Phillip Island 500

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L&H 500
Phillip Island 500
Venue Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Race Format
Race 1
   - Laps 14
   - Distance 62 km
Race 2
   - Laps 14
   - Distance 62 km
Race 3
   - Laps 113
   - Distance 503 km
Last Race (2011)
Winning Driver Craig Lowndes / Mark Skaife
Winning Team Triple Eight Race Engineering
Winning Manufacturer Holden

The Phillip Island 500K was an endurance motor race held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria, Australia. It was contested each year from 1971 to 1977 and from 2008 to 2011.

The first two races were open to Group E Series Production Touring Cars. With the demise of the Group E category at the end of 1972 the event switched to Group C Touring Car regulations. The 500K was a round of the Australian Manufacturers' Championship from 1971 to 1975 and counted towards both the Australian Championship of Makes and the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1976 and 1977. The event name changed throughout this period according to the sponsorship (or lack of sponsorship) applying each year.

The race was revived in 2008 as two driver endurance event for V8 Supercars, replacing the Sandown 500 as the lead-in event to the annual Bathurst 1000 race.[1][2] It remained part of the V8 Supercar Championship Series for four consecutive years. In 2012 the race moved back to Sandown.

Race results[edit]

Year Event Driver(s) Car
1971 Phillip Island 500K Colin Bond [3] Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1
1972 Phillip Island 500K Allan Moffat [4] Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III
1973 Phillip Island 500K Peter Brock [5] Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1
1974 Repo 500K Colin Bond [6] Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34
1975 Phillip Island 500K Peter Brock [7] Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34
1976 Rover 500K Colin Bond [8] Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34
1977 Ready Plan Insurance Phillip Island 500K Allan Grice [9] Holden LX Torana SS A9X
2008 L&H 500 Garth Tander
Mark Skaife
Holden VE Commodore
2009 L&H 500 Garth Tander
Will Davison
Holden VE Commodore
2010 L&H 500 Craig Lowndes
Mark Skaife
Holden VE Commodore
2011 L&H 500 Craig Lowndes
Mark Skaife
Holden VE Commodore

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phillip Island 500 here to stay
  2. ^ Phillip Island 500 set to stay
  3. ^ Racing Car News, December 1971
  4. ^ Racing Car News, December 1972, Pages 74 & 75
  5. ^ Australian Competition Yearbook, 1974 Edition, Pages 139 & 140
  6. ^ Australian Competition Yearbook, 1975 Edition, Pages 144 & 145
  7. ^ Australian Competition Yearbook, 1976 Edition, Pages 114 & 115
  8. ^ Australian Competition Yearbook, 1977 Edition, Pages 72 & 73
  9. ^ Australian Competition Yearbook, 1978 Edition, Pages 70 & 71