The 1995 Tooheys 1000 was the 36th running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race. It was held on 1 October 1995, at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst. The race was held for cars eligible under CAMS Group 3A 5.0 Litre Touring Car regulations, that later became known as V8 Supercars. This was the first Bathurst 1000 to be contested by single class.

With only 32 cars on the starting grid it was the smallest field so far in the race's history. This was attributed to the fact that the race was run only for the outright class 5.0 Litre Touring Cars with no small car categories running for the first time in the history of the race going back to the 1960 Armstrong 500 at Phillip Island in Victoria.

Larry Perkins and Russell Ingall driving the #11 Castrol Commodore won the 1995 Tooheys 1000 in what was literally a last to first effort. Perkins clashed with the slow starting HRT Commodore of pole sitter Craig Lowndes before the first turn which pulled the valve out of a tyre forcing him to fall from third to last on the first lap before pitting to replace the tyre. The duo started to climb back up into contention, helped by cars ailing to go the race distance and Safety car periods including once after having just un-lapped themselves and were back in the top 5 with 20 laps to go.

Following the last Safety car, Perkins set about hauling in the leaders. He passed Neil Crompton's Coke Commodore and the Peter Jackson Falcon of Alan Jones to move into second place about 7 seconds behind the Falcon of Jones' team leader Glenn Seton. Then going across the top of the mountain on lap 151, Seton's engine, built by the teams chief engine builder and Glenn's dad Barry Seton dropped a valve. Going into Murray's Corner Perkins had caught up to Seton and passed him for the lead. Perkins went on to win a famous victory while Seton's race ended less than half a lap later, the Falcon coming to a stop on the climb to BP Cutting. In a show of courage, an obviously gutted Seton conducted an interview on Racecam with Channel 7 showing graciousness in defeat while the race continued with cameras in the pits showing his father Bo, head in hands not wanting to believe the race was lost after they were so close to winning.

Had Glenn Seton won the race in 1995 it would have been 30 years since his father Bo Seton had won the 1965 race driving a Ford Cortina Mk.I GT500.

Entry list

No. Drivers Team (Sponsor) Car No. Drivers Team (Sponsor) Car
1 Australia Mark Skaife
New Zealand Jim Richards
Gibson Motorsport
(Winfield)
Holden Commodore VR 25 Australia Tony Longhurst
Australia Wayne Park
Longhurst Racing
(Castrol)
Ford Falcon EF
2 New Zealand Steven Richards
Sweden Anders Olofsson
Gibson Motorsport
(Winfield)
Holden Commodore VR 27 Australia Terry Finnigan
Australia Peter Gazzard
Terry Finnigan Racing Team
(Sony Autosound)
Holden Commodore VP
3 Australia Steve Reed
Australia Trevor Ashby
Lansvale Smash Repairs
(Dulux ICI Autocolor)
Holden Commodore VP 28 Australia Kevin Waldock
Australia Mark McLaughlin
Playscape Racing
(Komatsu)
Ford Falcon EF
4 Australia Brad Jones
United Kingdom Win Percy
Wayne Gardner Racing
(Coca-Cola)
Holden Commodore VR 30 Australia Glenn Seton
Australia David Parsons
Glenn Seton Racing
(Peter Jackson)
Ford Falcon EF
05 Australia Peter Brock
Australia Tomas Mezera
Holden Racing Team
(Holden, Mobil 1)
Holden Commodore VR 33 Australia Bob Pearson
Australia Bruce Stewart
Pro-Duct Motorsport
(Pro-Duct Air Conditioning)
Holden Commodore VP
7 Australia Wayne Gardner
Australia Neil Crompton
Wayne Gardner Racing
(Coca-Cola)
Holden Commodore VR 35 Australia Alan Jones
Australia Allan Grice
Glenn Seton Racing
(Peter Jackson)
Ford Falcon EF
9 Australia Andrew Miedecke
Australia Mark Noske
Allan Moffat Racing
(Cenovis)
Ford Falcon EB 36 Australia Neil Schembri
Australia Graham Moore
Merlin Motorsport
(Awesome OZ Promotions)[1]
Holden Commodore VR
10 Australia Mark Larkham
Australia Warwick Rooklyn
Larkham Motorsport
(Mitre 10)
Ford Falcon EF 37 Australia Alan Taylor
Australia Roger Hurd
Australia Stephen Bell
Alan Taylor Racing
(The Xerox Shop)
Holden Commodore VP
11 Australia Larry Perkins
Australia Russell Ingall
Perkins Engineering
(Castrol)
Holden Commodore VR 38 Australia Mark Poole
Australia Ed Ordynski
Australia Bernie Stack
James Rosenberg Racing
(Gawler Farm Machinery)
Holden Commodore VP
12 Australia Peter Doulman
Australia John Cotter
Doulman Automotive
(Australian College of Driving)
Holden Commodore VP 39 Australia Bill O'Brien
Australia Brian Callaghan, Jr.
Australia Ron Barnacle
O'Brien Automotive
(Everlast Automotive)
Holden Commodore VL
015 Australia Craig Lowndes
New Zealand Greg Murphy
Holden Racing Team
(Holden, Mobil 1)
Holden Commodore VR 49 Australia Greg Crick
Australia David Attard
Greg Crick Racing
(Alcair Air Conditioning)
Holden Commodore VP
17 Australia Dick Johnson
Australia John Bowe
Dick Johnson Racing
(Shell, FAI Insurance)
Ford Falcon EF 54 New Zealand Ed Lamont
Australia Graham Gulson
Ed Lamont Racing
(AC Delco)
Holden Commodore VP
18 Australia Charlie O'Brien
Australia Steven Johnson
Dick Johnson Racing
(Shell, FAI Insurance)
Ford Falcon EF 55 Australia David Parsons
Australia Rodney Crick
Parsons Transport
(Parsons Transport)
Holden Commodore VR
20 Australia Ian Palmer
Australia Brett Peters
Palmer Promotions
(Hungry Jack's)
Holden Commodore VR 60 Australia Peter McLeod
Australia Ryan McLeod
McLeod Racing
(Enzed Hoses and Fittings)
Holden Commodore VR
21 United Kingdom John Cleland
Australia Tony Scott
Pinnacle Motorsport
(Pinnacle Motorsport)
Holden Commodore VR 62 Australia Wayne Russell
Australia Ric Shaw
Novocastrian Motorsport
(Roadchill Express, Union Steel)
Holden Commodore VP
24 Australia Paul Romano
Australia Troy Dunstan
Romano Racing
(Beaumont Tiles)
Holden Commodore VP 74 Australia Kevin Heffernan
Australia Stephen Voight
PACE Racing
(Price Attack)
Holden Commodore VP
Source:[2]

Results

Top 10 shootout

Pos No Team Driver Car TT10 Qual
Pole 015 Holden Racing Team Australia Craig Lowndes Holden VR Commodore 2:11.5540 2:12.32
2 1 Winfield Racing Australia Mark Skaife Holden VR Commodore 2:11.9504 2:12.10
3 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Larry Perkins Holden VR Commodore 2:12.4759 2:11.58
4 7 Coca-Cola Racing Australia Wayne Gardner Holden VR Commodore 2:12.5422 2:12.36
5 30 Peter Jackson Racing Australia Glenn Seton Ford EF Falcon 2:12.5438 2:11.60
6 35 Peter Jackson Racing Australia Alan Jones Ford EF Falcon 2:12.7075 2:12.79
7 18 Shell FAI Racing Australia Steven Johnson Ford EF Falcon 2:13.1149 2:12.46
8 17 Shell FAI Racing Australia Dick Johnson Ford EF Falcon 2:13.1854 2:11.90
9 25 Castrol Longhurst Ford Australia Tony Longhurst Ford EF Falcon 2:13.8883 2:13.11
10 05 Holden Racing Team Australia Peter Brock Holden VR Commodore DNF 2:12.03

* 1995 saw the first time a father and son both qualified for the shootout. Dick Johnson, competing in his 18th straight shootout, and his son Steven Johnson, in his first, qualified their Shell FAI Racing Ford EF Falcon's in 7th and 8th place, with the younger Johnson out qualifying his more experienced dad by 0.0705 seconds.
* Peter Brock crashed his Holden Racing Team VR Commodore at The Cutting during his lap, thus he did not record a time and would start 10th. His HRT teammate Craig Lowndes claimed his first Bathurst pole position with a time of 2:11.554. This was 0.766 seconds faster than his qualifying time of 2:12.32.
* Following a CAMS parity adjustment which saw a reduction in size to the front spoiler of the Ford EF Falcons which had dominated the 1995 ATCC, the Ford runners claimed that they were at least a second or more per lap slower than they would have been had they been able to run the originally homologated spoiler.

Race

The race winning Holden VR Commodore of Larry Perkins and Russell Ingall, pictured in 2016
Pos No Team Drivers Car Laps Qual
Pos
Shootout
Pos
1 11 Castrol Perkins Racing Australia Larry Perkins
Australia Russell Ingall
Holden VR Commodore 161 1 3
2 35 Peter Jackson Racing Australia Alan Jones
Australia Allan Grice
Australia David Parsons
Ford EF Falcon 161 9 6
3 7 Coca-Cola Racing Australia Wayne Gardner
Australia Neil Crompton
Holden VR Commodore 161 7 4
4 2 Winfield Racing Sweden Anders Olofsson
New Zealand Steven Richards
Holden VR Commodore 161 16
5 4 Coca-Cola Racing Australia Brad Jones
United Kingdom Win Percy
Holden VR Commodore 161 11
6 21 Pinnacle Motorsport Australia Tony Scott
United Kingdom John Cleland
Holden VR Commodore 158 13
7 18 Shell FAI Racing Australia Charlie O'Brien
Australia Steven Johnson
Ford EF Falcon 158 8 7
8 28 Playscape Racing Australia Kevin Waldock
Australia Mark McLaughlin
Ford EF Falcon 152 24
9 25 Castrol Longhurst Ford Australia Tony Longhurst
Australia Wayne Park
Ford EF Falcon 149 10 9
10 39 Bill O'Brien Australia Bill O'Brien
Australia Brian Callaghan Jr
Australia Ron Barnacle
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 149 30
11 37 Scotty Taylor Racing Australia Alan Taylor
Australia Roger Hurd
Australia Stephen Bell
Holden VP Commodore 146 31
12 74 PACE Racing Australia Kevin Heffernan
Australia Stephen Voight
Holden VP Commodore 144 27
13 54 Ed Lamont New Zealand Ed Lamont
Australia Graham Gulson
Holden VP Commodore 143 26
14 49 Alcair Racing Australia David Attard
Australia Greg Crick
Holden VP Commodore 130 14
15 62 Novacastrian Motorsport Australia Wayne Russell
Australia Ric Shaw
Holden VP Commodore 129 29
DNF 30 Peter Jackson Racing Australia Glenn Seton
Australia David Parsons
Australia Allan Grice
Ford EF Falcon 152 2 5
DNF 38 James Rosenberg Racing Australia Mark Poole
Australia Ed Ordynski
Australia Bernie Stack
Holden VP Commodore 136 25
DNF 3 Lansvale Racing Team Australia Steve Reed
Australia Trevor Ashby
Holden VP Commodore 132 15
DNF 55 David Parsons Australia David Parsons
Australia Rodney Crick
Holden VR Commodore 127 17
NC 24 Romano Racing Australia Paul Romano
Australia Troy Dunstan
Holden VP Commodore 113 21
DNF 17 Shell FAI Racing Australia Dick Johnson
Australia John Bowe
Ford EF Falcon 110 3 8
DNF 33 Pro-Duct Motorsport Australia Bob Pearson
Australia Bruce Stewart
Holden VP Commodore 88 19
DNF 1 Winfield Racing Australia Mark Skaife
New Zealand Jim Richards
Holden VR Commodore 65 5 2
DNF 27 Terry Finnigan Australia Terry Finnigan
Australia Peter Gazzard
Holden VP Commodore 54 22
DNF 12 M3 Motorsport Australia Peter Doulman
Australia John Cotter
Holden VP Commodore 40 20
DNF 20 Palmer Promotions Australia Ian Palmer
Australia Brett Peters
Holden VR Commodore 38 28
DNF 05 Holden Racing Team Australia Peter Brock
Australia Tomas Mezera
Holden VR Commodore 32 4 10
DNF 10 Larkham Motor Sport Australia Mark Larkham
Australia Warwick Rooklyn
Ford EF Falcon 22 12
DNF 36 Schembri Motorsport Australia Neil Schembri
Australia Graham Moore
Holden VR Commodore 19 23
DNF 9 Allan Moffat Enterprises Australia Andrew Miedecke
Australia Mark Noske
Ford EB Falcon 16 18
DNF 015 Holden Racing Team Australia Craig Lowndes
New Zealand Greg Murphy
Holden VR Commodore 10 6 1
DNF 60 Enzed Racing Australia Ryan McLeod
Australia Peter McLeod
Holden VR Commodore 0 32

Statistics

  • Provisional Pole Position – #11 Larry Perkins – 2:11.5764
  • Pole Position – #015 Craig Lowndes – 2:11.5540
  • Fastest Lap – #015 Craig Lowndes – 2:14.3239 - Lap 8
  • Average Speed – 157.72 km/h[3]
  • Race Time - 6:20:32.3766

See also

1995 Australian Touring Car season

References

  1. ^ "95802 - NEIL SCHEMBRI / GRAHAM MOORE - COMMODORE VR - Tooheys 1000 - Bathurst 1995 - Photographer Marshall Cass". Autopics. 1 October 1995.
  2. ^ Noonan, Aaron (25 November 2021). Bathurst Every Car, the Photographic History 1990-1999. AN1 Media Pty Limited. p. 114–125. ISBN 9780648786344.
  3. ^ Australian Motor Racing Year 1995, page 281

External links