1995 Tooheys 1000

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1995 Tooheys 1000
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The 1995 Tooheys 1000 was the 36th running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race. It was held on 1 October 1995, at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst. The race was held for cars eligible under CAMS Group 3A 5.0 Litre Touring Car regulations, that later became known as V8 Supercars. This was the first Bathurst 1000 to be contested by single class.

With only 32 cars on the starting grid it was the smallest field so far in the race's history. This was attributed to the fact that the race was run only for the outright class 5.0 Litre Touring Cars with no small car categories running for the first time in the history of the race going back to the 1960 Armstrong 500 at Phillip Island in Victoria.

Larry Perkins and Russell Ingall driving the #11 Castrol Commodore won the 1995 Tooheys 1000 in what was literally a last to first effort. Perkins clashed with the slow starting HRT Commodore of pole sitter Craig Lowndes before the first turn which pulled the valve out of a tyre forcing him to fall from third to last on the first lap before pitting to replace the tyre. The duo started to climb back up into contention, helped by cars ailing to go the race distance and Safety car periods including once after having just un-lapped themselves and were back in the top 5 with 20 laps to go.

Following the last Safety car, Perkins set about hauling in the leaders. He passed Neil Crompton's Coke Commodore and the Peter Jackson Falcon of Alan Jones to move into second place about 7 seconds behind the Falcon of Jones' team leader Glenn Seton. Then going across the top of the mountain on lap 151, Seton's engine, built by the teams chief engine builder and Glenn's dad Barry Seton dropped a valve. Going into Murray's Corner Perkins had caught up to Seton and passed him for the lead. Perkins went on to win a famous victory while Seton's race ended less than half a lap later, the Falcon coming to a stop on the climb to BP Cutting. In a show of courage, an obviously gutted Seton conducted an interview on Racecam with Channel 7 showing graciousness in defeat while the race continued with cameras in the pits showing his father Bo, head in hands not wanting to believe the race was lost after they were so close to winning.

Had Glenn Seton won the race in 1995 it would have been 30 years since his father Bo Seton had won the 1965 race driving a Ford Cortina Mk.I GT500.

Tooheys Top 10[edit]

Pos No Team Driver Car TT10 Qual
Pole 015 Holden Racing Team Australia Craig Lowndes Holden VR Commodore 2:11.5540 2:12.32
2 1 Winfield Racing Australia Mark Skaife Holden VR Commodore 2:11.9504 2:12.10
3 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Larry Perkins Holden VR Commodore 2:12.4759 2:11.58
4 7 Coca-Cola Racing Australia Wayne Gardner Holden VR Commodore 2:12.5422 2:12.36
5 30 Peter Jackson Racing Australia Glenn Seton Ford EF Falcon 2:12.5438 2:11.60
6 35 Peter Jackson Racing Australia Alan Jones Ford EF Falcon 2:12.7075 2:12.79
7 18 Shell FAI Racing Australia Steven Johnson Ford EF Falcon 2:13.1149 2:12.46
8 17 Shell FAI Racing Australia Dick Johnson Ford EF Falcon 2:13.1854 2:11.90
9 25 Castrol Longhurst Ford Australia Tony Longhurst Ford EF Falcon 2:13.8883 2:13.11
10 05 Holden Racing Team Australia Peter Brock Holden VR Commodore DNF 2:12.03

* 1995 saw the first time a father and son both qualified for the shootout. Dick Johnson, competing in his 18th straight shootout, and his son Steven Johnson, in his first, qualified their Shell FAI Racing Ford EF Falcon's in 7th and 8th place, with the younger Johnson out qualifying his more experienced dad by 0.0705 seconds.
* Peter Brock crashed his Holden Racing Team VR Commodore at The Cutting during his lap, thus he did not record a time and would start 10th. His HRT teammate Craig Lowndes claimed his first Bathurst pole position with a time of 2:11.554. This was 0.766 seconds faster than his qualifying time of 2:12.32.
* Following a CAMS parity adjustment which saw a reduction in size to the front spoiler of the Ford EF Falcons which had dominated the 1995 ATCC, the Ford runners claimed that they were at least a second or more per lap slower than they would have been had they been able to run the originally homologated spoiler.

Official results[edit]

The race winning Holden VR Commodore of Larry Perkins and Russell Ingall, pictured in 2016
Pos No Team Drivers Car Laps Qual
1 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Larry Perkins
Australia Russell Ingall
Holden VR Commodore 161 1 3
2 35 Peter Jackson Racing Australia Alan Jones
Australia Allan Grice
Australia David Parsons
Ford EF Falcon 161 9 6
3 7 Coca-Cola Racing Australia Wayne Gardner
Australia Neil Crompton
Holden VR Commodore 161 7 4
4 2 Winfield Racing Sweden Anders Olofsson
New Zealand Steven Richards
Holden VR Commodore 161 16
5 4 Coca-Cola Racing Australia Brad Jones
United Kingdom Win Percy
Holden VR Commodore 161 11
6 21 Pinnacle Motorsport Australia Tony Scott
United Kingdom John Cleland
Holden VR Commodore 158 13
7 18 Shell FAI Racing Australia Charlie O'Brien
Australia Steven Johnson
Ford EF Falcon 158 8 7
8 28 Playscape Racing Australia Kevin Waldock
Australia Mark McLaughlin
Ford EF Falcon 152 24
9 25 Castrol Longhurst Ford Australia Tony Longhurst
Australia Wayne Park
Ford EF Falcon 149 10 9
10 39 Bill O'Brien Australia Bill O'Brien
Australia Brian Callaghan Jr
Australia Ron Barnacle
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 149 30
11 37 Scotty Taylor Racing Australia Alan Taylor
Australia Roger Hurd
Australia Stephen Bell
Holden VP Commodore 146 31
12 74 PACE Racing Australia Kevin Heffernan
Australia Stephen Voight
Holden VP Commodore 144 27
13 54 Ed Lamont New Zealand Ed Lamont
Australia Graham Gulson
Holden VP Commodore 143 26
14 49 Alcair Racing Australia David Attard
Australia Greg Crick
Holden VP Commodore 130 14
15 62 Novacastrian Motorsport Australia Wayne Russell
Australia Ric Shaw
Holden VP Commodore 129 29
DNF 30 Peter Jackson Racing Australia Glenn Seton
Australia David Parsons
Australia Allan Grice
Ford EF Falcon 152 2 5
DNF 38 James Rosenberg Racing Australia Mark Poole
Australia Ed Ordynski
Australia Bernie Stack
Holden VP Commodore 136 25
DNF 3 Lansvale Racing Team Australia Steve Reed
Australia Trevor Ashby
Holden VP Commodore 132 15
DNF 55 David Parsons Australia David Parsons
Australia Rodney Crick
Holden VR Commodore 127 17
NC 24 Romano Racing Australia Paul Romano
Australia Troy Dunstan
Holden VP Commodore 113 21
DNF 17 Shell FAI Racing Australia Dick Johnson
Australia John Bowe
Ford EF Falcon 110 3 8
DNF 33 Pro-Duct Motorsport Australia Bob Pearson
Australia Bruce Stewart
Holden VP Commodore 88 19
DNF 1 Winfield Racing Australia Mark Skaife
New Zealand Jim Richards
Holden VR Commodore 65 5 2
DNF 27 Terry Finnigan Australia Terry Finnigan
Australia Peter Gazzard
Holden VP Commodore 54 22
DNF 12 M3 Motorsport Australia Peter Doulman
Australia John Cotter
Holden VP Commodore 40 20
DNF 20 Palmer Promotions Australia Ian Palmer
Australia Brett Peters
Holden VR Commodore 38 28
DNF 05 Holden Racing Team Australia Peter Brock
Australia Tomas Mezera
Holden VR Commodore 32 4 10
DNF 10 Larkham Motor Sport Australia Mark Larkham
Australia Warwick Rooklyn
Ford EF Falcon 22 12
DNF 36 Schembri Motorsport Australia Neil Schembri
Australia Graham Moore
Holden VR Commodore 19 23
DNF 9 Allan Moffat Enterprises Australia Andrew Miedecke
Australia Mark Noske
Ford EB Falcon 16 18
DNF 015 Holden Racing Team Australia Craig Lowndes
New Zealand Greg Murphy
Holden VR Commodore 10 6 1
DNF 60 Enzed Racing Australia Ryan McLeod
Australia Peter McLeod
Holden VR Commodore 0 32


  • Provisional Pole Position – #11 Larry Perkins – 2:11.5764
  • Pole Position – #015 Craig Lowndes – 2:11.5540
  • Fastest Lap – #015 Craig Lowndes – 2:14.3239 - Lap 8
  • Average Speed – 157.72 km/h[1]
  • Race Time - 6:20:32.3766

See also[edit]

1995 Australian Touring Car season


  1. ^ Australian Motor Racing Year 1995, page 281

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