1986 Australian Drivers' Championship

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The 1986 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned Australian motor racing title for Formula Mondial racing cars.[1] It was the 30th Australian Drivers' Championship.[2] The championship winner was awarded the 1986 CAMS Gold Star.[1]

Australian Ralt importer Graham Watson won the title, his only Australian Drivers' Championship, with former Australian Sports Car Champions Peter Hopwood (1983) and Bap Romano (1984) placing second and third respectively, all driving Ralt RT4s. The only driver to score championship points in any car other than a Ralt RT4 was Peter Macrow, who drove a Cheetah Mk8 to equal thirteenth place in the championship.

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Graham Watson won the championship driving a Ralt RT4, similar to the example pictured above

The championship was contested over a seven round series.[3]

Round [3] Race Circuit [3] City / State Date [3] Format [3] Winner [3] Car [3] Team
1 Victoria Trophy Sandown Park Melbourne, Victoria 13 April One race Graham Watson Ralt RT4 Ford Watson Motor Racing Pty Ltd
2 CSA Alloy Wheels Cup [4] Adelaide International Raceway Adelaide, South Australia 27 April One race Peter Hopwood Ralt RT4 Ford Menage Racing Team
3 Wanneroo Park Raceway Perth, Western Australia 4 May Two races Bap Romano Ralt RT4 Ford Watson Motor Racing Pty Ltd
4 Calder Park Raceway Melbourne, Victoria 1 June One race Ken Smith Ralt RT4 Ford Watson Motor Racing Pty Ltd
5 Winton Motor Raceway Benalla, Victoria 29 June Two races Ken Smith Ralt RT4 Ford Watson Motor Racing Pty Ltd
6 Oran Park Raceway Sydney, New South Wales 13 July Two races Peter Hopwood Ralt RT4 Ford Menage Racing Team
7 Altos Computers Trophy [5] Amaroo Park Sydney, New South Wales 3 August One race Terry Ryan Ralt RT4 Ford Terry Ryan Automotive

Points system[edit]

Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six placegetters in each round.[1] Each driver could count points only from his or her six best round performances.[1]

Results[edit]

Position [6] [7] Driver [6] No. [4] Car [6] [8] Entrant [4] San [6] Ade [6] Wan [6] Cal [6] Win [6] Ora [6] Ama [6] Total [6]
1 Graham Watson 9 Ralt RT4 Ford Watson Motor Racing Pty Ltd 9 4 4 6 6 4 - 33
2 Peter Hopwood 22 Ralt RT4 Ford Menage Racing Team - 9 1 4 4 9 - 27
3 Bap Romano 8 Ralt RT4 Ford Watson Motor Racing Pty Ltd 6 6 9 - - - - 21
4 Ken Smith 8 [3] Ralt RT4 Ford Watson Motor Racing Pty Ltd [3] - - - 9 9 - - 18
5 Terry Ryan 36 Ralt RT4 Ford Terry Ryan Automotive - - - - - 6 9 15
6 Peter Larner 83 Ralt RT4 Ford Peter Larner 2 3 - - - - 4 9
Chris Hocking 74 Ralt RT4 Ford Chris Hocking 3 - - - - - 6 9
Peter Boylan 7 Ralt RT4 Ford Peter Michael Boylan 4 - - - 2 - 3 9
9 Brian Sampson 78 Ralt RT4 Ford Brian Sampson - 2 - 3 3 - - 8
10 Bob Creasy Ralt RT4 Ford - - 6 - - - - 6
11 Gordon Dobie 54 Ralt RT4 Ford Gordon Dobie - - 2 2 - - - 4
George Parkinson 17 Ralt RT4 Ford George Parkinson - - - 1 - 1 2 4
13 Keith McClelland Ralt RT4 Ford - - - - - 3 - 3
Geoff Nichol 40 [3] Ralt RT4 Ford - - 3 - - - - 3
Peter Macrow Cheetah Mk8 Ford - - - - 1 2 - 3
16 John Beasley 2 Ralt RT4 Ford John Beasley - 1 - - - - - 1
Richard Davison 6 [3] Ralt RT4 Ford 1 - - - - - - 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Australian Title Conditions, 1986 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, pages 88 to 91
  2. ^ Records, Titles & Awards, 2002 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 14-4
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Barry Catford, Australian Drivers' Championship, Australian Motor Racing Yearbook, 1986/87, pages 188 to 203
  4. ^ a b c CSA Alloy Wheels Cup, Australian Drivers' Championship, Round 2, Official Programme, Adelaide International Raceway, Sunday, 27 April 1986, page 18
  5. ^ Accident mars Gold Star, Racing Car News, September 1986, page 39
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k 1986 Australian Drivers' Championship (points table for top ten positions), Australian Motor Racing Yearbook, 1986/87, page 189
  7. ^ Points for positions 11th through 16th have been determined from the points listing published in Racing Car News, September 1986, page 39 and race results published in Australian Motor Racing Yearbook, 1986/87, pages 314 to 315
  8. ^ Catford, Australian Motor Racing Year, page 188, states that all engines were 1600cc Ford BDAs

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