1977 Australian Touring Car Championship

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1977 Australian Touring Car Championship
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The 1977 Australian Touring Car Championship was a CAMS sanctioned Australian motor racing championship open to Group C Touring Cars. It was the 18th running of the Australian Touring Car Championship. The championship began at Symmons Plains Raceway on 7 March and ended at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on 20 November after eleven rounds.[1] 1977 was the second and final time that the series incorporated the longer distance races which made up the Australian Championship of Makes. These races included the Sandown 400 and the Phillip Island 500K, although notably not the Bathurst 1000.[2]

Reigning champion Allan Moffat (Ford Falcon) dominated the 1977 season. In addition to his victory in the non-championship Hardie-Ferodo 1000 at Bathurst, Moffat won his third Australian Touring Car Championship, leading home new Moffat Ford Dealers team mate Colin Bond for a series 1-2 result. Moffat won the first five rounds of the championship, won a total of seven out of the eleven rounds and won the title by 32 points. Bond recorded a win at Adelaide International Raceway but was put under pressure near the end of the season from Peter Brock after consecutive wins by the Holden Torana driver at Lakeside International Raceway and Sandown Raceway in the Hang Ten 400. In the end Bond finished nine points clear of Brock. The only other round win was claimed by Allan Grice (Holden Torana) at the final round at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

In previous years the class pointscore system saw a consistent performer threaten the top of the points table. In 1977 though the best performer from the smaller cars was Ford Capri racer Lawrie Nelson who finished fourth in the points, 19 behind Brock. Holden Torana racer Bob Morris took points away from the small car class drivers by racing his Triumph Dolomite early in the series, as well as racing Lakis Manticas' Ford Capri on occasion, effectively spoiling the chances of other drivers in the under three litre class.

Drivers[edit]

Drivers that competed in the 1977 Australian Touring Car Championship included the following:

Driver Car No Entrant
Allan Moffat Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 1 Moffat Ford Dealers
Colin Bond Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 2 Moffat Ford Dealers
Peter Brock Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 25 Bill Patterson
John Harvey Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 3 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
Charlie O'Brien Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 8 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
Ian Diffen Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 19 Phillips Industries
Murray Carter Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 18 Brian Wood Ford
Dick Johnson Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 17 Bryan Byrt Ford
Phillip Arnull Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 29 Phillip Arnull
Brian Potts Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 50 Brian Potts
Lawrie Nelson Ford Capri V6 32 Lawrie Nelson
Alan Welling Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 71 Alan Welling
Peter Janson Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 15 Ipec
Kim Harley Mazda RX-3 44 Kim Harley
Allan Grice Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 6 Craven Mild
Ray Gulson Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 61 Ray Gulson
Bob Morris Triumph Dolomite Sprint 77 Ron Hodgson
Peter Granger BMW 2002 67 Peter Granger
Garth Wigston Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 20 Gown-Hindhaugh
Graham Parsons Holden Torana 47 Graham Parsons
Darryl Wilcox Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 79 Darryl Wilcox
Barry Allen Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 70 Ferris Car Radios
Jim Keogh Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 28 HM Headers
Wayne Sweetland Holden Torana 90 Wayne Sweetland
Warren Cullen Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 22 Pioneer Electronics
Ron Dickson Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 12 Pioneer Electronics
Rod Stevens Ford Capri V6 69 Brian Wood Ford
John Millyard Ford Capri V6 80 John Millyard
Wayne Mitchell Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 63 Wayne Mitchell
Terry Shiel Mazda RX-3 48 Terry Shiel
Bob Morris Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 7 Channel 7
Graeme Blanchard Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 81 Graeme Blanchard Holden
Warwick Henderson Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT 62 Gil Gordon Alfa Geelong
David Langman Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 98 David Langman
Graeme Wilson Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 84 Graeme Wilson
Roger Stanley Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 55 Roger Stanley
Brian Sampson Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 43 Brian Sampson
Bob Morris Ford Capri V6 77 Bob Morris
Alan Cant Ford Capri V6 40 ATP Australia
Graeme Adams Ford Capri V6 99 Graeme Adams
Arthur Hardwick Mazda RX-3 36 Arthur Hardwick
Gordon Rich Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 57 Gordon Rich
Ben Penhall Mazda RX-3 45 TB Penhall
Garry Willmington Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 30 Garry Willmington
Jim Hunter Mazda RX-3 51 Jim Hunter
Jeff Ogg Mazda RX-3 101 Jeff Ogg
Jim Richards Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 10 Sidchrome/Melford
Lakis Manticas Ford Capri V6 37 Lakis Manticas
Ray Kaleda Holden Torana 97 Ray Kaleda
Ian Messner Ford Escort 49 Ian Messner
Phil McDonnell BMW 3.0Si 38 Phil McDonnell
John Goss Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 22 John Goss
Warren Cullen Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 23 Pioneer Electronics
Graham Ryan Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 29 Graham Ryan
Russell Skaife Ford Capri V6 34 Russell Skaife
Jim Laing-Peach Triumph Dolomite Sprint 65 Jim Laing-Peach
Ron Gillard Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 57 Ron Gillard
Lynn Brown Mazda RX-3 32 Lynn Brown
Chris Heyer Volkswagen Golf GTI 53 Lennox Motors
Maurice Andrews Holden Torana 21 Maurice Andrews
Martin Power Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 64 Martin Power
Ray Cutchie Ford Escort MkI RS2000 58 Ray Cutchie
David Clement Mazda RX-3 66 David Clement
Graham Harrison Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 91 Graham Harrison
Nick Louis Mazda RX-3 43 Rogar Automotive
Stuart Saker Ford Escort 85 Stuart Saker
Geoff Newton Ford Capri V6 78 Geoff Newton
Roger Stanley Holden Torana 72 Roger Stanley
Graeme Wilson Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 84 Graeme Wilson
Deane Hill Holden Gemini 95 Deane Hill
Geoff Moran Ford Capri V6 102 Geoff Moran
Vic Wilson Ford Capri V6 52 Vic Wilson
Neville Bridges Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 73 Neville Bridges
Russell Worthington Mazda RX-3 100 Russell Worthington
Pat Hogan Ford Escort MkI RS2000 86 Pat Hogan
Graham Mein Ford Escort MkI RS2000 87 Graham Mein
Eric Olsen Mazda RX-3 103 Eric Olsen
Kerry Cox Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 89 Kerry Cox
David Seldon Triumph Dolomite Sprint 88 David Seldon
Gary Whittaker Toyota Corolla 92 Gary Whittaker
Peter Brock Holden LX Torana A9X SS Hatchback 25 Bill Patterson
Allan Grice Holden LX Torana A9X SS Hatchback 6 Craven Mild
Allan Moffat Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop 1 Moffat Ford Dealers
Basil Van Rooyen Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 24 Bill Patterson
Colin Bond Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop 2 Moffat Ford Dealers
John Duggan Mazda RX-3 51 Warren Torr
Brian Potts Mazda RX-3 50 Brian Potts
Frank Porter Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTAm 59 Douglas Hi Fi
Ralph Radburn Triumph Dolomite Sprint 69 Ralph Radburn
Greg Toepfer Ford Escort RS2000 88 Bob Holden/Shell Sport
Matthew Phillip Honda Civic 109 Mollison Motors
Robin Dudfield Alfa Romeo GT1300 Junior 63 Alfa Romeo Club
Gary Leggatt Fiat 128 Berlinetta 94 Gary Leggatt
Ian Chilman Honda Civic 64 Ian Chilman
Ray Farrar Ford Capri V6 46 Brian Wood Ford
John Harvey Holden LX Torana A9X SS Hatchback 14 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
John Goss Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop 21 Citizen Quartz
Garth Wigston Holden LX Torana A9X SLR5000 20 Gown-Hindhaugh
Phil Brock Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 26 Bill Patterson
Larry Perkins Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 9 Peter Janson
Bruce Hindhaugh Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 4 Gown-Hindhaugh
Warren Cullen Holden LX Torana A9X SS Hatchback 22 Pioneer Electronics
Rusty French Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop 23 Rusty French
Tim Slako Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 34 Tim Slako
Bob Forbes Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 11 Bob Forbes
Kevin Bartlett Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 14 Kevin Bartlett
Bob Jane Holden LX Torana A9X SS Hatchback 3 Bob Jane T-Marts
Lyndon Arnel Ford Escort MkII RS2000 49 Brian Wood Ford
Rod Stevens Ford Escort MkI RS2000 71 Brian Wood Ford
Geoff Leeds Mazda RX-3 41 Geoff Leeds
David Seldon Triumph Dolomite Sprint 38 David Seldon
Barry Lawrence Triumph Dolomite Sprint 45 Barry Lawrence
Graeme Wilson Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 47 Graeme Wilson
Peter Williamson Toyota Celica 70 Peter Williamson Toyota
Ben Penhall Mazda RX-3 44 Ben Penhall
Ian Messner Ford Escort MkI RS2000 52 Ian Messner
John White Ford Escort MkI RS2000 66 John White
Geoff Wade Triumph Dolomite Sprint 61 Geoff Wade
Ian Wells Ford Escort MkI RS2000 79 Ian Wells
Allan Gough Holden Gemini 53 Allan Gough
Louis Stoopman Jr BMW 2002tii 99 Louis Stoopman Jr
Tony Niovanni Holden Gemini 82 Tony Niovanni
Max Patterson Honda Civic 111 Max Patterson
Ken Harrison Ford Escort 91 Ken Harrison
Bernie Stack Volkswagen Passat 1300 74 Bernie Stack
Peter Brock Holden LX Torana A9X SS Hatchback 05 Bill Patterson
Paul Gulson Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 44 Paul Gulson
P.Stoopman Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 55 P.Stoopman
Jim Stewart Morris Clubman GT 75 Hair Affair
Rod Donovan Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop 28 Rod Donovan
Greville Arnel Ford Escort 97 Greville Arnel
Ray Molloy Morris Clubman GT 76 Ray Molloy
Peter Kuebler Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 63 Peter Kuebler
Bob Morris Holden LX Torana A9X SLR5000 7 Channel 7
Barry Seton Ford Capri V6 35 Barry Seton
Alan Taylor Holden LH Torana SLR5000 L34 37 Scotty Taylor
Kevin Kennedy Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 27 Kevin Kennedy
Ross Burbidge Mazda RX-3 46 Ross Burbidge
Alf Grant Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 71 Alf Grant
Allan Bryant Mazda RX-3 38 Allan Bryant
Stephen Land Datsun 1200 74 Stephen Land
John Nelson Datsun 1600 114 John Nelson
Ross Bond Holden Torana 66 Ross Bond
Hugh Donaldson Fiat 124 78 Hugh Donaldson
Allan Grice Holden LX Torana A9X SS Hatchback 26 Craven Mild
Wayne Negus Holden LX Torana A9X SLR5000 8 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
Charlie O'Brien Holden LX Torana A9X SS Hatchback 9 Mercury Outboards
John Faulkner Ford Capri V6 79 Wynn's Friction Proofing
David Cannon Ford Escort MkI RS2000 58 David Cannon
Allan Gough Holden Gemini 77 Barry Sheales Holden
Martin Power Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 97 Martin Power
Mike Minear Holden Gemini 54 Mike Minear
Robyn Hamilton Holden Gemini 93 Robyn Hamilton
Ian Lees Ford Capri V6 80 Ian Lees
Barry Jones Mazda RX-3 108 Barry Jones
Peter Lander Morris Clubman GT 89 Peter Lander
John Stoopman Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 44 John Stoopman
Annette Williams Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 118 Annette Williams
  Three litre class competitors

Calendar[edit]

The 1977 Australian Touring Car Championship was contested over eleven rounds.[1]

Rd.[1] Race / Circuit [1] City / State Date [1] Format Winner [1] Car Team Report
1 Symmons Plains Raceway Launceston
Tasmania
7 March Two heats Allan Moffat Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop Moffat Ford Dealers
2 Calder Park Raceway Melbourne
Victoria
20 March One race Allan Moffat Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop Moffat Ford Dealers
3 Oran Park Raceway Sydney
New South Wales
27 March One race Allan Moffat Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop Moffat Ford Dealers
4 Amaroo Park Sydney
New South Wales
10 April One race Allan Moffat Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop Moffat Ford Dealers
5 Sandown International Raceway Melbourne
Victoria
17 April One race Allan Moffat Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop Moffat Ford Dealers [3]
6 Adelaide International Raceway Adelaide
South Australia
5 June One race Colin Bond Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop Moffat Ford Dealers
7 Lakeside International Raceway Brisbane
Queensland
26 June One race Peter Brock Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Bill Patterson Racing
8 Hang Ten 400
Sandown International Raceway
Melbourne
Victoria
11 September 1 x 500 km race Peter Brock Holden LX Torana SS A9X Bill Patterson Racing report
9 Rothmans 250 [4]
Adelaide International Raceway
Adelaide
South Australia
23 October 1 x 250 km race Allan Moffat Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop Moffat Ford Dealers
10 Rothmans 300 [5]
Surfers Paradise International Raceway
Surfers Paradise
Queensland
6 November 1 x 300 km race Allan Moffat Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtop Moffat Ford Dealers
11 Ready Plan Insurance Phillip Island 500K
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Phillip Island
Victoria
28 November 1 x 500 km race Allan Grice Holden LX Torana SS A9X Craven Mild Racing report

Classes[edit]

For points-scoring purposes, cars competing in the Australian Touring Car Championship were classified into one of two classes defined by engine capacity.[6]

  • Up to and including 3000cc [6]
  • 3001 to 6000 cc [6]

Points system[edit]

Australian Touring Car Championship points were awarded to drivers as follows:

Pos 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
All Rounds
Outright [6]
4 3 2 1
Rounds 1-7
each class [6]
9 6 4 3 2 1
Round 8-11
each class [6]
12 8 6 4 2 1

Only the best six scores from the first seven rounds and the best two scores from the last four rounds counted towards the championship totals.[6]

Points were awarded only where a car completed 75% of race distance and was running at the completion of the final lap.

Results[edit]

Results of the 1977 Australian Touring Car Championship were as follows:

Pos.[7] Driver [7] Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Rd 11 Pts [7]
1 Allan Moffat 1st(13) 1st(13) 1st(13) 1st(13) 1st(13) 2nd(9) Ret 3rd((8)) 1st(16) 1st(16) 106(114)
2 Colin Bond 2nd(9) 2nd(9) 8th 2nd(9) 2nd(9) 1st(13) 2nd(9) 5th(5) 2nd(11) Ret 5th((2)) 74(76)
3 Peter Brock 3rd(6) 3rd(6) 3rd(6) 7th 4th(4) 3rd(6) 1st(13) 1st(16) 9th 3rd(8) Ret 65
4 Lawrie Nelson (9) (4) (9) 10th(6) 6th(12) (6) 46
5 Bob Morris (6) Ret (9) 10th(9) Ret (9) Ret 2nd(11) 44
6 John Harvey 8th 4th(4) 2nd(9) Ret 3rd(6) 5th(2) 3rd(6) Ret 3rd(8) 4th(5) 40
7 Allan Grice Ret Ret 5th(2) 3rd(6) 4th(4) 2nd(11) 1st(16) 39
8 Rod Stevens 10th(9) (6) Ret 10th(12) 27
9 Ray Gulson (4) (6) 10th(8) 18
Frank Porter 9th(6) 9th(12) 18
11 Peter Janson Ret 10th Ret 5th(2) 2nd(11) 13
12 Barry Seton 7th(12) 12
13 Jim Richards Ret Ret 6th(1) 5th(2) 3rd(8) 11
Nick Louis 9th(9) Ret (2) 11
15 Murray Carter 4th(4) 6th(1) 8th 8th 6th(1) 4th(4) Ret 7th 10th 10
Charlie O'Brien 6th(1) 5th(2) 4th(4) 5th(2) 6th(1) Ret 8th 10
Ray Farrar 18th (6) (4) 10
Russell Worthington 8th(6) (4) 10
19 Lyndon Arnel Ret (8) 8
Paul Gulson (8) 8
John Duggan 7th(8) 8
22 Dick Johnson Ret 5th(2) Ret Ret 4th(5) 7
Warren Cullen 8th 9th 6th(1) 6th(1) 4th(5) 7
Arthur Hardwick (3) (4) 7
25 John Millard (6) 6
Alan Cant (6) 6
Russell Skaife (6) 6
28 John Goss 4th(4) Ret 8th 6th(1) 5
Peter Granger (3) (2) 5
Roger Cartwright (4) (1) 5
31 George Adams (4) 4
Ray Cutchie (4) Ret 4
Deane Hill (4) 4
Ralph Radburn 10th(4) 4
35 Jim Laing-Peach (3) Ret 3
David Clement (3) 3
37 Ian Diffen 5th(2) 7th 2
Ron Dickson 9th 9th 7th 5th(2) 2
Graeme Blanchard 5th(2) 2
Ron Gillard (2) 2
Ben Penhall (2) Ret 2
Warwick Henderson (2) 2
Peter Hopwood (2) 2
Ross Burbidge (2) 2
John Faulkner (2) 2
46 Garth Wigston 7th 6th(1) 7th 7th 1
Neville Bridges 6th(1) 1
Wayne Negus Ret 6th(1) 1
Gordon Rich (1) 1
Chris Heyer (1) 13th 1
Brian Potts 9th (1) 1
Jim Stewart (1) 1
Alf Grant (1) 1
Pos Driver Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Rd 11 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)
  Three litre class competitors

Note: South African driver Basil van Rooyen placed fourth at Round 8 (the Hang Ten 400 at Sandown) but was not eligible to score points.[7]

Australian Championship of Makes[edit]

The 1977 Australian Championship of Makes was awarded on the results of the final four rounds of the 1977 Australian Touring Car Championship.[6] It was the seventh circuit racing championship for manufacturers to be awarded by CAMS and the second to carry the Australian Championship of Makes name.

Classes[edit]

For pointscoring purposes, cars competed in four classes defined by engine capacity [6]

  • Class A: Up to 1300cc [6]
  • Class B: 1301 to 2000cc [6]
  • Class C: 2001 to 3000cc [6]
  • Class D: 3001 to 6000cc [6]

Points[edit]

Points were awarded for the six best placed cars in class in each of the four rounds on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis with only the highest scoring car of each make attracting points.[6]

Results[edit]

Position Make [8] Points [8]
1 Ford 87
2 Alfa Romeo 37
3 Honda 30
4 Holden 28
5 Mazda 12
= Datsun 12
= Leyland 12
8 Fiat 10
9 Toyota 3
10 Volkswagen 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Australian Competition Yearbook, 1978 edition
  2. ^ Howard, Graham; Wilson, Stewart (1986). "1977: Falcons' clean-sweep". Australian Touring Car Championship 25 fabulous years. R&T Publishing. pp. 178–186. ISBN 0-9590378-2-9. 
  3. ^ 1977 ATCC Rd.5 - Sandown
  4. ^ Jennings, Bob (24 October 1977). "Moffat leads Falcons home". The Advertiser. 
  5. ^ Touring Title to Moffat, The Courier Mail, Monday, 7 November 1977, page 19
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Conditions for Australian Titles, 1977 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, pages 86-91
  7. ^ a b c d Howard, Graham; Wilson, Stewart; Geenhaigh, David (2011). The official history - Australian Touring Car Championship - 50 Years. p. 178. 
  8. ^ a b "Championship of Makes" Final Pointscore, Racing Car News, January 1978, page 29

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