1960 Australian Drivers' Championship

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1960 Australian Drivers' Championship
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The 1960 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title for drivers [1] of Formula Libre cars.[2] The title was contested over a seven race series with the winner awarded the 1960 CAMS Gold Star.[3] It was the 4th Australian Drivers' Championship.[1]

The series was won by Alec Mildren [4] of the Australian Capital Territory,[1] driving his Maserati powered Cooper T51.[5] Mildren won four of the seven races, including the 1960 Australian Grand Prix at Lowood and placed second at Longford to finish 14 points ahead of Bib Stillwell (Cooper T51-Climax). Stillwell and third placed driver Bill Patterson (Cooper T51-Climax) each won one race, at Port Wakefield and Phillip Island respectively, as did Jack Brabham, who won at Longford in his Cooper T51-Climax.

Race calendar[edit]

The championship was dominated by various examples of the Cooper T51. The image above is from 2007

The championship was contested over a seven race series.[6]

Race [6] Circuit [6] State [6] Date [6]
Longford Trophy Race Longford Tasmania 5 March
Bathurst 100 Bathurst New South Wales 18 April
Australian Grand Prix Lowood Queensland 12 June
Queensland Road Racing Championships Lowood Queensland 4 September
Advertiser Trophy Race Mallala South Australia 10 October
Western Australian Road Racing Championships Caversham Western Australia 5 November
Phillip Island Trophy Race Phillip Island Victoria 11 December

Points system[edit]

Championship points were awarded on a 12-7-5-3-2-1 basis for the first six places at each race, with only Australian license holders eligible.[7] The championship was decided using the results of the Australian Grand Prix and the best five of the other six races.[7]

Points table[edit]

Pos.[8] Driver [3] [5] Car [5] Entrant [5] Longford [3] Bathurst [3] Lowood [3] Lowood [3] Pt Wakfld [3] Cavrshm [3] Phil. Is [3] Total [3]
1 Alec Mildren Cooper T51 Maserati AG Mildren Pty Ltd 7 12 12 12 - 12 - 55
2 Bib Stillwell Cooper T51 Climax BS Stillwell 5 - 5 7 12 7 5 41
3 Bill Patterson Cooper T51 Climax Bill Patterson Motors P/L - 5 - 3 - - 12 20
4 Jack Brabham Cooper T51 Climax Ecurie Vitesse 12 - - - - - - 12
Lex Davison Aston Martin DBR4/300 Ecurie Australie - - 7 5 - - - 12
Arnold Glass Maserati 250F Capitol Motors Pty Ltd 3 7 1 1 - - - 12
7 Jon Leighton Cooper T45 Climax
Nota-Ford
Scuderia Birchwood 2 - 3 2 2 - 2 11
8 Austin Miller Cooper T51 Climax A Miller - 1 - - - - 7 8
9 John Youl Cooper T51 Climax J Youl - - - - 7 - - 7
10 Noel Hall Cooper T51 Climax O Hall - 3 2 - - - - 5
Derek Jolly Lotus XV Climax DE Jolly - - - - - 5 - 5
Keith Rilstone Zephyr Special-Ford K Rilstone - - - - 5 - - 5
13 Murray Trenberth Alta Holden M Trenberth - - - - 3 - - 3
Doug Whiteford Cooper T51 Climax B S Stillwell - - - - - - 3 3
John Roxburgh Cooper T45 Climax JB Roxburgh - 2 - - - - 1 3
Doug Green Ferrari 500 Riemann Motors - - - - - 3 - 3
17 Jack Ayers Alta J Ayres - - - - - 2 - 2
18 Glynn Scott Cooper T43 Climax Glyn Scott Motors 1 - - - - - - 1
Ray Barfield Aston Martin DB3S R Barfield - - - - - 1 - 1
Kevin Fuss JCW Special K Fuss - - - - 1 - - 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Past Title Winners, 1980 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 56
  2. ^ Longford Races, Australian Motor Sports, March 1960,page 108Z
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Championship Points, 1960: 1961 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 51
  4. ^ "Gold Star Winners - 1957 - 2009". formula3.com.au. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  5. ^ a b c d The Early CAMS Gold Star Series 1957-1970 Retrieved on 17 December 2011
  6. ^ a b c d e 1960 "Gold Star" Points score, Automobiles Australia, page 135
  7. ^ a b The Gold Star, 1960 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 40
  8. ^ Drivers are listed in the order in which they are shown in the table published in the 1961 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport. This table did not show actual championship position numbers