1983 Australian Sports Car Championship

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The 1983 Australian Sports Car Championship was a CAMS sanctioned motor racing title for drivers of Group A Sports Cars.[1] The championship, which was the fifteenth Australian Sports Car Championship,[2] was contested over a five round series with two races per round.[3]

Peter Hopwood, driving the Steve Webb owned Kaditcha Chevrolet, won the championship from the Rennmax Ford of Ray Hanger. Defending series champion Chris Clearihan finished third in his older model Kaditcha Chevrolet.

The 1983 championship saw the debut of the Bap Romano owned and driven Kaditcha K583 Cosworth, the first Australian Group A Sports Car built with a closed top and Ground effects aerodynamics. The K583 would prove to be the fastest car in the field in 1983, and would compete in Class B as the Cosworth V8 was a 3.0 litre engine. However, unreliability saw Romano only finish sixth in the championship.

Calender[edit]

Cars were classified into three classes based on engine displacement.[1]

  • Class A : Up to 1.6 litres
  • Class B : 1.6 to 3 litres
  • Class C : Over 3 litres

Points were allocated for outright placings gained in each race with Scale A used for drivers of Class A cars, Scale B for drivers of Class B cars and Scale C for drivers of Class C cars.[1]

Outright Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Scale A 30 27 24 21 19 17 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
Scale B 28 26 23 20 17 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Scale C 25 23 20 17 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 - - -

A driver's points from both races at each round were aggregated and the result divided by two to arrive at the championship points allocation for the driver at that round.

Results[edit]

Position [3] Driver [3] No. Car Entrant Class [3] R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total [3]
1 Peter Hopwood 22 Kaditcha Chevrolet Steve Webb C 25 24 24 - 23 96
2 Ray Hanger 24 Rennmax Ford Ray Hanger A 20 - 21½ 25½ 22½ 89½
3 Chris Clearihan 1 Kaditcha Chevrolet Canberra Sports Car Club C 11½ 20 21½ 25 84½
4 Carl Gibson 11 Rennmax Repco Carl Gibson B 11½ 10½ - 21½ 50
5 Bernie Van Elsen 14 Bolwell Nagari Bernie Van Elsen C 17½ 13 13 - - 43½
6 Bap Romano 8 Kaditcha K583 Cosworth Kaditcha Factory Racing Team B - 14 - - 28 42
7 Robert Pitman U2 Clubman A 14 - - - 14½ 28½
8 Paul Scott 6 Kaditcha Cosworth Vega Pool Fab B - 11½ - 13 - 24½
9 Gregory Gardiner Bulant A - - 7 14½ - 21½
Johnnie Walker 83 Elfin ME5 Chevrolet Elfin Sports Cars C 21½ - - - - 21½

Note: The above table lists only the top ten pointscorers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 1983, pages 91-94
  2. ^ Australian Titles Retrieved from www.camsmanual.com.au on 13 July 2009. Archived 2009-07-22.
  3. ^ a b c d e Australian Motor Racing Yearbook, 1983/84, pages 242-253

Further reading[edit]

  • Official Programme, Adelaide International Raceway, Sunday, 1 May 1983

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