1984 Australian Grand Prix

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Race details
Formula Mondial Race
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Date 18 November 1984
Official name XLIX Dunlop Tyres Australian Grand Prix
Location Calder Park Raceway, Melbourne, Victoria
Course Permanent racing facility
1.609 km (1.000 mi)
Distance 100 laps, 160.9 km (100 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Roberto Moreno Ralt-Ford
Time 0'40.45
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Niki Lauda Ralt-Ford
Time 0'41.27
Podium
First Brazil Roberto Moreno Ralt-Ford
Second Finland Keke Rosberg Ralt-Ford
Third Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ralt-Ford

The 1984 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula Mondial race held at Calder Park Raceway on 18 November 1984.

It was the forty ninth Australian Grand Prix and the fourth to be held at Calder specifically for Formula Pacific or Formula Mondial racecars. It was the last domestic Australian Grand Prix to be held prior to the arrival of the Formula One World Drivers' Championship the following year. The race was contested over a distance of 160.9 km (100 laps x 1.609 km) or an even 100 miles.

The race was won by Brazilian racer Roberto Moreno, his third win in four years, securing his dominance of the four years the Grand Prix was held for the Formula Mondial/Pacific category. While Mondial would continue as the premier Australian open-wheel racing category for another two years, and would not be completely replaced until the rise of Formula Holden in 1989, this was the last year the category would be associated with the Grand Prix as the race was given World Championship status from 1985 and would be contested only by Formula One cars. In many ways Australian domestic open-wheel would be robbed of a signature race by the arrival of Formula One, something which is only now being address by the Tasmanian Formula 3 Super Prix.

The trend of the race organiser Bob Jane of importing overseas star racers continued, in addition to Moreno the starters included 1975, 1977 and 1984 World Champion Niki Lauda, 1982 World Champion Keke Rosberg, and Ligier Formula One drivers Andrea de Cesaris and François Hesnault.

De Cesaris started from an unguarded pit lane ahead of the field and led the race briefly, although official lap scoring started his race when he started his second lap. Front row qualifier, the 1984 Australian champion John Bowe, led the race early until lap 9 when overtaken by Moreno after a loose spark plug lead caused his 1.6 litre Ford engine to misfire, with Bowe soldiering on until pitting for a replacement plug lead. Poor starts by Moreno's team mate for the race Niki Lauda, Rosberg and de Cesaris were overcome as the race progressed. Keen aviators Lauda and Rosberg had actually spent most of practice and qualifying attending an air show at the nearby Essendon Airport, with newly crowned World Champion Lauda stating that he was in Australia mostly for a holiday and just to get away from Europe. Hesnault, running as a team mate to Bowe, retired after a clash with Bruce Connolly. Lauda and Rosberg diced briefly for third before Rosberg and Terry Ryan clashed when Ryan was being lapped with the closely following Lauda also colliding with Ryan, the result being Rosberg and Ryan were able to continue while Lauda was out. Bowe dropped down the field with electrical problems. First Rosberg, then de Cesaris hunted down and overtook Alfredo Costanzo in his Tiga FA81/83 to fill the podium positions. Bowe finished sixth behind David McMillan.

The Ralt RT4 was the choice of car for ¾ the field with 18 of the 24 starters driving one. Other cars included Costanzo's Tiga, 2 Cheetah Mk8's, a Kaditcha Australian Formula 1 car, 1 Liston BF2 and 1 Dart 83M. All cars that started the race were powered by the 1.6 litre Ford 4 cyl engine. Touring car driver Peter Williamson was to be the odd man out in his Toyota powered Toleman TG860, but a crash in early practice that knocked a front corner off the car saw him announce his retirement from open wheel racing and his team was in fact almost packed up and ready to leave before qualifying had started. Consequently the Toleman was withdrawn from the meeting.

Due to the Australian Grand Prix becoming a round of the Formula One World Championship from 1985, John Bowe became the last Australian driver to lead an AGP until Mark Webber led lap 21 of the 2006 Australian Grand Prix in a Williams FW28-Cosworth. With Moreno taking the lead from Bowe on lap 9 of the race, it would be a total of 1,504 race laps before Webber would put an Australian in the lead of an Australian Grand Prix.

Classification[edit]

Results as follows:[1]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Car Qual Gap
1 19 Brazil Roberto Moreno Ralt RT4 Ford 0:40.45
2 4 Australia John Bowe Ralt RT4 Ford 0:40.66 +0.21
3 1 Australia Alfredo Costanzo Tiga FA81/83 Ford 0:40.68 +0.23
4 9 Finland Keke Rosberg Ralt RT4/85 Ford 0:40.83 +0.38
5 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ralt RT4/85 Ford 0:40.86 +0.41
6 5 France François Hesnault Ralt RT4 Ford 0:41.17 +0.72
7 30 Australia Lucio Cesario Ralt RT4 Ford 0:41.33 +0.88
8 6 Australia Richard Davison Ralt RT4 Ford 0:41.45 +1.00
9 21 Australia Keith McClelland Ralt RT4 Ford 0:41.75 +1.30
10 51 Australia Bruce Connolly Ralt RT4 Ford 0:41.85 +1.40
11 41 New Zealand Dave McMillan Ralt RT4 Ford 0:41.89 +1.44
12 17 New Zealand Paul Radisich Dart 83M Ford 0:41.98 +1.53
13 74 Australia Chris Hocking Ralt RT4 Ford 0:42.09 +1.64
14 22 Australia Peter Hopwood Ralt RT4/85 Ford 0:42.10 +1.65
15 36 Australia Terry Ryan Ralt RT4 Ford 0:42.13 +1.68
16 25 Australia Peter Macrow Cheetah Mk.8 Ford 0:42.13 +1.68
17 13 Australia Brett Fisher Liston BF2 Ford 0:42.33 +1.88
18 78 Australia Brian Sampson Cheetah Mk.8 Ford 0:42.47 +2.02
19 16 Australia Bob Creasy Ralt RT4 Ford 0:42.62 +2.17
20 18 Austria Niki Lauda Ralt RT4/85 Ford 0:42.68 +2.23
21 40 Australia Chas Talbot Ralt RT4 Ford 0:42.74 +2.29
22 15 New Zealand Tom Brickley Kaditcha FA82A Ford 0:43.15 +2.70
23 26 New Zealand Neil Cunningham Ralt RT4 Ford 0:43.86 +3.41
24 58 Australia Peter Jones Ralt RT4 Ford 0:44.03 +3.58
25 7 Australia Peter Williamson Toleman TG860 Toyota DNP

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Car Laps Time
1 19 Brazil Roberto Moreno Ralt RT4 Ford 100 1h 10m 51.19s
2 9 Finland Keke Rosberg Ralt RT4/85 Ford 100 1h 11m 20.97s
3 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ralt RT4/85 Ford 100 1h 11m 27.63s
4 1 Australia Alfredo Costanzo Tiga FA81/83 Ford 99
5 41 New Zealand Dave McMillan Ralt RT4 Ford 99
6 4 Australia John Bowe Ralt RT4/84 Ford 99
7 6 Australia Richard Davison Ralt RT4 Ford 98
8 51 Australia Bruce Connolly Ralt RT4 Ford 98
9 78 Australia Brian Sampson Cheetah Mk.8 Ford 97
10 16 Australia Bob Creasy Ralt RT4 Ford 93
11 13 Australia Brett Fisher Liston BF2 Ford 93
12 25 Australia Peter Macrow Cheetah Mk.8 Ford 91
13 21 Australia Keith McClelland Ralt RT4 Ford 82
Ret 15 New Zealand Tom Brickley Kaditcha FA82A Ford 75 Crash
Ret 36 Australia Terry Ryan Ralt RT4 Ford 73 spun / stalled
Ret 26 New Zealand Neil Cunningham Ralt RT4 Ford 63 wheel bearing
Ret 74 Australia Chris Hocking Ralt RT4 Ford 45 half shaft
Ret 58 Australia Peter Jones Ralt RT4 Ford 43 gearbox
Ret 18 Austria Niki Lauda Ralt RT4/85 Ford 41 collision / damage
Ret 40 Australia Chas Talbot Ralt RT4 Ford 27 head gasket
Ret 5 France François Hesnault Ralt RT4 Ford 20 collision / steering
Ret 17 New Zealand Paul Radisich Dart 83M Ford 7 engine
Ret 30 Australia Lucio Cesario Ralt RT4 Ford 0 Brakes
Ret 22 Australia Peter Hopwood Ralt RT4/85 Ford 0 collision / broken wheel
DNS 7 Australia Peter Williamson Toleman TG860 Toyota 0 accident

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson, Stewart (1986). "1984". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 476–485. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 
Preceded by
1983 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
1984
Succeeded by
1985 Australian Grand Prix