1998 Australian Touring Car season

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1998 Australian Touring Car season
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The 1998 Australian Touring Car season was the 39th 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 1998, V8 Supercar and Super Touring. Between them there were 23 touring car race meetings held during 1998; a ten round series for V8 Supercars, the 1998 Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC); an eight round series for Super Touring, the 1998 Australian Super Touring Championship (ASTC); support programme events at the 1998 Australian Grand Prix and 1998 Honda Indy 300 and three stand alone long distance races, nicknamed 'enduros'.

Season review[edit]

Results and Standings[edit]

Race Calendar[edit]

The 1998 Australian touring car season consisted of 23 events.

Date Series Circuit City / State Winner Team Car Report
1 Feb ATCC Round 1 Sandown International Raceway Melbourne, Victoria Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VS Commodore
8 Feb ATCC Round 2 Symmons Plains Raceway Launceston, Tasmania Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team Holden VS Commodore
6 – 8 Mar Super Touring GT-P Race Albert Park street circuit Melbourne, Victoria Cameron McConville Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro
TAC V8 Supercar Showdown Russell Ingall Castrol Perkins Racing Holden VS Commodore
29 Mar ATCC Round 3 Lakeside International Raceway Brisbane, Queensland Russell Ingall Castrol Perkins Racing Holden VS Commodore
5 Apr ASTC Round 1 Calder Park Raceway Melbourne, Victoria Cameron McConville Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro
19 Apr ATCC Round 4 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Phillip Island, Victoria Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VS Commodore
27 Apr ASTC Round 2 Oran Park Raceway Sydney, New South Wales Brad Jones Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro
3 May ATCC Round 5 Winton Motor Raceway Benalla, Victoria John Bowe Dick Johnson Racing Ford EL Falcon
17 May ASTC Round 3 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Phillip Island, Victoria Jim Richards Volvo Cars Australia Volvo S40
24 May ATCC Round 6 Mallala Motor Sport Park Adelaide, South Australia Russell Ingall Castrol Perkins Racing Holden VS Commodore
31 May ATCC Round 7 Barbagallo Raceway Perth, Western Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VS Commodore
7 Jun ASTC Round 4 Eastern Creek Raceway Sydney, New South Wales Brad Jones Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro
21 Jun ATCC Round 8 Calder Park Raceway Melbourne, Victoria Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VS Commodore
28 Jun ASTC Round 5 Lakeside International Raceway Brisbane, Queensland Brad Jones Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro
19 Jul ATCC Round 9 Hidden Valley Raceway Darwin, Northern Territory Russell Ingall Castrol Perkins Racing Holden VT Commodore
19 Jul ASTC Round 6 Mallala Motor Sport Park Adelaide, South Australia Cameron McConville Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro
2 Aug ATCC Round 10 Oran Park Raceway Sydney, New South Wales Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VT Commodore
9 Aug ASTC Round 7 Winton Motor Raceway Benalla, Victoria Cameron McConville Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro
30 Aug ASTC Round 8 Oran Park Raceway Sydney, New South Wales Brad Jones Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro
13 Sep Tickford Sandown 500 Sandown International Raceway Melbourne, Victoria Russell Ingall
Larry Perkins
Castrol Perkins Racing Holden VT Commodore report
4 Oct AMP Bathurst 1000 Mount Panorama Circuit Bathurst, New South Wales Rickard Rydell
Jim Richards
Tom Walkinshaw Racing
Volvo Cars Australia
Volvo S40 report
17 – 18 Oct Hog's Breath Cafe V8 Supercar Challenge Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Queensland Mark Larkham Larkham Motor Sport Ford EL Falcon
15 Nov FAI 1000 Classic Mount Panorama Circuit Bathurst, New South Wales Jason Bright
Steven Richards
Stone Brothers Racing Ford EL Falcon report

Australian Touring Car Championship[edit]

Super Touring GT-P Race[edit]

This meeting was a support event of the 1998 Australian Grand Prix. The thin Super Touring field was bolstered by cars from the Australian GT-Production Car Championship (indicated in italics).

Driver No. Team Car Race 1 Race 2
Australia Cameron McConville 2 Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro 1 1
New Zealand Jim Richards 5 Volvo Cars Australia Volvo S40 8 2
Australia Brad Jones 1 Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro 2 3
Australia Cameron McLean 12 Greenfield Mowers Racing BMW 320i 3 4
Australia Peter Hills 88 Knight Racing Ford Mondeo 4 5
Australia Paul Gover 3 Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro 5 6
Australia Domenic Beninca 3 Beninca Racing Porsche 993 RSCS 6 7
Australia Anthony Robson 99 BMW 318i 7 8
Australia Jenni Thompson 89 Knight Racing Ford Mondeo 11 9
Australia Simon Froude Porsche 993 RSCS 9 10
Australia Peter McKay 27 House of Maserati Maserati Ghibli Cup 10 11
Australia Trevor Haines 61 Subaru Impreza WRX 13 12
Australia Richard Davis 25 HSV GTS-R 14 13
Australia Paul Nelson 16 Bob Holden Motors BMW 318i 12 DNF
Australia Murray Carter 18 Nissan 200SX Turbo DNS DNF
Australia Ed Aitken 8 Porsche 993 RSCS DNF DNS
Australia Milton Leslight 15 Toyota Carina DNS DNS
Australia Robert Porter 38 Subaru Impreza WRX DNS DNS

TAC V8 Supercar Showdown[edit]

This meeting was a support event of the 1998 Australian Grand Prix.

Driver No. Team Car Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
Australia Russell Ingall 8 Castrol Perkins Racing Holden VS Commodore 1 1 1 1
Australia John Bowe 18 Dick Johnson Racing Ford EL Falcon 3 2 2 2
Australia Larry Perkins 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Holden VS Commodore 12 4 4 3
Australia Mark Skaife 50 Holden Racing Team Holden VS Commodore 2 3 3 4
Australia Craig Lowndes 15 Holden Racing Team Holden VS Commodore DNF 11 8 5
Australia Glenn Seton 1 Glenn Seton Racing Ford EL Falcon 6 5 5 6
New Zealand John Faulkner 46 John Faulkner Racing Holden VS Commodore 9 8 11 7
New Zealand Steven Richards 34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VS Commodore 36 19 7 8
Australia Dick Johnson 17 Dick Johnson Racing Ford EL Falcon 10 6 6 9
Australia Greg Crick 49 Greg Crick Motorsport Holden VS Commodore DNF 15 12 10
Australia Wayne Gardner 96 Wayne Gardner Racing Holden VS Commodore 8 10 DNF 11
Australia Tomas Mezera 32 Challenge Motorsport Holden VS Commodore 17 DNF 17 12
Australia Anthony Tratt 75 John Sidney Racing Ford EL Falcon 19 DNF 18 13
Australia Rodney Forbes 28 Glenn Seton Racing Ford EL Falcon 20 16 DNF 14
Australia Darren Hossack 7 Gibson Motor Sport Holden VS Commodore 14 13 DNF 15
Australia Mal Rose 44 Mal Rose Racing Holden VS Commodore 21 20 20 16
Australia Ray Hislop 23 Ford EF Falcon 25 23 23 17
Australia Mick Donaher 80 Clive Wiseman Racing Holden VS Commodore 23 DNF 21 18
Australia Wayne Russell 45 Holden VS Commodore 35 25 24 19
Australia Steve Ellery 2 Gibson Motor Sport Holden VS Commodore 13 9 DNF 20
Australia Neil Schembri 36 Schembri Motorsport Holden VS Commodore 27 27 22 21
Australia Garry Willmington 41 Simon Emerzidis Holden VR Commodore 30 30 25 22
Australia Mike Conway 79 Cadillac Productions Ford EL Falcon 34 DNF DNF 23
Australia D'arcy Russell 45 Rod Smith Racing Holden VS Commodore 29 DNF DNS 24
Australia Mike Imrie 14 Imrie Motor Sport Holden VS Commodore 31 28 DNS 25
Australia Barry Morcom 52 Holden VP Commodore 32 29 26 26
Australia Mark Poole 38 James Rosenberg Holden VS Commodore 16 12 DNF 27
Australia Trevor Ashby 3 Lansvale Racing Team Holden VS Commodore 18 17 13 28
Australia Paul Romano 24 Romano Racing Holden VS Commodore DNF DNS 16 DNF
Australia Jason Bargwanna 35 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VS Commodore 7 7 DNS DNF
Australia John Cotter 26 M3 Motorsport Holden VS Commodore 28 DNF DNS DNF
Australia Mark Larkham 10 Larkham Motor Sport Ford EL Falcon 11 14 9 DNF
Australia Paul Weel 43 Paul Weel Racing Ford EL Falcon 33 24 19 DNF
Australia Wayne Park 51 Charles Ryman Ford EL Falcon DNF 21 15 DNF
Australia Terry Finnigan 27 Holden VS Commodore 15 DNF 14 DNF
Australia Tony Longhurst 25 Tony Longhurst Racing Ford EL Falcon 4 DNF 10 DNS
Australia Darren Pate 31 Gibson Motor Sport Holden VS Commodore 22 18 DNF DNS
Australia Kerryn Brewer 16 Castrol Cougars Holden VS Commodore 26 22 DNF DNS
Australia Danny Osborne 22 Colourscan Motorsport Ford EL Falcon 24 26 DNS DNS
Australia Jason Bright 4 Stone Brothers Racing Ford EL Falcon 5 DNF DNS DNS

Australian Super Touring Championship[edit]

Tickford 500[edit]

Main article: 1998 Tickford 500

AMP Bathurst 1000[edit]

Hog's Breath V8 Supercar Challenge[edit]

This meeting was a support event of the 1998 Honda Indy 300.[1]

Driver No. Team Car Race 1 Race 2
Australia Mark Larkham 10 Larkham Motor Sport Ford EL Falcon 1 1
Australia Mark Skaife 50 Holden Racing Team Holden VS Commodore 3 2
Australia Jason Bargwanna 35 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VS Commodore 5 3
Australia Tony Longhurst 25 Tony Longhurst Racing Ford EL Falcon 4 4
Australia Larry Perkins 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Holden VS Commodore 6 5
Australia Steven Johnson 17 Dick Johnson Racing Ford EL Falcon 9 6
New Zealand John Faulkner 46 John Faulkner Racing Holden VS Commodore 7 7
Australia Russell Ingall 8 Castrol Perkins Racing Holden VS Commodore DNF 8
Australia Alan Jones 9 Tony Longhurst Racing Ford EL Falcon 8 9
Australia Neil Crompton 5 Glenn Seton Racing Ford EL Falcon DNF 10
Australia Wayne Gardner 96 Wayne Gardner Racing Holden VS Commodore 14 11
Australia Garth Tander 34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VS Commodore DNF 12
Australia Tomas Mezera 32 Tomas Mezera Motorsport Holden VT Commodore 13 13
Australia John Briggs 70 John Briggs Motorsport Ford EL Falcon 11 14
Australia Kevin Heffernan 74 PACE Racing Holden VS Commodore DNF 15
Australia Jason Bright 4 Stone Brothers Racing Ford EL Falcon 2 16
Australia Dean Crosswell 49 Greg Crick Motorsport Holden VS Commodore 12 17
Australia Simon Emerzidis 54 Simon Emerzidis Ford EL Falcon DNF 18
Australia Paul Romano 24 Romano Racing Holden VS Commodore 10 DNF
Australia Steve Reed 3 Lansvale Racing Team Holden VS Commodore DNF DNF
Australia Craig Lowndes 1 Holden Racing Team Holden VS Commodore DNF DNS

FAI 1000 Classic[edit]

Main article: 1998 FAI 1000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gold Coast 18 October 1998 1998 Honda Indy Support Categories [sic]". National Software. 18 October 1998. Archived from the original on 22 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 

Additional references can be found in linked event/series reports.

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