James Hardie 1000 - Mount Panorama, Bathurst - 4th October, 1981

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Falcon XC Cobra
Bathurst 1960
Torana L34

Number of Laps: 120


Total Race Time: 4:53:52.7
Fastest lap: Dick Johnson, 2:20.98 (157.61 km/h)
Classes: Class A - 8 or more Cylinders; Class B - 6 Cylinders & Rotaries; Class C - 4 or 5 Cylinders
The 1981 season wasn't going to see a repeat of the previous year. Dick Johnson had a reputed 100 horsepower advantage over the Commodore and Brock was eager to homologate his 'HDT Special Edition' Commodore with heads and inlet manifolding. But numbers just weren't there.Despite the disadvantage, the Marlboro HDT driver won three of the eight ATCC races and stood a big chance of taking the title with a win at the final round.

The 1981 Bathurst was one of the greatest races ever. Dick Johnson cemented his first national championship in a torrid encounter that saw the pair fight tooth and nail to the flag. Apart from the Bathurst race being shortened due to the multi-car pile-up, the Holdens could only fare fourth and fifth in the declared result. The Garry Rodgers / Clive Benson-Brown and Alan Browne / Tony Edmondson cars were the leading Holdens, despite both being involved in the accident.

The then-current Formula One champ, Alan Jones, made a historic appearance in Warren Cullen's Commodore. Unfortunately, the venture was ill-fated and the car retired shortly after Jones took the wheel. The opening laps of the race were a torrid affair with Johnson, Bartlett, Brock and Morris (Falcon) hard at it. But Brock was soon in trouble with rear-end problems, while the second Marlboro HDT car of Harvey and Vern Schuppan crashed while leading.
Please Note: You can sort this listing by simply clicking on the column heading
DRIVER / CO DRIVER(S)
1

Dick Johnson / John French

Falcon XD
A
120
0:2:38.813
2

Bob Morris / John Fitzpatrick

Falcon XD
A
120
0:2:39.339
3

Allan Moffat / Derek Bell

Mazda RX7
B
119
0:2:39.443
4

Garry Rogers / Clive Benson-Brown

Commodore VC
A
118
0:2:41.315
5

Alan Browne / Tony Edmondson

Commodore VC
A
117
0:2:25.100
6

Joe Moore / Christine Gibson

Falcon XD
A
115
0:2:29.900
7

Allan Grice / David Hobbs

BMW 635CSi
B
113
0:2:26.200
8

Colin Bond / Don Smith

Ford Capri
B
113
0:2:33.000
9

Garry Willmington / Mike Griffin

Falcon XD
A
113
0:2:27.300
10

John English / John Donnelly

Falcon XD
A
112
0:2:29.000
11

Steve Masterton / Bruce Stewart

Ford Capri
B
111
0:2:33.700
12

Peter Williamson / John Smith

Toyota Celica
C
111
0:2:34.900
13

Kevin Bartlett / Bob Forbes

Chev Camaro
A
111
0:2:36.432
14

Brian Callaghan / Peter McKay

Falcon XD
A
111
0:2:29.400
15

Alan Taylor / Kevin Kennedy

Commodore VC
A
109
0:2:32.200
16

Ron Dickson / Bob Stevens

Chev Camaro
A
108
0:2:44.505
17

Lawrie Nelson / Peter Jones

Ford Capri
B
108
0:2:36.600
18

John Gates / John Craft

Ford Capri
B
108
0:2:35.700
19

Gary Leggatt / Phil McDonell

Alfetta GTV
C
107
0:2:42.100
20

James Faneco / Allan Gough

Isuzu Gemini
C
103
0:2:47.900
21

Peter Brock / Jim Richards

Commodore VC
A
103
0:2:39.430
22

Rusty French / Leo Leonard

Falcon XD
A
100
0:2:32.400
23

Rod Stevens / Craig Bradtke

Mitsubishi Lancer
C
100
0:2:49.300
24

Tony Mulvihill / Brian Nightingale

Escort RS2000
C
97
0:2:52.100
25

Graham Moore / Steve Dymand

Chev Camaro
A
96
0:2:30.700
26

Peter McLeod / Peter Dane

Mazda RX7
B
96
0:2:33.200
27

Phil Revell / Ron Barnacle

Escort 1.6
C
93
0:2:55.700
28

Bob Muir / Ian Geoghegan

Falcon XD
A
92
0:2:26.400
DNF

Murray Carter / Graeme Lawrence

Falcon XD
A
DNF
0:2:38.813
DNF

Alexandra Surplice / Doug Clark

Toyota Celica
C
DNF
not available
DNF

Fred Geissler / Graham Watson

Commodore VC
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Ian Burrell / Rob Shute

Mitsubishi Colt
C
DNF
not available
DNF

Martin Power / Brian Wilsall

Dolomite Sprint
C
DNF
not available
DNF

Ron Wanless / Ralph Radburn

Commodore VC
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Colin Spencer / John White

Isuzu Gemini
C
DNF
not available
DNF

Bill O'Brien / Gary Cooke

Falcon XD
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Barry Jones / Geoff Leeds

Mazda RX7
B
DNF
not available
DNF

Ray Cutchie / Ray Farrar

Escort 1.6
C
DNF
not available
DNF

John Goss / Barry Seton

Jaguar XJ-S
A
DNF
not available
DNF

John Faulkner / Gary Dumbrell

Escort 2.0GL
C
DNF
not available
DNF

David Seldon / Gary Rowe

Isuzu Gemini
C
DNF
not available
DNF

Peter Janson / Larry Perkins

Commodore VC
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Masahiro Hasemi / Kazuyoshi Hoshino

Nissan Bluebird
C
DNF
not available
DNF

Terry Daly / Peter Hopwood

Ford Capri
B
DNF
not available
DNF

Allan Bryant / Dean Gall

Mazda RX7
B
DNF
not available
DNF

Garth Wigston / Steve Harrington

Commodore VC
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Wally Scott / Peter Walton

Toyota Celica
C
DNF
not available
DNF
Warren Cullen / Alan Jones
Commodore VC
A
DNF
not available
DNF
Phil Alexander / Ron Gillard
Mazda RX7
B
DNF
not available
DNF
Bob Holden / Wally Storey
Escort 2.0GL
C
DNF
not available
DNF
Paul Gulson / Rodney Combs
Commodore VB
A
DNF
not available
DNF
John Harvey / Vern Schuppan
Commodore VC
A
DNF
not available
DNF

Phil Brock / Gary Scott

Isuzu Gemini
C
DNF
not available
DNF
Graeme Bailey / Steve Land
Toyota Celica
C
DNF
not available
DNF

Graham Mein / Geoff Russell

Escort RS2000
C
DNF
not available
DNF

Fred Gibson / George Fury

Nissan Bluebird
C
DNF
not available
DNF
Terry Finnigan / Ross Wittig
Isuzu Gemini
C
DNF
not available
DNF

Charlie O'Brien / Mike Quinn

Commodore VC
A
DNF
not available
DNF
Terry Shiel / Don Holland
Mazda RX7
B
DNF
not available
DNF
John Duggan / Michael O'Hehir
Mazda RX
B
DNF
not available
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