1978 Australian Drivers' Championship
|1978 Australian Drivers' Championship|
The 1978 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned Australian motor racing title open to Racing Cars complying with Australian Formula 1. It was the 22nd Australian Drivers' Championship to be awarded by CAMS. The title winner, Graham McRae, was awarded the 1978 CAMS Gold Star.
The championship was contested over a three round series.
|Round ||Round name||Circuit ||Date ||Format ||Winner ||Car||Report|
|1||Oran Park||30 July||One race||John McCormack||McLaren M23 Leyland |
|2||Australian Grand Prix ||Sandown||10 September||One race||Graham McRae||McRae GM3 Chevrolet ||Report|
|3||Calder||15 October||Two heats||Graham McRae||McRae GM3 Chevrolet|
Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the first six place-getters  at each round.
Where a round was contested in two heats, points were allocated on a 20-16-13-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis to the first 14 place-getters in each heat. The six drivers attaining the highest aggregate from both heats were then awarded the championship points for that round. Where more than one driver attained the same total, the relevant placing was awarded to the driver who was higher placed in the last heat.
|Position||Driver ||No. ||Car ||Entrant ||Ora ||San ||Cal ||Total |
|1||Graham McRae||2||McRae GM3 Chevrolet||Thomson Motor Auctions||2||9||9||20|
|2||John McCormack||1||McLaren M23 Leyland||J McCormack||9||-||3||12|
|3||Kevin Bartlett||3||Brabham BT43 Chevrolet||Thomson Motor Auctions||6||2||-||8|
|4||Terry Hook||19||Lola T332 Chevrolet||T Hook||1||-||6||7|
|5||Peter Edwards||21||Lola T332 Chevrolet||Shellsport||-||4||2||6|
|=||John Briggs||33||Matich A51 Repco Holden||John Roberts Motors Pty Ltd||-||6||-||6|
|7||Ian Adams||18||Lola T330 Chevrolet||I Adams||-||1||4||5|
|8||Garrie Cooper||12||Elfin MR8 Chevrolet||Ansett Team Elfin||4||-||-||4|
|9||Peter Middleton||5||Elfin MR5 Repco Holden||P Middleton||-||3||-||3|
|=||John Bowe||Elfin MR8 ||Ansett Team Elfin ||3||-||-||3|
|11||Bronwyn Taylor||14||Matich A50 Repco Holden||B Taylor||-||-||1||1|
The regulations for the championship were published by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport under the name Australian Formula 1 Championship, and the Official Souvenir Program for the 1978 Australian Grand Prix listed the race as "Round 2, 1978 Australian Formula One Championship". However it was reported in the Australian Competition Yearbook (Number 8) as the Australian Drivers' Championship  and is recognized by CAMS as the 1978 Australian Drivers' Championship  and the latter term has been used for this article.
- Conditions for Australian Titles, 1978 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, pages 84 to 86
- Records, Titles & Awards, 2002 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 14-4
- Australian Drivers' Championship, Australian Competition Yearbook, Number 8, pages 92 to 99
- The official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix, 1986, pages 416 to 424
- Official Souvenir Program, Sandown, 10 September 1978, page 79