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1991 Tooheys 1000
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The race-winning Nissan Skyline GT-R of Jim Richards and Mark Skaife, pictured in 2015.

The 1991 Tooheys 1000 was the 32nd running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race. It was held on 6 October 1991 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst. The 1000 km race was held for cars complying with the provisions of Australian Group 3A Touring Car regulations [1] with the field divided into three engine capacity divisions. It was the Round 2 of both the 1991 Australian Endurance Championship and the 1991 Australian Manufacturers' Championship.[2]

Nissan driver Mark Skaife became the first driver since Peter Brock in 1983 to claim provisional pole position, pole position after the Top 10 runoff (with a then fastest touring car lap time of 2:12.63), the race win, as well as setting the races fastest lap, though his lap record in the race was set in the teams #2 GT-R and not the #1 he drove to victory with Jim Richards (Brock's race record lap of 1983 was also set in the team's second, #25 car, but that was the car he drove to victory with John Harvey and Larry Perkins).

The Richards / Skaife Nissan GT-R cruised to a one lap victory from the Holden Racing Team VN Commodore SS Group A SV of defending champions Win Percy and Allan Grice with the GIO Racing Nissan GT-R of Mark Gibbs and dual Australian Drivers' Champion Rohan Onslow a further lap behind in 3rd place. After having won the Sandown 500 in the lead up to Bathurst, 3rd place was enough to see Gibbs and Onslow win the Australian Endurance Championship and help win Nissan their 4th Australian Manufacturers' Championship.

The race was the first since 1986 that was run with no Safety car periods, with the overall race time of 6h 19m 14.80s breaking the 1984 record of 6h 23m 13.06s. The 1991 time remained as the race record for the 1000 km event[3] until it was broken at the 2010 event with a 6h 12m 51.4153s race time. As of the end of 2018 the 1991 edition is still one of the fastest races in the history of this event, being the sixth fastest.

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Divisional structureEdit

Division 1Edit

For Group 3A cars of 3001cc and Over engine capacity, it featured the turbocharged Nissan Skylines, Ford Sierras, Toyota Supras and a Mitsubishi Starion, the V8 Holden Commodores and a BMW 635 CSi.

Division 2Edit

For Group 3A cars of 1601-3000cc engine capacity, it was composed exclusively of BMW M3s, both the 2.5 L "Evo" version and the original 2.3 L car.

Division 3Edit

For Group 3A cars of Up to 1600cc engine capacity, it was composed exclusively of various models of Toyota Corolla.

Tooheys Top 10Edit

Pos No Team Driver Car TT10 Qual
Pole 1 Nissan Motorsport Australia   Mark Skaife Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R 2:12.630 2:12.84
2 4 GIO Racing   Mark Gibbs Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R 2:13.876 2:15.08
3 30 Peter Jackson Racing   Glenn Seton Ford Sierra RS500 2:14.892 2:15.26
4 18 Shell Ultra Hi Racing   John Bowe Ford Sierra RS500 2:15.679 2:16.06
5 17 Shell Ultra Hi Racing   Dick Johnson Ford Sierra RS500 2:16.033 2:16.56
6 05 Mobil 1 Racing   Peter Brock Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV 2:16.071 2:16.44
7 2 Nissan Motorsport Australia   Drew Price Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R 2:16.296 2:15.62
8 11 Mobil 1 Racing   Larry Perkins Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV 2:17.018 2:16.20
9 35 Peter Jackson Racing   David Parsons Ford Sierra RS500 2:17.581 2:17.54
10 16 Holden Racing Team   Win Percy Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV 2:17.732 2:16.96

* After breaking Tony Longhurst's 1990 qualifying record of 2:13.84 by a full second, Mark Skaife lowered the mark again with a 2:12.630 in the Top 10. Skaife's Nissan GT-R also recorded a Group A fastest ever 293 km/h (182 mph) on Conrod Straight during the runoff.
* 1991 was the first ever all-Nissan front row at Bathurst. It was also Nissan's third Bathurst pole position after George Fury claimed pole in 1984 in the Bluebird turbo, and Gary Scott had done so in 1986 in the Skyline DR30 RS turbo. With three GT-R's, Nissan also had its best ever representation in the runoff, breaking the record of two set in 1982 and 1986.
* 1991 was the only time between 1988 and 1992 that a Ford Sierra RS500 did not qualify on the pole. Glenn Seton in the fastest Sierra was over 2 seconds slower than Skaife and one second slower than the GT-R of second placed Mark Gibbs. His time was also 0.952 slower than Klaus Niedzwiedz's 1990 pole time in a Sierra.
* Peter Brock made his first appearance driving a Holden in the runoff since the first Group A race in 1985. Brock qualified his Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV in 6th place. Compared to Skaife's speed on Conrod Straight in the twin-turbo GT-R, Brock's naturally aspirated V8 Commodore recorded 278 km/h (173 mph), though this was a substantial improvement as the older model Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV usually topped out at around 270 km/h (168 mph) unless aided by a tow from another car. Despite this the VN Commodores were in fact almost 1.5 seconds slower than the VL model had been in 1990.
* 1991 was the only time between his pole positions in 1988 and 1992 that Dick Johnson did not qualify his #17 Sierra on the front row.
* Drew Price (Nissan), Larry Perkins (Commodore), David Parsons (Sierra), and Win Percy (Commodore) were the only drivers not to improve on their qualifying time.
* HRT team manager and defending race winner Win Percy, who was competing in his 6th Bathurst 1000, made his first appearance in the Top 10 runoff. In four of his previous five races his cars had in fact competed in the runoff but it was his co-drivers - Tom Walkinshaw in 1985 and Allan Grice in 1987, 1988 and 1990, who did the driving on those occasions (Percy did not drive in 1986 and only qualified 18th in 1989).
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Official resultsEdit

 
The third-placed Nissan Skyline GT-R of Mark Gibbs and Rohan Onslow, pictured in 2015.
Pos Division [5] No Team Drivers Car Laps Qual
Pos
Shootout
Pos
1 1 1 Nissan Motorsport Australia   Jim Richards
  Mark Skaife
Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R 161 1 1
2 1 16 Holden Racing Team   Win Percy
  Allan Grice
Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV 160 9 10
3 1 4 GIO Racing   Mark Gibbs
  Rohan Onslow
Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R 159 2 2
4 2 20 Benson & Hedges Racing   Denny Hulme
  Peter Fitzgerald
BMW M3 Evolution 157 19
5 1 28 Playscape Racing   Kevin Waldock
  Brett Peters
Ford Sierra RS500 155 18
6 1 6 Alf Grant   Alf Grant
  Tim Grant
Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R 148 27
7 1 05 Mobil 1 Racing   Peter Brock
  Andrew Miedecke
Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV 147 7 6
8 1 27 Terry Finnigan   Terry Finnigan
  Geoff Leeds
Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV 146 24
9 1 30 Peter Jackson Racing   Glenn Seton
  Gregg Hansford
Ford Sierra RS500 146 3 3
10 1 50 Bryan Sala   Bryan Sala
  Graham Lusty
Ford Sierra RS500 140 35
11 1 14 Warren Jonsson   Warren Jonsson
  Graham Jonsson
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 140 28
12 3 78 Speedtech Motorsport   Geoff Full
  Paul Morris
Toyota Sprinter 140 39
13 1 3 Lansvale Smash Repairs   Steve Reed
  Trevor Ashby
Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV 137 16
14 1 26 Daryl Hendrick   Daryl Hendrick
  Chris Lambden
  John White
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 137 36
15 1 22 Perkins Engineering
Formula 1 Investements
  Graham Moore
  Michel Delcourt
  Peter McKay
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 136 21
16 1 34 Ray Gulson   Ray Gulson
  Graham Gulson
BMW 635 CSi 134 34
17 3 71 Toyota Team Australia   Ron Searle
  Don Griffiths
Toyota Corolla FX-GT 133 42
18 1 15 Toyota Team Australia   John Smith
  Geoff Morgan
Toyota Supra Turbo-A 131 17
19 3 75 Bob Holden Motors   Ted Dunford
  Brad Wright
Toyota Corolla 126 46
20 3 73 Bob Holden Motors   Bob Holden
  Rauno Aaltonen
  Dennis Rogers
Toyota Corolla 124 47
21 1 12 Ray Lintott   Ray Lintott
  Tony Scott
  John English
Ford Sierra RS500 122 20
DNF 1 18 Shell Ultra Hi Racing   Paul Radisich
  Terry Shiel
  John Bowe
Ford Sierra RS500 152 5 4
DNF 1 8 Caltex CXT Racing Team   Colin Bond
  Graeme Crosby
Ford Sierra RS500 152 14
DNF 1 21 Ampol Max 3 Racing   Bob Jones
  Mike Imrie
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 139 33
DNF 2 25 Benson & Hedges Racing   Tony Longhurst
  Alan Jones
BMW M3 Evolution 138 11
DNF 1 2 Nissan Motorsport Australia   Drew Price
  Garry Waldon
  Mark Skaife
Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R 135 4 7
DNF 2 52 M3 Motorsport   Peter Doulman
  John Cotter
BMW M3 133 32
DNF 1 9 Allan Moffat Enterprises   Gary Brabham
  Steve Millen
Ford Sierra RS500 128 15
DNF 1 17 Shell Ultra Hi Racing   Dick Johnson
  John Bowe
Ford Sierra RS500 123 8 5
DNF 1 24 Hersonne Engineering   Laurie Donaher
  Mick Donaher
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 123 38
DNF 1 39 Everlast Battery Service   Bill O'Brien
  Brian Callaghan
  Brian Callaghan Jr
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 116 26
DNF 1 43 Brian Bolwell Racing   Brian Bolwell
  Arthur Abrahams
Ford Sierra RS500 113 22
DNF 1 7 Holden Racing Team   Brad Jones
  Neil Crompton
Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV 100 13
DNF 3 77 Bob Holden Motors   Geoff Forshaw
  Richard Vorst
Toyota Corolla 96 48
DNF 1 44 Brian Bolwell Racing   Glenn McIntyre
  Dave Barrow
Ford Sierra RS500 93 31
DNF 1 19 Shell Ultra Hi Racing   Kayne Scott
  Greg Taylor
Ford Sierra RS500 90 25
DNF 3 74 Peter Verheyen   Peter Verheyen
  John Vernon
Toyota Sprinter 86 44
DNF 3 70 Toyota Team Australia   Neal Bates
  Rick Bates
Toyota Corolla FX-GT 76 41
DNF 1 11 Mobil 1 Racing   Larry Perkins
  Tomas Mezera
Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV 65 6 8
DNF 1 35 Peter Jackson Racing   David Parsons
  Wayne Park
Ford Sierra RS500 60 10 9
DNF 1 41 Garry Willmington Performance   Garry Willmington
  Reda Awadullah
Toyota Supra Turbo 56 30
DNF 1 24 Peter Janson   Peter Janson
  Peter Gazzard
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 53 28
DNF 1 33 Pro-Duct Motorsport   Bob Pearson
  Bruce Stewart
Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV 48 23
DNF 2 54 Kiwi Motorsport   Keith Sharp
  Ian Spurle
  Edgar Salwegter
BMW M3 34 40
DNF 3 72 David Sala   David Sala
  Brad Stratton
Toyota Corolla 28 43
DSQ 1 10 Allan Moffat Enterprises   Gianfranco Brancatelli
  Charlie O'Brien
Ford Sierra RS500 158 12
DNS 1 32 Pro-Duct Motorsport   Bob Tindal
  Darren Stewart
Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV 37
DNS 3 76 Bob Holden Motors   Mike Conway
  Calvin Gardiner
Toyota Corolla 45
DNQ 1 36 Ron Masing   Ron Masing
  Greville Arnel
Mitsubishi Starion Turbo 49
DNP 3 79 Malcolm Rea   Malcolm Rea
  Brian Selby
  Garry Jones
Toyota Sprinter

StatisticsEdit

  • Provisional Pole Position - #1 Mark Skaife - 2:12.84
  • Pole Position – #1 Mark Skaife – 2:12.63
  • Fastest Lap – #2 Mark Skaife – 2:14.50 - Lap 130 (new lap record)
  • Average Speed – 158 km/h
  • Race Time - 6:19:14.80 (new race record)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 1991, page 170
  2. ^ Australian Motor Racing Year, 1991/92, pages 238–239
  3. ^ * Greenhalgh, David; Thomas B. Floyd; Bill Tuckey (2000). Australia's Greatest Motor Race 1960–1999. Chevron Publishing Group. p. 479. ISBN 1-875221-12-3.
  4. ^ 1991 Bathurst 1000 - Top 10 Shootout
  5. ^ Toohey 1000 Official 1991 Programme, Entry List, page 61

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