1987 Castrol 500

The 1987 Castrol 500 was a race for Touring Cars complying with Appendix C of the National Competition Rules of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport [1] (commonly known as Group A Touring Cars). The event was staged on 13 September 1987 over 129 laps of the 3.9 km Sandown circuit in Victoria, Australia, a total distance of 503 km.

The race, the 22nd Sandown 500, was won by George Fury and Terry Shiel, driving a Nissan Skyline DR30 RS.

SummaryEdit

 
George Fury and Terry Shiel won the race driving a Nissan Skyline DR30 RS.

QualifyingEdit

The race saw the Australian debut of the evolution Ford Sierra RS500. Although none of the four Sierras finished the race (two in fact did not start), the new 470 bhp (350 kW; 477 PS) model proved it would be the car to beat at 1987 James Hardie 1000. Andrew Miedecke in his Oxo Supercubes Sierra (an Andy Rouse kit car) attained provisional pole position in qualifying with a time of 1:49.45 before his weekend ended when co-driver Don Smith rolled the car at the end of pit straight, just prior to the end of qualifying. Dick Johnson went even better in the Dulux Dozen runoff for pole with a time of 1:47.59, almost two seconds quicker than Miedecke's time earlier in the day. This time would remain the fastest ever Group A touring car time recorded on the 3.9 km long international circuit.

Peter Brock attracted pre-race criticism for his decision to have Channel 7 television commentator Neil Crompton as the lead driver of the Mobil 1 teams second Holden Commodore with accusations of it being nothing more than a PR exercise after the bad press the team had received in 1987 in the wake of Brock's split with Holden. However, despite his relative lack of experience in touring cars, Crompton put in a credible performance and ended up in 11th place after the Dulux Dozen. With new Bridgestone tyres and an adjustable rear end developed by the team that allowed negative camber of the rear tyres transforming the handling of the Commodore, plus some extra engine development up to and following the Spa 24 Hours bringing power up to a respectable 420 bhp (313 kW; 426 PS), Brock himself qualified fifth, only a couple of tenths behind Allan Grice's Les Small prepared Roadways VL Commodore and some 1.5 seconds faster than Larry Perkins in the older model VK. Both Grice and Perkins were running engines with approximately 40 bhp (30 kW; 41 PS) more than the HDT cars.

RaceEdit

The 1987 Castrol 500 was won by the Peter Jackson Nissan Racing Skyline DR30 RS of George Fury and Terry Shiel. The win continued the Nissan team's winning streak at Sandown in 1986 and 1987 with the Skyline, having won the ATCC rounds at the circuit in both years as well as Fury and Glenn Seton having won the 1986 Castrol 500. They won by a lap from the V8 Holden VK Commodore of Larry Perkins and Denny Hulme with the New Zealand Nissan Skyline of Kent Baigent and Graeme Bowkett a further lap back in third place. Kiwis Kaigent and Bowkett continued to impress with their speed in the privateer Skyline, never falling out of the top five during the race except during pit stops. The NZ Skyline was engineered by Jim and Ross Stone who would later go on to work with both Andrew Miedecke and Dick Johnson Sierra's over the next few seasons before forming their own team Stone Brothers Racing. The car also featured a lot of technical input from the Peter Jackson team.

The Ford Sierra of pole sitter Dick Johnson suffered an engine failure in the race morning warmup which forced him and Gregg Hansford to move to the teams second car. After starting from 14th on the grid, Johnson showed the speed of the new Sierra by storming to the front after just 7 laps, leaving the BMW's, Commodores and turbo Nissans in his wake on Sandown's long front and back straights. Johnson would go on to set a Group A lap record of 1:50.28 before the #18 car was retired with engine failure on lap 86.

The JPS Team BMW M3 of Jim Richards and Tony Longhurst held second place late in the race and Richards was contesting the lead with Fury on the now damp track due to light rain until the 2.3 L engine lost oil pressure on lap 118. Just five laps earlier, the Holden VL Commodore of Peter Brock had been holding a strong third place comfortably in front of Perkins until his front brakes suddenly gave out at the end of pit straight. Brock slid sideways into the sandtrap and was lucky not to roll the Commodore after the driver's side wheels dug into the sand.[2]

The Up to 2000cc class was won by the Peter Jackson Nissan Gazelle of young gun Mark Skaife and part-time sports sedan racer Grant Jarrett from the Toyota Team Australia Corolla of Mike Quinn and John Faulkner and the Toyota Sprinter of Sydney veterans Bob Holden and Garry Willmington.

Television coverageEdit

Australian broadcasters Channel Seven covered both the Saturday shootout and the entire race. A copy can be found online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7T0WZGc7hA

ClassesEdit

Cars competed in three engine capacity classes:[1]

  • Class A: 3001 cc - 6000 cc [1]
  • Class B: 2001 cc - 3000 cc [1]
  • Class C: Up to 2000 cc [1]

ResultsEdit

Dulux DozenEdit

Pos No Team Driver Car Time
Pole 17 Shell Ultra-Hi Tech Racing Team   Dick Johnson Ford Sierra RS500 1:47.59
2 1 JPS Team BMW   Jim Richards BMW M3 1:48.43
3 30 Peter Jackson Nissan Racing   George Fury Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 1:49.43
4 2 Roadways Racing   Allan Grice Holden VL Commodore SS Group A 1:49.63
5 05 HDT Racing P/L   Peter Brock Holden VL Commodore SS Group A 1:49.81
6 25 Team Nissan Racing NZ   Graeme Bowkett Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 1:50.01
7 3 JPS Team BMW   Ludwig Finauer BMW M3 1:51.14
8 15 Peter Jackson Nissan Racing   Glenn Seton Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 1:51.18
9 11 Enzed Team Perkins   Larry Perkins Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 1:51.31
10 14 NetComm (Aust)   Murray Carter [3] Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 1:53.92
11 6 HDT Racing P/L   Neil Crompton Holden VL Commodore SS Group A 1:54.37
12 8 Supa Salvage   Warren Cullen Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 1:57.24

RaceEdit

Position [3][4] Class [1] No.[1] Entrant [1] Drivers [1][4][5] Car [1][4][5] Laps [4]
1 B 30 Peter Jackson Nissan Racing   George Fury
  Terry Shiel
Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 129
2 A 11 ENZED Team Perkins   Larry Perkins
  Denny Hulme
Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 128
3 B 25 Team Nissan Racing NZ   Kent Baigent
  Graeme Bowkett
Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 127
4 A 6 Mobil HDT   Neil Crompton
  Jon Crooke
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A 126
5 B 3 JPS Team BMW   Ludwig Finauer
  Robbie Francevic
BMW E30 M3 125
6 B 14 Netcomm (Aust) Racing   Murray Carter
  Denis Horley [3]
Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 125
7 B 40 K Wills [3]   Kieran Wills
  Phillip Henley
Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 124
8 B 43 G Lorrimer   Graham Lorimer
  John Sax
BMW E30 M3 123
9 A 19 Everlast Battery Service   Bill O'Brien
  Brian Sampson
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A 123
10 C 60 Peter Jackson Nissan Racing   Mark Skaife
  Grant Jarrett
Nissan Gazelle 121
11 A 38 W Clift   Wayne Clift
  Bernie Stack
Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 121
12 A 36 Grellis Marketing   Ray Ellis
  John Lusty
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A 120
13 C 31 [6] Toyota Team Australia   Mike Quinn
  John Faulkner
Toyota Corolla 119
14 A 29 Mulvihill Motorsports Pty Ltd [5]   Tony Mulvihill
  Ken Matthews
Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 119
15 B 78 B Bolwell   Brian Bolwell
  Rod Smith
BMW 323i 117
16 B 24 Lockwood Bryce Homes   Bill Bryce
  Leo Geoghegan
BMW 325i 116
17 A 20 Salisbury North Service Station   Des Wall
  John Virgo
BMW 635 CSi 116
18 A 21 Lusty Engineering Pty Ltd   Graham Lusty
  Ken Lusty
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A 115
19 C 13 Bob Holden Motors Manly Vale   Bob Holden
  Garry Willmington
Toyota Sprinter 115
20 A 22 DFC New Zealand Limited   C Castle
  John Billington
Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 114
21 A 23 Yellow Pages Racing [5]   Tony Kavich
  Kerry Baily
Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 113
22 C 88 D Sala   David Sala
  Dale Smart [5]
Isuzu Gemini 111
23 C 86 Gemspares   Daryl Hendrick
  John White
Isuzu Gemini 106
DNF B 1 JPS Team BMW   Jim Richards
  Tony Longhurst
BMW E30 M3 118
DNF A 7 CANAM Enterprises   Graeme Cameron
  Wayne Wilkinson
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A 116
DNF A 05 Mobil HDT   Peter Brock
  David Parsons
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A 113
DNF A 8 Warren Cullen [5]   Warren Cullen
  Gary Cooke
Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 99
DNF B 44 Viacard Services   Trevor Crowe
  Jim Keogh
BMW E30 M3 93
DNF C 32 [7] Toyota Team Australia   Drew Price
  John Smith
Toyota Corolla 91
DNF B 18 Shell Ultra-Hi Tech Racing Team   Dick Johnson
  Neville Crichton
  Gregg Hansford
Ford Sierra RS500 86
NC B 15 Peter Jackson Nissan Racing   Glenn Seton
  John Bowe
Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 86
DNF C 58 Ratcliff Transport Spares   David Ratcliffe
  Mark Gibbs
Toyota Corolla Levin 84
DNF B 34 Oxo Supercube Motorsport   John Giddings
  Bruce Stewart
Ford Sierra RS500 82
NC A 28 Capri Components   Lawrie Nelson
  Bob Jolly
Ford Mustang 78
DNF A 4 CANAM Enterprises   Graeme Crosby
  Graham McRae
Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 74
DNF A 42 Jagparts Racing   Gerald Kay
  Alf Grant
Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 73
NC B 10 Reithmuller-Ward Int. Motorsport   Phil Ward
  Llynden Reithmuller
  Chris Clearihan
Mercedes-Benz 190E 190 E 2.3-16 [1] 55
DNF A 45 L Smerdon   Lester Smerdon
  Bruce Willams
Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 43
DNF A 12 [5] RG Lanyon   Peter McLeod
  Peter Fitzgerald
Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 17
DNF A 2 Bob Jane T-Marts   Allan Grice
  Win Percy
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A 10
DNF A 27 Sunliner   Tony Hunter
  Warren McKellar
Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 1
DNS B 17 Shell Ultra-Hi Tech Racing Team   Dick Johnson
  Gregg Hansford
Ford Sierra RS500
DNS B 35 Oxo Supercube Motorsport   Andrew Miedecke
  Don Smith
Ford Sierra RS500

StatisticsEdit

  • Pole Position – #17 Dick Johnson - Ford Sierra RS500 – 1:47.59
  • Fastest Lap – #18 Dick Johnson - Ford Sierra RS500 – 1:50.28 (new lap record) [2]
  • Race time of winning car - 4:10:28.06 [3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Official Program, Castrol 500, Sandown 13 September 1987, pages 36 & 37
  2. ^ a b Naismith, Barry (December 1987). Bathurst 1987/88 (First ed.). Glen Waverley, Victoria: Garry Sparke & Associates. pp. 60–71 The Castrol 500: The Match Race. ISBN 0 908 081 359.
  3. ^ a b c d e Elisabeth Tuckey, Fury Disproves the Knockers, Racing Cars News, November 1987, pages 54–58
  4. ^ a b c d The Old Firm - Castrol 500 - Sandown, Australian Auto Action, September 25, 1987, pages 10-15
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Castrol 500, touringcarracing.net Retrieved 15 March 2016
  6. ^ Quinn, Faulkner, Price & Smith were all entered in both car 31 & car 32 (as per Official Program). Car 31 placed 13th (as per touringcarracing.net). Quinn & Faulkner drove the 13th placed car (as per Auto Action).
  7. ^ Quinn, Faulkner, Price & Smith were all entered in both car 31 & car 32 (as per Official Program). Car 32 did not finish (as per touringcarracing.net.) Price & Smith did not finish (as per Auto Action).

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Preceded by
1986 Castrol 500
Castrol 500
1987
Succeeded by
1988 Enzed 500