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1987 Australian Sports Car Championship

1987 Australian Sports Car Championship
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The 1987 Australian Sports Car Championship was a CAMS sanctioned Australian national motor racing title open to Group A Sports Cars, Group D GT cars, FISA Group C1 cars and FISA Group C2 cars.[1]

The title, which was the 19th Australian Sports Car Championship,[2] 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.[3] 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.

Contents

CalendarEdit

The championship was contested over a three round series with one race per round.[3]

Round [3] Circuit [3] State Date [4] Winner [3] Car [3]
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

Additional rounds scheduled at Lakeside (April 5), Adelaide International Raceway (3 May) and Winton (30 August ) were cancelled.[3]

ClassesEdit

Cars competed in three engine capacity classes.[1]

  • Up to 1.6 litres
  • 1.6 to 3 litres
  • Over 3 litres

Points systemEdit

Championship points were awarded to the top twenty outright placegetters in each round based on the following three tier structure.[1]

Outright Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th
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 - - -

ResultsEdit

Position [3] Driver [3] No. [3] Car [3] Calder [3] Amaroo [3] Sandown [3] Total [3]
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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Conditions for Australian Titles, 1987 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, pages 78-81
  2. ^ Records, Titles and Awards, 2002 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 14-6
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Barry Catford, Australian Sports Car Championship, Australian Motor Racing Year 1987/88, pages 216-223
  4. ^ 1987 Championship Results, Australian Motor Racing Year 1987/88, page 317

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