS
4980 V8 Div. 3 133 37 2.29,74 2.29,90  
26 21 4 Caltex CXT Race Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Bruce Stewart, AUS
Colin Bond, AUS
(Dominic Beninca, AUS)
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 131 16 2.20,44 2.24,24  
27 22 48 Mistic Products
Holden VL SS Commodore
John Giddings, AUS
Wayne Park, AUS
4980 V8 Div. 3 130 27 2.25,98 2.29,66 Started from pit lane
NC   28 Sommariva Concrete
BMW 635 CSi
Joe Sommariva, AUS
Warren McKellar, NZ
(Darrel Belsky, AUS)
3475 L6 Div. 3 118 45 2.36,08 2.40,40 Insufficient laps
DNF   45 Lester Smerdon
Holden VL SS Commodore
Gary Hinton, AUS
Lester Smerdon, AUS
Marty Turpin, AUS
4980 V8 Div. 3 112 43 2.34,92 2.36,56 Axle
NC   13 Bob Holden Motors
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Bob Holden, AUS
Tim Hall, NZ
(Kevin O'Neill, NZ)
1587 L4 Div. 1 108 54 2.47,64 2.46,00 Insufficient laps
NC   69 Blue Haven Pools
Holden VL SS Commodore
Ray Lintott, AUS
Reda Awadullah, ET
(Bryan Bate, NZ)
4980 V8 Div. 3 106 51 2.41,56 2.35,30 Insufficient laps
DNF   51 Bob Holden Motors
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Dennis Rogers, AUS
Marc Ducquet, AUS
Richard Vorst, AUS
1587 L4 Div. 1 103 56 2.51,36 2.51,36 Head gasket
DNF   50 Bill Bryce Racing
BMW M3 Evo
Brett Riley, NZ
Ludwig Finauer, D
2332 L4 Div. 2 101 28 2.26,42 2.28,02 Engine
DNF   57 Sax Racing
BMW M3
Craig Turner, NZ
Kent Baigent, NZ
Lou Vandermeer, NZ
2332 L4 Div. 2 98 41 2.33,00 2.35,58 Accident
DNF   8 Miedecke Motorsport
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Andrew Bagnall, NZ
Graeme Crosby, NZ
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 97 10 2.19,10 2.24,02 Tooheys Top 10: no time (Bagnall, crash); started from pit lane; head gasket
DNF   35 Peter Jackson Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Alain Ferté, F
Glenn Seton, AUS
Tony Noske, AUS
(John Goss, AUS)
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 92 17 2.21,44 2.21,82 Engine
DNF   24 Jagparts Racing
Holden VL SS Commodore
Alf Grant, AUS
Gerald Kay, AUS
4980 V8 Div. 3 91 38 2.30,16 2.31,96 Engine
NC   68 Blue Haven Pools
Toyota Supra Turbo MA70
Garry Willmington, AUS
Tom Watkinson, AUS
2954 tc L6 Div. 3 91 49 2.39,78 2.37,20 Insufficient laps
NC   23 Beaurepaires
Holden VL SS Commodore
Chris Lambden, AUS
Greg Crick, AUS
(Kerry Baily, AUS)
4980 V8 Div. 3 90 25 2.25,78 2.27,54 Insufficient laps
DNF   56 Sax Racing
BMW M3
Graham Lorimer, NZ
John Sax, NZ
? Mark Thatcher, GB
2332 L4 Div. 2 82 36 2.29,72 2.31,40 Fire
DNF   05 Mobil 1 Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Peter Brock, AUS
Andy Rouse, GB
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 81 1 2.16,60 2.20,26 Tooheys Top 10: 2.15,80 (Brock); hub
DNF   41 Leeson Civil Engineering P/L
Holden VL SS Commodore
Bob Tindall, AUS
Des Wall, AUS
John Leeson, AUS
4980 V8 Div. 3 79 55 2.47,78 2.34,88 Started from pit lane; ignition
DNF   43 Everlast Battery Service
Holden VL SS Commodore
Bill O'Brien, AUS
Brian Sampson, AUS
4980 V8 Div. 3 65 33 2.28,76 2.29,14 Accident
DNF   19 Caltex CXT Race Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Garry Rogers, AUS
Ken Mathews, AUS
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 50 20 2.22,62 2.25,32 Engine
DNF   21 Bob Forbes Corporation Pty Ltd
Holden VL SS Commodore
Mark Gibbs, AUS
Rohan Onslow, AUS
4980 V8 Div. 3 44 21 2.23,40 2.25,52 Accident
DNF   46 Reithmuller Pentecost Racing
Holden VL SS Commodore
Ian Green, AUS
Llynden Reithmuller, AUS
4980 V8 Div. 3 43 34 2.29,28 2.29,24 Overheating
DNF   31 Toyota Team Australia
Toyota Supra Turbo MA70
Drew Price, AUS
John Smith, AUS
2954 tc L6 Div. 3 35 35 2.29,60 2.28,88 Suspension
DNF   9 Allan Moffat Enterprises
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Pierre Dieudonné, B
Gregg Hansford, AUS
(Allan Moffat, CDN)
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 30 14 2.19,76 2.22,12 Overheating
DNF   96 Barbagallo Motorsport
Holden VL SS Commodore
Alf Barbagallo, AUS
Don Smith, AUS
Geoff Leeds, AUS
Tim Slako, AUS
4980 V8 Div. 3 28 30 2.27,88 2.33,24 Overheating
DNF   25 Benson & Hedges Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Neville Crichton, NZ
Tony Longhurst, AUS
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 27 3 2.16,98 (?!) 2.20,48 Tooheys Top 10: 2.16,98 (Longhurst); Engine
DNF   27 Mark Petch
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Gianfranco Brancatelli, I
Robbie Francevic, NZ
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 14 15 2.19,88 2.19,90 Radiator
DNF   40 Foodtown Supermarkets
Holden VL SS Commodore
John English, AUS
Terry Finnigan, AUS
4980 V8 Div. 3 14 31 2.28,16 2.32,86 Engine
DNF   14 Murray Carter
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
John Mann, AUS
Murray Carter, AUS
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 10 32 2.28,28 2.30,12 Broken wheel
DNF   42 Matt Wacker
Holden VL SS Commodore
Frank Porter, AUS
Matt Wacker, AUS
Mike King, AUS
4980 V8 Div. 3 4 40 2.32,82 2.29,48 Clutch
DNF   6 Miedecke Motorsport
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Andrew Miedecke, AUS
Charlie O'Brien, AUS
1993 tc L4 Div. 3   6 2.18,14 no time Tooheys Top 10: 2.19,88 (Miedecke); broken selector shaft
DNS   39 David Sala
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
David Sala, AUS
Richard Vorst, AUS
1587 L4 Div. 1   52 2.42,76   Piston on warmup lap