1997 Shell Australian Superbike Series

Suzuki's champion Peter Goddard stepped back to managerial duties for 1997, and scooped up his 1996 rival Troy Bayliss to lead the Ansett Air Freight team in his absence. Bayliss' spectacular and often erratic style of racing earned him 3 wins early on but when perennial contender Marty Craggill was awarded the win in a 3-way photo finish at Winton the tide seemed to turn. Six straight victories gave him a fairly comfortable 16-point lead over Bayliss going into the season-ender at Oran Park, and having shown his pace with pole position he raced conservatively to score just the points he needed. Craggill's Kawasaki team-mate won both races and denied Bayliss any chance of overhauling Craggill, leaving him a disappointed runner-up once again while Craggill celebrated a long-awaited first Superbike crown.

DateRd.CircuitEvent NameResults
1997-03-151Australia Calder ParkShell Australian Touring Car Championship Round 1GO!
1997-04-132Australia Phillip IslandShell Australian Touring Car Championship Round 2GO!
1997-05-183Australia WintonShell Australian Touring Car Championship Round 5GO!
1997-05-254Australia Eastern CreekShell Australian Touring Car Championship Round 6GO!
1997-07-135Australia MallalaShell Australian Touring Car Championship Round 9GO!
1997-08-036Australia Oran ParkShell Australian Touring Car Championship Round 10GO!

Can You Help?

The following official data is currently missing:

1997-05-18 Winton: All sessions, Entry list

1997-05-25 Eastern Creek: Free Practice 1, Free Practice 2, Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up, Entry list

Copies of any of this information would be greatly appreciated. If you have any additional information about this season's races or riders, please contact me!