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The Australian Tourist Trophy is a Confederation of Australian Motor Sport-sanctioned national motor racing title, contested between 1956 and 1979 by Sports Cars and, since 2007, by GT cars. The trophy is currently awarded to the outright winners of the Bathurst 12 Hour.[1]

Australian Tourist Trophy
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Race information
Number of times held27
First held1956
Most wins (drivers)Australia Frank Matich (4)
Most wins (constructors)United Kingdom Lotus (4)
Germany Porsche (4)
Circuit length6.172 km (3.835 mi)
Laps12 Hours

Contents

HistoryEdit

The title was awarded for the first time in 1956 and then annually from 1958 until the introduction by CAMS of an Australian Sports Car Championship for 1969. It was reinstituted in 1975, restricted for the first time to Production Sports Cars and contested over two heats rather than as a single race.[2] In 1976, with the Production Sports Car class now contesting the Australian Sports Car Championship, the Australian Tourist Trophy once again became a contest for purpose built Group A Sports Cars until it was discontinued after the 1979 event.[3]

After almost thirty years, the ATT title was again revived with the award going to the winner of the Sandown GT Classic in both 2007 [4] and 2008. From 2009 until 2015 the Trophy was awarded to the driver accumulating the most outright championship points at specified rounds of the annual Australian GT Championship.

From 2017, the Australian Tourist Trophy has been awarded to the winners of the annual Bathurst 12 Hour event.[1]

WinnersEdit

 
The Matich SR3 of Frank Matich, winner of the 1967 and 1968 ATTs.
 
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997 of 2010 ATT winner David Wall, pictured at the opening round of the 2010 Australian GT Championship.
 
The Audi R8 LMS of 2011 ATT winner Mark Eddy, pictured at the opening round of the 2011 Australian GT Championship.
 
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG of 2012 ATT winner Peter Hackett, pictured at the opening round of the 2012 Australian GT Championship.
 
The Audi R8 Ultra of 2015 ATT winner Christopher Mies, pictured at the opening round of the 2015 Australian GT Championship.
 
Robin Frijns, Stuart Leonard and Dries Vanthoor were awarded the 2018 ATT for their victory in the 2018 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour driving an Audi R8 LMS

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Year[3] Winner Car Circuit Date
1956   Stirling Moss Maserati 300S Albert Park 25 November[5]
1957 Event cancelled[6]
1958   David McKay Aston Martin DB3S Bathurst 5 October[7]
1959   Ron Phillips Cooper T33 Jaguar Lowood 14 June[8]
1960   Derek Jolly Lotus 15 Coventry Climax Longford 7 March[9]
1961   Bib Stillwell Cooper Monaco Coventry Climax Bathurst 2 October[10]
1962   Bib Stillwell Cooper Monaco Coventry Climax Mallala 28 December[11]
1963   Ian Geoghegan Lotus 23 Lowood 9 June[12]
1964   Frank Matich Lotus 19b Coventry Climax Longford 29 February [13]
1965   Ian Geoghegan Lotus 23 Ford Lakeside 14 November [14]
1966   Frank Matich Elfin 400 Traco Oldsmobile Longford 7 March [15]
1967   Frank Matich Matich SR3 Oldsmobile Surfers Paradise 21 May[16]
1968   Frank Matich Matich SR3 Repco Mallala 29 January[17]
1969
-
1974
not awarded
1975   Peter Warren Bolwell Nagari Calder May[18]
1976   Stuart Kostera Elfin MS7 Repco Holden Phillip Island 21 November[19]
1977   Ian Geoghegan Porsche 935 13 November [20]
1978   Greg Doidge Elfin 360 Repco Calder 3 December[21]
1979   Paul Gibson Rennmax Repco Winton 28 October [22]
1980
-
2006
not awarded
2007   Allan Simonsen
  Tim Leahey[23]
Ferrari 430 Sandown 9 December
2008   Nick O’Halloran
  Allan Simonsen[23]
Ferrari 430 GT 28-30 November [24]
2009   David Wall [23] Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S Type 997[3] Phillip Island &
Eastern Creek
16–17 May &
18–19 July[3]
2010   David Wall [23] Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S Type 997[3] 29–30 May &
11 July[25]
2011   Mark Eddy[26] Audi R8 LMS 28–29 May &
2–4 September[27][28]
2012   Peter Hackett [28] Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 [28] 25 -27 May &
13–15 July[29]
2013 not awarded [3]
2014   Richard Muscat Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 Phillip Island &
Highlands Motorsport Park
23 - 25 May &
8 - 9 November
2015   Christopher Mies Audi R8 Ultra Phillip Island &
Sydney Motorsport Park [30]
22 - 23 May &
21 - 23 August
2016 not awarded
2017   Craig Lowndes
  Toni Vilander
  Jamie Whincup
Ferrari 488 GT3 Bathurst 5 February
2018   Robin Frijns
  Stuart Leonard
  Dries Vanthoor [31]
Audi R8 LMS GT3 4 February
2019   Matt Campbell
  Dennis Olsen
  Dirk Werner[32]
Porsche 911 GT3 R 3 February

Multiple winnersEdit

By driverEdit

Wins Driver Years
4   Frank Matich 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968
3   Ian Geoghegan 1963, 1965, 1977
2   Bib Stillwell 1961, 1962
  Allan Simonsen 2007, 2008
  David Wall 2009, 2010

By constructorEdit

Wins Driver
4   Lotus
  Porsche
3   Cooper
  Elfin
  Ferrari
  Audi
2   Matich
  Mercedes-Benz

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Tourist Trophy awarded to B12H winners, www.speedcafe.com Retrieved 12 July 2016
  2. ^ Australian Competition Yearbook, 1976, pages 86–87
  3. ^ a b c d e f Australian Titles, docs.cams.com.au via www.webcitation.org Retrieved on 30 August 2014
  4. ^ GT's to race for Australian Tourist Trophy Title at Sandown Archived 25 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved from CAMS website on 15 August 2008
  5. ^ Wheels magazine, January 1957, pages 60–61
  6. ^ Australian Motor Sport Review 1958–59, page 57
  7. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday, 6 October 1958, page 5
  8. ^ 1959 Australian Tourist Trophy and Lowood Trophy Race, Australian Motor Sports, July 1959, page 272
  9. ^ Longford Races, Australian Motor Sports, March 1969, pages 108–110
  10. ^ David McKay, ’Bib’ Tops in T.T., Modern Motor, December 1961, pages 24–25
  11. ^ Stillwell Wins Top Sports Car Race, The Advertiser, Sat, 29 Dec 1962, Page 19
  12. ^ Total team Lotus 23 wins the Aust. TT, Australian Motor Sports, August 1963, page 29
  13. ^ Record crowd makes Longford car racing capital, The Mercury, Monday, 2 March 1964, page 20
  14. ^ 1965 Australian TT at www.racingsportscars.com Retrieved on 21 May 2014
  15. ^ Record average speed proves Stewart now world’s best, The Mercury, Tuesday, 8 March 1966, page 23
  16. ^ Official Programme, XIth Aust. Tourist Trophy, Surfer’s Paradise International Motor Circuit, Sun, 21 May
  17. ^ Official Souvenir Program, Mallala Australia Day Meeting, Monday, 29 Jan
  18. ^ Australian Competition Yearbook, 1976 Edition, page 176
  19. ^ Racing Car News, January 1977, pages 30–33
  20. ^ John takes driving title No 3, The Age, Monday, November 14 1977, page 29
  21. ^ Racing Car News, January 1979, pages 58–61
  22. ^ Chris de Fraga, A triumph for the Formula 5000s, The Age, Monday, 29 Oct 1979, page 40
  23. ^ a b c d Australian GT Awards & Titles – As archived from www.australiangt.com.au on 7 December 2010
  24. ^ 2008 Race Calendar, www.allansimonsen.com via www.webcitation.org Retrieved on 30 August 2014
  25. ^ Long distance dual for Vodka O Australian GT Championship at Phillip Island & the CAMS Australian Tourist Trophy Retrieved on 20 October 2010. Archived at Webcite on 20 October 2010
  26. ^ Fast Eddy Dominates at Phillip Island and takes GT Championship Lead Archived 26 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 5 September 2011
  27. ^ Fathers get in Free for Phillip Island for GT Round, www.racecar.com, as archived at www.webcitation.org on 22 September 2014
  28. ^ a b c Australian Titles, docs.cams.com.au As archived at www.webcitation.org on 16 July 2014
  29. ^ Michelin Wins Again and Smashes Fastest Lap, 23 July 2012, www.jaxquickfit.com.au Retrieved on 29 September 2014
  30. ^ 2015 CAMS Australian GT Championship Sporting and Technical Regulations, docs.cams.com.au, as archived at web.archive.org
  31. ^ Audi Trio Win Australian Tourist Trophy, www.cams.com.au, 5 February, 2018, as archived at web.archive.org
  32. ^ Goodwin, Graham (3 February 2019). "Earl Bamber Motorsport Wins Dramatic Bathurst 12 Hour – dailysportscar.com". www.dailysportscar.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.

Further readingEdit

  • Jim Shepherd, A History of Australian Motor Sport, 1980, pages 181–183