1988 Enzed Sandown 500

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The 1988 Enzed Sandown 500 was an endurance race for Group 3A Touring Cars. The event was held at the Sandown International Raceway in Victoria, Australia on 11 September 1988 over 129 laps of the 3.9 km circuit, a total distance of 503 km. This was the last time that the 3.9 km International configuration of the Sandown circuit was used for Australian touring car racing. The race was the 23rd running of the "Sandown enduro".

1988 would be the only year that New Zealand based hydraulic hose and connector repair company Enzed, a former sponsor of Larry Perkins, would sponsor the event.

Allan Moffat and Gregg Hansford won the race in their Eggenberger Motorsport built Ford Sierra RS500. It was Moffat's 6th and final Sandown enduro win having previously won in 1969, 1970, 1974, 1982 and 1983. It was also Moffat's final race win as a driver in Australia. Second was the new Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV of Larry Perkins and Denny Hulme, while third after numerous troubles was the pole winning Sierra of Dick Johnson and John Bowe.

Class B was won by the Mobil 1 Racing BMW M3 of Peter Brock, Jim Richards and David Parsons which finished 7th outright, 7 laps down on the Moffat/Hansford Sierra. Class C was won by the Nissan Gazelle of David Sala and Ross Burbidge which finished 11th outright, 20 laps down on the Sierra.

The race was broadcast live throughout Australia by the ABC with commentary provided by Will Hagon, Peter Gee and Melbourne motor racing personality "Captain" Peter Janson.

Class structure[edit]

The race was contested in three displacement classes: [1]

  • Class A: Outright [1]
  • Class B: 2001 cc to 3000 cc [1]
  • Class C: Up to 2000 cc [1]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid positions were determined by three 30 minute qualifying sessions.[2] The first ten positions were:

Pos [3] No. Entrant Driver [3] Car Time [3]
1 17 Shell Ultra Hi Racing Australia Dick Johnson Ford Sierra RS500 1:46.94
2 25 Benson & Hedges Racing Australia Tony Longhurst Ford Sierra RS500 1:48.30
3 15 Peter Jackson Nissan Racing Australia Glenn Seton Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R 1:48.82
4 05 Mobil 1 Racing Australia Peter Brock BMW M3 1:50.04
5 8 Andrew Bagnall Australia Andrew Miedecke Ford Sierra RS500 1:50.09
6 10 Holden Special Vehicles Australia Larry Perkins Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 1:50.18
7 9 Allan Moffat Racing Canada Allan Moffat Ford Sierra RS500 1:50.40
8 30 Peter Jackson Nissan Racing Australia George Fury Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R 1:50.68
9 11 Holden Special Vehicles West Germany Armin Hahne Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 1:52.23
10 4 Caltex CXT Racing Team Australia John Giddings Ford Sierra RS500 1:52.24

Race[edit]

Position [4] Class [1] No. [1] Entrant [1] Drivers [4] Car Laps [4]
1 A 9 Allan Moffat Racing Canada Allan Moffat
Australia Gregg Hansford
Ford Sierra RS500 129
2 A 10 Holden Special Vehicles Australia Larry Perkins
New Zealand Denny Hulme
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 129
3 A 17 Shell Ultra Hi Racing Australia Dick Johnson
Australia John Bowe
Ford Sierra RS500 125
4 A 26 Strathfield Car Radios Australia Tony Noske
Australia Graham Moore
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 124
5 A 25 Benson & Hedges Racing Australia Tony Longhurst
Australia Tomas Mezera
Ford Sierra RS500 123
6 A 18 Shell Ultra Hi Racing Australia John Smith
Australia Alfredo Costanzo
Ford Sierra RS500 123
7 B 05 Mobil 1 Racing Australia Peter Brock
New Zealand Jim Richards
Australia David Parsons [5]
BMW M3 122
8 A 46 Sunliner Campmobiles New Zealand Tony Hunter
Australia Steve Harrington
Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 121
9 A 22 Lusty Engineering Pty Ltd Australia Ken Lusty
Australia Graham Lusty
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 121
10 A 24 Jagparts Racing Australia Gerald Kay
Australia Geoff Munday
Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 117
11 C 88 David Sala [6] Australia David Sala
Australia Ross Burbidge
Nissan Gazelle 109
12 A 42 Hella Australia P/L Australia Matt Wacker
Australia Larry Kogge
Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 99
NC C 13 Bob Holden Motors Australia Bob Holden [1]
Australia Garry Jones [1]
Australia Damon Beck [1]
Toyota Sprinter 81
DNF A 30 Peter Jackson Nissan Racing Australia George Fury
Australia Mark Skaife
Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R 94
DNF A 36 Everlast Battery Service Australia Bill O'Brien
Australia Ray Lintott
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 81
DNF [4] A 87 Joe Sommariva Australia Joe Sommariva [1]
Australia Darrell Belsky [1]
Australia Warren McKellar [1]
BMW 635 CSi 79
DNF A 38 Grellis Marketing Australia Ray Ellis
Australia Bruce Williams
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A 78
DNF B 34 Phil Ward Automotive Servies Motor Racing Division Australia Phil Ward
Australia David Clement
Mercedes-Benz 190E 69
DNF B 7 Mobil 1 Racing Australia Neil Crompton
Australia David Parsons
Australia Peter Brock [5]
BMW M3 58
DNF A 11 Holden Special Vehicles United Kingdom Jeff Allam
West Germany Armin Hahne
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 56
DNF C 32 Toyota Team Australia New Zealand Brett Riley
Australia Peter McKay
Toyota Corolla 44
DNF A 8 Andrew Bagnall Australia Andrew Miedecke
New Zealand Andrew Bagnall
Ford Sierra RS500 28
DNF A 23 Beaurepaires Motorsport United Kingdom Chris Lambden
Australia Kerry Baily
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 26
DNF A 20 Terry Finnigan Australia Terry Finnigan
Australia Ken Mathews
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 25
DNF C 31 Toyota Team Australia Australia Mike Oliver
Australia Mike Freeman
Toyota Corolla 23
DNF A 3 Yellow Pages Australia Peter McLeod
Australia Jim Keogh
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 21
DNF C 86 Gemspares Australia Darryl Hendrick
Australia John White
Isuzu Gemini ZZ 17
DNF A 4 Caltex CXT Racing Team Australia John Giddings
Australia Bruce Stewart
Ford Sierra RS500 15
DNF C 91 Bryan Bate Motors Ltd Australia Bryan Bate
Australia Andrew Maher
Toyota Corolla 11
DNF A 28 Capri Components Australia Lawrie Nelson
Australia Bob Jolly
Ford Mustang 3
DNF A 15 Peter Jackson Nissan Racing Australia Glenn Seton
Sweden Anders Olofsson
Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R 1
DNF C 29 Toyota Team Australia Australia Drew Price
New Zealand John Faulkner
Toyota Corolla 1
DNS A 2 Caltex CXT Racing Team Australia Colin Bond
Australia Alan Jones
Ford Sierra RS500
DNS [2] A 14 Netcomm Australia Murray Carter [2]
Australia Steve Masterton [1]
Ford Sierra RS500

Note: Car 13 was still running at the finish of the race but had not completed 75% of the race winners' distance.[7]

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #17 Dick Johnson - 1:46.94
  • Winners' race time: 4 hrs 4 mins 11.24 sec [8]
  • Fastest Lap - #17 John Bowe - 1:47.65 (lap 81 - new lap record) [7]

Race name[edit]

Sources differ in referring to the race as either the Enzed Sandown 500 or simply as the Enzed 500. The former is used in the Official Program [1] and in the Provisional Results [4] and has been used here.

See also[edit]

1988 Australian Touring Car season

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Official Program, ENZED Sandown 500
  2. ^ a b c Mike Jacobson, Moffat's Sandown, Australian Auto Action, 16 September, 1988, pages 10-15
  3. ^ a b c Pit Lane, Thunderdome - Australian Motor Sport, October 1988, page 59
  4. ^ a b c d e "Provisional - Results - 1988 Enzed Sandown 500 - Sandown International Raceway, Victoria - 11 September 1988", as obtained from the Eric Rainsford Library, Sporting Car Club of South Australia
  5. ^ a b David Segal, Enzed 500, Australian Motor Racing Year 1988/89, pages 264-267
  6. ^ Sandown Entry List, Racing Car News, September 1988, page 7
  7. ^ a b Bill Tuckey, "And Johnson rolled his eyes to the bilious skies" - The Enzed 500, The Great Race, #8, Chevron Publishing Group Pty Limited, 1989, pages 52 to 60
  8. ^ Enzed 500, touringcarracing.net Retrieved 11 March 2017

Further reading[edit]

  • Mike Jacobson, Moffat's Sandown, Australian Auto Action, September 16, 1988, pages 10-15

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1987 Castrol 500
Sandown 500
1988
Succeeded by
1989 .05 - 500