2000/2001 Australian Super Touring Championship

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The 2000/2001 Australian Super Touring Car Championship was a CAMS sanctioned motor racing competition open to Super Touring Cars. It was the eighth running of an Australian series for Super Touring Cars and the sixth to be contested under the Australian Super Touring Championship name. The series, which was promoted as the '2000 BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship',[1] began on 28 May 2000 at Oran Park Raceway and ended on 11 February 2001 at Oran Park Raceway after eight rounds.

Future Touring Cars[edit]

With Super Touring competitor numbers dropping after the withdrawal of the factory supported Audi and Volvo teams, the grids for the 2000/2001 championship were bolstered with cars from the Future Touring Car category. This category, which catered for V8 powered cars that had competed previously in AUSCAR racing, made its debut in a support event to the 1999 Bathurst 500. While the Future Touring Cars and the Super Touring Cars raced together in the same events, drivers competed for two separate titles with separate points scoring for each category.

Teams and drivers[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2000/2001 Australian Super Touring Championship.

Team Manufacturer Car model No Driver
SUPER TOURING
Paul Morris Motorsport BMW 320i 1 Australia Paul Morris
318i 73 Australia Owen Kelly
Aaron McGill Motorsport Nissan Primera 2 Australia Aaron McGill
Ford Mondeo 7 Australia Allan Letcher
12 Australia Sam Dale
MPD Racing BMW 318i 3 Australia Mike Downard
Anthony Robson BMW 318i 5 Australia Anthony Robson
Christian D'Agostin BMW 320i 08 Australia John Saunders
TC Motorsport Peugeot 406 13 New Zealand Tony Newman
Australia Dwayne Bewley
Australia Mark Zonneveld
405 Mi16 22 Australia Carlos Rolfo
Project Racing Honda Accord 14 Australia Jim Cornish
Knight Racing Ford Mondeo 19 Australia Alan Gurr
68 Australia Mark Zonneveld
88 Australia Peter Hills
M-F Racing Peugeot 405 Mi16 21 Australia Mike Fitzgerald
Novacastrian Motorsport BMW 320i 30 Australia Luke Searle
Gun Racing Alfa Romeo 155 TS 45 Australia David Auger
John Henderson Racing Opel Vectra 56 Australia John Henderson
Hi-Tech Motorsport Nissan Primera 69 Australia Matthew Fox
Australia Kiel Johnston
Australia Alan Gurr
Motorsport Developments Toyota Carina 77 Australia Malcolm Rea
99 Australia Brad Stratton
Phoenix Motorsport Toyota Camry 95 Australia Jamie Miller
Redline Motorsport Hyundai Lantra 97 Australia Paul Leabeater
FUTURE TOURING
SVO Motorsport Ford EL Falcon 6 Australia Michael Webb
Greg East Mitsubishi Magna Chevrolet 7 Australia Greg East
Bruce Williams Motorsport Holden VS Commodore 8 Australia Tim Shaw
Kerry Wade Ford EL Falcon 09 Australia Andrew Gillespie
111 Australia Kerry Wade
Peter Hayward Holden VS Commodore 10 Australia Peter Hayward
Garry Holt Holden VS Commodore 10 Australia Garry Holt
Peter Wright Ford EF Falcon 13 Australia Peter Wright
Amin Chahda Ford EF Falcon 18 Australia Amin Chahda
Diamond Valley Speed Shop Holden VT Commodore 22 Australia James Brock
VS Commodore 24 Australia James Brock
Pretty Motorsport Holden VS Commodore 32 Australia Mark Papendell
Christian D'Agostin Holden VS Commodore 37 Australia Christian D'Agostin
Brett Youlden Holden VS Commodore 54 Australia Brett Youlden
APS Racing Holden VT Commodore 84 Australia Ray Sidebottom
VS Commodore 85 Australia Ray Sidebottom
Australia Jason Domaschenz

Race Calendar[edit]

The 2000/2001 Australian Super Touring Championship was contested over an eight round series. Three races were held at the first round and two races were held at all subsequent rounds. The Future Touring cars competed at seven of the eight rounds, with no entries being received for Round 2 at Lakeside International Raceway.

Rd./Race Circuit Location & State Date ST Winner Team FT Winner Team
1/1 Oran Park Raceway Sydney, New South Wales 27–28 May 2000 Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport Tim Shaw Bruce Williams Motorsport
1/2 Oran Park Raceway Sydney, New South Wales 27–28 May 2000 Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport Tim Shaw Bruce Williams Motorsport
1/3 Oran Park Raceway Sydney, New South Wales 27–28 May 2000 Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport Christian D'Agostin Christian D'Agostin
2/1 Lakeside International Raceway Brisbane, Queensland 17 - 18 Jun 2000 Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport N/A N/A
2/2 Lakeside International Raceway Brisbane, Queensland 17 - 18 Jun 2000 Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport N/A N/A
3/1 Oran Park Raceway Sydney, New South Wales 8 - 9 Jul 2000 Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport Tim Shaw Bruce Williams Motorsport
3/2 Oran Park Raceway Sydney, New South Wales 8 - 9 Jul 2000 Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport Tim Shaw Bruce Williams Motorsport
4/1 Wakefield Park Goulburn, New South Wales 28 - 29 Oct 2000 Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport Jason Domaschenz APS Racing
4/2 Wakefield Park Goulburn, New South Wales 28 - 29 Oct 2000 Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport Tim Shaw Bruce Williams Motorsport
5/1 Mallala Motor Sport Park Mallala, South Australia 11 - 12 Nov 2000 Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport Kerry Wade Kerry Wade
5/2 Mallala Motor Sport Park Mallala, South Australia 11 - 12 Nov 2000 Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport Jason Domaschenz APS Racing
6/1 Symmons Plains Raceway Launceston, Tasmania 2 - 3 Dec 2000 Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport James Brock Diamond Valley Speed Shop
6/2 Symmons Plains Raceway Launceston, Tasmania 2 - 3 Dec 2000 Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport Tim Shaw Bruce Williams Motorsport
7/1 Wakefield Park Goulburn, New South Wales 27 - 28 Jan 2001 Jim Cornish Project Racing Tim Shaw Bruce Williams Motorsport
7/2 Wakefield Park Goulburn, New South Wales 27 - 28 Jan 2001 Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport Ray Sidebottom APS Racing
8/1 Oran Park Raceway Sydney, New South Wales 10 - 11 Feb 2001 Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport Ray Sidebottom APS Racing
8/2 Oran Park Raceway Sydney, New South Wales 10 - 11 Feb 2001 Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport Tim Shaw Bruce Williams Motorsport

Points system[edit]

Points were awarded on a 15-12-10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for the top ten race positions in each race.[2] A bonus point was allocated for the fastest lap time set in each qualifying session, with the first three rounds including a separate qualifying session for each race and the remaining rounds each featuring only a single qualifying session.

Results[edit]

Drivers Championship[edit]

Pos Driver ORA 1 ORA 2 ORA 3 LAK 1 LAK 2 ORA 1 ORA 2 WAK 1 WAK 2 MAL 1 MAL 2 SYM 1 SYM 2 WAK 1 WAK 2 ORA 1 ORA 2 Pts [3][4]
SUPER TOURING
1 Paul Morris 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st Ret 1st 1st 1st 255
2 John Henderson 2nd 6th Ret 2nd DNS 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 5th DNS 2nd 3rd 146
3 David Auger 4th 2nd 3rd 5th 3rd 4th 7th 5th 8th 4th 5th 5th 5th 7th 3rd Ret 5th 113
4 Peter Hills 3rd DSQ 2nd Ret DNS 5th 6th 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 11th 10th 4th 9th 4th 4th 109
5 Alan Gurr Ret 12th 4th 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 4th 6th 5th 4th 3rd Ret 87
6 Luke Searle 5th Ret Ret 7th 4th Ret 5th 7th 7th Ret 6th 7th 4th 2nd Ret 5th Ret 67
7 Owen Kelly 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 9th 2nd 63
8 Jamie Miller 6th Ret 5th Ret DNS 6th 5th 4th 8th 6th 5th Ret 6th 51
9 Allan Letcher 7th 3rd 7th 6th 7th 10th 11th 31
10 Jim Cornish 4th 5th Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret 6th 1st Ret Ret DNS 30
= Aaron McGill Ret 4th 6th 9th Ret 6th Ret Ret Ret 6th 14th 12th Ret DNS DNS 11th Ret 30
12 Mark Zonneveld Ret 7th 6th 7th Ret DNS Ret 12th 17
13 Mike Downard 13th 5th 10th 10th 8th 14
14 Sam Dale 14th 9th 9th 7th Ret DNS 13
15 Dwayne Bewley 14th 4th 10
16 Matthew Fox 13th 17th 13th 13th 9
17 Paul Leabeater 11th 11th 14th 11th Ret Ret Ret Ret DNS 8
= Tony Newman Ret Ret Ret Ret 4th 8
19 John Saunders 11th 11th 7
20 Anthony Robson Ret Ret Ret 13th 8th 6
21 Brad Stratton Ret 5th 5
22 Carlos Rolfo Ret Ret Ret 8th Ret 3
23 Mike Fitzgerald Ret 13th Ret 2
FUTURE TOURING
1 Tim Shaw 8th 7th 9th 7th 9th 8th 15th 9th 10th 10th 9th 8th 6th DSQ 7th 184
2 Jason Domaschenz 8th 10th 9th 10th 8th 8th 8th 11th Ret DNS 103
3 James Brock Ret 10th 12th Ret DNS Ret 14th 10th 12th 7th 12th Ret DNS 8th 9th 85
4 Ray Sidebottom 12th Ret Ret 11th 13th Ret DNS Ret DNS 10th 4th 6th 8th 78
5 Kerry Wade 11th 13th Ret 11th 7th 9th Ret DNS 7th 10th 75
6 Christian D'Agostin 9th DSQ 8th 9th 12th 10th 12th 67
7 Michael Webb 10th 8th 11th 11th 8th 50
8 Andrew Gillespie 12th 16th 12th Ret 10th 11th 30
9 Mark Papendell 12th 10th 16
10 Garry Holt 12th 14th 12
NC Peter Hayward 14th 9th 13th 0
NC Peter Wright 15th Ret Ret 0
Pos Driver ORA 1 ORA 2 ORA 3 LAK 1 LAK 2 ORA 1 ORA 2 WAK 1 WAK 2 MAL 1 MAL 2 SYM 1 SYM 2 WAK 1 WAK 2 ORA 1 ORA 2 Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (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)

Note: Alan Gurr retained third place in Race 1 of the final round despite losing his championship points as a consequence of his involvement in an on-track incident with Jamie Miller's Toyota.[5]

Independents Cup[edit]

A separate award was reserved for Super Touring drivers who were classified as “Independents”.

Position Driver Points [3][4]
1 David Auger 218
2 Luke Searle 135
3 Jamie Miller 111
4 Allan Letcher 66
5 Jim Cornish 49
6 Michael Downard 33
7 Matthew Fox 32
8 Sam Dale 30
9 Paul Leabeater 24
10 John Saunders 22
11 Anthony Robson 20
12 Brad Stratton 8
13 Carlos Rolfo 6
= Mike Fitzgerald 6

Teams Championship[edit]

Multi-car Super Touring teams also competed for a Teams Championship.

Position Team Points [3][4]
1 Knight Racing 312
2 Paul Morris Motorsport 144
3 Hi-Tech Motorsport 131
4 McGill Motorsport 112
5 Motorsport Developments 12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Loaded Guns, 2000 BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship, Official Program, Round 5, Mallala, 11–12 November 2000, pages 6- 8
  2. ^ How Points Are Scored, Official Program, Round 5, Mallala, 11–12 November 2000, page 8
  3. ^ a b c TOCA Points Archive Retrieved on 28 July 2001 – Site no longer active
  4. ^ a b c 2000 Australian Super Touring Retrieved on 17 December 2010
  5. ^ Garry O'Brien, Morris makes half tonne, Auto Action, 16–22 February 2001, pages 24-25

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