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Symmons Plains

Symmons Plains Raceway, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Date: 12/3/1989
Track length: 2.410 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted:
Starters: 21
Finishers: 17

Pole position: Brock in 0.55,96
Fastest lap: Johnson in 0.57,52

Distance: 1 hour, 61 laps
Average speed:
Weather: Overcast
Ruleset: Group A
Car info:  

 

Brock beat Johnson to the pole, the first time he'd topped the time sheets since the 1986 Sandown 500. Richards, Jones and Terri Sawyer flew back to Melbourne after qualifying to participate in the Moomba 200 AUSCAR race, before flying back to Tasmania for the ATCC race.

Longhurst decided to use extra hard brake pads for the race, and worked really hard to get heat into them on the warm up and formation laps. He did the job too well; the pads welded themselves to the discs on the start line, and he travelled all of 20 metres before the clutch gave out. Moffat capped off a rough week by breaking a wheel and steering arm when trying to sneak past the stricken B&H car. Moffat had been lucky to even get to Symmons Plains after his Sierra was badly damaged in a road accident as it was trailered back from Amaroo. Meanwhile, Johnson had beaten Brock to the hairpin, quickly pulling out a gap that he'd maintain to the end of the race. Bowe was holding down a safe third until he pitted for new tyres, a legacy of a bad brake lockup entering the hairpin on lap 2. The Nissans weren't as competitive on the long straights of Symmons Plains, Richards finishing lapped in sixth while Fury lost another lap after clashing with Matt Wacker early in the race. Jones was having a solid race in the top 5 before his timing belt broke. Bond crossed the finish line just before Johnson took the chequers, but fortunately he had the presence of mind to complete the lap to classify himself as a finisher.
(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 61 laps, 1:00.00,78 2 0.56,04 0.57,52  
2 2 05 Mobil 1 Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Peter Brock, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 61 laps, 1:00.05,16 1 0.55,96 0.57,78  
3 3 18 Shell Ultra Hi Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
John Bowe, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 61 laps, 1:00.53,00 3 0.56,08 0.57,78  
4 4 30 Peter Jackson Racing Pty Ltd
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Glenn Seton, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 61 laps, 1:00.59,66 11 0.58,02 0.58,82  
5 5 4 Caltex CXT Race Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Colin Bond, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 61 laps, 1:01.52,84 6 0.57,30 0.58,72  
6 6 2 Nissan Motorsport
Nissan Skyline GTS-R Turbo HR31
Jim Richards, NZ
2029 tc L6 A 60 10 0.57,86 0.59,02  
7 7 8 Miedecke Motorsport
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Andrew Bagnall, NZ
1993 tc L4 A 60 5 0.56,88 0.58,68  
8 8 6 Miedecke Motorsport
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Andrew Miedecke, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 60 9 0.57,50 0.58,22  
9 9 20 Benson & Hedges Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Neville Crichton, NZ
1993 tc L4 A 59 13 0.58,80 0.59,44  
10 10 3 Nissan Motorsport
Nissan Skyline GTS-R Turbo HR31
George Fury, AUS
2029 tc L6 A 58 12 0.58,30 0.59,40  
11 11 23 Beaurepaires Motorsport
Holden VL SS Commodore
Chris Lambden, AUS
4980 V8 A 58 14 0.59,98 1.01,90  
12 12 21 Lusty Engineering P/L
Holden VL SS Commodore
Graham Lusty, AUS
4980 V8 A 58 15 1.01,20 1.01,70  
13 13 24 Jagparts Racing
Holden VK Commodore
Gerald Kay, AUS
4980 V8 A 56 16 1.02,18 1.03,18  
14 14 28 Sommariva Concrete
BMW 635 CSi
Joe Sommariva, AUS
3475 L6 A 54 18 1.04,90 1.04,90  
15 1 32 Toyota Team Australia
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
John Faulkner, NZ
1587 L4 C 53 19 1.06,24 1.06,76  
16 2 3 Toyota Team Australia
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
Terri Sawyer, AUS
1587 L4 C 52 21 1.08,80 1.08,08  
17 3 39  
Nissan Gazelle
David Sala, AUS
1990 L4 C 51 20 1.06,42 1.05,90  
DNF   105 Mobil 1 Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Brad Jones, AUS
1993 tc L4 A 27 7 0.57,34 0.58,60 Timing belt
DNF   42  
Holden VL SS Commodore
Matt Wacker, AUS
4980 V8 A 9 17 1.03,80 1.04,18 Accident
DNF   9 Allan Moffat Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Allan Moffat, CDN
1993 tc L4 A   8 0.57,36   Steering
DNF   25 Benson & Hedges Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Tony Longhurst, AUS
1993 tc L4 A   4 0.56,28   Clutch