1961 Armstrong 500
|1961 Armstrong 500|
The 1961 Armstrong 500 was an endurance motor race for standard production sedans. The event was held at the Phillip Island circuit in Victoria, Australia on 19 November 1961 over 167 laps of the 3.0 mile circuit, a total of 501 miles (807 km).
It was the second event held in the combined history of the Bathurst 1000, which had begun the previous year with the first Armstrong 500. Interest had waned since the previous year with the entry for this year the lowest in the races history until the fields were restricted to V8 Supercars only in 1995.
Geoff Russell and David Anderson backed up their 1960 class victory in their Peugeot 403 by winning class again, although the changes in class capacity limits put them against slower opposition. Bob Jane and Harry Firth were the only combination to complete the full race distance, earning the pair the first of their four outright race wins, although the concept of outright race win would not be officially recognised until 1965. Mercedes-Benz, Studebaker and Renault all took their first class wins.
|1||43||York Motors||David McKay
|2||41||WF Coad||Frank Coad
|3||44||Canada Cycle & Motor Co||Fred Sutherland
|1||32||Autoland Pty Ltd||Bob Jane
|2||35||KJ Harper||Ken Harper
|Ford Falcon XK||161|
|Disq||33||IM Strachan||Ian Strachan
|1||24||GLA Russell||Geoff Russell
|2||26||W Cox||Bill Coe
|3||22||BJ Auto Service||Bob Brown
|1||3||Monash Service Station||Jim Gullan
|2||4||WM March||Bill March
|3||9||JGR Poulton||George Poulton
|5||15||Alan Coffey Motors||Lou Molina
Note : Officially, only class results were recognised, however, as the Mercedes-Benz driven by Bob Jane and Harry Firth was the only car to complete the full 500 mile distance, it is generally considered to be the "winner" of the race.
- Fastest Lap - #32 Jane/Firth - 2:41 - Laps 14 & 121
- Race Time - 8:00:31
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