Australian Gold Star 1973
Having won the Gold Star series in 1972, Frank Matich took a pair of cars out to the L&M series in the US in 1973 but had a dreadful time. He returned early and prepared a new car, the Matich A52, for the opening round of the Gold Star series at Surfers Paradise in September. After starting from pole position, Matich retired from the race and then decided to pull out of F5000, putting all his cars up for sale.
That left only seven F5000 cars in the country that would appear more than once in the series: the locally-built Elfin MR5s of John McCormack, Garrie Cooper and John Leffler, plus three Lola T330s belonging to Kevin Bartlett, Johnnie Walker and Max Stewart, and Howie Sangster in Don O'Sullivan's McLaren M18/M22.
McCormack won at Surfers and Adelaide, and then Walker took a very poorly-supported race at Phillip Island. The next round was the Australian GP, where Graham McRae won on his first outing in his new McRae GM2, but as he was not eligible for the Gold Star, McCormack's second place gave him maximum points again. Walker won the final round but with another thin field, McCormack only had to finish to secure the championship.
02 Sep 1973 > Glyn Scott Memorial Trophy at Surfers Paradise
07 Oct 1973 > Channel 7 Trophy at Adelaide International Raceway
14 Oct 1973 > Phillip Island
04 Nov 1973 > Australian Grand Prix at Sandown Park
25 Nov 1973 > Phillip Island
1973 Australian Gold Star table
|1||John McCormack||Elfin MR5 - Repco Holden V8||33 pts|
|2||Johnnie Walker||Lola T330 - Repco Holden V8||30 pts|
|3||Garrie Cooper||Elfin MR5 - Repco Holden V8||20 pts|
|4||Enno Buesselman||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 - Ford twin cam||6 pts|
|5||Bruce Allison||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Bowin P6 - Ford twin cam||6 pts|
|6||Leo Geoghegan||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 - Ford twin cam||6 pts|
|7||Chas Talbot||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B - Ford twin cam||4 pts|
|7||Max Stewart||Lola T330 - Chevrolet V8||4 pts|
|7||Kevin Bartlett||Lola T330 - Chevrolet V8||4 pts|
|10||Howie Sangster||McLaren M18/M22 - Chevrolet V8||4 pts|
All cars are 5-litre ANF1 (F5000) cars unless otherwise noted.