1968 Tasman Series

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1968 Tasman Series
Champion
United Kingdom Jim Clark
Previous: 1967 Next: 1969

The 1968 Tasman Series was the fifth Tasman Series season. It began on 6 January 1968 and ended on 4 March after eight races. It was won by Jim Clark, driving a Lotus 49T.[1]

It was the third and final Tasman Series win for Clark who was killed in a Formula 2 crash on the ultra fast Hockenheim circuit in West Germany just over a month after the series concluded. Clark won the last of his twelve career Tasman Series wins when he won the 1968 Australian Grand Prix at the Sandown Raceway in Melbourne, only 0.1 seconds in front of the Ferrari 246T of Chris Amon after an famous duel between the pair.

Reigning 1967 Formula One World Champion Denny Hulme finished equal seventh in the series in his Formula 2 Brabham with a best finish of third in Round 3 for the Lady Wigram Trophy, his first race of the series.

Results[edit]

Races[edit]

Round Name Circuit Date Winning driver Winning car Winning team Report
New
Zealand
1 New Zealand New Zealand Grand Prix Pukekohe 6 January New Zealand Chris Amon Ferrari 246T C.Amon Report
2 New Zealand Levin International Levin 13 January New Zealand Chris Amon Ferrari 246T C.Amon Report
3 New Zealand Lady Wigram Trophy Wigram 20 January United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus 49T Team Lotus Report
4 New Zealand Teretonga International Teretonga 27 January New Zealand Bruce McLaren BRM P126 Owen Racing Organisation Report
Australia 5 Australia Surfers Paradise 100 Surfers Paradise 11 February United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus 49T Team Lotus Report
6 Australia Warwick Farm International Warwick Farm 18 February United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus 49T Team Lotus Report
7 Australia Australian Grand Prix Sandown 25 February United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus 49T Team Lotus Report
8 Australia South Pacific Trophy Longford 4 March United Kingdom Piers Courage McLaren M4A P.Courage Report

Standings[edit]

All scores from points-scoring races were counted

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 9 6 4 3 2 1
Pos Driver PUK LEV WIG TER SUR WAR SAN LON Pts
1 United Kingdom Jim Clark Ret Ret 1 2 1 1 1 5 44
2 New Zealand Chris Amon 1 1 2 4 Ret 4 2 7 36
3 United Kingdom Piers Courage 3 2 4 5 3 3 5 1 34
4 United Kingdom Graham Hill 2 2 3 6 17
= Australia Frank Gardner 2 Ret Ret 3 9 Ret 4 3 17
6 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Ret Ret 5 1 11
7 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez Ret Ret 6 Ret 10 6 Ret 2 8
= New Zealand Denny Hulme 3 6 6 5 9 DNS 8
9 New Zealand Jim Palmer 4 3 7 8 3
10 United Kingdom Richard Attwood Ret Ret 6 4 4
11 Australia Leo Geoghegan 4 Ret 7 DNS 3
= New Zealand Roly Levis 8 4 8 10 3
13 Australia Kevin Bartlett 5 Ret 8 DNS 2
= New Zealand Red Dawson Ret 5 9 DNS 2
= Australia Paul Bolton 5 Ret Ret 2
16 New Zealand Graeme Lawrence 6 9 Ret 9 1
= New Zealand Bill Stone 10 6 10 Ret 0
New Zealand Bryan Faloon 7 7 13 DNS 0
New Zealand David Oxton Ret 10 Ret 7 0
Australia Glyn Scott 7 10 0
Australia Jack Brabham 7 Ret 0
Australia John Harvey Ret Ret 8 0
New Zealand Frank Radisich 8 DNS 0
Australia Malcolm Aldred 8 0
Australia Alfredo Costanzo 8 0
New Zealand John Nicholson 9 DNS 0
Australia Ian Ferguson 9 0
Australia John McCormack 9 0
New Zealand Ken Smith 12 DNS 11 Ret 0
New Zealand Don MacDonald 11 12 DNQ 0
New Zealand Graham McRae Ret 14 Ret 0
New Zealand Peter Yock Ret Ret DNQ Ret 0
New Zealand Vince Anderson Ret 0
New Zealand Grahame Harvey Ret 0
Australia Greg Cusack Ret Ret Ret DNS 0
Australia Brian Page Ret Ret 0
Australia Max Stewart Ret 0
Australia Fred Gibson Ret 0
Australia Mel McEwin Ret 0
New Zealand Tony Batchelor DNS 0
Pos Driver PUK LEV WIG TER SUR WAR SAN LON Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Key[edit]

Abbreviation Circuit
LEV Levin
LON Longford
PUK Pukekohe
SAN Sandown
SUR Surfers Paradise
TER Teretonga
WAR Warwick Farm
WIG Wigram

References[edit]