Tony Longhurst

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Tony Longhurst
NationalityAustralian
Born (1957-10-01) 1 October 1957 (age 62)
Sydney
ATCC / V8 Supercar
Years active1985–2007
Teams JPS Team BMW
Tony Longhurst Racing
Longhurst Racing
Stone Brothers Racing
Rod Nash Racing
Holden Racing Team
Perkins Engineering
Team Dynamik
Starts191
Wins5
Best finish3rd in 1991 & 1992
Previous series
1983
1986–91
1994
Alfasud Series
AMSCAR
Australian Super Touring
Championship titles
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1994
2001
2009
AMSCAR
AMSCAR
Bathurst 1000
AMSCAR
AMSCAR
AMSCAR
Australian Super Touring
Bathurst 1000
Bathurst 12 Hour

Anthony Lawrence Longhurst (born 1 October 1957 in Sydney) is an Australian racing driver and former Australian Champion water skier. He is most noted for his career in the Australian Touring Car Championship and V8 Supercar series.

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Career

The Ford Sierra RS500 Longhurst drove to win 1988 Bathurst 1000 Longhurst-sierra.jpg
The Ford Sierra RS500 Longhurst drove to win 1988 Bathurst 1000

Longhurst is a two-time winner of the Bathurst 1000, winning the event in 1988 with Tomas Mezera [1] and in 2001 with Mark Skaife, [2] and is one of only four drivers to win Bathurst in both a Ford and a Holden (the others being Craig Lowndes, Steven Richards and Jamie Whincup). [3]

He has raced internationally in the 1987 World Touring Car Championship and 1993 FIA Touring Car Challenge, both times for BMW. He also won the Australian Super Touring Championship for BMW in 1994.

After four years of service to the Frank Gardner run JPS Team BMW from 1984 to 1987, Longhurst started his own touring car team in 1988, which became known as LoGaMo Racing, which based itself on the Gold Coast behind the Longhurst family owned Dreamworld. For sponsorship reasons the team was known by various names during its time including Freeport Motorsport and Benson & Hedges Racing. Initially running the powerful Ford Sierra RS500 from 1988 to 1990, the team then began using the evolution model BMW M3 (1991–93), before running a Holden Commodore VP supplied by Perkins Engineering in 1994. Longhurst saw particular success at Lakeside International Raceway, winning three rounds at the circuit in 1988, 1991 and 1992. In 1995, Longhurst sold out to fellow shareholders Gardner and Terry Morris and formed Longhurst Racing to compete in the Australian Touring Car Championship with a Ford Falcon EF.

Tony Longhurst is the only driver to have won five of the now defunct AMSCAR series run at Sydney's Amaroo Park circuit. He won the series in 1986 (BMW 325i), 1987 (BMW M3), 1989 and 1990 (Ford Sierra RS500) and 1991 (BMW M3 Evolution).

In 1992 he also won the NZ Wellington street race in BMW M3. Came 3rd in 1989 Wellington street race and 3rd 1989 and 2nd in 1986 in the Pukekohe Nissan Mobil race in NZ.

In 2005, Longhurst bought the license for Team Dynamik's second car, running the No. 45 car for Max Wilson under WOW Sight & Sound sponsorship. Following Simon Wills's rollover at the Sandown 500, Longhurst purchased the remaining license from Team Dynamik and replaced Wills as Wilson's co-driver for the following round at Bathurst. He announced his retirement from competitive racing after the 2005 Bathurst 1000, where he and Brazilian co-driver Max Wilson failed to finish the race. He also made an appearance at the Targa Tasmania that year. He returned to this event in 2006, finishing fourth overall.

Longhurst made two subsequent returns to the V8 Supercar Championship Series. In 2006, he was co-driver for Steve Owen in the Rod Nash Racing AutoBarn Commodore. The pair put in solid drives finishing 12th at Sandown and 7th at Bathurst. Longhurst's final drive came at the 2007 Sandown 500 where he paired with Glenn Seton following a series of last minute driver swaps in the Holden Racing Team following Mark Skaife having surgery to remove his appendix [4] .

In 2009 he added a Bathurst 12 Hour victory, co-driving with Rod Salmon and Damien White. [5] By winning the 12 Hour, Longhurst joined Allan Grice, Gregg Hansford, Dick Johnson and John Bowe as winners of both the Bathurst 1000 and Bathurst 12 Hour races (this list was later joined by Paul Morris and Jonathon Webb).

In 2016, Longhurst returned to competition making an appearance at the Sydney Motorsport Park round of the Australian GT Championship in a Marque Sports Ford Focus and at the Silverstone Classic driving his 1994 Australian Manufacturers' Championship winning BMW 318i Super Touring car. [6] [7]

The Benson & Hedges Ford Sierra RS500 driven by Longhurst and Tomas Mezera to victory at Bathurst in 1988 (pictured right) is on display at the National Motor Racing Museum which is located on the outside of the final turn of the famous Mount Panorama Circuit.

Longhurst continues to live on the Gold Coast in Queensland and owns and manages the Boat Works facility at Coomera. [8]

Longhurst will return to Bathurst for the first time since winning the 2009 WPS Bathurst 12 Hour when he will drive at the 2017 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour driving a BMW M6 GT3 for BMW Team SRM alongside Timo Glock, Mark Skaife and Russell Ingall.

Career results

Sourced from Driver Database [9]

SeasonSeriesPositionCarTeam
1983 Australian Endurance Championship 65th Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Mike Burgmann
1984Alfasud Series1st Alfa Romeo Alfasud Longhurst Racing
Australian Endurance Championship NC BMW 635 CSi JPS Team BMW
World Sportscar Championship NC BMW 320i
1985 Australian Touring Car Championship 16th BMW 323i JPS Team BMW
AMSCAR Series 2nd
Australian Endurance Championship 2nd BMW 323i
BMW 635 CSi
1986 AMSCAR Series 1st BMW 325i JPS Team BMW
Australian Touring Car Championship 4th
Australian Endurance Championship 3rd BMW 325i
BMW 635 CSi
1987AMSCAR Series1st BMW M3 JPS Team BMW
Australian Touring Car Championship 4th
World Touring Car Championship 42nd JPS Team BMW
CiBiEmme
1988 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th Ford Sierra RS500 Freeport Racing
Asia-Pacific Touring Car Championship 5th Benson & Hedges Racing
1989Nissan Mobil 500 Series2nd Ford Sierra RS500 Benson & Hedges Racing
AMSCAR Series1st
Australian Touring Car Championship 5th
1990AMSCAR Series1st Ford Sierra RS500 Benson & Hedges Racing
Australian Touring Car Championship 6th
Australian Endurance Championship 24th
1991AMSCAR Series1st BMW M3 Evolution Benson & Hedges Racing
Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd
1992 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd BMW M3 Evolution Benson & Hedges Racing
1993 Australian Touring Car Championship 9th BMW M3 Evolution Benson & Hedges Racing
Touring Car World Cup 22nd BMW 318i Bigazzi Team
1994 Australian Super Touring Championship 1st BMW 318i Benson & Hedges Racing
Australian Touring Car Championship 11th Holden VP Commodore
1995 Australian Touring Car Championship 11th Ford EF Falcon Castrol Longhurst Racing
1996 Australian Touring Car Championship 11th Ford EF Falcon Castrol Longhurst Racing
1997 Australian Touring Car Championship 8th Ford EL Falcon Castrol Longhurst Racing
1998 Australian Touring Car Championship 8th Ford EL Falcon Castrol Longhurst Racing
1999 Shell Championship Series 14th Ford AU Falcon Castrol Longhurst Racing
2000 Shell Championship Series 10th Ford AU Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2001 Shell Championship Series 13th Holden VX Commodore Rod Nash Racing
Holden Racing Team
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 11th Ford AU Falcon Briggs Motor Sport
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 37th Holden VY Commodore Holden Racing Team
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 29th Holden VY Commodore Perkins Engineering
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 39th Holden VZ Commodore Rod Nash Racing
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 45th Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2011 Australian V8 Ute Series 48th Holden Commodore SS VE Ute Auto One Wildcard

Complete World Sportscar Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearTeamCar1234567891011DCPoints
1984 Flag of Australia (converted).svg JPS Team BMW BMW 320i MNZ SIL LMS NUR BHT MOS SPA IMO FJI KYL SAN
ovr:14
cls:1
NC0

Complete World Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearTeamCar1234567891011DCPoints
1987 Flag of Australia (converted).svg JPS Team BMW BMW M3 MNZ JAR DIJ NUR SPA BNO SIL BAT
ovr:4
cls:1
CLD
Ret
NC0
Flag of Germany.svg BMW Motorsport
Flag of Italy.svg CiBiEmme
WEL
ovr:7
cls:2
FJI

Not registered for series & points

Complete Bathurst 1000 results

YearCar#TeamCo-DriversCarClassLapsOverall
Position
Class
Position
1983 33 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Dreamworld Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mike Burgmann Chevrolet Camaro Z28 A121DNFDNF
1984 31 Flag of Australia (converted).svg JPS Team BMW Flag of New Zealand.svg Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi Group C39DNFDNF
1985 1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg JPS Team BMW Flag of New Zealand.svg Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi C1604th4th
1986 1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg JPS Team BMW Flag of New Zealand.svg Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi C1616th5th
1987 44 Flag of Australia (converted).svg JPS Team BMW Flag of New Zealand.svg Jim Richards BMW M3 21564th1st
1988 25 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Benson & Hedges Racing Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tomas Mezera Ford Sierra RS500 A1611st1st
1989 20 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Benson & Hedges Racing Flag of Australia (converted).svg Alan Jones
Flag of New Zealand.svg Denny Hulme
Ford Sierra RS500 A1585th5th
25 Flag of New Zealand.svg Neville Crichton Ford Sierra RS500 27DNFDNF
1990 25 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Benson & Hedges Racing Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mark McLaughlin Ford Sierra RS500 153DNFDNF
1991 25 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Benson & Hedges Racing Flag of Australia (converted).svg Alan Jones BMW M3 Evolution 2138DNFDNF
1992 25 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Benson & Hedges Racing Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg Johnny Cecotto BMW M3 Evolution A1424th4th
1993 25 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Benson & Hedges Racing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Soper BMW M3 Evolution A79DNFDNF
1994 25 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Benson & Hedges Racing Flag of Australia (converted).svg Charlie O'Brien Holden VP Commodore A1614th4th
1995 25 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Castrol Longhurst Ford Flag of Australia (converted).svg Wayne Park Ford EF Falcon 1499th9th
1996 25 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Castrol Longhurst Ford Flag of Australia (converted).svg Steven Ellery Ford EF Falcon 1613rd3rd
1997 25 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Castrol Longhurst Ford Flag of Australia (converted).svg Charlie O'Brien Ford EL Falcon L1110DNFDNF
1998 25 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Castrol Longhurst Ford Flag of Australia (converted).svg Geoff Brabham Ford EL Falcon OC1578th8th
1999 25 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Castrol Longhurst Ford Flag of Australia (converted).svg Adam Macrow Ford AU Falcon 150DNFDNF
2000 9 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Stone Brothers Racing Flag of Australia (converted).svg David Besnard Ford AU Falcon 151DNFDNF
2001 1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Holden Racing Team Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mark Skaife Holden VX Commodore 1611st1st
2002 66 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Team Betta Electrical Flag of Australia (converted).svg Matthew White Ford AU Falcon 1616th6th
2003 2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Holden Racing Team Flag of New Zealand.svg Jim Richards Holden VY Commodore 1615th5th
2004 8 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Perkins Engineering Flag of Australia (converted).svg Paul Dumbrell Holden VY Commodore 129DNFDNF
2005 44 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Team Dynamik
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Longhurst Racing
Flag of Brazil.svg Max Wilson Holden VZ Commodore 32DNFDNF
2006 55 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Rod Nash Racing Flag of Australia (converted).svg Steve Owen Holden VZ Commodore 1617th7th

Complete Sandown Endurance results

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassLapsOverall
Position
Class
Position
1984 Flag of Australia (converted).svg JPS Team BMW Flag of New Zealand.svg Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi Over 3000cc72DNFDNF
1985 Flag of Australia (converted).svg JPS Team BMW Flag of New Zealand.svg Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi A1291st1st
1986 Flag of Australia (converted).svg JPS Team BMW Flag of New Zealand.svg Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi B1275th5th
1987 Flag of Australia (converted).svg JPS Team BMW Flag of New Zealand.svg Jim Richards BMW M3 B118DNFDNF
1988 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Benson & Hedges Racing Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tomas Mezera Ford Sierra RS500 A1235th5th
1989 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Benson & Hedges Racing Flag of New Zealand.svg Neville Crichton Ford Sierra RS500 A87DNFDNF
1992 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Benson & Hedges Racing Flag of Australia (converted).svg Paul Morris BMW M3 Evolution 3A1362nd2nd
1994 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Benson & Hedges Racing Flag of Australia (converted).svg Charlie O'Brien Holden VP Commodore V81614th4th
1995 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Castrol Longhurst Ford Flag of Australia (converted).svg Wayne Park Ford EF Falcon 1604th4th
1996 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Castrol Longhurst Ford Flag of Australia (converted).svg Steven Ellery Ford EF Falcon 1604th4th
1997 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Castrol Longhurst Ford Flag of Australia (converted).svg Charlie O'Brien Ford EL Falcon 15110th10th
1998 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Castrol Longhurst Ford Flag of Australia (converted).svg Geoff Brabham Ford EL Falcon 7DNFDNF
2003 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Holden Racing Team Flag of New Zealand.svg Jim Richards Holden VY Commodore 14010th10th
2004 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Castrol Perkins Racing Flag of Australia (converted).svg Paul Dumbrell Holden VY Commodore 1598th8th
2007 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Holden Racing Team Flag of Australia (converted).svg Glenn Seton Holden VE Commodore 16013th13th

Complete Bathurst 12 Hour results

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassLapsOverall
Position
Class
Position
1992 Flag of Australia (converted).svg BMW Australia Pty Ltd Flag of Australia (converted).svg Alan Jones
Flag of New Zealand.svg Neville Crichton
BMW M5 C2512nd1st
2009 Flag of Australia (converted).svg TMR Australia Flag of Australia (converted).svg Rod Salmon
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Damien White
Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo X C2391st1st
2017 Flag of Australia (converted).svg BMW Team SRM Flag of Germany.svg Timo Glock
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mark Skaife
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Russell Ingall
BMW M6 GT3 AP134DNFDNF
2018 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Boat Works Racing Flag of Australia (converted).svg Matthew Brabham
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Aaron Seton
BMW M4 GT4C25022nd1st

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References

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Peter Brock
David Parsons
Peter McLeod
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1988
(with Tomas Mezera)
Succeeded by
Dick Johnson
John Bowe
Preceded by
Peter Doulman
Winner of the Australian Manufacturers' Championship
1994
Succeeded by
Paul Morris
Preceded by
Garth Tander
Jason Bargwanna
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
2001
(with Mark Skaife)
Succeeded by
Mark Skaife
Jim Richards
Preceded by
Graham Alexander
Rod Salmon
Damien White
Winner of the Bathurst 12 Hour
2009
(with Rod Salmon & Damien White)
Succeeded by
John Bowe
Garry Holt
Paul Morris