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Charlie O'Brien (racing driver)

Charles Lindsay O'Brien (born 26 March 1955) is a former Australian race car driver. From 1976 to 2003, he held the record for being the youngest winner of an Australian Touring Car Championship round.[1]

Charlie O'Brien
NationalityAustralian
Born (1955-03-26) 26 March 1955 (age 64)
Related toTroy Dunstan (nephew)
Shannon O'Brien (nephew)
V8 Utes
Years active2010–11
Starts46
Wins3
Poles1
Fastest laps0
Best finish12th in 2011
Previous series
1976–86
1982–83
1987
1995–96
2003–05
2004
2010–11
Australian Touring Car Champ.
Australian Drivers' Champ.
World Touring Car Championship
Australian Super Touring
Australian Carrera Cup
V8 Supercar
Australian V8 Ute Series
Championship titles
1987

1992
New Zealand Touring Car National Series
Bathurst 12 Hour

Career resultsEdit

Season Title Position Car Team
1976 Australian Touring Car Championship 6th Holden LH Torana SLR/5000 L34
1977 Australian Touring Car Championship 15th Holden LH Torana SLR/5000 L34
Holden LX Torana SS A9X 4-Door
Holden Dealer Team
1978 Australian Touring Car Championship 19th Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback Bob Forbes Motorsport
1979 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th Holden LX Torana SS A9X 4-Door Gown-Hindaugh
Roadways Racing
1980 Australian Touring Car Championship 10th Holden VC Commodore Roadways Racing
1982 Australian Drivers' Championship 5th Ralt RT4 Ford
1982 National Panasonic Series [2] 1st [2] Ralt RT4 [2] O'Brien's Heavy Haulage [2]
1983 Australian Drivers' Championship 9th Ralt RT4 Ford
1983 North American Formula Atlantic Series 25th Ralt RT4 Ford Theodore Racing
1986 Australian Touring Car Championship 12th BMW 635 CSi Charlie O'Brien
1986 South Pacific Touring Car Championship 4th BMW 635 CSi Bob Jane T-Marts
State Coal BMW
1987 New Zealand Touring Car National Series 1st BMW 635 CSi
1995 Australian Super Touring Championship 10th BMW 318i Paul Morris Motorsport
1996 Australian Super Touring Championship 7th BMW 318i Paul Morris Motorsport
2003 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 17th Porsche 996 GT3 Cup
2004 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 16th Porsche 996 GT3 Cup
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 60th Ford BA Falcon WPS Racing
2005 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 25th Porsche 996 GT3 Cup
2010 Australian V8 Ute Series 14th Ford Falcon XR8 Ute Madashell Motorsport
2011 Australian V8 Ute Series 12th Ford Falcon XR8 Ute Rentco
2015 Australian Trans-Am Series 1st Pontiac Trans-Am Fataz Competition
2016 Australian Trans-Am Series 1st Chevrolet Camaro Fataz Competition

Complete Australian Touring Car Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 DC Points
1976 Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 SYM
11
CAL
6
ORA
5
SAN AMA
1
AIR
5
LAK
3
SAN
4
AIR
3
SUR
5
PHI
2
6th 43
1977 Holden Dealer Team Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34
Holden LX Torana SS A9X 4-Door
SYM
6
CAL
5
ORA
4
SAN
5
AMA
6
AIR LAK SAN
Ret
AIR SUR PHI
8
15th 10
1978 Bob Forbes Motorsport Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback SYM
8
ORA AMA SAN WAN CAL
Ret
LAK
3
AIR 19th 6
1979 Gown-Hindaugh
Roadways Racing
Holden LX Torana SS A9X 4-Door SYM CAL ORA
5
SAN
2
WAN SUR
2
LAK
3
AIR 5th 26
1980 Roadways Racing Holden VB Commodore SYM CAL LAK SAN WAN SUR
2
AIR
3
ORA 10th 15
1986 Charlie O'Brien BMW 635 CSi AMA
5
SYM
Ret
SAN AIR
3
WAN SUR
5
CAL LAK
10
WIN ORA 12th 56
2004 WPS Racing Ford BA Falcon ADE ECR PUK HID BAR QLD WIN ORA SAN
16
BAT SUR SYM ECR 60th 132

Complete World Touring Car Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1987   Shell Ultra Hi-Tech Racing Team Ford Sierra RS500 MNZ JAR DIJ NUR SPA BNO SIL BAT
Ret
CLD
ovr:13
cls:9
NC 0
  Viacard Services BMW 635 CSi WEL
ovr:20
cls:12
FJI

† Not registered for series & points

Complete Bathurst 1000 resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1975   C O'Brien   Graham Ryan Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 D 22 DNF DNF
1976   Holden Dealer Team   Wayne Negus Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 3001cc - 6000cc 160 4th 4th
1977   Holden Dealer Team   Ron Harrop Holden LX Torana SS A9X 4-Door 3001cc - 6000cc 162 5th 5th
1978   Holden Dealer Team   John Harvey Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback A 139 19th 9th
1979   Roadways / Gown-Hindhaugh   Garth Wigston Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback A 147 8th 8th
1980   Roadways / Gown-Hindhaugh   Garth Wigston Holden VC Commodore 3001-6000cc 157 5th 5th
1981   Citizen Watches Australia P/L   Mike Quinn Holden VC Commodore 8 Cylinder & Over 16 DNF DNF
1982   Soundwave Discos   Clive Benson-Browne Holden VH Commodore SS A 143 DNF DNF
1984   Peter Williamson Toyota   Peter Williamson Toyota Celica Supra Group A 0 DNF DNF
1985   Erle McRae Motorsport   John English BMW 635 CSi C 106 DNF DNF
1986   /   Goold Motorsport   Garry Rogers BMW 635 CSi C 19 DNF DNF
1987   Shell Ultra Hi-Tech Racing Team   Neville Crichton Ford Sierra RS500 1 2 DNF DNF
1989   Miedecke Motorsport   Andrew Miedecke Ford Sierra RS500 A 0 DNF DNF
1990   Mobil 1 Racing   Andrew Miedecke
  David Parsons
Ford Sierra RS500 1 149 11th 11th
1991   Allan Moffat Enterprises   Gianfranco Brancatelli Ford Sierra RS500 1 158 DSQ DSQ
1992   Allan Moffat Enterprises   Gary Brabham Ford Sierra RS500 A 124 25th 20th
1993   Allan Moffat Enterprises   Andrew Miedecke Ford EB Falcon A 41 DNF DNF
1994   Benson & Hedges Racing   Tony Longhurst Holden VP Commodore A 161 4th 4th
1995   Shell FAI Racing   Steven Johnson Ford EF Falcon 158 7th 7th
1997   Castrol Longhurst Ford   Tony Longhurst Ford EL Falcon L1 110 DNF DNF

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Winning Drivers". Official website of the V8 Supercar Championship Series. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d Bev Wright, O'Brien All the Way, Racing Car News, October 1982, pages 41 to 43
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Allan Grice
Peter Fitzgerald
Nigel Arkell
Winner of the Bathurst 12 Hour
1992
(with Garry Waldon & Mark Gibbs)
Succeeded by
Alan Jones
Garry Waldon