1990 Tooheys 1000

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1990 Tooheys 1000
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The 1990 Tooheys 1000 was the 31st running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race. It was held on 30 September 1990 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. The event was open to cars eligible under CAMS Group 3A regulations, commonly known as Group A Touring Cars, with three engine capacity classes.

The race, which was Round 2 of both the 1990 Australian Endurance Championship and the 1990 Australian Manufacturers' Championship, resulted in an upset victory for British driver Win Percy and 1986 Bathurst winner Allan Grice in a Holden Racing Team run Holden Commodore over the Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra of Jeff Allam and Paul Radisich and the Perkins Engineering Holden Commodore of Larry Perkins and Tomas Mezera.

It was the first Bathurst 1000 victory for the Holden Racing Team and the team's first race win since Larry Perkins won the Group A support race at the Australian Grand Prix in November 1988.

Class structure[edit]

Class structure is as follows:[1]

Division 1: 3001cc and Over[edit]

Division 1 featured the turbocharged Ford Sierras, Nissan Skylines and Toyota Supras, the V8 Holden Commodores and a BMW 635CSi.

Division 2: 1601 to 3000cc[edit]

Division 2 was composed of BMW M3s, a BMW 323i and a Mercedes-Benz 190E.

Division 3: Up to 1600cc[edit]

Division 3 was composed exclusively of various models of Toyota Corolla.

Tooheys Top 10[edit]

Pos No Team Driver Car TT10 Qual
Pole 10 Allan Moffat Enterprises Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz Ford Sierra RS500 2:13.94 2:15.00
2 17 Shell Ultra Hi Racing Australia Dick Johnson Ford Sierra RS500 2:14.17 2:14.26
3 05 Mobil 1 Racing Australia Peter Brock Ford Sierra RS500 2:14.71 2:14.72
4 35 Peter Jackson Racing Australia Glenn Seton Ford Sierra RS500 2:15.77 2:14.44
5 25 Benson & Hedges Racing Australia Tony Longhurst Ford Sierra RS500 2:16.01 2:13.84
6 16 Holden Racing Team Australia Allan Grice Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 2:16.17 2:15.62
7 11 Perkins Engineering Australia Larry Perkins Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 2:17.03 2:14.82
8 9 Allan Moffat Enterprises Australia Gregg Hansford Ford Sierra RS500 2:17.97 2:15.20
9 40 Mark Petch Motorsport Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli Ford Sierra RS500 2:23.05 2:15.32
10 20 Benson & Hedges Racing Australia Alan Jones Ford Sierra RS500 3:21.93 NA

* After being fastest qualifier by almost half a second, and breaking George Fury's 1984 Hardies Heroes record time of 2:13.85 in the process (by just 0.01 seconds), and with his B&H Sierra the fastest car on Conrod Straight at over 290 km/h (180 mph), Tony Longhurst made a mistake in the shootout and lost over two seconds while teammate Alan Jones suffered gearbox problems on his shootout lap and did not record a time.
* Klaus Niedzwiedz, who was only 6th after official qualifying, improved his time by over a second to win his second Top 10 for Allan Moffat Racing after also winning the "for money only" shootout in 1988.
* The Gibson Motorsport Nissan GT-R of Jim Richards and Mark Skaife, which was expected to take pole, failed to make the Top 10, being only 0.04 behind the 10th placed Holden Racing Team Commodore of eventual race winners Win Percy and Allan Grice at the end of Friday's qualifying. During the final qualifying session, Richards reportedly matched Longhurst's top speed on Conrod.
* 1990 was the 5th and last time Allan Grice was the fastest of the Holden Commodore runners in the top 10. Previously he had led the Holden charge in 1982 (pole), 1985 (4th), 1986 (2nd) and 1987 (7th).
* V8 Holden's were back in the runoff after missing out in 1989, with the Larry Perkins / Tomas Mezera car, and the Percy/Grice HRT car qualifying over 4 seconds faster than the Commodore's had managed 12 months earlier.

Official results[edit]

Pos Division No Team Drivers Car Laps Qual
Pos
Shootout
Pos
1 1 16 Holden Racing Team United Kingdom Win Percy
Australia Allan Grice
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 161 10 6
2 1 18 Shell Ultra Hi Racing United Kingdom Jeff Allam
New Zealand Paul Radisich
Ford Sierra RS500 161 13
3 1 11 Perkins Engineering Australia Larry Perkins
Australia Tomas Mezera
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 161 6 7
4 1 05 Mobil 1 Racing Australia Peter Brock
United Kingdom Andy Rouse
Ford Sierra RS500 160 5 3
5 1 7 Holden Racing Team Australia Brad Jones
Australia Neil Crompton
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 159 16
6 1 28 Playscape Racing Australia Kevin Waldock
Australia Mike Preston
Ford Sierra RS500 159 18
7 1 38 Gullivers Travels Inc. New Zealand Andrew Bagnall
New Zealand Robbie Francevic
Ford Sierra RS500 155 17
8 1 39 Everlast Battery Service Australia Bill O'Brien
Australia Brian Sampson
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 153 31
9 1 23 Chris Lambden United Kingdom Chris Lambden
Australia Greg Crick
Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R 151 25
10 1 10 Allan Moffat Enterprises Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz
Germany Frank Biela
Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
Ford Sierra RS500 151 7 1
11 1 6 Mobil 1 Racing Australia Andrew Miedecke
Australia Charlie O'Brien
Australia David Parsons
Ford Sierra RS500 149 14
12 2 51 Phil Ward Racing Australia Phil Ward
Australia John Goss
Mercedes-Benz 190E 148 38
13 1 21 Bob Forbes Racing Australia Mark Gibbs
Australia Rohan Onslow
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 148 21
14 2 52 M3 Motorsport Australia Peter Doulman
Australia John Cotter
BMW M3 147 47
15 1 33 Pro-Duct Motorsport Australia Bob Pearson
Australia Bruce Stewart
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 147 32
16 1 34 Ray Gulson Australia Ray Gulson
Australia Graham Gulson
BMW 635 CSi 147 43
17 1 13 Bob Forbes Motorsport Australia Kevin Bartlett
Australia Russell Ingall
Australia Rohan Onslow
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 146 24
18 1 1 Nissan Motorsport Australia New Zealand Jim Richards
Australia Mark Skaife
Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R 146 11
19 1 12 Ray Lintott Australia Ray Lintott
Australia Gary Rush
Australia Terry Shiel
Ford Sierra RS500 143 19
20 1 46 Garry Willmington Performance Australia Garry Willmington
Australia Bryan Thomson
Toyota Supra Turbo 143 40
21 1 43 Brian Callaghan Australia Jason Bargwanna
Australia Brian Callaghan Jr
Australia John Gerwald
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A 143 41
22 3 78 Phoenix Motorsport Australia Geoff Full
Australia David Ratcliff
Toyota Sprinter 142 49
23 1 44 Paul Trevathan Australia Paul Trevathan
Australia Andrew McDowell
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A 138 45
24 2 53 Brian Bolwell Racing Australia Brian Bolwell
Australia David Pullen
BMW 323i 137 55
25 3 72 David Sala Australia David Sala
Australia Richard Vorst
Toyota Corolla 134 54
26 1 19 Car Trek Racing Australia Bob Jones
New Zealand Heather Spurle
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 133 42
27 3 70 Toyota Team Australia Australia Paul Stokell
Australia Mike Dowson
New Zealand John Faulkner
Toyota Corolla FX-GT 130 48
DNF 1 9 Allan Moffat Enterprises Australia Gregg Hansford
Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz
Ford Sierra RS500 138 8 8
DNF 1 30 Peter Jackson Racing Australia George Fury
Australia Drew Price
United Kingdom David Sears
Ford Sierra RS500 125 12
DNF 1 37 Brian Callaghan Australia Brian Callaghan
Australia Barry Graham
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 120 23
DNF 1 40 Mark Petch Motorsport Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli
United Kingdom Robb Gravett
Ford Sierra RS500 118 9 9
DNF 1 14 Netcomm Australia Australia Murray Carter
Australia Matt Wacker
Ford Sierra RS500 116 28
DNF 1 15 Toyota Team Australia Australia John Smith
Australia Peter McKay
Australia Mark Poole
Toyota Supra Turbo A 112 30
DNF 3 76 Peter Verheyen Australia Peter Verheyen
Australia Ron Searle
Australia Russell Becker
Toyota Sprinter 109 50
DNF 3 73 Bob Holden Motors Australia Bob Holden
Australia Mike Conway
Toyota Sprinter 101 53
DNF 1 17 Shell Ultra Hi Racing Australia Dick Johnson
Australia John Bowe
Ford Sierra RS500 94 3 2
DNF 1 22 Lusty Engineering Australia Graham Lusty
New Zealand Peter Janson
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 83 33
DNF 1 45 Lester Smerdon Australia Lester Smerdon
Australia Warren Jonsson
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 83 37
DNF 2 54 Bryce Racing New Zealand Brett Riley
New Zealand Craig Baird
BMW M3 82 47
DNF 1 35 Peter Jackson Racing Australia Glenn Seton
Australia Drew Price
Ford Sierra RS500 77 4 4
DNF 1 4 Lansvale Smash Repairs Australia Steve Reed
Australia Trevor Ashby
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 76 20
DNF 1 42 Lusty Engineering Australia John Lusty
Australia Bernie Stack
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 66 27
DNF 1 20 Benson & Hedges Racing Australia Alan Jones
New Zealand Denny Hulme
Ford Sierra RS500 65 2 10
DNF 1 2 Alf Grant Australia Alf Grant
Australia Tim Grant
Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R 65 36
DNF 1 32 Hersonne Engineering Australia Laurie Donaher
Australia Marc Ducquet
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A 64 44
DNF 3 75 Bob Holden Motors Australia Dennis Rogers
Australia Garry Jones
Toyota Corolla 60 52
DNF 3 71 Toyota Team Australia New Zealand John Faulkner
Australia Neal Bates
Toyota Corolla FX-GT 59 46
DNF 1 3 Search for a Champion Australia Peter Gazzard
Australia Rick Bates
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 57 35
DNF 1 25 Benson & Hedges Racing Australia Tony Longhurst
Australia Mark McLaughlin
Ford Sierra RS500 53 1 5
DNF 1 29 Alcair Air Conditioning Australia Wayne Park
Australia John English
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 51 29
DNF 1 8 Caltex CXT Racing Team Australia Colin Bond
New Zealand Graeme Crosby
Ford Sierra RS500 44 15
DNF 1 27 Terry Finnigan Australia Terry Finnigan
Australia Geoff Leeds
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 37 26
DNF 1 26 Garry Rogers Motorsport Australia Graham Moore
Australia Garry Rogers
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 0 22
DSQ[2] 1 41 Tony Mulvihill Australia Tony Muvihill
Australia Glenn McIntyre
Australia Dave Barrow
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 18 39

Statistics[edit]

  • Provisional Pole Position - #25 Tony Longhurst - 2:13.84
  • Pole Position - #10 Klaus Niedzwiedz - 2:13.94
  • Fastest Lap - #1 Mark Skaife - 2:15.46 - Lap 98 (new lap record)
  • Average Speed - 150 km/h
  • Race Time - 6:40:53.64

See also[edit]

1990 Australian Touring Car season

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1990 Tooheys 1000 Entry List, Modern Motor, October 1990, page 67
  2. ^ Clarke, Andrew (1990–91). "Day of the Underdog". The Great Race. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing Group Pty Ltd. 10: 184. ISSN 1031-6124. Tony Mulvihill had now retired his Commodore courtesy of a disqualification leading from its clutch failure... 

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