Group 3J Improved Production Cars

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This article is about the current Australian Group 3J Improved Production Car category. For the Group C Improved Production Touring Car category of 1965 to 1972, see Group C (Australia).
Tony Wallis (Mazda 808) won the 2011 Australian Improved Production Nationals

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Group 3J Improved Production Cars is an Australian motor racing category for modified road cars.[1]

The category is defined by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) as being for race vehicles derived from registered production automobiles, with limited modifications to improve performance and reliability.[2] Cars must be mass-produced touring cars, the model of which has been:

  • homologated by the FIA in Group A or
  • commercially available in Australia as a new car through a manufacturer’s dealer network, with at least 200 examples having been registered for road use in Australia or
  • otherwise recognised by CAMS for Group 3J [2]

Modifications to engines, brakes and suspension are permitted and a different engine, from the same manufacturer as the body shell, may be utilised.[1] Cars may be fitted with wheel arch flares, front air dams and rear deck spoilers.[2]

Improved Production Cars compete in one of four of engine capacity classes:

  • 0 - 1600 cc
  • 1600 - 2000 cc
  • 2000 - 3000 cc
  • 3000 - 6000 cc [3]

The Improved Production Racing Association of Australia (IPRA) is recognised by CAMS as the sole entity representing competitors in the category.[2] State championships are conducted in every Australian State and the Northern Territory and the Australian Improved Production Nationals are held annually on a state rotational basis.[3]

The category was formerly known as 3J Club Cars.[1] The name Group 3J Club Cars was used up to the year 2000,[4] and Group 3J Improved Production Cars from 2001.[5]

Australian Improved Production Nationals[edit]

Ray Hislop (Ford BF Falcon) at the 2011 Nationals
Adam Allan (Nissan Bluebird) at the 2011 Nationals
Year [6] Winning driver [6] Car [6] Circuit [6] State Date
1991 Terry Lewis Mazda RX-3 Winton Raceway Victoria
1992 Phil Morriss Datsun 1600 Winton Raceway Victoria
1993 Andrew Brown Mazda RX-3 Eastern Creek International Raceway New South Wales
1994 Ken Douglas Mazda RX-7 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria
1995 Ken Douglas Mazda RX-7 Mallala Motor Sport Park South Australia
1996 Roger Hurd Holden LX Torana Baskerville Raceway Tasmania
1997 Roger Hurd Holden LX Torana Lakeside International Raceway Queensland 30 November [7]
1998 Noel McFarlane Mazda RX-3 Eastern Creek International Raceway New South Wales 29 November [8]
1999 Andrew Brown Mazda RX-7 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria
2000 Roger Hurd Holden LX Torana Mallala Motor Sport Park South Australia 10 September [9]
2001 Roger Hurd Holden LX Torana Symmons Plains International Raceway Tasmania 24–25 November [10]
2002 Ken Douglas Mazda RX-7 Queensland Raceway Queensland 3 November [11]
2003 Wayne Wakefield Mazda 808 Oran Park Grand Prix Circuit New South Wales 31 August [12]
2004 Ray Hislop Ford EB Falcon GT Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria 2 May [13]
2005 Adam Allan Datsun 1200 Mallala Motor Sport Park South Australia 13 November [14]
2006 Scott Fleming Mazda RX-7 Baskerville Raceway Tasmania 15 October [15]
2007 David Loftus Nissan Skyline R32 Morgan Park Raceway Queensland 30 September [16]
2008 Justin Keys Mazda RX-3 Oran Park Grand Prix Circuit New South Wales 9 November [17]
2009 James Atkinson Holden VX Commodore Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria 22 November [18][19]
2010 Kevin Ledger Subaru Impreza Barbagallo Raceway Western Australia 17 October [20]
2011 Tony Wallis Mazda 808 Mallala Motor Sport Park South Australia 20 November [21]
2012 Ray Hislop Ford BF Falcon Baskerville Raceway Tasmania 11 November [22]
2013 Over 2 litre: Ray Hislop
Under 2 litre: Bob Jowett
Ford BF Falcon
Honda Civic
Morgan Park Raceway Queensland 29 September [23]
2014 Over 2 litre: Kevin Ledger [24]
Under 2 litre: Andrew Tendli [24]
Subaru Impreza [24]
Honda Civic [24]
Wakefield Park Raceway [25] New South Wales 9 November [25]
2015 Over 2 litre: Ray Hislop
Under 2 litre: James McKinnell
Ford BF Falcon
Honda Integra
Hidden Valley Raceway Northern Territory 12 July
2016 Over 2 litre: Ray Hislop [26]
Under 2 litre: Graeme Cox [26]
Ford BF Falcon [26]
Honda Civic [26]
Phillip Island [27] Victoria 26-27 November [27]

Note: The title was contested as the Club Car Nationals prior to 2001.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Improved Production Racing Association of NSW Retrieved on 15 March 2012
  2. ^ a b c d Specification of Automobiles - Group 3J – Improved Production Cars, 2012 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport Retrieved on 15 March 2012
  3. ^ a b The Official Website of the Queensland Improved Production Racing Association Retrieved on 15 March 2012
  4. ^ Specifications of Automobiles, Group 3J Club Cars, 2000 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 7-97
  5. ^ Specifications of Automobiles, Group 3J Improved Production Cars, 2001 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 7-11897
  6. ^ a b c d Nationals History, www.ipranationals.com, as archived at web.archive.org
  7. ^ Natsoft Results Retrieved on 21 March 2012
  8. ^ Natsoft Results Retrieved on 21 March 2012
  9. ^ Natsoft Results Retrieved on 21 March 2012
  10. ^ Natsoft Results Retrieved on 21 March 2012
  11. ^ Natsoft Results Retrieved on 21 March 2012
  12. ^ Natsoft Results Retrieved on 21 March 2012
  13. ^ Natsoft Results Retrieved on 21 March 2012
  14. ^ Natsoft Results Retrieved on 21 March 2012
  15. ^ Natsoft Results Retrieved on 21 March 2012
  16. ^ Natsoft Results Retrieved on 21 March 2012
  17. ^ Natsoft Results Retrieved on 21 March 2012
  18. ^ Natsoft Results Retrieved on 21 March 2012
  19. ^ 2009 Latest Paul Rowe Motorsport News - Nationals Phillip Island Retrieved on 21 March 2012
  20. ^ Natsoft Results Retrieved on 21 March 2012
  21. ^ Natsoft Results Retrieved on 21 March 2012
  22. ^ Results - 2012 Aust Improved Production Nationals -Final, racing.natsoft.com.au Retrieved on 30 September 2013
  23. ^ 2013 Improved Production & Formula Vee Nationals - General Supplementary Regulations, www.fvee.org.au, as archived at web.archive.org
  24. ^ a b c d Natsoft Results Retrieved on 21 May 2015
  25. ^ a b 2014 IPRA National – Supplementary Regulations, www.ipranationals.com, as archived at web.archive.org
  26. ^ a b c d Online Race Results, www.natsoft.com.au
  27. ^ a b 2016 Improved Production Nationals Sporting Regulations, www.cams.com.au via web.archive.org

External links[edit]

  • [www.ipranationals.com www.ipranationals.com]