1965 Australian Drivers' Championship

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The 1965 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned Australian national motor racing title open to racing cars complying with the Australian National Formula or the Australian 1½ Litre Formula.[1] The title was contested over a six race series with the winner awarded the 1965 CAMS Gold Star.[1] It was the ninth Australian Drivers' Championship.[2]

The championship was won by Victorian racer Bib Stillwell driving a Repco Brabham [3] BT11A-Coventry Climax.[4] Stillwell won by 19 points from Jack Brabham (Repco Brabham BT11A-Coventry Climax). Three drivers shared third place, Spencer Martin (Repco Brabham BT11A-Coventry Climax), Leo Geoghegan (Lotus 32-Ford) and John McDonald (Cooper T53-Coventry Climax and Cooper T70-Coventry Climax).

Stillwell won three of the six races with the remaining race wins attained by Jim Clark (Lotus 32B-Coventry Climax), Bruce McLaren (Cooper T79-Coventry Climax) and Martin.

Calendar[edit]

The Repco Brabham BT11A with which Bib Stillwell won the 1965 championship. The car is pictured in 2012.

The championship was contested over a six race series.[5]

Race Circuit Date Race winner [6] Car [6]
International 100 [5] Warwick Farm [5] 14 February [5] Jim Clark Lotus 32B Coventry Climax
Australian Grand Prix [5] Longford [5] 1 March [5] Bruce McLaren Cooper T79 Coventry Climax
Victorian Road Racing Championship [7] Sandown Park [7] 11 April [7] Bib Stillwell Repco Brabham [7] BT11A Coventry Climax
Governor's Trophy [5] Lakeside [5] 25 July [5] Spencer Martin Repco Brabham [8] BT11A Coventry Climax
Country Club Gold Star Championship Race [3] Mallala [3] 11 October [3] Bib Stillwell Repco Brabham [9] BT11A Coventry Climax
Hordern Trophy [10] Warwick Farm [10] 5 December [10] Bib Stillwell Repco Brabham [10] BT11A Coventry Climax

The International 100 and the Australian Grand Prix were also rounds of the 1965 Tasman Series.

Points system[edit]

Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the first six placegetters, however only holders of a current and valid full General Competition Licence issued by CAMS were eligible.[1] The title was awarded to the driver gaining the highest points total in the Australian Grand Prix and any four of the other races.[1]

Results[edit]

Position Driver [6] Car [6] Entrant [6] War.[6] Lon.[6] San.[6] Lak.[6] Mal.[6] War.[6] Total [6]
1 Bib Stillwell Repco Brabham [3] BT11A Coventry Climax BS Stillwell 4 6 9 - 9 9 37
2 Jack Brabham Repco Brabham [11] BT11A Coventry Climax Ecurie Vitesse 9 9 - - - - 18
3 Spencer Martin Repco Brabham [3] BT11A Coventry Climax Scuderia Veloce - - - 9 6 - 15
= Leo Geoghegan Lotus 32 Ford Total Team 3 - - 6 - 6 15
= John McDonald Cooper T70 Coventry Climax Bill Patterson Motors - 3 4 4 - 4 15
6 Frank Matich Repco Brabham [11] BT7A Coventry Climax Total Team 6 - 6 - - - 12
7 John Ampt Alexis Mk6 Ford John Ampt - - 3 3 - - 6
8 Glyn Scott Lotus 27 Ford Glyn Scott Motors - 4 - - - 1 5
9 Garrie Cooper Elfin Mono Mk1 Ford Elfin Sports Cars - - - - 4 - 4
10 John Walker Elfin Catalina Ford Gilbert Motor Bodies - - - - 3 - 3
= John Harvey Repco Brabham [10] BT14 Ford RC Phillips - - - - - 3 3
= Mel McEwin Elfin Mono [12] Ford Mel McEwin - 1 2 - - - 3
13 Rocky Tresise Cooper T62 Coventry Climax Ecurie Australie 2 - - - - - 2
= Jack Hobden Cooper T51 Coventry Climax Lewis Hobden Pty Ltd [13] - 2 - - - - 2
= Barry Collerson Repco Brabham [8] BT2 Ford Hunter & Delbridge - - - 2 - - 2
= Noel Potts Elfin Catalina Ford Noel Potts - - - - 2 - 2
17 Bob Jane Elfin Mono Mk1 Ford Bob Jane Autoland - - - - - 2 2
= Greg Cusack Repco Brabham [11] BT10 Ford Greg Cusack 1 - - - - - 1
19 Don Fraser Cooper T53 BRM Don Fraser - - 1 - - - 1
= Jimmy Orr Austin Special [3] Jimmy Orr - - - - 1 - 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Conditions for Australian Titles, 1965 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, pages 66-68
  2. ^ Past Title Winners, 1980 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 56
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Country Club Gold Star Championship Race (Entry List), Official Souvenir Programme, Mallala Motor Races, Labor Day Holiday, Monday 11 October 1965, page 22
  4. ^ "Gold Star Winners - 1957 - 2009". formula3.com.au. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Guide to the Gold Star, Racing Car News, August 1972
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l 1965 Gold Star As archived at web.archive.org on 9 June 2011
  7. ^ a b c d Victorian Road Racing Championship, Australian Motor Manual, June 1965, page 52
  8. ^ a b Des White, That Lakeside Lark, Racing Car News, September 1965, page 22
  9. ^ Stillwell takes Mallala title, The Advertiser, Tuesday, Oct 12, 1965, page 31
  10. ^ a b c d e Stillwell's Swansong, Racing Car News, January 1966, page 24
  11. ^ a b c Hugh Griffiths, Enter Jim Clark, The Fabulous Farm, 1979
  12. ^ The story of Elfin Mono 6446 Retrieved on 3 June 2012
  13. ^ Programme, 30th Australian Grand Prix Meeting 1965, Longford

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