Australian Endurance Championship

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Australian Endurance Championship
Category Touring car racing
Production car racing
GT racing
Country Australia
Inaugural season 1981
Drivers' champion Grant Denyer
Nathan Morcom
Official website Australian Endurance Championship
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The Australian Endurance Championship is an Australian motor racing title which has been awarded by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport in numerous years and for numerous categories since 1981.

History[edit]

Touring cars[edit]

The title was first contested as a championship for car manufacturers. Replacing the Australian Championship of Makes, which had been held from 1976 to 1980, it was decided over a series of endurance races for cars complying with CAMS Group C Touring Car regulations.

In the years from 1982 to 1984, the winner of the Australian Endurance Championship was the most successful driver rather than the manufacturer. The Australian Endurance Championship of Makes, run concurrently with the drivers’ title, was the new name for the manufacturers’ award.

For 1985 the manufacturers’ title was again renamed, now becoming the Australian Manufacturers' Championship. The dual Australian Endurance Championship / Australian Manufacturers' Championship titles were contested in both 1985 and 1986 over a series of endurance races for cars complying with Australian Touring Car regulations, which were based on International Group A.

No Australian Endurance Championship was awarded in the years from 1987 to 1989, however the Australian Manufacturers' Championship continued, now contested over the same series of sprint races as the Australian Touring Car Championship.

In 1990 CAMS re-instated the Australian Endurance Championship, once again as a drivers’ championship, run over a series of endurance races for Group 3A Touring Cars. The Australian Manufacturers' Championship title was moved back to this series in the same year, however this format was only utilised for two years and the titles were not contested in 1992.

Production cars[edit]

The CAMS Australian Endurance Championship title was revived in 2011 and contested within the Australian Manufacturers' Championship from that year through to 2015.[1][2]

GT cars[edit]

From 2016, the CAMS Australian Endurance Championship will be contested by Australian GT cars.[3] The inaugural season included four 101 lap races, at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Sydney Motorsport Park, Hampton Downs Motorsport Park and the Highlands 101 at Highlands Motorsport Park.

Champions[edit]

The following table lists the winners of the Australian Endurance Championship as awarded by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.

Season[4] Champion Vehicle
1981 Toyota (Australia) Toyota Celica
1982 Canada Allan Moffat Mazda RX-7
1983 Australia Peter McLeod Mazda RX-7
1984 Canada Allan Moffat Mazda RX-7
1985 New Zealand Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi
1986 New Zealand Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi
1987

1989
Not contested
1990 Australia Glenn Seton Ford Sierra RS500
1991 Australia Mark Gibbs
Australia Rohan Onslow
Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R
1992

2010
Not contested
2011 Australia Stuart Kostera
New Zealand Ian Tulloch
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
2012 Australia Stuart Kostera
New Zealand Ian Tulloch
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
2013 Not contested
2014 Australia Grant Sherrin[5] BMW 135i
2015 Australia Grant Sherrin BMW 135i
2016 Australia Grant Denyer
Australia Nathan Morcom
McLaren 650S GT3

Multiple winners[edit]

By driver[edit]

Wins Driver Years
2 Canada Allan Moffat 1982, 1984
New Zealand Jim Richards 1985, 1986
Australia Stuart Kostera 2011, 2012
New Zealand Ian Tulloch 2011, 2012
Australia Grant Sherrin 2014, 2015

By manufacturer[edit]

Wins Manufacturer Years
4 Germany BMW 1985, 1986, 2014, 2015
3 Japan Mazda 1982, 1983, 1984
2 Japan Mitsubishi 2011, 2012

Australian Production Car Endurance Championship[edit]

CAMS also awarded an Australian Production Car Endurance Championship in 2011 and 2012.[4] It was contested with the Australian Manufacturers' Championship in both years.[1] [6]

Champions[edit]

The following table lists the winners of the Australian Production Car Endurance Championship as awarded by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.

Year [4] Champion Car
2011 Stuart Kostera
Ian Tulloch
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
2012 Stuart Kostera
Ian Tulloch
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

AASA Australian Endurance Championship[edit]

An Australian Endurance Championship title was also awarded by the Australian Autosport Alliance (AASA) for the highest point-scorer in the Wakefield 300 and Winton 300 endurance events.[citation needed]

In 2014, the AASA Australian Endurance Championship expanded to three events with the Willowbank 300 at Queensland Raceway joining the Wakefield and Winton races where Mark Mackay and Justin Ruggier won the inaugural three race series.[citation needed]

Champions[edit]

Results of the AASA title are given below.[citation needed]

Season Champion Car
2011 David Raddatz
Shane Otten
Mazda MX5
2012 Jake Shelley Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII
2013 Jake Shelley Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
2014 Mark Mackay
Justin Ruggier
Skelta G Force

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Australian Motor Racing Yearbooks, 1981/82 to 1991/92
  • CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 1981 to 1991

External links[edit]