1980 Australian Drivers' Championship

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1980 Australian Drivers' Championship
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The 1980 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned motor racing title for drivers of Australian Formula 1 racing cars.[1] The winner of the championship, which was the 24th Australian Drivers' Championship, was awarded the 1980 CAMS Gold Star.[2]

Calendar[edit]

The title was contested over an eight round series with one race per round.[3]

Class Structure[edit]

Australian Formula 1, in its 1980 incarnation, catered for cars complying with any one of the following three Formulae:

For championship points allocation purposes, cars competed in two classes:

  • Over 1600cc: Open to "Formula 5000" cars and "International Formula One" cars
  • Under 1600cc: Open to "Formula Pacific" cars [6]

Points system[edit]

Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six Australian license holders in each class at each round. Bonus points were awarded on a 4-3-2-1 basis to the top four Australian license holders at each round, regardless of class.

Results[edit]

Elfin MR8 in the colours of Ansett Team Elfin.
Position Driver Car Entrant [7] R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total [8][9]
1 Alfredo Costanzo Lola T430 Chevrolet Porsche Distributors - 2 9 - 8 13 13 13 58
2 Jon Davison Lola T332 Chevrolet Lee Seeton 9 13 6 6 13 2 3 - 52
3 John Bowe Elfin MR8 Chevrolet Ansett Team Elfin 4 9 13 13 3 - 9 - 51
4 Chas Talbot Lola T332 Chevrolet Chas Talbot 6 4 - - - 9 5 9 33
5 John Wright Lola T400 Chevrolet John Wright 13 6 - 9 - - - - 28
6 Ray Hanger March 77B Ford Ray Hanger - - - 4 6 9 4 - 23
7 Peter Williamson Galloway Ford Peter Williamson Pty Ltd - - - - 12 - - - 12
Rob Butcher Lola T332 Chevrolet Hahndorf Motor Museum - - - - - 6 - 6 12
9 Paul Hamilton Elfin 600   - - - 9 2 - - - 11
John Smith Ralt RT1 John Smith - - - - - - 11 - 11
11 Clive Millis Elfin 700   - 9 - - - - - - 9
Andrew Newton Elfin 700   - - 9 - - - - - 9
Greg Doidge Matich A53   1 - 4 4 - - - - 9
14 Dave Cooper Elfin 700   - 6 - - - - - - 6
Mike Stack Cheetah   - - - 6 - - - - 6
Gary Cosser Bowin P6 Ford   - - - - - - 6 - 6
Peter Middleton Elfin MR8 Chevrolet P Middleton 2 - - - - 4 - - 6
18 Ivan Tighe Chevron B37 Chevrolet Ivan Tighe - - - - 5 - - - 5
19 Bob Power Kaditcha   - - - - 4 - - - 4
20 Peter Bull Elfin   - - - - 3 - - - 3
Garrie Cooper Elfin MR9 Chevrolet Ansett Team Elfin - - - - - - - 3 3
Ian Adams Lola T330 Chevrolet Ian Adams - - - - - 1 2 - 3
Peter Edwards Lola T332 Chevrolet PJ Edwards - - 2 - - - - 1 3
Mel McEwin Matich A53 Repco Holden Mel McEwin 1 1 1 - - - - - 3
25 Colin Trengrove Lola T332 Chevrolet John Silman Power Tools - - - - - - - 2 2

The following divers were not eligible for championship points as they were not Australian license holders.

References[edit]

  1. ^ CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 1980 page 93
  2. ^ CAMS Online Manual of Motor Sport - About CAMS - Australian Titles Retrieved from www.camsmanual.com.au on 26 October 2009
  3. ^ Australian Motor Racing Year, 1980/81, pages 108-127
  4. ^ Australian Motor Racing Year, 1980/81, pages 110-127
  5. ^ Souvenir Program, Calder Raceway, 15-16 Nov 1980, pages 22-23
  6. ^ Australian Motor Racing Year, 1980/81, page 108
  7. ^ Souvenir Program, Calder Raceway, 15-16 Nov 1980, page 44
  8. ^ Championship Pointscore (Top 10), Racing Car News, December 1980, page 21
  9. ^ Points totals below tenth position were calculated from round results published in Australian Motor Racing Year, 1980/81, pages 108-127

Further reading[edit]

  • The official 50 year history of the Australian Grand Prix, 1986, pages 436-444

External links[edit]