1985 Australian Endurance Championship

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The 1985 Australian Endurance Championship was a CAMS sanctioned motor racing title for drivers of Touring Cars [1] complying with an Australian version of FIA Group A Touring Car regulations.[2] The championship was the fifth Australian Endurance Championship and the fourth to be awarded as a drivers title.[3]

Calendar[edit]

The championship was contested over a five round series which was staged concurrently with the 1985 Australian Manufacturers' Championship.[4]

Rd. Race Title Circuit City / State Date Winner Car Team Report
1 Better Brakes 300 Amaroo Park Sydney, New South Wales 4 August Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi JPS Team BMW
2 Pepsi 250 Oran Park Sydney, New South Wales 18 August Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi JPS Team BMW
3 Castrol 500 Sandown Melbourne, Victoria 15 September Jim Richards
Tony Longhurst
BMW 635 CSi JPS Team BMW Report
4 James Hardie 1000 Mount Panorama Bathurst, New South Wales 6 October John Goss
Armin Hahne
Jaguar XJS JRA Ltd. / TWR Report
5 Motorcraft 300 Surfers Paradise Surfers Paradise, Queensland 27 October Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi JPS Team BMW

Class Structure[edit]

Cars were grouped into three classes based on engine capacity:

  • Up to 2000cc
  • 2001 to 3000cc
  • 3001 to 6000cc [1]

Points system[edit]

Championship points were allocated on a three scale system, to Australian license holders only, for outright places gained in each round:

  • Scale A was applied to drivers of cars in the Up to 2000cc class
  • Scale B was applied to drivers of cars in the 2001 to 3000cc class
  • Scale C was applied to drivers of cars in the 3001 to 6000cc class [1]
Outright Position [5] 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 - - -

In rounds where two drivers were compulsory (i.e. the Sandown and Bathurst rounds), full championship points were allocated to each of the two drivers provided that both had driven at least one third of the relevant distance.[1] In all other rounds, where two drivers were not compulsory, points were allocated to each of the two drivers provided each had driven at least one third of the distance. If each had not driven such a distance, full points were allocated to the driver who had driven the greater distance.[1] In all cases, points were only awarded to a driver who had driven one single car throughout the duration of the event.[1]

Results[edit]

Position Driver [6] Car Class Entrant R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 New Zealand Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi 3001-6000cc JPS Team BMW 25 25 25 17 25 117
2 Australia Tony Longhurst BMW 323i
BMW 635 CSi
2001-3000cc
3001-6000cc
JPS Team BMW 15 11 25 17 - 68
3 Australia Colin Bond Alfa Romeo GTV6 2001-3000cc Network Alfa 17 15 20 13 - 65
4 Australia John Smith Toyota Corolla Up to 2000cc Toyota Team Australia 15 10 - 5 19 49
5 Australia Peter Brock Holden VK Commodore 3001-6000cc Mobil Holden Dealer Team 20 23 - - - 43
6 New Zealand Kent Baigent BMW 635 CSi 3001-6000cc HK Baigent 11½ 14 - 15 - 40½
7 Australia Gregg Hansford Alfa Romeo GTV6 2001-3000cc Network Alfa - - 20 13 - 33
8 Australia Dick Johnson Ford Mustang 3001-6000cc Palmer Tube Mills - - - 11 20 31
9 New Zealand Neal Lowe BMW 635 CSi 3001-6000cc HK Baigent 11½ - - 15 - 26½
=10 Australia John Goss Jaguar XJ-S 3001-6000cc JRA Limited / TWR - - - 25 - 25
=10 West Germany Armin Hahne Jaguar XJ-S 3001-6000cc JRA Limited / TWR - - - 25 - 25

Note: Only the top ten pointscorers are shown in the above table.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 1985, page 90
  2. ^ CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 1985, page 302
  3. ^ Australian Titles Retrieved from www.camsmanual.com.au on 17 July 2009
  4. ^ Australian Motor Racing Year, 1985/86, pages 272-295
  5. ^ CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 1985, page 86
  6. ^ Australian Motor Racing Year, 1985/86, page 272

Further reading[edit]

  • Official Programme, Sandown International Motor Racing Circuit, 14 and 15 September 1985

External links[edit]