1972 Australian Drivers' Championship

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The 1972 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned Australian motor racing title open to Australian Formula 1 and Australian Formula 2 racing cars.[1] It was the 16th Australian Drivers' Championship to be awarded by CAMS.[2] The championship winner, Frank Matich, was awarded the 1972 CAMS Gold Star.[3]

Calendar[edit]

Frank Matich (Matich A50) won the 1972 Australian Drivers' Championship
Kevin Bartlett (Lola T300) placed second
John McCormack (Elfin MR5) placed third
John Walker (Matich A50) placed fourth
Garrie Cooper (Elfin MR5) placed ninth

The championship was contested over a six round series with one race per round.[4]

Round [4] Race name [4] Circuit [4] State Date [4] Winner [4] Car [4]
1 Victoria Trophy Sandown Park Victoria 16 April Frank Matich Matich A50 Repco Holden
2 Belle Magazine Trophy Oran Park New South Wales 25 June Frank Matich Matich A50 Repco Holden
3 Glynn Scott Memorial Trophy Surfers Paradise Queensland 27 August Frank Matich Matich A50 Repco Holden
4   Symmons Plains Tasmania 24 September John McCormack Elfin MR5 Repco Holden
5 Channel 7 Trophy Adelaide International Raceway South Australia 8 October Kevin Bartlett Lola T300 Chevrolet
6 Sam Hordern Trophy Warwick Farm New South Wales 5 November Frank Matich Matich A50 Repco Holden

An additional round, scheduled to be held at Lakeside in Queensland was cancelled.[3]

Points system[edit]

Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the first six places in each race.[1] Points from the best five results could be retained by each driver.[5]

Championship results[edit]

Position Driver [4] Car [4] Entrant [4] San. [4] Ora. [4] Sur. [4] Sym. [4] Ade. [4] War. [4] Total [4]
1 Frank Matich Matich A50 Repco Holden Frank Matich Racing 9 9 9 - - 9 36
2 Kevin Bartlett Lola T300 Chevrolet Shell / Chesterfield Racing - 6 3 - 9 6 24
3 John McCormack Elfin MR5 Repco Holden Ansett Team Elfin 4 - - 9 4 3 20
4 John Walker Elfin MR5 Repco Holden &
Matich A50 Repco Holden
5AD / City State Racing 2 3 6 - 3 - 14
= Warwick Brown McLaren M10B Chevrolet Pat Burke Racing 1 2 4 - 6 1 14
6 Max Stewart Elfin MR5 Repco Holden Max Stewart Motors - Seiko - 4 - - - 4 8
7 Stan Keen Elfin MR5 Ford Stan Keen Motors - - - 6 1 - 7
8 Bob Muir Lola T300 Chevrolet Robert Muir Motors 6 - - - - - 6
9 Garrie Cooper Elfin MR5 Repco Holden Ansett Team Elfin 3 - 2 - - - 5
= Gary Campbell Lola T300 Chevrolet Provincial Motors - - 1 - 2 2 5
11 Larry Perkins Elfin 600B Ford Provincial Motors - - - 4 - - 4
12 Tony Stewart Dolphin England AE Stewart - - - 3 - - 3
13 Ivan Tighe Elfin 600B Ford I Tighe - - - 2 - - 2
14 Ken Hastings McLaren M4A Ford K Hastings - - - 1 - - 1
= Jack Bono Elfin 600B Ford [6] Graham Collier - 1 - - - - 1


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Conditions for Australian Titles, 1972 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, pages 86 & 87
  2. ^ Records, Titles & Awards, 2002 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 14-4
  3. ^ a b Matich writes his name in Gold, Australian Motor Racing Annual 1973, pages 7 to 11 & 80 to 82
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Racing Car News Championship Yearbook No1
  5. ^ Guide to the Gold Star, Supplement to Racing Car News, August 1972, page xv
  6. ^ Belle Magazine Trophy, www.oldracingcars.com Retrieved on 10 January 2013