Bob Holden (racing driver)

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Bob Holden
Nationality Australian
Born (1932-12-01) 1 December 1932 (age 81)
Notting Hill, Victoria
Australian Super Touring Championship
Years active 1993-98
Teams Bob Holden Motors
Starts 34
Best finish 7th in 1993 Australian 2.0 Litre Touring Car Championship
Previous series
1961-86
1963
Australian Touring Car Champ.
Australian Drivers' Champ.
Championship titles
1966 Bathurst 1000

Robin John Holden (born 1 December 1932 in Notting Hill, Victoria[1]) is an Australian racing driver. Holden raced small-engined touring cars throughout his career, racing Peugeots in the early 1960s, establishing a reputation for himself which saw him become a regular part of BMC Australias racing program for Minis which culminated with a victory in the 1966 Bathurst 500 co-driving with Rauno Aaltonen.[2] Into the 1970s Holden moved on to race Ford Escorts in various guises,[3] moving into Toyota Corollas in the 1980s, winning the 1.6 litre class at the Bathurst round of the 1987 World Touring Car Championship.[4][5][6] In the mid-1990s Holden moved into BMW M3s[7] and later a BMW 318i Super Touring car in which he raced his final Bathurst in 1998, at the time setting the record for most Bathurst appearances.[1]

Holden has continued his involvement in racing through the historic racing scene,[8] and has restored two of his Group C specification Ford Escorts to race in historic touring car racing, although one was recently badly damaged at Oran Park. Holden is also involved in charity work, helping disadvantaged youth acquire trade skills to help establish themselves in society.

Career results[edit]

Season Title Position Car Team
1961 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th Holden FJ
1962 Australian Touring Car Championship 7th Peugeot 403
1963 Australian Drivers' Championship 12th Lynx-Peugeot Killara Motor Garage
1966 Australian Tourist Trophy 1st (1100cc Class) Lolita
1966 Australian Touring Car Championship 8th Morris Cooper S BMC Australia Pty Ltd
1972 Australian Touring Car Championship 4th Ford Escort Twin Cam Dr Allan Hogan
1973 Australian Formula 2 Championship 12th Brabham BT36 Ford
1973 Australian Touring Car Championship 4th Ford Escort Twin Cam
1974 Australian Touring Car Championship 4th Ford Escort Twin Cam Brian Byrt Ford
1975 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd Ford Escort RS2000 Bob Holden Shell Racing
1976 Australian Touring Car Championship 16th Ford Escort RS2000 Bob Holden Motors
1976 Sun-7 Rothmans 3 Litre Touring Car Series 3rd Ford Escort Twin Cam
Ford Escort RS2000
1982 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Ford Escort RS2000 Bob Holden Motors
1982 Australian Endurance Championship 2nd Ford Escort RS2000 Bob Holden Motors
1983 Australian Touring Car Championship 20th Ford Escort RS2000 Bob Holden Motors
1985 Australian Touring Car Championship 10th Toyota Sprinter Bob Holden Motors
1986 Australian 2.0 Litre Touring Car Championship 3rd Toyota Sprinter Bob Holden Motors
1986 Australian Touring Car Championship 19th Toyota Sprinter Bob Holden Motors
1987 Australian 2.0 Litre Touring Car Championship 6th Toyota Sprinter Bob Holden Motors
1993 Australian 2.0 Litre Touring Car Championship 7th Toyota Sprinter Bob Holden Motors
1993 Australian Touring Car Championship 20th Toyota Sprinter Bob Holden Motors
1994 Australian Manufacturers' Championship 10th Toyota Sprinter Bob Holden Motors
1995 Australian Super Touring Championship 20th BMW M3 Bob Holden Motors
1996 Australian Super Touring Championship 18th BMW M3 Bob Holden Motors
1998 Australian Super Touring Championship 20th BMW 318i Bob Holden Motors
2010 Australian Production Car Championship 12th Toyota Yaris Bezcorp Security

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1987 Bob Holden Motors Toyota Sprinter AE86 MNZ JAR DIJ NUR SPA
BNO SIL BAT
23
CLD
WEL
FJI NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bob Holden career Statistics". Driver database. Retrieved 28 Jan 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bathurst Winners". Retrieved 28 Jan 2010. 
  3. ^ "Holden Ready to Race Again". Sydney Morning Herald. 9 Jan 1972. p. 45. 
  4. ^ "Bathurst 1000 Kilometres 1987". Retrieved 28 Jan 2010. 
  5. ^ Frank de Jong (4 October 1987). "James Hardie 1000 Bathurst 1987". History of the European Touring Car Championship & Other International Touring Car Races. Retrieved 28 Jan 2010. 
  6. ^ Tuckey, Bill, ed. (1987/88). The Great Race (Hornsby: The Berghouse Floyd Tuckey Publishing Group) 7. ISSN 1031-6124. 
  7. ^ "Australian Super Touring Championship". 30 Oct 1996. 
  8. ^ "2006 Festival of Speed on Tweed report". 1 March 2009. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Barry Seton
Midge Bosworth
Winner of the Bathurst 500
1966
(with Rauno Aaltonen)
Succeeded by
Harry Firth
Fred Gibson