1958 Australian Grand Prix

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1958 Australian Grand Prix
Race 7 of 9 in 1958 Australian Drivers' Championship
Mount Panorama street racing circuit in Australia.svg
Race details
Date 6 October 1958
Location Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst, New South Wales
Course Temporary road circuit
Course length 6.12 km (3.84 mi)
Distance 30 laps, 183.6 km (115.1 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver
  • Australia Ted Gray
Tornado-Chevrolet
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Ted Gray Tornado-Chevrolet
Time 2:45.4 [1] [2]
Podium
First Ferrari
Second
  • Australia Ern Seeliger
Maybach-Chevrolet
Third
  • Australia Tom Hawkes
Cooper-Holden
Lex Davison won the race driving a Ferrari similar to that pictured above
The WM Special was driven to 10th place in the 1958 Australian Grand Prix by its builder, Jack Myer

The 1958 Australian Grand Prix was a motor race for Formula Libre racing cars,[3] held at the Mount Panorama Circuit, near Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia on 6 October 1958. The race had 26 starters. It was the first Australian Grand Prix to specifically exclude sports cars from the entry.[4]

The race was the twenty third Australian Grand Prix and the seventh race of the 1958 Australian Drivers' Championship.

Lex Davison won his third AGP, equalling the record held jointly by Bill Thompson and Doug Whiteford.

Classification[edit]

Results as follows.[5][6]

Pos No. Driver Car Entrant Laps Time Pts
1 12 Australia Lex Davison Ferrari 625 / Ferrari 3.0L Ecurie Australie 30 1h 25m 18s 8
2 1 Australia Ern Seeliger Maybach III / Chevrolet 4.6L Stan Jones Motors Pty Ltd 30 1h 27m 20s 5
3 46 Australia Tom Hawkes Cooper T23 / Holden 2.3L Ecurie Corio 30 1h 27m 26s 3
4 5 New Zealand Merv Neil Cooper T45 / Climax 1.7L M Neil 29 #
5 9 Australia Curley Brydon Ferrari 125 F1 / Chevrolet 4.7L AH Brydon 28 1
6 33 Australia Len Lukey Lukey / Bristol 2.2L Lukey Mufflers Pty Ltd 28
7 10 Australia Alec Mildren Cooper T43 / Climax FPE 2.0L AG Mildren Pty Ltd 28
8 19 Australia Ray Walmsley Alfa Romeo Tipo B / Chevrolet 4.7L R Wamsley 28
9 22 New Zealand Tom Clark Ferrari 555 Super Squalo / Ferrari 3.4L T Clark 28
10 3 Australia Jack Myers WM Special / Holden 2.4L J Myers 27
11 56 Australia Bill Reynolds Orlando MG / MG 1.5L R Orlando 22
12 32 Australia Keith Moy MG NE / Holden 2.4L K Moy 19
13 11 Australia Gordon Stewart MG Special / MG 1.5L G Stewart 18
Ret 4 Australia Stan Jones Maserati 250F / Maserati 2.5L Stan Jones Motors Pty Ltd 26
Ret 21 Australia Syd Negus Cooper T20 / Bristol 2.0L S Negus 24
Ret 39 Australia Ted Gray Tornado II / Chevrolet 4.6L Lou Abrahams 24
Ret 25 Australia Ray Gibbs Cooper T23 / Holden 2.4L R Gibbs 18
Ret 20 Australia Alf Harvey Maserati 4CLT / O.S.C.A. 4.5L A Harvey 16
Ret 41 Australia Frank Walters So Cal Special / Ford 4.4L F Walters 10
Ret 62 Australia John Schroder Nota Consul / Ford 1.5L J Schroder 10
Ret 45 Australia Alan Ferguson MG TC / Holden 2.4L A Ferguson 8
Ret 15 Australia Barry Collerson MG TA / MG 1.5L B Collerson 6
Ret 48 Australia Bill Cooke Peugeot Special / Peugeot 1.5L W Cooke 6
Ret 58 Australia Ern Tadgell Sabakat (Lotus 12) / Climax FPE 1.5L Tadgell Aviation 4
Ret 14 Australia Jack Robinson Jaguar Special / Jaguar 3.4L J Robinson 2
DSQ 44 Australia Jack Neal Maserati 4C / Maserati 1.5L J Neal 18
DNS 59 Australia Bill Patterson Cooper T43 / Climax 1.7L Bill Patterson Motors Pty Ltd
DNS 71 Australia Noel Hall Ralt Mk.4 / Vincent 1.0L O Hall

'# New Zealander Merv Neal was not eligible to score points in the Australian Drivers Championship

1958 Australian Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

The top five standings in the 1958 Australian Drivers' Championship after the Australian Grand Prix were:

Pos Driver Points
1 Australia Stan Jones 23
2 Australia Len Lukey 20
3 Australia Alec Mildren 18
4 Australia Ted Gray 13
5 Australia Lex Davison 8

Notes & references[edit]

  1. ^ John Medley, Bathurst - Cradle of Australian Motor Racing, page 230
  2. ^ The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix page 246 gives the fastest lap as 2:25.5 and Bathurst - Cradle of Australian Motor Racing, page 230 quotes 2:45.4. The race report in Australian Motor Sports Review 1958-59 page 45 does not mention the fastest lap. The Official Programme, Bathurst 100, 30th March 1959 credits the Mt. Panorama lap record as 2:44.4 for Stan Jones (Maserati), which discredits the 2:25.5 claim.
  3. ^ Peter Wherret, Motor Sport, The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday, July 21, 1958, page 9
  4. ^ Howard, Graham (1986). "1958". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. p. 238. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5.
  5. ^ Howard, Graham (1986). "1958". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 236–246. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5.
  6. ^ "The CAMS Gold Star - 1958, as archived at web.archive.org". Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
Preceded by
1958 Lowood Trophy
Australian Drivers' Championship
1958 season
Succeeded by
1958 Melbourne Grand Prix
Preceded by
1957 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
1958
Succeeded by
1959 Australian Grand Prix