Oran Park V8 Supercar round

The Oran Park V8 Supercar round was a V8 Supercar, and formerly Australian Touring Car Championship, motor racing event held at Oran Park Raceway in Narellan, New South Wales, Australia. The event was held from 1971 to 2007, with only three circuits having hosted more events in championship history as of 2019.

New South Wales Oran Park V8 Supercar round
Track map for Oran Park--Grand Prix circuit.svg
Race Information
Venue Oran Park Raceway
Number of times held 38
First held 1971
Last held 2008
Race Format
Race 1
Laps 46
Distance 120 km
Race 2
Laps 46
Distance 120 km
Race 3
Laps 46
Distance 120 km
Last Event (2008)
Overall Winner
Australia Garth Tander Holden Racing Team
Race Winners
Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering
Australia Garth Tander Holden Racing Team
Australia Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team

HistoryEdit

The Oran Park round of the championship was often held as the final round of the Australian Touring Car Championship and as such decided several championship titles. The first of these was in the inaugural event in 1971, with Bob Jane, Ian Geoghegan and Allan Moffat all entering the round with a chance of winning the championship. Moffat had led the race early before hitting problems, eventually closing down Jane in the final laps but unable to overtake. The race was also infamous for a spectator driving their Chrysler Valiant onto the circuit during the race, and in 2016 was considered as one of the top five races in championship history.[1] In 1972, Moffat won the last championship round for the Ford Mustang nameplate until 2019.[2]

Bob Morris won the 1984 event, despite not only having not competed in any other championship round that year, but having not competed at all in the ATCC since he won the 1980 Oran Park event.[3] The 1980s saw significant variety in the results, with seven different marques taking an event win. From 1985 to 1998 the circuit returned to the season-ending event on the calendar. One of the more controversial deciders in the circuit's history occurred in 1987 with championship combatants Jim Richards and Glenn Seton making contact as Richards took the lead and the championship victory.[4] In 1989, long-time Holden driver Peter Brock won his first championship round aboard a Ford.[5]

In 1997, Brock farewelled the sport as a full-time driver at the event, winning the first race and only losing a likely round victory late in the third race when a puncture dropped him down the order. At the same event, Glenn Seton secured his second championship ten years after his battle with Richards.[4] The 1997 event was part of a seven-year streak of wins from the Holden Racing Team, each of the last four going to Mark Skaife. In doing this, Skaife joined Moffat with a record six round wins at the circuit.[6]

The 2000 event was notable for a large start-line crash involving Larry Perkins, Paul Morris and Mark Larkham. Perkins stalled on the grid, and was hit by Morris who was then hit by Larkham, the latter two cars exploding into flames. All drivers escaped without serious injury.[7] The 2005 event saw Russell Ingall win the only round of his championship-winning year.[4] In 2007, Lee Holdsworth won his first championship race and round at the event in wet conditions.[8] The 2008 event, branded under the Grand Finale umbrella, saw Jamie Whincup seal his first championship title, as well as Mark Skaife enter his final event as a full-time driver. The event itself, won by Garth Tander, was the final championship event for the circuit, with Rick Kelly winning the final race at the circuit. Following the 2008 event the circuit was demolished for a housing redevelopment.

WinnersEdit

 
The original circuit layout used in the 1970s
Year Driver[4] Entrant Car Report
1971   Bob Jane Bob Jane Racing Team Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1
1972   Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Racing Ford Boss 302 Mustang
1973   Allan Moffat Ford Works Team Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase 3
1974   Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Racing Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop
1975   Allan Grice Craven Mild Racing Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34
1976   Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Racing Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop
1977   Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Racing Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop
1978   Peter Brock Holden Dealer Team Holden LX Torana A9X SS
1979   Bob Morris Ron Hodgson Motors Holden Torana LX A9X SS
1980   Bob Morris Craven Mild Racing Holden VB Commodore
1981   Dick Johnson Dick Johnson Racing Ford XD Falcon
1982   Kevin Bartlett Nine Network Racing Team Chevrolet Camaro Z28
1983   Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Racing Mazda RX-7
1984   Bob Morris Barry Jones Mazda RX-7
1985   Robbie Francevic Mark Petch Motorsport Volvo 240T
1986   George Fury Gibson Motorsport Nissan Skyline DR30 RS
1987   Jim Richards JPS Team BMW BMW M3
1988   Dick Johnson Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra RS500
1989   Peter Brock Mobil 1 Racing Ford Sierra RS500
1990   Jim Richards Gibson Motorsport Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R
1991   Mark Skaife Gibson Motorsport Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R
1992   Mark Skaife Gibson Motorsport Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R
1993   Jim Richards Gibson Motorsport Holden VP Commodore
1994   Glenn Seton Glenn Seton Racing Ford EB Falcon Report
1995   John Bowe Dick Johnson Racing Ford EF Falcon
1996   Peter Brock Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore
1997   Greg Murphy Holden Racing Team Holden VS Commodore
1998   Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VS Commodore
1999   Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team Holden VT Commodore Report
2000   Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team Holden VT Commodore
2001   Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team Holden VX Commodore Report
2002   Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team Holden VX Commodore
2003   Marcos Ambrose Stone Brothers Racing Ford BA Falcon
2004   Marcos Ambrose Stone Brothers Racing Ford BA Falcon
2005   Russell Ingall Stone Brothers Racing Ford BA Falcon
2006   Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BA Falcon
2007   Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore Report
2008   Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore Report

Multiple winnersEdit

By driverEdit

Wins Driver Years
6   Allan Moffat 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1983
  Mark Skaife 1991, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
3   Bob Morris 1979, 1980, 1984
  Jim Richards 1987, 1990, 1993
  Peter Brock 1978, 1989, 1996
2   Dick Johnson 1981, 1988
  Marcos Ambrose 2003, 2004
  Craig Lowndes 1998, 2006

By teamEdit

Wins Team
8 Holden Racing Team
5 Allan Moffat Racing
Gibson Motorsport
3 Dick Johnson Racing
Stone Brothers Racing
2 Craven Mild Racing
Holden Dealer Team1

By manufacturerEdit

Wins Manufacturer
14 Ford
Holden
4 Nissan
2 Chevrolet
Mazda
Notes
  • ^1 – Holden Dealer Team was known as Mobil 1 Racing from 1988 to 1990, hence their statistics are combined.

Event sponsorsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fogarty, Mark (15 April 2016). "The best of the V8 Supercars 500". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ "McLaughlin, Mustang sweep Supercars opener". SBS News. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Bob Morris". Speedcafe. 2 November 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d 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.
  5. ^ Tuckey, Bill (8 September 2016). "A tribute to Peter Brock". Motor Mag. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  6. ^ Tomarchio, Cameron (18 August 2007). "Skaife wins race one at Oran Park". Drive.com.au. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  7. ^ Noonan, Aaron (24 June 2016). "Saturday Sleuthing: The Dude's lucky escape". Supercars.com. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Rookie Holdsworth wins Oran Park round". ABC News. 19 August 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2017.