1976 Australian Drivers' Championship

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The 1976 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned Australian motor racing title open to racing cars complying with either Australian Formula 1 or Australian Formula 2.[1] It was the 20th Australian Drivers' Championship.[2] The championship winner, John Leffler, was awarded the 1976 CAMS Gold Star.[3]

Calendar[edit]

1976 Australian Drivers' Championship winner John Leffler (pictured on the right), in 1978

The championship was contested over a four round series.[4]

Round [4] Round/race name Circuit [4] State Date [4] Round format [4] Winner [4] Car [4] Report
1 Australian Grand Prix [4] Sandown Park Victoria 12 September One race John Goss Matich A51/53 [5] Repco Holden Report
2   Oran Park New South Wales 19 September One race Max Stewart Lola T400 Chevrolet
3   Calder Raceway Victoria 17 October Two Heats John McCormack McLaren M23 Leyland
4 Mirafiori 5000 [6] Phillip Island Victoria 28 November One race Alf Costanzo Lola T332 Chevrolet


Points system[edit]

Championship points were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis to the first six place-getters at each round.[1] For Round 3 only, round placings were determined by allocating points to the first fourteen place-getters in each heat on a 20–16–13–11–10–9–8–7–6–5–4–3–2–1 basis.[1] Championship points were then awarded on the standard 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis to the top six drivers for that round.[1] Only holders of current and valid full General Competition Licenses issud by CAMS were eligible for the championship.[1]

Results[edit]

Position Driver [4] Car [4] Entrant [7] San.[4] Ora.[4] Cal.[4] Phi.[4] Total [4]
1 John Leffler Lola T400 Chevrolet Grace Bros Racing 6 4 6 6 22
2 Max Stewart Lola T400 Chevrolet M Stewart 9 3 12
3 John McCormack McLaren M23 Leyland J McCormack
Budget Rent-a-Car [8]
9 2 11
4 Bruce Allison Lola T332 Chevrolet B Allison
Hobby & Toyland [9]
3 4 3 10
5 Alf Costanzo Lola T332 Chevrolet [8] Stock 84 Brandy 9 9
John Goss Matich A51/53 [5] Repco Holden John Goss Racing Pty Ltd 9 9
7 Garrie Cooper Elfin MR8 Chevrolet Ansett Team Elfin [9] 2 2 4 8
8 Kevin Bartlett Lola T400 Chevrolet Shellsport [9] 6 6
9 Chris Milton McLaren M22 Chevrolet John Martin's / Shellsport 4 4
10 Andrew Miedecke Brabham BT36 Ford Grace Bros Racing 3 3
11 Gil Cameron McLaren M10B Chevrolet VYI's Fashion Sunglasses 1 1
John Edmonds Elfin MR5B Repco Holden Hi-Way Denims [8] 1 1
Chris Farrell Elfin 622 1 1

Note:

Championship name[edit]

The championship has been referred to by various names including the 1976 Australian Formula 1 Championship,[1] the 1976 Gold Star Championship,[6] and the 1976 Australian Drivers' Championship.[4] The latter term is used by CAMS in historical records [2] [10] and has been used in this article.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Conditions for Australian Titles, 1976 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, pages 80–81
  2. ^ a b Australian Drivers' Championship – CAMS Gold Star, 2002 CAMS Manual of Australian Motor Sport, page 14-4
  3. ^ Evan Green, Evan Green's World of Motor Sport, page 15
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Australian National Formula One Review, Australian Competition Yearbook, 1977 Edition, pages 84 to 93
  5. ^ a b Matich A51/53, The official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix, 1986, pages 402 to 404
  6. ^ a b Paul Harrington, Alf's second in a row – Leffler's crown at last, Australian Auto Action, 9 December 1976, page 11
  7. ^ Event 4, Marlboro presents the Australian Grand Prix, Official Programme, Sandown International Motor Racing Circuit, 12 September 1976
  8. ^ a b c Mirafiori 5000, Phillip Island, 28 Nov 1976, www.oldracingcars.com Retrieved on 14 April 2014
  9. ^ a b c Australian Gold Star Race, Oran Park, 19 Sep 1976, www.oldracingcars.com Retrieved on 14 April 2014
  10. ^ Australian Drivers’ Championship – CAMS Gold Star, docs.cams.com.au As archived at www.webcitation.org on 14 April 2014