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Formula Pacific was a motor racing category which was used in the Pacific Basin area from 1977 to 1982. It specified a single-seat, open-wheeler chassis powered by a production-based four-cylinder engine of under 1600cc capacity.[1] The formula was based on Formula Atlantic, with provision made for the use of Japanese engines.The category was superseded in 1983 by Formula Mondial, which was devised by the FIA to replace both Formula Atlantic and Formula Pacific.

IntroductionEdit

The Formula Pacific category was created at a meeting of representatives from Pacific Basin countries (Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Japan) in 1976.[2] The formula was based on Formula Atlantic, with provision made for the use of Japanese engines.[2] The first races to be held under the new formula were staged in New Zealand in January 1977.[2]

New ZealandEdit

New Zealand staged its first Formula Pacific races in January 1977 [2] having abandoned Formula 5000 and moved to the new formula in that year.[3] The category continued there until Formula Mondial was introduced in 1983.[4]

AustraliaEdit

Formula Pacific was adopted as part of Australian Formula 1 alongside the 5-litre Formula 5000 class in 1979 and it became the sole component of Australian Formula 1 in 1982. Formula Mondial was adopted as the new Australian Formula 1 in 1983 however cars complying with Formula Pacific would continue to compete alongside the new cars until the end of that year.[5]

JapanEdit

The Japan Automobile Federation ran a Formula Pacific championship from 1978 to 1982.[6]

MacauEdit

 
Theodore Racing's Formula Pacific race car at the Macau Grand Prix Museum.

The Macau Grand Prix used Formula Pacific regulations from 1977 [7] until Formula 3 rules were adopted for the 1983 event.[8] Winners of the race include eventual F1 drivers Riccardo Patrese and Roberto Moreno.

List of Formula Pacific series winnersEdit

Southeast Asian Series
Year Driver Car
1976 %   Graeme Lawrence March-Ford
1977   Steve Millen Chevron-Ford
New Zealand International Series
1977   Keke Rosberg Chevron-Ford
1978   Keke Rosberg Chevron-Ford
1979   Teo Fabi March-Ford
1980   Dave McMillan Ralt-Ford
1981   David Oxton Ralt-Ford
1982   Roberto Moreno Ralt-Ford
1983   Allen Berg Ralt-Ford
1984   Ken Smith Ralt-Ford
1985   Ross Cheever Ralt-Ford
1986   Jeff MacPherson Ralt-Ford
1987   Mike Thackwell Ralt-Ford
1988   Paul Radisich Ralt-Ford
1989   Dean Hall Ralt-Ford
1990   Ken Smith Swift-Ford
1991   Craig Baird Swift-Toyota
1992   Craig Baird Reynard-Toyota
1993   Craig Baird Reynard-Toyota
New Zealand Gold Star
1977   Dave McMillan Ralt-Ford
1978   Ross Stone Cuda-Ford
1979   Dave McMillan Ralt-Ford
1980   Dave McMillan Ralt-Ford
1981   David Oxton Ralt-Ford
1982   David Oxton Ralt-Ford
1983 not held
1984   Ken Smith Ralt-Ford
1985   Ken Smith Ralt-Ford
1986 not held
1987   Ken Smith Ralt-Ford
1988   Paul Radisich Ralt-Ford
1989   Dean Hall Ralt-Ford
1990   Ken Smith Swift-Ford
1991   Craig Baird Swift-Toyota
1992   Craig Baird Reynard-Toyota
1993   Craig Baird Reynard-Toyota
All-Japan Championship
1978   Masahiro Hasemi Chevron-Nissan
1979   Takao Wada March-Nissan
1980   Masahiro Hasemi Chevron-Nissan
1981   Kazuyoshi Hoshino March-Nissan
1982   Kazuyoshi Hoshino Ralt-Nissan
South Pacific Championship
1981   David Oxton Ralt-Ford
1982   Roberto Moreno Ralt-Ford
National Panasonic Series [9]
1981 [9]   Bruce Allison [9] Ralt-Ford
1982 [10]   Charlie O'Brien [10] Ralt RT4 [10]
Australian Drivers' Championship (Gold Star)
1982   Alfredo Costanzo Tiga-Ford
1983 +   Alfredo Costanzo Tiga-Ford
1984 +   John Bowe Ralt-Ford
1985 +   John Bowe Ralt-Ford
1986 +   Graham Watson Ralt-Ford
FISA Formula Mondial World Cup
1983   Charlie O'Brien Ralt-Ford
Indian Formula Pacific Series
1984   Jim Crawford Chevron-Ford
1985   Jim Crawford Chevron-Ford
1986   Vicky Chandhok Chevron-Ford

% : The 1976 series was open to Formula Atlantic cars.[11]

+ : From 1983 to 1986 the Australian Drivers' Championship was contested by cars complying with Formula Mondial regulations.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Survival of the Swiftest, 1980 Australian Grand Prix Program, page 23
  2. ^ a b c d Graham Howard, A backward look at Formula Pacific, 1982 Australian Grand Prix Program, page 51
  3. ^ New Zealand Formula Pacific series races Retrieved on 23 January 2010
  4. ^ Formula Mondial - Southern Pacific Zone, Australian Motor Racing Year 1983/94, pages 232-233
  5. ^ CAMS Manual of Motor Sport 1983, page 273
  6. ^ JAF Formula Pacific Series Races Retrieved on 23 January 2010
  7. ^ Grand Prix Macau > MGP Archive > Chronology > Decades of History - The 70s Archived 2012-03-01 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 23 January 2010
  8. ^ Grand Prix Macau > MGP Archive > Chronology > Decades of History - The 80s Retrieved on 23 January 2010
  9. ^ a b c The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday, 24 August 1981, page 21
  10. ^ a b c Bev Wright, O'Brien All the Way, Racing Car News, October 1982, pages 41 to 43
  11. ^ Lawrence's Rothmans title, Autosport, 6 January 1977, page 5