1999 Bob Jane T-Marts Super Touring 500

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The 1999 Bob Jane T-Marts Super Touring 500 was a motor race staged at the Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia on 3 October 1999.[1] It was the 37th and last in a sequence of annual touring car endurance races to be organised by the Australian Racing Driver's Club at the Mount Panorama Circuit, previous events having included Bathurst 500 races and, from 1973, the Bathurst 1000.

The race was open to Super Touring cars,[1] with FIA Production cars, GT Production cars and Schedule S cars[2] also invited to compete. Qualifying established the grid for a 100 kilometre preliminary race, the Bob Jane T-Marts Super Touring 100, which in turn determined grid positions for the 500 kilometre main event.

The Super Touring 500 was won by Paul Morris driving a BMW 320i.

Race[edit]

The race was very heavily weather affected with rain wreathing the circuit for much of the day, earlier blighting the Bob Jane T-Marts V8 300 race held for a combined field of AUSCARs and Future Touring Cars. The race spent many laps behind a safety car because of heavy rain and poor visibility caused by fog across the top of the Mountain, including the final 17 laps and was eventually declared after 50 laps, 31 short of the intended full race distance. Paul Morris avenged his disqualification from victory in the 1997 AMP Bathurst 1000 taking victory over the two-car factory supported Volvo team, Jim Richards driving solo as Cameron McLean was unable to take his scheduled middle stint because of the weather and because of tyre issues, and Craig Baird and Matthew Coleman. Fourth place and leading independent driver was young New Zealander Mark Porter who had impressed team owner Mike Downard that he kept Porter in the car rather than take his own turn at the wheel. Leading independent team Knight Racing saw the Dean Canto / Leanne Ferrier buried in a sand trap at The Chase while the lead car of Peter Hills / Ron Searle struggled with water leaks and electrical issues.

Official results[edit]

Bob Jane T-Marts Super Touring 100[edit]

Pos[3] No Team Drivers Car Laps Qual
Pos
1 3 Volvo Dealer Racing New Zealand Jim Richards Volvo S40 16 1
2 1 Paul Morris Motorsport Australia Paul Morris BMW 320i 16 2
3 4 Volvo Dealer Racing New Zealand Craig Baird Volvo S40 16 3
4 88 Knight Racing Australia Peter Hills Ford Mondeo 16 5
5 44 Knight Racing Australia Dean Canto Ford Mondeo 16 4
6 9 Aaron McGill Motorsport Australia Aaron McGill Ford Mondeo 15 8
7 10 TC Motorsport New Zealand Tony Newman Peugeot 406 15 6
8 20 TC Motorsport Australia Anthony Robson Peugeot 406 15 7
9 95 Phoenix Motorsport Australia Jamie Miller Toyota Camry 15 10
10 14 MPD Racing New Zealand Mark Porter BMW 320i 15 12
11 38 Rod Salmon Australia Rod Salmon Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V 15 13
12 12 Rodney Jones Racing United Kingdom Mike Newton Vauxhall Cavalier 15 15
13 15 Archerfield Speed Karts Australia Mike Kilpatrick Porsche 930 15 16
14 22 Brian Bradshaw Race Preparation New Zealand Debbie Chapman BMW 320i 15 17
DNF 7 Anthony Robson Australia Allan Letcher BMW 318i 10 14
DNF 24 Bruce Miles New Zealand Bruce Miles BMW 318i 3 11
DNF 97 Triple P Racing Australia Claude Elias Hyundai Lantra 2 18
DNF 8 Project Racing Australia Jim Cornish Nissan Primera 0 9

Bob Jane T-Marts Super Touring 500[edit]

Pos[3] No Team Drivers Car Laps B100
Pos
Qual
Pos
1 1 Paul Morris Motorsport Australia Paul Morris BMW 320i 50 2 2
2 3 Volvo Dealer Racing New Zealand Jim Richards
Australia Cameron McLean
Volvo S40 50 1 1
3 4 Volvo Dealer Racing New Zealand Craig Baird
Australia Matthew Coleman
Volvo S40 50 3 3
4 14 MPD Racing New Zealand Mark Porter
New Zealand Mike Downard
BMW 320i 49 10 12
5 38 Rod Salmon Australia Rod Salmon
Australia Damien White
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V 49 11 13
6 12 Rodney Jones Racing United Kingdom Mike Newton
United Kingdom Andy Lloyd
Vauxhall Cavalier 49 12 15
7 8 Project Racing Australia Jim Cornish
Australia Roger Townshend
Nissan Primera 49 DNF 9
8 88 Knight Racing Australia Peter Hills
Australia Ron Searle
Ford Mondeo 49 4 5
9 95 Phoenix Motorsport Australia Mike Kilpatrick
Australia Jamie Miller
Toyota Camry 48 9 10
10 22 Brian Bradshaw Race Preparation New Zealand Dennis Chapman
New Zealand Debbie Chapman
BMW 320i 48 14 17
11 24 Bruce Miles New Zealand Bruce Miles
New Zealand Murray Cleland
BMW 318i 47 DNF 11
12 7 Grid Motorsport Australia Allan Letcher
Australia Jenni Thompson
BMW 318i 46 DNF 14
13 9 Aaron McGill Motorsport Australia Aaron McGill
Australia Gary Quartly
Ford Mondeo 39 6 8
14 77 Motorsport Developments Australia Malcolm Rea
Australia Dennis Cribbin
Toyota Carina 38 DNS DNS
DNF 97 Triple P Racing Australia Claude Elias
Australia Paul Leabeater
Hyundai Lantra 34 DNF 18
DNF 10 TC Motorsport New Zealand Tony Newman
Australia Mark Zonneveld
Peugeot 406 25 7 6
DNF 44 Knight Racing Australia Dean Canto
Australia Leanne Ferrier
Ford Mondeo 24 5 4
DNF 30 Roadchill Express Australia Troy Searle
Australia Luke Searle
BMW 320i 9 DNS DNS
DNF 99 Motorsport Developments Australia Clayton Haynes
Australia Carlos Rolfo
Toyota Carina 6 DNS 19
DNS 20 TC Motorsport Australia Anthony Robson
Australia Mark Zonneveld
New Zealand Rick Armstrong
Peugeot 406 8 7
DNS 15 Archerfield Speed Karts Australia Mike Kilpatrick Porsche 930 13 16

Note:

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position – #3 Jim Richards (Determined from results of 100 km race)[4]
  • Fastest Lap – #3 Jim Richards – 2:38.1390[5]
  • Race time of winning car – 2:55:31.5969[3]
  • Average Race Speed – 106 km/h[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Official Programme, Mt Panorama, Sunday 3 October 1999
  2. ^ a b Entry, Bathurst 500, Auto Action, 7 October 1999
  3. ^ a b c Results, racing.natsoft.com.au
  4. ^ Morris Reigns on Mountain, Auto Action, 14 October 1999, pages 17–19
  5. ^ a b Race results, www.teamdan.com Archived 14 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 14 April 2018