John Faulkner (racing driver)

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John Faulkner
John Faulkner c 1995.jpg
John Faulkner at Adelaide International Raceway circa 1995
Nationality New Zealander
Born (1952-08-24) 24 August 1952 (age 64)
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Related to Alyson (wife) and Kaitlyn (daughter)
ATCC / V8 Supercar
Years active 1977-80, 1987 & 1996-2005
Teams John Faulkner Racing
Toyota Team Australia
Paul Morris Motorsport
Team Kiwi Racing
Starts 112
Best finish 10th in 1997 Australian Touring Car Championship
Previous series
1992-96
1995-96
AUSCAR
NASCAR Australia

John Murray Faulkner (born 24 August 1952 in Palmerston North, New Zealand) is a retired racing driver. Faulkner spent the majority of his career in sedan based classes. Initially he competing in small touring cars including Ford Escorts and Capris before joining Toyota Team Australia and driving their factory supported Toyota Corolla touring cars. After engine capacity classes were discontinued in the Australian Touring Car Championship, Faulkner moved into Superspeedway racing, establishing John Faulkner Racing to compete in the AUSCAR and Australian NASCAR series, contested mainly at the Calder Park Thunderdome. As NASCAR declined in Australia, Faulkner returned to the Australian Touring Car Championship partway through 1996, and was a surprise starter in the 1996 Bathurst 1000, competing with an ex-Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore, before later constructing his own Holdens. Faulkner's team gradually wound down and left the main series after the 2002 V8 Supercar season. The team continued running Commodores in the second tier Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series until the end of the 2004 season, including briefly running the Holden Young Lions identity.

Faulkner has competed in the Bathurst 1000 on 18 occasions between 1980[1] and 2005 with a best finish of fifth in 1997.[2]

Career results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
1977 Australian Touring Car Championship 37th Ford Capri
1978 Australian Touring Car Championship 30th Ford Capri
1979 Australian Touring Car Championship 12th Ford Capri
1980 Australian Touring Car Championship 20th Ford Escort Mk.II RS2000
1987 Australian Touring Car Championship 20th Toyota Corolla Toyota Team Australia
1987 Australian 2.0 Litre Touring Car Championship 3rd Toyota Corolla Toyota Team Australia
1993 Australian AUSCAR Championship 3rd Holden VP Commodore John Faulkner Racing
1995 Australian AUSCAR Championship 3rd Holden VP Commodore John Faulkner Racing
1996 Australian NASCAR Championship 3rd Chevrolet Monte Carlo John Faulkner Racing
1996 Australian Touring Car Championship 17th Holden VR Commodore John Faulkner Racing
1997 Australian Touring Car Championship 10th Holden VS Commodore John Faulkner Racing
1998 Australian Touring Car Championship 13th Holden VS Commodore John Faulkner Racing
1999 Shell Championship Series 15th Holden VT Commodore John Faulkner Racing
2000 Shell Championship Series 18th Holden VT Commodore John Faulkner Racing
2001 Shell Championship Series 30th Holden VX Commodore John Faulkner Racing
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 29th Holden VX Commodore John Faulkner Racing
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 49th Holden VY Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 45th Holden VZ Commodore Team Kiwi Racing
2013 Australian Production Car Championship 27th FPV FG GT Lovton Coal

Complete Bathurst 500/1000 results[edit]

Year Car# Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1980 43 Allbrells Auto Care Centres Australia Gary Dumbrell Ford Escort RS2000 Mk.II 1601-2000cc 129 26th 6th
1981 63 Cherry City Ford Australia Gary Dumbrell Ford Escort Mk.II 2.0 GL 4 Cylinder 72 DNF DNF
1984 38 Bayswater Auto Wreckers Pty. Ltd. Australia Colin Campbell Holden VH Commodore Group C 130 25th 20th
1985 61 Toyota Team Australia Australia Ray Cutchie Toyota Sprinter AE86 A 110 DNF DNF
1986 61 Toyota Team Australia Australia Mike Quinn Toyota Corolla GT A 148 19th 1st
1987 91 Toyota Team Australia Australia Mike Quinn
Australia John Smith
Toyota Corolla GT 3 118 DNF DNF
1988 71 Toyota Team Australia Australia Drew Price Toyota Corolla GT C 146 9th 1st
1989 32 Toyota Team Australia Australia Peter McKay Toyota Corolla FX-GT A 140 19th 2nd
1990 70 Toyota Team Australia Australia Paul Stokell
Australia Mike Dowson
Toyota Corolla FX-GT 3 130 27th 3rd
1996 46 John Faulkner Racing Australia Steve Harrington Holden VR Commodore 119 DNF DNF
1997 46 John Faulkner Racing United Kingdom Win Percy Holden VS Commodore L1 154 5th 5th
1998 46 John Faulkner Racing Australia Todd Kelly Holden VS Commodore OC 136 DNF DNF
1999 46 John Faulkner Racing New Zealand Simon Wills Holden VT Commodore 65 DNF DNF
2000 46 John Faulkner Racing Australia Adam Macrow Holden VT Commodore 154 DNF DNF
2001 46 John Faulkner Racing Australia Peter Doulman Holden VX Commodore 33 DNF DNF
2002 46 John Faulkner Racing Australia Rick Bates Holden VX Commodore 160 10th 10th
2003 29 Team Sirromet Wines Australia Paul Morris Holden VY Commodore 5 DNF DNF
2005 021 Team Kiwi Racing Australia Alan Gurr Holden VZ Commodore 158 10th 10th

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1980 Bathurst results
  2. ^ Pearce, Bob (13 August 2005). "Pitstop: Halliday expects fierce competition". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 

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