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0.5 500

Sandown Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Date: 10/9/1989
Track length: 3.100 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted: 32
Starters: 30
Finishers: 20, 17 classified

Pole position: Johnson/Bowe in 1.15,22
Fastest lap: Longhurst/Crichton in 1.16,99

Distance: 161 laps
Average speed:
Weather: Sunny
Ruleset: Group A
Car info:  

 

There very nearly wasn't a Sandown 500. The circuit's promoters had struggled to find a title sponsor for their marquee race after Castrol's departure after 1987. In the end, like Calder, the LCCA did a deal with Vic Health to sponsor the race. In return, this would mean a ban on tobacco advertising, which upset CAMS and the affected teams. After a lot of debate - and a day in court - the race eventually went ahead with the tobacco-sponsored teams and the full sponsorship of Vic Health.

After Oran Park garnered only a thin entry for Pepsi 300, all of the teams serious about winning Bathurst fronted at Sandown. The Holden factory finally made their first appearance for 1989. A late deal with Larry Perkins to run the operation saw one brand new car for Win Percy/Perkins, and Perkins' ATCC car for Crompton/Steve Harrington in a new black and white livery. Brock debuted a new car, as were Toyota Team Australia in the baby class. Former F1 World Champions Alan Jones and Denny Hulme combined in the second B&H car, while Glenn Seton had persuaded John Goss to co-drive the Peter Jackson Sierra. Johnson ended up fastest after Saturday's Top 10 runoff, held on a drying track after a dose of Melbourne "liquid sunshine".

Johnson got a bad start from the pole, allowing Brock, Miedecke, Seton and Alan Jones to beat him to the first corner. Allan Moffat lasted all of two laps in what would prove to be the legendary man's last race in his adopted country. Attrition would hit all the Sierra runners; Brock and Radisich led until a suspension issue caused their retirement, both B&H cars quit with engine issues, and the second Shell car was delayed with a misfire. By half distance, Bowe was in front being chased by Charlie O'Brien. O'Brien was throwing everything into the chase of the leader, bouncing the Kenwood car over the kerbs. The kerb-hopping would take its toll, breaking a half-shaft just before the 100th lap. The decimation of the Sierra attack left the way clear for the Nissans and Commodores, and when the Johnson pitted with turbo issues late in the race it was Mark Skaife that went into the lead. Richards elected to let Skaife double-stint to the end, the youngster eventually winning by a lap.
(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 2 Nissan Motor Sport
Nissan Skyline GTS-R Turbo HR31
Jim Richards, NZ
Mark Skaife, AUS
2029 tc L6 A 161 laps, 3:35.09,18 5 1.16,25 1.17,86 Top-10: 1.24,29 (Richards)
2 2 16 Holden Racing Team
Holden VL SS Commodore
Win Percy, GB
Larry Perkins, AUS
4980 V8 A 160 11 1.17,49 1.18,60  
3 3 3 Nissan Motor Sport
Nissan Skyline GTS-R Turbo HR31
George Fury, AUS
Graeme Bowkett, NZ
2029 tc L6 A 160 8 1.17,06 1.18,45 Top-10: 1.27,38 (Fury)
4 4 30 Peter Jackson Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Glenn Seton, AUS
John Goss, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 159 6 1.16,82 1.17,27 Top-10: 1.25,07 (Seton)
5 5 17 Shell Ultra Hi Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Dick Johnson, AUS
John Bowe, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 159 1 1.15,22 1.17,03 Top-10: 1.20,61 (Johnson)
6 6 7 Holden Racing Team
Holden VL SS Commodore
Neil Crompton, AUS
Steve Harrington, AUS
4980 V8 A 155 13 1.18,28 1.19,75  
7 7 105 Mobil 1 Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Brad Jones, AUS
Mark Larkham, AUS
Peter Brock, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 155 9 1.17,26 1.18,05 Top-10: 1.28,75 (Jones)
8 8 6 Miedecke Motorsport
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Andrew Miedecke, AUS
Charlie O'Brien, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 154 4 1.16,23 1.17,02 Top-10: 1.23,84 (Miedecke)
9 9 86 Gemspares
Holden VL SS Commodore
Daryl Hendrick, AUS
John White, AUS
4980 V8 A 148 21 1.22,96 1.24,22  
10 1 32 Toyota Team Australia
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
John Faulkner, NZ
Peter McKay, AUS
1587 L4 C 143 26 1.28,65 1.27,89  
11 2 33 Toyota Team Australia
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
Mike Dowson, AUS
Neal Bates, AUS
1587 L4 C 142 24 1.29,29? 1.28,93  
12 10 22 Lusty Engineering P/L
Holden VL SS Commodore
Alf Costanzo, AUS
Graham Lusty, AUS
4980 V8 A 136 16 1.19,47 1.20,21  
13 1 50 W.R. Bryce
BMW M3 Evo
Brett Riley, NZ
Ludwig Finauer, D
2332 L4 B 134 18 1.20,60 1.21,07  
14 3 78 Team Madison Racing
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Geoffrey Full, AUS
Michael Adcock, AUS
1587 L4 C 133 29 1.31,63 1.32,11  
15 4 39  
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
Richard Vorst, AUS
David Sala, AUS
1587 L4 C 130 25 1.28,48 1.28,00  
16 11 54 Clive Smith
Nissan Skyline RS Turbo DR30
Clive Smith, AUS
Paul Trevathan, AUS
1990 tc L4 A 128 22 1.25,21 1.25,61  
17 12 14 Murray Carter
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Murray Carter, AUS
John Mann, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 122 19 1.21,00 1.20,84  
NC   51 Bob Holden Motors
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Dennis Rogers, AUS
Marc Ducquet, AUS
Kevin O'Neill, NZ
1587 L4 C 105 30 1.32,08 1.17,80 (I don’t think so!) Insufficient laps
NC   13 Bob Holden Motors
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Bob Holden, AUS
Tim Hall, NZ
1587 L4 C 98 28 1.30,77 1.31,81 Insufficient laps
NC   36  
BMW 635 CSi
Ian Carrig, AUS
Ian Clark, AUS
Peter Hudson, AUS
3475 L6 A 95 27 1.28,57 1.31,89 Insufficient laps
DNF   18 Shell Ultra Hi Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Jeff Allam, GB
Tony Noske, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 111 10 1.17,23 1.29,65 Top-10: 1.29,57 (Johnson)/Fuel fitting
DNF   23 Beaurepaires
Holden VL SS Commodore
Chris Lambden, AUS
Greg Crick, AUS
4980 V8 A 90 17 1.19,72 1.21,28 Head gasket
DNF   55 Playscape Racing Australia
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Kevin Waldock, AUS
Bryan Thomson, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 87 12 1.17,88 1.19,81 Overheating
DNF   20 Benson & Hedges Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Alan Jones, AUS
Denny Hulme, NZ
1993 tc L4 A 87 7 1.16,25 1.17,27 Top-10: 1.25,42 (Jones)/Head gasket
DNF   25 Benson & Hedges Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Tony Longhurst, AUS
Neville Crichton, NZ
1993 tc L4 A 75 3 1.15,27 1.16,99 Top-10: 1.23,59 (Longhurst)/Head gasket
DNF   28 Sommariva Concrete
BMW 635 CSi
Joe Sommariva, AUS
Warren McKellar, NZ
3475 L6 A 61 23 1.25,78 1.28,13  
DNF   05 Mobil 1 Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Peter Brock, AUS
Paul Radisich, NZ
1993 tc L4 A 53 2 1.16,17 1.17,09 Top-10: 1.21,15 (Brock)/Front strut
DNF   24 Jagparts Racing
Holden VL SS Commodore
Gerald Kay, AUS
Alf Grant, AUS
4980 V8 A 12 20 1.22,57 1.26,49 Head gasket
DNF   9 Allan Moffat Enterprises
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Allan Moffat, CDN
Gregg Hansford, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 2 15 1.19,68? 1.20,77 Engine
DNF   19 Caltex CXT Race Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Colin Bond, AUS
Garry Rogers, AUS
Ken Mathews, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 2 14 1.18,30 1.29,24 Engine
DNS/DNQ?   29 Capri Components
Ford Mustang 5.0 GT
Lawrie Nelson, AUS
Tino Leo
4999 V8 A   31 no time?    
DNS/DSQ   42 Matt Wacker
Holden VL SS Commodore
Matt Wacker, AUS
Mike King, AUS
4980 V8 A     1.23,65   Illegal bodywork