1976 Australian Drivers' Championship
The 1976 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title open to racing cars complying with either Australian Formula 1 or Australian Formula 2. It was the 20th Australian Drivers' Championship. The championship winner, John Leffler, was awarded the 1976 CAMS Gold Star.
The championship was contested over a four round series.
|Round ||Round/race name||Circuit ||State||Date ||Winner ||Car |
|1||Australian Grand Prix ||Sandown Park||Victoria||12 September||John Goss||Matich A51/53  Repco Holden|
|2||Oran Park||New South Wales||19 September||Max Stewart||Lola T400 Chevrolet|
|3||Calder Raceway||Victoria||17 October||John McCormack||McLaren M23 Leyland|
|4||Mirafiori 5000 ||Phillip Island||Victoria||28 November||Alf Costanzo||Lola T332 Chevrolet|
Round 3 was contested over two heats and all other rounds were contested as a single race.
Championship points were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis to the first six place-getters at each round. 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. Championship points were then awarded on the standard 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis to the top six drivers for that round. Only holders of current and valid full General Competition Licenses issud by CAMS were eligible for the championship.
|Position||Driver ||Car ||San.||Ora.||Cal.||Phi.||Total |
|1||John Leffler||Lola T400 Chevrolet||6||4||6||6||22|
|2||Max Stewart||Lola T400 Chevrolet||–||9||3||–||12|
|3||John McCormack||McLaren M23 Leyland||–||–||9||2||11|
|4||Bruce Allison||Lola T332 Chevrolet||–||3||4||3||10|
|5||Alf Costanzo||Lola T332 Chevrolet||–||–||–||9||9|
|John Goss||Matich A51/53  Repco Holden||9||–||–||–||9|
|7||Garrie Cooper||Elfin MR8 Chevrolet||–||2||2||4||8|
|8||Kevin Bartlett||Lola T400 Chevrolet||–||6||–||–||6|
|9||Chris Milton||McLaren M22 Chevrolet||4||–||–||–||4|
|10||Andrew Miedecke||Brabham BT36 Ford||3||–||–||–||3|
|11||Gil Cameron||McLaren M10B Chevrolet||–||–||1||–||1|
|John Edmonds||Elfin MR5B Repco Holden||–||–||–||1||1|
|Chris Farrell||Elfin 622||–||1||–||–||1|
The championship was been referred to by various names including the 1976 Australian Formula 1 Championship, the 1976 Gold Star Championship, and the 1976 Australian Drivers' Championship.
- Conditions for Australian Titles, 1976 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, pages 80–81
- Australian Drivers' Championship – CAMS Gold Star, 2002 CAMS Manual of Australian Motor Sport, page 14-4
- Evan Green, Evan Green's World of Motor Sport, page 15
- Australian National Formula One Review, Australian Competition Yearbook, 1977 Edition, pages 84 to 93
- Matich A51/53, The official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix, 1986, pages 402 to 404
- Paul Harrington, Alf's second in a row – Leffler's crown at last, Australian Auto Action, 9 December 1976, page 11