2003 Australian Drivers' Championship

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2003 Australian Drivers' Championship
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The 2003 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title for drivers of cars conforming to Formula 4000 regulations.[1] 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.[1] It was the 47th Australian Drivers' Championship.[2]

New Zealander Daniel Gaunt won the championship [2] 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)).

Race calendar[edit]

The 2003 Australian Drivers’ Championship was contested over a six round series with two races per round.[1]

Round [1] Circuit [1] State Date [1]
1 Wakefield Park New South Wales 21-23 February
2 Winton Victoria 23-25 May
3 Phillip Island Victoria 4-6 July
4 Winton Victoria 1-3 August
5 Mallala South Australia 29-31 August
6 Eastern Creek New South Wales 28-30 November

Points system[edit]

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.[1]

Results[edit]

          Wakefield Park Winton Phillip Island Winton Mallala Eastern Creek
Position [3] Driver [3] No [4] Car [4] Entrant [4] Race 1 [3] Race 2 [3] Race 1 [3] Race 2 [3] Race 1 [3] Race 2 [3] Race 1 [3] Race 2 [3] Race 1 [3] Race 2 [3] Race 1 [3] Race 2 [3] Total [3]
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 [3] - - - 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Sporting Regulations – 2003 Holden Australian Drivers’ Championship for the CAMS Gold Star Retrieved on 5 May 2012
  2. ^ a b "Gold Star Winners - 1957 - 2009". formula3.com.au. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p 2003 Holden Australian Drivers Championship – Points Allocation, Retrieved from www.f4000.com circa 2004. Website no longer current.
  4. ^ a b c 2003 Race Results Archive at www.natsoft.biz Retrieved on 5 May 2012