1963 Australian Touring Car Championship
|1963 Australian Touring Car Championship|
The 1963 Australian Touring Car Championship was a CAMS sanctioned motor racing title for drivers of Appendix J Touring Cars. It was contested over a single 25 lap, 50 mile (80 km) race at the Mallala Race Circuit in South Australia on 15 April 1963 and was the fourth running of the Australian Touring Car Championship. The race was won by Bob Jane, driving a Jaguar Mark 2 4.1.
Much of the interest in the 1963 title centred on an anticipated duel between Bob Jane's much developed Jaguar Mark 2 and Norm Beechey's new Chevrolet Impala. The confrontation failed to eventuate after the Impala blew its engine the previous weekend and was a non-starter. Beechey raced his backup car, a Holden 48-215. Jane took pole position by one tenth of a second over the Valiant of Ern Abbott, with Clem Smith's Valiant another second behind. The second row comprised the Holden of Clive Millis and the Fiat 1500 of Pat James.
Beechey retired on lap 1 after starting sixth, while Jane led from Abbott, Smith, Peter Manton, John Brindley, James, Harry Firth, George Reynolds and Richard Thurston. Jane set a new lap record of 1:57.2 on lap 2 as he extended his lead, while Firth passed James, Brindley and Manton to move into fourth place by lap 7. Abbott was able to stay with Jane as the two pulled away from Smith in third, who was ten seconds behind at half distance. Both Valiant drivers then encountered problems: Abbott's brakes began to fade and he fell back into the clutches of Smith, but Smith was low on fuel and had to conserve. Firth also had problems, with a bent throttle linkage putting him under pressure from Manton. Manton attempted to pass Firth at the last corner but was unable to take the place.
Jane went on to win Jaguar's fourth and final Australian Touring Car Championship, leading Abbott home by seven seconds, with Smith a further 22 seconds adrift. Firth finished one lap down in fourth ahead of Manton, Millis and Reynolds.
Class winners are indicated by bold text.
|1||Over 3500cc||71||Bob Jane||R. Jane||Jaguar Mark 2 4.1||25||50:03.2|
|2||Over 3500cc||99||Ern Abbott||E. Abbott Car Sales||Chrylser Valiant R Series||25||+7.0|
|3||Over 3500cc||46||Clem Smith||C. Smith Motors||Chrylser Valiant R Series||25||+28.7|
|4||1301–1600cc||111||Harry Firth||Ford Motor Co||Ford Consul Cortina Mark I||24||+1 lap|
|5||Up to 1000cc||59||Peter Manton||P. Manton Motors||Morris Cooper||24||+1 lap|
|6||2001–2600cc||87||Clive Millis||Merlyn Motors||Holden||24||+1 lap|
|7||1001–1300cc||49||George Reynolds||G. Reynolds||Volkswagen||24||+1 lap|
|8||Up to 1000cc||112||Gavin Baillieu||H. Firth||Morris Cooper||23||+2 laps|
|9||1301–1600cc||78||Pat James||Motor Improvements||Fiat 1500||23||+2 laps|
|10||2601–3500cc||30||Cyril Nancarrow||C.G. Nancarrow||Austin A90 Westminster||23||+2 laps|
|11||2001–2600cc||70||B. Murphy||B. Murphy||Holden||23||+2 laps|
|12||Up to 1000cc||56||L. Callaway||O'Callaghan Motors||Morris Cooper||23||+2 laps|
|13||Up to 1000cc||57||W. Wauchope||J.W. Taylors||Morris Cooper||23||+2 laps|
|14||1001–1300cc||50||Ken Virgin||K. Virgin||Volkswagen||23||+2 laps|
|15||2001–2600cc||36||Dave Sullivan||D. Sullivan Motors||Holden||23||+2 laps|
|16||1001–1300cc||35||R. Brown||B.J. Auto Service||Simca Aronde||23||+2 laps|
|17||2001–2600cc||60||D. Dix||D. Dix||Holden||23||+2 laps|
|18||1301–1600cc||92||W. Nalder||W. Nalder||Hillman||22||+3 laps|
|19||2001–2600cc||69||John Brindley||Car World||Holden||22||+3 laps|
|20||1601–2000cc||114||Wally Wilson||Team SAAS||Citroën ID19||22||+3 laps|
|Ret||Up to 1000cc||62||N. Webb||C&S Motors||Morris 850||17|
|Ret||1301–1600cc||73||Terry Sully||T. Sully||Hillman Minx||17|
|Ret||Up to 1000cc||58||Richard Thurston||R.K. Thurston||Morris 850||16|
|Ret||2001–2600cc||85||B. Forbes||Forcars Pty Ltd||Holden||11|
|Ret||2001–2600cc||82||V. Clancy||V. Clancy||Holden||7|
|Ret||1301–1600cc||79||Brian Sampson||Motor Improvements||Austin Lancer||4|
|Ret||2601–3500cc||64||C. Roskilly||C. Roskilly||Austin A90 Westminster||3|
|Ret||2001–2600cc||39||R. Loader||R. Loader||Holden||3|
|Ret||2001–2600cc||74||Norm Beechey||Holden 48-215||0|
- Pole position: Bob Jane, 1:57.9
- Fastest lap: Bob Jane, 1:57.2
- Race distance: 25 laps, 84.50 km
- Average speed: 101.27 km/h
- Australian Titles Retrieved from www.camsmanual.com.au on 20 February 2009
- Greenhalgh, David; Howard, Graham; Wilson, Stewart (2011). The official history: Australian Touring Car Championship - 50 Years. St Leonards, New South Wales: Chevron Publishing Group. pp. 38–41. ISBN 978-0-9805912-2-4.
- Official Results, Event 6, Australian Touring Car Championship, Sporting Car Club of South Australia
- Entry List, Race 6, Australian Touring Car Championship, Official Souvenir Programme, Mallala Motor Races, Easter Monday, 15 April 1963
- Bob Jane Makes It a Double, Australian Motor Sport, June 1963, pages 63–65