Australian Tourist Trophy

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The Australian Tourist Trophy was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title for sports car drivers.[1] The title was awarded for the first time in 1956 and then annually from 1958 until the introduction by CAMS of an Australian Sports Car Championship for 1969. It was reinstituted in 1975, restricted for the first time to Production Sports Cars and contested over two heats rather than as a single race.[2] In 1976, with the Production Sports Car class now contesting the Australian Sports Car Championship, the Australian Tourist Trophy once again became a contest for purpose built Group A Sports Cars until it was discontinued after the 1979 event.[3]

After almost thirty years, the ATT title was again revived with the award going to the winner of the 2007 Sandown GT Classic.[4] For 2008 it was again bestowed upon the winner of the Sandown GT Classic. Each year from 2009 to 2012 the Trophy was awarded to the driver accumulating the most outright championship points at specified rounds of the annual Australian GT Championship. The title was not awarded in 2013.

Results[edit]

The Matich SR3 of Frank Matich, winner of the 1967 and 1968 ATTs.
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997 of 2010 ATT winner David Wall, pictured at the opening round of the 2010 Australian GT Championship.
The Audi R8 LMS of 2011 ATT winner Mark Eddy, pictured at the opening round of the 2011 Australian GT Championship.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG of 2012 ATT winner Peter Hackett, pictured at the opening round of the 2012 Australian GT Championship.
Year[3] Circuit Winner Car Date
1956 Albert Park Stirling Moss Maserati 300S 25 November[5]
1957 Albert Park Race meeting cancelled[6]
1958 Bathurst David McKay Aston Martin DB3S 5 October[7]
1959 Lowood Ron Phillips Cooper T33 Jaguar 14 June[8]
1960 Longford Derek Jolly Lotus 15 Coventry Climax 7 March[9]
1961 Bathurst Bib Stillwell Cooper Monaco Coventry Climax 2 October[10]
1962 Mallala Bib Stillwell Cooper Monaco Coventry Climax 28 December[11]
1963 Lowood Ian Geoghegan Lotus 23 Ford 9 June[12]
1964 Longford Frank Matich Lotus 19b Coventry Climax 29 February [13]
1965 Lakeside Ian Geoghegan Lotus 23 Ford 14 November [14]
1966 Longford Frank Matich Elfin 400 Traco Oldsmobile 7 March [15]
1967 Surfers Paradise Frank Matich Matich SR3 Oldsmobile 21 May[16]
1968 Mallala Frank Matich Matich SR3 Repco 29 January[17]
1969
-
1974
Not awarded
1975 Calder Peter Warren Bolwell Nagari May[18]
1976 Phillip Island Stuart Kostera Elfin MS7 Repco Holden 21 November[19]
1977 Phillip Island Ian Geoghegan Porsche 935 13 November [20]
1978 Calder Greg Doidge Elfin 360 Repco 3 December[21]
1979 Winton Paul Gibson Rennmax Repco 28 October [22]
1980
-
2006
Not awarded
2007 Sandown Raceway Allan Simonsen
Tim Leahey[23]
Ferrari 430 9 December
2008 Sandown Raceway Nick O’Halloran
Allan Simonsen[23]
Ferrari 430 GT 28-30 November [24]
2009 Phillip Island
& Eastern Creek[3]
David Wall [23] Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S Type 997[3] 16–17 May
& 18–19 July
2010 Eastern Creek
& Phillip Island[25][3]
David Wall [23] Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S Type 997[3] 29–30 May
& 11 July
2011 Eastern Creek
& Phillip Island [26]
Mark Eddy[27] Audi R8 LMS 28–29 May
& 2–4 September
2012 Phillip Island
& Sydney Motorsport Park [28] [29]
Peter Hackett [28] Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 [28] 25 -27 May
& 13–15 July
2013 Not awarded [3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 1962
  2. ^ Australian Competition Yearbook, 1976, pages 86–87
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Australian Titles, docs.cams.com.au via www.webcitation.org Retrieved on 30 August 2014
  4. ^ GT's to race for Australian Tourist Trophy Title at Sandown Retrieved from CAMS website on 15 August 2008.
  5. ^ Wheels magazine, January 1957, pages 60–61
  6. ^ Australian Motor Sport Review 1958–59, page 57
  7. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday, 6 October 1958, page 5
  8. ^ 1959 Australian Tourist Trophy and Lowood Trophy Race, Australian Motor Sports, July 1959, page 272
  9. ^ Longford Races, Australian Motor Sports, March 1969, pages 108–110
  10. ^ David McKay, ’Bib’ Tops in T.T., Modern Motor, December 1961, pages 24–25
  11. ^ Stillwell Wins Top Sports Car Race, The Advertiser, Sat, 29 Dec 1962, Page 19
  12. ^ Total team Lotus 23 wins the Aust. TT, Australian Motor Sports, August 1963, page 29
  13. ^ Record crowd makes Longford car racing capital, The Mercury, Monday, 2 March 1964, page 20
  14. ^ 1965 Australian TT at www.racingsportscars.com Retrieved on 21 May 2014
  15. ^ Record average speed proves Stewart now world’s best, The Mercury, Tuesday, 8 March 1966, page 23
  16. ^ Official Programme, XIth Aust. Tourist Trophy, Surfer’s Paradise International Motor Circuit, Sun, 21 May
  17. ^ Official Souvenir Program, Mallala Australia Day Meeting, Monday, 29 Jan
  18. ^ Australian Competition Yearbook, 1976 Edition, page 176
  19. ^ Racing Car News, January 1977, pages 30–33
  20. ^ John takes driving title No 3, The Age, Monday, November 14 1977, page 29
  21. ^ Racing Car News, January 1979, pages 58–61
  22. ^ Chris de Fraga, A triumph for the Formula 5000s, The Age, Monday, 29 Oct 1979, page 40
  23. ^ a b c d Australian GT Awards & Titles – As archived from www.australiangt.com.au on 7 December 2010
  24. ^ 2008 Race Calendar, www.allansimonsen.com via www.webcitation.org Retrieved on 30 August 2014
  25. ^ Long distance dual for Vodka O Australian GT Championship at Phillip Island & the CAMS Australian Tourist Trophy Retrieved on 20 October 2010. Archived at Webcite on 20 October 2010
  26. ^ Fathers get in Free for Phillip Island for GT Round, www.racecar.com, as archived at www.webcitation.org on 22 September 2014
  27. ^ Fast Eddy Dominates at Phillip Island and takes GT Championship Lead Retrieved on 5 September 2011
  28. ^ a b c Australian Titles, docs.cams.com.au As archived at www.webcitation.org on 16 July 2014
  29. ^ Michelin Wins Again and Smashes Fastest Lap, 23 July 2012, www.jaxquickfit.com.au Retrieved on 29 September 2014

Further reading[edit]

  • Jim Shepherd, A History of Australian Motor Sport, 1980, pages 181–183

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