1966 Australian Drivers' Championship

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The 1966 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned motor racing title for drivers of racing cars complying with either the Australian National Formula or the Australian 1½ Litre Formula.[1] The winner of the title, which was the tenth Australian Drivers' Championship, was awarded the 1966 CAMS Gold Star.[2]

Calendar[edit]

The championship was contested over a six round series with one race per round.[3]

All rounds also incorporated rounds of the 1966 Australian One and a Half Litre Championship.[1]

Points system[edit]

Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the first six finishers in each round. Only the best five round results could be obtained by each driver.[1]

Results[edit]

Position[4] Driver Car[5] Entrant[6] R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
1 Spencer Martin Repco-Brabham BT11A Climax Bob Jane Racing 9 9 - 9 - 6 33
2 John Harvey Repco-Brabham BT14 Ford RC Phillips 4 - 9 3 6 4 26
3 Kevin Bartlett Repco-Brabham BT11A Climax Alec Mildren Racing 6 - - 6 - 9 21
4 Greg Cusack Lotus 32B Climax Castrol Team - 4 - - 9 3 16
5 Mike Champion Repco-Brabham BT2 Ford Competition Cars - - 6 2 - 2 10
6 John MacDonald Cooper T70 Climax Bill Patterson Motors - 3 - 4 - - 7
7 Leo Geoghegan Lotus 39 Climax Total Team - 6 - - - - 6
8 Garrie Cooper Elfin Mono Mk2B Ford Elfin Sports Cars 3 2 - - - - 5
Mel McEwin Elfin Mono Mk1 Ford Mel McEwin 2 - - - 3 - 5
10 Jack Hunnam Elfin Mono Mk1 Ford Jack Hunnam Motors - - 4 - - - 4
John McCormack Repco-Brabham BT4 Climax J McCormack - - - - 4 - 4
12 Stan Keen Elfin Mono Mk1 Ford Stan Keen - - 3 - - - 3
Glyn Scott Lotus 27 Ford Glyn Scott Motors - - - - 2 1 3
14 Dean Rainsford Elfin Catalina Ford Tudor Accessories - - 2 - - - 2
15 Kerry Grant Repco-Brabham BT11A Climax K Grant 1 - - - - - 1
Roly Levis Repco-Brabham BT6 Ford Roly Levis - 1 - - - - 1
Bob Jane Elfin Mono Mk1 Ford Bob Jane Racing - - - 1 - - 1
Jim Orr Austin Special Jim Orr - - 1 - - - 1
Lyn Archer Elfin Catalina Ford L Archer Motors - - - - 1 - 1

Note: Frank Gardner (Repco-Brabham) won the Hordern Trophy but was not awarded championship points as he was not classified as an "Australian Resident".[7]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 1966, pages 70-71
  2. ^ CAMS Online Manual of Motor Sport > About CAMS > Titles - CAMS Gold Star Retrieved from www.camsmanual.com.au on 8 September 2009
  3. ^ 1966 Gold Star races Retrieved from members.optusnet.com.au/dandsshaw on 8 September 2009
  4. ^ Championship points and final championship positions have been compiled from data in race reports published in Racing Car News magazines (as listed in Further reading)
  5. ^ Car details have been compiled from data in race reports published in Racing Car News magazines (as listed in Further reading) with additional data from members.optusnet.com.au/dandsshaw
  6. ^ Entrant details have been compiled from data in race reports published in Racing Car News magazines (as listed in Further reading) with additional data from members.optusnet.com.au/dandsshaw
  7. ^ Guide to the Gold Star, page iv, Supplement to Racing Car News, August 1972

Further reading[edit]

  • Jim Shepherd, A History of Australian Motor Sport, 1980
  • Australian Motor Racing Annual, 1967
  • Martin the Master at Lakeside, Racing Car News, August 1966, pages 20–21
  • Martin Scores Magnificent Gold Star, Racing Car News, September 1966, pages 34–36
  • Harvey Wins by Large Margin, The Advertiser, 11 October 1966
  • Harvey Heads for 1½ Litre Title, Racing Car News, November 1966, page 34
  • Solid Sandown, Racing Car News, December 1966, page 18
  • Cusack’s Luck Changes, Racing Car News, December 1966, pages 34–35
  • Spencer Martin – Australia’s Champion, Racing Car News, January 1967, pages 28–29

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