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 Raceway, 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 Raceway in Victoria, Australia on 12 September 1976. It was open to racing cars complying with either Australian Formula 1 or Australian Formula 2.[1]

The race was the forty first Australian Grand Prix and doubled as round one 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 AGP and the Bathurst 1000.

Goss won the 47 lap race by just half a second from the Elfin MR8-Chevrolet of Ansett Team Elfin's Australian international Vern Schuppan. Finishing third over a lap behind was John Leffler driving a Lola T400-Chevrolet.

Classification[edit]

Results as follows:[2]

Qualifying[edit]

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

Race[edit]

Pos No. Driver Car Laps Time
1 2 Australia John Goss Matich A53 / Repco Holden 5.0L V8 47 48m 41.4s
2 12 Australia Vern Schuppan Elfin MR8 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 47 48m 41.9s
3 7 Australia John Leffler Lola T400 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 46
4 10 Australia Chris Milton McLaren M22 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 39
5 20 Australia Andrew Miedecke Brabham BT36 / Ford 1.6L 4cyl 37
Ret 5 Australia Kevin Bartlett Lola T400 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 33 engine
Ret 23 Australia Steven Fraser Cicada / Ford 5.0L V8 27
Ret 16 Australia Max Stewart Lola T400 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 26 engine
Ret 4 Australia Jon Davison Matich A51 / Repco Holden 5.0L V8 19 engine
Ret 83 Australia Peter Larner Elfin 700 / England 1.6L 4cyl 17 crash
Ret 15 Australia Terry Hook Lola T332 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 12 engine
Ret 39 Australia Gil Cameron McLaren M10B / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 8 engine
Ret 6 Australia Ken Shirvington Lola T400 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 1 crash
Ret 62 Australia Bruce Allison Lola T332 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 1 stuck throttle / crash
Ret 68 Australia John Edmonds Elfin MR5B / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 0 clutch
DNS 33 Australia Mike Stack Cheetah Mk6 / Ford 1.6L 4cyl
DNS 17 Australia John Millard Brabham BT36 / Ford 1.6L 4cyl

Notes[edit]

  • Pole position: Max Stewart - 1'01.5
  • Fastest lap: John Goss / Vern Schuppan - 1'01.1
  • Due to the AGP's organisers reluctance to allow Australian Formula 2 cars to start there was confusion with grid placings. Andrew Miedecke and Peter Larner were eventually 'invited' to start while Mike Stack and John Millard missed out.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Conditions for Australian Titles, 1976 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, pages 80–81
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ The official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix, 1986, page 401
Preceded by
1975 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
1976
Succeeded by
1977 Australian Grand Prix