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Shell Australian Touring Car Championship
In 1997 Winton hosted Round Five of the Shell Australian
Touring Car Championship which saw Glenn Seton in the Ford
Credit Falcon, leading the Championship on 294 points ahead
of Russell Ingall in the Castrol Commodore 256 points and
John Bowe in the Shell Falcon on 240 points.
Glenn Seton in his Ford Credit Falcon
Qualifying was a wet affair and the Castrol pairing of
Larry Perkins and Russell Ingall took advantage of the
specialy cut Dunlop rain tyres and put themselves on the
front row of the grid. Steven Richards surprised all
putting his Valoline Commodore on 4th place on the grid.
Perkins had a spin in the wet but still managed Poll
Race One saw the the Castrol pairing take the first
corner with Perkins ahead and were not seen again by
the rest ofthe field. Valvoline Commodore driver Steven
Richards had a mishap on the start which resulted in Richards
losing his front spoiler. John Faulkner and Dick Johnson
also had a first lap incident with Faulkner spinning off the
track into retirement. Peter Brock worked his way up to
third position with Glenn Seton in fourth.
Perkins and Ingall won the start and were never headed
Race two saw the Castrol Team win the start again and
Ingall this time got the jump on team mate Perkins. The
Castrol Cars remained in that order to the finish
dominating the Winton track. Brock and Seton followed the
two Castrol cars home in third and fourth. Gardner and
Bowe scrapped hard all the race but Bowe managed to hold
off the Coke Commodore of Gardner to finish fifth with
Perkins and Ingall dominated Race Two
Race Three was yet again another with Castrol one & two.
Ingall taking the Victory Honors over Perkins with this
time Glenn Seton beating Peter Brock off the line to finish
third. Brock slid off the track and finished in nineth.
Bowe and Gardner yet again battled hard with Bowe taking
fourth and Gardner fifth.
Ingall and Perkins take their third one, two
1st Russell Ingall Castrol Commodore
2nd Larry Perkins Castrol Commodore
3rd Glenn Seton Ford Credit Falcon
Winton marked Round Four of the Australian Drivers'
Championship which had been dominated by Jason Bright who
had not been beaten so far this year. Second in the
Championship was Holden Young Lions member Jason Bargwana on
57 points 43 points behind bright.
Irwin getting into trouble at the first turn
Race One was stopped after a first corner incident sent
Dean Irwin into the air and finishing up in the gravel trap.
Darren Pate took the early lead but Bargwana passed him and
held the lead to the flag to take his first win in Formula
Holden and break Jason Brights winning streak.
Darren Pate lead the way into Turn 2 with Bargwana second
1st Jason Bargwana Reynard 92D
2nd Darren Pate Reynard 95D
3rd Jason Bright Reynard 91D
This year's Sports Sedan race made up a round of the
Australian Championship and saw competitors come from
all over Australia to compete. Mick Monterosso was the
early race leader in his Ford Escort but was quickly
passed by Kerry Bailey in his Toyota Supra. Bob Jolly in
his Commodore took over the lead from Bailey on lap 5 but
had to retire after a spin on lap seven with the win going
to Wayne Park in his Mazda RX7.
Jolloy leads eventual race winner Wayne Park
1st Wayne Park Mazda RX7
2nd Kerry Bailey Toyota Supra
3rd Tony Hubbard Holden Commodore
The Shell Oils Superbike Championship saw the debut
of the all Australian built Hunwick Hallam ridden by Mal
Campbell. Unfortunately problems saw the Hunwick not make
it to the grid. Marty Craggill on his Kawasaki was first
off the line and was closely followed by Mark Willis and
Damon Buckmaster. Just behind the three leaders another
dice had formed between Suzuki's Troy Bayliss and Craig
Connell on his Ducati with the first Honda next with Shawn
Giles on board. Craggill managed to hold of Willis and
Buckmaster in a three way photo finish.
Craggill leads Willis and team mate Buckmaster
1st Marty Craggill Kawasaki ZXR
2nd Mark Willis Suzuki GSX-R
3rd Damon Buckmaster Kawasaki ZXR
1998 Saw Craig Lowndes just ahead of Russell Ingall in the
championship battle as the set apon Winton for round five
of the championship.
Holden Racing Teams Mark Skaife put his car on pole with
1:23.08 3 tenth's of a second ahead of Shell Helix's
John Bowe in his falcon with the two Castrol Commodores
of Russell Ingall and Lary Perkins sharing the Second row.
In all 41 cars attempted to qualify for the 38 positions
on the grid.
Saw Mark Skaife Spear off at the first corner and John
Bowe take the lead. He held of a determined Russell
Ingall in his Castrol Commodore untill Ingall pounced
on lap eight. Lap eight also saw Craig Lowndes muscle
his way pass a dogged Lary Perkins who had forced his
way passed Lowndes earlier in the race.
1st Russell Ingall Commodore
2nd John Bowe Falcon
3rd Larry Perkins Commodore
Dick Johnson leads Jason Bright
Race Two saw Russel Ingall get the better of the
start with John Bowe slipping back into second.
Larry Perkins got the better of the start with
Craig Lowndes but by lap two moved his HRT Commodore
past Perkins and into third place. Bowe came on
strong in the last half of the race passing Ingall
on lap 12 and held it to the finish.
1st John Bowe Falcon
2nd Russell Ingall Commodore
3rd Craig Lowndes Commodore
The Wynns team had one of the best results
The start of race three saw Ingall, Skaife, Lowndes
and Perkins all collide with Lowndes and Perkins
suffering damage to their cars. Bowe stayed out
of trouble and lead to the flag. Ingall back in
fifth after lap one followed by Falcon driver Tony
Longhurst in Sixth made a charge through the field
with Longhurst geting as high as second before he
sliped back to fourth position.
1st John Bowe Falcon
2nd Mark Skaife Commodore
3rd Russell Ingall Commodore
Craig Lowndes had a collision at turn one