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Hardie-Ferodo 1000 - Mount Panorama, Bathurst - 30th September, 1979

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Falcon XC Cobra
Bathurst 1979
Torana L34

Number of Laps: 163


Total Race Time: 6:38:15.8
Fastest lap: Peter Brock, 2:21.1 (157.47 km/h)
Classes: Class A - Over 3000cc; Class B - 2001 to 3000cc; Class C - 1601 to 2000cc; Class D - Up to 1600cc.
Rule changes made the previously dominating Toranas and Falcons less appealing, and Holden decided to pull out of motor racing. Thankfully the Holden Dealer Team had already been sorting a Commodore in the latter part of 1979 before Holden made its announcement. Ron Hodgson had also announced he too was pulling the plug on his involvement, thus leaving race ace Bob Morris high and dry.

Fortunately, Peter Brock together with Marlboro and 'selected Holden dealers' had strung together for a two-car Commodore team, while Alan Grice and Bob Morris pooled their resources to run a pair of V8s - a Torana and a Commodore under the Craven Mild Banner. Some drivers were looking towards the new Mazda RX-7 with its peripheral porting, a couple of XD Falcons were underway, and Kevin Bartlett announced he would campaign a Chev Camaro.

Brock set an unprecedented eight pole positions in as many races, and won six ATCC races to take the title easily from Bartlett. Morris was the best other Holden finisher in fifth place. Grice was eighth and Charlie O'Brien was 10th in the newer Roadways Commodore. At the Bathurst post mortem, the results showed that Commodore had run riot in the nation's top race. Despite finishing in the first seven places, and nine of the top 10, race winners Brock and Jim Richards had their hardest-fought win yet.

First, Dick Johnson in his new XD had set them a merry chase before the Commodore clipped a slow car and was forced to pit for repairs. The stop cost them two laps and many positions. Johnson hit a rock shortly afterwards and was out. The lead was then shared between Grice/ John Smith and the second Marlboro HDT car of John Harvey and Ron Harrop. The former finished seventh after a spin caused damage to the fuel tank and the latter blew an engine.

Brock and Richards continued in the race. Surprisingly quickly they were back in the top 10 and, before one third of the race had been completed, were into the lead. From there on, the pair went on to a hat-trick victory.
Please Note: You can sort this listing by simply clicking on the column heading
DRIVER / CO DRIVER(S)
1

Peter Brock / Jim Richards

Torana A9X
A
163
0:2:20.500
2

Peter Janson / Larry Perkins

Torana A9X
A
157
0:2:26.212
3

Ralph Radburn / John Smith

Torana A9X
A
155
0:2:42.100
4
Allan Grice /Alfredo Costanzo
Torana A9X
A
155
0:2:23.539
5

Garry Rogers / Bob Stevens

Torana A9X
A
152
0:2:25.918
6

Alan Taylor / Kevin Kennedy

Torana A9X
A
151
0:2:41.000
7

Barry Seton / Don Smith

Torana A9X
A
148
0:2:41.900
8

Charlie O'Brien / Garth Wigston

Torana A9X
A
147
0:2:24.579
9

Peter Williamson / Mike Quinn

Toyota Celica
C
146
0:2:58.200
10

Phil McDonell / Derek Bell

Alfetta GTV
C
145
0:2:53.600
11

Frank Porter / Tony Niovanni

Alfetta GTV
C
142
0:3:03.100
12

Ray Gulson / Paul Gulson

Alfa 2000GTV
C
140
0:3:02.400
13

Barry Lee / John Gates

Mazda RX3
B
139
0:2:54.200
14

Jim Keogh / John Mann

Falcon XC
A
138
0:2:45.200
15

Wally Scott / Peter Walton

Toyota Celica
C
133
0:3:14.700
16

Terry Daly / Eric Boord

Ford Capri
B
133
0:2:55.200
17

Brian Sampson / Alan Browne

Torana A9X
A
133
0:2:43.100
18

Peter Hopwood / Alan Cant

Ford Capri
B
130
0:2:56.700
19

Stephen Stockdale / John Duggan

Mazda RX3
B
130
0:2:55.200
20

Spencer Martin / David McKay

Volvo 242GT
B
129
0:3:12.600
21

David Seldon / Gary Leggatt

Isuzu Gemini
D
129
0:3:07.000
22

Bernie McClure / David Langman

Holden Gemini
D
128
0:3:16.900
23

Jim Faneco / Gary Rowe

Holden Gemini
D
126
0:3:13.000
24

Ken Price / Ian Wells

Holden Gemini
D
124
0:3:22.200
25

Terry Wade / Gerald Kay

Dolomite Sprint
C
120
0:3:03.900
26

Bob Holden / David Earle

Ford Escort 1.6
D
116
0:12:16.10
27

Martin Power / Peter Kuebler

Dolomite Sprint
C
114
0:3:10.100
28

Chris Heyer / Peter Lander

VW Golf
D
111
0:3:14.700
DNF

Allan Moffat / John Fitzpatrick

Falcon XC
A
DNF
0:2:20.500
DNF

Steve Masterton / Phil Lucas

Ford Capri
B
DNF
not available
DNF

Fred Gibson / Joe Moore

Torana A9X
A
DNF
not available
DNF

John Goss / Henri Pescarolo

Falcon XC
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Tim Slako / Colin Hall

Torana A9X
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Barry Jones / Terry Finnigan

Mazda RX3
B
DNF
not available
DNF

Bob Skelton / Don Holland

Torana A9X
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Lawrie Nelson / Tony Farrell

Ford Capri
B
DNF
not available
DNF

Graham Mein / Geoff Russell

Escort RS2000
C
DNF
not available
DNF

Bob Morris / Dieter Quester

Torana A9X
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Garry Willmington / John Wright

Falcon XC
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Murray Carter / Graeme Lawrence

Falcon XC
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Terry Shiel / Ross Burbidge

Mazda RX7
B
DNF
not available
DNF

Lakis Manticas / Geoff Leeds

Ford Capri
B
DNF
not available
DNF

John McCormack / Bob Forbes

Chev Camaro
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Bill O'Brien / Ray Winter

Falcon XC
A
DNF
not available
DNF

John Harvey / Ron Harrop

Torana A9X
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Gary Cooke / Warwick Brown

Torana A9X
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Mal Smith / Mal Owen

Holden Gemini
D
DNF
not available
DNF

Graham Bailey / Doug Clark

Toyota Celica
C
DNF
not available
DNF

Mark Thatcher / Kiyoshi Misaki

Toyota Corolla
D
DNF
not available
DNF

Barry Parsons / Tom Rabold

Falcon XC
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Warren Cullen / Graham McRae

Torana A9X
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Rod Stevens / Bill Evans

Falcon XC
A
DNF
not available
DNF
Roger Cartwright / Greg Toepfer
Escort RS2000
C
DNF
not available
DNF

Dick Johnson / Gary Scott

Falcon XC
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Colin Bond / John French

Falcon XC
A
DNF
not available
DNF
Bill Stanley / Ian Messner
Escort RS2000
C
DNF
not available
DNF

Ron Wanless / Leo Leonard

Falcon XC
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Ron Dickson / Dick Barbour

Chev Camaro
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Dean Gall / Allan Bryant

Mazda RX7
B
DNF
not available
DNF

Rusty French / Graham Moore

Falcon XC
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Lynn Brown / Brian Boyd

BMW 3.0Si
B
DNF
not available
DNF

Allan Gough / Kel Gough

Holden Gemini
D
DNF
not available
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