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Tony Longhurst (born 1 October 1957 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian racing driver and former Australian Champion water skier. He is most noted for his career in the Australian Touring Car Championship and V8 Supercar series.

Tony Longhurst
NationalityAustralian
Born (1957-10-01) 1 October 1957 (age 61)
Sydney, New South Wales
ATCC / V8 Supercar
Years active1985-2007
TeamsJPS Team BMW
Tony Longhurst Racing
Longhurst Racing
Stone Brothers Racing
Rod Nash Racing
Holden Racing Team
Perkins Engineering
Team Dynamik
Starts191
Wins5
Best finish3rd in 1991 & 1992
Previous series
1983
1986-91
1994
Alfasud Series
AMSCAR
Australian Super Touring
Championship titles
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1994
2001
2009
AMSCAR
AMSCAR
Bathurst 1000
AMSCAR
AMSCAR
AMSCAR
Australian Super Touring
Bathurst 1000
Bathurst 12 Hour

Contents

CareerEdit

 
The Ford Sierra RS500 Longhurst drove to win 1988 Bathurst 1000

Longhurst is a two-time winner of the Bathurst 1000, winning the event in 1988 with Tomas Mezera[1] and in 2001 with Mark Skaife,[2] and is one of only four drivers to win Bathurst in both a Ford and a Holden (the others being Craig Lowndes, Steven Richards and Jamie Whincup).[3]

He has raced internationally in the 1987 World Touring Car Championship and 1993 FIA Touring Car Challenge, both times for BMW. He also won the Australian Super Touring Championship for BMW in 1994.

After four years of service to the Frank Gardner run JPS Team BMW from 1984–87, Longhurst started his own touring car team in 1988, which became known as LoGaMo Racing, which based itself on the Gold Coast behind the Longhurst family owned Dreamworld. For sponsorship reasons the team was known by various names during its time including Freeport Motorsport and Benson & Hedges Racing. Initially running the powerful Ford Sierra RS500 from 1988–90, the team then began using the evolution model BMW M3 (1991–93), before running a Holden Commodore VP supplied by Perkins Engineering in 1994. Longhurst saw particular success at Lakeside International Raceway, winning three rounds at the circuit in 1988, 1991 and 1992. In 1995, Longhurst sold out to fellow shareholders Gardner and Terry Morris and formed Longhurst Racing to compete in the Australian Touring Car Championship with a Ford Falcon EF.

Tony Longhurst is the only driver to have won five of the now defunct AMSCAR series run at Sydney's Amaroo Park circuit. He won the series in 1986 (BMW 325i), 1987 (BMW M3), 1989 and 1990 (Ford Sierra RS500) and 1991 (BMW M3 Evolution).

In 1992 he also won the NZ Wellington street race in BMW M3. Came 3rd in 1989 Wellington street race and 3rd 1989 and 2nd in 1986 in the Pukekohe Nissan Mobil race in NZ.

In 2005, Longhurst bought the license for Team Dynamik's second car, running the #45 car for Max Wilson under WOW Sight & Sound sponsorship. Following Simon Wills's rollover at the Sandown 500, Longhurst purchased the remaining license from Team Dynamik and replaced Wills as Wilson's co-driver for the following round at Bathurst. He announced his retirement from competitive racing after the 2005 Bathurst 1000, where he and Brazilian co-driver Max Wilson failed to finish the race. He also made an appearance at the Targa Tasmania that year. He returned to this event in 2006, finishing fourth overall.

Longhurst made two subsequent returns to the V8 Supercar Championship Series. In 2006, he was co-driver for Steve Owen in the Rod Nash Racing AutoBarn Commodore. The pair put in solid drives finishing 12th at Sandown and 7th at Bathurst. Longhurst's final drive came at the 2007 Sandown 500 where he paired with Glenn Seton following a series of last minute driver swaps in the Holden Racing Team following Mark Skaife having surgery to remove his appendix[4].

In 2009 he added a Bathurst 12 Hour victory, co-driving with Rod Salmon and Damien White.[5] By winning the 12 Hour, Longhurst joined Allan Grice, Gregg Hansford, Dick Johnson and John Bowe as winners of both the Bathurst 1000 and Bathurst 12 Hour races (this list was later joined by Paul Morris and Jonathon Webb).

In 2016, Longhurst returned to competition making an appearance at the Sydney Motorsport Park round of the Australian GT Championship in a Marque Sports Ford Focus and at the Silverstone Classic driving his 1994 Australian Manufacturers' Championship winning BMW 318i Super Touring car.[6][7]

The Benson & Hedges Ford Sierra RS500 driven by Longhurst and Tomas Mezera to victory at Bathurst in 1988 (pictured right) is on display at the National Motor Racing Museum which is located on the outside of the final turn of the famous Mount Panorama Circuit.

Longhurst continues to live on the Gold Coast in Queensland and owns and manages the Boat Works facility at Coomera.[8]

Longhurst will return to Bathurst for the first time since winning the 2009 WPS Bathurst 12 Hour when he will drive at the 2017 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour driving a BMW M6 GT3 for BMW Team SRM alongside Timo Glock, Mark Skaife and Russell Ingall.

Career resultsEdit

Sourced from Driver Database[9]

Season Series Position Car Team
1983 Australian Endurance Championship 65th Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Mike Burgmann
1984 Alfasud Series 1st Alfa Romeo Alfasud Longhurst Racing
Australian Endurance Championship NC BMW 635 CSi JPS Team BMW
World Sportscar Championship NC BMW 320i
1985 Australian Touring Car Championship 16th BMW 323i JPS Team BMW
AMSCAR Series 2nd
Australian Endurance Championship 2nd BMW 323i
BMW 635 CSi
1986 AMSCAR Series 1st BMW 325i JPS Team BMW
Australian Touring Car Championship 4th
Australian Endurance Championship 3rd BMW 325i
BMW 635 CSi
1987 AMSCAR Series 1st BMW M3 JPS Team BMW
Australian Touring Car Championship 4th
World Touring Car Championship 42nd JPS Team BMW
CiBiEmme
1988 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th Ford Sierra RS500 Freeport Racing
Asia-Pacific Touring Car Championship 5th Benson & Hedges Racing
1989 Nissan Mobil 500 Series 2nd Ford Sierra RS500 Benson & Hedges Racing
AMSCAR Series 1st
Australian Touring Car Championship 5th
1990 AMSCAR Series 1st Ford Sierra RS500 Benson & Hedges Racing
Australian Touring Car Championship 6th
Australian Endurance Championship 24th
1991 AMSCAR Series 1st BMW M3 Evolution Benson & Hedges Racing
Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd
1992 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd BMW M3 Evolution Benson & Hedges Racing
1993 Australian Touring Car Championship 9th BMW M3 Evolution Benson & Hedges Racing
Touring Car World Cup 22nd BMW 318i Bigazzi Team
1994 Australian Super Touring Championship 1st BMW 318i Benson & Hedges Racing
Australian Touring Car Championship 11th Holden VP Commodore
1995 Australian Touring Car Championship 11th Ford EF Falcon Castrol Longhurst Racing
1996 Australian Touring Car Championship 11th Ford EF Falcon Castrol Longhurst Racing
1997 Australian Touring Car Championship 8th Ford EL Falcon Castrol Longhurst Racing
1998 Australian Touring Car Championship 8th Ford EL Falcon Castrol Longhurst Racing
1999 Shell Championship Series 14th Ford AU Falcon Castrol Longhurst Racing
2000 Shell Championship Series 10th Ford AU Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2001 Shell Championship Series 13th Holden VX Commodore Rod Nash Racing
Holden Racing Team
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 11th Ford AU Falcon Briggs Motor Sport
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 37th Holden VY Commodore Holden Racing Team
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 29th Holden VY Commodore Perkins Engineering
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 39th Holden VZ Commodore Rod Nash Racing
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 45th Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2011 Australian V8 Ute Series 48th Holden Commodore SS VE Ute Auto One Wildcard

Complete World Sportscar Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1984   JPS Team BMW BMW 320i MNZ SIL LMS NUR BHT MOS SPA IMO FJI KYL SAN
ovr:14
cls:1
NC 0

Complete World Touring Car Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1987   JPS Team BMW BMW M3 MNZ JAR DIJ NUR SPA BNO SIL BAT
ovr:4
cls:1
CLD
Ret
NC 0
  BMW Motorsport
  CiBiEmme
WEL
ovr:7
cls:2
FJI

† Not registered for series & points

Complete Bathurst 1000 ResultsEdit

Year Car# Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Overall
Position
Class
Position
1983 33   Dreamworld   Mike Burgmann Chevrolet Camaro Z28 A 121 DNF DNF
1984 31   JPS Team BMW   Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi Group C 39 DNF DNF
1985 1   JPS Team BMW   Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi C 160 4th 4th
1986 1   JPS Team BMW   Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi C 161 6th 5th
1987 44   JPS Team BMW   Jim Richards BMW M3 2 156 4th 1st
1988 25   Benson & Hedges Racing   Tomas Mezera Ford Sierra RS500 A 161 1st 1st
1989 20   Benson & Hedges Racing   Alan Jones
  Denny Hulme
Ford Sierra RS500 A 158 5th 5th
25   Neville Crichton Ford Sierra RS500 27 DNF DNF
1990 25   Benson & Hedges Racing   Mark McLaughlin Ford Sierra RS500 1 53 DNF DNF
1991 25   Benson & Hedges Racing   Alan Jones BMW M3 Evolution 2 138 DNF DNF
1992 25   Benson & Hedges Racing   Johnny Cecotto BMW M3 Evolution A 142 4th 4th
1993 25   Benson & Hedges Racing   Steve Soper BMW M3 Evolution A 79 DNF DNF
1994 25   Benson & Hedges Racing   Charlie O'Brien Holden VP Commodore A 161 4th 4th
1995 25   Castrol Longhurst Ford   Wayne Park Ford EF Falcon 149 9th 9th
1996 25   Castrol Longhurst Ford   Steven Ellery Ford EF Falcon 161 3rd 3rd
1997 25   Castrol Longhurst Ford   Charlie O'Brien Ford EL Falcon L1 110 DNF DNF
1998 25   Castrol Longhurst Ford   Geoff Brabham Ford EL Falcon OC 157 8th 8th
1999 25   Castrol Longhurst Ford   Adam Macrow Ford AU Falcon 150 DNF DNF
2000 9   Stone Brothers Racing   David Besnard Ford AU Falcon 151 DNF DNF
2001 1   Holden Racing Team   Mark Skaife Holden VX Commodore 161 1st 1st
2002 66   Team Betta Electrical   Matthew White Ford AU Falcon 161 6th 6th
2003 2   Holden Racing Team   Jim Richards Holden VY Commodore 161 5th 5th
2004 8   Perkins Engineering   Paul Dumbrell Holden VY Commodore 129 DNF DNF
2005 44   Team Dynamik
  Longhurst Racing
  Max Wilson Holden VZ Commodore 32 DNF DNF
2006 55   Rod Nash Racing   Steve Owen Holden VZ Commodore 161 7th 7th

Complete Sandown Endurance resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Overall
Position
Class
Position
1984   JPS Team BMW   Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi Over 3000cc 72 DNF DNF
1985   JPS Team BMW   Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi A 129 1st 1st
1986   JPS Team BMW   Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi B 127 5th 5th
1987   JPS Team BMW   Jim Richards BMW M3 B 118 DNF DNF
1988   Benson & Hedges Racing   Tomas Mezera Ford Sierra RS500 A 123 5th 5th
1989   Benson & Hedges Racing   Neville Crichton Ford Sierra RS500 A 87 DNF DNF
1992   Benson & Hedges Racing   Paul Morris BMW M3 Evolution 3A 136 2nd 2nd
1994   Benson & Hedges Racing   Charlie O'Brien Holden VP Commodore V8 161 4th 4th
1995   Castrol Longhurst Ford   Wayne Park Ford EF Falcon 160 4th 4th
1996   Castrol Longhurst Ford   Steven Ellery Ford EF Falcon 160 4th 4th
1997   Castrol Longhurst Ford   Charlie O'Brien Ford EL Falcon 151 10th 10th
1998   Castrol Longhurst Ford   Geoff Brabham Ford EL Falcon 7 DNF DNF
2003   Holden Racing Team   Jim Richards Holden VY Commodore 140 10th 10th
2004   Castrol Perkins Racing   Paul Dumbrell Holden VY Commodore 159 8th 8th
2007   Holden Racing Team   Glenn Seton Holden VE Commodore 160 13th 13th

Complete Bathurst 12 Hour resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Overall
Position
Class
Position
1992   BMW Australia Pty Ltd   Alan Jones
  Neville Crichton
BMW M5 C 251 2nd 1st
2009   TMR Australia   Rod Salmon
  Damien White
Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo X C 239 1st 1st
2017   BMW Team SRM   Timo Glock
  Mark Skaife
  Russell Ingall
BMW M6 GT3 AP 134 DNF DNF
2018   Boat Works Racing   Matthew Brabham
  Aaron Seton
BMW M4 GT4 C 250 22nd 1st

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sierras fill top three at Bathurst
  2. ^ "Motorsport: Skaife supreme in topsy-turvy Bathurst race". The New Zealand Herald. 8 October 2001. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Richards a chip off the old block". The Sydney Morning Herald. 7 October 2007. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  4. ^ Lynch, Michael. "Skaife ruled out of Sandown after appendix surgery". The Age. The Age. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  5. ^ Bathurst 12: Event race report
  6. ^ Longhurst eyes Bathurst amid race return Speedcafe 1 July 2016
  7. ^ Longhurst to race title winning BMW at Silverstone Speedcafe 25 June 2016
  8. ^ The Boat Works Rising Ocean Magazine 14 August 2015
  9. ^ Tony Longhurst at Driver Database
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Peter Brock
David Parsons
Peter McLeod
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1988
(with Tomas Mezera)
Succeeded by
Dick Johnson
John Bowe
Preceded by
Peter Doulman
Winner of the Australian Manufacturers' Championship
1994
Succeeded by
Paul Morris
Preceded by
Garth Tander
Jason Bargwanna
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
2001
(with Mark Skaife)
Succeeded by
Mark Skaife
Jim Richards
Preceded by
Graham Alexander
Rod Salmon
Damien White
Winner of the Bathurst 12 Hour
2009
(with Rod Salmon & Damien White)
Succeeded by
John Bowe
Garry Holt
Paul Morris