1978 Australian Sports Sedan Championship

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The 1978 Australian Sports Sedan Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title for drivers of Group B Sports Sedans.[1] It was the third Australian Sports Sedan Championship title to be awarded by CAMS.[2]

Calendar[edit]

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

All rounds were contested over two heats except for the Calder round which was staged as a single race.[4]

Points system[edit]

Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the first six places at each round.[1] Points from the six best round results could be retained by each driver.[1]

Where a round was contested over more than one heat, round points were awarded on a 20-16-13-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis to the first 14 placegetters in each heat.[1] These points were then aggregated to determine the placings for the round.[1] Where more than one driver attained the same total, the relevant round placing was awarded to the driver with the highest placing in the last heat.[1]

Results[edit]

Position Driver No. Car[3][4][5] Entrant[5] R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total[6]
1[7] Allan Grice 6 Chevrolet Corvair Craven Mild Racing 9 - 6 9 9 3 9 45
2 Jim Richards 12 Ford XC Falcon Hardtop Jim Richards Motor Racing 6 9 9 6 6 9 (3) 45 (48)
3 Bruce Gowans 11 Toyota Celica-Repco Holden Ling Gowans Toyota - - 3 4 4 - 6 17
4 Ron Harrop 2 Holden LH Torana Marlboro Holden Dealer Team - 6 4 3 - - - 13
5 John Mann   Ford Cortina   - - - - - 6 2 8
6 Phil Lucas 3 Volvo Wrigleys - 2 2 - - - 4 8
7 Tony Edmondson 9 Chrysler VK Charger-Repco Holden Donald Elliott 3 4 - - - - - 7
8 Pat Crea 300 Ford Cortina Pat Crea 1 3 - - 2 - - 6
9 Garry Rogers 34 & 3 Holden HQ Monaro Greater Pacific Finance 4 - - 1 - - - 5
10 Clem Smith 15 Chrysler VH Valiant Charger Clem Smith - - - - - 4 - 4
11 Geoff Russell 35 Holden LJ Torana   - - - - 3 - - 3
12 Phil Ward 32 Ford Escort Mark 1 Wrigleys 2UW Racing Team 2 - - - - - - 2
Murray Carter   Ford Falcon   - - - 2 - - - 2
Neil West   Hillman Imp   - - - - - 2 - 2
15 David Jarrett 14 Chevrolet Camaro Shell Sport - 1 - - - - - 1
Ian Diffen 98 Holden Torana   - - 1 - - - - 1
Steve Land   Holden Torana   - - - - 1 - - 1
Andy McIntyre   Morris Cooper   - - - - - 1 - 1
Ken Hastings   Volkswagen Karmann Ghia   - - - - - - 1 1

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Conditions for Australian Titles, 1978 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, pages 84-86
  2. ^ CAMS Online Manual of Motor Sport > About CAMS > Australian Titles Retrieved from www.camsmanual.com.au on 2 July 2010
  3. ^ a b Australian Competition Yearbook Number 8, pages 144-151
  4. ^ a b Jim Shepherd, A History of Australian Motor Sport, 1980, pages 160-162
  5. ^ a b Official Programme, Adelaide International Raceway, Sunday, 11 June 1978
  6. ^ Total points have been calculated from the round results published in Australian Competition Yearbook Number 8, page 151
  7. ^ Jim Richards scored a total of 48 championship points compared to the 45 earned by Allan Grice. The "best six round results" rule meant that both drivers retained 45 points however Grice was awarded the championship title based on his four round wins to Richards’ three.

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