The 1988 Asia-Pacific Touring Car Championship was a Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) sanctioned motor racing series run for Group A Touring Cars. It was the first of only two times the championship was run, with the next not being held until 1994.

Trevor Crowe was the winner of the inaugural series driving a BMW M3 for fellow Kiwi John Sax. The M3 was a Division 2 car and gained more points for outright places. Second was veteran Australian racer Colin Bond in his Caltex sponsored Ford Sierra RS500, while third was taken by Italian driver Emanuele Pirro driving a BMW M3 for Schnitzer Motorsport.

With the championship generally ignored by most of the top teams from the stronger Group A championships (Australia, Europe and Japan), Crowe, Bond and Pirro were able to gain the top three placings despite each only running in two of the four rounds.

Schedule

The championship was run over four rounds, starting on 2 October at the Tooheys 1000 in Bathurst, Australia, and finishing on 13 November with the Inter-tec 500 at the Fuji circuit in Japan.

Date Race Circuit winner car Results
2 October Bathurst 1000 Australia Mount Panorama Circuit Australia Tony Longhurst
Australia Tomas Mezera
Ford Sierra RS500 Report
24 October Wellington 500 New Zealand Wellington Street Circuit Italy Emanuele Pirro
Italy Roberto Ravaglia
BMW M3 Report
30 October Pukekohe Park 500 New Zealand Pukekohe Park Raceway Australia Andrew Miedecke
United Kingdom Steve Soper
Ford Sierra RS500 Report
13 November Fuji Inter-tec 500 Japan Fuji Speedway West Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz
Japan Hisashi Yokoshima
Ford Sierra RS500 Report

References