1978 Hardie-Ferodo 1000
|1978 Hardie-Ferodo 1000|
The 1978 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 was the 19th running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race. It was held on October 1, 1978 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst. The race was open to cars eligible to the locally developed CAMS Group C touring car regulations with three engine capacity based classes.
The race was won by Peter Brock, his third win, and Sports Sedan racer Jim Richards, his first. The pair drove a Holden Dealer Team Holden Torana to a single lap victory over another Torana, that of Allan Grice and Formula 5000 driver John Leffler. Third was the first of the Ford Falcons, that of veteran Murray Carter and New Zealand open wheel great Graeme Lawrence. Richards became the first New Zealander to win the race and it was the Holden Dealer Teams third win.
1978 saw the introduction of the Hardies Heroes Top 10 runoff for pole position, devised by race broadcaster Channel 7 and the ARDC for extra television time. Drivers drew the order in which they would run out of a hat with the order being Grice, Brock, Brabham, Johnson, Bell, Morris, Wigston, Bond, French and Moffat. Each driver had two, one lap runs to set a quick time, though the second lap was optional.
|Pole||05||Marlboro Holden Dealer Team||Peter Brock||Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback||2:20.006|
|2||2||Moffat Ford Dealers||Colin Bond||Ford XC Falcon Cobra||2:20.871|
|3||1||Moffat Ford Dealers||Allan Moffat||Ford XC Falcon Cobra||2:21.597|
|4||7||Ron Hodgson / Channel 7 Racing Team||Bob Morris||Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback||2:21.766|
|5||27||Ron Hodgson / Channel 7 Racing Team||Derek Bell||Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback||2:24.602|
|6||17||Bryan Byrt Ford||Dick Johnson||Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop||2:25.632|
|7||6||Craven Mild Racing||Allan Grice||Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback||2:25.950|
|8||8||Jack Brabham Holdings Pty Ltd||Jack Brabham||Holden LX Torana SS A9X 4 Door||2:25.988|
|9||20||Roadways / Gown-Hindhaugh||Garth Wigston||Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback||2:26.144|
|10||32||Bryan Byrt Ford||John French||Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop||2:30.244|
* Bob Morris was fastest qualifier going into Hardies Heroes with a 2:21.7 lap.
* Dick Johnson made the first of 20 consecutive starts in the Top 10 runoff at Bathurst.
* Peter Brock's pole time of 2:20.006 would stand as the fastest pole time at Bathurst until Allan Grice recorded a 2:17.501 to claim pole in 1982.
- Provisional Pole Position - #7 Bob Morris - 2:21.7
- Pole Position - #05 Peter Brock - 2:20.006
- Fastest Lap - #1 Allan Moffat - 2:22.0 (lap record)
- Average Speed - 149 km/h
- Race Time - 6:45:53.9
- Australia's Greatest Motor Race, 1960-1989, page 308
- Greenhalgh, David; Thomas B. Floyd; Bill Tuckey (2000). Australia's Greatest Motor Race 1960-1999. Chevron Publishing Group. pp. 234–241 & 466. ISBN 1-875221-12-3.
- CAMS Manual reference to Australian titles
- race results
- Autopics Bathurst images
- Official Programme, 1978 Hardie-Ferodo 1000