The 1997 AMP Bathurst 1000 was the 38th running of the annual Bathurst 1000 touring car race. It was held on 5 October 1997 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia. It was the first Bathurst 1000 race held after the controversial split between race organisers, the Australian Racing Drivers Club, and V8 Supercar, which led to Australia's leading touring car category contesting a separate 1000 kilometre race at Bathurst. That race, the 1997 Primus 1000 Classic, was held two weeks after the AMP Bathurst 1000.

The 1997 AMP Bathurst 1000 was open to Super Touring Cars and featured teams from Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain. It could thus be considered as the first "international" Bathurst endurance race since the 1992 Tooheys 1000, which was the last Bathurst 1000 to be contested by cars complying with Australian regulations based on FIA Group A rules.

The race was won by brothers Geoff Brabham and David Brabham, driving a BMW 320i for BMW Motorsport Australia. The car of teammates Paul Morris and Craig Baird had initially been declared the winner of the race but was later disqualified as Baird had breached the race regulation which limited any one driver to a maximum of three hours continuous driving; they were placed 27th & last.[1] A late race error saw the BMW Motorsport Australia team leave Baird in the car at the final pit stop instead of putting Morris in the car for the run to the chequered flag. This mistake cost the team a 1–2 finish for BMW. It was the second time in Geoff Brabham's career that he had won a major endurance race with his brother as a co-driver. The middle of the three Brabham brothers Gary, was one of Geoff's co-drivers when he won the IMSA 1991 Coca-Cola 12 Hours of Sebring.

Top Ten Run-off

The fastest ten cars from qualifying contested a one lap "Top Ten Run-off" on the Saturday to determine the first ten grid places for the race.

Pos No Team Driver Car Time
Pole 2 BMW Motorsport Australia Australia Paul Morris BMW 320i 2:16.5958
2 3 Williams Renault Dealer Racing Switzerland Alain Menu Renault Laguna 2:16.6158
3 6 Esso Ultron Team Peugeot United Kingdom Tim Harvey Peugeot 406 2:17.1536
4 05 Vauxhall Sport United Kingdom Derek Warwick Vauxhall Vectra 2:17.2754
5 26 Esso Ultron Team Peugeot United Kingdom Patrick Watts Peugeot 406 2:17.5628
6 83 BMW Motorsport Australia Australia Geoff Brabham BMW 320i 2:17.5857
7 34 Garry Rogers Valvoline Cummins New Zealand Steven Richards Nissan Primera 2:17.9726
8 1 ORIX Audi Sport Australia Australia Brad Jones Audi A4 Quattro 2:18.8756
9 7 Vauxhall Sport United Kingdom John Cleland Vauxhall Vectra 2:19.5864
10 23 Williams Renault Dealer Racing Australia Alan Jones Renault Laguna 2:20.5274

* 1997 was the first time in which a car Peter Brock was entered in was driven in the runoff by his co-driver. In this case it was Vauxhall Sport team owner and former Formula One driver Derek Warwick who was in the drivers seat. Brock had in fact rolled the #05 Vauxhall Vectra coming into Caltex Chase during qualifying.
* Derek Warwick became the 6th ex-Formula One driver to appear in the runoff following Jack Brabham, Derek Bell, Larry Perkins, Alan Jones and David Brabham.
* Paul Morris' pole time of 2:16.5958 was 5.5798 seconds slower than Glenn Seton's 1996 pole time of 2:11.0160 set in a V8 powered Ford EF Falcon showing the difference in speed between the Australian 5.0 litre V8 formula and the 2.0 litre Super Touring cars.
* Eight of the ten drivers were making their first appearance in the Bathurst Top 10 shootout. Only Brad Jones and Alan Jones (no relation) had appeared previously. Alain Menu, Tim Harvey, Derek Warwick and Patrick Watts, all British Touring Car Championship regulars, were Bathurst rookies.
* Geoff Brabham became the first third member of a family to appear in the Top 10 runoff following his father Jack (1978) and his 1997 co-driver, his younger brother David (1993). As of the 2015 race, this is the last time the name Brabham has appeared in the runoff.
* Appearing in his first Top 10 runoff, Steven Richards, the son of then 5 time Great Race winner Jim Richards, joined David and Geoff Brabham and Steven Johnson (the son of 3 time winner Dick Johnson) as second generation drivers whose fathers had also appeared in the runoff.

Official results

Pos No Team Drivers Car Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 83 BMW Motorsport Australia Australia Geoff Brabham
Australia David Brabham
BMW 320i 161 6:41.4072 6
2 1 ORIX Audi Sport Australia Australia Brad Jones
Germany Frank Biela
Audi A4 Quattro 161 +12.1517 8
3 11 ORIX Audi Sport Australia Australia Cameron McConville
Belgium Jean-François Hemroulle
Audi A4 Quattro 161 +1:11.2559 11
4 4 Volvo Dealer Racing New Zealand Jim Richards
Sweden Rickard Rydell
Volvo 850 159 +2 laps 13
5 8 Volvo Dealer Racing Sweden Jan Nilsson
Australia Cameron McLean
Volvo 850 158 +3 laps 12
6 05 Vauxhall Sport Australia Peter Brock
United Kingdom Derek Warwick
Vauxhall Vectra 148 +13 laps 4
7 16 Faber-Castell Racing Australia Paul Nelson
Australia Justin Mathews
Australia Bob Holden
BMW 318i 146 +15 laps 20
8 20 Brian Bradshaw Race Preparation New Zealand Dennis Chapman
New Zealand Brian Bradshaw
BMW 318i 144 +17 laps 25
9 21 MF Motorsport Australia Mike Fitzgerald
Australia Jamie Miller
Peugeot 405 Mi16 139 +22 laps 26
10 60 FAI Insurance United Kingdom Julian Bailey
Australia Warren Luff
Honda Accord 138 +23 laps 14
11 45 Gun Motorsport Australia David Auger
New Zealand Lawrie Kyte
Alfa Romeo 155 134 +27 laps 24
DNF 64 CPW Motorsport New Zealand Jason Richards
New Zealand Brett Riley
BMW 318i 125 Engine 17
DNF 37 Fastway Couriers New Zealand Tony Newman
New Zealand Dwayne Bewley
Peugeot 405 Mi16 121 Oil Pressure 15
DNF 30 Roadchill Express Australia Troy Searle
Australia Geoff Full
BMW 320i 115 Engine 18
DNF 3 Williams Renault Dealer Racing Switzerland Alain Menu
United Kingdom Jason Plato
Renault Laguna 114 Diff 2
DNF 26 Esso Ultron Team Peugeot United Kingdom Patrick Watts
Australia Neil Crompton
Peugeot 406 112 Oil Pressure 5
DNF 14 HVE Motorsport Australia Ric Shaw
Australia Anthony Robson
Hyundai Lantra 110 Throttle Cable 23
DNF 34 Garry Rogers Motorsport New Zealand Steven Richards
United Kingdom Matt Neal
Nissan Primera 84 Brakes 7
NC 88 Knight Racing Australia Peter Hills
Australia Andrej Pavicevic
Ford Mondeo 80 Not Classified 21
DNF 58 HVE Motorsport Australia Paul Pickett
Australia Bill Sieders
Hyundai Lantra 73 Suspension 27
DNF 6 Esso Ultron Team Peugeot United Kingdom Tim Harvey
New Zealand Paul Radisich
Peugeot 406 70 Suspension 3
DNF 10 Phoenix Motorsport Australia Neal Bates
Australia Mark Adderton
Toyota Camry 64 Gearbox 16
DNF 23 Williams Renault Dealer Racing Australia Alan Jones
Australia Graham Moore
Renault Laguna 38 Crash 10
DNF 12 Nigel Barclay New Zealand Nigel Barclay
New Zealand Blair Smith
Australia Jim Cornish
BMW 318i 37 Engine 19
DNF 7 Vauxhall Sport United Kingdom John Cleland
United Kingdom James Kaye
Vauxhall Vectra 32 Power Steering 9
DSQ 2 BMW Motorsport Australia Australia Paul Morris
New Zealand Craig Baird
BMW 320i 161 Disqualified (Driver stint breach) 1
DSQ 89 Knight Racing Australia Jenni Thompson
Australia Aaron McGill
Australia Terry Skene
Ford Mondeo 56 Disqualified (Driving in wrong direction) 22
DNQ[2] 15[2] All Auto Parts[3] Australia Milton Leslight[2]
Australia Dennis Cribbin[2]
Toyota Carina[2]
DNS[4] 22[4] BMW Motorsport Australia[3] Australia Geoff Brabham[4] BMW 320i[3]
DNS[4] 38[4] Fastway Couriers[3] New Zealand Dwayne Bewley[4]
New Zealand Tony Newman[4]
Peugeot 405 Mi16[3]


  • Provisional Pole Position – #83 Geoff Brabham – 2:17.4276
  • Pole Position – #2 Paul Morris – 2:16.5958
  • Fastest Lap – #3 Jason Plato – 2:16.8034 – Lap 5 (Super Touring lap record)
  • Average Speed – 150 km/h
  • Race Time – 6:41:25.4072


  1. ^ The Great Race 1997, pages 228–231
  2. ^ a b c d e The Great Race 1997, pages 147–148
  3. ^ a b c d e 1997 AMP Bathurst 1000 Entry List, Official Programme, The 35th AMP Bathurst 1000, page 62
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Best individual times in each qualifying session, The Great Race 1997, pages 234–235

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