1964 Tasman Series

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1964 Tasman Series
Champion
New Zealand Bruce McLaren
Previous: none Next: 1965

The 1964 Tasman Series was an international motor racing series contested in New Zealand and Australia over eight races beginning on 4 January and ending on 2 March. It was the first Tasman Series.

The inaugural series was a battle of the British-based expats, as a two-car team entered under the name of Ecurie Vitesse, led by Australian Jack Brabham. They faced a two-car team of Coopers from Bruce McLaren Motor Racing, led by the Kiwi himself. Although Denny Hulme won the opening round of the series, McLaren a took trifecta of wins in New Zealand setting up the title, but when the teams moved to Australia, Brabham won the first three races, setting up the series for a thrilling finish, however the points system denied that, as Brabham was unable to improve his score, and therefore McLaren emerged as champion. For the record, the last round of the series at Longford was won by the Englishman, Graham Hill, securing a top six points finish in the final standing as a result. Hill won the race at Longford but Brabham was the star, leading until the last laps before transmission failure. [1]

The most successful of the local-based drivers was John Youl. Although the Cooper he was driving was three-years old, he took the aging T55 to six top 5 finishes. Meanwhile, Australian Bib Stillwell only completed in three races, twice beating Youl, including a second place in the Australian Grand Prix. Another quick local was Frank Matich in his Brabham BT7A, taking pole at Warwick Farm. Whilst leading, his suspension broke and was forced to retire. With a further four retirements, Matich only finished one race he entered, a third place at Longford . [2]


Results and standings[edit]

Races[edit]

Round Name Circuit Date Winning driver Winning car Winning team Report
New
Zealand
1 New Zealand Levin International Levin 4 January New Zealand Denny Hulme Brabham-Climax BT4 Ecurie Vitesse Report
2 New Zealand New Zealand Grand Prix Pukekohe 11 January New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax T70 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Report
3 New Zealand Lady Wigram Trophy Wigram 18 January New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax T70 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Report
4 New Zealand Teretonga International Teretonga 25 January New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax T70 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Report
Australia 5 Australia Australian Grand Prix Sandown 9 February Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax BT7A Ecurie Vitesse Report
6 Australia Warwick Farm International Warwick Farm 16 February Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax BT7A Ecurie Vitesse Report
7 Australia Lakeside International Lakeside 23 February Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax BT7A Ecurie Vitesse Report
8 Australia South Pacific Trophy Longford 2 March United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham-Climax BT4 Scuderia Veloce Report
Source: [3]

Standings[edit]

One score could be dropped from the Australian races and one could be dropped from the New Zealand races, however the dropped races could not include the Australian Grand Prix or the New Zealand Grand Prix. Dropped scores indicated in brackets.

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 9 6 4 3 2 1
Pos Driver LEV PUK WIG TER SAN WAR LAK LON Pts
1 New Zealand Bruce McLaren (3) 1 1 1 Ret 2 (3) 2 39 (47)
2 Australia Jack Brabham Ret 2 1 1 1 Ret 33
3 New Zealand Denny Hulme 1 2 3 Ret 5 5 9 23
4 United States Timmy Mayer 2 3 8 2 4 3 Ret DNS 23
5 Australia John Youl 4 4 4 DNS 3 Ret 2 5 21
6 United Kingdom Graham Hill 4 1 12
7 Australia Bib Stillwell 2 6 4 10
8 New Zealand Jim Palmer (6) 5 5 3 6 10 8 9 (10)
9 New Zealand Tony Shelly 5 6 (6) 4 8 7 5 7 8 (9)
10 Australia Frank Matich Ret Ret Ret Ret 3 4
11 Australia Frank Gardner 10 13 4 9 3
12 New Zealand Bill Thomasen Ret DNS 5 2
13 New Zealand Roly Levis 7 9 10 6 1
Australia Lex Davison Ret 8 6 1
Australia Glynn Scott Ret Ret 6 1
New Zealand Rex Flowers 8 12 7 Ret 12 8 0
New Zealand Andy Buchanan 10 7 9 0
Australia Greg Cusack 11 7 10 0
Australia Arnold Glass 7 Ret Ret Ret 0
New Zealand Jim Boyd Ret 7 0
New Zealand Ken Sager 11 11 8 0
New Zealand David Young 8 Ret 0
New Zealand Neil Whittaker 9 0
Australia David Walker 9 Ret Ret Ret 0
Australia Leo Geoghegan Ret 9 0
New Zealand Dene Hollier 10 0
New Zealand Peter Slocombe 11 0
Australia Jack Hobden 11 0
Australia Mel McEwin Ret 12 0
New Zealand Chris Amon Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
Australia Charlie Smith Ret Ret 0
Australia Jack Hunnam Ret Ret 0
Australia Bill Patterson Ret Ret 0
Australia Tony Osborne Ret Ret 0
New Zealand Bruce Abernethy Ret 0
Australia Doug Whiteford Ret 0
Australia Keith Rilstone Ret 0
Australia David Fletcher Ret 0
Australia Wally Mitchell Ret 0
Australia Lionel Ayers Ret 0
New Zealand Barry Porter DNS 0
New Zealand Ken Smith DNQ 0
Pos Driver LEV PUK WIG TER SAN WAR LAK LON Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Key

Abbreviation Circuit
LAK Lakeside
LEV Levin
LON Longford
PUK Pukekohe
SAN Sandown
TER Teretonga
WAR Warwick Farm
WIG Wigram


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tasman Cup 1964 «". Oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Tasman Cup 1964 «". Oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  3. ^ "Tasman Cup 1964 «". Oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26.