Bill Pitt (racing driver)
|Born||Brisbane, Qld., Australia |
|Australian Touring Car Championship|
|Best finish||1st in 1961 Australian Touring Car Championship|
|1961||Australian Touring Car Champ.|
William (Bill) Pitt is a former Australian racing driver and motor racing official.
For most of his racing career Pitt was associated with Jaguars, competing with XK120 and D-Type sports cars, a Mark VIII rally car and a Mark 1 touring car with the assistance of Queensland's Jaguar agents Cyril and Geordie Anderson of Westco Motors.
Pitt first became involved in racing as an official at the 1948 Australian Grand Prix, but gradually moved into competing himself. By the mid 1950s he was a front running sports car driver. Pitt co-drove a Jaguar XK120 to a four lap victory in what for 48 years was Australia's only 24-hour motor race, the 1954 Mount Druitt 24 Hours Road Race, driving with Geordie Anderson and Charles Swinburne.
In 1956 Anderson purchased a Jaguar D-Type in which Pitt placed fourth behind two factory-entered Maseratis and a Ferrari in the Australian Tourist Trophy at Albert Park in November of that year. The car was badly damaged the following weekend, but was rebuilt  and, with Pitt driving, became the dominant feature of Australian sports car racing. Frequently, because of his domination of sports car racing, Pitt raced the D-Type against Grand Prix type machinery in search of competition, finishing third in the 1957 Queensland Road Racing Championship, a race which counted towards the 1957 Australian Drivers' Championship.
The D-Type was sold in 1959 and Pitt and Anderson next invested in a Jaguar Mark 1 Saloon to race in the growing touring car category. After finishing second behind David McKay in the 1960 Australian Touring Car Championship, Pitt became the first Queenslander to win the title, achieving the victory at his home circuit, Lowood, in 1961.
- Hughes, Les (July 1987). "William (Bill) Pitt: Patron, Jaguar Drivers Club of Queensland". Jaguar Drivers Club of Queensland. Archived from the original on 5 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-19.
- Graham Howard; Stewart Wilson (1986). Australian Touring Car Championship 25 fabulous years. R&T Publishing. ISBN 0-9590378-2-9.
- John Blanden, Historic Racing Cars in Australia, page 178
- 1957 Gold Star race results, dandsshaw/images Retrieved via web.archive.org on 11 September 2013
- Graham Howard & Stewart Wilson, The Australian Touring Car Championship, 30 Fabulous Years, 1990, pages 26-32
|Winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship