1988 Oran Park 250

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The 1988 Pepsi 250 was an endurance race for Group 3A Touring Cars. The event was held over 100 laps of the 2.620 km (1.62 mi) Oran Park Raceway in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 28 August 1988. Total race distance was 262 km (162 mi).

The race was won by Peter Brock and Jim Richards driving their Mobil 1 Racing BMW M3.[1] Peter Jackson Nissan drivers George Fury and Mark Skaife finished 2nd in their pole sitting Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R, while finishing 3rd was the outdated Mitsubishi Starion turbo of former Nissan team drivers Gary Scott and Terry Shiel.

Scott, with a point to prove after being cut from both the Nissan and Brock teams in the previous two years (despite qualifying on pole at Bathurst for Nissan in 1986 and finishing third outright with Shiel), put the Starion on the front row of the grid only 0.25 behind the Skyline, with Jim Richards qualifying the BMW a years best third, though his time was 1.13 seconds slower than Fury's pole time of 1:13.29. Fury's pole time was 1.15 seconds slower than Dick Johnson's pole time in the Australian Touring Car Championship round at the circuit just over a month earlier showing not only the cars now in endurance spec, but that the Ford Sierra RS500 was still the car to beat.

Other than Colin Bond's Caltex CXT Racing Team, most of the top Ford Sierra teams, including the Australian Touring Car Championship winning Shell team, gave the race a miss (though the Shell team had the excuse that their car and team drivers Dick Johnson and John Bowe were at the time in England preparing for the RAC Tourist Trophy race at Silverstone as part of the European Touring Car Championship the following weekend). Bond, co-driving in the race with 1980 Formula One World Champion Alan Jones, encountered engine problems with his newly built Sierra and failed to record a time in qualifying. After starting 17th and last, more engine drama after the start (including an early pit stop) saw the car only last 15 laps ending any serious challenge to the leaders. After being the dominant car of the ATCC, the first Sierra to finish was the second Caltex team car (Bond's ATCC car) driven by veterans John Giddings and Bruce Stewart who finished 17 laps down in 10th place. The only other Sierra was that of veteran Murray Carter who had abandoned his old Nissan Skyline DR30 RS to return to Ford for the first time since 1983. Partnered with Sydney's Steve Masterton, Carter's under-prepared Sierra qualified 15th (over 11 seconds slower than Fury) and lasted 26 laps before retiring with engine problems.

The race saw the Australian debut of the TWR developed Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV in the hands of Sydney based privateer Garry Willmington. The hurried effort by Willmington to get the car to the race showed with the former Jaguar driver qualifying 14th (11.42 seconds behind Fury), before being retired with terminal engine trouble after only 4 laps.

ResultsEdit

 
Peter Brock and Jim Richards won the race driving a BMW M3. Image from 2016.

Results were as follows:

Pos Class No [2] Entrant [2] Drivers Car Laps Qual
Pos
Qual
Time
1 B 05 [3] Mobil 1 Racing   Peter Brock
  Jim Richards
BMW M3 100 3 1:14.42
2 A 30 Peter Jackson Nissan Racing   George Fury
  Mark Skaife
Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R 100 1 1:13.29
3 A 16 Ralliart Australia   Gary Scott
  Terry Shiel
Mitsubishi Starion turbo 98 2 1:13.54
4 B 7 Mobil 1 Racing   David Parsons
  Neil Crompton
BMW M3 97 4 1:14.89
5 A 8 Wayne Park   Wayne Park
  Bob Tindall
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A 94 7 1:16.89
6 A 42 Hella Australia   Matt Wacker
  Larry Kogge
Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 93 10 1:19.27
7 A 21 Craig Kinmonth   Craig Kinmonth
  Alf Grant
Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 92 9 1:18.67
8 C 51 Bob Holden   Dennis Rogers
  Garry Jones
Toyota Sprinter 89 13 1:24.23
9 C 79 Toddies Tyres   Bryan Selby
  Mike Birks
Toyota Sprinter 87 16 1:25.17
10 A 4 Caltex CXT Racing   John Giddings
  Bruce Stewart
Ford Sierra RS500 83 6 1:16.46
11 A 6 The Xerox Shop   Scotty Taylor
  Kevin Kennedy
Mitsubishi Starion turbo 83 12 1:22.98
12 A 87 Sommariva Concrete   Joe Sommariva
  Warren McKellar
  Darrel Belsky [1]
BMW 635 CSi 59 11 1:20.94
DNF A 14 Netcomm Australia   Murray Carter
  Steve Masterton
Ford Sierra RS500 26 15 1:24.92
DNF A 47 Brian Callaghan   Brian Callaghan
  Graham Moore
Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 21 5 1:15.60
DNF B 48 John Sax   John Sorrenson
  Kayne Scott
BMW M3 17 8 1:18.26
DNF A 2 Caltex CXT Racing   Colin Bond
  Alan Jones
Ford Sierra RS500 15 17 DNP
DNF A 40 Garry Willmington   Garry Willmington
  John Leeson
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 4 14 1:24.71

StatisticsEdit

  • Pole Position - 1:13.29 - #30 George Fury
  • Fastest Lap - 1:14.87 - #30 George Fury
  • Race time of winning car - 2h 07m 10.71s [4]

See alsoEdit

1988 Australian Touring Car season

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Pepsi 250, touringcarracing.net, as archived at web.archive.org
  2. ^ a b Official Programme, Pepsi 250, Oran Park Motorsport, Saturday, August 27 - Sunday, August 28
  3. ^ Steve Normoyle, Pepsi 250 - Oran Park - BMW's Trump Card, Racing Car News, October 1988, pages 22 to 24
  4. ^ Pepsi 250 - Oran Park - Strange race that, Australian Auto Action, September 2 1988, pages 8 to 11