1985 Castrol 500

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The 1985 Castrol 500 was an endurance race for "Group A" Touring Cars staged at the Sandown International Motor Racing Circuit in Victoria on 15 September 1985. Race distance was 129 laps of the 3.878 km (1.928 mi) circuit, totaling 500.262 km.

The field was divided into three classes according to engine displacement.

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

The event was Round 3 of both the 1985 Australian Endurance Championship and the 1985 Australian Manufacturers' Championship. There were 36 starters, of whom 18 were classified as finishers.

The race was won by the JPS Team BMW 635 CSi of Australian Touring Car Champion Jim Richards, and his co-driver Tony Longhurst. It was Longhurst's first major win in Australian touring car racing. JPS Team BMW made it a 1-2 finish when their second car, driven by Neville Crichton and on-loan Nissan team driver George Fury finished only a few seconds behind. Finishing in third place was the surprising Toyota Supra of Peter Williamson and 1985 Formula Ford Driver to Europe champion Tomas Mezera.

The 1985 Castrol 500 was the first time since 1972 that neither Peter Brock or Allan Moffat had won the Sandown enduro. 1984 Castrol 500 winner Brock, who claimed pole position with a time of 1:52.3 in his Holden Dealer Team VK Commodore, suffered engine failure after 41 laps, while Moffat, who was without a drive in 1985 due to Mazda not racing in Group A, was part of the ABC television commentary team.

Before his retirement, Brock set the fastest lap of the race with a 1:53.7.

Results are given below.

Results[edit]

Top 10 Qualifiers[edit]

Pos No Team Driver Car Time
Pole 05 Mobil Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock Holden VK Commodore 1:52.3
2 6 Roadways Racing Services
Super K-Mart
Australia Allan Grice Holden VK Commodore 1:52.4
3 17 Palmer Tube Mills Australia Dick Johnson Ford Mustang GT 1:52.4
4 1 JPS Team BMW New Zealand Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi 1:52.7
5 55 Mark Petch Motorsport New Zealand Robbie Francevic Volvo 240T 1:52.9
6 43 Mitsubishi Ralliart Australia Peter Fitzgerald Mitsubishi Starion turbo 1:53.3
7 7 Mobil Holden Dealer Team Australia John Harvey Holden VK Commodore 1:53.7
8 42 Mitsubishi Ralliart Australia Kevin Bartlett Mitsubishi Starion turbo 1:54.4
9 31 JPS Team BMW Australia George Fury BMW 635 CSi 1:54.4
10 3 H. Kent Baigent New Zealand Neal Lowe BMW 635 CSi 1:54.4

Race[edit]

Position Class No. Entrant Drivers Car Laps
1 A 1 JPS Team BMW New Zealand Jim Richards
Australia Tony Longhurst
BMW 635 CSi 129
2 A 31 JPS Team BMW New Zealand Neville Crichton
Australia George Fury
BMW 635 CSi 129
3 B 44 Peter Williamson Toyota Australia Peter Williamson
Australia Tomas Mezera
Toyota Supra 127
4 B 47 Network Alfa Australia Colin Bond
Australia Gregg Hansford
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV6 126
5 A 36 Lusty Engineering Australia Graham Lusty
Australia Ken Lusty
Holden VK Commodore 123
6 A 39 Sleepy Head Bedding Co. New Zealand Graham Bowkett
New Zealand Wayne Wilkinson
Holden VK Commodore 123
7 A 14 Auckland Coin & Bullion Exchange Co. New Zealand Denny Hulme
Australia Ray Smith
Holden VK Commodore 121
8 A 13 Grellis Marketing Australia Ray Ellis
Australia Bernie McLure
Holden VK Commodore 121
9 C 61 Toyota Team Australia Australia Ray Cutchie
New Zealand John Faulkner
Toyota Sprinter 115
10 C 57 Bob Holden Motors Australia Bob Holden
New Zealand Glenn Clark
Toyota Sprinter 115
11 C 58 David Ratcliff Australia David Ratcliff
Australia Don Smith
Toyota Sprinter 114
12 C 65 J. White Australia John White
Australia Les Szreniawski
Isuzu Gemini ZZ 112
13 B 45 Ray Gulson Australia Ray Gulson
Australia Frank Porter
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV6 111
14 B 62 John Craft Australia John Craft
Australia Les Grose
Ford Capri 107
15 B 52 Australia Pat Hogbin
Australia John Hogbin
Ford Capri 102
16 A 64 K. Harrison Australia Ken Harrison
Australia Ian Wells
Ford Escort 100
17 B 50 J. L. Hazelton Australia Laurie Hazelton
Australia Jerry Stauberg
Ford Capri 100
18 B 42 Mitsubishi Ralliart Australia Kevin Bartlett
Australia Peter McKay
Mitsubishi Starion turbo 100
19 C 17 Dick Johnson Racing Australia Dick Johnson
Australia Larry Perkins
Ford Mustang GT 92
20 A 66 Jagparts Racing Australia Lorraine Orchard
Australia Paul Taylor
Triumph Dolomite 84
21 B 54 Melbourne Clutch & Brake Australia Brian Sampson
Australia Garry Waldon
Mitsubishi Starion turbo 51
DNF C 41 Barry Jones Australia Barry Jones
Australia Tony Mulvihill
Holden VK Commodore 92
DNF A 27 Jagparts Racing Australia Gerald Kay
Australia Martin Power
Holden VK Commodore 92
DNF A 12 Gary Willmington Australia Gary Willmington
New Zealand Peter Janson
Jaguar XJS 81
DNF A 7 Mobil Holden Dealer Team Australia John Harvey
Australia David Parsons
Holden VK Commodore 78
DNF A 6 Roadways Racing Services
Super K-Mart
Australia Allan Grice
Australia Warren Cullen
Holden VK Commodore 68
DNF A 60 Toyota Team Australia Australia John Smith
Australia Drew Price
Toyota Corolla 66
DNF B 49 John Bundy Australia John Bundy
Australia Norm Carr
Mazda RX-7 65
DNF B 55 Mark Petch Motorsport New Zealand Robbie Francevic
Australia John Bowe
Volvo 240T 60
DNF B 43 Mitsubishi Ralliart Australia Peter Fitzgerald
Australia Brad Jones
Mitsubishi Starion turbo 50
DNF A 21 Erle McRae Motor Sport Australia Charlie O'Brien
Australia Andrew Miedecke
BMW 635 CSi 50
DNF A 05 Mobil Holden Dealer Team Australia Peter Brock
New Zealand David Oxton
Holden VK Commodore 41
DNF A 28 Capri Components Australia Lawrie Nelson
Australia Bill O'Brien
Ford Mustang GT 41
DNF A 20 Jim Keogh Australia Jim Keogh
Australia Gary Rogers
BMW 635 CSi 39
DNF A 3 H. Kent Baigent New Zealand Kent Baigent
New Zealand Neal Lowe
BMW 635 CSi 38
DNF B 56 M.Minear Australia Mike Minear
Australia Paul Elliott
Volvo 360GLT 22

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Australian Motor Racing Year, 1985/86
  • James Hardie 1000, 1985/86
  • Official Programme, Castrol 500, 14 and 15 September 1985
  • The Australian Racing History of Ford, 1989
  • The Official Racing History of Holden, 1988

See also[edit]

Preceded by
1984 Castrol 500
Sandown 500
1985
Succeeded by
1986 Castrol 500