Tony Longhurst

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Tony Longhurst
Nationality Australia Australian
Born (1957-10-01) 1 October 1957 (age 57)
New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales
ATCC / V8 Supercar
Years active 1985-2007
Teams JPS Team BMW
Tony Longhurst Racing
Longhurst Racing
Stone Brothers Racing
Rod Nash Racing
Holden Racing Team
Perkins Engineering
Team Dynamik
Starts 191
Wins 5
Best finish 3rd in 1991 & 1992 Australian Touring Car Championship
Previous series
1983
1986-91
1994
Alfasud Series
AMSCAR
Australian Super Touring
Championship titles
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1994
2001
2009
AMSCAR
AMSCAR
Bathurst 1000
AMSCAR
AMSCAR
AMSCAR
Australian Super Touring
Bathurst 1000
Bathurst 12 Hour

Tony Longhurst (born 1 October 1957 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian former racing driver and Australian Champion water skier. He is most noted for his career in the Australian Touring Car Championship and V8 Supercar series.

The Ford Sierra Longhurst drove to win 1988 Tooheys 1000

Longhurst is a two-time winner of the Bathurst 1000, winning the event in 1988 with Tomas Mezera[1] and in 2001 with Mark Skaife,[2] and is one of only four drivers to win Bathurst in both a Ford and a Holden (the others being Craig Lowndes, Steven Richards and Jamie Whincup).[3]

He has raced internationally in the 1987 World Touring Car Championship and 1993 FIA Touring Car Challenge, both times for BMW. He also won the Australian Super Touring Championship for BMW in 1994.

After four years of service to the Frank Gardner run JPS Team BMW from 1984-87, Longhurst started his own touring car team in 1988 named Tony Longhurst Racing which based itself on the Gold Coast behind the Longhurst family owned Dreamworld. For sponsorship reasons the team was known by various names during its time including Freeport Motorsport and Benson & Hedges Racing. Initially running the powerful Ford Sierra RS500 from 1988-90, the team then began using the evolution model BMW M3 (1991-93), and Holden Commodore VP (1994). In 1995, Longhurst sold out to fellow shareholders Gardner and Terry Morris and formed Longhurst Racing to compete in the V8 Supercars series with a Ford Falcon EF.

Tony Longhurst is the only driver to have won five of the now defunct AMSCAR series run at Sydney's tight Amaroo Park circuit. He won the series in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990 and finally in 1991.

He announced his retirement from competitive racing after the 2005 Bathurst 1000, where he and co-driver Max Wilson failed to finish the race. He also made an appearance at the Targa Tasmania that year. He returned to this event in 2006, finishing fourth overall. He went one better in the event in 2007, placing third overall in a Subaru Impreza WRX STI. In 2009 he added a Bathurst 12 Hour victory, co-driving with Damien White.[4]

The Benson & Hedges Ford Sierra driven by Longhurst and Tomas Mezera to victory at Mount Panorama in 1988 is on display at the National Motor Racing Museum in Bathurst, New South Wales.

Longhurst now lives on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Career results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
1984 Alfasud Series 1st Alfa Romeo Alfasud
1985 Australian Touring Car Championship 16th BMW 323i JPS Team BMW
1986 AMSCAR Series 1st BMW 325i JPS Team BMW
1986 Australian Touring Car Championship 4th BMW 325i JPS Team BMW
1987 AMSCAR Series 1st BMW M3 JPS Team BMW
1987 Australian Touring Car Championship 4th BMW M3 JPS Team BMW
1988 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th Ford Sierra RS500 Freeport Racing
1989 AMSCAR Series 1st Ford Sierra RS500 Benson & Hedges Racing
1989 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th Ford Sierra RS500 Benson & Hedges Racing
1990 AMSCAR Series 1st Ford Sierra RS500 Benson & Hedges Racing
1990 Australian Touring Car Championship 6th Ford Sierra RS500 Benson & Hedges Racing
1991 AMSCAR Series 1st BMW M3 Evolution Benson & Hedges Racing
1991 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd BMW M3 Evolution Benson & Hedges Racing
1992 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd BMW M3 Evolution Benson & Hedges Racing
1993 Australian Touring Car Championship 9th BMW M3 Evolution Benson & Hedges Racing
1993 Touring Car World Cup 22nd BMW 318i Bigazzi Team
1994 Australian Super Touring Championship 1st BMW 318i Benson & Hedges Racing
1994 Australian Touring Car Championship 11th Holden VP Commodore Benson & Hedges Racing
1995 Australian Touring Car Championship 11th Ford EF Falcon Castrol Longhurst Racing
1996 Australian Touring Car Championship 11th Ford EF Falcon Castrol Longhurst Racing
1997 Australian Touring Car Championship 8th Ford EL Falcon Castrol Longhurst Racing
1998 Australian Touring Car Championship 8th Ford EL Falcon Castrol Longhurst Racing
1999 Shell Championship Series 14th Ford AU Falcon Castrol Longhurst Racing
2000 Shell Championship Series 10th Ford AU Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2001 Shell Championship Series 13th Holden VX Commodore Rod Nash Racing
Holden Racing Team
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 11th Ford AU Falcon Briggs Motor Sport
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 37th Holden VY Commodore Holden Racing Team
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 29th Holden VY Commodore Perkins Engineering
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 39th Holden VZ Commodore Rod Nash Racing
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 45th Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2011 Australian V8 Ute Series 48th Holden Commodore SS VE Ute Auto One Wildcard

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1987 JPS Team BMW BMW M3 MNZ JAR DIJ NUR SPA
BNO SIL BAT
4
CLD
Ret
NC 0
CiBiEmme WEL
7
FJI

Bathurst 1000 Results[edit]

Year Number Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
1983 33 Dreamworld Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Mike Burgmann DNF 121
1984 31 JPS Team BMW BMW 635 CSi Jim Richards DNF 39
1985 1 JPS Team BMW BMW 635 CSi Jim Richards 4th 160
1986 1 JPS Team BMW BMW 635 CSi Jim Richards 6th 161
1987 44 JPS Team BMW BMW M3 Jim Richards 4th 156
1988 25 Benson & Hedges Racing Ford Sierra RS500 Tomas Mezera 1st 161
1989 25
20
Benson & Hedges Racing Ford Sierra RS500
Ford Sierra RS500
Neville Crichton
Alan Jones / Denny Hulme
DNF
5th
27
158
1990 25 Benson & Hedges Racing Ford Sierra RS500 Mark McLaughlin DNF 53
1991 25 Benson & Hedges Racing BMW M3 Evolution Alan Jones DNF 138
1992 25 Benson & Hedges Racing BMW M3 Evolution Johnny Cecotto 4th 142
1993 25 Benson & Hedges Racing BMW M3 Evolution Steve Soper DNF 79
1994 25 Benson & Hedges Racing Holden VP Commodore Charlie O'Brien 4th 161
1995 25 Castrol Longhurst Ford Ford EF Falcon Wayne Park 9th 149
1996 25 Castrol Longhurst Ford Ford EF Falcon Steven Ellery 3rd 161
1997 25 Castrol Longhurst Ford Ford EL Falcon Charlie O'Brien DNF 110
1998 25 Castrol Longhurst Ford Ford EL Falcon Geoff Brabham 8th 157
1999 25 Tony Longhurst Racing Ford AU Falcon Adam Macrow DNF 150
2000 9 Stone Brothers Racing Ford AU Falcon David Besnard DNF 151
2001 1 Holden Racing Team Holden VX Commodore Mark Skaife 1st 161
2002 66 Team Betta Electrical Ford AU Falcon Matthew White 6th 161
2003 2 Holden Racing Team Holden VY Commodore Jim Richards 5th 161
2004 8 Perkins Engineering Holden VY Commodore Paul Dumbrell DNF 129
2005 44 Team Dynamik
Longhurst Racing
Holden VZ Commodore Max Wilson DNF 32
2006 55 Rod Nash Racing Holden VZ Commodore Steve Owen 7th 161

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Peter Brock
David Parsons
Peter McLeod
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1988
(with Tomas Mezera)
Succeeded by
Dick Johnson
John Bowe
Preceded by
Peter Doulman
Winner of the Australian Manufacturers' Championship
1994
Succeeded by
Paul Morris
Preceded by
Garth Tander
Jason Bargwanna
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
2001
(with Mark Skaife)
Succeeded by
Mark Skaife
Jim Richards