|1998 FAI 1000|
The 1998 FAI 1000 Classic was the second running of the Australia 1000 race, first held after the organisational split over the Bathurst 1000 the previous year. It was the 41st race that traces its lineage back to the 1960 Armstrong 500 held at Phillip Island. 1998 was the 36th year in which a touring car endurance race had been held at the Mount Panorama Circuit.
Top 10 shootout
|1||1||Mark Skaife||Holden Racing Team||Holden VT Commodore||2:09.8945|
|2||25||Tony Longhurst||Longhurst Racing||Ford EL Falcon||2:10.4492|
|3||5||Glenn Seton||Glenn Seton Racing||Ford EL Falcon||2:10.8801|
|4||10||Mark Larkham||Larkham Motor Sport||Ford EL Falcon||2:10.9059|
|5||46||John Faulkner||John Faulkner Racing||Holden VS Commodore||2:12.2551|
|6||18||John Bowe||Dick Johnson Racing||Ford EL Falcon||2:12.3975|
|7||96||Wayne Gardner||Wayne Gardner Racing||Holden VS Commodore||2:12.9215|
|8||35||Jason Bargwanna||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Holden VS Commodore||2:12.9773|
|9||11||Larry Perkins||Perkins Engineering||Holden VT Commodore||2:13.0273|
|DNS||50||Greg Murphy||Holden Racing Team||Holden VT Commodore|
* Mark Skaife became the first driver to lap a touring car around the 6.213 km (3.861 mi) Mount Panorama Circuit in under 2 minutes and 10 seconds. Skaife qualified his Holden Racing Team VT Commodore in 2:09.8945. His time was 2.93 seconds faster than his own time set in the twin-turbo, 4WD Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R in 1991, the fastest Group A time on The Mountain, and 3.96 seconds faster than George Fury's, Group C time in 1984 in a Nissan Bluebird Turbo on the old 6.172 km (3.835 mi) (pre-Caltex Chase) circuit.
* Greg Murphy did not take part in the Top 10 shootout after badly damaging his car in a crash during Friday practice.
- V8 Bathurst 2, 1998, page 243
- V8 Bathurst 2, 1998, page 244
- "1998 FAI 1000 Classic". racing-reference.info. 13 October 2020.
- Provisional position - #5 Glenn Seton - 2:11.4634
- Pole position - #1 Mark Skaife - 2:09.8945
- Fastest lap - #1 Craig Lowndes - 2:12.7771
- Average speed - 149 km/h