Bill Pitt (racing driver)

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Bill Pitt
Nationality Australia Australian
Born Brisbane, Qld., Australia [1]
Retired 1963
Australian Touring Car Championship
Years active 1960-62
Wins 1
Best champ.
finish
1st in 1961 Australian Touring Car Championship
Championship titles
1961 Australian Touring Car Champ.

William (Bill) Pitt is a former Australian racing driver and motor racing official.

For most of his racing career Pitt was associated with Jaguars, competing with XK120 and D-Type sports cars, a Mark VIII rally car and a Mark 1 touring car with the assistance of Queensland's Jaguar agents Cyril and Geordie Anderson of Westco Motors.[1]

Pitt first became involved in racing as an official at the 1948 Australian Grand Prix,[1] but gradually moved into competing himself. By the mid 1950s he was a front running sports car driver. Pitt co-drove a Jaguar XK120 to a four lap victory in what for 48 years was Australia's only 24 hour motor race, the 1954 Mount Druitt 24 Hours Road Race, driving with Geordie Anderson and Charles Swinburne.[2]

In 1956 Anderson purchased a Jaguar D-Type in which Pitt placed fourth behind two factory-entered Maseratis and a Ferrari in the Australian Tourist Trophy at Albert Park in November of that year.[3] The car was badly damaged the following weekend, but was rebuilt [3] and, with Pitt driving, became the dominant feature of Australian sports car racing. Frequently, because of his domination of sports car racing, Pitt raced the D-Type against Grand Prix type machinery in search of competition, finishing third in the 1957 Queensland Road Racing Championship, a race which counted towards the 1957 Australian Drivers' Championship.[4]

The D-Type was sold in 1959 and Pitt and Anderson next invested in a Jaguar Mark 1 Saloon to race in the growing touring car category. After finishing second behind David McKay in the 1960 Australian Touring Car Championship, Pitt became the first Queenslander to win the title, achieving the victory at his home circuit, Lowood, in 1961.[5]

Pitt retired from racing in 1963 but continued in his role as a Queensland representative of the National Control Council of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport until 1964.[2]

Career results[edit]

Year Title Position Car
1956 [3] Australian Tourist Trophy [3] 4th [3] Jaguar D-Type [3]
1957 Australian Drivers' Championship 12th Jaguar D-Type
1959 Australian Tourist Trophy 2nd Jaguar D-Type
1960 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Jaguar 3.4 Litre
1961 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Jaguar 3.4 Litre
1962 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Jaguar 3.4 Litre
1962 Australian GT Championship 3rd Jaguar 3.4 Litre

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hughes, Les (July 1987). "William (Bill) Pitt: Patron, Jaguar Drivers Club of Queensland". Jaguar Drivers Club of Queensland. Archived from the original on 5 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  2. ^ a b Graham Howard; Stewart Wilson (1986). Australian Touring Car Championship 25 fabulous years. R&T Publishing. ISBN 0-9590378-2-9. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f John Blanden, Historic Racing Cars in Australia, page 178
  4. ^ 1957 Gold Star race results, dandsshaw/images Retrieved via web.archive.org on 11 September 2013
  5. ^ Graham Howard & Stewart Wilson, The Australian Touring Car Championship, 30 Fabulous Years, 1990, pages 26-32
Sporting positions
Preceded by
David McKay
Winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship
1961
Succeeded by
Bob Jane