However, the first two visits to the circuit were dominated by one man and his BMW.
In 1985, triple Bathurst winner Jim Richards kicked off the first year of the Group A era with victory driving a 3.5-litre 6 cyl BMW 635 CSi entered by JPS Team BMW, which was run by the late Frank Gardner.
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Richards won by over a lap from teammate and countryman Neville Crichton.
Just 15 cars competed in a 50-lap race in warm conditions, with Richards a comfortable winner in the hour-long race.
It was the first ever ATCC race win by a BMW, and the first ATCC round win by a European car since Jim McKeown won the seventh and final round of the 1970 season at Symmons Plains in a Porsche 911S.
Richards was one of only two drivers, Toyota’s John Smith being the other, to finish each round of the series.
The legendary New Zealander, who went on to win four more Bathurst classics, finished on the podium in nine of 10 rounds in 1985.