2001 Australian Drivers' Championship

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2001 Australian Drivers' Championship
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The 2001 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title for drivers of cars conforming to Formula Holden regulations, with the winner awarded the 2001 CAMS Gold Star.[1] This, the 45th Australian Drivers' Championship,[2] was promoted as the 2001 Holden Australian Drivers' Championship.[1]

Rick Kelly dominated the series driving a Birrana Racing Reynard 94D Holden.[3] Kelly won twelve of the 16 races and finished 151 points ahead of runner up Christian Murchison (Reynard 97D Holden), the largest winning points margin in ADC history. Third in the pointscore was Alan Gurr (Reynard 94D Holden). The four races not won by Kelly were won by Birrana Racing team mates, both former champions making guest appearances. Dual champion Simon Wills took three victories with three-time champion Paul Stokell winning the final race of the season at Winton Motor Raceway.

Calendar[edit]

The championship was contested over an eight round series with two races per round.[1]

Round [1] Circuit [1] State [1] Date [1]
1 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria 25 March
2 Adelaide Parklands Circuit South Australia 7 & 8 April
3 Hidden Valley Raceway Northern Territory 13 May
4 Canberra Street Circuit Australian Capital Territory 9 & 10 June
5 Calder Park Raceway Victoria 15 July
6 Oran Park Motorsport Circuit New South Wales 29 July
7 Mallala Motor Sport Park South Australia 12 August
8 Winton Motor Raceway Victoria 9 September

Points system[edit]

Championship points were awarded on a 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the first ten places in each race.[1]

Championship results[edit]

          Phillip Island Adelaide Hidden Valley Canberra Calder Oran Park Mallala Winton  
Position [4] Driver [4] No. [5] Car [5] Entrant [5] R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 Total [4]
1 Rick Kelly 2 Reynard 94D Holden Holden Young Lions 20 20 20 15 15 15 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 8 293
2 Christian Murchison 75 Reynard 97D Holden Hocking Motorsport 12 12 - 2 8 8 15 15 15 15 - 15 15 - 10 - 142
3 Alan Gurr 11 Reynard 92D Holden
Reynard 94D Holden
Ralt Australia - - 12 12 - 10 12 - 1 6 15 12 12 15 8 15 130
4 Peter Hill 66 Reynard 95D Holden
Reynard 94D Holden
M-ONE-11 6 10 10 8 - - 8 10 3 10 12 10 2 10 6 6 111
5 Emerson Newton-John 20
12
76
Reynard 95D Holden
Reynard 97D Holden
Reynard 96D Holden
NRC Racing
Ralt Australia
Hocking Motorsport
15 - - - 10 - - - 12 12 - - 10 - 4 12 75
6 Stewart McColl 19 Reynard 95D Holden NRC Racing 10 15 15 10 12 12 - - - - - - - - - - 74
7 Terry Clearihan 27 Ralt RT23 Holden National Neon Signs - - - 6 4 4 10 8 8 4 10 8 - 4 3 - 69
8 Ian Peters 24 Reynard 91D Holden Peters Racing 2 4 6 4 2 1 6 4 6 3 8 6 8 2 1 2 65
9 Simon Wills 1 Reynard 94D Holden Birrana Racing - - - 20 20 20 - - - - - - - - - - 60
10 Roger Oakeshott 28 Reynard 97D Holden Barshott Racing 3 8 8 - - 3 - 3 - - 6 4 - - - 3 38
11 Paul Stokell 6 Reynard Holden Birrana Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15 20 35
12 Chris Hocking 74 Reynard 98D Holden
Reynard 97D Holden
Hocking Motorsport - - - - - - - - 10 8 - - 6 8 - - 32
13 Brenton Ramsay 9 Reynard 95D Holden Birrana Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - 12 12 4 28
14 Con Toparis 74
12
Reynard 97D Holden
Reynard 94D Holden
Hocking Motorsport
John Herman
- - - - 6 6 4 6 - - - - - - - - 22
15 Rohan Carrig 49 Reynard 89D Holden
Reynard 98D Holden
Rohan Carrig 1 - 4 3 - - 3 2 2 1 - - 3 3 - - 22
16 Mark Ellis 17 Reynard 92D Holden Mark Ellis - - - - 3 2 - - 4 2 - - 4 6 - - 21
17 Dale Brede 74 Reynard 97D Holden Hocking Motorsport - - - - - - - 12 - - - - - - - - 12
18 Paul Stephenson 3 Reynard 92 Holden Paul Stephenson 4 6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10
19 Tim Leahey 22 Reynard 94D Holden Murphy Motorsport - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10 10
20 Chris Staff 74 Reynard 97D Holden Hocking Motorsport 8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8
21 Akihiro Asai 74 Reynard 97D Holden Hocking Motorsport - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2 - 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h 2001 Sporting Regulations Retrieved from www.formulaholden.com via replay.waybackmachine.org on 25 March 2011
  2. ^ Records, Titles & Awards, 2002 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 14-4
  3. ^ "Gold Star Winners - 1957 - 2009". formula3.com.au. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  4. ^ a b c Points Allocation Table Retrieved from www.formulaholden.com via replay.waybackmachine.org on 25 March 2011
  5. ^ a b c 2001 Race Results Archive Retrieved from www.natsoft.biz on 25 March 2011

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