1984 Australian Sports Car Championship

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

The 1984 Australian Sports Car Championship was a national motor racing title for drivers of Sports Cars complying with CAMS Group A regulations. Due to the relatively small number of Group A Sports Cars competing, grids were often filled with amateur Clubman racers.

Queensland based owner/driver Bap Romano won the series driving his Romano WE84 Cosworth from 1982 champion Chris Clearihan (driving the Kaditcha-Chevrolet that Peter Hopwood used to win the 1983 Championship) and Andrew Roberts driving a self designed Roberts S2 Ford.

Romano dominated the series, continuing on from the final round of the 1983 Championship at Winton. Despite only being seen only a 'gentleman racer', and with engineering help from former Williams and Tyrrell Formula One mechanic Wayne Eckersley transforming the Barry Lock built car, Romano put the renamed WE84 (formerly called a Kaditcha K583) on Pole Position at every round, scored fastest lap at for each race he contested (Clearihan scored fastest lap in Heat 2 of Round 1) and he won all bar Round 1 at Calder Raceway where he crashed heavily in Heat 1, and was a non-starter in Heat 2.

Romano could have benefited from the fact that his cars 3.0L Cosworth engine allowed him to run in Class B (1601 - 3000cc) which meant he scored more points for a win or place than his main challenger Clearihan did driving in Class C (Over 3000cc), i.e. a win for Romano meant 28 points while a win for Clearihan scored only 25. As it was, by actually winning 4 of the 5 rounds, and with Clearihan scoring a DNF in Round 3 at Lakeside with damaged suspension, Romano would have still won the series 100-94 had they both been driving for equal points.

Schedule[edit]

The championship was contested over a five round series:

Round 1 was contested over two heats. All other rounds over a single race.

Round 1 of the championship was originally to be run at Melbourne's Sandown Park. However, due to the circuit's closure while it was rebuilt and lengthened in time for the 1984 Sandown 1000 World Endurance Championship round, the meeting was cancelled. Former racer and millionaire tyre retailer Bob Jane then came to the rescue and restored the series to five rounds by hosting Rd.1 at his Calder Park Raceway. Round 4 at Sydney's Oran Park was also originally cancelled, but was later restored after the circuit owners had a vacant spot to fill in the support categories for the Valvoline 250 endurance race for touring cars.

Classes[edit]

Cars competed in three classes according to engine capacity:

  • Class A : Up to 1600cc
  • Class B : 1601 - 3000cc
  • Class C : 3001 - 5000cc

Results[edit]

Position Driver No. Car Entrant Class Rd1
Calder Park
Rd2
Surfers Paradise
Rd3
Lakeside
Rd4
Oran Park
Rd5
Winton
Total
1 Bap Romano 8 Romano WE84 Cosworth Bap Romano Racing B - 28 28 28 28 112
2 Chris Clearihan 22 Kaditcha Chevrolet Steve Webb C 25 23 - 23 23 94
3 Andrew Roberts 14 Roberts S2 Ford A 21.5 21 13 21 - 76.5
4 Jeff Harris 49 & 6 Kaditcha SR781 Mazda B - 23 - 23 23 69
5 Michael Hart Mawer Ford A 17 15 15 - - 47
6 John Campbell Auscam Clubman Toyota A - 17 27 - - 44
7 Peter Tighe Mallock U2T Mk20T A - 19 24 - - 43
8 Leigh Vine 9 & 11 Kaditcha Chevrolet
Elfin 360 Mazda
Chris Clearihan
Leigh Vine
C
B
- - 13 - 20 33
9 Geoff Watson Watson Toyota A 8.5 - - 19 - 27.5
10 Joe Vorst 11 Kaditcha Chevrolet Chris Clearihan C 21.5 - - - - 21.5
11 Kevin Johnston WAH 002 Datsun A - - 21 - - 21
12 John Kierath Cheetah Clubman A - - 19 - - 19
12 Colin Memery Allison Clubman A - - - - 19 19
14 Malcolm McLean Nota A - - - 17 - 17
14 Greg Gardiner Bulant Clubman A - - - - 17 17
16 Wally Gates Bulant A - - - 15 - 15
16 Peter Heraud Farrell Clubman A - - - - 15 15
18 Robert Fenwick Scorpio B 14 - - - - 14
18 John Barram ASP Clubman A - 14 - - - 14
18 Peter Ferguson Nambull Clubman A - - - - 14 14
21 Ken Peters Auscam 600M Mazda B - - 13 - - 13
21 John Butcher Milano Barry Ekins B - - - 13 - 13
21 Brian Rawlings Bulant A - - - 13 - 13
24 Peter Irwin Triumph TR5 B - 12 - - - 12
24 John Dooley Bulant Mk7 A - 12 - - - 12
26 Alan Newton 5 Elfin MS7 C 11.5 - - - - 11.5
27 Peter Kyriakidis Farrell F483 Albert Middleton A 10.5 - - - - 10.5
28 Bernie Van Elsen Bolwell Nagari Bernie Van Elsen C 8.5 - - - - 8.5

Championship points were awarded as shown in the table below. However for Round 1 only, points were awarded for each race with the aggregate achieved by each driver divided by two. The result was the driver's championship points allocation for that round.

Class Points[edit]

Position Class A Class B Class C
1 30 28 25
2 27 26 23
3 24 23 20
4 21 20 17
5 19 17 15
6 17 15 13
7 15 14 11
8 14 13 10
9 13 12 9
10 12 11 8
11 11 10 7
12 10 9 6
13 9 8 5
14 8 7 4
15 7 6 3
16 6 5 2
17 5 4 1
18 4 3 0
19 3 2 0
20 2 1 0

References[edit]

  • Australian Motor Racing Year, 1984/85
  • CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 1984
  • Race Year, 1984
  • www.camsmanual.com.au