1978 Rothmans 500

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The 1978 Rothmans 500 was an endurance motor race for Group C Touring Cars. The event was held at Oran Park in New South Wales, Australia on 4 June 1978 over 222 laps of the 2.7 km circuit, a total distance of 599.4 km. This was the second and last Rothmans 500 race for Touring Cars to be held at Oran Park, the 1977 Rothmans 500 having been the inaugural event.


Position [1] Drivers No. Car Entrant Laps
1 John Harvey, Charlie O'Brien 76 Holden LX Torana SS5000 A9X Marlboro Holden Dealer Team 222
2 Garth Wigston, Bruce Gowans Holden LX Torana A9X 222
3 Scotty Taylor, Kevin Kennedy 15 Holden LX Torana SS5000 A9X 221
4 Peter Williamson, Brian Sampson 77 Toyota Celica GT 219
5 Peter Hopwood, Jim Davidson Ford Capri V6 217
6 Gary Cooke, Dave McMillan 11 Holden LX Torana SLR5000 A9X 213
7 Bill O'Brien, Gary Willmington Ford Falcon 213
8 Warren Cullen, John Walker Holden LX Torana A9X 213
9 Terry Shiel, Neil Mason Mazda RX-3 209
10 Alan Bryant, Dean Gall Mazda RX-3 209
11 John Smith, Graham Smith Holden LX Torana A9X 207
12 Neville Bridges, Steve Land Holden Torana GTR XU-1 206
13 Barry Jones, T Daly Mazda RX-3 203
14 B Potts, Bruce Stewart Mazda RX-3 193
15 John Faulkner, Gary Dumbrell Ford Capri V6 190
16 Barry Seton, Don Smith Holden LX Torana A9X Amco Pty Ltd 185
17 Ian Sonnemann, John English Ford Escort RS2000 178
18 Bob Forbes, Kevin Bartlett 10 Holden LX Torana SS5000 A9X 178
19 Dick Johnson, Vern Schuppan Ford XC Falcon 158
DNF Fred Gibson, Christine Gibson Holden LX Torana A9X King George Tavern
DNF Bill Stanley, I Messner Ford Escort RS2000
DNF Sue Ransom, Lella Lombardi 99 Ford Capri V6 ABE Copiers P/L
DNF Allan Grice, John Leffler 6 Holden LX Torana SS5000 A9X Craven Mild Racing
DNF C Warner, Geoff Leeds Ford Capri V6
DNF Murray Carter, Graeme Lawrence 18 Ford XC Falcon
DNF Ron Dickson, John Smith Ford XC Falcon
DNF Peter Jansen, Phil Brock Holden LX Torana A9X
DNF Allan Moffat, Colin Bond Ford XC Falcon Moffat-Ford Dealers Team
DNF Leo Leonard, Garry Sprague Ford XC Falcon
DNF Garry Rogers, D Wilcox 14 Holden LX Torana SS5000 A9X
DNF Alan Cant, Don Holland Ford Capri V6
DNF G Ryan, P Arnull Holden LX Torana A9X
DNF Bob Morris, John Fitzpatrick Holden LX Torana A9X Ron Hodgson
DNF J Duggan, B Wheeler Mazda RX-3
DNF L Brown, B Boyd Mazda RX-3
DNF Ken Talbert, B Lee Holden Torana GTR XU-1
DNF B Allen, P McDonnell Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34
DNF John Goss, Rusty French Ford XC Falcon
DNF Jack Brabham, Geoff Brabham Ford XC Falcon
DNF Peter Brock, Jim Richards Holden LX Torana A9X Marlboro Holden Dealer Team


  1. ^ Australian Competition Yearbook Number 8, 1979, pages 62-64

Further reading[edit]

  • Jim Shepherd, A History of Australian Motor Sport, 1980, page 150

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