1999 Shell Championship Series
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The 1999 Shell Championship Series was a motor racing series for V8 Supercars which began on 28 March 1999 at Eastern Creek Raceway and ended on 14 November at the Mount Panorama Circuit after 13 rounds. Australia’s national title series for V8 Supercar drivers, the Australian Touring Car Championship, was renamed for 1999 in what was essentially a marketing decision, however the winner of the newly named series was also awarded the 1999 Australian Touring Car Championship title by CAMS. 1999 was the first season since 1977 in which the longer distance, endurance race events were included in the championship. For the first time in the championship's history, a control tyre, supplied by Bridgestone, was specified for all cars.
Teams and driversEdit
The following drivers and teams competed in the 1999 Shell Championship Series. The series consisted of 11 rounds of sprint racing with one driver per car and two rounds (the Queensland 500 and the Bathurst 1000) of endurance racing with each car shared by two drivers.
* = Drove in the Queensland 500 only
** = Drove in the FAI 1000 only
The 1999 Shell Championship Series consisted of 13 rounds which included eleven sprint rounds of two or three races and two endurance races (Queensland 500 and FAI 1000). It was the first time since 1977 that endurance races had been included in the championship.
Championship points were awarded as follows:
- All rounds except Rounds 2, 12 & 13 were "sprint rounds", contested over three races, with points awarded on a 50–46–44–42–40–38–36–34–32–30–28–26–24–22–20–18–16–14–12–10–8–6–4–2–1 basis to the first 25 finishers in each race.
- Round 2 was contested over two races with the whole round carrying six times the points of a sprint round race. 100 points were awarded to the winner of Race 1 and 200 to the winner of Race 2.
- Rounds 12 & 13 were each contested over a single race with two drivers per car. Total points awarded for the round were six times that of a sprint round race. Points were awarded on a 300–276–264–252–240–228–216–204–192–180–168–156–144–132–120–108–96–84–72–60–48–36–24–12–6 basis to the first 25 finishers in each race with both drivers scoring the full points for the position filled by their car.
The Privateers award was contested over all rounds except Rounds 2, 12 & 13. Unlike 1998, points were awarded to the driver rather than the team. The best five scores from the ten rounds could be retained by each driver.
|Pos.||Driver ||Car||Entrant||Points |
|1||Cameron McLean||Ford EL Falcon||Greenfield Mowers Racing||250|
|2||Rodney Forbes||Holden VS Commodore||Bob Forbes Corporation||242|
|3||Steve Reed||Holden VS Commodore||Lansvale Smash Repairs||230|
|4||Mick Donaher||Holden VS Commodore||Ultra Tune Racing||220|
|5||David Parsons||Holden VS Commodore||Smiths Trucks & Challenge Recruitment||214|
|6||Mike Imrie||Holden VS Commodore||Saabwreck Motorsport||176|
|7||Chris Smerdon||Holden VS Commodore||Challenge Motorsport||156|
|8||Bob Thorn||Ford EL Falcon||Supercheap Auto||142|
|9||Mike Conway||Ford EL Falcon||Cadillac Productions||128|
|10||Trevor Ashby||Holden VS Commodore||Lansvale Smash Repairs||126|
- Australian Titles Retrieved from www.camsmanual.com.au on 3 December 2008. Archived 14 May 2009.
- Some things never change, V8 Supercars 1999 Review magazine, pages 4 to 8
- The Rounds, V8 Supercars 1999 Review magazine, pages 16 to 97
- Stewart Wilson, The point of it all, Commodore 25th Anniversary (magazine), pages 94 to 95
- 1999 SCS Privateers Review, V8 Supercars 1999 Review magazine, pages 98 to 101