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Lakeside

Lakeside International Raceway, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Date: 16/4/1989
Track length: 2.410 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted: 28
Starters: 27, 20 at second start
Finishers: 16

Pole position: Johnson in 0.54,06
Fastest lap: Johnson in 0.55,36

Distance: 33 laps, 30 minutes, shortened after starting crash from 1 hour
Average speed:
Weather: Sunny
Ruleset: Group A
Car info:  

 

The meeting was postponed for two weeks after unseasonally heavy rainfall in south-east Queensland caused the adjacent Lake Kurwongbah to flood the racetrack. One qualifying session had already been completed, but the times were scrubbed and the restarted from scratch.

Andrew Miedecke was fastest early, before Johnson came through on the Saturday to take pole on home ground. Terry Finnigan destroyed his car in a fiery accident exiting the kink, backing the Trojan Boats commodore hard into the earth-filled tyre barrier. Terry emerged the burning car unscathed through the drivers' side window, the once immaculately presented car a write-off.

There were question marks over the durability of the the D15 Dunlops chosen by Johnson and Longhurst. Johnson took off from the start while Brock held up the field. First Longhurst, then Bowe, then Richards made their way past the Mobil Sierra but Miedecke was trapped, along with Seton, Hansford and Fury. They weren't helped by yellow flags at the main passing spot - heading into the Karussell - after contact between Ken Mathews and Superbike racer Michael Dowson in the second TTA car. On lap 10 the train of cars came up to lap Graham Lusty...

Brock made it past okay, but Miedecke ran wide into the Commodore, both crashing hard into the armco and catching fire under the Dunlop Bridge. The Lusty car stopped under the armco, but the Kenwood Sierra bounced back into the path of Seton, which wiped out the Peter Jackson car. Miedecke's car ended up broadsides in the middle of the track on fire, Andrew hiding behind the car until a break in the traffic allowed him to sprint across the track to safety; the race still hadn't been stopped. Marshals had begun to attack the fire in the Lusty car with cars still coming through at racing speeds. Murray Carter, unsighted behind two Commodores and the smoke and the flame, and the powder from the extinguishers, slammed into the side of the burning Miedecke car. Eventually the race was redflagged, but the Seton, Lusty and Miedecke cars were destroyed; the former Kenwood car now just a burnt-out shell. A restart was delayed by almost two hours while the race while the armco under the bridge was replaced. Apart from the four cars involved, Brad Jones would also miss the restart after debris smashed the oil cooler on his Sierra.

The restarted race was shortened to a duration of 30 minutes which eased the Dunlop runners worries about making their rubber last. On the restart Johnson led away from Brock, Longhurst and Bowe. Brock's hard Bridgestones worked against him over the shorter distance. Longhurst moved past the Mobil car on lap 8 but by that point Johnson had already legged it. Brock would spin off at the Karussell but came back to hold off Hansford and Richards for fourth.
(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 17 Shell Ultra Hi Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Dick Johnson, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 33 laps, 30.57,09 1 0.54,06 0.55,36  
2 2 25 Benson & Hedges Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Tony Longhurst, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 33 laps, 31.02,24 4 0.54,58 0.55,80  
3 3 18 Shell Ultra Hi Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
John Bowe, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 33 laps, 31.11,07 5 0.54,62 0.55,82  
4 4 05 Mobil 1 Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Peter Brock, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 33 laps, 31.21,07 2 0.54,18 0.56,04  
5 5 9 Allan Moffat Enterprises
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Gregg Hansford, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 33 laps, 31.21,31 9 0.55,10 0.56,24  
6 6 2 Nissan Motorsport
Nissan Skyline GTS-R Turbo HR31
Jim Richards, NZ
2029 tc L6 A 33 laps, 31.38,36 3 0.54,23 0.56,30  
7 7 3 Nissan Motorsport
Nissan Skyline GTS-R Turbo HR31
George Fury, AUS
2029 tc L6 A 33 laps, 31.40,97 7 0.54,77 0.56,70  
8 8 20 Benson & Hedges Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Neville Crichton, NZ
1993 tc L4 A 32 15 0.56,27 0.57,24  
9 9 4 Caltex CXT Race Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Colin Bond, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 32 12 0.55,72 0.57,51  
10 10 23 Beaurepaires Motorsport
Holden VL SS Commodore
Chris Lambden, AUS
4980 V8 A 31 18 0.57,66 0.58,96  
11 11 24 Jagparts Racing
Holden VK Commodore
Gerald Kay, AUS
4980 V8 A 31 19 0.58,67 0.59,69  
12 1 39  
Nissan Gazelle
David Sala, AUS
1990 L4 C 31 22 1.00,13 1.00,34  
13 2 32 Toyota Team Australia
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
John Faulkner, NZ
1587 L4 C 30 25 1.01,21 1.01,04  
14 12 28 Sommariva Concrete
BMW 635 CSi
Joe Sommariva, AUS
3475 L6 A 29 26 1.01,34 1.02,00  
15 13 68 Blue Haven Pools
Holden VL SS Commodore
Garry Willmington, AUS
4980 V8 A 29 13 0.56,15 0.57,53  
16 3 78 Team Madison Racing
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Geoffrey Full, AUS
1587 L4 C 29 28 1.02,86 1.03,07  
DNF   48  
Holden VL SS Commodore
Wayne Park, AUS
4980 V8 A 10 17 0.57,48 0.58,75  
DNF   8 Miedecke Motorsport
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Andrew Bagnall, NZ
1993 tc L4 A 8 10 0.55,23 0.57,74 Turbo charger
DNF   69 Blue Haven Pools
Holden VL SS Commodore
Reda Awadullah, ET
4980 V8 A 3 20 0.58,87 1.05,12  
DNF   13 Bob Holden Motors
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Bob Holden, AUS
1587 L4 C 3 27 1.02,11 1.04,76  
DNF/DNS   8 Miedecke Motorsport
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Andrew Bagnall, NZ
1993 tc L4 A   6 0.54,64   Accident; did not restart
DNF/DNS   30 Peter Jackson Racing Pty Ltd
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Glenn Seton, AUS
1993 tc L4 A   8 0.55,02   Accident; did not restart
DNF/DNS   14  
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Murray Carter, AUS
1993 tc L4 A   16 0.57,46   Accident; did not restart
DNF/DNS   21 Lusty Engineering P/L
Holden VL SS Commodore
John Lusty, AUS
4980 V8 A   21 0.59,86   Accident; did not restart
DNF/DNS   105 Mobil 1 Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Brad Jones, AUS
1993 tc L4 A   11 0.55,39   Oil cooler; did not restart
DNF/DNS   33 Toyota Team Australia
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
Mike Dowson, AUS
1587 L4 C   24 1.01,13   Accident; did not restart
DNF/DNS   19 Caltex CXT Race Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Ken Mathews, AUS
1993 tc L4 A   14 0.56,20   Accident; did not restart
DNS   40  
Holden VL SS Commodore
Terry Finnigan, AUS
4980 V8 A   23 1.00,45   Accident in practice