1962 Australian Touring Car Championship

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1962 Australian Touring Car Championship
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The 1962 Australian Touring Car Championship was a CAMS sanctioned Australian motor racing title [1] for Appendix J Touring Cars.[2] It was contested as a single race, staged at the Longford Circuit, in Tasmania, Australia [3] on 3 March 1962.[4] The title, which was the third Australian Touring Car Championship,[1] was won by Bob Jane, driving a Jaguar 3.8 litre Mark 2.[5]

Classes[edit]

Cars competed in six engine capacity classes.

  • Under 1000cc [6]
  • 1000cc to 1600cc [6]
  • 1600cc – 2000cc [6]
  • 2000cc – 2600cc [6]
  • 2600cc – 3500cc [6]
  • Over 3500cc [6]

There were no entries in the 1600cc – 2000cc class.[6]

Race[edit]

Despite the geographic difficulties of crossing Bass Strait to get to the Longford street circuit, all four available Jaguars attended the 1962 ATCC meeting.[3] However, Ian Geoghegan's 3.4 litre example broke an axle in practice and, with his team's spares trapped on the mainland, the car did not start in the title race. Bob Jane, having spent the year preparing his largely unmodified 1961 Mark 2 into its 1962 form, was able to win by 23.8 seconds [4] from defending champion Bill Pitt, with the other Jaguar, driven by Bill Burns, finishing third. The best ever ATCC performance by a Peugeot saw Ken Bridgen finish in fourth position, just beating the ailing Holden of Des West to the finish line.

Results[edit]

Position [7] Driver [7] No. [7] Car [7] Class Pos. [6] Class [6] Laps [7]
1 Bob Jane 7 Jaguar 3.8 litre Mark 2 1 Over 3500cc 15
2 Bill Pitt 34 Jaguar 3.4 litre “Mark 1” 1 2600cc – 3500cc 15
3 Bill Burns Jaguar 3.4 litre “Mark 1” 2 2600cc – 3500cc 15
4 Ken Bridgen Peugeot 403 1 1000cc – 1600cc 14
5 Des West 27 Holden 48/215 1 2000cc – 2600cc 14
6 Ross Farmer 70 Holden FJ 2 2000cc – 2600cc 13
7 Bob Holden Peugeot 403 2 1000cc – 1600cc 13
8 Peter Manton 55 Morris Cooper 1 Under 1000cc 12
9 George Maguire Hillman 3 1000cc – 1600cc 8
DNF D Marshall Morris 850 Under 1000cc 9
DNF Brian Higgins 75 Holden FJ 2000cc – 2600cc [3] 7
DNF Frank Manley Holden FC 4
DNF L Barrett Vauxhall Cresta 4
DNF John Hodgman Hillman 4
DNS Ian Geoghegan 5 [3] Jaguar 3.4 litre “Mark 1” [3] 2600cc – 3500cc [3]

Race statistics[edit]

  • Race distance: 15 laps, 67½ miles, [6] (108.60 km) [7]
  • Winner's race time: 47:48.2 [8]
  • Winner's average speed: 84.75 mph, [8] (136.31 km/h) [7]
  • Fastest lap: Bob Jane, 3:7.1 [4] (139.31 km/h) [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Records, Titles and Awards, 2002 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 14-7
  2. ^ Major Australian Touring Car Racing Categories, Commodore 25th Anniversary, Australian Muscle Car Magazine, Special Edition, page 13
  3. ^ a b c d e f Howard, Graham; Wilson, Stewart (1989). "1962: Jane: The young charger". Australian Touring Car Championship: 30 fabulous years. Gordon: R&T Publishing. pp. 34–40. ISBN 1875221026. 
  4. ^ a b c David McKay, Surtees Cleans Up, Modern Motor, May 1962, pages 27-30
  5. ^ 2004 V8 Supercars TV Guide, page 102
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Longford Results, The Mercury, Monday, 5 March 1962, page 17
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Graham Howard, Stewart Wilson , David Greenhalgh, 1962 - Jane: the young charger, Official history - Australian Touring Car Championship - 50 Years, Chevron Publishing Group, 2011, pages 32 to 36
  8. ^ a b Jim Shepherd, A History of Australian Motor Sport, 1980, page 103

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