Chris Clearihan

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Chris Clearihan
Nationality Australia Australian
Born Griffith , NSW, Australia
Previous series
Australian Formula Ford
Australian Sports Car Championship
Australian Drivers' Championship
Indonesian Grand Prix
Aussie Racing Cars
Championship titles
1982, 1985
Australian Sports Car Championship
Wakefield 300

Christopher Alfred Clearihan is an Australian motor racing driver and airplane racing pilot. Born and raised in the Canberra suburb of Griffith in the Australian Capital Territory, he began his competitive lifestyle with elite high school football.

Motor racing[edit]

Clearihan's first race car was the Canon Bolwell Nagari. It was with this car, previously operated by Terry Spooner, that he showed up to Oran Park, Toby-Lee Series in 1972. With an audience of 20,000 people Clearihan claimed his first win, in his first car, at his first race. He then continued to win a lot of production sports car races in the Nagari, establishing a name for himself. Clearihan then bought a Formula Ford open wheeled Elfin and proceeded to win the TAA Driver to Europe Formula Ford race in raining conditions at Surfers Paradise.

Clearihan won two Australian Sports Car Championships in 1982 and 1985 (while finishing 2nd in 1984 and 3rd in 1983, 1986 and 1988), in addition to various state titles, the Pie Series and Scratch Races at Amaroo Park in Sydney. Finished in the top 10 in the Bathurst 1000, and eighth in the 1988 Indonesian Grand Prix. He competed consistently between 1986–92. After purchasing the Tony Edmondson Alfa Romeo Alfetta-Chevrolet Sports Sedan, Clearihan spent the next 10 year breaking all lap records.[citation needed]

At the 1984 Castrol 500 touring car race at the Sandown Raceway in Melbourne, Clearihan, who was to have co-driven with David Grose in a Mazda RX-7, was excluded from the meeting after qualifying following an altercation in the pits with Allan Moffat in which punches were allegedly thrown. Moffat (also driving an RX-7) and Clearihan had tangled out on the circuit with a confrontation following in the pits. After Clearihan's exclusion, the 1983 Sports Car Champion Peter Hopwood who was driving in the final round of the 1984 Australian Drivers' Championship at the meeting, was given permission to take his place in the RX-7. Moffat went on to take second place in the 500.

He won the 2008 Wakefield 300.[1]


Developing an interest in aircraft in 1992, Clearihan switched to flying in search of a new challenge. In 1992 and 1994 he won the Twin Engine Pylon Air Race, coming second in 1993 while still racing cars. In 1998 Clearihan won the Around Australia Air Race and continued to win other twin engine races.

More recently he has worked on developing an airstrip in Michelago, New South Wales.[2]

Career results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
1982 Australian Sports Car Championship 1st Kaditcha-Chevrolet
1982 Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series 10th Bowin P4
1983 Australian Sports Car Championship 3rd Kaditcha-Chevrolet
1984 Australian Sports Car Championship 2nd Kaditcha-Chevrolet
1984 Australian Touring Car Championship 16th Mazda RX-7
1985 Australian Sports Car Championship 1st Kaditcha-Chevrolet
1986 Australian Sports Car Championship 3rd Kaditcha-Chevrolet
1988 Australian Sports Car Championship 3rd Kaditcha-Chevrolet
2004 Aussie Racing Car Super Series 25th Falcon-Yamaha
2007 Thunder Sports Series 7th Future Racer-Yamaha

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1987 Peter Williamson Toyota Toyota Celica Supra MNZ JAR DIJ NUR SPA BNO SIL BAT


  1. ^ "2011 WAKEFIELD 300 FAST APPROACHING". Wakefield Park Raceway website. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Gocher, Keva. "Michelago airstrip proposal". Australian Broadcasting Company. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 

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