1985 Australian Sports Car Championship
|1985 Australian Sports Car Championship|
The 1985 Australian Sports Car Championship was a CAMS sanctioned motor racing title for drivers of Group A Sports Cars. It was the 17th Australian Sports Car Championship  and the first to be run concurrently with the Australian GT Championship.
The 1985 ASCC saw the début of the Veskanda Chevrolet (using a 5.0L Formula 5000 engine) and driven by dual Australian Drivers' Champion John Bowe. Built in Adelaide by K&A Engineering and owned by former ASCC driver Bernie Van Elsen, the Veskanda would go on to be regarded as Australia's fastest ever race car. The Veskanda made its race debut in Round 4 at its home circuit, the Adelaide International Raceway.
The 1984 Champion, Queenslander Bap Romano driving his 3.9L Cosworth DFL powered Romano WE84 was expected to bring a strong challenge in defence of his title despite now running in the outright class due to the larger Cosworth V8 , but unreliability saw his challenge fade as the series progressed.
The championship was contested over a six round series.
- Round 1, Lakeside, Queensland, 24 March
- Round 2, Oran Park, New South Wales, 5 May
- Round 3, Winton, Victoria, 2 June
- Round 4, Adelaide International Raceway, South Australia, 30 June
- Round 5, Calder Park, Victoria, 11 August
- Round 6, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, 25 August
Rounds 2 & 3 were each contested over two heats and all other rounds were staged as single races.
Cars competed in three engine capacity classes.
- Up to 1.6 litres
- 1.6 to 3 litres
- Over 3 litres
|Up to 1.6 litres||30||27||24||21||19||17||15||14||13||12||11||10||9||8||7||6||5||4||3||2|
|1.6 to 3 litres||28||26||23||20||17||15||14||13||12||11||10||9||8||7||6||5||4||3||2||1|
|Over 3 litres||25||23||20||17||15||13||11||10||9||8||7||6||5||4||3||2||1||-||-||-|
For rounds contested over two heats, the same points system was applied to each heat, with the aggregate points achieved by each driver divided by two to determine the championship points allocation for the round.
|Position ||Driver ||No.||Car ||Entrant ||Class ||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||R6||Total |
|1||Chris Clearihan||22||Kaditcha Chevrolet||Chris Clearihan||Over 3 litre||25||25||11.5||23||20||23||127.5|
|2||Terry Hook||15||Lola T610 Chevrolet||Terry Hook||Over 3 litre||23||10||24||25||23||20||125|
|3||Jeff Harris||65||JWS C2 Mazda||Jeff Harris||1.6 to 3 litre||17||21.5||14||20||20||20||112.5|
|4||Ray Hanger||5 & 8||Rennmax Ford BDA||Ray Hanger||1.6 to 3 litre||23||13||23||-||15||-||74|
Note: The above table lists only the first four placings in the championship.
- Conditions for Australian Titles, 1985 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, pages 86-89
- Barry Catford, Australian Sports/GT Championship, Australian Motor Racing Year, 1985/86, pages 220-233
- 1985 Championship Results, Australian Motor Racing Year, 1985/86, pages 315-316
- Official Programme, Adelaide International Raceway, Sunday, June 30, 1985