Formula Pacific

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Formula Pacific was a motor racing category which was used in the Pacific Basin area from 1977 to 1982. It specified a single-seat, open-wheeler chassis powered by a production-based four-cylinder engine of under 1600cc capacity.[1] The formula was based on Formula Atlantic, with provision made for the use of Japanese engines.[2] The category was superseded in 1983 by Formula Mondial, which was devised by the FIA to replace both Formula Atlantic and Formula Pacific.

New Zealand[edit]

New Zealand staged the first ever races for Formula Pacific cars in January 1977 [2] having abandoned Formula 5000 and moved to the new formula in that year.[3] The category continued there until Formula Mondial was introduced in 1983.[4]

Australia[edit]

Main article: Australian Formula 1

Formula Pacific was adopted as part of Australian Formula 1 alongside the 5-litre Formula 5000 class in 1979 and it became the sole component of Australian Formula 1 in 1982. Formula Mondial was adopted as the new Australian Formula 1 in 1983 however cars complying with Formula Pacific would continue to compete alongside the new cars until the end of that year.[5]

Japan[edit]

The Japan Automobile Federation ran a Formula Pacific championship from 1978 to 1982.[6]

Macau[edit]

The Macau Grand Prix used Formula Pacific regulations from 1977 [7] until Formula 3 rules were adopted for the 1983 event.[8]

List of Formula Pacific Champions[edit]

Southeast Asian Series
Year Driver Car
1976 New Zealand Graeme Lawrence March-Ford
1977 New Zealand Steve Millen Chevron-Ford
New Zealand International Series
1977 Finland Keke Rosberg Chevron-Ford
1978 Finland Keke Rosberg Chevron-Ford
1979 Italy Teo Fabi March-Ford
1980 New Zealand Dave McMillan Ralt-Ford
1981 New Zealand David Oxton Ralt-Ford
1982 Brazil Roberto Moreno Ralt-Ford
1983 Canada Allen Berg Ralt-Ford
1984 New Zealand Ken Smith Ralt-Ford
1985 United States Ross Cheever Ralt-Ford
1986 United States Jeff MacPherson Ralt-Ford
1987 New Zealand Mike Thackwell Ralt-Ford
1988 New Zealand Paul Radisich Ralt-Ford
1989 United States Dean Hall Ralt-Ford
1990 New Zealand Ken Smith Swift-Ford
1991 New Zealand Craig Baird Swift-Toyota
1992 New Zealand Craig Baird Reynard-Toyota
1993 New Zealand Craig Baird Reynard-Toyota
New Zealand Gold Star
1977 New Zealand Dave McMillan Ralt-Ford
1978 New Zealand Ross Stone Cuda-Ford
1979 New Zealand Dave McMillan Ralt-Ford
1980 New Zealand Dave McMillan Ralt-Ford
1981 New Zealand David Oxton Ralt-Ford
1982 New Zealand David Oxton Ralt-Ford
1983 not held
1984 New Zealand Ken Smith Ralt-Ford
1985 New Zealand Ken Smith Ralt-Ford
1986 not held
1987 New Zealand Ken Smith Ralt-Ford
1988 New Zealand Paul Radisich Ralt-Ford
1989 United States Dean Hall Ralt-Ford
1990 New Zealand Ken Smith Swift-Ford
1991 New Zealand Craig Baird Swift-Toyota
1992 New Zealand Craig Baird Reynard-Toyota
1993 New Zealand Craig Baird Reynard-Toyota
All-Japan Championship
1978 Japan Masahiro Hasemi Chevron-Nissan
1979 Japan Takao Wada March-Nissan
1980 Japan Masahiro Hasemi Chevron-Nissan
1981 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino March-Nissan
1982 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino Ralt-Nissan
South Pacific Championship
1981 New Zealand David Oxton Ralt-Ford
1982 Brazil Roberto Moreno Ralt-Ford
National Panasonic Series [9]
1981 [9] Australia Bruce Allison [9] Ralt-Ford
Australian Drivers' Championship (Gold Star)
1982 Australia Alfredo Costanzo Tiga-Ford
1983 + Australia Alfredo Costanzo Tiga-Ford
1984 + Australia John Bowe Ralt-Ford
1985 + Australia John Bowe Ralt-Ford
1986 + Australia Graham Watson Ralt-Ford
FISA Formula Mondial World Cup
1983 Australia Charlie O'Brien Ralt-Ford
Indian Formula Pacific Series
1984 United Kingdom Jim Crawford Chevron-Ford
1985 United Kingdom Jim Crawford Chevron-Ford
1986 India Vicky Chandhok Chevron-Ford

+ : From 1983 to 1986 the Australian Drivers' Championship was contested by cars complying with Formula Mondial regulatons.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Survival of the Swiftest, 1980 Australian Grand Prix Program, page 23
  2. ^ a b Graham Howard, A backward look at Formula Pacific, 1982 Australian Grand Prix Program, page 51
  3. ^ New Zealand Formula Pacific series races Retrieved on 23 January 2010
  4. ^ Formula Mondial - Southern Pacific Zone, Australian Motor Racing Year 1983/94, pages 232-233
  5. ^ CAMS Manual of Motor Sport 1983, page 273
  6. ^ JAF Formula Pacific Series Races Retrieved on 23 January 2010
  7. ^ Grand Prix Macau > MGP Archive > Chronology > Decades of History - The 70s Retrieved on 23 January 2010
  8. ^ Grand Prix Macau > MGP Archive > Chronology > Decades of History - The 80s Retrieved on 23 January 2010
  9. ^ a b c The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday, 24 August 1981, page 21