1976 Australian Grand Prix

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Race details
Round 1 of the 1976 Australian Drivers' Championship
Sandown (Australia) track map.svg
Date 12 September 1976
Official name XLI Australian Grand Prix
Location Sandown International Motor Racing Circuit, Melbourne, Victoria
Course Permanent racing facility
3.100 km (1.926 mi)
Distance 47 laps, 145.70 km (90.522 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Australia Max Stewart Lola-Chevrolet
Time 1'01.5
Fastest lap
Driver Australia John Goss
Australia Vern Schuppan
Matich-Repco Holden
Elfin-Chevrolet
Time 1'01.1
Podium
First Australia John Goss Matich-Repco Holden
Second Australia Vern Schuppan Elfin-Chevrolet
Third Australia John Leffler Lola-Chevrolet

The 1976 Australian Grand Prix was a motor race held at the Sandown International Motor Racing Circuit [1] in Victoria, Australia on 12 September 1976. It was open to racing cars complying with either Australian Formula 1 or Australian Formula 2.[2]

The race was the forty first Australian Grand Prix and doubled as Round 1 of the 1976 Australian Drivers' Championship. John Goss won the race driving a Matich A53 Repco-Holden, and in doing so became the only driver to win both of Australia's highest profile motor races, the Australian Grand Prix and the Bathurst 1000. Goss won the 47 lap race by just half a second from Australian international Vern Schuppan who was driving an Elfin MR8 Chevrolet entered by Ansett Team Elfin. Finishing third, over a lap behind, was John Leffler driving a Lola T400 Chevrolet.

Qualifying results[edit]

Pos. [3] No. [4] Driver [3] Car [3] Entrant [4] Time [3] Gap [3]
1 16 Australia Max Stewart Lola T400 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 M Stewart 1:01.5
2 12 Australia Vern Schuppan Elfin MR8 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 Ansett Team Elfin 1:02.5 +1.0
3 2 Australia John Goss Matich A53 / Repco Holden 5.0L V8 John Goss Racing Pty Ltd 1:04.1 +2.6
4 4 Australia Jon Davison Matich A51 / Repco Holden 5.0L V8 Jon Davison Southern Comfort Racing 1:06.1 +4.6
5 10 Australia Chris Milton McLaren M22 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 John Martin’s / Shell Sport 1:06.5 +5.0
6 62 Australia Bruce Allison Lola T332 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 B Allison 1:07.1 +5.6
7 15 Australia Terry Hook Lola T332 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 Terry Hook Racing 1:08.1 +6.6
8 68 Australia John Edmonds Elfin MR5B / Repco Holden 5.0L V8 [5] J Edmonds 1:08.5 +7.0
9 6 Australia Ken Shirvington Lola T400 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 K Shirvington 1:09.1 +7.6
10 23 Australia Steven Fraser Cicada / Ford 5.0L V8 SH & DG Fraser 1:12.9 +11.4
11 39 Australia Gil Cameron McLaren M10B / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 VYI’s Sunglasses 1:13.3 +11.8
12 5 Australia Kevin Bartlett Lola T400 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 Shellsport K Bartlett 1:16.7 +15.2
13 7 Australia John Leffler Lola T400 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 Grace Bros Racing 1:34.9 +33.4
14 20 Australia Andrew Miedecke Brabham BT36 / Ford 1.6L I4 Grace Bros Racing 1:08.5 +7.0
15 83 Australia Peter Larner Elfin 700 / England 1.6L I4 P Larner 1:08.6 +7.1
16 33 Australia Mike Stack Cheetah Mk6 / Ford 1.6L I4 M Stack 1:11.4 +9.9
17 17 Australia John Millard Brabham BT36 / Ford 1.6L I4 Chrystal Millard DNP

Race results[edit]

Vern Schuppan placed second in the race driving an Elfin MR8, similar to that pictured above
Pos. [3] No. [4] Driver [3] Car [3] Entrant [4] Laps [3] Time [3]
1 2 Australia John Goss Matich A53 / Repco Holden 5.0L V8 John Goss Racing Pty Ltd 47 48m 41.4s
2 12 Australia Vern Schuppan Elfin MR8 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 Ansett Team Elfin 47 48m 41.9s
3 7 Australia John Leffler Lola T400 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 Grace Bros Racing 46
4 10 Australia Chris Milton McLaren M22 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 John Martin's / Shell Sport 39
5 20 Australia Andrew Miedecke Brabham BT36 / Ford 1.6L 4cyl Grace Bros Racing 37
Ret 5 Australia Kevin Bartlett Lola T400 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 Shellsport K Bartlett 33 engine
Ret 23 Australia Steven Fraser Cicada / Ford 5.0L V8 SH & DG Fraser 27
Ret 16 Australia Max Stewart Lola T400 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 M Stewart 26 engine
Ret 4 Australia Jon Davison Matich A51 / Repco Holden 5.0L V8 Jon Davison Southern Comfort Racing 19 engine
Ret 83 Australia Peter Larner Elfin 700 / England 1.6L 4cyl P Larner 17 crash
Ret 15 Australia Terry Hook Lola T332 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 Terry Hook Racing 12 engine
Ret 39 Australia Gil Cameron McLaren M10B / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 VYI's Fashion Sunglasses 8 engine
Ret 6 Australia Ken Shirvington Lola T400 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 K Shirvington 1 crash
Ret 62 Australia Bruce Allison Lola T332 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 B Allison 1 stuck throttle / crash
Ret 68 Australia John Edmonds Elfin MR5B / Repco Holden 5.0L V8 [5] J Edmonds 0 clutch
DNS 33 Australia Mike Stack Cheetah Mk6 / Ford 1.6L 4cyl M Stack
DNS 17 Australia John Millard Brabham BT36 / Ford 1.6L 4cyl Chrystal Millard

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official programme, Hang Ten 400 plus Marlboro presents the 41st Australian Grand Prix, 12th September (1976), page 22
  2. ^ Conditions for Australian Titles, 1976 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, pages 80–81
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Wilson, Stewart (1986). "1976". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 398–406. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 
  4. ^ a b c d Official programme, Hang Ten 400 plus Marlboro presents the 41st Australian Grand Prix, 12th September (1976), page 39
  5. ^ a b Australian National Formula One Review, Australian Competition Yearbook, 1977 Edition, pages 84 to 93

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1975 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
1976
Succeeded by
1977 Australian Grand Prix