1997 Tickford 500

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The 1997 Tickford 500 was an endurance motor race for V8 Supercars.[1] It was held on 14 September 1997 at the Sandown Raceway [1] and was the 32nd running of the Sandown 500.

The race was won by Craig Lowndes and Greg Murphy, driving a Holden VS Commodore [1] for the Holden Racing Team.[2]

Qualifying[edit]

The fastest lap in qualifying was set by Mark Skaife at 1:11.3142.

Top 10 Shootout[edit]

The Top 10 Shootout, which was contested by the fastest ten cars from Qualifying, determined the order of the first ten grid positions for the race.

Pos No Entrant [2] Driver Car
Pole 05 Holden Racing Team Australia Mark Skaife Holden VS Commodore
2 10 Mitre 10 Racing Australia Mark Larkham Ford EL Falcon
3 1 Ford Credit Racing Australia Glenn Seton Ford EL Falcon
4 9 Alan Jones Racing Australia Alan Jones Ford EL Falcon
5 97 Holden Racing Team Australia Jason Bargwanna Holden VS Commodore
6 15 Holden Racing Team New Zealand Greg Murphy Holden VS Commodore
7 46 Betta Electrical New Zealand John Faulkner Holden VS Commodore
8 7 Wayne Gardner Racing Australia Wayne Gardner Holden VS Commodore
9 17 Shell Helix Racing Australia Dick Johnson Ford EL Falcon
10 25 Castrol Longhurst Australia Tony Longhurst Ford EL Falcon

Official results[edit]

Pos. [1] No. [2] Entrant [2] Drivers [1] Car [1] Laps [1]
1 15 Holden Racing Team Australia Craig Lowndes
New Zealand Greg Murphy
Holden VS Commodore 157
2 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Larry Perkins
Australia Russell Ingall
Holden VS Commodore 157
3 9 Alan Jones Racing Australia Alan Jones
Australia Jason Bright
Ford EL Falcon 157
4 46 Betta Electrical New Zealand John Faulkner
United Kingdom Win Percy
Holden VS Commodore 156
5 34 GRM Valvoline Cummins New Zealand Steven Richards
New Zealand Jim Richards
Holden VS Commodore 155
6 7 Wayne Gardner Racing Australia Wayne Gardner
Australia Neil Crompton
Holden VS Commodore 155
7 18 Shell Helix Racing Australia Steven Johnson
New Zealand Craig Baird
Ford EL Falcon 154
8 45 Wynn's Australia Australia Darren Hossack
Australia Steven Ellery
Holden VR Commodore 154
9 97 Holden Racing Team Australia Jason Bargwanna
Australia Mark Noske
Holden VS Commodore 153
10 25 Castrol Longhurst Australia Tony Longhurst
Australia Charlie O'Brien
Ford EL Falcon 151
11 1 Ford Credit Racing Australia Glenn Seton
Australia David Parsons
Ford EL Falcon 150
12 05 Holden Racing Team Australia Peter Brock
Australia Mark Skaife
Holden VS Commodore 150
13 12 Simoco Pacific Australia Bruce Williams
Australia Paul Gover
Holden VS Commodore 148
14 26 M3 Motorsport Australia Peter Doulman
Australia John Cotter
Holden VP Commodore 148
15 24 Romano Racing Australia Paul Romano
Australia Allan Grice
Holden VS Commodore 144
16 14 Malcolm Stenniken Australia Malcolm Stenniken
New Zealand Norris Miles
Holden VR Commodore 144
17 16 Castrol Cougars Australia Melinda Price
Australia Kerryn Brewer
Holden VS Commodore 139
18 49 Alcair Airconditioning Australia Greg Crick [3]
Australia Peter Fitzgerald
Australia Terry Finnigan
Holden VR Commodore 132
DNF 47 Bottlemagic Australia John Trimbole
Australia Tomas Mezera
Holden VS Commodore [4] 128
DNF 28 Playscape Racing Australia Kevin Waldock
Australia John Smith
Ford EF Falcon 112
DNF 17 Shell Heli Racing Australia Dick Johnson
Australia John Bowe
Ford EL Falcon 108
DNF 79 Mike Conway Australia Mike Conway
Australia Gavin Monaghan
Ford EB2 Falcon 95
DNF 3 Lansvale Smash Repairs Australia Steve Reed
Australia Trevor Ashby
Holden VS Commodore 47
DNF 10 Mitre 10 Racing Australia Mark Larkham
Australia Andrew Miedecke
Ford EL Falcon 33

The race was started in the rain under the control of the safety car.[1] The weather conditions resulted in a slower than expected average speed and the race did not run to its full 161 lap distance, being halted on lap 157 after 3 hours 45 minutes and 22.3508 seconds.[1]

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position: Mark Skaife [1]
  • Fastest race lap: Mark Skaife – 1:17.4932 on lap 101 [1]
  • Race time of winning car: 3h 45:22.3508 [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l History Repeats, Australian Auto Action, 19-25 September 1997, page 46
  2. ^ a b c d Official Program, Tickford 500, Sandown, Australian Auto Action, 12 - 18 September 1997, page 4
  3. ^ V8 Bathurst 1997, page 27
  4. ^ Entry List in the Official Program shows Trimbole and Mezera in a VS Commodore. Results in Australian Auto Action show VP Commodore. An image of the car at the 1997 Tickford 500 on page 26 of the book "V8 Bathurst 1997" shows that it was not a VP Commodore

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1996 Tickford 500
Sandown 500
1997
Succeeded by
1998 Tickford 500