South Pacific Touring Car Championship

The South Pacific Touring Car Championship was a motorsport championship staged in Australia and New Zealand for Group A touring cars between October and December in 1986. The championship was won by Australian driver Allan Grice.

South Pacific Touring Car Championship
CategoryTouring car racing
CountryAustralia Australia
New Zealand New Zealand
Inaugural season1986
Folded1986
Last Drivers' championAllan Grice
Last Teams' championNA
Last Makes' championBMW

Unfortunately, the series received little support from the top teams, especially the Australians other than for the first two rounds held in Australia, while all bar a couple of the New Zealand teams only contested NZ races. Once the series went to New Zealand, Grice and Charlie O'Brien were in fact the only Australian drivers to support the series while those such as Peter Jackson Nissan, JPS Team BMW and the Mobil Holden Dealer Team completely ignored the NZ races.

The series was reportedly set to continue in 1987, however after the first race in Adelaide, interest flagged as the Australian teams were not interested in going to New Zealand after a long season which included the 1987 World Touring Car Championship rounds at Bathurst, Calder and Wellington and the series was cancelled.

ChampionsEdit

Year Driver Team Car
1986   Allan Grice Roadways Racing
Team Nissan Racing NZ
Holden VK Commodore SS Group A
Nissan Skyline DR30 RS
1987 Not Held

1986 race calendarEdit

The 1986 South Pacific Touring Car Championship was contested over a five-round series with two races in Australia and three races in New Zealand.

Round 1 of the series also doubled as Round 5 of the 1986 Australian Endurance Championship, while Round 2 in Adelaide also doubled as the Group A support race at the 1986 Australian Formula One Grand Prix.

Rd. Race Title Circuit City Date Winner Car Team Report
1 The Sun South Pacific 300 Calder Park Raceway Melbourne 19 October   George Fury
  Glenn Seton
Nissan Skyline DR30 RS Peter Jackson Nissan Racing [1]
2 South Australia Cup Adelaide Street Circuit Adelaide 25 October   Allan Grice Holden VK Commodore SS Group A Roadways Racing [2]
3 Manfield SPTCC Manfeild Autocourse Palmerston North 30 November   Graeme Crosby
  Wayne Wilkinson
Holden VK Commodore SS Group A Bob Jane T-Marts [3]
4 Baypark SPTCC Baypark Raceway Mount Maunganui 7 December   Allan Grice
  Kent Baigent
Nissan Skyline DR30 RS Team Nissan Racing NZ [4]
5 Pukekohe SPTCC Pukekohe Park Raceway Pukekohe 14 December   Charlie O'Brien
  Glenn McIntyre
BMW 635 CSi State Coal BMW [5]

Championship resultsEdit

Position Driver Team Car Points
1   Allan Grice Roadways Racing
Team Nissan Racing NZ
Holden VK Commodore SS Group A
Nissan Skyline DR30 RS
81
2   Trevor Crowe Archibalds BMW 635 CSi 73
3   Graeme Crosby Bob Jane T-Marts Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 67
4   Charlie O'Brien Bob Jane T-Marts
State Coal BMW
BMW 635 CSi 66
  Glenn McIntyre State Coal BMW BMW 635 CSi 66
6   George Fury Peter Jackson Nissan Racing Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 57
7   Ed Lamont Lamont Racing/Can-Am Construction BMW 325i 55
8   Glenn Seton Peter Jackson Nissan Racing Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 47
9   Robbie Ker Ford Mustang GT 45
  Wayne Huxford Ford Mustang GT 45
11   Wayne Wilkinson Bob Jane T-Marts Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 43
  Graham Lorimer BMW 635 CSi 43
  Tony Lawrence BMW 635 CSi 43
14   Larry Perkins Enzed Team Perkins Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 40
15   John Harvey Mobil Holden Dealer Team Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 34
16   Denny Hulme Bob Jane T-Marts
Rocket Cargo/Bill Bryce
Mercedes-Benz 190E
BMW 325i
32
  Dave Barrow Toyota Team New Zealand Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82 32
18   Kent Baigent Team Nissan Racing NZ Nissan Skyline DR30 RS 30

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