1977 Rothmans 500

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The 1977 Rothmans 500 was an endurance race for Group C Touring Cars. The event was staged at the Oran Park Raceway in New South Wales on 12 June 1977 over 222 laps of the “Grand Prix”circuit, totalling 582 km. Competing cars were divided into the following three classes based on engine capacity:

  • Class A: Over 3000 cc
  • Class B: 2001 - 3000 cc
  • Class C: Up to 2000 cc

This was the first of two “Rothmans 500” events held at Oran Park, the second and final race being the 1978 Rothmans 500.

Results[edit]

Position Drivers No. Car Entrant Class Laps
1 Warren Cullen, Brian Sampson 12 Holden Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Pioneer Electronics A 222
2 Bob Forbes, Kevin Bartlett 10 Holden Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Andronicus Coffee A 221
3 Lakis Manticas, Doug Chivas Ford Capri V6 City Ford B 220
4 Murray Carter, Bob Stevens Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop Brian Wood Ford A 219
5 Don Holland, Terry Shiel Mazda RX-3 Penrith Mazda Centre B 217
6 Garth Wigston, Bruce Hindhaugh Holden Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Roadways A 216
7 David Seldon, Graeme Lawrence Triumph Dolomite Sprint Orange City Leyland C 215
8 Garry Willmington, Jeff Barnes Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop Austral Hardware A 215
9 Lynn Brown, Bruce Stewart Mazda RX-3 James Mason Motors B 214
10 John Duggan, Brian Wheeler Mazda RX-3 W. Torr B 214
11 Frank Porter, Jim Murcott Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT Beninca Motors C 211
12 Brian Potts, Steve Land Mazda RX-3 Brian Potts B 211
13 Gary Cooke, Ben Penhall Mazda RX-3 Mayrack Manufacturers B 210
14 Ron Gillard, Bill Slattery Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV Freds Treads C 208
15 Arthur Hardwick, Phil Alexander Mazda RX-3 Arthur Hardwick B 208
16 Geoff Leeds, Ralph Radburn Mazda RX-3 Craven Mild Racing B 204
17 Les Grose, Bill Stanley Ford Capri V6 Les Grose B 196
18 Barry Lee, Milton Leslight BMW 2002 Chevelle Motors C 170
19 Peter Granger, Terry Ryan BMW 2002 Bob Glazier C 127
20 Stephen Evans, Joe Butta Morris Cooper S Stephen Evans C 111
DNF Stanley, Mahnken Holden Torana SL/R 5000 L34 A 196
DNF Daly, Barry Jones Ford Escort RS2000 C 193
DNF Barry Seton, Don Smith Ford Capri V6 Amco B 159
DNF Schofield, Lucas Holden Torana LJ GTR XU-1 A 148
DNF Brian Callaghan, Pellatt Holden Torana SL/R 5000 L34 A 140
DNF John Goss, Leo Leonard 2 Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop John Goss Racing A 120
DNF John Harvey, Wayne Negus 76 Holden Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Holden Dealer Team A 111
DNF Allan Moffat, Colin Bond 1 Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop Allan Moffat Ford Dealers A 91
DNF Peter Brock, Phil Brock 15 Holden Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Bill Patterson Racing A 84
DNF Russell Skaife, Bob Muir Ford Capri V6 B 73
DNF Ron Dickson, Fred Gibson Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop A 58
DNF Farrar, Millard Ford Capri V6 B 52
DNF Allen, Ray Gulson Chrysler Valiant Charger A 49
DNF Allen, Martin Holden Torana SL/R 5000 L34 A 39
DNF Booth, Christie Triumph Dolomite Sprint C 27
DNF Allan Grice, Jack Brabham Holden Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Craven Mild Racing A 24
DNF Bryant, Gall Mazda RX-3 B 8
DNF Nuttall, White Fiat 124S C 6
DNF Chris Heyer, Lander Volkswagen Golf C 2
DNF Dick Johnson, Jim Richards 19 Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop A 0

References[edit]

  • A History of Australian Motor Sport © 1980
  • Holden, The Official Racing History © 1989
  • Racing Car News, July 1977
  • Racing Car News, July 1987
  • The History of the Falcon GT, by Stewart Wilson
  • The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday, 13 June 1977