1996 Australian Touring Car season

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1996 Australian Touring Car season
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The 1996 Australian Touring Car season was the 37th year of touring car racing in Australia since the first runnings of the Australian Touring Car Championship and the fore-runner of the present day Bathurst 1000, the Armstrong 500.

Two major touring car categories raced in Australia during 1996, V8 Supercar and Super Touring. Between them there were 26 touring car race meetings held during 1996; a ten round series for V8 Supercars, the 1996 Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC); an eight round series for Super Touring, the 1996 Australian Super Touring Championship (ASTC); a two event series in New Zealand, support programme events at the 1996 Australian Grand Prix and 1996 Bartercard Indycar Australia and two stand alone long distance races, nicknamed 'enduros'.

Season review[edit]

Results and Standings[edit]

Race Calendar[edit]

The 1996 Australian touring car season consisted of 26 events.

Date Series Circuit City / State Winner Team Car Report
27 Jan ATCC Round 1 Eastern Creek Raceway Sydney, New South Wales Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore
4 Feb ATCC Round 2 Sandown International Raceway Melbourne, Victoria Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore
25 Feb ATCC Round 3 Mount Panorama Circuit Bathurst, New South Wales John Bowe Dick Johnson Racing Ford EF Falcon
9 - 10 Mar Super Touring Car Race Albert Park street circuit Melbourne, Victoria Geoff Brabham Paul Morris Motorsport BMW 318i
TAC Touring Cars Peter Brock Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore
17 Mar ATCC Round 4 Symmons Plains Raceway Launceston, Tasmania Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore
30 - 31 Mar Super Touring Cars Surfers Paradise street circuit Surfers Paradise, Queensland Greg Murphy Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro
EA Sports Touring Cars John Bowe Dick Johnson Racing Ford EF Falcon
14 Apr ATCC Round 5 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Phillip Island, Victoria Larry Perkins Perkins Engineering Holden VR Commodore
28 Apr ATCC Round 6 Calder Park Raceway Melbourne, Victoria Russell Ingall Perkins Engineering Holden VR Commodore
5 May ATCC Round 7 Lakeside International Raceway Brisbane, Queensland Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore
19 May ASTC Round 1 Amaroo Park Sydney, New South Wales Brad Jones Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro
26 May ATCC Round 8 Barbagallo Raceway Perth, Western Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore
2 Jun ATCC Round 9 Mallala Motor Sport Park Adelaide, South Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore
17 Jun ATCC Round 10 Oran Park Raceway Sydney, New South Wales Peter Brock Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore
23 Jun ASTC Round 2 Lakeside International Raceway Brisbane, Queensland Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport BMW 318i
14 Jul ASTC Round 3 Amaroo Park Sydney, New South Wales Brad Jones Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro
11 Aug ASTC Round 4 Mallala Motor Sport Park Adelaide, South Australia Greg Murphy Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro
25 Aug ASTC Round 5 Winton Motor Raceway Benalla, Victoria Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport BMW 318i
8 Sep Tickford 500 Sandown International Raceway Melbourne, Victoria Craig Lowndes
Greg Murphy
Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore report
22 Sep ASTC Round 6 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Phillip Island, Victoria Greg Murphy Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro
5 - 6 Oct Super Touring Mount Panorama Circuit Bathurst, New South Wales Jim Richards Volvo Dealer Racing Volvo 850
AMP Bathurst 1000 Craig Lowndes
Greg Murphy
Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore report
27 Oct ASTC Round 7 Lakeside International Raceway Brisbane, Queensland Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport BMW 318i
9 Nov ASTC Round 8 Oran Park Raceway Sydney, New South Wales Brad Jones Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro
17 Nov Pukekohe Mobil Sprints Pukekohe Park Raceway Pukekohe, New Zealand Greg Murphy Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore
24 Nov Wellington Mobil Sprints Wellington street circuit Wellington, New Zealand John Bowe Dick Johnson Racing Ford EF Falcon

Australian Touring Car Championship[edit]

Formula 1 Super Touring support race[edit]

This meeting was a support event of the 1996 Australian Grand Prix.

Driver No. Team Car Race 1 Race 2
Australia Geoff Brabham 83 BMW Motorsport Australia BMW 320i 1 1
Australia Paul Morris 1 BMW Motorsport Australia BMW 320i 2 2
New Zealand Jim Richards 77 Ross Palmer Motorsport Ford Mondeo 5 3
Australia Brad Jones 3 Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro 4 4
New Zealand Greg Murphy 4 Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro 3 5
Australia Peter Brock 05 Volvo Cars Australia Volvo 850 6 6
New Zealand Steven Richards 34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Alfa Romeo 155 8 7
Australia Mark Adderton 96 Phoenix Motorsport Peugeot 405 Mi16 9 8
Australia Paul Nelson 15 Bob Holden Motors BMW M3 DNF 9
Australia Justin Mathews 16 Bob Holden Motors BMW 318i 11 10
Australia Cameron McLean 12 Greenfield Mowers Racing BMW 318i DNF 11
Australia Peter Hills 88 Knight Racing Ford Sierra 13 12
Australia John Mann 31 Craig Lawless Peugeot 405 Mi16 14 13
Australia Geoff Full 95 Phoenix Motorsport Peugeot 405 Mi16 7 DNF
Australia Bob Holden 13 Bob Holden Motors BMW M3 12 DNF
Australia Les May 20 Les May Racing BMW M3 10 DNF

TAC Touring Cars[edit]

This meeting was a support event of the 1996 Australian Grand Prix.

Driver No. Team Car Race 1 Race 2
Australia Peter Brock 05 Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore 2 1
Australia John Bowe 1 Dick Johnson Racing Ford EF Falcon 3 2
Australia Glenn Seton 30 Glenn Seton Racing Ford EF Falcon 1 3
Australia Russell Ingall 8 Perkins Engineering Holden VR Commodore 7 4
Australia Mark Skaife 2 Gibson Motorsport Holden VR Commodore DNF 5
New Zealand Steven Richards 32 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VR Commodore 13 6
Australia Wayne Gardner 4 Wayne Gardner Racing Holden VR Commodore DNF 7
Australia Steve Ellery 52 Steven Ellery Racing Ford EF Falcon 11 8
Australia Neil Crompton 7 Wayne Gardner Racing Holden VR Commodore DNF 9
Australia Dick Johnson 17 Dick Johnson Racing Ford EF Falcon 19 10
Australia Tony Longhurst 25 Longhurst Racing Ford EF Falcon 10 11
Australia Terry Finnigan 27 Holden VP Commodore 22 12
Australia Alan Jones 301 Alan Jones Racing Ford EF Falcon 5 13
New Zealand John Faulkner 46 John Faulkner Racing Holden VR Commodore 8 14
Australia David Parsons 55 David Parsons Holden VR Commodore 16 15
Australia Mark Poole 38 James Rosenberg Racing Holden VR Commodore 24 16
Australia Trevor Ashby 3 Lansvale Racing Team Holden VP Commodore DNF 17
Australia Chris Smerdon 39 Challenge Motorsport Holden VR Commodore 23 18
Australia Peter McLeod 50 Holden VR Commodore 25 19
Australia Malcolm Stenniken 14 Holden VR Commodore 21 20
Australia Bob Jones 43 Bob Jones Racing Holden VP Commodore 20 21
Australia John Trimbole 47 Daily Planet Racing Ford EB Falcon 18 22
Australia Larry Perkins 11 Perkins Engineering Holden VR Commodore 6 23
Australia Craig Lowndes 15 Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore 4 DNF
Australia Paul Romano 201 Alan Jones Racing Ford EF Falcon 15 DNF
Australia Max Dumesny 75 John Sidney Racing Ford EF Falcon 12 DNF
Australia Mark Larkham 10 Larkham Motor Sport Ford EF Falcon 14 DNF
Australia Peter Doulman 29 M3 Motorsport Holden VP Commodore 9 DNF
Australia Wayne Russell 62 Holden VP Commodore DNF DNF
Australia Kevin Heffernan 74 PACE Racing Holden VP Commodore 17 DNF

Champ Car Super Touring support race[edit]

This meeting was a support event of the 1996 Bartercard Indycar Australia.

Driver No. Team Car Race 1 Race 2
New Zealand Greg Murphy 4 Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro 2 1
New Zealand Jim Richards 77 Ross Palmer Motorsport Ford Mondeo 5 2
Australia Charlie O'Brien 10 BMW International BMW 318i 1 3
Australia Peter Brock 05 Volvo Cars Australia Volvo 850 4 4
Australia Cameron McLean 12 Greenfield Mowers Racing BMW 318i 5
United States Kevin Schwantz 97 Phoenix Motorsport Peugeot 405 Mi16 3 6
Australia Geoff Full 95 Phoenix Motorsport Peugeot 405 Mi16 7 7
Australia Stephen Voight 18 BMW M3 8
Australia Justin Mathews 16 Bob Holden Motors BMW 318i 9 9
Australia Paul Pickett 58 Triple P Racing Hyundai Lantra 10
New Zealand Miles Pope 36 BMW International BMW 318i 11
Australia Kurt Kratzmann 33 Ford Sierra 12
Australia Bob Holden 13 Bob Holden Motors BMW M3 13
Australia Paul Nelson 15 Bob Holden Motors BMW M3 14
New Zealand Steven Richards 34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Alfa Romeo 155 8 15
Australia Geoff Brabham 83 BMW Motorsport Australia BMW 318i DNF DNF
Australia Paul Morris 1 BMW Motorsport Australia BMW 318i 6 DNF
Australia Brad Jones 3 Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro DNF DNS

EA Sports Touring Cars[edit]

This meeting was a support event of the 1996 Bartercard Indycar Australia.

Driver No. Team Car Race 1 Race 2
Australia John Bowe 1 Dick Johnson Racing Ford EF Falcon 1 1
Australia Peter Brock 05 Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore 2 2
Australia Russell Ingall 8 Perkins Engineering Holden VR Commodore 8 3
Australia Alan Jones 301 Alan Jones Racing Ford EF Falcon 4 4
Australia Dick Johnson 17 Dick Johnson Racing Ford EF Falcon 3 5
Australia Mark Skaife 2 Gibson Motorsport Holden VR Commodore 9 6
Australia Larry Perkins 11 Perkins Engineering Holden VR Commodore 5 7
Australia Glenn Seton 30 Glenn Seton Racing Ford EF Falcon 7 8
Australia Tony Longhurst 25 Longhurst Racing Ford EF Falcon 10 9
New Zealand John Faulkner 46 John Faulkner Racing Holden VR Commodore 13 10
Australia Steve Ellery 52 Steven Ellery Racing Ford EF Falcon 14 11
Australia Brad Jones 4 Wayne Gardner Racing Holden VR Commodore 12 12
Australia Mark Poole 38 James Rosenberg Racing Holden VR Commodore 18 13
Australia Mal Rose 44 Mal Rose Racing Holden VR Commodore 20 14
Australia Terry Finnigan 27 Holden VP Commodore 15 15
Australia Neil Crompton 7 Wayne Gardner Racing Holden VR Commodore DNF 16
Australia Paul Romano 201 Alan Jones Racing Ford EF Falcon DNS 17
Australia Max Dumesny 75 John Sidney Racing Ford EF Falcon 16 18
Australia Steve Reed 3 Lansvale Racing Team Holden VP Commodore DNF 19
Australia Kevin Waldock 28 Playscape Racing Ford EF Falcon 21 20
New Zealand Steven Richards 32 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VR Commodore 11 21
Australia Wayne Russell 62 Holden VP Commodore 22 22
Australia Kevin Heffernan 74 PACE Racing Holden VP Commodore DNF 23
Australia Mark Larkham 10 Larkham Motor Sport Ford EF Falcon 17 DNF
Australia Chris Smerdon 39 Challenge Motorsport Holden VR Commodore 19 DNF
Australia Craig Lowndes 15 Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore 6 DNF

Australian Super Touring Championship[edit]

Tickford 500[edit]

Main article: 1996 Tickford 500

Bathurst 1000 Super Touring support race[edit]

This meeting was a support event of the 1996 AMP Bathurst 1000.

Driver No. Team Car Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
New Zealand Jim Richards 05 Volvo Cars Australia Volvo 850 2 2 1
Australia Brad Jones 3 Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro 3 9 2
Australia Paul Morris 1 BMW Motorsport Australia BMW 318i 4 DNS 3
New Zealand Craig Baird 10 BMW Motorsport Australia BMW 318i 1 1 4
Australia Geoff Brabham 83 BMW Motorsport Australia BMW 318i 7 3 5
Italy Tamara Vidali 4 Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro 5 4 6
Australia Geoff Full 95 Phoenix Motorsport Peugeot 405 Mi16 DNF DNF 7
Australia Justin Mathews 16 Bob Holden Motors BMW 318i 10 DNS 8
Australia Bob Tweedie 36 BMW International BMW 318i 9 6 9
Australia Kurt Kratzmann 33 Ford Sierra 11 8 10
Australia Bob Holden 13 Bob Holden Motors BMW M3 DNS DNS 11
Australia Stephen Voight 28 BMW M3 8 5 12
Australia Paul Nelson 16 Bob Holden Motors BMW 318i DNS 7 DNS
Australia Mark Adderton 96 Phoenix Motorsport Peugeot 405 Mi16 6 10 DNS
Australia Dennis Rogers 13 Bob Holden Motors BMW M3 12 DNS DNS
Australia Ross Jones 58 Triple P Racing BMW 318iS DNS DNS DNS

AMP Bathurst 1000[edit]

Mobil New Zealand Sprints[edit]

This was a two event invitational series held in New Zealand late in 1996. Seven teams (two of them with just a single car) were freighted to New Zealand and held three races at each of two events held at Pukekohe Park Raceway and a Wellington street circuit. Points were allocated 20-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 for each of the six races.

Driver No. Team Car Pukekohe Wellington Total
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
New Zealand Greg Murphy 1 Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore 1 1 1 6 3 1 102
Australia John Bowe 18 Dick Johnson Racing Ford EF Falcon 7 2 3 1 1 4 88
Australia Glenn Seton 30 Glenn Seton Racing Ford EF Falcon 2 7 6 5 5 3 64
New Zealand Paul Radisich 6 Alan Jones Racing Ford EF Falcon 4 DNS DNF 4 4 2 52
Australia Dick Johnson 17 Dick Johnson Racing Ford EF Falcon 6 4 4 8 10 8 41
Australia Neil Crompton 4 Wayne Gardner Racing Holden VR Commodore DNF DNS DNS 3 2 5 40
Australia Larry Perkins 11 Perkins Engineering Holden VP Commodore Ret 8 5 2 Ret 7 36
Australia Russell Ingall 8 Perkins Engineering Holden VR Commodore 8 6 7 7 6 Ret 32
Australia Tony Longhurst 25 Longhurst Racing Ford EF Falcon 9 5 2 12 9 Ret 30
Australia Peter Brock 05 Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore 3 9 8 10 7 Ret 27
Australia Alan Jones 9 Alan Jones Racing Ford EF Falcon 5 3 Ret 9 DNS DNS 26
Australia Wayne Gardner 7 Wayne Gardner Racing Holden VR Commodore DNF DNS DNS 11 8 6 12