1975 Australian Touring Car Championship

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1975 Australian Touring Car Championship
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The 1975 Australian Touring Car Championship was a CAMS sanctioned Australian motor racing title open to Group C Touring Cars.[1] The championship began at Symmons Plains and ended at Lakeside after seven rounds.[2] It was the 16th Australian Touring Car Championship.

The 1975 championship was one of the most controversial in the history of the title with series leader Allan Grice disqualified from the fifth round at Surfers Paradise for a technical infringement. He continued racing under appeal, but the penalty was upheld and Grice lost all points gained from the final three rounds.[2] Reigning champion Peter Brock parted company with the Holden Dealer Team before the series began and raced in a privately funded Holden Torana during the season. Colin Bond, driving a Holden Torana for the Marlboro Holden Dealer Team took victory at the opening round at Symmons Plains Raceway, and end of season wins at Adelaide International Raceway and Lakeside International Raceway saw Bond move past Grice and Bob Morris on points to win the championship. 2000cc class competitor Christine Gibson, driving a factory supported Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV, led the series mid-season after taking four class wins, but had disqualification problems of her own and Bond regained the points advantage by season's end. Gibson's effort however remains to this day (2014) the best performance by a woman in Australian Touring Car Championship history.

Drivers[edit]

The following drivers competed in the 1975 Australian Touring Car Championship.

Driver [2] Car No. Entrant [3][4]
Australia Peter Brock Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 1 Gown - Hindhaugh
Australia Colin Bond Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 2 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
Australia Frank Gardner Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 7 Bob Jane Racing
Australia Bob Jane Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 7
Australia Bob Morris Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 7 Ron Hodgson Motors
Australia Christine Gibson Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 8 Alfa Romeo Dealers Australia
Canada Allan Moffat Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 9 Allan Moffat Racing
Australia Allan Grice Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 10
12
Craven Mild Racing
Australia Gene Cook Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 13 Gene Cook
Australia Bob Holden Ford Escort Mk.I Twin Cam
Ford Escort Mk.I RS2000
13 Bob Holden Motors - Shell Racing
Australia Murray Carter Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 18 Murray Carter
Australia Graham Parsons Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 125 Graham Parsons
Australia Graeme Adams Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 74
Australia Ray Allford Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 28 Retell Ford Mentone
Australia Rod Anderson Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 46
Australia Lyndon Arnel Ford Escort Mk.I Twin Cam 48 Bob Holden Motors - Shell Racing
Australia Phillip Arnull Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 39 Leichhardt Auto Port
Australia Graham Blanchard Torana LH L34 81 Graeme Blanchard Holden
Australia Craig Bradtke Mazda RX-3 22 Rotary Rebuild
Australia Neville Bridges Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 77
Australia Peter Brown Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 44
Australia Bob Forbes Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 4
Australia John French Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 24 Alfa Romeo Dealers Australia
Australia Kel Gough Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 27 Barry Sheales Holden
Australia Ray Gulson Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 42 Ray Gulson
Australia Tom Heffernan Holden Torana GTR 89
Australia Dick Johnson Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 55
Australia Ray Kaleda Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 97 Roamer Watches Australia
Australia Kevin Kennedy Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 21
Australia Peter Lefrancke Toyota Corolla 92
Australia Lakis Manticas Mazda RX-3 11
Australia Bernie McClure Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 58 Bernie McClure
Australia Rod McRae Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 9 Dustings of Burwood
Australia Rod Morris Fiat 128 Coupe 40
Australia Lawrie Nelson Chrysler VH Valiant Charger R/T E49 32 Lawrie Nelson
Australia Barry Nixon-Smith Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 99
Australia Charlie O'Brien Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 15 CL O'Brien
Australia Eric Olsen Ford Escort Mk.I Twin Cam 103
Australia Brian Ovenden Chrysler VH Valiant Charger R/T E49 49 Brian Ovenden
Australia Brian Power Datsun 1200 73
Australia Stuart Saker Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 17 Stuart Saker Racing
Australia Keith Shaw Honda Civic 88
Australia Ian Shields Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 90
Australia John Stoopman Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 16 John Stoopman
Australia Alan Welling Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 71
Australia John Wharton Mazda RX-3 51
Australia Ian White Ford Escort Mk.I Twin Cam 65
Australia Garth Wigston Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 20 Roadways Pty Ltd
Australia Peter Williamson BMW 2002ti 70 Peter Williamson Pty Ltd
Australia Russell Worthington Mazda RX-2 100
  Up to 2000cc class competitor

Calendar[edit]

The 1975 Australian Touring Car Championship was contested over a seven round series with one race per round.[2]

Rd.[2] Circuit [2] Location / State Winner [2] Car Team
1 Symmons Plains Raceway Launceston, Tasmania Colin Bond Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
2 Calder Park Raceway Melbourne, Victoria Allan Grice Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Craven Mild Racing
3 Amaroo Park Sydney, New South Wales Bob Morris Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Ron Hodgson Motors
4 Oran Park Raceway Sydney, New South Wales Allan Grice Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Craven Mild Racing
5 Surfers Paradise International Raceway Surfers Paradise, Queensland Bob Morris Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Ron Hodgson Motors
6 Sandown Raceway Melbourne, Victoria cancelled
7 Adelaide International Raceway Virginia, South Australia Colin Bond Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
8 Lakeside International Raceway Brisbane, Queensland Colin Bond Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team

Classes[edit]

Cars competed in two classes:[1]

  • Up to and including 2000cc [1]
  • Over 2000cc [1]

Points system[edit]

Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the first six positions in each class at each round.[3] Bonus points were awarded on a 4-3-2-1 basis for the first four outright positions at each round.[3]

Championship results[edit]

Pos.[5] Driver [5] Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Total [5]
1 Colin Bond 1st(13) 3rd(6) Ret 2nd(9) 3rd(6) 1st(13) 1st(13) 60
2 Murray Carter 2nd(9) 4th(4) 3rd(6) 3rd(6) 4th(4) 2nd(9) 3rd(6) 44
3 Allan Grice 4th(4) 1st(13) 2nd(9) 1st(13) DSQ DSQ DSQ 39
Bob Holden (4) (6) (6) (3) (2) (9) (9) 39
5 Christine Gibson (9) (9) (9) (9) DSQ 36
6 Bob Morris 3rd(6) Ret 1st(13) Ret 1st(13) Ret 32
7 Peter Brock Ret 2nd(9) Ret Ret 2nd(9) Ret 2nd(9) 27
8 Ray Gulson (9) (3) (2) (2) (3) (6) 25
9 John French (6) Ret (9) Ret DSQ 10
Peter Williamson (6) (9) 10
Craig Bradtke (6) (2) (1) (1) 10
12 Bob Forbes 4th(4) 4th(4) 8
13 Rod McRae 6th(1) 5th(2) 4th(4) 7
14 Kel Gough 3rd(6) 6
Lyndon Arnel (6) 6
16 Ian White (4) (1) 5
17 Rod Anderson 4th(4) 4
John Stoopman 5th(2) 6th(1) 6th(1) 4
Peter Brown (4) 4
John Wharton (4) 4
Brian Power (4) 4
22 Peter Lefranke (3) 3
23 Allan Moffat 5th(2) 2
Barry Nixon-Smith 5th(2) 2
Dick Johnson 5th(2) 2
Graham Blanchard 5th(2) 2
Neville Bridges 5th(2) 2
28 Garth Wigston 6th(1) 1
Charlie O'Brien 6th(1) 1
Tom Heffernan 6th(1) 1
Lakis Manticas 6th(1) 1
Rod Morris 6th(1) 1
Eric Olsen 6th(1) 1
Pos Driver Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (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)
  Up to 2000cc class competitor

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Conditions for Australian Titles, 1975 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, pages 84 to 89
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Touring Car Champs, Australian Competition Yearbook, 1976 Edition, pages 38 to 55
  3. ^ a b c Official Programme, Adelaide International Raceway, Sunday 8 June 1975
  4. ^ Calder Raceway supplement and official program, Reprinted from "The Sun", Thursday, 13 March 1975
  5. ^ a b c Graham Howard, Stewart Wilson, David Geenhalgh, The official history - Australian Touring Car Championship - 50 Years, 2011, page 159