1997 Tickford 500

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The 1997 Tickford 500 was an endurance motor race for V8 Supercars.[1] It was held on 14 September 1997 at the Sandown Raceway [1] in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and was the 32nd running of the Sandown 500.

The race was won by Craig Lowndes and Greg Murphy, driving a Holden VS Commodore [1] for the Mobil Holden Racing Team.[2]

Qualifying[edit]

The fastest lap in qualifying was set by Mark Skaife at 1:11.3142.

Top ten shootout[edit]

Pos No Team Driver Car
Pole 05 Mobil Holden Racing Team Australia Mark Skaife Holden VS Commodore
2 10 Larkham Motor Sport Australia Mark Larkham Ford EL Falcon
3 1 Glenn Seton Racing Australia Glenn Seton Ford EL Falcon
4 9 Alan Jones Racing Australia Alan Jones Ford EL Falcon
5 97 Holden Young Lions Australia Jason Bargwanna Holden VS Commodore
6 15 Mobil Holden Racing Team New Zealand Greg Murphy Holden VS Commodore
7 46 John Faulkner Racing New Zealand John Faulkner Holden VS Commodore
8 7 Wayne Gardner Racing Australia Wayne Gardner Holden VS Commodore
9 17 Dick Johnson Racing Australia Dick Johnson Ford EL Falcon
10 25 Tony Longhurst Racing Australia Tony Longhurst Ford EL Falcon

Official results[edit]

Pos. [1] No. [2] Team Drivers [1] Car [1] Laps [1]
1 15 Mobil Holden Racing Team Australia Craig Lowndes
New Zealand Greg Murphy
Holden VS Commodore 157
2 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Larry Perkins
Australia Russell Ingall
Holden VS Commodore 157
3 9 Alan Jones Racing Australia Alan Jones
Australia Jason Bright
Ford EL Falcon 157
4 46 John Faulkner Racing New Zealand John Faulkner
United Kingdom Win Percy
Holden VS Commodore 156
5 34 Garry Rogers Motorsport New Zealand Steven Richards
New Zealand Jim Richards
Holden VS Commodore 155
6 7 Wayne Gardner Racing Australia Wayne Gardner
Australia Neil Crompton
Holden VS Commodore 155
7 18 Dick Johnson Racing Australia Steven Johnson
New Zealand Craig Baird
Ford EL Falcon 154
8 45 Gibson Motor Sport Australia Darren Hossack
Australia Steven Ellery
Holden VR Commodore 154
9 97 Holden Young Lions Australia Jason Bargwanna
Australia Mark Noske
Holden VS Commodore 153
10 25 Tony Longhurst Racing Australia Tony Longhurst
Australia Charlie O'Brien
Ford EL Falcon 151
11 1 Glenn Seton Racing Australia Glenn Seton
Australia David Parsons
Ford EL Falcon 150
12 05 Mobil Holden Racing Team Australia Peter Brock
Australia Mark Skaife
Holden VS Commodore 150
13 12 Rod Smith Racing Australia Bruce Williams
Australia Paul Gover
Holden VS Commodore 148
14 26 M3 Motorsport Australia Peter Doulman
Australia John Cotter
Holden VP Commodore 148
15 24 Romano Racing Australia Paul Romano
Australia Allan Grice
Holden VS Commodore 144
16 14 Malcolm Stenniken Australia Malcolm Stenniken
New Zealand Norris Miles
Holden VR Commodore 144
17 16 Castrol Cougars Australia Melinda Price
Australia Kerryn Brewer
Holden VS Commodore 139
18 49 Greg Crick Motorsport Australia Greg Crick [3]
Australia Peter Fitzgerald
Australia Terry Finnigan
Holden VR Commodore 132
DNF 47 CDB Bottle Magic Racing Australia John Trimbole
Australia Tomas Mezera
Holden VS Commodore [4] [5] 128
DNF 28 Playscape Racing Australia Kevin Waldock
Australia John Smith
Ford EF Falcon 112
DNF 17 Dick Johnson Racing Australia Dick Johnson
Australia John Bowe
Ford EL Falcon 108
DNF 79 Cadillac Productions Australia Mike Conway
Australia Gavin Monaghan
Ford EB2 Falcon 95
DNF 3 Lansvale Racing Team Australia Steve Reed
Australia Trevor Ashby
Holden VS Commodore 47
DNF 10 Larkham Motor Sport Australia Mark Larkham
Australia Andrew Miedecke
Ford EL Falcon 33

The race was started in the rain under the control of the safety car.[1] The weather conditions resulted in a slower than expected average speed and the race did not run to its full 161 lap distance, being halted on lap 157 after 3 hours 45 minutes and 22.3508 seconds.[1]

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position: Mark Skaife [1]
  • Fastest race lap: Mark Skaife – 1:17.4932 on lap 101 [1]
  • Race time of winning car: 3h 45:22.3508 [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l History Repeats, Australian Auto Action, 19-25 September 1997, page 46
  2. ^ a b Tickford 500 Entry, Australian Auto Action, 12-18 September 1997, page 4
  3. ^ V8 Bathurst 1997, page 27
  4. ^ Entry List in Australian Auto Action shows Trimbole and Mezera in a VS Commodore, Results in Australian Auto Action show VP Commodore, image at www.biante.com.au shows it was not a VP Commodore
  5. ^ www.biante.com.au page containing image of Trimbole/Mezera Commodore at 1997 Tickford 500 Retrieved on 1 May 2012

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1996 Tickford 500
Sandown 500
1997
Succeeded by
1998 Tickford 500