The Lakeside ATCC round was an Australian Touring Car Championship motor racing event held at Lakeside International Raceway in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The event was held 29 times from 1964 to 1998, with only seven circuits having hosted more events in championship history as of 2021.

History

The Lakeside round of the championship was first held in the era of single-race championships, deciding the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1964 and 1967 for two of Ian Geoghegan's five championship wins.[1] The circuit held two further events as part of a multi-round championship in 1970 and 1971, the second of which was a replacement event for the Warwick Farm Raceway event due to concerns over the circuit's safety barriers.[2] The circuit did not return to the calendar until 1975, but then remained on the calendar for an uninterrupted spell which continued until 1998.[1]

The circuit hosted championship deciders in 1975, 1981 and 1983. The 1981 decider was notable for a famous race-long duel between local driver Dick Johnson's ailing Ford XD Falcon and Peter Brock's Holden VC Commodore. Johnson prevailed and won the first of his five championships in what is considered one of the greatest races in championship history.[3][4] The 1983 finale was a more controversial affair, in which Gibson Motorsport boycotted the final round, resulting in championship contender George Fury forfeiting any chance of taking his maiden title. Instead, Allan Moffat won his final championship title and the only title for Mazda. Fury went on to win the Lakeside event in 1984, Nissan's first championship round victory, and 1986.[1]

Tony Longhurst won three of his five career rounds at Lakeside in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This comprised winning the only round not won by Dick Johnson Racing in 1988, winning one of the two championship events the circuit held within the 1991 season and winning the final ATCC round to date for BMW in 1992. The circuit's proximity to Lake Kurwongbah saw two events postponed due to flooding, the 1989 event by a fortnight and the 1996 event by one week.[2] In 1994, Larry Perkins, already a four-time Bathurst 1000 winner, won his first championship round.[1]

In 1999, Queensland Raceway, near Ipswich, replaced Lakeside on the championship calendar. Lakeside then appeared on the second-tier V8 Lites calendar in 2000 and 2001, before the circuit closed for eight years in 2001.[5]

Winners

Year Driver[1] Team Car Report
1964 Australia Ian Geoghegan Total Team Ford Cortina Mk.I GT Report
1965

1966
not held
1967 Australia Ian Geoghegan Mustang Team Ford Mustang GTA Report
1968

1969
not held
1970 Australia Norm Beechey Shell Racing Holden HT Monaro GTS350
1971 Canada Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Racing Ford Boss 302 Mustang
1972

1974
not held
1975 Australia Colin Bond Holden Dealer Team Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34
1976 Australia Colin Bond Holden Dealer Team Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34
1977 Australia Peter Brock Bill Patterson Racing Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34
1978 Canada Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Racing Ford XC Falcon GS500
1979 Australia Bob Morris Ron Hodgson Motors Holden LX Torana SS A9X
1980 Australia Peter Brock Holden Dealer Team Holden VB Commodore
1981 Australia Dick Johnson Dick Johnson Racing Ford XD Falcon
1982 Canada Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Racing Mazda RX-7
1983 Australia Peter Brock Holden Dealer Team Holden VH Commodore SS
1984 Australia George Fury Gibson Motorsport Nissan Bluebird Turbo
1985 New Zealand Jim Richards JPS Team BMW BMW 635 CSi
1986 Australia George Fury Gibson Motorsport Nissan Skyline DR30 RS
1987 New Zealand Jim Richards JPS Team BMW BMW M3
1988 Australia Tony Longhurst LoGaMo Racing Ford Sierra RS500
1989 Australia Dick Johnson Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra RS500
1990 Australia Colin Bond Colin Bond Racing Ford Sierra RS500
19911 New Zealand Jim Richards Gibson Motorsport Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R
Australia Tony Longhurst LoGaMo Racing BMW M3 Evolution
1992 Australia Tony Longhurst LoGaMo Racing BMW M3 Evolution
1993 Australia Alan Jones Glenn Seton Racing Ford EB Falcon
1994 Australia Larry Perkins Perkins Engineering Holden VP Commodore Report
1995 Australia Glenn Seton Glenn Seton Racing Ford EF Falcon
1996 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore
1997 Australia John Bowe Dick Johnson Racing Ford EL Falcon
1998 Australia Russell Ingall Perkins Engineering Holden VS Commodore
Notes
  • ^1 – Lakeside hosted two rounds of the 1991 Australian Touring Car Championship, Round 4 and Round 8.

Multiple winners

By driver

Wins Driver Years
3 Canada Allan Moffat 1971, 1978, 1982
Australia Peter Brock 1977, 1980, 1983
Australia Colin Bond 1975, 1976, 1990
New Zealand Jim Richards 1985, 1987, 1991
Australia Tony Longhurst 1988, 1991, 1992
2 Australia Ian Geoghegan 1964, 1967
Australia George Fury 1984, 1986
Australia Dick Johnson 1981, 1989

By team

Wins Team
4 Holden Dealer Team
3 Allan Moffat Racing
Gibson Motorsport
LoGaMo Racing
Dick Johnson Racing
2 JPS Team BMW
Glenn Seton Racing
Perkins Engineering

By manufacturer

Wins Manufacturer
11 Ford
10 Holden
4 BMW
3 Nissan

Event names and sponsors

  • 1964, 1967, 1970–71, 1975–77, 1979–85, 1987–98: Lakeside
  • 1978: Round 7 Presented by Rothmans
  • 1986: Motorcraft 100

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Greenhalgh, David; Howard, Graham; Wilson, Stewart (2011). The official history: Australian Touring Car Championship - 50 Years. St Leonards, New South Wales: Chevron Publishing Group. pp. 102–111. ISBN 978-0-9805912-2-4.
  2. ^ a b Dale, Will (14 March 2020). "Feature: The Supercars races that never were". Supercars.com. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  3. ^ Bowden, Dan (17 February 2014). "Dick Johnson reunited with Tru Blu at Lakeside". Bowden's Own. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  4. ^ Fogarty, Mark (15 April 2016). "The best of the V8 Supercars 500". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Heritage lost - gone but not forgotten". Queensland Government. Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2019.