Australian Sports Sedan Championship

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Australian Sports Sedan Championship
Category Silhouette racing car
Country Australia
Inaugural season 1976
Drivers 40
Teams 39
Drivers' champion Bruce Banks
Official website National Australian Sports Sedan Association
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The Australian Sports Sedan Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title for drivers of cars complying with Australian Sports Sedan regulations. This class, essentially a silhouette racing car class, caters for cars of essentially free construction but utilising some of the bodywork of a closed, series production vehicle.

The category emerged following the replacement of Appendix J Touring Cars by the more restricted Group C Improved Production Touring Cars at the end of 1964.[1] Promoters of circuits such as Winton and Oran Park then allowed the redundant Appendix J cars to run with Sports Cars under the name Sports Racing Closed.[1] By 1966 cars were competing with extensive modifications, often including engine swaps.[1] By 1971 restrictions were placed on bodywork modifications ensuring that the original silhouette of the car had to be maintained.[2] The term Sports Sedans had been in common usage for the cars [3] and in 1973 CAMS gave the name official recognition [3] when it introduced Group B Sports Sedans as a new racing classification.[4] The category officially became Group 2D Sports Sedans in 1988,[5] and Group 3D Sports Sedans in 2000.[6]

An Australia-wide championship was run each year from 1976 to 1981. It was discontinued for 1982 with the introduction of an Australian GT Championship, although Sports Sedans were invited to compete in this new series, which many did as it was the only national series their cars were eligible for, but the older Sports Sedans were generally un-competitive against the new GT cars such as the Porsche 935. The Sports Sedan category itself was retained for state level racing. The Australian Sports Sedan Championship title was revived in 1991 and was contested annually through to 2003. Each championship was decided over a series of races, with the exception of the 1994 title, which was contested over two races at one meeting at Sandown Raceway in Victoria.

A National Series for Sports Sedans replaced the Australian Sports Sedan Championship for 2004 [7] and has been included in the CAMS Nationals Racing Championships (now known as the Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships) since its inception in 2006.[8]

List of champions[edit]

The Alfa Romeo GTV of Tony Ricciardello at Mallala Motor Sport Park for the opening round of the 2011 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series. Ricciardello has won the Australian Sports Sedan Championship four times and the National Sports Sedan Series three times.

Winners of the Australian Sports Sedan Championship are shown below.

Year Champion Vehicle
1976 Allan Moffat Chevrolet Monza
Ford Capri RS3100
1977 Frank Gardner Chevrolet Corvair
1978 Allan Grice Chevrolet Corvair
1979 Allan Grice Chevrolet Corvair
1980 Tony Edmondson Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Repco Holden
1981 Tony Edmondson Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
Not held
1991 Greg Crick Honda Prelude-Chevrolet
1992 Kerry Baily Toyota Celica Supra-Chevrolet
1993 Kerry Baily Toyota Celica Supra-Chevrolet
1994 Brian Smith Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
1995 Cameron McLean BMW M3
1996 John Briggs Honda Prelude-Chevrolet
1997 Kerry Baily Toyota Celica Supra-Chevrolet
1998 Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
1999 Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
2000 Kerry Baily Nissan 300ZX-Chevrolet
2001 Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
2002 Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
2003 Kerry Baily Nissan 300ZX-Chevrolet

National Sports Sedan Series[edit]

Darren Hossack (Audi A4 Chevrolet) during 2008 season
2010 Series winner James Sera (Saab 9-3) at Mallala Motor Sport Park. This car also won the series in 2006 driven by Dean Randle.
Kerry Baily won the 2012 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series driving an Aston Martin DBRS9

A Sports Sedan series has been run each year since 2004, this being recognised by CAMS as a National Series rather than as an official Australian Championship. Each series has been open to cars built to American Transam or New Zealand TraNZam rules as well as cars complying with CAMS Group 3D Sports Sedan regulations.

Series winners have been :

Series Winner Vehicle
2004 Tranzam Sports Sedan Series Darren Hossack Saab 900-Chevrolet
2005 Tranzam Sports Sedan Series Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
2006 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Dean Randle Saab 9-3-Chevrolet
2007 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
2008 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Darren Hossack Audi A4-Chevrolet
2009 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Des Wall Chevrolet Corvette-Chevrolet
2010 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series James Sera Saab 9-3-Chevrolet
2011 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
2012 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Kerry Baily Aston Martin DBR9-Chevrolet
2013 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Bruce Banks Chevrolet Camaro
Mazda RX-7 turbo
Chevrolet Corvette


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c James Cockington, Evolution of the Sports Sedan, Musclemania magazine, 2012, pages 40 & 41
  2. ^ Mark Oastler, A New Direction, Australian Muscle Car magazine, Issue 25, page 43
  3. ^ a b Stewart Wilson, Holden Racing History, 1988, page 130
  4. ^ Pedr Davis, The Macquarie Dictionary of Motoring, 1986, page 452
  5. ^ 1988 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 5
  6. ^ 2000 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 7 - 1
  7. ^ Sporting Regulations for the 2004 Transzam Sports Sedan Series
  8. ^ Official Programme, CAMS National Racing Championships, Round 5, Mallala, 24–25 June 2006

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