16 years of trying, Dick Johnson finally saw the chequered flag at Bathurst
when his co-driver John Bowe crossed the finish line after 161 laps. Johnson
had won the race before, in 1981, but the race that year was shortened
because of a crash which blocked the track.
Brock won pole position after the top 10 run-off but he had to face the
stewards on Saturday afternoon. His team was charged with using an on-board
fire-extinguishing system to direct super-cooled halon gas over the intercooler,
thus boosting power for qualifying. The stewards found the charge unproven,
but the Entrants Association imposed a $5000 fine on Brock for a moral
infringement of the rules.
field was held for two full minutes on the grid and engine temperatures
rose to dangerous levels. Brock got the jump and led until passed by Niedzwiedz
on lap 2. A loose rear wheel forced Brock into the pits and Johnson went
into the lead of the race on lap 10.
Brancatelli lost a front wheel on his Sierra on lap 14, the same lap that
Glenn Seton hit a wall in his Sierra. He would later take over the team's
number two car.
long delay on the grid was blamed for the early demise of Deudonne (Sierra),
Slako (Commodore), Finnigan (Commodore) and Longhurst (Sierra). Longhurst
would soon reappear in Jones' car.
the 60-lap mark it was all Sierras. Bowe led from Biela and the Brock/Rouse
car had worked its way back into third place. But the same hub which gave
trouble earlier struck again causing a 13-minute stop this time. The 05
car was only mobile for another eight laps before it was retired with incurable
Johnson/Bowe Sierra continued to lead the race, but had slowed due to turbo
blade wear. In second place the Niedzwiedz/Biela ANZ Sierra was gaining,
being only 35 seconds behind as both cars made their final stops. Just
three laps later the ANZ car was back in with a flat tyre and loose wheel.
Niedzwiedz was nearly a lap down when he rejoined, leaving the Shell car
of John Bowe unpressured as it cruised to the finish.
wins went to the Doulman/Cotter BMW M3 and the Dowson/Bates Corolla.