1984 Australian GT Championship season

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1984 Australian GT Championship season
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The 1984 Australian GT Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title and was the seventh Australian GT Championship to be awarded.[1] It was a series open to grand tourer cars complying with CAMS Group D regulations with Group B Sports Sedans competing by invitation. The series was contested over six rounds from 15 April to 9 September 1984.

Some of the cars that competed in the series included Chevrolet Monza, Jaguar XJ-S, Porsche Carrera RSR, Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC, Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV, Porsche 935, BMW 318i Turbo, Holden Commodore and Holden Monaro.

Australian Touring Car Championship and Bathurst 1000 regular Allan Grice, won the series driving the ex-Bob Jane 6.0L Monza from Queenslander Mark Trenoweth driving the ex-John McCormack XJS Jag and Series Production ace Peter Fitzgerald in his Porsche Carrera RSR. Fitzgerald, the only driver other than Grice to win a race in the championship*, did not enter the first two races of the series at Lakeside and Adelaide. Going into the last round of the series at the then new 3.9 km (2.4 mi) International circuit at Sandown, only Grice and Trenoweth could win the championship, but with the Sydney based driver winning both heats and the Queenslander only finishing 4th and 3rd, the title was Grice's. It was Grice's third (and ultimately last) national title win after also capturing the 1978 and 1979 Australian Sports Sedan Championships (the SS Championship was merged into the GT Championship in 1982).

Despite his final winning margin being only 12.5 points, Grice and the Monza dominated the series. He sat on pole position for every round, his biggest pole margin over the field being a full 4 seconds at Sandown, and not only did he win all bar one race in the championship he also set the fastest lap for every race except for the first heat in the first round at Lakeside and the first heat of the last round at Sandown. Bryan Thompson in his Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC, powered by a twin-turbo 4.2L Chev V8 was credited with the fastest race lap in both races (the Mercedes reportedly had over 1,100 bhp (820 kW; 1,115 PS) compared to the Monza's 600 bhp (447 kW; 608 PS), but was not as reliable, often retiring with turbo failure).

* Fitzgerald won at Calder after race leader Grice retired with just over a lap remaining with no fuel pressure. Grice held an 8 second lead at the time of his retirement. Bryan Thompson suffered turbo failure in the Merc on the warmup lap and took over Tino Leo's Holden Monaro to finish 9th.

Schedule[edit]

Rd. Circuit City / State Date Winner Race 1 Winner Race 2 Report
1 Lakeside International Raceway Brisbane, Qld 15 April Allan Grice
2 Adelaide International Raceway Adelaide, SA 6 May Allan Grice Allan Grice
3 Calder Park Raceway Melbourne, Vic 29 July Peter Fitzgerald
4 Winton Motor Raceway Winton, Vic 12 August Allan Grice Allan Grice
5 Surfers Paradise Raceway Surfers Paradise, Qld 26 August Allan Grice Allan Grice
6 Sandown Raceway Melbourne, Vic 9 September Allan Grice Allan Grice

Results[edit]

Points were awarded on a 30-27-24-21-19-17-15-14-13-12 basis to the top ten outright finishers in each round. For rounds that featured two heats, the points were halved for each heat. All scores counted towards the championship.

Only the top 20 drivers are listed.

Pos Driver No. Car Entrant Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Allan Grice 4 Chevrolet Monza Re-Car Racing 30 30 - 30 30 30 150
2 Mark Trenoweth 8 Jaguar XJ-S Mark Trenoweth/Jaguar Racing 24 25.5 19 21 25.5 22.5 137.5
3 Peter Fitzgerald 3 Porsche Carrera RSR Peter Fitzgerald/Stanilite Electronics - - 30 27 21 25.5 103.5
4 Bryan Thomson 17
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Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC-Chevrolet

Holden Monaro HQ

Thomson-Fowler Motorsport
Tino Leo
27 13.5 13 12 - 13.5 79
5 John Bourke 77 Toyota Celica Turbo Biran Hilton Toyota 21 - 17 - 19 - 57
6 Bob Jolly 31 Holden Commodore Bob Jolly - 21.5 21 12 - - 54.5
7 Robin Doherty 18 Holden Torana LX Hatchback Robin Doherty - 6.5 24 15.5 - - 46
8 Jeff Barnes 3 & 6 Chevrolet Monza Lithgow VHS Video - 20 - - 25.5 - 45.5
9 Doug Clark 78 Toyota Celica Brian Hilton Toyota 19 - - - 16 - 35
10 Mick Monterosso 2 Ford Escort Mk I Garry Sloper - 17 - 17.5 - - 34.5
11 Tino Leo 86 Holden Monaro HQ Tino Leo - 17 - 16 - - 34
12 Tony Hubbard 15 Ford Falcon XC Hardtop Scandia Heaters - - 27 - - - 27
13 Cos Monterosso Ford Escort Mk II - - 15 7 - - 22
13 Ray Ellis Holden Torana - - - 6 - 16 22
15 John Chambers Holden Gemini - - 12 6 - 18
16 Gerry Bezett Holden Commodore SS 17 - - - - - 27
17 Simon Harrex Holden Commodore SS - - - - 15.5 - 15.5
18 Bonny Cameron Holden Torana LC 15 - - - - - 15
19 Larry Kogge Mazda R100 - - - 7.5 - 7 14.5
19 Luigi Deluca 22 Ford Anglia DWU Australia - 14.5 - - - - 14.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 1984. pages 88–91

Further reading[edit]

  • Official Programme, Adelaide International Raceway, 6 May 1984

External links[edit]