The 1997 Primus 1000 Classic was a 1000 kilometre endurance race for V8 Supercars,[1] staged at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia on 19 October 1997.

It was the inaugural "1000 Classic" race,[1] created in response to the desire of V8 Supercar organisers AVESCO to compete at the popular Mount Panorama Circuit outside of the traditional Bathurst 1000 event, as AVESCO were in conflict with the Bathurst 1000 organisers, the Australian Racing Drivers' Club. While many attempts were made to broker a peace between the two bodies, there was a fundamental chasm over the issue of television coverage with AVESCO holding a series contract with Network Ten and the ARDC holding a contract with the Seven Network. The impasse was solved when Bathurst City Council negotiated a deal with AVESCO for a separate race, to be held two weeks after the 1997 AMP Bathurst 1000, which subsequently went ahead with a field of Australian and British Super Touring cars.

The 1997 Primus 1000 Classic was won by Larry Perkins and Russell Ingall driving a Holden Commodore (VS).

Entry list and class structure

Class structure

Level 1

These were the full-time professional teams, aiming to win the race outright and holders of a 'Level 1' V8 Supercar franchise.

Special Level 1

The smaller, part-time 'Level 2' teams, who wished to run on the tyres of their own choosing.

Level 2

The smaller, part-time 'Level 2' teams, running on a Dunlop control tyre of lower, cheaper specification.

Entry list

No. Class Drivers Team (Sponsors) Car No. Class Drivers Team (Sponsors) Car
1 L1 Australia Glenn Seton
Australia David Parsons
Glenn Seton Racing
(Ford Credit)
Ford Falcon EL 28 L2 Australia Kevin Waldock
Australia John Smith
Playscape Racing
(CBS Drill & Blast)
Ford Falcon EF
3 S1 Australia Steve Reed
Australia Trevor Ashby
Lansvale Smash Repairs
(Dulux ICI Autocolor)
Holden Commodore VS 33 L2 Australia Bob Pearson
Australia Allan McCarthy
Pro-Duct Motorsport
(Pro-Duct Air Conditioning)
Holden Commodore VS
05 L1 Australia Peter Brock
Australia Mark Skaife
Holden Racing Team
(Holden, Mobil 1)
Holden Commodore VS 34 L1 New Zealand Steven Richards
New Zealand Jim Richards
Garry Rogers Motorsport
(Valvoline, Cummins)
Holden Commodore VS
7 L1 Australia Wayne Gardner
Australia Neil Crompton
Wayne Gardner Racing
(Coca-Cola, Donut King)
Holden Commodore VS 36 L2 Australia Neil Schembri
Australia Ian Luff
Schembri Motorsport
(Gearbox Motorsport)
Holden Commodore VS
9 L1 Australia Alan Jones
United States Scott Pruett
Australia Jason Bright
Alan Jones Racing
(Komatsu)
Ford Falcon EL 37 L2 Australia Alan Taylor
Australia Bill Attard
Australia Stephen Bell
Alan Taylor Racing
(The Xerox Shop)
Holden Commodore VP
10 L1 Australia Mark Larkham
Australia Andrew Miedecke
Larkham Motorsport
(Mitre 10)
Ford Falcon EL 38 S1 Australia Mark Poole
Australia Tony Scott
James Rosenberg Racing
(Gawler Farm Machinery, John Deere)
Holden Commodore VS
11 L1 Australia Larry Perkins
Australia Russell Ingall
Perkins Engineering
(Castrol)
Holden Commodore VS 39 L2 Australia Chris Smerdon
Australia Charlie Cox
Challenge Motorsport
(Vittoria Coffee)
Holden Commodore VS
12 L2 Australia Bruce Williams
Australia Paul Gover
Robert Smith Racing
(Simoco Radio Communications)
Holden Commodore VS 40 L2 Australia Michael Hart
Australia Peter Lawrence
Michael Hart Motorsport
(SMC Pneumatics)
Holden Commodore VR
13 L2 Australia Ryan McLeod
Australia Darren Pate
John Faulkner Racing
(OAMPS Insurance, Bankwest)
Holden Commodore VR 41 L2 Australia Garry Willmington
Australia Bill Sieders
Emerzidis Motorsport
(Simon's Earthworks)
Holden Commodore VR
14 L2 Australia Malcolm Stenniken
Australia Peter Gazzard
Malcolm Stenniken Racing
(Disc Brakes Australia)
Holden Commodore VS 44 L2 Australia Mal Rose
Australia Kevin Burton
Mal Rose Racing
(Fairfax Community Classifieds)
Holden Commodore VS
15 L1 New Zealand Greg Murphy
Australia Craig Lowndes
Holden Racing Team
(Holden, Mobil 1)
Holden Commodore VS 45 L1 Australia Darren Hossack
Australia Steven Ellery
Gibson Motorsport
(Wynn's)
Holden Commodore VS
16 L2 Australia Melinda Price
Australia Kerryn Brewer
Perkins Engineering
(Castrol)
Holden Commodore VS 46 L1 New Zealand John Faulkner
United Kingdom Win Percy
John Faulkner Racing
(Betta Electrical, Fisher and Paykel)
Holden Commodore VS
17 L1 Australia Dick Johnson
Australia John Bowe
Dick Johnson Racing
(Shell Helix)
Ford Falcon EL 47 S1 Australia John Trimbole
Australia Tomas Mezera
Daily Planet Racing
(Bottle Magic)
Holden Commodore VS
18 L1 Australia Steven Johnson
New Zealand Craig Baird
Dick Johnson Racing
(Shell Helix)
Ford Falcon EL 49 S1 Australia Greg Crick
Australia Peter Fitzgerald
Greg Crick Motorsport
(Ericsson, Alcair Air Conditioning)
Holden Commodore VS
20 L2 Australia Ian Palmer
Australia John English
Palmer Promotions
(Contrabart Trade Exchange)
Holden Commodore VS 54 L1 Australia Anthony Tratt
Australia Paul Stokell
Australia Peter Bradbury
Wayne Gardner Racing
(Toll, Coca-Cola)
Holden Commodore VS
21 L2 Australia Brian Walden
Australia Steve Williams
Walden Motorsport
(unsponsored)
Holden Commodore VP 58 L2 Australia Peter O'Brien
Australia Brian Callaghan, Jr.
Australia Ron Barnacle
O'Brien Automotive
(Everlast Automotive)
Holden Commodore VR
23 L2 Australia Ray Hislop
Australia Tim Briggs
Ray Hislop Motorsport
(Skilled Group)
Ford Falcon EF 62 L2 Australia Wayne Russell
Australia Ric Shaw
Novocastrian Motorsport
(Union Steel, Koala Clothing)
Holden Commodore VS
24 S1 Australia Paul Romano
Australia Allan Grice
Romano Racing
(Bridgestone)
Holden Commodore VS 74 L2 Australia Kevin Heffernan
Australia Danny Osborne
PACE Racing
(Price Attack, Colourscan Printing)
Holden Commodore VS
25 L1 Australia Tony Longhurst
Australia Charlie O'Brien
Longhurst Racing
(Castrol)
Ford Falcon EL 79 L2 Australia Mike Conway
Australia Gavin Monaghan
Conway Racing
(Cadillac Film Productions)
Ford Falcon EB
26 L2 Australia Peter Doulman
Australia John Cotter
Doulman Automotive
(Allen's)
Holden Commodore VP 97 L1 Australia Jason Bargwanna
Australia Mark Noske
Holden Young Lions
(Holden)
Holden Commodore VS
27 S1 Australia Terry Finnigan
Australia Terry Shiel
Terry Finnigan Racing Team
(Sony)
Holden Commodore VS
Source:[2]
Icon Class
L1 Level 1
S1 Special Level 1
L2 Level 2

Results

Top 10 Shootout

Pos No Driver Team Car Time
1 05 Australia Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VS 2:10.0397
2 1 Australia Glenn Seton Glenn Seton Racing Ford Falcon EL 2:10.8120
3 15 New Zealand Greg Murphy Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VS 2:11.0270
4 11 Australia Larry Perkins Perkins Engineering Holden Commodore VS 2:11.0826
5 97 Australia Jason Bargwanna Holden Young Lions Holden Commodore VS 2:11.0887
6 9 Australia Alan Jones Alan Jones Racing Ford Falcon EL 2:11.2317
7 17 Australia Dick Johnson Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon EL 2:11.3336
8 46 New Zealand John Faulkner John Faulkner Racing Holden Commodore VS 2:11.4114
9 18 Australia Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon EL 2:11.6200
10 7 Australia Wayne Gardner Wayne Gardner Racing Holden Commodore VS 2:12.8269

Race

Pos Class No Drivers Team Car Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 L1 11 Australia Larry Perkins
Australia Russell Ingall
Perkins Engineering Holden Commodore VS 161 6:21:55.5483 4
2 L1 34 New Zealand Steven Richards
New Zealand Jim Richards
Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore VS 161 +11.0995 11
3 L1 10 Australia Mark Larkham
Australia Andrew Miedecke
Larkham Motor Sport Ford Falcon EL 161 +2:01.7408 12
4 L1 18 Australia Steven Johnson
New Zealand Craig Baird
Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon EL 158 +3 laps 9
5 L1 46 New Zealand John Faulkner
United Kingdom Win Percy
John Faulkner Racing Holden Commodore VS 154 +7 laps 8
6 L1 45 Australia Darren Hossack
Australia Steven Ellery
Gibson Motorsport Holden Commodore VS 154 +7 laps 15
7 L2 14 Australia Malcolm Stenniken
Australia Peter Gazzard
Malcolm Stenniken Holden Commodore VS 154 +7 laps 33
8 S1 3 Australia Steve Reed
Australia Trevor Ashby
Lansvale Smash Repairs Holden Commodore VS 153 +8 laps 18
9 L2 36 Australia Neil Schembri
Australia Ian Luff
Schembri Motorsport Holden Commodore VS 153 +8 laps 30
10 S1 27 Australia Terry Finnigan
Australia Terry Shiel
Terry Finnigan Holden Commodore VS 153 +8 laps 17
11 L1 9 Australia Alan Jones
United States Scott Pruett
Australia Jason Bright
Alan Jones Racing Ford Falcon EL 153 +8 laps 6
12 L2 16 Australia Melinda Price
Australia Kerryn Brewer
Perkins Engineering Holden Commodore VS 152 +9 laps 41
13 L2 44 Australia Mal Rose
Australia Kevin Burton
Mal Rose Racing Holden Commodore VS 150 +11 laps 27
14 S1 49 Australia Greg Crick
Australia Peter Fitzgerald
Greg Crick Motorsport Holden Commodore VS 150 +11 laps 14
15 L2 20 Australia Ian Palmer
Australia John English
Palmer Promotions Holden Commodore VS 146 +15 laps 36
16 L2 21 Australia Brian Walden
Australia Steve Williams
Walden Racing Holden Commodore VP 144 +16 laps 37
17 L2 39 Australia Chris Smerdon
Australia Charlie Cox
Challenge Motorsport Holden Commodore VS 143 +17 laps 25
18 L2 26 Australia Peter Doulman
Australia John Cotter
Doulman Automotive Holden Commodore VP[3] 139 +22 laps 21
19 L2 74 Australia Kevin Heffernan
Australia Danny Osborne
PACE Racing Holden Commodore VS 135 +26 laps 24
NC L2 40 Australia Michael Hart
Australia Peter Lawrence
Michael Hart Holden Commodore VR 119 +42 laps 40
NC L2 37 Australia Alan Taylor
Australia Bill Attard
Australia Stephen Bell
Alan Taylor Racing Holden Commodore VP 110 +51 laps 38
DNF L2 62 Australia Wayne Russell
Australia Ric Shaw
Novocastrian Motorsport Holden Commodore VS 126 Crash 34
DNF L1 1 Australia Glenn Seton
Australia David Parsons
Glenn Seton Racing Ford Falcon EL 121 Tailshaft 2
DNF L1 25 Australia Tony Longhurst
Australia Charlie O'Brien
Longhurst Racing Ford Falcon EL 110 Throttle cable 39
DNF L2 58 Australia Peter O'Brien
Australia Brian Callaghan, Jr.
Australia Ron Barnacle
O'Brien Automotive Holden Commodore VR 109 Engine 35
DNF L2 13 Australia Ryan McLeod
Australia Darren Pate
John Faulkner Racing Holden Commodore VR[3] 101 Differential 22
DNF L2 28 New Zealand Kevin Waldock
Australia John Smith
Playscape Racing Ford Falcon EF 92 Loose Wheel 29
DNF L1 7 Australia Wayne Gardner
Australia Neil Crompton
Wayne Gardner Racing Holden Commodore VS 89 Engine 10
DNF L2 79 Australia Mike Conway
Australia Gavin Monaghan
Cadillac Productions Ford Falcon EB 79 Gearbox 28
DNF S1 38 Australia Mark Poole
Australia Tony Scott
James Rosenberg Racing Holden Commodore VS 74 Gearbox 19
DNF S1 24 Australia Paul Romano
Australia Allan Grice
Romano Racing Holden Commodore VS 69 Crash 20
DNF L2 23 Australia Ray Hislop
Australia Tim Briggs
Ray Hislop Ford Falcon EF 62 Crash 26
DNF L2 41 Australia Garry Willmington
Australia Bill Sieders
Garry Willmington Performance Holden Commodore VR 61 Engine 32
DNF L1 05 Australia Peter Brock
Australia Mark Skaife
Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VS 52 Engine 1
DNF L2 12 Australia Bruce Williams
Australia Paul Gover
Robert Smith Racing Holden Commodore VS 46 Steering 31
DNF L2 33 Australia Bob Pearson
Australia Allan McCarthy
Pro-Duct Motorsport Holden Commodore VS 43 Driveline 23
DNF L1 15 Australia Craig Lowndes
New Zealand Greg Murphy
Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VS 38 Crash 3
DNF S1 47 Australia (John Trimbole)
Australia Tomas Mezera
Daily Planet Racing Holden Commodore VS 25 Crash 13
DNF L1 17 Australia (Dick Johnson)
Australia John Bowe
Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon EL 17 Crash 7
DNF L1 54 Australia (Peter Bradbury)
Australia Paul Stokell
Australia (Anthony Tratt)
Wayne Gardner Racing Holden Commodore VS 16 Engine 16
DNS[4] L1 97 Australia (Jason Bargwanna)
Australia (Mark Noske)
Holden Young Lions Holden Commodore VS Crash in Warm-Up 5
Source:[5]

The names of drivers who did not drive in the actual race are shown in the above table within brackets.[6]

Statistics

  • Provisional pole position (Fastest in Qualifying) - #97 Jason Bargwanna - 2:10.9216
  • Pole position (Fastest in Top 10 Shootout)- #05 Mark Skaife - 2:10.0397
  • Fastest race lap - #11 Larry Perkins - 2:12.3398 (new lap record)[3]
  • Winners' average speed - 157.14 km/h[3] (V8 Supercar record)
  • Most laps led - Perkins/Ingall - 80[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b 2016 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, Titles, pages 9 & 10, 500KM/1000KM Touring Car Races, as archived at web.archive.org
  2. ^ Noonan, Aaron (25 November 2021). Bathurst Every Car, the Photographic History 1990-1999. AN1 Media Pty Limited. p. 158–173. ISBN 9780648786344.
  3. ^ a b c d e V8 Bathurst 1997, page 151
  4. ^ V8 Bathurst 1997, page 143
  5. ^ "1997 Primus 1000 Classic". Racing-Reference.info. 14 October 2020.
  6. ^ V8 Bathurst 1997, page 149

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