2003 Bob Jane T-Marts 1000
|2003 Bob Jane T-Marts 1000|
The 2003 Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst 1000 was the seventh running of the Australia 1000 race, first held after the organisational split over the Bathurst 1000 that occurred in 1997. It was the 47th race that traces its lineage back to the 1960 Armstrong 500 held at Phillip Island.
The race was won by Greg Murphy and Rick Kelly driving a Kmart Racing Team run Holden VY Commodore. It was the fifth consecutive victory for Holden, a new record. It was Murphy's third victory in the race and Kelly became the youngest driver to win the race, eclipsing the previous record set by Craig Lowndes in 1996.
On Saturday Murphy also recorded the fastest lap in the circuits history to take pole position during the Top Ten Shootout. The time stood as the fastest ever in a V8 Supercar for 7 years until Craig Lowndes lapped barely a few hundredths faster in practice during the 2010 event, although neither are officially recognised as the lap record as only race laps contribute to lap records.
Top ten shootout
|Pole||51||Kmart Racing Team||Greg Murphy||Holden VY Commodore||2:06.8594|
|2||21||Brad Jones Racing||John Bowe||Ford BA Falcon||2:07.9556|
|3||2||Holden Racing Team||Jim Richards||Holden VY Commodore||2:08.1466|
|4||34||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Garth Tander||Holden VY Commodore||2:08.4127|
|5||4||Stone Brothers Racing||Marcos Ambrose||Ford BA Falcon||2:08.4442|
|6||6||Ford Performance Racing||Craig Lowndes||Ford BA Falcon||2:08.4587|
|7||1||Holden Racing Team||Mark Skaife||Holden VY Commodore||2:08.5696|
|8||17||Dick Johnson Racing||Steven Johnson||Ford BA Falcon||2:08.6875|
|9||65||Team Betta Electrical||Paul Radisich||Ford BA Falcon||2:09.0925|
|DNS||11||Castrol Perkins Racing||Steven Richards||Holden VY Commodore|
* Greg Murphy became the first New Zealand born driver to actually set pole position for the Bathurst 1000. Murphy and fellow Kiwi racers Jim Richards and Paul Radisich had previously been on pole position for the race, but on each of those occasions it was their Australian co-driver who had set the pole winning time. Murphy's time of 2:06.8594 was the first time a touring car had gone under 2:07.00 for a lap of the 6.213 km (3.861 mi) circuit and was suitably dubbed the "Lap of the Gods".
- Provisional Position - #51 Greg Murphy - 2:07.9503
- Pole Position - #51 Greg Murphy - 2:06.8594
- Fastest Lap - #34 Garth Tander - 2:08.6726 (new lap record)
- Average Speed - 153 km/h
- Official race results
- Official V8 Supercar website
- CAMS Manual reference to Australian titles
- Image gallery at www.motorsport.com
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