1992 Tooheys 1000
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The 1992 Tooheys 1000 was the 33rd running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race. It was held on 4 October 1992, at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst. The race was held for cars eligible for International Group A touring car regulations and a class available for those who had built cars eligible to the new for 1993 class, CAMS Group 3A touring car regulations.

The winning Skaife/Richards Nissan GT-R

The race was won for the second year in a row by Jim Richards and Mark Skaife driving a Gibson Motor Sport prepared Nissan Skyline GT-R, the pair becoming the first back to back Bathurst winners since Peter Brock and Larry Perkins had won in 1983 and 1984. Richards and Skaife had to be declared the winners after a rainstorm swept across the race in the closing stages causing many accidents in conditions deemed by race officials too dangerous to continue. The race results were issued as at the end of the 143rd lap, 18 laps short of full race distance. This was the second time in the event's history where the race was stopped and results declared before the scheduled laps were completed (previous occasion was in 1981).

The Dick Johnson Racing run Ford Sierra of Dick Johnson and John Bowe was classified in second position with Richards and Skaife's team mates Anders Olofsson and Neil Crompton in third. Former Formula One World Champion Denny Hulme suffered a heart attack at the wheel; he came to a halt at the side of the track and was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Class structure

Class A

For Group A cars of over 1600cc engine capacity, it featured the turbocharged Ford Sierras, Nissan Skylines and Toyota Supras, V8 Holden Commodores, four cylinder BMW M3s and a BMW 635CSi.

Class B

For Group A cars of under 1600cc engine capacity, it was composed exclusively of various models of Toyota Corolla.

Class C

A class for the new V8 touring car class that would take over Australian touring car racing in 1993 that would later become known as V8 Supercar. It was composed of three Holden VP Commodores and a Ford EB Falcon.


"I'm just really stunned for words, I can't believe the reception. I thought Australian race fans had a lot more to go than this, this is bloody disgraceful. I'll keep racing but I tell you what, this is going to remain with me for a long time. You're a pack of arseholes."

Jim Richards' infamous post race comment.[1]

Nine time Bathurst winner Peter Brock had his worst ever start to the race when the tailshaft of his new VP Commodore broke on the starting line. After sitting on the side of the circuit for a number of laps, the car was eventually towed into the pits where the Mobil 1 crew fitted a new tailshaft while Brock explained to the television audience that it was a brand new tail shaft fitted that morning that had broken. Brock, whose co-driver was German DTM driver and winner of the 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans, Manuel Reuter, rejoined the race on lap 15 in last position. After later breaking a second tailshaft and being pushed into a spin at Forrest's Elbow during the first rain storm by the Holden Racing Team Commodore of Allan Grice which forced Brock to pit when Grice pushed past and ground the front spoiler off of the Mobil 1 Commodore (causing Brock to vent on television about Grice's driving in a rare show of emotion), Brock and Reuter finished in 27th place.

This race was notable for the winning car being crashed and undrivable at the race's conclusion. Due to heavy rain a large number of crashes occurred towards the end of the race leading to the race being stopped during the leader's 145th lap, requiring a windback to the completed 144th lap. However, many cars had crashed prior to the leader's completion of the 144th lap so the race was woundback an additional lap to allow them to be placed. Due to this windback, Richards' car which had hit the wall once suffering extensive damage—drivable but barely so—and had then slid off the track to join several other cars that had crashed about 200 metres past Forrest's Elbow onto Conrod Straight, was the winner since it was the lead car. Due to high concentrations of Ford and Holden fans and spectators generally upset that a crashed car had won race winner Jim Richards, who drove a Nissan, was vociferously booed as he took the podium. Distressed over the death his friend Denny Hulme which he was only informed about moments before he took to the podium (see below), as well as the crowd's reaction,[2] in his very brief, international live feed broadcast victory speech he told the spectators, "You're a pack of arseholes." (see right for full comment) Richards later apologised for his comments.

The race was also the last in which turbo powered cars such as the Nissan Skyline and Ford Sierra would be permitted to compete. As of 1 January 1993 the turbos were banned in favor of the previously mentioned V8 formula which would later evolve into V8 Supercars.

1992 was also significant in that it saw the return of the Ford Falcon to Bathurst for the first time since the end of the Group C era in 1984. Glenn Seton and new team recruit Alan Jones qualified their 1993 V8 spec Ford EB Falcon in 4th place, the fastest of the 1993 cars (all 4 of which qualified in the Top 10). While the new Falcon V8 performed above even Seton's expectations, unfortunately their race ended on lap 84 with fuel pump failure. The other three 1993 spec cars were the Holden VP Commodore's from the Holden Racing Team and Peter Brock's example.

Australia's 1987 500cc Grand Prix World Champion Wayne Gardner made his touring car racing debut in the race partnering Sydney veteran in Moore's Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV. Moore qualified the car in 21st position and they eventually finished in 26th place. Gardner's first ever race drive came while rain lashed the circuit. Gardner's presence in the race saw two former Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champions driving in the race. Johnny Cecotto, who had won World Championships in 1975 and 1978, co-drove with Tony Longhurst in a BMW M3 Evolution. Cecotto almost didn't get to drive in the race after he crashed the car at Forrest's Elbow in the race morning warm up session, though the TAFE crash repair crew were able to repair the car for the start. Longhurst and Cecotto would finish in fourth place.

The 1992 Tooheys 1000 was also a sad occasion as popular veteran driver and 1967 Formula One world champion Denny Hulme, 56 years old from New Zealand and that country's only World Drivers' Champion, died of a heart attack suffered during lap 33. Hulme, driving the second Benson & Hedges Racing BMW M3 with young driver Paul Morris, started the race in 18th position. On lap 33 when the race was under heavy rain, Hulme radioed into his team while coming through Forrest's Elbow that he could not see. Coming down Conrod Straight, the yellow #20 BMW went off the track and glanced the wall on the left hand side before continuing across the track to the outside wall where the car came to a stop, Channel 7 cameras capturing the incident. Most concern was with the driver. While the race continued under the safety car, Hulme was removed from the car and taken by ambulance to nearby Bathurst Hospital where he was later pronounced dead from heart failure. According to unconfirmed reports, Hulme was still alive, though unconscious, when track marshals reached the BMW a few seconds after it came to a stop just before the right hand kink into Caltex Chase.

Tooheys Top 10

Pos No Team Driver Car TT10 Qual
Pole 17 Shell Ultra-High Racing Australia Dick Johnson Ford Sierra RS500 2:12.898 2:14.56
2 11 Bob Jane T-Marts Perkins Racing Australia Larry Perkins Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 2:14.431 2:14.08
3 1 Winfield Team Nissan Australia Mark Skaife Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R 2:14.546 2:13.82
4 30 Peter Jackson Racing Australia Glenn Seton Ford EB Falcon 2:14.971 2:15.53
5 15 Holden Racing Team Australia Tomas Mezera Holden VP Commodore 2:16.028 2:15.74
6 4 GIO Racing Australia Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R 2:16.168 2:15.75
7 16 Holden Racing Team Australia Allan Grice Holden VP Commodore 2:16.215 2:16.13
8 05 Mobil 1 Racing Australia Peter Brock Holden VP Commodore 2:16.459 2:15.98
9 25 Benson & Hedges Racing Australia Tony Longhurst BMW M3 Evolution 2:16.932 2:15.26
10 10 Allan Moffat Enterprises Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz Ford Sierra RS500 2:16.943 2:14.98

* 1992 was the second and final time Dick Johnson claimed pole position at Bathurst. He had also been on pole in 1988. Johnson's time of 2:12.898 was almost one second faster than any other Sierra had ever been around the mountain and over 3 seconds faster than his shootout time from 1991. Johnson surprised many by driving in the shootout as it was Bowe who had set the cars fastest qualifying time. Unconfirmed rumours (denied by DJR) had the Sierra using a special qualifying engine putting out around 680 bhp (507 kW; 689 PS). 1992 was also Johnson's 15th straight appearance in the runoff meaning he had appeared in every runoff since it was first used in 1978.
* After only qualifying 11th in 1991, Tony Longhurst surprised in qualifying by putting his 2.5L, 4 cyl BMW M3 Evolution into provisional 5th place. Longhurst admitted his lap was helped by getting a tow on the straights from Larry Perkins in his Holden Commodore. Without the benefit of the tow in the runoff, Longhurst dropped to 9th place
* Larry Perkins, the winner of the recent 1992 Sandown 500, also surprised by qualifying his older model VL Commodore in 2nd place in both official qualifying and the runoff. While many questioned the legality of the older model Commodore to go so fast, Perkins pointed out that he was only 8/10ths faster than he was in the same model in 1990 while the Sierra's (Johnson) had improved considerably more.
* Glenn Seton qualified his 1993 spec V8 Ford EB Falcon in 4th place, the fastest of the new cars. This put the Falcon on the second row of the grid one place behind what Dick Johnson attained in 1984, the previous time Ford Falcons had appeared in The Great Race.
* With a popoff valve allegedly limiting the power of the car to 450 bhp (336 kW; 456 PS), as well as an extra 140 kg of weight, Mark Skaife in his Nissan GT-R was almost two seconds slower than his 1991 pole time of 2:12.630, though this didn't stop him claiming provisional pole with a time of 2:13.82. Over 15 years later, team boss Fred Gibson admitted the GT-R's were actually running close to 600 bhp (447 kW; 608 PS).
* With four Commodores in the top 10, Holden had their best representation in the runoff during the Group A era of 1985-92, though this was still three short of the Commodore record of 7 cars under Group C rules in 1983. The two Holden Racing Team (HRT) cars, as well as Peter Brock's, were the new 1993 spec VP Commodores, all of which used a Chevrolet V8 engine. Larry Perkins' 1988 model Commodore used the Holden V8 engine. 1992 was also the first time that the HRT managed to get both team cars into the shootout.

Official results

Pos Class No Team Drivers Car Laps Qual
1 A 1 Winfield Team Nissan Australia Mark Skaife
New Zealand Jim Richards
Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R 143 1 3
2 A 17 Shell Ultra-High Racing Australia Dick Johnson
Australia John Bowe
Ford Sierra RS500 143 3 1
3 A 2 Winfield Team Nissan Sweden Anders Olofsson
Australia Neil Crompton
Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R 143 11
4 A 25 Benson & Hedges Racing Australia Tony Longhurst
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto
BMW M3 Evolution 142 5 9
5 C 16 Holden Racing Team United Kingdom Win Percy
Australia Allan Grice
Holden VP Commodore 141 10 7
6 A 4 GIO Racing Australia
Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R 138 8 6
7 A 55 Mobil 1 Racing Australia Andrew Miedecke
Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV 137 16
8 A 35 Peter Jackson Racing Australia
Australia David Parsons
Ford Sierra RS500 136 15
9 A 11 Bob Jane T-Marts Perkins Racing Australia Larry Perkins
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 135 2 2
10 A 41 Daily Planet Racing Australia
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 135 24
11 A 18 Shell Ultra-High Racing Australia
Australia Cameron McConville
Ford Sierra RS500 134 17
12 A 6 Alf Grant Australia
Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R 134 27
13 A 27 Australia
Australia Garry Rogers
Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV 133 19
14 A 28 Playscape Racing Australia
Ford Sierra RS500 132 20
15 C 15 Holden Racing Team Australia Tomas Mezera
Australia Brad Jones
Holden VP Commodore 131 7 5
16 A 14 Warren Jonsson Australia
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 130 28
17 A 34 Ray Gulson Australia
New Zealand
BMW 635 CSi 129 33
18 A 39 Everlast Battery Service Australia Bill O'Brien
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 129 23
19 A 10 Allan Moffat Enterprises Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz
Australia Gregg Hansford
Ford Sierra RS500 128 4 10
20 A 13 Australia
New Zealand Peter Janson
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 128 25
21 A 44 Stuart McColl Australia
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 126 30
22 B 71 Toyota Team Australia Australia Jason Bargwanna
Toyota Corolla FX-GT 126 39
23 B 74 Peter Verheyen Australia
Toyota Sprinter 125 40
24 B 70 Toyota Team Australia Australia Neal Bates
Australia Rick Bates
Toyota Corolla FX-GT 125 38
25 A 9 Allan Moffat Enterprises Australia Charlie O'Brien
Australia Gary Brabham
Ford Sierra RS500 124 13
26 A 42 Bob Forbes Racing Australia
Australia Wayne Gardner
Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV 119 21
27 C 05 Mobil 1 Racing Australia Peter Brock
Germany Manuel Reuter
Holden VP Commodore 118 9 8
28 B 72 Adrian Brooke Australia Gregg Easton
Toyota Sprinter 115 41
29 B 78 Bob Holden Motors Australia
Toyota Corolla 113 44
30 B 76 Australia
Toyota Sprinter 112 42
31 B 82 Stuart Murphy Australia
Australia Chris Barns
Toyota Corolla AE92 110 46
NC B 77 Malcolm Rea Australia
Toyota Sprinter 104 47
NC A 36 Mike Newton Australia
United Kingdom Mike Newton
Ford Sierra RS500 101 37
NC B 75 Frank Binding Australia
Toyota Corolla 96 45
DNF A 37 Roger Alexander Australia
Toyota Supra Turbo 94 29
NC A 26 Daryl Hendrick Australia
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 94 34
DNF C 30 Peter Jackson Racing Australia Glenn Seton
Australia Alan Jones
Ford EB Falcon 84 6 4
NC A 31 New Zealand
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 81 36
DNF A 52 M3 Motorsport Australia Peter Doulman
Australia John Cotter
BMW M3 80 31
DNF B 73 Bob Holden Motors Australia Bob Holden
Toyota Sprinter 68 43
DNF A 3 Lansvale Smash Repairs Australia Steve Reed
Australia Trevor Ashby
Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV 65 14
DNF A 7 Caltex CXT Racing Team Australia
Ford Sierra RS500 54 22
DNF A 29 Wayne Douglass Racing Australia
New Zealand
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 49 32
DNF A 20 Benson & Hedges Racing New Zealand Denny Hulme
Australia Paul Morris
BMW M3 Evolution 32 18
DNF A 40 John Leeson Australia
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 29 35
DNF A 50 Bryan Sala Australia
Ford Sierra RS500 15 26
DNF A 8 Caltex CXT Racing Team Australia Colin Bond
Ford Sierra RS500 7 12
DNS A 22 Daily Planet Racing Australia
Australia Rohan Cooke
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV


  • Provisional Pole Position - #1 Mark Skaife - 2:13.82
  • Pole Position – #17 Dick Johnson – 2:12.898
  • Fastest Lap – #1 Mark Skaife – 2:16.47 - Lap 114
  • Average Speed – 138 km/h
  • Race Time - 6:27:16.22

See also

1992 Australian Touring Car season


  1. ^ Austin, Jack (14 October 2020). "'You're a pack of 'a***holes': Aussie sport still hasn't seen a crowd spray quite like this". Fox Sports Australia. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Bathurst Bad Sports (w Mark Skaife & Jim Richards) 2007". YouTube. 17 September 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2012.

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