1958 Australian Drivers' Championship

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The 1958 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title for drivers of Formula Libre cars. The title was contested over a nine race series with the winner awarded the 1958 CAMS Gold Star.

Calendar[edit]

Rd. Date Race Circuit Location Winner
1 27 January South Pacific Championship for Racing Cars Gnoo Blas circuit Orange, New South Wales Jack Brabham*
2 23 February Victorian Trophy Race Fisherman's Bend Melbourne, Victoria Stan Jones
3 3 March Longford Trophy Longford Circuit Longford, Tasmania Ted Gray
4 5 April South Australian Trophy Race Port Wakefield Circuit Port Wakefield, South Australia Len Lukey
5 15 June Queensland Road Racing Championship Lowood circuit Lowood, Queensland Alec Mildren
6 31 August Lowood Trophy Lowood circuit Lowood, Queensland Alec Mildren
7 23 October Australian Grand Prix Mount Panorama Circuit Bathurst, New South Wales Lex Davison
8 30 November Melbourne Grand Prix Albert Park Circuit Melbourne, Victoria Stirling Moss*
9 26 December Phillip Island Trophy Race Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Phillip Island, Victoria Stan Jones
  • Winning driver not awarded points for races 1 and 8

Points structure[edit]

Championship points were awarded on an 8-5-3-2-1 basis to the top five finishers in each race. However, as overseas drivers were ineligible to qualify for championship points, no points were awarded for placings scored by these drivers.[1] Similarly drivers of sports cars which on occasion raced amongst the Formula Libre cars, were not eligible for points, although Doug Whiteford's Maserati 300S appears to have been an exception.

Results[edit]

Position Driver Car Entrant R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Total [1]
1 Stan Jones Maserati 250F S.J. Jones 5 8 5 - - 5 - - 8 31
2 Alec Mildren Cooper T43 Climax FPE A.G. Mildren 1 1 - - 8 8 - - 5 23
3 Len Lukey Cooper T23 Bristol
Lukey Bristol
Vauxhall Special
Lukey Mufflers 3 2 1 8 3 3 - 1 - 21
4 Ted Gray Tornado Mk.II Ford
Tornado Mk.II Corvette
E. Gray - - 8 - 5 - - - - 13
5 Arnold Glass Ferrari 555 Super Squalo A. Glass - 5 3 - - - - - - 8
Doug Whiteford Maserati 300S D. Whiteford - 3 2 - - - - 3 - 8
Lex Davison Ferrari 500 A.N. Davison - - - - - - 8 - - 8
8 Austin Miller Cooper T41 Climax FWB A. Miller - - - 5 - - - - 2 7
9 Ern Seeliger Maybach III Corvette E. Seeliger - - - - - - 5 - - 5
10 Tom Hawkes Cooper T23 Holden T. Hawkes - - - 1 - - 3 - - 4
11 Keith Rilstone Zephyr Special Ford K.W. Rilstone - - - 3 - - - - - 3
John Roxburgh Cooper T41 Climax J. Roxburgh - - - - - - - - 3 3
13 Greg McEwin MacHealey-Austin-Healey G. McEwin - - - 2 - - - - - 2
Bib Stillwell Maserati 250F B.S. Stillwell - - - - - - - 2 - 2
15 Glyn Scott Repco Holden Special G. Scott - - - - 1 - - - - 1
Arthur Griffiths Cooper T41 Climax FWB A. Griffith - - - - - 1 - - - 1
Curly Brydon Ferrari 125 Corvette A.H. Brydon - - - - - - 1 - - 1
Ray Gibbs Cooper T23 Holden R. Gibbs - - - - - - - - 1 1

Championship points were not awarded for the following:[1]

  • Jack Brabham (Cooper T43 Climax) : First place in Race 1
  • Bill Pitt (Jaguar D-Type) : Fourth place in Race 1
  • Bill Pitt (Jaguar D-Type) : Fourth place in Race 5
  • Bill Pitt (Jaguar D-Type) : Fourth place in Race 6
  • Merv Neil (Cooper T45 Climax) : Fourth place in Race 7
  • Stirling Moss (Cooper T45 Climax) : First place in Race 8
  • Jack Brabham (Cooper T45 Climax) : Second place in Race 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Motor Sports Review 1958-59, pages 35-51

Further reading[edit]

  • Australian Grand Prix - The 50-race history, 1986, pages 236 to 246
  • The Advertiser, Monday 7 April 1958, Page 19

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