1975 Australian Drivers' Championship

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The 1975 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned Australian motor racing title open to Australian Formula 1 cars and Australian Formula 2 cars.[1] The championship winner was awarded the 1975 CAMS "Gold Star".[1] The title, which was the nineteenth Australian Drivers' Championship,[2] was won by John McCormack driving an Elfin MR6 Repco-Holden.[3]

Calendar[edit]

The championship was contested over a five round series.[3]

Round [3] Race name Circuit [3] Date [3] Round format [3] Round winner [3] Car [3] Report
1 Australian Grand Prix [4] Surfers Paradise 21 August One race Max Stewart Lola T400 Chevrolet Report
2 Marlboro 100 [5] Sandown 14 September One race Johnnie Walker Lola T332 Repco-Holden
3 Radio 2JJ Gold Star race [6] Oran Park 21 September Two heats John McCormack Elfin MR6 Repco-Holden
4 TAA Gold Star race [7] Calder 19 October Two heats John McCormack Elfin MR6 Repco-Holden
5 Phillip Island Classic Cup [8] Phillip Island 23 November One race Kevin Bartlett Lola T400 Chevrolet

Points system[edit]

Championship points were awarded on a 9, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1 basis to the first six placegetters at each round.[1] Only holders of a current and valid full General Competition License issued by CAMS were eligible.[1]

Championship results[edit]

Position Driver [8] No. Car [3] Entrant Sur [9] San [9] Ora [9] Cal [9] Phi [9] Total points [8]
1 John McCormack 9 [4] Elfin MR6 Repco-Holden Ansett Team Elfin [8] 3 - 9 9 6 27
2 Johnnie Walker 25 [5] Lola T332 Repco-Holden John Walker [8] - 9 3 6 4 22
3 Max Stewart 1 [4] Lola T400 Chevrolet Sharp Corporation [4] 9 - 6 4 - 19
4 Kevin Bartlett 5 [5] Lola T400 Chevrolet Shell Racing [8] - 4 1 3 9 17
5 John Leffler 7 [4] Bowin P8 Chevrolet Grace Brothers Levis [8] 6 3 4 - 1 14
6 Bruce Allison 62 [5] Lola T332 Chevrolet Hobby & Toyland Racing [5] - 6 - - - 6
7 Ray Winter 27 [4] Mildren Mono Ford 4 - - - - 4
8 Paul Bernasconi 6 [5] Lola T330 Chevrolet Sharp Corporation [5] - 2 - 2 - 4
9 Enno Busselmann 10 [10] Elfin 622 Ford Enno Busselmann [8] - - - - 3 3
10 Chris Milton 10 [4] McLaren M22 Chevrolet Labrador Pharmacy/Shell Racing [4] 2 - - 1 - 3
11 Garrie Cooper 12 [6] Elfin MR5 Repco-Holden Ansett Team Elfin [6] - - 2 - - 2
= Ian Fergusson Bowin P6 Ford Ian Fergusson [8] - - - - 2 2
13 John Goss 2 [5] Matich A53 Repco-Holden John Goss Racing P/L [5] - 1 - - - 1

Note: New Zealander Graeme Lawrence placed fourth in the Surfers Paradise round but was not eligible to score championship points.[3]

Championship name[edit]

Contemporary publications used various names for the championship including Australian Formula 1 Championship,[1] Australian Drivers' Championship [8] and Australian National Formula One Championship.[3] CAMS uses the term Australian Drivers' Championship in its historical documentation [2] [11] and this term has been used in this article.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Conditions for Australian Titles, 1975 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, pages 84 to 85
  2. ^ a b Past Title winners, 1980 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 56
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Australian National Formula One Review, Australian Competition Yearbook, 1976 Edition, pages 116 to 128
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Australian Grand Prix, www.oldracingcars.com Retrieved on 6 March 2014
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Marlboro 100, www.oldracingcars.com Retrieved on 6 March 2014
  6. ^ a b c Radio 2JJ Gold Star race, www.oldracingcars.com Retrieved on 6 March 2014
  7. ^ TAA Gold Star race, www.oldracingcars.com Retrieved on 6 March 2014
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Tom Naughton, McCormack's second 'Star', Racing Car News, January 1976, page 24
  9. ^ a b c d e Points for each round have been calculated by applying the points system as detailed in the 1975 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport to the round results as published in Australian Competition Yearbook, 1976 Edition
  10. ^ Phillip Island Classic Cup, www.oldracingcars.com Retrieved on 6 March 2014
  11. ^ Records, Titles & Awards, 2006 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 14-4

Further reading[edit]

  • Jim Shepherd, A History Of Australian Motor Sport, 1980
  • The official 50 year history of the Australian Grand Prix, 1986