1996 Australian Touring Car Championship

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1996 Australian Touring Car Championship
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1996 Champion, Craig Lowndes

The 1996 Australian Touring Car Championship was a CAMS sanctioned motor racing title for drivers of 5.0 Litre Touring Cars [1] complying with Australian Group 3A regulations.[2] The championship, which was the 37th Australian Touring Car Championship,[3] was promoted as the Shell Australian Touring Car Championship.[4] It began on 27 January 1996 at Eastern Creek Raceway and ended on 16 June at Oran Park Raceway after 10 rounds.[5]

Teams and drivers[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1996 Australian Touring Car Championship.

Team Manufacturer Car model No Drivers
Dick Johnson Racing Ford EF Falcon 1 Australia John Bowe
17 Australia Dick Johnson
Gibson Motorsport Holden VR Commodore 2 Australia Mark Skaife
Lansvale Racing Team Holden VP Commodore 3 Australia Trevor Ashby
Australia Steve Reed
Wayne Gardner Racing Holden VR Commodore 4 Australia Wayne Gardner
7 Australia Neil Crompton
Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore 05 Australia Peter Brock
15 Australia Craig Lowndes
Perkins Engineering Holden VR Commodore 8 Australia Russell Ingall
11 Australia Larry Perkins
Larkham Motor Sport Ford EF Falcon 10 Australia Mark Larkham
Malcolm Stenniken Holden VR Commodore 14 Australia Malcolm Stenniken
Tim Slako Holden VR Commodore 24 Australia Tim Slako
Longhurst Racing Ford EF Falcon 25 Australia Tony Longhurst
M3 Motorsport Holden VP Commodore 26 Australia John Cotter
29 Australia Peter Doulman
Terry Finnigan Holden VR Commodore 27 Australia Terry Finnigan
Playscape Racing Ford EF Falcon 28 Australia Kevin Waldock
Glenn Seton Racing Ford EF Falcon 30 Australia Glenn Seton
Phil Johnson Holden VR Commodore 31 Australia Grant Johnson
Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VR Commodore 32 New Zealand Steven Richards
Pro-Duct Racing Holden VR Commodore 33 Australia Bob Pearson
Claude Gorgi Ford EB Falcon 34 Australia Claude Giorgi
Scotty Taylor Racing Holden VP Commodore 37 Australia Bill Attard
Australia Alan Taylor
James Rosenberg Racing Holden VR Commodore 38 Australia Mark Poole
Challenge Motorsport Holden VR Commodore 39 Australia Chris Smerdon
Garry Willmington Performance Ford EB Falcon 41 Australia Garry Willmington
Mal Rose Racing Holden VR Commodore 44 Australia Mal Rose
John Faulkner Racing Holden VR Commodore 46 New Zealand John Faulkner
Daily Planet Racing Ford EB Falcon 47 Australia John Trimbole
Australia David Attard
Alcair Racing Holden VR Commodore 49 Australia Greg Crick
Peter McLeod Holden VR Commodore 50 Australia Peter McLeod
Steven Ellery Racing Ford EF Falcon 52 Australia Steven Ellery
Truckie Parsons Holden VR Commodore 55 Australia David Parsons
Novocastrian Motorsport Holden VP Commodore 62 Australia Wayne Russell
PACE Racing Holden VP Commodore 74 Australia Kevin Heffernan
John Sidney Racing Ford EF Falcon 75 Australia Max Dumesny
Cadillac Productions Holden VP Commodore 79 Australia Mike Conway
Shaun Walker Holden VR Commodore 99 Australia Shaun Walker
Alan Jones Racing Ford EF Falcon 201 Australia Paul Romano
301 Australia Alan Jones

Race Calendar[edit]

The championship was contested over a ten round series with three races per round.[6]

Rd. Circuit Location / State Date Winner Team Report
1 Eastern Creek Raceway Sydney, New South Wales 25 - 27 Jan Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team
2 Sandown International Raceway Melbourne, Victoria 2 - 4 Feb Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team
3 Mount Panorama Circuit Bathurst, New South Wales 23 - 25 Feb John Bowe Dick Johnson Racing
4 Symmons Plains Raceway Launceston, Tasmania 15 - 17 Mar Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team
5 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Phillip Island, Victoria 12 - 14 Apr Larry Perkins Perkins Engineering
6 Calder Park Raceway Melbourne, Victoria 26 - 28 Apr Russell Ingall Perkins Engineering
7 Lakeside International Raceway Brisbane, Queensland 3–5 May Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team
8 Barbagallo Raceway Perth, Western Australia 24–26 May Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team
9 Mallala Motor Sport Park Mallala, South Australia 31 May - 2 Jun Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team
10 Oran Park Raceway Sydney, New South Wales 14 - 16 Jun Peter Brock Holden Racing Team

Points system[edit]

Championship points were awarded on a 20-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 basis to the top ten finishers in each race.[6]

Results[edit]

Pos Driver Penalty Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Pts [7]
1 Craig Lowndes 0 56 46 13 60 20 26 60 60 50 32 423
2 John Bowe 0 32 40 60 36 14 42 34 24 32 30 344
3 Glenn Seton 0 28 44 20 32 37 30 27 42 4 44 308
4 Peter Brock 0 10 26 34 48 12 10 32 32 22 60 286
5 Larry Perkins 0 7 12 32 16 40 30 14 5 22 14 192
6 Russell Ingall 0 20 26 8 8 22 52 14 8 18 7 183
7 Wayne Gardner 0 36 14 14 2 18 20 4 22 28 24 182
8 Alan Jones 0 14 1 10 14 25 0 36 28 32 20 180
9 Mark Skaife 0 8 40 16 16 Ret 16 10 26 15 30 177
10 Dick Johnson 0 22 10 40 7 28 13 28 Ret 18 7 173
11 Tony Longhurst 0 12 Ret 10 11 12 26 8 20 Ret 1 100
12 Steven Richards 0 0 12 0 2 16 8 9 5 24 8 84
13 Neil Crompton 0 22 6 21 24 Ret 73
14 Paul Romano 0 10 1 Ret Ret 13 2 3 2 Ret Ret 31
15 Steve Ellery 0 0 1 0 1 12 1 0 5 6 2 28
16 Max Dumesny 0 8 Ret 5 DNS 13
17 John Faulkner 0 2 3 Ret Ret 5
18 Greg Crick 0 1 0 1 1 Ret 0 Ret 0 Ret Ret 3
19 Kevin Waldock 0 Ret 2 2
20 Terry Finnigan 0 1 0 0 1
20 Mark Poole 0 0 0 1 1
Pos Driver Penalty Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Specific Conditions, 1996 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 7-10
  2. ^ Specifications, 1996 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 7-72
  3. ^ Records, Titles & Awards, 2002 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 14-7
  4. ^ Official Programme, Round 9, Shell Australian Touring Car Championship, Mallala, 2nd June, 1996
  5. ^ Tracking the Shell Series, Official Programme, Round 9, Shell Australian Touring Car Championship, Mallala, 2nd June, 1996, pages 91-96
  6. ^ a b Pointing the Way, Official Programme, Round 9, Shell Australian Touring Car Championship, Mallala, 2nd June, 1996, page 88
  7. ^ 1996 Championship Results, Motor Racing Australia No 25, January / February 1997, page 84

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