Glenn Seton

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Glenn Seton
Nationality Australian
V8 Supercar Record
Series championships 2 (1993 & 1997)
Races 209
Race wins 17
Podium finishes 54
Pole positions 9
2011 Championship position 61st (113 pts)

Glenn Seton (born 5 May 1965) is an Australian racing driver. He won the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1993 and 1997 while driving for his own team. Although he never won the Bathurst 1000 like his father Barry did in 1965, Glenn started from pole position in 1994 and 1996, and finished second three times. He came close to winning the race in 1995, holding a significant lead in the closing stages, but his engine failed nine laps from the finish.

Seton, father of Courtney and Aaron Seton and husband to Jayne Seton, retired from full-time racing after the 2005 V8 Supercar season. He raced Fords and Nissans in the Australian Touring Car Championship since making his debut in his father's Ford Capri in the 1984 Australian Touring Car Championship, and ran his own team for a number of years.

Career[edit]

He raced for his father's team, in 1983 driving a Ford Capri, then Nissan Motorsport from the 1984 Australian Endurance Championship until his last year with the team in 1988, driving first in a Nissan Pulsar EXA in the 1984 Castrol 500 at Sandown in Melbourne, and then at the 1984 James Hardie 1000, both times alongside Christine Gibson, the wife of his future boss Fred Gibson. His best year with Nissan came in 1987 driving the Nissan Skyline RS DR30 when he would finish second behind Jim Richards in the ATCC. Teamed with John Bowe, Seton would then finish second in the 1987 James Hardie 1000 which that year was part of the inaugural World Touring Car Championship.

1988 would be a frustrating year for Seton. Nissan introduced the new Skyline HR31 GTS-R, and with the car arriving only mid-season, the team could not get on terms with the much more powerful Ford Sierra RS500s. The cars initial unreliability saw Seton's Skyline retire from the first lap at both the Sandown 500 and Tooheys 1000, both times when the cars production based gearbox failed.

Following this, Seton and his father Bo left the Nissan team at the end of 1988 to set up Glenn Seton Racing, which ran from 1989 to 2002, initially with Ford Sierra RS500s before moving to drive one of the new V8 Ford EB Falcons in 1992 where he became the first driver to put a Falcon into the top 10 qualifiers at Bathurst since 1984. The move to the new V8 formula would prove fruitful for Seton, winning the 1993 and 1997 Australian Touring Car Championships, while claiming pole position at Bathurst in 1994 and 1996.

At the end of 2002, Seton sold the team to Prodrive and the team name was renamed to Ford Performance Racing with Seton remaining with the team as a driver. In 2005 he moved to Dick Johnson Racing. In late 2005 after a disappointing season, Seton was sacked from Dick Johnson Racing halfway through his two-year contract.

Seton was not able to find a 2006 full-time drive, so he joined Stone Brothers Racing for the two V8 Supercar endurance races with James Courtney. Brake issues hampered the #4 SBR Falcon at Sandown where it finished ninth. At Bathurst they finished third. Seton moved from Ford and joined his childhood friend and old Nissan Skyline team mate Mark Skaife and for the first time in Seton's career, to drive in a Holden Commodore VE with the Holden Racing Team as an endurance driver for 2007. He finished 13th in the Sandown 500 with Tony Longhurst and 11th in the Bathurst 1000 with Nathan Pretty. Seton again joined the Holden Racing Team in 2008, driving the #2 car with Craig Baird. The pair came 14th at the Phillip Island 500 and were running strongly at the Bathurst 1000 until a late race clash with Warren Luff put them out of the race. He made his final Bathurst appearance with Jason Bargwanna in 2010.

Seton is currently involved in the Australian Speedway scene and has travelled to the US with 2007/08 and 2009/10 Australian Super Sedan Champion, Jamie McHugh[1]

In 2013 Seton won the 2013 Great Southern 4 Hour, sharing a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10 with Bob Pearson.

When Glenn Seton was growing up, his motor racing idol was a former team mate of his father's, Allan Moffat.

Career results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
1984 Australian Touring Car Championship 13th Ford Capri Mk.III Barry Seton
1986 Australian Touring Car Championship 10th Nissan Skyline DR30 RS Peter Jackson Nissan Racing
1986 Australian Endurance Championship 12th Nissan Skyline DR30 RS Peter Jackson Nissan Racing
1987 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Nissan Skyline DR30 RS Peter Jackson Nissan Racing
1988 Australian Touring Car Championship 14th Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R Peter Jackson Nissan Racing
1988 Australian Drivers' Championship 14th Ralt RT4 Nissan Dave Thompson
1989 Australian Touring Car Championship 7th Ford Sierra RS500 Peter Jackson Racing
1990 Australian Touring Car Championship 7th Ford Sierra RS500 Peter Jackson Racing
1990 Australian Endurance Championship 1st Ford Sierra RS500 Peter Jackson Racing
1991 Australian Touring Car Championship 4th Ford Sierra RS500 Peter Jackson Racing
1992 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th Ford Sierra RS500 Peter Jackson Racing
1993 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Ford EB Falcon Peter Jackson Racing
1994 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Ford EB Falcon Peter Jackson Racing
1995 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Ford EF Falcon Peter Jackson Racing
1996 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd Ford EF Falcon Ford Credit Racing
1997 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Ford EL Falcon Ford Credit Racing
1998 Australian Touring Car Championship 6th Ford EL Falcon Ford Credit Racing
1999 Shell Championship Series 4th Ford AU Falcon Ford Tickford Racing
2000 Shell Championship Series 5th Ford AU Falcon Ford Tickford Racing
2001 Shell Championship Series 16th Ford AU Falcon Ford Tickford Racing
2002 V8Supercar Championship Series 24th Ford AU Falcon Glenn Seton Racing
2003 V8Supercar Championship Series 15th Ford AU Falcon
Ford BA Falcon
Ford Performance Racing
2004 V8Supercar Championship Series 15th Ford BA Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2005 V8Supercar Championship Series 15th Ford BA Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2006 V8Supercar Championship Series 35th Ford BA Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2007 V8Supercar Championship Series 38th Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2008 V8Supercar Championship Series 52nd Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2010 V8Supercar Championship Series 61st Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
2010 Australian Mini Challenge 6th Mini John Cooper Works Challenge Pizza Capers
2011 Touring Car Masters (Class C) 11th Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop Speed FX Racing
2013 Australian Production Car Championship 5th Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X Pro-Duct Racing
2013 Touring Car Masters 26th Ford XY Falcon GT Falcon Fire Protection
2015 Touring Car Masters (Pro Masters Class) 7th Ford Mustang Thunder Road Racing Australia

Sandown Endurance wins[edit]

Year Class No Team Co-Drivers Chassis Laps
Engine
1986 B 30 Australia Peter Jackson Nissan Racing Australia George Fury Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 129
Nissan FJ20E 2.0 L I4 turbo
1990 Div.1 35 Australia Peter Jackson Racing Australia George Fury Ford Sierra RS500 161
Ford Cosworth YBD 2.0 L I4 turbo

Complete Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year No Team Co-Driver(s) Car Result Laps Qual
Pos
1983 55 Australia Barry Seton Australia Barry Seton Ford Capri Mk.III DNF 134 41
1984 16 Australia Nissan Motor Co. Australia Christine Gibson Nissan Pulsar EXA DNF 76 26
1986 30 Australia Peter Jackson Nissan Racing Australia George Fury Nissan Skyline DR30 RS DNF 114 3
1987 15 Australia Peter Jackson Nissan Racing Australia John Bowe Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 2 157 15
1988 15 Australia Peter Jackson Nissan Racing Sweden Anders Olofsson Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R DNF 0 17
1989 30 Australia Peter Jackson Racing Australia John Goss
Australia Tony Noske
Ford Sierra RS500 20 140 8
35 Australia Tony Noske
France Alain Ferté
Ford Sierra RS500 DNF 92 17
1990 35 Australia Peter Jackson Racing Australia Drew Price Ford Sierra RS500 DNF 77 4
1991 35 Australia Peter Jackson Racing Australia Gregg Hansford Ford Sierra RS500 9 146 3
1992 30 Australia Peter Jackson Racing Australia Alan Jones Ford EB Falcon DNF 84 4
1993 30 Australia Peter Jackson Racing Australia Alan Jones Ford EB Falcon DNF 147 6
1994 1 Australia Peter Jackson Racing New Zealand Paul Radisich Ford EB Falcon DNF 82 1
1995 30 Australia Peter Jackson Racing Australia David Parsons Ford EF Falcon DNF 152 5
1996 30 Australia Ford Credit Racing Australia David Parsons Ford EF Falcon 15 152 1
1997 1 Australia Ford Credit Racing Australia David Parsons Ford EL Falcon DNF 121 2
1998 5 Australia Ford Credit Racing Australia Neil Crompton Ford EL Falcon 5 160 3
1999 5 Australia Ford Tickford Racing Australia Neil Crompton Ford AU Falcon 5 161 7
2000 5 Australia Ford Tickford Racing Australia Neil Crompton Ford AU Falcon 13 158 6
2001 5 Australia Ford Tickford Racing New Zealand Steven Richards Ford AU Falcon 9 161 2
2002 5 Australia Ford Tickford Racing Australia David Besnard
Australia Owen Kelly
Ford AU Falcon DNF 102 14
2003 6 Australia Ford Performance Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Ford BA Falcon 2 161 6
2004 6 Australia Ford Performance Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Ford BA Falcon 2 161 9
2005 18 Australia Dick Johnson Racing Australia Dean Canto Ford BA Falcon 9 158 8
2006 4 Australia Stone Brothers Racing Australia James Courtney Ford BA Falcon 3 161 11
2007 22 Australia Holden Racing Team Australia Nathan Pretty Holden VE Commodore 11 161 30
2008 2 Australia Holden Racing Team New Zealand Craig Baird Holden VE Commodore DNF 146 19
2010 11 Australia Kelly Racing Australia Jason Bargwanna Holden VE Commodore DNF 132 19

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McHugh Motorsport Media Release. "Australian Champ Taking on America". Speedway Sedans Australia. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mark Skaife
Winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship
1993
Succeeded by
Mark Skaife
Preceded by
Craig Lowndes
Winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship
1997
Succeeded by
Craig Lowndes