1971 Australian Grand Prix

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Race details
Australian Formula 1 & Australian Formula 2 race
Warwick Farm Raceway.png
Date 21 November 1971
Official name XXXVI Australian Grand Prix
Location Warwick Farm Raceway, Sydney, New South Wales
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 3.621 km (2.25 mi)
Distance 45 laps, 162.945 km (101.25 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Matich-Repco Holden
Time 1'24.3
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Frank Matich Matich-Repco Holden
Time 1'24.6
Podium
First Matich-Repco Holden
Second McLaren-Chevrolet
Third McLaren-Chevrolet

The 1971 Australian Grand Prix was a motor race held at Warwick Farm Raceway in New South Wales, Australia on 21 November 1971. It was open to Racing Cars complying with either Australian Formula 1 or Australian Formula 2 regulations.[1]

The race was the thirty sixth running of the Australian Grand Prix. Frank Matich won his second straight AGP and, as in 1970, he started the race on pole and also set the fastest race lap. The race marked the debut of Matich's self designed and built Matich A50 which was powered by a Repco Holden V8 engine. Matich won the race by 58.7 seconds from Kevin Bartlett driving a McLaren M10B-Chevrolet, with Alan Hamilton, also driving McLaren M10B-Chevrolet, 1.1 seconds behind Bartlett in third place.

Other than two New Zealanders, the only international driver in the event was 1964 Formula One World Drivers' Champion John Surtees. The Englishman started ninth in his Surtees TS8-Chevrolet, and battled with Bartlett, Hamilton, and, until his retirement, Colin Bond in the McLaren M10B in which Matich had won the 1970 Australian Grand Prix. Surtees ultimately placed 14th after suffering two punctures late in the race.[2] 1971 Rothmans F5000 European Championship winner Frank Gardner was unable to start the race after damaging his Lola T300 in the first practice session on the Saturday.[3]

Classification[edit]

Results as follows:[2]

Official practice[edit]

Frank Matich won the race driving a Matich A50 similar to the above

Grid positions for the race were determined during "official practice".[4]

Pos No Driver Car/Engine [4] Time Gap
1 1 Australia Frank Matich Matich A50 / Repco Holden 5.0L V8 1:24.3
2 8 Australia Bob Muir Mildren Mono / Waggott TC 4V 2.0L I4 1:25.4 +0.9
3 7 Australia John Harvey Brabham BT36 / Waggott TC 4V 2.0L I4 1:25.6 +1.3
4 6 Australia Max Stewart Mildren / Waggott TC 4V 2.0L I4 1:25.8 +1.5
5 14 New Zealand Graeme Lawrence Brabham BT30 / Cosworth FVC 1.8L I4 1:26.0 +1.7
6 9 Australia Alan Hamilton McLaren M10B / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 1:26.3 +2.0
7 2 Australia Colin Bond McLaren M10B / Repco Holden 5.0L V8 1:26.4 +2.1
8 5 Australia Kevin Bartlett McLaren M10B / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 1:26.8 +2.5
9 3 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees TS8 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 1:27.2 +2.9
10 11 Australia John McCormack Elfin MR5 / Repco Holden 5.0L V8 1:27.6 +3.3
11 12 Australia Warwick Brown McLaren M4A / Cosworth FVC 1.9L I4 1:29.3 +5.0
12 26 Australia Jack Bono Elfin 600B / Ford T/C 1.6L I4 (AF2) 1:29.7 +5.4
13 15 Australia Don O'Sullivan McLaren M18 / Repco Holden 5.0L V8 1:29.7 +5.4
14 17 Australia Gary Campbell Elfin 600B / Ford T/C 1.6L I4 (AF2) 1:30.1 +5.8
15 20 Australia Alfredo Costanzo Elfin AC1 / Ford T/C 1.6L I4 (AF2) 1:30.1 +5.8
16 16 New Zealand Henk Woelders Elfin 600C / Waggott T/C 1.6L I4 (AF2) 1:31.2 +6.9
17 10 Australia Colin Hyams Lola T192 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 1:31.4 +7.1
18 19 Australia Terry Quartly Lotus 32B / Ford T/C 1.6L I4 (AF2) 1:31.8 +7.5
19 25 Australia Ian Fergusson Bowin P3A / Ford T/C 1.6L I4 (AF2) 1:33.0 +8.7
20 21 New Zealand Ian Cook Devione LC2 / Ford T/C 1.6L I4 (AF2) 1:33.8 +9.5
21 24 Australia Ross Ambrose Elfin 600B / Ford T/C 1.6L I4 (AF2) 1:34.2 +9.9
22 18 Australia Clive Mills Elfin 600B / Ford T/C 1.6L I4 (AF2) 1:34.8 +10.5
23 23 Australia Chris Farrell Brabham BT6 / BRM Ford T/C 1.6L 4cyl (AF2) DNP
- 4 [4] Australia Frank Gardner [3] Lola T300 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 [4] DNP [3] -

Race[edit]

Pos No. Driver Car [4] Entrant [4] Laps Time /
Reason
1 1 Australia Frank Matich Matich A50 / Repco Holden 5.0L V8 Rothmans Team Matich 45 1h 05m 09.5s
2 5 Australia Kevin Bartlett McLaren M10B / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 Kevin Bartlett Shell Racing 45 1h 06m 08.2s
3 9 Australia Alan Hamilton McLaren M10B / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 Porsche Distributors Racing Pty Ltd 45 1h 06m 09.3s
4 14 New Zealand Graeme Lawrence Brabham BT30 / Cosworth FVC 1.8L 4cyl Air New Zealand 45 1h 06m 09.7s
5 6 Australia Max Stewart Mildren / Waggott TC 4V 2.0L 4cyl Max Stewart Motors - Waggott Engineering 45 1h 06m 10.2s
6 11 Australia John McCormack Elfin MR5 / Repco Holden 5.0L V8 Elfin Sports Cars 44
7 12 Australia Warwick Brown McLaren M4A / Cosworth FVC 1.9L 4cyl Pat Burke Racing 43
8 17 Australia Gary Campbell Elfin 600B / Ford T/C 1.6L 4cyl (AF2) Provincial Motors 43
9 16 Australia Henk Woelders Elfin 600C / Waggott T/C 1.6L 4cyl (AF2) Bill Patterson Racing 43
10 26 Australia Jack Bono Elfin 600B / Ford T/C 1.6L 4cyl (AF2) Graham Collier 43
11 25 Australia Ian Fergusson Bowin P3A / Ford T/C 1.6L 4cyl (AF2) Ian Ferguson 42
12 21 New Zealand Ian Cook Devione LC2 / Ford T/C 1.6L 4cyl (AF2) Autocorse 42
13 18 Australia Clive Mills Elfin 600B / Ford T/C 1.6L 4cyl (AF2) Clive Millis Motors Pty Ltd 41
14 3 United Kingdom John Surtees Surtees TS8 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 Team Surtees 38
15 18 Australia Terry Quartly Lotus 32 / Ford T/C 1.6L 4cyl (AF2) Jeff Noblett 38
Ret 7 Australia John Harvey Brabham BT36 / Waggott TC 4V 2.0L 4cyl Bob Jane Racing 23 [5] Exhaust [6]
Ret 15 Australia Don O'Sullivan McLaren M18 / Repco Holden 5.0L V8 Don O'Sullivan Racing Pty Ltd 21 [5] Crash [6]
Ret 2 Australia Colin Bond McLaren M10B / Repco Holden 5.0L V8 Rothmans Team Matich 20 Oil pressure [6]
Ret 20 Australia Alfredo Costanzo Elfin AC1 / Ford T/C 1.6L 4cyl (AF2) Alfredo Costanzo Engine [6]
Ret 10 Australia Colin Hyams Lola T192 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 Colin Hyams Wheels [6]
Ret 24 Australia Ross Ambrose Elfin 600B / Ford T/C 1.6L 4cyl (AF2) Ross Ambrose
Ret 23 Australia Chris Farrell Brabham BT6 / BRM Ford T/C 1.6L 4cyl (AF2) BP Cordon Service Station Oil pressure [6]
Ret 8 Australia Bob Muir [7] Mildren Mono / Waggott TC 4V 2.0L I4 Robert Muir Motors Pty Ltd 0 [3] Bent valve [3]
DNS [3] 4 [4] Australia Frank Gardner [3] Lola T300 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 [4] Amalagamated Scooters - Team Lola [4] - Practice accident [3]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Conditions for Australian Titles, 1971 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 79
  2. ^ a b c d e f Wilson, Stewart (1986). "1971". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 354–361. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h John Smailes, Matich's mighty AGP win, Australian Auto Action, 26 November 1971, pages 8&9
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Official Programme, 36th Australian Grand Prix, Warwick Farm, 21 November 1971
  5. ^ a b Alan Wood, Matich takes his second A.G.P.!, Racing Car News, January 1972, pages 24-25
  6. ^ a b c d e f XXXVI Australian Grand Prix 1971, www.formula2.net Retrieved 20 May 2017
  7. ^ a b Wilson, Stewart (1986). "1971". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. p. 358. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 

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Preceded by
1970 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
1971
Succeeded by
1972 Australian Grand Prix