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Mallala

Mallala Motor Sport Park, near Mallala, South Australia, Australia

Date: 7/5/1989
Track length: 2.600 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted: 25
Starters: 21
Finishers: 15

Pole position: Johnson in 1.10,62
Fastest lap: Longhurst in 1.12,61

Distance: 1 hour, 49 laps
Average speed:
Weather: Sunny
Ruleset: Group A
Car info:  

 

The ATCC made its first stop in Mallala since 1971 but not everyone was satisfied by the facilities at the circuit, Johnson in particular was outspoken about them. The Nissan team expanded to three cars, Fury debuting a new Skyline while his old car was driven by Mark Skaife.

Johnson was on pole once again, but this one hadn't been quite so easy. Dick had picked up a stomach bug during the week and couldn't be in the car for long periods of time. Dick joked that the pole lap came because he had to get back to the pits really quickie! Alongside him was Bond, while championship leader Bowe had engine issues in the only dry session that left him down in eighth.

Johnson led Bond and Longhurst through the first turn kink, but Brock ran wide off the track and scattered the field as he rejoined out of control at turn two. The Mobil Sierra hit Bowe and went into a half-spin, to be hit by Fury and Jones. Richards saw the Mobil car coming and ran wide in avoidance. Meanwhile, Longhurst skated up the inside of Bond at the hairpin, locking up and running off into the dirt. He rejoined in fifth behind Skaife and Moffat and immediately ahead of the remarkable Slako in the pink and black Barbagallo Commodore, having avoided the melee at turn two. All this action left Johnson in a clear lead which he maintained until the end, but behind him though was all action. Bond was struggling with fluctuating boost, causing him to loop the Caltex car exiting the final corner. He'd later retire to avoid ruining the engine. Bowe's charge was briefly halted when he was shown the mechanical black and orange flag to rectify a loose rear bumper trim knocked loose by Brock on the first lap. Brock struggled on with an ill-handling car, finally put out of his misery when the differential broke - a legacy of the hits from Fury and Jones - just after half distance. Longhurst was in tyre trouble, partially caused by his lap one lockup, pitting from second for a new set of rubber. Bowe and Richards had made their way past the battling Skaife and Moffat into second and third, but the championship leader was now in gearbox trouble. No fourth gear left Bowe defenceless against Richards in the closing laps. The finishing order read Johnson, Richards, Bowe, Longhurst, and Moffat, who'd snagged fifth from Skaife on the line. Skaife would eventually get the place, though; the ANZ car was found to be underweight at post-race scrutineering and was disqualified.

Also of note, this was Gerald Kay's last race for his venerable, old, HDT-built VK Commodore. It went out in a plume of smoke, crossing the line with a dying engine! He would have a nice, new fuel-injected VL for Sandown.
(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 49 laps, 1:00.40,88 1 1.10,62 1.12,82  
2 2 2 Nissan Motorsport
Nissan Skyline GTS-R Turbo HR31
Jim Richards, NZ
2029 tc L6 A 49 laps, 1:01.09,20 5 1.11,59 1.13,51  
3 3 18 Shell Ultra Hi Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
John Bowe, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 49 laps, 1:01.26,53 8 1.12,34 1.13,11  
4 4 25 Benson & Hedges Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Tony Longhurst, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 49 laps, 1:01.30,07 4 1.11,52 1.12,61  
DSQ   9 Allan Moffat Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Allan Moffat, CDN
1993 tc L4 A 49 laps, 1:01.40,23 9 1.12,78 1.14,19 Disq: car underweight
5 5 12 Nissan Motorsport
Nissan Skyline GTS-R Turbo HR31
Mark Skaife, AUS
2029 tc L6 A 49 laps, 1:01.09,20 7 1.12,31 1.14,09  
6 6 3 Nissan Motorsport
Nissan Skyline GTS-R Turbo HR31
George Fury, AUS
2029 tc L6 A 48 6 1.12,19 1.13,77  
7 7 20 Benson & Hedges Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Neville Crichton, NZ
1993 tc L4 A 48 19 1.23,87 1.14,62  
8 8 23 Beaurepaires Motorsport
Holden VL SS Commodore
Chris Lambden, AUS
4980 V8 A 47 12 1.15,21 1.16,12  
9 9 28 Sommariva Concrete
BMW 635 CSi
Joe Sommariva, AUS
3475 L6 A 45 15 1.20,00 1.18,66  
10 1 32 Toyota Team Australia
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
John Faulkner, NZ
1587 L4 C 45 16 1.20,22 1.20,49  
11 2 39  
Nissan Gazelle
David Sala, AUS
1990 L4 C 44 20 1.35,69 1.21,18  
12 3 78 Team Madison Racing
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Geoffrey Full, AUS
1587 L4 C 44 17 1.21,38 1.20,74  
13 10 24 Jagparts Racing
Holden VK Commodore
Gerald Kay, AUS
4980 V8 A 43 14 1.18,00 1.17,16  
14 4 13 Bob Holden Motors
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Bob Holden, AUS
1587 L4 C 42 21 1.43,33 1.25,81  
DNF   96 Barbagallo Motorsport
Holden VL SS Commodore
Tim Slako, AUS
4980 V8 A 41 11 1.14,54 1.15,76  
DNF   105 Mobil 1 Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Brad Jones, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 30 10 1.13,21 1.14,44 CV joint
DNF   05 Mobil 1 Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Peter Brock, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 29 3 1.11,47 1.13,26 Differential
DNF   4 Caltex CXT Race Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Colin Bond, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 21 2 1.11,40 1.13,81  
DNF   97 Barbagallo Motorsport
Holden VL SS Commodore
Alf Barbagallo, AUS
4980 V8 A 16 13 1.16,31 1.16,99  
DNF   33 Toyota Team Australia
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
Darryl Bennet, AUS
1587 L4 C 4 18 1.22,31 1.22,61