2003 Australian Drivers' Championship
|2003 Australian Drivers' Championship|
The 2003 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title for drivers of cars conforming to Formula 4000 regulations. The title was contested over a six round, twelve race series which was promoted as the 2003 Holden Australian Drivers’ Championship for the CAMS Gold Star. It was the 47th Australian Drivers' Championship.
New Zealander Daniel Gaunt won the championship  driving three different Reynards for two different teams over the course of the season. Gaunt only won two of the twelve races but had a commitment to the series and a race finishing consistency his rivals lacked and finished eight points ahead of fellow New Zealander Jonny Reid (Reynard 96D Holden) who had five wins. Tied with Reid on points but losing second position on a count back was Paul Trengove (Reynard 95D Holden).
Apart from the seven wins claimed by Gaunt and Reid, three wins were taken by another New Zealander, Nelson Hartley (Reynard 94D & Reynard 97D), and two wins by Ricky Occhipinti (Reynard 98D Holden & Reynard 98D)).
The 2003 Australian Drivers’ Championship was contested over a six round series with two races per round.
|Round ||Circuit ||State||Date |
|1||Wakefield Park||New South Wales||21-23 February|
|3||Phillip Island||Victoria||4-6 July|
|5||Mallala||South Australia||29-31 August|
|6||Eastern Creek||New South Wales||28-30 November|
Championship points were awarded on a 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the first ten positions in each race.
|Wakefield Park||Winton||Phillip Island||Winton||Mallala||Eastern Creek|
|Position ||Driver ||No ||Car ||Entrant ||Race 1 ||Race 2 ||Race 1 ||Race 2 ||Race 1 ||Race 2 ||Race 1 ||Race 2 ||Race 1 ||Race 2 ||Race 1 ||Race 2 ||Total |
|1||Daniel Gaunt||69 & 12||Reynard 92D, 96D & 94D Holden||Pure Power Racing & Ralt Australia||8||8||6||10||8||15||15||-||20||20||15||15||140|
|2||Jonny Reid||12||Reynard 96D Holden||Ralt Australia||12||20||-||-||10||-||20||20||10||-||20||20||132|
|2||Paul Trengove||34||Reynard 95D Holden||CPA Australia||-||-||15||15||12||12||12||15||12||15||12||12||132|
|4||Ricky Occhipinti||32||Reynard 97D & 98D Holden||Formula Uno Racing||20||12||20||8||-||-||10||12||15||12||8||8||125|
|5||Nelson Hartley||11 & 75||Reynard 94D & 97D Holden||Ralt Australia & Hocking Motorsport||15||15||8||20||20||20||-||-||-||-||-||6||104|
|6||Ian Peters||24||Reynard 91D Holden||EDS||10||6||4||6||-||6||6||8||3||8||10||4||71|
|7||Terry Clearihan||27||Reynard 92D Holden||National Neon Signs Canberra||6||-||10||-||15||10||-||6||-||10||6||-||63|
|8||Rohan Carrig||49||Reynard 92D Holden||Arlec / CRD Motorsport||-||4||-||4||6||8||-||-||6||6||3||2||39|
|9||Mikel Miller||75||Reynard 97D Holden||Hocking Motorsport||-||10||12||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||22|
|10||Darren Hossack||74||Reynard Holden||Hocking Motorsport||-||-||-||-||-||-||8||10||-||-||-||-||18|
|11||Michael Caruso||11||Reynard Holden||Ralt Australia ||-||-||-||12||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||12|
|12||Michael Joannou||17||Reynard 96D Holden||Mantis Racing||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||4||-||4||3||11|
|13||Peter Hill||4||Reynard 94D Holden||Greg Murphy Racing||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||10||10|
|14||Mark Ellis||17||Reynard Holden||Mantis Racing||-||-||-||-||-||-||3||4||-||-||-||-||7|
|15||Ken Smith||11||Reynard 97D Holden||Ralt Australia||-||-||-||-||-||-||4||-||-||-||-||-||4|
- Sporting Regulations – 2003 Holden Australian Drivers’ Championship for the CAMS Gold Star Retrieved on 5 May 2012
- "Gold Star Winners - 1957 - 2009". formula3.com.au. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
- 2003 Holden Australian Drivers Championship – Points Allocation, Retrieved from www.f4000.com circa 2004. Website no longer current.
- 2003 Race Results Archive at www.natsoft.biz Retrieved on 5 May 2012