1984 Australian Sports Car Championship

1984 Australian Sports Car Championship
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The 1984 Australian Sports Car Championship was an Australian motor racing title open to Sports Cars complying with CAMS Group A regulations.[1] It was the 16th Australian Sports Car Championship.[2]

Queensland based owner/driver Bap Romano won the championship driving his Romano WE84 Cosworth. 1982 champion Chris Clearihan, (driving the Kaditcha-Chevrolet that Peter Hopwood used to win the 1983 Championship), placed second and Andrew Roberts, driving a self designed Roberts S2 Ford, placed third.

Romano dominated the championship, continuing on from his victory in the final round of the 1983 Championship at Winton. With engineering help from former Williams and Tyrrell Formula One mechanic Wayne Eckersley transforming the Barry Lock built car, Romano put the renamed Romano WE84 (formerly called a Kaditcha K583) on pole position at every round and scored fastest lap in each race which he contested. He was overall winner in each round bar Round 1 at Calder Raceway where he crashed heavily in Heat 1, and was a non-starter in Heat 2. Clearihan scored fastest lap in Heat 2 and was the overall winner of that round.

The expected challenge from Alan Newton in his Elfin MS7-Repco Holden (the same car that Elfin Sports Cars founder Garrie Cooper had used to win the 1975 Championship) came to a premature end during the first lap of the second heat at the opening round at Calder. Sitting in second behind Clearihan going down Calder's back straight, the cars throttle jammed open going into the braking area and Newton veered left, running at high speed across the infield until hitting a small rise which saw the Elfin literally fly across the track (it was airborne for approximately 20 metres) before landing and hitting the guardrail at undiminished speed. Newton survived the crash with nothing more than a busted knee and broken ankle (later during the race Newton was shown by race broadcaster Channel 7 sitting up and talking to medical staff as he was being placed into an ambulance). Although the Elfin suffered heavy damage in the crash, it was later repaired though it took no further part in the championship.[3] Another possible challenger, Terry Hook and his 5.0 litre, ex-Guy Edwards Lola T610 Chevrolet did not contest any races in the championship. Hook's Lola first appeared at Surfers Paradise for Round 2 but Hook became concerned about the car's front end lifting at high speed and the car was not raced. After appearing in practice for the Lakeside round,[4] the car would not appear again until the 1985 Championship.

Romano could have benefited from the fact that his car's 3.0 litre Cosworth DFV engine (purchased from John Nicholson of Nicholson McLaren Engines [5]) allowed him to run in Class B (1.6 to 3 litres) which meant he scored more points for a win or place than his main challenger Clearihan did driving in Class C (Over 3 litres), i.e. a win for Romano meant 28 points while a win for Clearihan scored only 25. As it was, by actually winning 4 of the 5 rounds, and with Clearihan scoring a DNF in Round 3 at Lakeside with damaged suspension, Romano would have still won the championship 100-94 had they both been driving for Class C points.

ScheduleEdit

The championship was contested over a five round series:[4]

Round [4] Circuit [4] State Date [4] Format [4] Race Winners [4] Round winner [4] Car [4]
1 Calder Park Victoria 29 April Two heats Chris Clearihan
Chris Clearihan
Chris Clearihan Kaditcha Chevrolet
2 Surfers Paradise Queensland 13 May One race Bap Romano Bap Romano Romano WE84 Cosworth
3 Lakeside Queensland 22 July One race Bap Romano Bap Romano Romano WE84 Cosworth
4 Oran Park New South Wales 19 August One race Bap Romano Bap Romano Romano WE84 Cosworth
5 Winton Victoria 14 October One race Bap Romano Bap Romano Romano WE84 Cosworth

Round 1 of the championship was originally to be run at Melbourne's Sandown Park. However, due to the circuit's closure while it was rebuilt and lengthened in time for the 1984 Sandown 1000 World Endurance Championship round, the meeting was cancelled. Former racer and millionaire tyre retailer Bob Jane then restored the championship to five rounds by hosting Round 1 at his Calder Park Raceway. Round 4 at Sydney's Oran Park was also cancelled, but was later restored after the circuit owners had a vacant spot to fill in the schedule of support races for the Valvoline 250 Australian Endurance Championship race for Touring Cars. The Oran Park round was contested on the circuits shorter, 1.960 km (1.218 mi) 'South Circuit' rather than the full 2.620 km (1.62 mi) Grand Prix circuit.

ClassesEdit

Cars competed in three classes according to engine capacity:[1]

  • Class A : Up to 1.6 litres [1]
  • Class B : 1.6 to 3 litres [1]
  • Class C : Over 3 litres [1]

Points systemEdit

Championship points were awarded as shown in the table below.[1] For Round 1 only, points were awarded for each race with the aggregate achieved by each driver divided by two.[1] The result was the driver's championship points allocation for that round.[1]

Outright Position Class A Class B Class C
1 30 28 25
2 27 26 23
3 24 23 20
4 21 20 17
5 19 17 15
6 17 15 13
7 15 14 11
8 14 13 10
9 13 12 9
10 12 11 8
11 11 10 7
12 10 9 6
13 9 8 5
14 8 7 4
15 7 6 3
16 6 5 2
17 5 4 1
18 4 3 0
19 3 2 0
20 2 1 0

Championship standingsEdit

Position [6] Driver [6] No. Car [4] Entrant Class [4] Rd1
Calder Park [6]
Rd2
Surfers Paradise [6]
Rd3
Lakeside [6]
Rd4
Oran Park [6]
Rd5
Winton [6]
Total [6]
1 Bap Romano 8 Romano WE84 Cosworth Bap Romano Racing [7] B - 28 28 28 28 112
2 Chris Clearihan 22 Kaditcha Chevrolet Chris Clearihan [7] C 25 23 - 23 23 94
3 Andrew Roberts 14 Roberts S2 Ford Andrew Roberts [7] A 21.5 21 13 21 - 76.5
4 Jeff Harris 49 & 6 Kaditcha SR781 Mazda Jeff Harris [7] B - 23 - 23 23 69
5 Michael Hart Mawer Ford Robert Hart & Sons Pty Ltd [7] A 17 15 15 - - 47
6 John Campbell Auscam Clubman Toyota A - 17 27 - - 44
7 Peter Tighe Mallock U2T Mk20T A - 19 24 - - 43
8 Leigh Vine 9 & 11 Kaditcha Chevrolet
Elfin 360 Mazda
Chris Clearihan
Leigh Vine
C
B
- - 13 - 20 33
9 Geoff Watson Watson Toyota Geoff Watson [7] A 8.5 - - 19 - 27.5
10 Joe Vorst 11 Kaditcha Chevrolet Joe Vorst [7] C 21.5 - - - - 21.5
11 Kevin Johnston WAH 002 Datsun A - - 21 - - 21
12 John Kierath Cheetah Clubman A - - 19 - - 19
12 Colin Memery Allison Clubman A - - - - 19 19
14 Malcolm McLean Nota A - - - 17 - 17
14 Greg Gardiner Bulant Clubman A - - - - 17 17
16 Wally Gates Bulant A - - - 15 - 15
16 Peter Heraud Farrell Clubman A - - - - 15 15
18 Robert Fenwick Scorpio B 14 - - - - 14
18 John Barram ASP Clubman A - 14 - - - 14
18 Peter Ferguson Nambull Clubman A - - - - 14 14
21 Ken Peters Auscam 600M Mazda B - - 13 - - 13
21 John Butcher Milano Barry Ekins [4] B - - - 13 - 13
21 Brian Rawlings Bulant A - - - 13 - 13
24 Peter Irwin Triumph TR5 B - 12 - - - 12
24 John Dooley Bulant Mk7 A - 12 - - - 12
26 Alan Newton 5 Elfin MS7 Repco Holden Alan Newton [7] C 11.5 - - - - 11.5
27 Peter Kyriakidis Farrell F483 Albert Middleton [7] A 10.5 - - - - 10.5
28 Bernie Van Elsen Bolwell Nagari Bernard Van Elsen [7] C 8.5 - - - - 8.5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Conditions for Australian Titles, CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 1984, pages 88-91
  2. ^ Australian Titles, CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 2006, page 14-6
  3. ^ 1984 Australian Sports Car Championship R1 H2, www.youtube.com
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Barry Catford, Australian Sports Car Championship, Australian Motor Racing Year, 1984/85, pages 232-243
  5. ^ Barry Catford, Our Top Car of 1984 - Romano WE84 Cosworth, Australian Motor Racing Year, 1984/85, pages 18-20
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Round points and championship positions for the top ten places have been taken from the 1984 Australian Sports Car Championship Points Score Table, Australian Motor Racing Year, 1984/85, page 233. Other round points and championship positions have been calculated by applying the Conditions for Australian Titles information in the CAMS Manual of Motor Sport 1984 to the results in Australian Motor Racing Year, 1984/85, pages 232-243
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Program, Calder Park, 29 April 1984

Further readingEdit

  • Raceyear, 1984