ASTC: Bathurst 1000 Race Schedule S Cars Report 98-10-04

AMP Bathurst 1000 Round Up It was elated Bathurst rookies Rod Hicks and Kevin Bell in the International Motorsport BMW 320i who topped the NZ Schedule S Touring Cars to come home 11th outright and first in their Class at today's AMP Bathurst...

AMP Bathurst 1000 Round Up

It was elated Bathurst rookies Rod Hicks and Kevin Bell in the International Motorsport BMW 320i who topped the NZ Schedule S Touring Cars to come home 11th outright and first in their Class at today's AMP Bathurst 1000. Twenty year old Aaron Harris and Miles Worsley in a BMW 325i were second in Class, with Geoff Short and Greg Goudie in the Ford Telstar rounding out the top three cars.

The mountain took it's toll on New Zealand's Schedule S Touring Cars, with five cars failing to complete the race. There is also no doubt that the Kiwi contingent contributed to the closest finish in the history of the Great Race. The pace car was brought out to clear the Tunzelmann/Udy Peugeot 405 after it sustained steering failure and contacting the wall, leaving it in a dangerous position at Forest Elbow. This bunched the pack, and provided an opportunity for teams to make pit stops without losing valuable time.

The complexion of the race was to change when Ian Spurle in the Nissan Sentra SSS collided with the concrete barrier on the top of the mountain, severely damaging the front end of the car and scattering debris on the track. Paul Morris in the Audi A4 Quattro had the misfortune to collect a rod that punctured the sump of his car, pouring oil all over the track. The incident also spelt the end of the race for top contenders Murphy and Ingall in a Holden Vectra and Harvey and Nilsson in the second Volvo S40.

Drawn on the behaviour of the slower paced NZ Schedule S Cars, the top teams complimented the Kiwi drivers on the professionalism and courtesy of the contingent.

Tony Bunyan Email editor@nztouringcars.co.nz

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Series General
Drivers Paul Morris , Kevin Bell , Rod Hicks , Aaron Harris