Allan Moffat Racing

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Allan Moffat Racing
Manufacturer Ford
Mazda
Holden
Team Principal Allan Moffat
Race Drivers Allan Moffat, Colin Bond, Gregg Hansford
Chassis Ford Cortina, Ford Falcon, Ford Capri, Chevrolet Monza, Mazda RX-7, Holden VL Commodore. Ford Sierra RS500
Debut 1966
Drivers' Championships 3
1996 position 0

Allan Moffat Racing was an Australian motor racing team owned by multiple-championship winning Canadian-Australian racing driver Allan Moffat. The team was highly successful, winning races on three continents including three Australian Touring Car Championships in 1976, 1977 and 1983, four Bathurst 500/1000s including a memorable 1-2 victory in 1977, and the 1987 Monza 500, which was the inaugural race of the World Touring Car Championship.[1]

History[edit]

Holden VL Commodore campaigned in the 1987 World Touring Car Championship on display at Sandown Raceway in November 2009

Allan Moffat Racing was at various times the official factory team for Ford and Mazda in Australian touring car motor racing as well as racing Holdens and Chevrolets. The team also raced cars in other categories like Sports Sedans. Founded in the mid-1960s to support Moffat's touring car racing efforts, the team was closely align with Ford Australia's in-house racing team until it was wound up in 1973. Moffat's early success with the team included running the Trans-Am Ford Mustang he was given as a gift from Ford's American 'in-house' race car fabrication and engineering facility "Kar Kraft", with the car finished by Bud Moore Engineering. With this car Moffat and his team won an incredible 101 of the 151 events entered.

Following Ford's decision to withdraw from Australian motorsport, in 1981 Allan Moffat Racing became the factory Mazda team racing the RX-7 until 1984. With the arrival of Group A regulations in 1985 the RX-7 became uncompetitive and thus Moffat sat out the season only racing once in a RX-7 at the 24 Hours of Daytona. In 1986, Moffat joined long-time rival Peter Brock's Holden Dealer Team to race a Holden VK Commodore SS Group A in the European Touring Car Championship.

Following an off-season split between Brock and Holden, Moffat left the team and hurriedly reassembled Allan Moffat Racing for the 1987 World Touring Car Championship with a VL Commodore SS Group A purchased covertly from Brock. The team competed in the opening three rounds, winning the opening Monza 500 race, after the leading six BMW M3s were disqualified, before returning for round 5 to finish fourth at the Spa 24 Hour.

Moffat concluded a late deal with British Ford Sierra ace Andy Rouse, to race the latter's Ford Sierra RS500 at the Bathurst 1000 and Calder 500 rounds of the WTCC. At the Wanneroo Park round in 1988, Moffat debuted an Eggenberger Motorsport built RS500 with team principal Ruedi Eggenberger and driver Klaus Niedzwiedz often joining the team for the Bathurst 1000 over the next few years. Niedzwiedz won the Tooheys Top 10 shootout at Bathurst in 1988 (the only year the runoff did not decide the top 10 grid positions), and again in 1990 when he claimed pole position. Niedzwiedz and fellow German Frank Biela finished second for Moffat in the 1989 Tooheys 1000 at Bathurst.

The teams' (and indeed Moffat's own) final race win was in the Fuji 500 in Japan in 1989. The Sierra, again with Eggenberger in charge of the preparation and with Niedzwiedz and Moffat driving, wore the number 39 designating the year of Moffat's birth (1939) and that he intended to retire from race driving after the race (Allan Moffat had made a promise to his wife Pauline that he would retire once he turned 50. The Fuji race was held just a few days after his 50th birthday). The team's final appearance in the Australian Touring Car Championship was in 1990 with Gregg Hansford driving a Sierra. From then on, the team's appearances were restricted to the Bathurst 1000, with two RS500s until 1992, and until its final appearance in 1996, a sole Ford EB Falcon V8.

Championship results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
1965 Australian Touring Car Championship 4th Ford Cortina Lotus Allan Moffat Racing
1970 Australian Touring Car Championship 6th Ford Mustang Boss 302 Team Coca-Cola A.M.R.
1971 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Ford Mustang Boss 302 Team Coca-Cola A.M.R.
1972 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd Ford Mustang Boss 302 Allan Moffat Racing
1973 Toby Lee Series 5th Ford Mustang Boss 302 Allan Moffat Racing
1974 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd Ford XB Falcon GT Moffat Ford Dealers
1974 Toby Lee Series 10th Ford Mustang Boss 302 Allan Moffat Racing
1975 Australian Touring Car Championship 22nd Ford XB Falcon GT Allan Moffat Racing
1976 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Ford XB Falcon GT Moffat Ford Dealers
1976 Australian Sports Sedan Championship 1st Ford Capri RS3100
Chevrolet Monza
Allan Moffat Racing
1977 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Ford XB Falcon GT
Ford XC Falcon GS500
Moffat Ford Dealers
1978 Australian Touring Car Championship 4th Ford XC Falcon GS500 Moffat Ford Dealers
1979 Australian Touring Car Championship 27th Ford XC Falcon Cobra Allan Moffat Racing
1982 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd Mazda RX-7 Peter Stuyvesant International Racing [2]
1982 Australian Endurance Championship 1st Mazda RX-7 Peter Stuyvesant International Racing [3]
1983 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Mazda RX-7 Peter Stuyvesant International Racing [4]
1983 Australian Endurance Championship 4th Mazda RX-7 Peter Stuyvesant International [5]
1984 Australian Touring Car Championship 9th Mazda RX-7 Peter Stuyvesant International Racing
1984 Australian Endurance Championship 1st Mazda RX-7 Peter Stuyvesant International Racing [6]
1987 World Touring Car Championship NC Holden VL Commodore SS Group A
Ford Sierra RS500
Allan Moffat Racing
1988 Australian Touring Car Championship 9th Ford Sierra RS500 Allan Moffat Enterprises
1989 Australian Touring Car Championship 11th Ford Sierra RS500 Allan Moffat Enterprises

Bathurst 1000 Win[edit]

Year Class No Drivers Chassis Laps
Engine
1977 3001cc - 6000cc 1 Canada Allan Moffat
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop 163
Ford 351 5.8 L V8

Sandown Endurance Wins[edit]

Year Class No Drivers Chassis Laps
Engine
1974 D 33 Canada Allan Moffat Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 130
Ford 351 5.8 L V8
1982 D 43 Canada Allan Moffat Mazda RX-7 109
Mazda 12A Rotary
1983 Over 3000cc 43 Canada Allan Moffat Mazda RX-7 129
Mazda 13B Rotary
1988 D 9 Canada Allan Moffat
Australia Gregg Hansford
Ford Sierra RS500 129
Ford Cosworth YBD 2.0 L I4 turbo

Endurance Wins[edit]

Other touring car endurance race wins by Allan Moffat Racing include:

Although not a win for AMR, Allan Moffat also drove to outright victory for the BMW Motorsport team in the 1975 12 Hours of Sebring driving a BMW 3.0 CSL alongside Hans-Joachim Stuck and Brian Redman.

Moffat and John Harvey also drove their Holden VL Commodore SS Group A to 4th outright and first in Div.3 at the 1987 Spa 24 Hours.

Drivers[edit]

Other than Moffat himself, those who drove for Allan Moffat Racing over the years are as follows (in order of appearance):

References[edit]

  1. ^ For the record Allan Moffat
  2. ^ Official Programme, Sandown, 11–14 February 1982, page 8
  3. ^ James Hardie 1000 Bathurst 1982 Retrieved on 6 August 2011
  4. ^ Official Programme, Adelaide International Raceway, Sunday, 1 May 1983, page 31
  5. ^ Official Programme, Mount Panorama Bathurst, Sunday, 2 October 1983, page 65
  6. ^ Official Programme, Mount Panorama Bathurst, Sunday, 30 September 1984, page 65