Australian Grand Prix
Warwick Farm, 22 Nov 1970
|1||Frank Matich||McLaren M10B [400-10-2] - Repco Holden V8
#10 (see note 1)
|45||1h 04m 37.6s
|2||Niel Allen||McLaren M10B [400-02] - Chevrolet Molloy V8
#2 (see note 2)
|45||1h 04m 44.7s
|3||Graeme Lawrence||(Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69  V6
|45||1h 04m 45.2s
|4||Leo Geoghegan||(ANF1) 2-litre Lotus 59 [59-FB-14] - Waggott TC4V
#1 (see note 3)
|45||1h 04m 46.4s
|5||Dave Walker||Lotus 70  - Ford Boss 302 Falconer & Dunn V8
|45||1h 05m 41.6s
|6||Len Goodwin||(ANF2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/2] - Cosworth FVA
#22 Pat Burke Racing (see note 4)
|7||Johnnie Walker||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B  - Ford twin cam
|8||Tony Stewart||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B  - Ford twin cam
|9||Jack Bono||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Brabham "BT6" [BT2 FJ-12-62] - Ford twin cam
#24 (see note 5)
|10||Max Stewart||(ANF1) 2-litre Mildren (Rennmax) - Waggott TC4V
|11||Ian Fergusson||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Bowin P3a [P3a-103-69] - Ford twin cam
|12||Frank Radisich||McLaren M10A [300-06] - Chevrolet V8
#15 (see note 6)
|13||Col Green||(Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT16 [F2-8-65] - Climax FPF 4
#7 (see note 7)
|R||Ken Goodwin||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Rennmax BN3 - Ford twin cam
|R||Clive Millis||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B  - Ford twin cam
|35||out of fuel|
|R||Garrie Cooper||(Tasman) 2.5-litre Elfin 600D  - Repco 830 V8
|R||Kevin Bartlett||Mildren (Franklen) - Chevrolet V8
|R||Bob Muir||(ANF1) 2-litre Mildren 'Mono' - Waggott TC4V
#9 (see note 8)
|R||Keith Holland||McLaren M10B [400-06] - Chevrolet V8
|DNS||John McCormack||(Tasman) 2.5-litre Elfin 600C  - Repco 740 V8
|Did not start|
| ||Don O'Sullivan||McLaren M10A [300-10] - Repco Holden V8
#11 (see note 9)
|On entry list|
| ||Terry Quartly||(ANF2) 1.5-litre Lotus 32 [32-FL-7] - Ford
|On entry list|
| ||Ivan Tighe||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B  - Ford twin cam
|On entry list|
| ||Ray Winter||(ANF2) 1.5-litre Rennmax BN1 - Ford
|On entry list|
All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.
|1||Frank Matich||(F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10B [400-10-2] - Repco Holden V8||1m 23.9s|
|2||Graeme Lawrence||(Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69  - Ferrari V6||1m 24.4s|
|3||Leo Geoghegan||(ANF1) 2-litre Lotus 59 [59-FB-14] - Waggott TC4V||1m 25.2s|
|4||Niel Allen||(F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10B [400-02] - Chevrolet Molloy V8||1m 25.5s|
|5||Kevin Bartlett||(F5000) 5-litre Mildren (Franklen) - Chevrolet V8||1m 25.7s|
|6||Max Stewart||(ANF1) 2-litre Mildren (Rennmax) - Waggott TC4V||1m 25.9s|
|7||Dave Walker||(F5000) 5-litre Lotus 70  - Ford Boss 302 Falconer & Dunn V8||1m 26.5s|
|8||Keith Holland||(F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10B [400-06] - Chevrolet V8||1m 27.1s|
|9||Garrie Cooper||(Tasman) 2.5-litre Elfin 600D  - Repco 830 V8||1m 27.4s|
|10||John McCormack *||(Tasman) 2.5-litre Elfin 600C  - Repco 740 V8||1m 27.9s|
|11||Len Goodwin||(ANF2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/2] - Cosworth FVA||1m 29.0s|
|12||Bob Muir||(ANF1) 2-litre Mildren 'Mono' - Waggott TC4V||1m 30.2s|
|13||Col Green||(Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT16 [F2-8-65] - Climax FPF 4||1m 30.7s|
|14||Johnnie Walker||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B  - Ford twin cam||1m 31.0s|
|15||Ken Goodwin||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Rennmax BN3 - Ford twin cam||1m 31.2s|
|16||Frank Radisich||(F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10A [300-06] - Chevrolet V8||1m 31.2s|
|17||Clive Millis||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B  - Ford twin cam||1m 31.4s|
|18||Jack Bono||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Brabham "BT6" [BT2 FJ-12-62] - Ford twin cam||1m 32.4s|
|19||Ian Fergusson||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Bowin P3a [P3a-103-69] - Ford twin cam||1m 34.1s|
|20||Tony Stewart||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B  - Ford twin cam||1m 34.1s|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- McLaren M10B [400-10-2] (Frank Matich): New to Frank Matich (Australia) and fitted with Repco's new Holden V8 F5000 engine for Australian racing. Raced for the first time at Warwick Farm on 12 July 1970 but crashed, and rebuilt on a new tub as "M10C". Next raced at Calder on 18 Oct 1970, then at Australian Grand Prix 22 Nov 1970. Raced in the 1971 Tasman series, then to the US for the L&M series before returning to Australia for the 1971 Gold Star series. Crashed prior to Oran Park 27 June and rebuilt on third tub. To Frank Radisich at the end of 1971 and raced in the 1972 Tasman series, the 1972 Australian Gold Star, and the 1973 Tasman. To Keith Laney (NZ), fitted with a Chevrolet V8 and appeared in the Tasman series in 1974 and 1975. Then to Dennis Phillips for hill climbs 1976, then Russel Greer (Blenheim, NZ) and fitted with a 6.3-litre Chevy to win the 1979/80 NZ hill climb championship. Sold to Peter Addison (Australia) but history then unknown until acquired by Max Warwick (Australia) in the mid-1990s. Raced at Historic Sandown from 1998. Sold to Graham Wadsworth (Melbourne, Australia) 2006.
- McLaren M10B [400-02] (Niel Allen): New to Niel Allen (Australia) late 1969, and raced in 1970 and 1971 Tasman series. To Kevin Bartlett for 1971 Australian Gold Star and 1972 Tasman 1972, then to US for at least one race in 1972. Then unknown until bought by Gil Cameron, and raced in Australia from 1975 to 1977. Donated parts to Tony Edmondson's Alfetta Chev sports sedan, and the remainder of the car stored at Elfin during the 1980s. Subsequent history unknown, but later owned by Llynden Riethmuller (Sydney, NSW) in 2007. After Riethmuller's death, sold to Alan Hamilton in 2011, and restored for historic racing. More information about McLaren M10B 400-2
- Lotus 59 [59-FB-14] (Leo Geoghegan): New to Australia Lotus importer Leo Geoghegan, replacing his very successful but ageing Lotus 39-Repco. The Lotus was fitted with a 2-litre Waggott TC4V engine and used in Australian National Formula 1 and Tasman events in 1970 and 1971. He won two Australian Gold Star race in this car, at Warwick Farm in September 1970 and at Mallala a few weeks later. After spending 1972 on the sidelines, the Lotus was sold to Bob and Gary Johns for 1973, fitted with a Ford twin cam engine, and used in Australian Formula 2 from 1973 to 1975. By 1985, it had been acquired by John Holmes (Toowoomba, Queensland), and was restored to its original Waggott configuration.
- McLaren M4A [M4A/2] (Len Goodwin): Entered by John Coombes for Piers Courage in F2 in 1967. Crashed at Brands Hatch in August 1967 and believed to have been rebuilt on a new tub before its next race at Albi four weeks later, but Autosport makes no mention of a rebuild nor of it being a new car. Raced by Piers Courage in the 1968 Tasman series. Sold to Niel Allen and raced in Australian events in 1968 until Allen crashed heavily at Lakeside in July, reportedly requiring another new tub to be fabricated. Raced again by Allen in 1969, then to Pat Burke for drivers Len Goodwin 1970-71 and Warwick Brown 1971. Sold by Burke and Peter Malloy to Erol Richardson but bought back by Pat Burke around 1982. Restored by Molloy for Burke and retained until sold to John Hugenholtz. To David Coplowe (England) by 1994. Raced in the HSCC Historic Formula Racing Car Championship in 1995. Raced by Coplowe until 2010, and sold to Gareth Williams (Oxfordshire) in 2012.
- Brabham "BT6" [BT2 FJ-12-62] (Jack Bono): Sold via Brabham's Australian agent Alec Mildren Pty Ltd to David Walker, and raced by Walker in 1963, 1964 and early 1965. Raced by Ralph Sach in 1965 then a Mildren entry with a 1500cc Ford twin cam for Frank Gardner and Kevin Bartlett during the 1965/66 season. To Competition Cars (Aust) for Mike Champion in the 1966 and 1967 Gold Star seasons, then to Brian Page for 1968. Entered by Graham Collier for Jack Bono in 1969. Through Australian owners Chris Farrell 1971, James Crawford 1973, Greg Kinlin 1977 and Graham Healey 1984 to Bryan Miller 1984 who restored it to Alec Mildren late 1965 spec with Ford twin-cam and raced extensively. To Colin Haste (Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia) 1998 and raced extensively in Australian Formula Junior Association events.
- McLaren M10A [300-06] (Frank Radisich): See full history: McLaren M10A 300-06.
- Brabham BT16 [F2-8-65] (Col Green): John Coombs entered this Brabham BT16 for Graham Hill in 1965, fitted with a BRM P71 engine. Hill continued to race it in the early part of 1966 after which it was then refitted with a 2.5-litre Climax FPF and taken to Australia by Frank Gardner to be used in Tasman racing. Gardner won first time out at a Gold Star race at Warwick Farm in December 1966 and then raced it in the 1967 Tasman series as part of Alec Mildren's team. After the series it was acquired by Niel Allen who planned to race it himself but instead entered it for Fred Gibson in 1967 and again in early 1968 before it was sold to Col Green in mid-1968. Retained by Green for three seasons and then sold in mid-1971 to Neil Rear (Perth, Western Australia), who raced it at Waneroo Park in 1972. In 1973, it was fitted with a Cosworth 1600 engine and at the end of that season, Rear sold it to Colin Hall, who planned to fit a Lotus twin cam, but continued to drive his Macon instead. Rear raced the car again in early 1974, before clouting the barrier in a race at Wanneroo in April 1974. The Brabham passed through various owners until acquired by photographer Julian Cowan. Sold via Bonhams to Rob McMillan (Sydney, NSW, Australia) and rebuilt on a replica chassis for historic racing, the original chassis being cut up and scrapped.
- Mildren 'Mono' (Bob Muir): Designed by Len Bailey and built by Alan Mann Racing for Alec Mildren Racing in Australia in late 1968, when it was raced by Frank Gardner using one of 2.5-litre Alfa T33 V8 engines from the team's Brabham BT23D. Raced by Gardner in the 1969 Tasman series, then by Kevin Bartlett in the 1969 Gold Star series. Later in 1969 it was fitted a Waggott TC4V engine, and Bartlett used it in this form in the 1970 Tasman and the 1970 Gold Star. It was sold to Bob Muir at the end of 1970 and raced by him through 1971 and early 1972, both with his 2-litre Waggott engine and with a Ford twin cam engine for Southeast Asian events. Then to Ray Winter and used in ANF2 in 1973 and 1974. Winter used the car again on occasion in 1975 and 1976. Later on, when the new single-cam Australian F2 was introduced, the old Mildren was raced in that category by Greg Ferrall. Then unknown until acquired by Lionel Ayres and restored. The car was retained by Bruce Ayres after his father Lionel's death in 2013.
- McLaren M10A [300-10] (Don O'Sullivan): New to Frank Matich (Cremorne, Australia) late 1969. Raced in the 1970 Tasman series, taking four pole positions and winning at Pukekohe and Wigram. Damaged in an accident during a preliminary race at the Singapore GP in March 1970 and replaced with a new M10B. The M10A was repaired, fitted with a Repco Holden engine and sold to Don O'Sullivan, who was entered by Team Matich in the 1971 Tasman series. O'Sullivan crashed at Teretonga and the car was destroyed. Parts were later used in O'Sullivan's Gardos F5000 car.
The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' original results.
Australian Gold Star results for the period 1971-1976 are now available from a variety Australian magazines and yearbooks. As well as Racing Car News, results have been cross-checked against the 1972 Australian Motoring Yearbook and the 1973 and 1974 Australian Competition Yearbooks. Information is added from Autosport where available. The 1975 season was collated by Glenn Moulds using Racing Car News, Australian Auto Action, Chequered Flag, Australian Competition Year, "50 Years Of The Australian Grand Prix" and "Australia's Elfin Sports and Racing Cars". For the 1976 season, Glenn was also able to use Motor Sport Reporter from R3 Calder onwards.
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Individual sources for this event
These 1970 Australian GP results are taken principally from Autosport's race report (3 Dec 1970 pp34-35) with a few additional details from Motoring News (3 Dec 1970 p7) and retirement laps completed from Australian Grand Prix p352.