1973 Australian Drivers' Championship

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The 1973 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title open to drivers of Australian Formula 1 and Australian Formula 2 cars.[1] It was the seventeenth Australian Drivers' Championship [2] and the championship winner was awarded the 1973 CAMS "Gold Star".[1]

Schedule[edit]

John McCormack won the championship driving an Elfin MR5 (pictured in 1972)

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

Round [3] Name Circuit [3] Date [3] Winner [3] Car [3] Report
1   Surfers Paradise 2 September John McCormack Elfin MR5 Repco Holden
2 Channel 7 Trophy [4] Adelaide International Raceway 7 October John McCormack Elfin MR5 Repco Holden
3   Phillip Island 14 October Johnnie Walker Lola T330 Repco Holden
4 Australian Grand Prix [3] Sandown 4 November Graham McRae McRae GM2 Chevrolet Report
5   Phillip Island 25 November Johnnie Walker Lola T330 Repco Holden


Points system[edit]

Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the top six places in each round [3] with all rounds counting towards each driver's points total.[1] Only drivers holding a CAMS General Competition License were eligible to score points.[1]

Results[edit]

Position [3] Driver [3] No. Car [3] Entrant [4] Sur [3] Ade [3] Phi [3] San [3] Phi [3] Total [3]
1 John McCormack 3 Elfin MR5 Repco-Holden Ansett Team Elfin 9 9 - 9 6 33
2 Johnnie Walker 25 Lola T330 Repco-Holden John Walker Motor Racing - 6 9 6 9 30
3 Garrie Cooper 2 Elfin MR5 Repco-Holden Ansett Team Elfin 6 1 6 3 4 20
4 Leo Geoghegan 9 Birrana 273 Ford Grace Bros - 5AD City State Racing Team 4 2 - - - 6
Bruce Allison 62 Bowin P6 Ford Hobby and Toyland Racing 3 - 3 - - 6
Enno Busselmann 18 Birrana 273 Ford Bob and Marj Brown 2 3 - 1 - 6
7 Max Stewart 6 Lola T330 Chevrolet Seiko Service Centre - 4 - - - 4
Kevin Bartlett 5 Lola T330 Chevrolet Chesterfield Racing - - 4 - - 4
Howie Sangster 14 McLaren M22 Repco-Holden - - - 4 - 4
Chas Talbot Elfin 600E Ford - - 2 - 2 4
11 Paul Feltham Birrana 273 Ford - - - - 3 3
12 John Leffler 34 Elfin MR5 Repco-Holden - - - 2 - 2
Chris Farrell 36 Dolphin 732 Ford Chris Farrell 1 - 1 - - 2
14 Bob Minogue Elfin 600 Ford - - - - 1 1

Note: The Australian Grand Prix was won by New Zealander Graham McRae.[3] However, as the Australian Drivers' Championship was open only to holders of a CAMS General Competition License,[1] 9 points were awarded to the highest placed eligible driver, John McCormack, 6 points to the second highest placed eligible driver etc.[3]

Championship name[edit]

Conditions for the championship were promulgated by CAMS under the name "Australian Formula 1 Championship - Gold Star Award",[1] with mention of the requirement for the phrase “Australian Champion Driver” to be reserved exclusively for the winner of the CAMS Gold Star.[1] Historic records published by CAMS use the term Australian Drivers' Championship [2] and that title has been used here.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Conditions for Australian Titles, 1973 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, pages 92 to 93
  2. ^ a b Records, Titles and Awards : Australian Drivers’ Championship - CAMS Gold Star, 2006 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 14-4
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Australian Formula One Championship, Australian Competition Yearbook, 1974 Edition, pages 60 to 77
  4. ^ a b Official Programme, Adelaide International Raceway, 7 October 1973