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Australian Grand Prix

Sandown Park, 10 Sep 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Graham McRae McRae GM3 [01] - Chevrolet V8
#2
49 52m 45.2s
2 John Briggs Matich A50/A51 [001] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 1)
47
3 Peter Edwards Lola T332 [T330 HU23(B)] - Chevrolet V8
45
4 Peter "Chris" Middleton Elfin MR5 [5724] - Repco Holden V8
#5 (see note 2)
43
5 Kevin Bartlett Brabham BT43 [1] - Chevrolet V8
#3 (see note 3)
42
6 Ian Adams Lola T330 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 4)
39
7 Terry Hook Lola T332 [HU28] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 5)
37
R Alan Hamilton Lola T430 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#19 (see note 6)
46 major accident
R Barry Singleton Chevron B28 [B24 73-07] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 7)
unknown
R Jon Davison Lola T332 [HU34] - Chevrolet V8
#24 (see note 8)
27 accident, water hose
R Vern Schuppan Elfin MR8B-C [8783] - Chevrolet V8
#11
27 major accident
R Garrie Cooper Elfin MR8-C [8761] - Chevrolet V8
22 major accident
R Chris Milton Lola T330 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 9)
18 retired - unknown
R Chas Talbot Lola T332 [HU36] - Chevrolet V8
#10 (see note 10)
unknown
R Gary Dumbrell McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 11)
unknown
R John McCormack (F5000) 4.9-litre McLaren M23 [2] - Leyland P76 Repco V8
#1
6 engine
R Alfredo Costanzo Lola T400B [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 12)
5 lost second gear
DNQ Bronwyn Taylor Matich A50 [004] - Repco Holden V8
(see note 13)
Did not qualify
DNQ Colin Trengove Lola T332 ['071-084'] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 14)
Did not qualify

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 John McCormack (F5000) 4.9-litre McLaren M23 [2] - Leyland P76 Repco V8 1m 00.9s
2 Graham McRae (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM3 [01] - Chevrolet V8 1m 01.3s
3 Vern Schuppan (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR8B-C [8783] - Chevrolet V8 1m 01.3s
4 Alan Hamilton (F5000) 5-litre Lola T430 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8 1m 02.0s
5 Jon Davison (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU34] - Chevrolet V8 1m 02.3s
6 Chris Milton (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8 1m 03.3s
7 Kevin Bartlett (F5000) 5-litre Brabham BT43 [1] - Chevrolet V8 1m 03.5s
8 Chas Talbot (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU36] - Chevrolet V8 1m 04.0s
9 Terry Hook (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU28] - Chevrolet V8 1m 04.7s
10 Alfredo Costanzo (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400B [HU1] - Chevrolet V8 1m 04.8s
11 John Briggs (F5000) 5-litre Matich A50/A51 [001] - Chevrolet V8 1m 04.8s
12 Peter "Chris" Middleton (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5 [5724] - Repco Holden V8 1m 07.0s
13 Garrie Cooper (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR8-C [8761] - Chevrolet V8 1m 09.2s
14 Peter Edwards (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU23(B)] - Chevrolet V8 1m 10.2s
15 Barry Singleton (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B28 [B24 73-07] - Chevrolet V8 1m 12.2s
16 Gary Dumbrell (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet V8 1m 12.7s
17 Colin Trengove * (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 ['071-084'] - Chevrolet V8 1m 22.7s
18 Bronwyn Taylor * (F5000) 5-litre Matich A50 [004] - Repco Holden V8 1m 39.3s
19 Ian Adams (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8 did not practice
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Matich A50/A51 [001] (John Briggs): New for Frank Matich to win the 1971 Australian GP, then raced in the New Zealand Tasman rounds before being renumbered '002' for the Australian Internationals. Matich won the 1972 Australian Gold Star in this car, and raced it in the 1973 Tasman series. Then to Barry Lewis in 1975 - Peter Roach 1976 - Dave Powell 1976 - John Briggs 1978 and damaged at a hillclimb. Via K & A Engineering to Gavin Sala 1984 or 1985, then to his son Bryan Sala. More information about Matich A50-001/002
  2. Elfin MR5 [5724] (Peter "Chris" Middleton): New to John Walker 1972, but he quickly replaced it with a Matich A50. Sold to Stan Keen and fitted with a Ford V8 later in the 1972 season, but not raced after October 1973. Sold to Peter "Chris" Middleton 1977, and raced in the 1978 Australian Internationals, and in the 1978 and 1979 Australian national seasons. Sold to Tony Parkinson 1979, then to Mike Adams 1981. It was then rebodied by Elfin, renamed 815, and raced by Mike Trengove and by Adams in 1981 and 1982. Sold to Paul Trevethan, then to Peter Brennan (Melbourne, Victoria) in the mid-1980s who restored it to original specification, and fitted a flat plane crank Repco Holden engine. To David Doubtfire in 1991, then to Max Floreani in 1996, and raced by Tony Floreani in historics up to 2013.
  3. Brabham BT43 [1] (Kevin Bartlett): Brabham BT43/1 race history.
  4. Lola T330 [HU1] (Ian Adams): Works car for Frank Gardner at the end of 1972, then to Max Stewart for the 1973 Tasman series, the 1973 US series, 1973 Australian Gold Star, 1974 Tasman, and 1974 Gold Star. Driven by David Oxton in the 1975 New Zealand Tasman races, then by Stewart for last two races of Tasman 1975 after he gave up on his Lola T400. Driven by John Leffler, Stewart and Paul Bernasconi during 1975. To Ian Adams (NSW, Australia) 1976, and raced until 1982. Sold by Adams to Darcy Russell (Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia) in 1988, and raced in historic racing from 1992 onwards. Appeared regularly at the VHRR Phillip Island Classic from 1997 to 2016, and in the Australian GP support races in 2009 and 2010. More information about Lola T330 HU1
  5. Lola T332 [HU28] (Terry Hook): Graeme Lawrence (NZ) for Tasman 1974, New Zealand Gold Star 1974; Tasman 1975; Tasman 1976; Gold Star Oct/Nov 1976; Australian Internationals 1977 - Terry Hook (Aus) Australian Internationals 1978, Australian Internationals 1979; heavily crashed at a club event at Lakeside 21 Jun 1981. Rebuilt by March 1982 by Chas Talbot on a new tub. Sold to Bob Minogue and Pete Brennan in the mid-1980s who sold the rear end to Peter Bick to complete his ex-Davison HU34. The ex-Hook car was then built up with other parts and sold to Manuel Jimenez who in turn passed it to Murray Richards (Murrumbeena, Australia). To David Sharp (New Zealand) 1993. To Murray Sinclair (Hong Kong, and Christchurch, New Zealand) 2001, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival from 2003 to 2007. To Russell Greer (Blenheim, New Zealand) 2007, who continued to race it in the Revival series. More information about Lola T332 HU28
  6. Lola T430 [HU2] (Alan Hamilton): VDS spare car US 1976 (raced by Peter Gethin: 3 races; Warwick Brown: 2 races); VDS for Warwick Brown Australian Internationals 1977 (won at Oran Park and Surfers Paradise, crashed in practice at Sandown Park, second at Adelaide) - Alan Hamilton (Australia): Australian Gold Star 1977 (debut R1 Surfers Paradise 28 Aug 1977); Australian Internationals 1978 (driven by Derek Bell at Oran Park); crashed at Australian GP 1978 and broken in half. All the surviving running gear from the wreck stayed with HU1 through various owners until reaching David Abbott in New Zealand in 2005. Over the next two years David, with Alan Hamilton's agreement, recreated this car and it first ran, with Hamilton driving, at Christchurch in October 2007. Raced by Abbott in the Formula 5000 Tasman Cup Revival at the Australian GP meeting 28 Mar 2009.
  7. Chevron B28 [B24 73-07] (Barry Singleton): New to VDS for Chris Craft in 1973 UK series, then for Peter Gethin in 1974 Tasman series. Loaned to Adlards Crowne Racing for Craft UK 1974; returned to VDS, converted to B24/B28 specification and used by Vern Schuppan to win at Brands Hatch October 1974. Sold to Tony Dean for the UK and US series in 1975, but confiscated by UK Customs & Excise on its return from the US. Bought by Don Gray (Sittingbourne, Kent) at auction, and raced in UK 1977. To Keith Holland for 1978 Australian Internationals 1978, and sold there to Barry Singleton 1978, who raced it in Australia in 1978/79. To Jim Lowe 1980/81, but crashed at Surfers Paradise in early 1981 and heavily damaged. Wreck sold to Russel Gomersall, then to Peter Phillips, then Laurie O'Neill, then Dr Bill Marshall sometime around 1985. Run in Australian historic racing 1986-1988. To George Parlby early 1990s. To Aaron Lewis (Cessnock, NSW) late 2005, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival series from 2006 to 2010. Robert Tweedie (Sydney, NSW) 2012, and raced by his son Tom Tweedie, in historic racing from 2013 onwards. More information about Chevron B24 B24-73-07
  8. Lola T332 [HU34] (Jon Davison): See full history: Lola T332 HU34.
  9. Lola T330 [HU8] (Chris Milton): To Haas/Hall and developed by Jim Hall with revised bodywork, radiators and rear wing for Brian Redman in the 1973 US series. Then to Rogers Racing for Larry Harley in the 1974 US series. To Ken Smith (New Zealand) for the 1974/75 season, the New Zealand and Australian Internationals 1976. To Chris Milton (South Australia) and raced in Australia from Sep 1977 to Sep 1978. To John Blanden 1978, and driven for him by Rob Butcher from 1979 to 1982. To Bib Stillwell 1988 for Australian historic racing. To Noel Robson (Melbourne, Australia) 1993, and raced in Australian historic racing for many years. More information about Lola T330 HU8
  10. Lola T332 [HU36] (Chas Talbot): See full history: Lola T332 HU36.
  11. McRae GM1 [015] (Gary Dumbrell): Longer wheelbase car built for Graham McRae and raced in the 1973 British season. To Ian Ward Racing early 1974 and modified as "Ward KS1" but not raced in this form. It was then sold to Chris Featherstone and raced by him once at the end of 1974, then through the 1975 and 1976 seasons. After a single race at the start of 1977, the car was raced by Keith Holland in four races later in the year, and then by Featherstone in the Australian Rothmans series in February 1978. To Gary Dumbrell (Australia) 1978, then to Bob Tomlinson 1978, and then to Salt Walther 1979 for the 1979 Rothmans series, but it may be that Lee Seaton of Thomson Motor Auctions owned it though this period. Sold to Ray Gibbs (Australia) September 1979 and kept by him until sold to Stuart Lush (Auckland, New Zealand) 2000, and raced at Historic Sandown that year and in 2001. Lush raced it in the Tasman Cup Revival series from 2003 to 2015, during which time it was also raced by Chris Hyde in the 2009/10 season and by Greg Thornton in the 2012/13 season. Lush also raced the car in England during the Kiwis' visits to the UK in 2005 and 2008, and at Road America in 2014. Lush sold it to its former driver Garry Dumbrell in 2016, and after Dumbrell died in October 2021, it was sold to Peter Brennan (Melbourne, Australia) in December 2021. More information about McRae GM1-015
  12. Lola T400B [HU1] (Alfredo Costanzo): See full history: Lola T400 HU1.
  13. Matich A50 [004] (Bronwyn Taylor): Bought by Johnny Walker, and fitted with the engine and transmission from his Elfin MR5. Raced by Walker in the 1972 Australian Gold Star, 1973 Australian Internationals, then to America for four races in the US series. To Jon Davison for the 1974 Australian Gold Star and 1975 Australian Internationals 1975 Australian Gold Star, 1976 Australian Internationals, 1976 Australian Gold Star, and 1977 Australian Internationals. To Bronwyn Taylor 1977 and raced in 1978 and 1979 - Geoff Munyard 1980 - leased to Kevin Leighton 1982 - Graham Stoll - Peter Brennan (Melbourne, Australia) - Ziggy Schueller 1990 - Ken Smith (NZ) 1992 or 1993 - James Boult (NZ) 1996 - Russell Greer (NZ) 1996 - Richard Bendell (Australia) 2001 - Aaron Lewis (Cessnock, NSW, Australia) 2004 - Philip Lewis 2013.
  14. Lola T332 ['071-084'] (Colin Trengove): See full history: Lola T330 HU7.

Sources

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.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.