1979 Hang Ten 400

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The 1979 Hang Ten 400 was an endurance motor race held at the Sandown Park circuit in Victoria, Australia on 9 September 1979.[1] It was staged over 129 laps of the 3.11 km circuit, a total of 401 km.[1] The race was Round 1 of the 1979 Australian Championship of Makes [1] and as such it was open to Group C Touring Cars.[2] It was the fourteenth in a sequence of annual Sandown long distance races.[3] The race was won by Peter Brock.[1]

Classes[edit]

Cars competed in three classes according to engine capacity: [4]

  • Class A: 3001 to 6000cc [4]
  • Class B: 2001 to 3000cc [4]
  • Class C: Up to 2000cc [4]

Results[edit]

Peter Brock won the 1979 Hang Ten 400 driving a Holden LX Torana SS 5000 A9X for the Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
Position [1] Drivers [1] No. [4] Car [1] Entrant [4] Class [1] Laps [1]
1 Peter Brock 05 Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback [5] Holden Dealer Team A 129
2 John Harvey 26 Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback [5] Holden Dealer Team A 128
3 Peter Janson
Larry Perkins
9 Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback [5] Captain P Janson A 125
4 Murray Carter 18 Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop [6] Brian Wood Ford A 123
5 Alan Browne 24 Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback [7] Re-Car Consolidated Industries A 122
6 Allan Taylor 15 Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback [8] Scotty Taylor Holden A 120
7 John Gates 46 Mazda RX-3 Barry Lee B 114
8 Graeme Bailey 61 Toyota Celica Brian Hilton Toyota C 113
9 Graham Mein 55 Ford Escort RS2000 [6] G Mein C 112
10 Roger Cartwright 54 Ford Escort RS2000 [6] R Cartwright C 112
11 Peter Kuebler 63 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV [9] Safcol Snappy Tom C 109
12 Ian Wells 72 Holden Gemini [10] Modulaire Air Conditioning C 106
13 Chris Heyer 73 Volkswagen Golf Lennox Motors C 106
14 Ken Price 74 Holden Gemini [10] Modulaire Air Conditioning C 102
15 Jim Faneco 75 Holden Gemini [10] Victorian Police Motor Sports Club C 102
16 Dean Gall 45 Mazda RX-7 [11] Precinct Performance B 100
17 Martin Power 62 Triumph Dolomite Sprint Jagparts C 93
18 Frank Porter 59 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV [4] Beninca Motors C 92
19 Larry Kogge 41 Mazda RX-3 L Kogge B 90
20 John Faulkner 79 Ford Escort RS2000 [6] [12] C 88
21 Brian Boyd 42 BMW 3.0 [13] Brian Boyd B 87
22 Mal Smith 69 Holden Gemini [10] Victorian Police Motor Sports Club C 87
DNF [14] Allan Grice [14] 6 Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback [5] Craven Mild Racing A
DNF [6] Allan Moffat [6] 25 Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop [6] Allan Moffat Racing A
DNF [6] Bill O'Brien [6] 30 Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop [6] Everlast Battery Service A
DNF [10] Bob Morris [10] 7 Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback [5] Ron Hodgson Channel 7 Racing A
DNF [10] Charlie O'Brien [10] 21 Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback [15] Roadways / Gown-Hindhaugh A
DNF [6] Colin Bond [6] 4 Ford XC Falcon GS 500 Hardtop [6] Thomson Ford A
DNF [6] David Earle [6] 68 Ford Escort [6] Bob Holden C
DNF [10] Garry Rogers [10] 34 Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback [5] Greater Pacific Finance A
DNF [10] Garth Wigston [10] 20 Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback [16] Roadways / Gown-Hindhaugh A
DNF [10] Gary Cooke [10] 11 Holden LX Torana SS A9X 4-Door [17] Citizen Watches Australia Pty Ltd A
DNF [6] Jim Keogh [6] 12 Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop [6] Rusty French Racing A
DNF [18] Michael Quinn [18] 77 Toyota Corolla Levin [19] Peter Williamson Pty Ltd C
DNF [6] Ray Allford [6] 28 Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop [6] Ray Allford Motors A
DNF [6] Ray Farrar [6] 46 Ford Capri V6 [6] R Farrar B
DNF [6] Rod Stevens [6] 36 Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop [6] Brian Wood Ford A
DNF [6] Ron Wanless [6] 27 Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop [6] Denimac Ford Pty Ltd A
DNF [6] Rusty French [6] 10 Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop [6] Rusty French Racing A
DNF [10] Warren Cullen [10] 22 Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback [20] Settlement Road Wreckers A
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There were 48 starters and 22 finishers in the race.[19]

The known non-finishers are listed in alphabetical order due to a lack of information concerning laps completed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Australian Championship of Makes, Round One, Australian Motor Racing Yearbook 1979/80, pages 170 & 171 (Results table lists details for the 22 classified finishers only)
  2. ^ Australian Title Conditions, 1979 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, pages 96 &97
  3. ^ Sandown long distance races, 2006 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 14-9
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Hang Ten 400, Official Program, Sandown, 9 September 1979, pages 43 to 45
  5. ^ a b c d e f Images published in Australian Motor Racing Yearbook 1979/80 reveal that Brock, Harvey, Janson, Rogers, Grice and Morris each drove a 2 door Torana at the Hang Ten 400
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah 1979 CM, Sandown, The Australian Racing History of Ford, 1989, page 303
  7. ^ Image of Browne's 4 door A9X at the Hang Ten 400, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 11 August 2013
  8. ^ Image of Taylor's 2 door Torana at the Hang Ten 400, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 11 August 2013
  9. ^ The Official Program for the Hang Ten 400 shows the Kuebler Alfa Romeo as 1962cc and page 17 of the Official Program for the Adelaide International Raceway, 21 October 1979 shows 3 championship points against "Alfa Romeo GTV" following the Sandown round of the 1979 Australian Championship of Makes
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p 1979 C of M, Sandown, Stewart Wilson, The Official Racing History of Holden, 1989, page 349
  11. ^ Australian Motor Racing Yearbook results indicate that Dean Gall drove a "Mazda RX3" but the image on page 169 of the same publication shows it to be a Mazda RX-7
  12. ^ The Official Program does not list an Entrant for the John Faulkner Escort
  13. ^ The 1979 Championship of Makes, Adelaide International Raceway Official Souvenir Programme, Sunday, 21 October 1979, page 17 indicates that this was a "BMW 3.0"
  14. ^ a b The 1979 Championship of Makes, Adelaide International Raceway Official Souvenir Programme, Sunday, 21 October 1979, page 17
  15. ^ The image of the O'Brien Holden Torana on page 176 if the Australian Motor Racing Yearbook 1979/80 shows it to be a 4 door version of the A9X
  16. ^ Image of Wigston's Torana SS at the Hang Ten 400, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 11 August 2013
  17. ^ Image of Cooke's 4 door A9X at the Hang Ten 400, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 11 August 2013
  18. ^ a b Australian Championship of Makes, Australian Competition Yearbook, 1979/80, page 168
  19. ^ a b Chris de Fraga, Brock leads Torana onslaught, The Age, Monday, 10 September. 1979, page 29
  20. ^ Image of Cullen's 2 door A9X at the Hang Ten 400, www.autopics.com.au Retrieved on 11 August 2013
Preceded by
1978 Hang Ten 400
Sandown 400
1979
Succeeded by
1980 Hang Ten 400