1975 Phillip Island 500K

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The 1975 Phillip Island 500K was an endurance race for Touring Cars complying with CAMS Group C regulations. The event was held at the Phillip Island circuit in Victoria, Australia on 23 November 1975. Race distance was 106 laps of the 4.73 km circuit for a race distance of 501 km.

There were 48 starters in the event, which event was the fifth and final round of the 1975 Australian Manufacturers' Championship.

The race was won by Peter Brock driving for the Gown-Hindhaugh team continuing a run of good results since Brock had left the Holden Dealer Team the previous year. Brock took a four lap win over fellow Holden Torana racer Allan Grice. Attrition bit heavily into a field low on strength in the faster cars the compete at other Australian Manufacturers' Championship events, to the point that a well driven race by the Ford Escort RS2000 of Jim Murcott and Rod Stevens brought them third place, five laps behind Brock.

Class structure[edit]

The field was divided into four engine capacity classes:

  • Class A: Up to 1300cc
  • Class B: 1301–2000cc
  • Class C: 2001 – 3000cc
  • Class D: 3001 – 6000cc

Results[edit]

Position Drivers No. Car Entrant Class Laps
1 Peter Brock 5 Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 Gown – Hindhaugh D 106
2 Allan Grice Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 D 102
3 Jim Murcott
Rod Stevens
41 Ford Escort RS2000 B 101
4 Kelvin Gough 10 Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 D 100
5 Fred Gibson Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV B 98
6 Gary Cooke
Neil Mason
Mazda RX-3 B 98
7 Lawrie Nelson 13 Ford Capri GT3000 C 98
8 John Goss Ford XB Falcon GT D 97
9 Craig Bradtke Mazda RX-3 C 97
10 Bill Evans Datsun 1200 A 96
11 Graeme Blanchard Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 D 96
12 Rod McRae Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 D 95
13 Cam Richardson Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 D 95
14 Phil George Datsun 240K B 93
15 Bob Nissen Ford Capri V6 C 91
16 Max de Jersey
Neil West
Honda Civic A 90
17 Robin Dudfield Alfa Romeo GT Junior A 90
18 Caroline O'Shanesy Morris Cooper S A 88
19 Ray Molloy Leyland Clubman GT A 83
20 Alan Broome
Frank Brewster
Alfa Romeo GT Junior A 83
21 B Derrick Ford Escort GT A
Other starters included the following
 ? B Porter
J Ainsley
54 Mazda 1300 A
 ? Colin Campbell Ford Escort RS2000 B
 ? Ken Harrison Ford Escort GT A
 ? Max McGinley 51 Honda Civic A
 ? Ross Wemyss Mercedes-Benz 280E
 ? V Evans Ford Escort GT A
DNF Colin Bond Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team D
DNF Frank Porter Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV Beninca
DNF Geoff Wade Ford Escort GT A
DNF Jim Keogh Ford XB Falcon GT D
DNF John Pollard Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 D
DNF John Stoopman Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 D
DNF Murray Carter Ford XB Falcon GT D
DNF Paul Benasconi Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
DNF Peter Janson Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 D
DNF Stuart Saker Holden Torana GTR XU-1 D
DNF Warren Cullen Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 D

References[edit]

  • Australian Competition Yearbook, 1976 Edition
  • Racing Car News, January 1976
  • The Australian Racing History of Ford, © 1989
  • The Official Racing History of Holden, © 1988