PERKINS & INGALL WIN AS BROCK SAYS FAREWELL =========================================== Sunday October 19 1997, MT PANORAMA, BATHURST, N.S.W, AUSTRALIA : Fairy tales seldom come true in real life and even less so in motorsport, but for 52 delightful laps a record crowd of 51,400, cheered on as 9 times Bathurst winner Peter Brock looked set to say farewell to his beloved Mountain on a winning note. However soon after a driver change Brock's co-driver Mark Skaife bought the famous 05 Commodore into the pits with engine problems bringing to a sad end the 30 year career of Australia's most recognised racing driver.

With Brock out, it was left to his former co-driver and now bitter rival Larry Perkins and his co-diver, former Brands Hatch Formula Ford festival winner Russell Ingall to win the "breakaway" PRIMUS 1000 Classic at Mt Panorama, Bathurst.

The pair's Team Castrol Holden Commodore took the lead on lap 90 to finish ahead of the father and son combination of Jim and Steve Richards (Valvoline / Cummins Commodore) and the Mitre 10 Ford Falcon of Mark Larkham and Andrew Miedecke. It was a race of high attrition, with only half of the 42 starters finishing as the challenge of the mountain took its toll. Perkins attributed the victory to superior car preparation; "Nothing missed a beat all week", he said. "I thought I earnt my money. "In my workshop, I don't let them use the word hope, we do the work properly. I have absolute faith in my machine - the bloody thing is bullet proof. The other ones wilted, it proves you can win the race in the workshop". Leading privateer was the Commodore of Malcolm Stenniken and Peter Gazzard, who finished seventh overall. Former karter Darren Hossack who teamed with last years third placegetter Steven Ellery in a Commodore, was awarded Rookie of the year for finishing sixth.

PRIMUS 1000 Results: from the official Primus 1000 web site <www.primus1000.com.au> Check it out for pictures and more info. ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ Pos Car Driver Entrant Vehicle Cap CL Laps Race.Time Fastest...Lap

 1    11  L.PERKINS/R.INGALL       CASTROL PERKINS RACING         COMMODORE
VS         4999  L1  161 06:21:55.5483   6 2:12.3398R
 2    34  J.RICHARDS/S.RICHARDS    VALVOLINE/CUMMINS TEAM         COMMODORE
VS         5000  L1  161 06:22:06.6478  24 2:13.2244
 3    10  M.LARKHAM/A.MIEDECKE     MITRE 10 RACING                FALCON EL
5000  L1  161 06:23:57.2891 133 2:13.7447
 4    18  D.JOHNSON/S.JOHNSON/
          C.BAIRD                  SHELL HELIX RACING             FALCON EL
5000  L1  158 06:23:25.3146   7 2:13.0088
 5    46  J.FAULKNER/W.PERCY       FISHER & PAYKEL/BETTA ELEC     COMMODORE
VS         5000  L1  154 06:22:05.5996  24 2:13.4080
 6    45  D.HOSSACK/S.ELLERY       WYNN'S AUSTRALIA               COMMODORE
VS         4981  L1  154 06:23:00.9309   6 2:14.7149
 7    14  M.STENNIKEN/P.GAZZARD    SCOTT'S TRANSPORT              COMMODORE
VS         5000  L2  154 06:23:53.4460  46 2:18.8104
 8     3  T.ASHBY/S.REED           LANSVALE SMASH REPAIRS         COMMODORE
VS         5000  S1  153 06:22:04.4224  14 2:16.1507
 9    36  N.SCHEMBRI/I.LUFF        GEARBOX MOTORSPORT             COMMODORE
VS         5000  L2  153 06:22:19.5559  64 2:19.5417
 10   27  T.FINNIGAN/T.SHIEL       SONY AUTOSOUND                 COMMODORE
VS         4990  S1  153 06:22:33.3179  21 2:15.1997
 11    9  A.JONES/S.PRUETT/
          J.BRIGHT                 ALAN JONES RACING              FALCON EL
5000  L1  153 06:23:01.3053   7 2:12.7286
 12   16  M.PRICE/K.BREWER         CASTROL COUGARS                COMMODORE
VS         4999  L2  152 06:24:23.6246  21 2:19.7808
 13   44  M.ROSE/K.BURTON          FAIRFAX NEWSPAPERS             COMMODORE
VS         5000  L2  150 06:23:34.7495   7 2:19.0993
 14   49  G.CRICK/P.FITZGERALD/
          G.WALDON                 ERICSSON - ALCAIR              COMMODORE
VS         4984  S1  150 06:23:51.4313  20 2:14.5601
 15   20  I.PALMER/J.ENGLISH       PALMER PROMOTIONS              COMMODORE
VS         5000  L2  146 06:22:41.7308  11 2:21.1893
 16   21  B.WALDEN/S.WILLIAMS      BRIAN WALDEN                   COMMODORE
VP         5000  L2  144 06:23:19.2690  19 2:23.3848
 17   39  C.SMERDON/C.COX          CHRIS SMERDON                  COMMODORE
VS         4990  L2  143 06:22:42.9695  22 2:17.7393
 18   26  J.COTTER/P.DOULMAN       M3 MOTORSPORT                  COMMODORE
VP         4980  L2  139 06:22:53.1518  22 2:17.5282
 19   74  K.HEFFERNAN/D.OSBOURNE   PRICE ATTACK RACING P/L        COMMODORE
VS         5000  L2  135 06:22:52.9123  23 2:17.7370
 NC   40  M.HART/P.LAWRENCE        SMC PNEUMATICS (AUST) P/L      COMMODORE
VR         5000  L2  119 06:23:34.0144  48 2:24.6769
 NC   37  S.TAYLOR/B.ATTARD/
          S.BELL                   THE XEROX SHOP                 COMMODORE
VP         4981  L2  110 06:23:55.8784  73 2:23.9702
 DNF  62  W.RUSSELL/R.SHAW         UNION STEEL                    COMMODORE
VS         5000  L2  126 05:57:42.5478  29 2:24.6452
 DNF   1  G.SETON/D.PARSONS        FORD CREDIT RACING             FALCON EL
5000  L1  121 04:53:44.4320   7 2:12.7282
 DNF  25  T.LONGHURST/C.O'BRIEN    CASTROL LONGHURST FORD         FALCON EL
5000  L1  110 04:25:55.5317   7 2:12.8238
 DNF  58  P.O'BRIEN/B.CALLAGHAN/
          R.BARNACLE               EVERLAST AUTOMOTIVE            COMMODORE
VR         4980  L2  109 04:44:27.2748  10 2:20.2020
 DNF  13  R.McLEOD/D.PATE          OAMPS INSURANCE GROUP LTD      COMMODORE
VR         5000  L2  101 04:51:03.2533  89 2:16.9889
 DNF  28  K.WALDOCK/J.SMITH        CBS MINING RACE TEAM           FALCON EF
5000  L2   92 04:07:59.7683  68 2:16.9262
 DNF   7  W.GARDNER/N.CROMPTON     WAYNE GARDNER RACING           COMMODORE
VS         5000  L1   89 03:28:50.4187  76 2:12.9063
 DNF  79  M.CONWAY/G.MONAGHAN      CADILLAC PRODUCTIONS           FALCON
EBTT          5000  L2   84 03:29:06.4894   5 2:18.5523
 DNF  38  M.POOLE/T.SCOTT          GAWLER SA                      COMMODORE
VS         5000  S1   74 02:58:23.4021  16 2:14.8763
 DNF  24  P.ROMANO/A.GRICE         ROMANO RACING                  COMMODORE
VS         5000  S1   69 02:47:25.6651  16 2:14.9521
 DNF  23  R.HISLOP/T.BRIGGS        RAY HISLOP                     FALCON EF
5000  L2   62 02:31:09.7438  46 2:17.8666
 DNF  41  G.WILLMINGTON/B.SEIDERS  SIMON'S EARTHWORKS P/L         COMMODORE
VR         4980  L2   61 03:26:07.3611   5 2:22.3492
 DNF  05  P.BROCK/M.SKAIFE         HOLDEN RACING TEAM             COMMODORE
VS         4998  L1   52 01:57:29.6951   3 2:12.4926r
 DNF  12  B.WILLIAMS/P.GOVER       BRUCE WILLIAMS                 COMMODORE
VS         5000  L2   46 02:26:37.8113  11 2:19.8108
 DNF  33  B.PEARSON/A.McCARTHY/
          B.STEWART                PRO-DUCT MOTORSPORT P/L        COMMODORE
VS         5000  L2   43 01:42:13.7893   4 2:16.6107
 DNF  15  G.MURPHY/C.LOWNDES       HOLDEN RACING TEAM             COMMODORE
VS         4998  L1   38 01:25:36.4525   6 2:12.6650
 DNF  47  J.TRIMBOLE/T.MEZERA      CDB BOTTLE MAGIC               COMMODORE
VS         5000  S1   25    56:54.9849   8 2:15.3909
 DNF  17  D.JOHNSON/J.BOWE/
          S.JOHNSON                SHELL HELIX RACING             FALCON EL
5000  L1   17    39:52.1543   6 2:12.7784
 DNF  54  P.BRADBURY/P.STOKELL/
          A.TRATT                  WAYNE GARDNER RACING           COMMODORE
VS         5000  L1   16    36:23.5441   6 2:14.7628
 DNS  97  J.BARGWANNA/M.NOSKE      HOLDEN RACING TEAM             COMMODORE
VS         4998  L1

-Brett Ramsey