1987 Australian Sports Car Championship
|1987 Australian Sports Car Championship|
The title, which was the 19th Australian Sports Car Championship, was won by Andy Roberts driving his self-designed Robert SR3 powered by a 1.6 litre Ford BDA Formula Mondial engine which, while not winning a round, scored consistent Up to 1.6 litres class placings (which paid more points) to win the title. Roberts was also the only driver in the top 5 championship placings to finish all 3 rounds. Defending champion John Bowe was expected to dominate the series in Bernie van Elsen's Veskanda C1 Chevrolet, and did easily win rounds 2 and 3 (including setting the outright lap record in Round 2 at Amaroo Park), but an engine problem in the opening round at a very wet Calder Park Raceway saw him only finish 2nd. Finishing 3rd in the championship was Terry Hook in his Chevrolet powered ex-Rupert Keegan Lola T610 with two second place finishes at Calder and Sandown.
The championship was contested over a three round series with one race per round.
|Round ||Circuit ||State||Date ||Winner ||Car |
|1||Calder Park Raceway||Victoria||1 March||Rusty French||Porsche 935|
|2||Amaroo Park||New South Wales||17 May||John Bowe||Veskanda C1 Chevrolet|
|3||Sandown Park||Victoria||13-Sep||John Bowe||Veskanda C1 Chevrolet|
Cars competed in three engine capacity classes.
- Up to 1.6 litres
- 1.6 to 3 litres
- Over 3 litres
Championship points were awarded to the top twenty outright placegetters in each round based on the following three tier structure.
|Up to 1.6 litres||30||27||24||21||19||17||15||14||13||12||11||10||9||8||7||6||5||4||3||2|
|1.6 to 3 litres||28||26||23||20||17||15||14||13||12||11||10||9||8||7||6||5||4||3||2||1|
|Over 3 litres||25||23||20||17||15||13||11||10||9||8||7||6||5||4||3||2||1||-||-||-|
|Position ||Driver ||No. ||Car ||Calder ||Amaroo ||Sandown ||Total |
|1||Andy Roberts||42||Roberts SR3 Ford BDA||21||27||21||69|
|2||John Bowe||1||Veskanda C1 Chevrolet||-||25||25||50|
|3||Terry Hook||15||Lola T610 Chevrolet||23||-||23||46|
|4||Ray Hanger||Rennmax Ford BDG||15||-||19||34|
|5||Rusty French||7||Porsche 935/80||25||-||-||25|
Note: The above table lists only the first five positions in the championship.
- Conditions for Australian Titles, 1987 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, pages 78-81
- Records, Titles and Awards, 2002 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 14-6
- Barry Catford, Australian Sports Car Championship, Australian Motor Racing Year 1987/88, pages 216-223
- 1987 Championship Results, Australian Motor Racing Year 1987/88, page 317