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The 1984 Australian Grand Prix was a race for Formula Mondial racing cars, held at Calder Park Raceway in Victoria, Australia on 18 November 1984. It was contested over a distance of 160.9 km (100 laps x 1.609 km) or an even 100 miles.

1984 Australian Grand Prix
Formula Mondial race
Race details
Date 18 November 1984
Official name XLIX Dunlop Tyres Australian Grand Prix
Location Calder Park Raceway, Melbourne, Victoria
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 1.609 km (1.000 mi)
Distance 100 laps, 160.9 km (100 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Ralt-Ford
Time 0'40.45
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Niki Lauda Ralt-Ford
Time 0'41.27
Podium
First Ralt-Ford
Second Ralt-Ford
Third Ralt-Ford
Roberto Moreno won the race driving a Ralt RT4, similar to the example pictured above

The race was the forty ninth Australian Grand Prix, the fifth to be held at Calder and the fourth to be held specifically for Formula Pacific / Formula Mondial racing cars. It was the last Australian Grand Prix to be held prior to the race becoming a round of the Formula One World Championship the following year.

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RaceEdit

The race was won by Brazilian driver Roberto Moreno, his third win during the four years in which the Grand Prix was held for the Formula Pacific / Formula Mondial category. While Formula Mondial would continue as the premier Australian open-wheel racing category for another two years, and would not be completely replaced until the creation of Formula Holden in 1989, this was the last year it would be associated with the Australian Grand Prix, as the race was granted Formula One World Championship status from 1985 and would be contested only by Formula One cars. In many ways, Australian domestic open-wheel racing would be deprived of a signature race by the arrival of Formula One, a situation that continues as of 2015.

The trend of the race organiser Bob Jane of importing overseas star racers (mostly Formula One drivers) continued. In addition to Moreno, the starters for the 1984 race included 1975, 1977 and 1984 F1 World Champion Niki Lauda, 1982 F1 World Champion Keke Rosberg, as well as Formula One drivers Andrea de Cesaris and François Hesnault.

De Cesaris started from an unguarded pit lane ahead of the field and led the race briefly, although official lap scoring started his race when he started his second lap. 1984 Australian Drivers' Championship winner and front row qualifier, John Bowe, led the race until lap 9 when overtaken by Moreno after a loose spark plug lead caused his 1.6 litre Ford engine to misfire. He was forced to pit for a replacement plug lead. Poor starts by Moreno's teammate for the race, Niki Lauda, Rosberg and de Cesaris were overcome as the race progressed. Both keen aviators, Lauda and Rosberg had actually spent most of practice and qualifying attending an air show at the nearby Essendon Airport, with newly crowned World Champion Lauda stating that he was in Australia mostly for a holiday and just to get away from Europe. Hesnault, Bowe's teammate, retired after a bump with Bruce Connolly. Lauda and Rosberg diced briefly for third, before Rosberg and Terry Ryan clashed when Ryan was being lapped, with the closely following Lauda also colliding with Ryan, the result being that Rosberg and Ryan were able to continue while Lauda was out. Bowe dropped down the field with electrical problems. First Rosberg then de Cesaris caught and overtook the Tiga FA81/83 of Alfredo Costanzo to fill the podium positions. Bowe finished sixth behind David McMillan.

The Ralt RT4 was the choice of car for three quarters of the field, with 18 of the 24 starters driving one. Other cars included Costanzo's Tiga FA81/83, two Cheetah Mk.8's, a Kaditcha FA82A, a Liston BF2 and a Dart 83M. All cars were powered by the 1.6 litre Ford BDA 4 cylinder engine. Touring car driver Peter Williamson was entered in a Toyota powered Toleman TG860, but a crash in early practice that damaged the car saw him announce his retirement from open wheel racing. Consequently the Toleman was withdrawn from the meeting.

Due largely to the Australian Grand Prix becoming a round of the Formula One World Championship from 1985, John Bowe became the last Australian driver to lead an AGP until Mark Webber led lap 21 of the 2006 Australian Grand Prix in a Williams FW28-Cosworth. With Moreno taking the lead from Bowe on lap 9 of the race, it would be a total of 1,504 race laps before Webber would next put an Australian in the lead of an Australian Grand Prix.

ClassificationEdit

Results as follows: [1]

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Car Qual Gap
1 19   Roberto Moreno Ralt RT4 Ford 0:40.45
2 4   John Bowe Ralt RT4 Ford 0:40.66 +0.21
3 1   Alfredo Costanzo Tiga FA81/83 Ford 0:40.68 +0.23
4 9   Keke Rosberg Ralt RT4/85 Ford 0:40.83 +0.38
5 8   Andrea de Cesaris Ralt RT4/85 Ford 0:40.86 +0.41
6 5   François Hesnault Ralt RT4 Ford 0:41.17 +0.72
7 30   Lucio Cesario Ralt RT4 Ford 0:41.33 +0.88
8 6   Richard Davison Ralt RT4 Ford 0:41.45 +1.00
9 21   Keith McClelland Ralt RT4 Ford 0:41.75 +1.30
10 51   Bruce Connolly Ralt RT4 Ford 0:41.85 +1.40
11 41   Dave McMillan Ralt RT4 Ford 0:41.89 +1.44
12 17   Paul Radisich Dart 83M Ford 0:41.98 +1.53
13 74   Chris Hocking Ralt RT4 Ford 0:42.09 +1.64
14 22   Peter Hopwood Ralt RT4/85 Ford 0:42.10 +1.65
15 36   Terry Ryan Ralt RT4 Ford 0:42.13 +1.68
16 25   Peter Macrow Cheetah Mk.8 Ford 0:42.13 +1.68
17 13   Brett Fisher Liston BF2 Ford 0:42.33 +1.88
18 78   Brian Sampson Cheetah Mk.8 Ford 0:42.47 +2.02
19 16   Bob Creasy Ralt RT4 Ford 0:42.62 +2.17
20 18   Niki Lauda Ralt RT4/85 Ford 0:42.68 +2.23
21 40   Chas Talbot Ralt RT4 Ford 0:42.74 +2.29
22 15   Tom Brickley Kaditcha FA82A Ford 0:43.15 +2.70
23 26   Neil Cunningham Ralt RT4 Ford 0:43.86 +3.41
24 58   Peter Jones Ralt RT4 Ford 0:44.03 +3.58
25 7   Peter Williamson Toleman TG860 Toyota DNP

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Car Entrant Laps Time
1 19   Roberto Moreno Ralt RT4 Ford Goold Motorsport [2] 100 1 h 10 min 51.39 s
2 9   Keke Rosberg Ralt RT4/85 Ford Ralt Australia [2] 100 1 h 11 min 20.97 s
3 8   Andrea de Cesaris Ralt RT4/85 Ford Ralt Australia [2] 100 1 h 11 min 27.63 s
4 1   Alfredo Costanzo Tiga FA81/83 Ford Porsche Cars Australia 99
5 41   Dave McMillan Ralt RT4 Ford 99
6 4   John Bowe Ralt RT4/84 Ford Chris Leach Racing[3] 99
7 6   Richard Davison Ralt RT4 Ford Richard Davison 98
8 51   Bruce Connolly Ralt RT4 Ford Bruce Connolly 98
9 78   Brian Sampson Cheetah Mk.8 Ford Brian Sampson 97
10 16   Bob Creasy Ralt RT4 Ford 93
11 13   Brett Fisher Liston BF2 Ford 93
12 25   Peter Macrow Cheetah Mk.8 Ford Repco Engine Parts 91
13 21   Keith McClelland Ralt RT4 Ford Keith McClelland 82
Ret 15   Tom Brickley Kaditcha FA82A Ford 75 Crash
Ret 36   Terry Ryan Ralt RT4 Ford 73 spun / stalled
Ret 26   Neil Cunningham Ralt RT4 Ford 63 wheel bearing
Ret 74   Chris Hocking Ralt RT4 Ford 45 half shaft
Ret 58   Peter Jones Ralt RT4 Ford Brian Shead [2] 43 gearbox
Ret 18   Niki Lauda Ralt RT4/85 Ford Goold Motorsport [2] 41 collision / damage
Ret 40   Chas Talbot Ralt RT4 Ford 27 head gasket
Ret 5   François Hesnault Ralt RT4 Ford Chris Leach Racing[2] 20 collision / steering
Ret 17   Paul Radisich Dart 83M Ford 7 engine
Ret 30   Lucio Cesario Ralt RT4 Ford Porsche Cars Australia 0 Brakes
Ret 22   Peter Hopwood Ralt RT4/85 Ford Menage Racing 0 collision / broken wheel
DNS 7   Peter Williamson Toleman TG860 Toyota Peter Williamson Toyota 0 accident


  • Winner’s race time: 1 h 10 min 51.39 s [1]
  • Winner’s average speed: 136.33 km/h (74.71 mph) [1]
  • Fastest lap: Niki Lauda: 41.27 s, 140.4 km/h (87.3 mph) [1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Wilson, Stewart (1986). "1984". In Howard, Graham (ed.). The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 476–485. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Australian Grand Prix - Calder, 18 Nov 1984, www.oldracingcars.com Retrieved on 25 September 2014
  3. ^ Jeff Hutchinson Moreno on top down under, Modern Motor, February 1985, pages 98-100

Further readingEdit

  • Barry Catford, The end of an era: 1984 Australian Grand Prix, Australian Motor Racing Year 1984/85, pages 84 to 92
Preceded by
1983 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
1984
Succeeded by
1985 Australian Grand Prix