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Old 6 Jan 2011, 04:14 (Ref:2811765)   #16
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6/8/1989 - AMSCAR4 - Amaroo Park, NSW

James Hardie Building Products AMSCAR Series
Round 4 (6/8/1989)


Circuit Length: 1.946 km
Weather: Sunny

For once the touring cars were not the headline act in Channel 7's AMSCAR telecast, with a round of the Formula Holden championship for the CAMS Gold Star given prime billing. The touring cars didn't get a look in until very late in the broadcast.

Heat 1
Race Distance
: 10 laps

Callaghan was electric off the line, leading Longhurst and Gibbs into Dunlop Loop. Longhurst got a run exiting the loop, getting down the inside of the Commodore heading into the sweeper. Ashby was black flagged for dropping oil and blowing a large amount of smoke, while at the same time Bond dropped out with electrical problems. Longhurst toyed with the Commodore opposition in the first heat, though Callaghan managed to outbrake the Sierra-driver from a mile back heading into to Stop corner. Longhurst eventually powered past the Commodore in the same spot a few laps later, while Gibbs also found a way past. He didn't stay in second for long, locking the rears into Honda corner but doing a good job to keep the car from spinning, dropping back to fourth. From there the order stayed the same to the flag.

PositionNumberEntrantDriverCarClassRace Time/LapsRetirement CauseFastest TimeGrid Position
125Benson & Hedges RacingTony LonghurstFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A   1
237Brian CallaghanBrian CallaghanHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A   2
319Caltex CXT Race TeamKen MathewsFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A   5
436Bob Forbes Corporation P/LMark GibbsHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A   4
546Riethmuller Pentecost RacingLlynden ReithmullerHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A   7
653M3 MotorsportJohn CotterBMW M3B   9
743Brian CallaghanBrian Callaghan JnrHolden Commodore VKA   10
832Toyota Team AustraliaJohn FaulknerToyota Corolla AE82 HatchC   12
960The Xerox ShopRoger HurdMitsubishi StarionA   11
1078Team Madison RacingMichael AdcockToyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC   13
1151Bob Holden MotorsDenis RogersToyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC   15
1299Richard ScarfRick ScarfHolden Commodore VKA   14
DNF52M3 MotorsportPeter DoulmanBMW M3B steering arm 8
DNF4Caltex CXT Race TeamColin BondFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A electrical 3
DNF35Lansvale Smash Repairs P/LTrevor AshbyHolden Commodore VL (HDT)A engine 6
DNS50Garry WillmingtonJohn LeesonHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A    

Heat 2
Race Distance
: 15 laps (20 laps scheduled)

Neil Crompton's start line crash in the preceding Formula Holden race delayed the programme a bit, causing the final AMSCAR heat to be reduced from 20 laps to 15. Don't have the video for this race at hand, but it went much like the first except this time Bond joined in the fun, pushing Longhurst hard but ultimately couldn't get past the B&H car.

PositionNumberEntrantDriverCarClassRace Time/LapsRetirement CauseFastest TimeGrid Position
125Benson & Hedges RacingTony LonghurstFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A13m37.66s 0m51.68s1
24Caltex CXT Race TeamColin BondFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A13m37.96s 0m53.32s13
337Brian CallaghanBrian CallaghanHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A13m40.34s 0m52.70s2
419Caltex CXT Race TeamKen MathewsFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A13m46.92s 0m53.34s3
535Lansvale Smash Repairs P/LTrevor AshbyHolden Commodore VL (HDT)A14m09.38s 0m54.64s14
646Riethmuller Pentecost RacingLlynden ReithmullerHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A14m09.68s 0m54.90s5
753M3 MotorsportJohn CotterBMW M3B14m10.98s 0m55.96s6
832Toyota Team AustraliaJohn FaulknerToyota Corolla AE82 HatchC14m26.04s 0m57.00s8
960The Xerox ShopRoger HurdMitsubishi StarionA14m26.04s 0m56.72s9
1043Brian CallaghanBrian Callaghan JnrHolden Commodore VKA14m32.96s 0m56.54s7
1178Team Madison RacingMichael AdcockToyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC14 laps  10
1299Richard ScarfRick ScarfHolden Commodore VKA14 laps  12
1351Bob Holden MotorsDenis RogersToyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC14 laps  11
1436Bob Forbes Corporation P/LMark GibbsHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A14 laps  4
DNS52M3 MotorsportPeter DoulmanBMW M3B    
DNS50Garry WillmingtonJohn LeesonHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A    
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Old 6 Jan 2011, 06:43 (Ref:2811776)   #17
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20/8/1989 - Pepsi 300 - Oran Park, NSW

Pepsi 300
Oran Park, NSW (20/8/1989)


Circuit Length: 2.62 km
Race Distance: 1 hour (115 laps)
Weather: Cloudy

Miedecke wins! The Kenwood Sierra is the only front-running Sierra to last the distance; Brock retires with a suspected blown headgasket, Bond lost many laps fixing a broken camshaft seal, and Longhurst was disqualified. Longhurst closed the door on a Miedecke passing attempt, the B&H car spinning after a clash of wheels. A few laps later the wheel broke stranding the car out on the far side of the circuit. Longhurst ran back to the pits to arrange a replacement, which the crew takes out to the stopped car. Before the new wheel can be fitted, Longhurst is disqualified for outside assistance. The Scott/Bartlett Starion had a strong run, at one point leading the race, before suspension failure ended its race.

PositionNumberEntrantDriversCarClassRace Time/LapsRetirement CauseFastest TimeQualifying TimeGrid Position
16Miedecke MotorsportAndrew Miedecke / Andrew BagnallFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A2h33m34.76s 1m13.61s1m12.20s3
250Bryce RacingBrett Riley / Ludwig FinauerBMW M3B2h34m26.33s 1m17.01s1m17.27s13
314Murray CarterMurray CarterFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A114 laps 1m16.76s1m15.30s10
421Bob Forbes Corporation P/LMark Gibbs / Rohan OnslowHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A114 laps 1m16.24s1m15.51s9
522Lusty Engineering P/LGraham Lusty / Alf CostanzoHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A114 laps 1m14.43s1m16.28s11
611Ray GulsonGraham GulsonBMW 635CSiA113 laps 1m17.05s1m17.75s14
732Team Toyota AustraliaJohn Faulkner / Peter McKayToyota CorollaC109 laps 1m20.59s1m19.67s17
851Bob Holden MotorsDennis Rodgers / Marc DucquetToyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC107 laps 1m22.90s1m24.04s21
978Team Madison RacingGeoffrey Full / Michael AdcockToyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC101 laps 1m21.94s1m22.71s19
1038Peter HudsonPeter Hudson / Ian Carrig / Ian ClarkBMW 635CSiA100 laps 1m23.12s1m22.06s18
114Caltex CXT Racing TeamColin Bond / Dominic BenincaFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A99 laps 1m15.79s1m12.99s4
12*42Matt WackerMatt Wacker / Mike KingHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A91 laps 1m19.98s1m19.27s15
1324The Xerox ShopScotty Taylor / Roger HurdMitsubishi StarionA78 laps 1m20.62s1m19.02s16
DNF52M3 MotorsportJohn Cotter / Peter DoulmanBMW M3B108 lapssuspension1m18.98s1m18.05s12
DNF44Sutherland MitsubishiGary Scott / Kevin BartlettMitsubishi StarionA107 lapssuspension1m17.04s1m14.32s5
DNF19Caltex CXT Racing TeamKen Mathews / Bruce StewartFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A67 lapsdifferential1m16.38s1m14.38s6
DNF37Brian CallaghanBrian Callaghan / Barry GrahamHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A25 lapshead gasket1m16.31s1m14.99s7
DNF05Mobil 1 RacingPeter Brock / Mark Larkham / Brad JonesFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A13 lapsoverheating1m13.08s1m11.32s1
DNF13Bob Holden MotorsBob Holden / Dennis RogersToyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC10 lapsengine1m22.75s1m22.72s20
DNF55Playscape Racing AustraliaKevin Waldock / Bryan ThomsonFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A9 lapshead gasket1m15.59s1m15.27s8
DNF40Foodtown SupermarketsTerry Finnigan / John EnglishHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A9 lapsmisfire1m17.80s1m25.02s22
DQ25Benson & Hedges RacingTony Longhurst / Neville ChrichtonFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A10 lapsoutside assistance1m13.56s1m12.03s2

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10/9/1989 - .05 500 - Sandown Park, VIC

.05 500
Sandown Park, VIC (10/9/1989)


Circuit Length: 3.1 km
Race Distance: 161 laps
Weather: Sunny

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.

PositionNumberEntrantDriversCarClassRace Time/LapsRetirement CauseFastest TimeQualifying TimeGrid PositionTop 10 Time
12Nissan Motor SportJim Richards / Mark SkaifeNissan Skyline GTS-R HR-31A3h35m09.18s 1m17.86s1m16.25s51m24.29s (Richards)
216Holden Racing TeamWin Percy / Larry PerkinsHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A160 laps 1m18.60s1m17.49s11 
33Nissan Motor SportGeorge Fury / Graeme BowkettNissan Skyline GTS-R HR-31A160 laps 1m18.45s1m17.06s81m27.38s (Fury)
430Peter Jackson RacingGlenn Seton / John GossFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A159 laps 1m17.27s1m16.82s61m25.07s (Seton)
517Shell Ultra Hi RacingDick Johnson / John BoweFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A159 laps 1m17.03s1m15.22s11m20.61s (Johnson)
67Holden Racing TeamNeil Crompton / Steve HarringtonHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A155 laps 1m19.75s1m18.28s13 
7105Mobil 1 RacingBrad Jones / Mark Larkham / Peter BrockFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A155 laps 1m18.05s1m17.26s91m28.75s (Jones)
86Miedecke MotorsportAndrew Miedecke / Charlie O'BrienFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A154 laps 1m17.02s1m16.23s41m23.84s (Miedecke)
986GemsparesDarryl Hendrick / John WhiteHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A148 laps 1m24.22s1m22.96s21 
1032Toyota Team AustraliaJohn Faulkner / Peter McKayToyota Corolla AE92 HatchC143 laps 1m27.89s1m28.65s26 
1133Toyota Team AustraliaMichael Dowson / Neal BatesToyota Corolla AE92 HatchC142 laps 1m28.93s1m29.29s24 
1222Lusty Engineering P/LAlf Costanzo / Graham LustyHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A136 laps 1m20.21s1m19.47s16 
1350W. R. BryceBrett Riley / Ludwig FinauerBMW M3B134 laps 1m21.07s1m20.60s18 
1478Team Madison RacingGeoff Full / Michael AdcockToyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC133 laps 1m32.11s1m31.63s29 
1539David SalaRichard Vorst / David SalaToyota Corolla AE82 HatchC130 laps 1m28.00s1m28.48s25 
1654Clive SmithClive Smith / Paul TrevethanNissan Skyline DR-30A128 laps 1m25.61s1m25.21s22 
1714Murray CarterMurray Carter / John MannFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A122 laps 1m20.84s1m21.00s19 
NC51Bob Holden MotorsDennis Rogers / Mark Ducquet / Kevin O'NeillToyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC105 lapsinsufficient laps1m17.80s1m32.08s30 
NC13Bob Holden MotorsBob Holden / Tim HallToyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC98 lapsinsufficient laps1m31.81s1m30.77s28 
NC36P. J. HudsonIan Carrig / Ian Clark / Peter HudsonBMW 635CSiA95 lapsinsufficient laps1m31.89s1m28.57s27 
DNF18Shell Ultra Hi RacingJeff Allam / Tony NoskeFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A111 lapsbroken fuel fitting1m29.65s1m17.23s101m29.57s (Allam)
DNF23BeaurepairesChris Lambden / Greg CrickHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A90 lapshead gasket1m21.28s1m19.72s17 
DNF55Playscape Racing AustraliaKevin Waldock / Bryan ThomsonFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A87 lapsoverheating1m19.81s1m17.88s12 
DNF20Benson & Hedges RacingAlan Jones / Denny HulmeFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A87 lapshead gasket1m17.27s1m16.25s71m25.42s (Jones)
DNF25Benson & Hedges RacingTony Longhurst / Neville CrichtonFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A75 lapshead gasket1m16.99s1m15.27s31m23.59s (Longhurst)
DNF28Joe SommarivaJoe Sommariva / Warren KcKellarBMW 635CSiA61 laps 1m28.13s1m25.78s23 
DNF05Mobil 1 RacingPeter Brock / Paul RadisichFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A53 lapsbroken front strut1m17.09s1m16.17s21m21.15s (Brock)
DNF24Jagparts RacingGerald Kay / Alf GrantHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A12 lapshead gasket1m26.49s1m22.57s20 
DNF9Allan Moffat EnterprisesAllan Moffat / Gregg HansfordFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A2 lapsengine1m20.77s1m19.68s15 
DNF19Caltex CXT Race TeamColin Bond / Garry Rogers / Ken MathewsFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A2 lapsengine1m29.24s1m18.30s14 
DNS29Capri ComponentsLawrie Nelson / Tino LeoFord MustangA    31 
DNS / EXC42Matt WackerMatt Wacker / Mike KingHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A illegal bodywork 1m23.65s  
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Heat 3
Race Distance
: 15 laps

My copy of the broadcast of this meeting doesn't have the final heat, so I really can't tell you what happened other than the final results

PositionNumberEntrantDriverCarClassRace Time/LapsRetirement CauseFastest TimeGrid Position
125Benson & Hedges RacingTony LonghurstFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A13m36.50s  1
24Caltex CXT Race TeamColin BondFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A13m37.78s  5
337Brian CallaghanBrian CallaghanHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A13m49.04s  2
419Caltex CXT Race TeamKen MathewsFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A13m54.30s  4
546Riethmuller Pentecost RacingLlynden ReithmullerHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A13m54.76s  6
632Toyota Team AustraliaJohn FaulknerToyota Corolla AE82 HatchC14m29.44s  9
713Bob Holden MotorsBob HoldenToyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC14 laps  14
899Richard ScarfRick ScarfHolden Commodore VKA14 laps  11
951Bob Holden MotorsDenis RogersToyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC14 laps  13
1078Team Madison RacingMichael AdcockToyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC14 laps  12
DNF69Blue Haven PoolsReda AwadallahHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A12 lapselectrical 10
DNF29Mark Petch MotorsportRobbie FrancevicFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A6 lapsbroken tie rod 3
DNF43Brian CallaghanBrian Callaghan JnrHolden Commodore VKA6 lapsaccident 7
DNF11Ray GulsonGraham GulsonBMW 635CSiA1 lappuncture 8
DNS36Bob Forbes Corporation P/LMark GibbsHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A accident - heat 1  
DNS48Mistic Mould DestroyerWayne ParkHolden Commodore VL (HDT)A practice accident  
DNP35Lansvale Smash Repairs P/LTrevor AshbyHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A engine  
I can help here.

Matthews jumped the start, while Callaghan was creeping, but the order stayed as per the start grid for the top 5 round the first few corners. Longhurst started to skip away pretty easily, while Bond pulled a good move on Francevic at the Lake Corner at the end of lap 1, and started to harrass his teammate

He got by Matthews at the Lake Corner on lap 2, and half a lap later dispensed with Callaghan, and set his sights on Longhurst, who by now had a 3+ second lead.

Francevic managed to get up to third place before his retirement, presumebly getting past Callagahan at the Dunlop Loop on lap 4 (presumebly because the camera at Dunlop Loop wasn't working, so the only footage was from there was whenever they took Racecam in Bonds car.

The race was pretty static from there
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Quick question, not about results but about a driver/car:

When did (and whose was it) Llynden Reithmuller get hold of the Holden that he ran in AMSCAR (didn't see it in ATCC results?) and was this still in partnership with Phil Ward who had helped run the 190's in previous years?
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He bought an ex HSV/Perkins car from 88 early in 1989
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Riethmuller (i before e is the correct spelling, according to both the Sephco site and his obituaries) and Ward's partnership had dissolved by the time the 1988 enduros rolled around, both striking out on their own again.

The Commodore was a Larry Perkins-built car, was the spare #40 factory HSV Commodore at Bathurst in 1988, and was the car Denny Hulme drove to 2nd at the Australian Grand Prix support race in November that year.

Riethmuller purchased the car and ran it in a couple of AMSCAR rounds, at Winton, and at Bathurst. He ran the car in a couple of races at the start of 1990 before putting the car on the market; possibly another victim of the recession? The car was purchased by Ashby and Reed and used in the 1990 enduros.
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I recently uploaded the Winton round to youtube. I will put links to the Group A races I uploaded in the relevent threads.

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Cheers, DV_08, like I said in the results post for that round, I haven't seen that race for years so I was rapt when I saw it pop up on YouTube. I don't suppose you've got the AGP support races from that year?
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2/10/1989 - Tooheys 1000 - Mount Panorama, NSW

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Mount Panorama, NSW (2/10/1989)


Circuit Length: 6.216 km
Race Distance: 161 laps
Weather: Sunny

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 internation 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 Ferte 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 prizemoney, 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, Branca 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 Ferte 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 headgasket. He would soon jump into the #20 car. Next to retire with overheating issues was Pierre Dieudonne. 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 wheelnut 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.

PositionNumberEntrantDriversCarClassRace Time/LapsRetirement CauseFastest TimeQualifying TimeGrid PositionTooheys Top 10 Time
117Shell Ultra Hi RacingDick Johnson / John BoweFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A6h30m53.44s 2m19.12s2m16.58s22m16.79s (Johnson)
210Allan Moffat EnterprisesKlaus Niedzwiedz / Frank BielaFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A6h32m15.06s 2m20.06s2m17.02s42m17.42s (Niedzwiedz)
32Nissan Motor SportJim Richards / Mark SkaifeNissan Skyline GTS-R HR-31A160 laps 2m21.80s2m18.86s72m20.09s (Richards)
43Nissan Motor SportGeorge Fury / Anders OlofssonNissan Skyline GTS-R HR-31A160 laps 2m22.92s2m19.64s13 
520Benson & Hedges RacingAlan Jones / Denny Hulme / Tony LonghurstFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A158 laps 2m20.96s2m19.06s92m20.63s (Jones)
616Holden Racing TeamLarry Perkins / Tomas MezeraHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A158 laps 2m23.38s2m16.16s11 
77Holden Racing TeamWin Percy / Neil CromptonHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A158 laps 2m24.08s2m22.00s18 
818Shell Ultra Hi RacingJeff Allam / Robb GravettFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A158 laps 2m21.70s2m19.62s12 
9105Mobil 1 RacingBrad Jones / Paul RadisichFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A153 laps 2m22.90s2m18.20s52m19.09s (Jones)
1015FAI Insurances LtdAllan Grice / Peter JansonHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A153 laps 2m23.10s2m22.44s19 
1137Brian CallaghanBrian Callaghan / Barry GrahamHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A152 laps 2m27.08s2m23.40s22 
1255Playscape Racing AustraliaKevin Waldock / Bryan ThomsonFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A152 laps 2m25.26s2m25.10s23 
1312Lansvale Smash Repairs P/LSteve Reed / Trevor AshbyHolden Commodore VL (HDT)A151 laps 2m30.30s2m27.32s29 
1422Lusty Engineering P/LAlf Costanzo / Graham LustyHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A146 laps 2m25.58s2m25.20s24 
1534Ray GulsonRay Gulson / Graham GulsonBMW 635CSiA143 laps 2m32.52s2m30.60s39 (pit lane) 
1652M3 MotorsportJohn Cotter / Peter DoulmanBMW M3B142 laps 2m37.08s2m24.84s42 
1733Team Toyota AustraliaMichael Dowson / Neal BatesToyota Corolla AE92 HatchC141 laps 2m38.86s2m37.92s48 (pit lane) 
1844Sutherland MitsubishiGary Scott / Kevin Bartlett / Terry ShielMitsubishi StarionA141 laps 2m28.76s2m25.94s26 
1932Team Toyota AustraliaJohn Faulkner / Peter McKayToyota Corolla AE92 HatchC140 laps 2m39.38s2m36.32s46 
2030Peter Jackson RacingGlenn Seton / Tony Noske / John GossFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A140 laps 2m23.96s2m19.06s82m20.52s (Seton)
2160The Xerox ShopScotty Taylor / Roger HurdMitsubishi StarionA139 laps 2m38.14s2m41.00s44 
2254Clive SmithClive Smith / Paul TrevethanNissan Skyline DR-30A137 laps 2m36.34s2m36.52s47 (pit lane) 
2378Team Madison RacingMichael Adcock / Geoff FullToyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC136 laps 2m44.12s2m45.54s53 
2449David SalaRoss Burbidge / Steve WilliamsNissan GazelleB134 laps 2m43.96s2m41.00s50 
2538Mulvihill Motorsport P/LTony Mulvihill / Glenn McIntyre / Graham MooreHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A133 laps 2m29.90s2m29.74s37 
264Caltex CXT Race TeamColin Bond / Bruce Stewart / Dominic BenincaFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A131 laps 2m24.24s2m20.44s16 
2748Mistic Mould DestroyerWayne Park / John GiddingsHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A130 laps 2m29.66s2m25.98s27 (pit lane) 
NC28Joseph SommarivaJoe Sommariva / Warren McKellarBMW 635CSiA118 lapsinsufficient laps2m40.40s2m36.08s45 
NC13Bob Holden MotorsBob Holden / Joe McAndrew / Tim HallToyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC108 lapsinsufficient laps2m46.00s2m47.64s54 
NC69Blue Haven PoolsReda Awadallah / Ray LintottHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A106 lapsinsufficient laps2m35.30s2m41.56s51 
NC68Blue Haven PoolsGarry Willmington / Tom WatkinsonToyota Supra Turbo MA70A91 lapsinsufficient laps2m37.20s2m39.78s49 
NC23BeaurepairesChris Lambden / Greg CrickHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A90 lapsinsufficient laps2m27.54s2m25.78s25 
DNF45Lester SmerdonLester Smerdon / Gary Hinton / Marty TurpinHolden Commodore VL (HDT)A112 lapsbroken axle2m36.56s2m34.92s43 
DNF51Bob Holden MotorsDennis Rogers / Marc Ducquet / Richard VorstToyota Corolla AE86 LiftbackC103 laps 2m51.36s2m51.36s52 
DNF50Bryce Racing (NZ)Brett Riley / Ludwig FinauerBMW M3B101 lapsengine2m28.02s2m26.42s28 
DNF57Sax RacingCraig Turner / Lou Vandermeer / Kent BaigentBMW M3B98 lapscrashed2m35.58s2m33.00s41 
DNF8Miedecke MotorsportAndrew Bagnall / Graeme CrosbyFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A97 laps 2m24.02s2m19.10s10 (pit lane)NTR, crashed (Bagnall)
DNF35Peter Jackson RacingTony Noske / Glenn Seton / Alain FerteFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A92 lapsout of fuel2m21.82s2m21.44s17 
DNF24Jagparts RacingGerald Kay / Alf GrantHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A91 laps 2m31.96s2m30.16s38 
DNF56Sax RacingJohn Sax / Graham LorimerBMW M3B82 lapsfuel leak, fire2m31.40s2m29.72s36 
DNF05Mobil 1 RacingPeter Brock / Andy RouseFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A81 lapshub2m20.26s2m16.60s12m15.80s (Brock)
DNF41Leeson Civil Engineering P/LBob Tindall / Des Wall / John LeesonHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A79 lapsoverheating2m34.88s2m47.78s55 (pit lane) 
DNF43Everlast Battery SurviceBill O'Brien / Brian SampsonHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A65 lapsaccident2m29.14s2m28.76s33 
DNF19Caltex CXT Race TeamKen Mathews / Garry RogersFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A50 lapsengine2m25.32s2m22.62s20 
DNF21Bob Forbes Corporation P/LMark Gibbs / Rohan OnslowHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A44 lapsengine2m25.52s2m23.40s21 
DNF46Riethmuller Pentecost RacingLlynden Riethmuller / Ian GreenHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A43 lapsoverheating2m29.24s2m29.28s34 
DNF31Team Toyota AustraliaJohn Smith / Drew PriceToyota Supra Turbo MA70A35 lapssuspension2m28.88s2m29.60s35 
DNF9Allan Moffat EnterprisesGregg Hansford / Pierre DieudonneFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A30 lapshead gasket2m22.12s2m19.76s14 
DNF96Barbagallo MotorsportTim Slako / Geoff Leeds / Damon SmithHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A28 lapshead gasket2m33.24s2m27.88s30 
DNF25Benson & Hedges RacingTony Longhurst / Neville CrichtonFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A27 lapssplit bore2m20.48s2m16.98s32m16.98s (Longhurst)
DNF27Mark Petch MotorsportRobbie Francevic / Gianfranco BrancatelliFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A14 lapslost wheel2m19.90s2m19.88s15 
DNF40Foodtown SupermarketsTerry Finnigan / John EnglishHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A14 lapsengine2m32.86s2m28.16s31 
DNF14Murray CarterMurray Carter / John MannFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A10 lapswithdrawn2m30.12s2m28.28s32 
DNF42Matt WackerMatt Wacker / Mike King / Frank PorterHolden Commodore VL (TWR)A4 lapsclutch2m29.48s2m23.82s40 
DNF6Miedecke MotorsportAndrew Miedecke / Charlie O'BrienFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A0 lapsgear selector shaftNTR2m18.14s62m19.88s (Miedecke)
DNS39David SalaDavid Sala / Richard VorstToyota Corolla AE82 HatchC piston - warm up    
ENT11Phil Ward Automotive ServicesPhil Ward / Franz Klammer / Garry JonesMercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16B      
ENT54Malcolm ReaChris Clearihan / Malcolm ReaToyota Supra TurboA      
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4-5/11/1989 - South Australia Cup - Adelaide Grand Prix Circuit, SA

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Adelaide Grand Prix Circuit, SA (4-5/11/1989)


Circuit Length: 3.78 km

A bumper entry for the final touring car races of the year, though not all would make it. The format of the meeting had changed for the tourers, with two short sprints on the programme instead of the previous 120-km race on the Saturday.

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NumberEntrantDriverCar
2Nissan Motor SportJim RichardsNissan Skyline GTS-R HR-31
3Nissan Motor SportGeorge FuryNissan Skyline GTS-R HR-31
4Caltex CXT Racing TeamColin BondFord Sierra Cosworth RS500
05Mobil 1 RacingPeter BrockFord Sierra Cosworth RS500
6Miedecke MotorsportAndrew MiedeckeFord Sierra Cosworth RS500
7Holden Racing TeamNeil CromptonHolden Commodore VL (TWR)
8Phil Ward Automotive ServicesPhil WardMercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16
9Allan Moffat EnterprisesAllan MoffatFord Sierra Cosworth RS500
10Phil Ward Automotive ServicesGarry JonesMercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16
11Holden Racing TeamLarry PerkinsHolden Commodore VL (TWR)
12Nissan Motor SportMark SkaifeNissan Skyline GTS-R HR-31
13Bob Holden MotorsBob HoldenToyota Corolla AE86 Liftback
14Murray CarterMurray CarterFord Sierra Cosworth RS500
15Les SwallowLes SwallowFord Sierra Cosworth RS500
16Holden Racing TeamWin PercyHolden Commodore VL (TWR)
17Shell Ultra Hi RacingDick JohnsonFord Sierra Cosworth RS500
18Shell Ultra Hi RacingJohn BoweFord Sierra Cosworth RS500
19Caltex CXT Racing TeamKen MathewsFord Sierra Cosworth RS500
20Benson & Hedges RacingNeville CrichtonFord Sierra Cosworth RS500
23BeaurepairesChris LambdenHolden Commodore VL (TWR)
24JagpartsGerald KayHolden Commodore VL (TWR)
25Benson & Hedges RacingTony LonghurstFord Sierra Cosworth RS500
26Tony NoskeTony NoskeHolden Commodore VL (TWR)
28Joe SommarivaJoe SommarivaBMW 635CSi
29Capri ComponentsLawrie NelsonFord Mustang
30Peter Jackson RacingGlenn SetonFord Sierra Cosworth RS500
32Toyota Team AustraliaJohn FaulknerToyota Corolla AE92 Hatch
33Maurice PickeringMaurice PickeringHolden Commodore VK
34Garry RogersGarry RogersHolden Commodore VL (TWR)
35Peter Jackson RacingTBAFord Sierra Cosworth RS500
39David SalaDavid SalaToyota Corolla AE82 Hatch
40F.A.I. Insurance GroupAllan GriceHolden Commodore VL (TWR)
41Leeson Civil EngineeringJohn LeesonHolden Commodore VL (TWR)
42Matt WackerMatt WackerHolden Commodore VL (TWR)
45Lester SmerdonAlf GrantHolden Commodore VL (TWR)
46Riethmuller Pentecost RacingLlynden RiethmullerHolden Commodore VL (TWR)
48MisticWayne ParkHolden Commodore VL (TWR)
51Bob Holden MotorsDennis RogersToyota Corolla AE86 Liftback
52M3 MotorsportJohn CotterBMW M3
53M3 MotorsportPeter DoulmanBMW M3
54Clive SmithClive SmithNissan Skyline DR30
55Playscape Racing AustraliaKevin WaldockFord Sierra Cosworth RS500
80Paul NaughtonPaul NaughtonFord Mustang
86GemsparesDaryl HendrickHolden Commodore VL (TWR)
99Richard ScarfRic ScarfHolden Commodore VK
105Mobil 1 RacingBrad JonesFord Sierra Cosworth RS500

Race 1 (4/11/1989)
Race Distance: 9 laps (15 laps scheduled, race distance reduced due to accident during first start)
Weather: Sunny

A crash and bash affair, this one. Skaife was the first domino to fall, getting punted into the fence as the field exited the chicane on the first lap. The damage ended his weekend. Brock led from Longhurst, Seton, Miedecke, Bowe and Johnson. Bowe was struggling with a misfire, which eventually caused his to spin into the wall when the car cut out mid-corner. Coming down to the final hairpin for the third time, Johnson tapped the back of Miedecke, sending the Kenwood Sierra hard left into the wall. Meanwhile further around the corner, Bond had a half-spin and was collected by Percy. The race was red-flagged as marshalls put out a fire at the front of Miedecke's car, while Miedecke himself went back to the pits to confront Johnson. Miedecke was scheduled to air-freight his car to Fuji for the Intertec 500, but the damage curtailed the plans. Sadly, it would be the last hurrah for Miedecke's independent efforts. He signed a deal to race for Brock in NZ and for 1990, soon putting the Kenwood Sierra on the market and selling the team to Kevin Waldock.

Brock led away from the restart while Johnson made his way into second past Longhurst and Seton down Brabham Straight. Longhurst soon found himself unchallanged out in front as first Brock then Johnson spun out of the lead, and Seton retired with a broken half-shaft. He went on to win the shortened race from a recovering Brock and Percy.

PositionNumberEntrantDriversCarRace Time/LapsRetirement CauseFastest TimeQualifying TimeGrid Position
125Benson & Hedges RacingTony LonghurstFord Sierra Cosworth RS50015m48.01s 1m43.98s1m41.46s2
205Mobil 1 RacingPeter BrockFord Sierra Cosworth RS50015m50.73s 1m43.60s1m41.07s1
316Holden Racing TeamWin PercyHolden Commodore VL (TWR)15m58.15s 1m44.96s1m45.42s9
42Nissan Motor SportJim RichardsNissan Skyline GTS-R HR-3115m59.45s 1m44.85s1m43.19s8
54Caltex CXT Race TeamColin BondFord Sierra Cosworth RS50016m00.69s 1m45.36s1m42.88s6
63Nissan Motor SportGeorge FuryNissan Skyline GTS-R HR-3116m01.90s 1m45.43s1m44.20s12
717Shell Ultra Hi RacingDick JohnsonFord Sierra Cosworth RS50016m04.10s 1m43.02s1m43.00s7
840F.A.I. Insurance GroupAllan GriceHolden Commodore VL (TWR)16m13.16s 1m45.91s1m43.52s10
97Holden Racing TeamNeil CromptonHolden Commodore VL (TWR)16m13.57s 1m46.19s1m45.83s14
1023BeaurepairesChris LambdenHolden Commodore VL (TWR)16m26.27s 1m47.28s1m46.37s 
DNF30Peter Jackson RacingGlenn SetonFord Sierra Cosworth RS5004 lapshalf-shaft1m44.44s1m42.67s4
DNF105Mobil 1 RacingBrad JonesFord Sierra Cosworth RS5002 laps 1m49.10s1m43.83s13
DNS18Shell Ultra Hi RacingJohn BoweFord Sierra Cosworth RS500 accident - first start 1m42.76s5
DNS6Miedecke MotorsportAndrew MiedeckeFord Sierra Cosworth RS500 accident - first start 1m42.10s3
DNS12Nissan Motor SportMark SkaifeNissan Skyline GTS-R HR-31 accident - first start  11

Heat 2 (5/11/1989)
Race Distance: 10 laps
Weather: Rain

The foul weather that plagued the F1 race also afflicted the touring car race, the rain starting to fall with the cars already on the grid. Richards got the jump from the second row to lead early, before Longhurst and Bond passed the Nissan on Brabham Straight. I've haven't seen this race since it happened, and the report in AMRY isn't very extensive, just saying that this race was considerably less incident-packed compared to the previous day.

PositionNumberEntrantDriversCarRace Time/LapsRetirement CauseFastest TimeGrid Position
125Benson & Hedges RacingTony LonghurstFord Sierra Cosworth RS50020m40.20s 2m01.70s1
24Caltex CXT Race TeamColin BondFord Sierra Cosworth RS50020m41.13s 2m01.96s5
317Shell Ultra Hi RacingDick JohnsonFord Sierra Cosworth RS50020m50.07s 2m01.65s7
42Nissan Motor SportJim RichardsNissan Skyline GTS-R HR-3120m52.07s 2m01.93s4
505Mobil 1 RacingPeter BrockFord Sierra Cosworth RS50020m52.64s 2m01.79s2
640F.A.I. Insurance GroupAllan GriceHolden Commodore VL (TWR)21m02.81s 2m03.12s8
73Nissan Motor SportGeorge FuryNissan Skyline GTS-R HR-3121m15.76s 2m02.06s6
88Phil Ward Automotive ServicesPhil WardMercedes-Benz 190E-1621m20.78s 2m05.28s 
97Holden Racing TeamNeil CromptonHolden Commodore VL (TWR)21m22.08s 2m04.68s9
10105Mobil 1 RacingBrad JonesFord Sierra Cosworth RS50021m22.67s 2m02.24s 
DNF16Holden Racing TeamWin PercyHolden Commodore VL (TWR) tyres 3
DNS6Miedecke MotorsportAndrew MiedeckeFord Sierra Cosworth RS500 accident - race 1  
DNS12Nissan Motor SportMark SkaifeNissan Skyline GTS-R HR-31 accident - race 1  
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What was the significance of "I.C.L Racing" being the entrant of the Grice car at Bathurst in '88 and at Winton and Bathurst in 1989? It was still the same Roadways team under Les Small as had been the case in 1987 wasn't it?
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ICL Racing was the entrant of both cars in 1988. Both were built by Les Small for Garry Rogers, presumably ICL Racing Pty Ltd was Rogers' company.

The Roadways team was disbanded at the end of 1987 when Grice went to Europe with Nissan. While the 1988 and 1989 entries were crewed by mainly ex Roadways personnel including Les Small as team manager I think it was still referred to as Roadways out of habit, bit like Brock's team was still referred to as the HDT after 1987.
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I'm pretty sure Roadways was kept together. They had a bit of work from privateer Commodore teams, plus a lot of work courtesy of the new AUSCAR category. IIRC they ran Steve Harrington's AUSCAR efforts and built a brand new VN AUSCAR for Grice in 1989.
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Unless I am very much mistaken, Roadways Pty Limited was a Tasmanian ashphalt and contracting company associated with the Harrington family. Indeed the Roadways brand appeared on the cars of Mr Grice, especially when Mr Harrington drove either the primary or secondary cars for that team

In 1986, the 'Roadways of Tasmania' brand appeared on the grille of the Bathurst winning Grice VK..

The racing team became known as Roadways Racing Services, presumably borne out of I.C.L. Racing P/L, Here which seems to have evolved from Mr Browne's ReCar Racing equipe.

ReCar was a Grice sponsor for many years, as car owner in the Group C days, to sponsor on the Group A VL Commodore in the late 1980s

Interestingly Roadways Pty Ltd is still in existence, Here and were sponsors of Sam Walter's Fujitsu series, and endurance series racing in the last few years

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