2006 Australian Drivers' Championship

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2006 Australian Drivers' Championship
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2006 Australian Drivers’ Champion Ben Clucas at the Mallala round of the championship

The 2006 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title open to Formula 3 cars.[1] The title was contested over an eight round, 16 race series,[2] with the winner awarded the 2006 CAMS Gold Star.[1] The series was organised and administered by Formula 3 Australia Inc. and was officially known as the “2006 Khumo Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship for the Australian Drivers' Championship”.[3] It is recognised by CAMS as the 50th Australian Drivers' Championship[4] and as the 6th Australian Formula 3 Championship.[5]

British driver Ben Clucas dominated the series driving a Team BRM Dallara F304-Spiess Opel.[6] Clucas won eleven of the twelve races he contested, finishing 52 points ahead of Tim Macrow (Dallara F301-Spiess Opel). Michael Trimble finished third in the points standings, driving a Dallara F304-Renault. Macrow was the only driver to defeat Clucas for a race win before the British driver left the series after Round 6 with an unassailable lead in the points. Macrow also won three of the other four races with Trimble winning the first of the two races held at Queensland Raceway.

Calendar[edit]

Tim Macrow placed 2nd in the championship
Michael Trimble placed 3rd in the championship
Chris Gilmour placed 4th in the championship
Leanne Tander placed 5th in the championship

The championship was contested over an eight round series with two races per round.[2]

Rd[2] Circuit[2] State Date[2]
1 Wakefield Park Raceway New South Wales 3–5 March
2 Symmons Plains International Raceway Tasmania 7–9 April
3 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria 19–21 May
4 Mallala Motor Sport Park South Australia 23–25 June
5 Eastern Creek International Raceway New South Wales 7–9 July
6 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria 18–20 August
7 Queensland Raceway, Ipswich Queensland 29–30 September
8 Oran Park Raceway New South Wales 8–9 October

Class structure[edit]

Cars competed in three classes:[3]

  • Formula 3 Championship: Cars constructed in accordance with FIA Formula 3 regulations that applied in the year of manufacture between 1 January 1999 and 31 December 2004[3]
  • Formula 3 National Class: Cars constructed in accordance with FIA Formula 3 regulations that applied in the year of manufacture between 1 January 1999 and 31 December 2001[3]
  • Formula 3 Trophy Class: Cars constructed in accordance with FIA Formula 3 regulations that applied in the year of manufacture between 1 January 1995 and 31 December 1998[3]

The relevant FIA Formula 3 regulations were subject to specific amendments for Australian competition, as outlined in the championship regulations.[3]

Points system[edit]

Points were awarded on a 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the first ten positions in each class in each race.[3] One point was awarded to the driver setting the fastest qualifying time in each class for each race and one point was awarded to the driver setting the fastest race lap in each class in each race, but only if that driver was classified as a finisher in the race.[3]

Championship results[edit]

          Wakefield Pk. Symmons Pl. Phillip Island Mallala Eastern Ck. Phillip Island Qld. Raceway Oran Park Total
Position Driver[7] No.[8] Car[9] Entrant[8] R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 Points[7]
  Championship Class                                        
1 Ben Clucas 4 & 84 Dallara F304 Spiess Gawler Farm Machinery 22 21 22 12 22 21 22 21 22 21 22 21 - - - - 249
2 Tim Macrow 25
60
Dallara F301 Spiess
Dallara F304 Spiess
Tim Macrow Racing
Scud Racing
10 12 10 6 12 12 15 13 12 16 0 1 16 21 20 21 197
3 Michael Trimble 10 Dallara F304 Renault Astuti Motorsport 12 15 12 22 15 16 12 15 15 12 15 10 20 0 - - 191
4 Chris Gilmour 60 & 17 Dallara F304 Spiess Gilmour Racing 3 10 6 10 8 8 8 10 6 8 10 12 8 12 16 15 150
5 Leanne Tander 42 Dallara F304 Spiess Fleetcare TanderSport 6 8 8 8 10 10 10 0 8 6 12 15 - - 11 6 118
6 Chris Alajajian 22 Dallara F304 Renault Jack Hillerman 15 7 15 15 - - - - 10 10 - - - - 0 10 82
7 Stuart Kostera 24 & 29 Dallara F304 Renault PHR Scuderia - - - - - - - - 4 4 8 6 11 16 12 13 74
8 Andy Knight 11 Dallara F304 Renault Astuti Motorsport - - - - - - - - - - 0 8 12 10 - - 30
9 Daniel Pappas 10 Dallara F304 Renault Astuti Motorsport - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8 8 16
10 Stephen Borness 7 Dallara F301 Fiat Adnet Technology 8 4 2 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - 16
11 Maher Algadri 23 Dallara F304 Renault Audi Centre Melbourne - - - - - - - - 3 0 - - - - 6 6 15
12 Jason Vince 3 Dallara F304 Spiess Kings Transport 4 3 4 4 - - - - - - - - - - - - 15
13 Laurent LePage 3 Dallara F304 Spiess Kings Transport - - - - - - 6 8 - - - - - - - - 14
14 Matt Sofi 2 Dallara F301 Fiat Transwest Insurance Brokers - - - - - - - - - - 6 0 6 0 - - 12
15 David Borg 24 Dallara F304 Renault Insight F3 - - 3 3 - - - - - - - - - - - - 6
  National Class                                        
1 Ricky Occhipinti 32 Dallara F301 Spiess Formula Uno Racing 20 16 22 2 21 22 16 20 1 17 22 22 - - - - 201
2 Tim Berryman 33 Dallara F301 Spiess Berryman Racing 17 21 - - - - 12 15 21 20 0 15 - - 22 22 165
3 Chris Barry 6 Dallara F301 Spiess PRB Australia 12 12 - - 15 0 - - 15 12 - - 1 0 15 15 97
4 John Boothman 12 Dallara F301 Fiat John Boothman - - - - - - - - - - 15 12 - - 12 12 51
5 Stuart Kostera 70 Dallara F301 Mugen PHR Scuderia - - - - - - 21 14 - - - - - - - - 35
6 Maher Algadri 70 Dallara F301 Mugen PHR Scuderia - - 15 20 - - - - - - - - - - - - 35
  Trophy Class                                        
1 Graeme Holmes 21 Dallara F398 Toyota Decentralised Demountables - - - - 22 22 22 1 22 22 22 22 - - 22 22 199
2 Lauren Gray 87 Dallara F396 Toyota Softelm Pty Ltd 22 22 12 12 10 8 10 15 12 15 12 12 1 1 15 15 194
3 Bill Maddocks 88 Dallara F396 Toyota Softelm Pty Ltd - - 16 15 12 10 12 20 15 12 15 15 1 0 10 12 165
4 Rod Anderson 37 Dallara F396 Toyota Hack, Anderson & Thomas - - 21 22 15 12 15 13 - - 0 10 - - 12 10 130
5 Ian Haines 68 Dallara F398 Toyota Ian Haines - - - - - - - - - - - - 20 21 - - 41
6 Brian Sampson 78 Dallara F396 Toyota Speco VHT - - - - 0 15 - - - - - - - - - - 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b CAMS Australian Championships, 2006 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 17-2
  2. ^ a b c d e Grant Rowley, Stars and Stripes, The Annual - Australian Motorsport, Number 2/2006, pages 84-90
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Sporting Regulations for the 2006 Australian Formula 3 Championship Retrieved on 15 July 2011
  4. ^ www.camsmanual.com.au > About CAMS > Titles – CAMS Gold Star Retrieved on 15 July 2011
  5. ^ www.camsmanual.com.au > About CAMS > Titles – Australian Titles Retrieved on 15 July 2011
  6. ^ "Gold Star Winners - 1957 - 2009". formula3.com.au. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  7. ^ a b 2006 Championship Standings Retrieved on 15 July 2011
  8. ^ a b Natsoft Race Results Archive 2006 Retrieved on 15 July 2011
  9. ^ 2006 Race Results Retrieved on 15 July 2011