1990 Australian Touring Car Championship
|1990 Australian Touring Car Championship|
The 1990 Shell Ultra Australian Touring Car Championship was the 31st running of the Australian Touring Car Championship. It began on 25 February 1990 at Amaroo Park and ended on 15 July at Oran Park Raceway after 8 rounds. The championship was open to drivers of Touring Cars complying with CAMS Group 3A regulations.
The championship was won for the third time by Jim Richards, driving for Nissan Motorsport Australia, utilising both Skyline HR31 GTS-R and the new Skyline R32 GT-R during one of the most competitive seasons in the history of the championship.
Teams and drivers
The following drivers and teams competed in the 1990 Australian Touring Car Championship.
The opening three rounds of the series continued the story of the previous two seasons with the Ford Sierra RS500's of Dick Johnson Racing team mates Dick Johnson (winner of Symmons Plains and Phillip Island) and John Bowe dominating podiums with only the tight nature of the Amaroo Park layout giving another driver a look-in, namely the Nissan Skyline of Jim Richards who held off Bowe in a race long duel to win the season's opening round. Another tight track at Winton Motor Raceway gave Richards his second victory of the year with team-mates Tony Longhurst and Alan Jones putting their Benson & Hedges Sierras ahead of the DJR pair onto the podium (the Longhurst Sierra's were generally acknowledged as most powerful of the Blue Oval's cars at some 590 bhp (440 kW; 598 PS)). Lakeside Raceway saw a complete upset with Colin Bond winning from Peter Brock in his Mobil Sierra and HRT driver Win Percy in what would prove be Holden's only podium finish of the season.
Colin Bond made it two in a row at Mallala after Mark Skaife's spectacular debut of Nissan's new 4WD, twin turbo Skyline R32 GT-R, which was nicknamed Godzilla, ended with a broken hub after storming to the lead in the early laps. As at Lakeside, Bond's steady, though unspectacular race pace paid off and as others fell away, his Caltex Sierra emerged in front. Peter Brock broke through for his first victory of the year at Wanneroo, while a broken axle to Johnson saw his points lead surrendered to Richards who finished fourth in his first race of the new GT-R. Ahead of the Oran Park Raceway finale Richards held a three point lead over Johnson, with Bond and Brock still in it, eleven and twelve points behind. Bowe, winless despite his form, was too far behind. Richards, again in the GT-R, dominated Oran Park, making the points calculations irrelevant. Second place allowed Brock to slip past Johnson and Bond into the series runner's up position. Behind Bowe, Longhurst was sixth after an inconsistent season ahead of Seton's Sierra. Percy was the best of the Holdens in eighth ahead of Jones and Gregg Hansford who only had a partial season in Allan Moffat's Sierra.
Results and standings
The 1990 Australian Touring Car Championship consisted of 8 rounds with one race per round. Each race was slightly under one hour in duration.
|Rd.||Race Title||Circuit||City / State||Date||Winner||Team||Report|
|1||Amaroo||Amaroo Park||Sydney, New South Wales||23 – 25 Feb||Jim Richards||Nissan Motorsport Australia|
|2||Launceston||Symmons Plains Raceway||Launceston, Tasmania||9 – 11 Mar||Dick Johnson||Shell Ultra-Hi Racing|
|3||Phillip Island||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit||Phillip Island, Victoria||23 – 25 Mar||Dick Johnson||Shell Ultra-Hi Racing|
|4||Winton||Winton Motor Raceway||Benalla, Victoria||6 – 8 Apr||Jim Richards||Nissan Motorsport Australia|
|5||Lakeside||Lakeside International Raceway||Brisbane, Queensland||4 – 6 May||Colin Bond||Caltex CXT Racing|
|6||Mallala||Mallala Motor Sport Park||Mallala, South Australia||8 – 10 Jun||Colin Bond||Caltex CXT Racing|
|7||Wanneroo||Barbagallo Raceway||Perth, Western Australia||22 – 24 Jun||Peter Brock||Mobil 1 Racing|
|8||Oran Park||Oran Park Raceway||Sydney, New South Wales||13 – 15 Jul||Jim Richards||Nissan Motorsport Australia|
Points were awarded 20–15–12–10–8–6–4–3–2–1 based on the top ten race positions. The pointscore system required a driver to drop his/her worst round result.
- CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 1990, Page 173
- Clarke, Andrew (August 1990). "Nissan's First, Richards' Third". In Clarke, Andrew. Racing Car News (Hornsby: Chevron Publishing Group): 42.
- Official V8 Supercar site Contains historical ATCC information.
- Records,Titles and Awards at www.camsmanual.com.au