Australian Endurance Championship

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Australian Endurance Championship
Category Touring car racing
Production car racing
Country Australia
Inaugural season 1981
Drivers' champion Stuart Kostera
Ian Tulloch
Makes' champion Mitsubishi
Official website www.amchamp.com.au
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The Australian Endurance Championship is an Australian motor racing title which has been awarded by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport in numerous years since 1981.

The title was first contested as a championship for car manufacturers. Replacing the Australian Championship of Makes, which had been held from 1976 to 1980, it was decided over a series of endurance races for cars complying with CAMS Group C Touring Car regulations.

In the years from 1982 to 1984, the winner of the Australian Endurance Championship was the most successful driver rather than the manufacturer. The Australian Endurance Championship of Makes, run concurrently with the drivers’ title, was the new name for the manufacturers’ award.

For 1985 the manufacturers’ title was again renamed, now becoming the Australian Manufacturers' Championship. The dual Australian Endurance Championship / Australian Manufacturers' Championship titles were contested in both 1985 and 1986 over a series of endurance races for cars complying with Australian Touring Car regulations, which were based on International Group A.

No Australian Endurance Championship was awarded in the years from 1987 to 1989, however the Australian Manufacturers' Championship continued, now contested over the same series of sprint races as the Australian Touring Car Championship.

In 1990 CAMS re-instated the Australian Endurance Championship, once again as a drivers’ championship, run over a series of endurance races for Group 3A Touring Cars. The Australian Manufacturers' Championship title was moved back to this series in the same year, however this format was only utilised for two years and the titles were not contested in 1992.

The CAMS Australian Endurance Championship title was revived again in 2011 and was contested within the Australian Manufacturers' Championship in 2011 [1] and 2012.[2] The title was not awarded in 2012. It will be awarded again in 2014 in conjunction with the Australian Manufacturers' Championship.[3]

Results[edit]

The following table lists the winners of the Australian Endurance Championship as awarded by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.

Year [4] Champion Car
1981 Toyota (Australia) Toyota Celica
1982 Allan Moffat Mazda RX-7
1983 Peter McLeod Mazda RX-7
1984 Allan Moffat Mazda RX-7
1985 Jim Richards BMW 635CSi
1986 Jim Richards BMW 635CSi
1987-1989 Not Contested
1990 Glenn Seton Ford Sierra RS500
1991 Mark Gibbs
Rohan Onslow
Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R
1992-2010 Not Contested
2011 Stuart Kostera
Ian Tulloch
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
2012 Stuart Kostera
Ian Tulloch
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
2013 Not awarded

Australian Production Car Endurance Championship[edit]

CAMS also awarded an Australian Production Car Endurance Championship in 2011 and 2012.[4] It was contested with the Australian Manufacturers' Championship in both years.[1] [2]

Results[edit]

The following table lists the winners of the Australian Production Car Endurance Championship as awarded by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.

Year [4] Champion Car
2011 Stuart Kostera
Ian Tulloch
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
2012 Stuart Kostera
Ian Tulloch
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

AASA Australian Endurance Championship[edit]

An Australian Endurance Championship title was also awarded by the Australian Autosport Alliance (AASA) for the highest point-scorer in the Wakefield 300 and Winton 300 endurance events.[citation needed]

In 2014, the AASA Australian Endurance Championship expanded to three events with the Willowbank 300 at Queensland Raceway joining the Wakefield and Winton races.[citation needed]

Results[edit]

Results of the AASA title are given below.[citation needed]

Year Champion Car
2011 David Raddatz
Shane Otten
Mazda MX5
2012 Jake Shelley Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII
2013 Jake Shelley Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Australian Motor Racing Yearbooks, 1981/82 to 1991/92
  • CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 1981 to 1991

External links[edit]