1998 AMP Bathurst 1000
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The 1998 AMP Bathurst 1000 was the 39th running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race. It was held on 4 October 1998 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst. It was the second year of the controversial split between race organisers, the , and V8 Supercar, which had led to Australia's leading touring car series leaving the Bathurst 1000. The V8 Supercar teams raced the 1998 FAI 1000 race, held six weeks later. The race distance was 161 laps, approximately 1000 km.

Class structure

The 1998 AMP Bathurst 1000 was an endurance race for Super Touring Cars, New Zealand Touring Cars and Production Cars.

ST

The class featured International Group 2 Touring Cars, otherwise known as Supertouring. It featured teams from Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain fielding a total of 28 cars. Featured cars were: Alfa Romeo 155, Audi A4, BMW 318i, BMW 320i, Ford Mondeo, Holden Vectra, Honda Accord, Hyundai Lantra, Nissan Primera, Peugeot 405, Peugeot 406, Toyota Carina, Vauxhall Cavalier, Vauxhall Vectra and Volvo S40.

NZ

The New Zealand touring car series, Schedule S, was invited and the ten car entry featured: BMW 320i, BMW 325i, Ford Telstar, Honda Integra, Nissan Sentra, Peugeot 405, Suzuki Baleno, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Corona.

3E

Production cars, conforming to an older version of the Australian Production Car Championship regulations were also invited with five cars arriving. They cars were: Honda Civic, Mazda 626 and Toyota Camry.

Top ten run-off

Post-qualifying shootout results as follows:[1]

Pos No Team Driver Car Time
1 40 Volvo S40 Racing Sweden Rickard Rydell Volvo S40 2:14.9265
2 34 Team Dynamics New Zealand Steven Richards Nissan Primera 2:16.4143
3 4 Volvo S40 Racing United Kingdom Tim Harvey Volvo S40 2:16.4672
4 80 Team Vectra New Zealand Greg Murphy Holden Vectra 2:16.7782
5 8 Team Vectra United Kingdom Derek Warwick Vauxhall Vectra 2:17.3103
6 2 Audi Sport Australia Australia Paul Morris Audi A4 Quattro 2:18.2657
7 1 Audi Sport Australia Australia Brad Jones Audi A4 Quattro 2:18.3658
8 29 Brookes Motorsport United Kingdom Lee Brookes Honda Accord 2:18.9932
9 12 Greenfield Mowers Racing Australia Cameron McLean BMW 320i 2:19.1715
10 88 Knight Racing Australia Ford Mondeo 2:22.9436

Official results

Race results as follows:[2]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Car Laps Qual
Pos
Shootout
Pos
1 ST 40 Volvo S40 Racing Sweden Rickard Rydell
New Zealand Jim Richards
Volvo S40 161 2 1
2 ST 34 Team Dynamics New Zealand Steven Richards
United Kingdom Matt Neal
Nissan Primera 161 3 2
3 ST 1 Audi Sport Australia Australia Brad Jones
Australia Cameron McConville
Audi A4 Quattro 161 5 7
4 ST 12 Greenfield Mowers Racing Australia Cameron McLean
Australia
BMW 320i 159 8 9
5 ST 8 Team Vectra United Kingdom Derek Warwick
United Kingdom John Cleland
Vauxhall Vectra 157 6 5
6 ST 88 Knight Racing Australia
Australia
Ford Mondeo 155 10 10
7 ST 30 Roadchill Express Australia
Australia
BMW 320i 152 12
8 ST 22 Playboy Racing Australia Rodney Forbes
Australia
BMW 318i 152 15
9 ST 16 Faber-Castell Racing Australia
Australia Bob Holden
Australia
BMW 318i 145 16
10 NZ 64 International Motorsport New Zealand
New Zealand
BMW 320i 144 28
11 ST 20 Brian Bradshaw Race Preparation New Zealand Dennis Chapman
New Zealand
BMW 318i 144 22
12 NZ 65 International Motorsport New Zealand
New Zealand
BMW 325i 141 33
13 ST 45 Gun Motorsport Australia
New Zealand
Alfa Romeo 155 137 17
14 3E 35 Tom Watkinson Australia
Australia
Mazda 626 136 36
15 3E 71 Rebound Clothing Co. Australia
Australia
Mazda 626 135 34
16 NZ 67 Geoff Short New Zealand
New Zealand
Ford Telstar 131 32
17 3E 37 Ken Talbert Australia
Australia
Mazda 626 130 40
18 ST 25 Rodney Jones Racing United Kingdom Mike Newton
Australia
Vauxhall Cavalier 128 30
DNF ST 14 Project Racing New Zealand
Australia
Nissan Primera 139 13
DNF NZ 63 International Motorsport New Zealand Jason Richards
New Zealand
BMW 320i 128 24
NC NZ 68 Wayne Johnson New Zealand
New Zealand
Honda Integra 120 37
NC ST 49 Grid Motorsport Australia
Australia
BMW 318i 112 21
DNF NZ 70 Air Vanuatu / Bartercard New Zealand
New Zealand
Toyota Corolla 111 42
NC ST 11 All Auto Parts Australia
Australia
Toyota Carina 110 27
NC ST 58 HVE Motorsport Australia
Australia
Australia
Hyundai Lantra 107 19
DNF ST 2 Audi Sport Australia Australia Paul Morris
New Zealand Paul Radisich
Audi A4 Quattro 84 7 6
DNF ST 80 Team Vectra New Zealand Greg Murphy
Australia Russell Ingall
Holden Vectra 83 1 4
DNF ST 4 Volvo S40 Racing United Kingdom Tim Harvey
Sweden Jan Nilsson
Volvo S40 82 4 3
DNF ST 98 Knight Racing Australia
Australia
Australia
Ford Mondeo 78 25
DNF ST 77 Motorsport Developments Australia
Australia
Toyota Carina 76 23
DNF ST 24 Bruce Miles New Zealand
New Zealand
BMW 318i 63 20
DNF 3E 38 Phoenix Motorsport Australia
Australia
Toyota Camry 59 35
DNF NZ 61 Prestige Motorsports Management New Zealand
New Zealand
New Zealand
Nissan Sentra SSS 56 26
DNF ST 10 TC Motorsport New Zealand
Australia
Peugeot 406 52 11
DNF ST 29 Brookes Motorsport United Kingdom Robb Gravett
United Kingdom Lee Brookes
Honda Accord 49 9 8
DNF NZ 90 Robert Ker New Zealand
New Zealand
Toyota Corona 47 31
DNF NZ 62 BT Motorsport New Zealand
New Zealand
Peugeot 405 47 41
DNF 3E 33 Burwood Motorsport Australia
Australia Adam Macrow
Australia
Honda Civic 34 38
DNF ST 18 Aaron McGill Australia
Australia
Peugeot 405 24 18
DNF ST 60 Knight Racing Australia Warren Luff
Australia
Ford Mondeo 18 14
DNF ST 23 MF Motorsport Australia
Australia
Peugeot 405 17 29
DNF ST 15 Project Racing United Kingdom
Australia
Honda Accord 14 43
DNS NZ 66 Suzuki Value Finance New Zealand
New Zealand
New Zealand
Suzuki Baleno 39

Statistics

  • Provisional Pole Position – #80 Greg Murphy
  • Pole Position – #40 Rickard Rydell – 2:14.9265
  • Fastest Lap – #40 Rickard Rydell – 2:17.9558 – Lap 153
  • Average Speed – N/A
  • Race Time – 6:54:23.4756

References

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  2. ^ "1998 AMP Bathurst 1000 Mount Panorama Bathurst Session 30 – 1998 AMP BATHURST 1000". National Software. 4 October 1998. Archived from the original on 3 September 2006. Retrieved 1 June 2008.
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