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Australian Grand Prix

Wanneroo Park, 11 Mar 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Johnnie Walker Lola T332 ['HU22-3'] - Chevrolet V8
#25 (see note 1)
63 59m 09.72s
95.82 mph
2 John Bowe Elfin MR8B-C [8783-2] - Chevrolet V8
63 59m 22.13s
3 Rob Butcher Lola T330 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 2)
61
4 John Smith (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [91] - Ford BDA
#71
61
5 Terry Hook Lola T332 [HU28] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 3)
59
6 Barry Singleton Gardos BL1 - Repco Holden V8
#19
59
7 Ivan Tighe Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 4)
49
8 Geoff Nicol (F?) 1.6-litre Elfin 622 [73429] - Ford
45
R John Wright Lola T400 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
#76 (see note 5)
62 blown engine
R Bob Kingsbury (F?) 1.6-litre El Toro - Alfa Romeo
39 battery
R John McCormack (F5000) 4.9-litre McLaren M23 [2] - Leyland P76 Repco V8
36 broken gearbox
R Rod Housego (F?) 1.6-litre Elfin 622 [74441] - Ford
33 exhaust
R Bill Downey (F?) 1.6-litre Minos - Ford
30 transmission
R Jon Davison Lola T332 [HU34] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 6)
20 fuel pump belt
R Peter Larner (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B39/B45 [39-77-02] - Ford BDA
(see note 7)
8 distorted tub
R Larry Perkins Elfin MR8-C [8761] - Chevrolet V8
#12
0 collision with Costanzo
R Alfredo Costanzo Lola T430 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#84 (see note 8)
0 hit by Perkins
DNS Bob Creasy (ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-008] - Ford
Did not start
(broken gearbox)
  Bill Downey (F?) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 - Ford
On entry list

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Alfredo Costanzo (F5000) 5-litre Lola T430 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8 52.11s
2 Larry Perkins (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR8-C [8761] - Chevrolet V8 52.77s
3 Johnnie Walker (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 ['HU22-3'] - Chevrolet V8 53.00s
4 Terry Hook (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU28] - Chevrolet V8 53.20s
5 Jon Davison (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU34] - Chevrolet V8 54.20s
6 John Wright (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8 54.27s
7 John McCormack (F5000) 4.9-litre McLaren M23 [2] - Leyland P76 Repco V8 54.67s
8 John Bowe (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR8B-C [8783-2] - Chevrolet V8 55.30s
9 Rob Butcher (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8 55.85s
10 John Smith (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [91] - Ford BDA 56.59s
11 Ivan Tighe (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8 57.11s
12 Peter Larner (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B39/B45 [39-77-02] - Ford BDA 57.30s
13 Barry Singleton (F5000) 5-litre Gardos BL1 - Repco Holden V8 58.20s
14 Rod Housego (F?) 1.6-litre Elfin 622 [74441] - Ford 60.07s
15 Bob Creasy * (ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-008] - Ford 61.00s
16 Geoff Nicol (F?) 1.6-litre Elfin 622 [73429] - Ford 61.89s
17 Bill Downey (F?) 1.6-litre Minos - Ford 63.35s
18 Bob Kingsbury (F?) 1.6-litre El Toro - Alfa Romeo 65.46s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T332 ['HU22-3'] (Johnnie Walker): Effectively a new Lola T332 built for Kevin Bartlett to replace the T330 crashed at Pukekohe in January 1974. Raced by Bartlett in the Australian Gold Star from August 1974 onwards. To Bruce Allison for 1975 and raced in Australian Gold Star 1975, and New Zealand and Australian Internationals 1976, but crashed and heavily damaged at Oran Park 1 Feb. Rebuilt again on another T332 tub and raced by Allison later in 1976. Sold by Allison to Martin Sampson of Magnum Wheels, and raced for him by Kevin Bartlett in the 1977 Australian Internationals 1977, by Alan Jones at Surfers after he wrecked his T332C HU61, then by Johnnie Walker in September 1977, and in Australia in 1978 and 1979. Sampson retired the car after 1979, and it was displayed at the Birdwood Museum until sold to Bob Minogue in 1987. Raced for Minoque by Barry Ward in 1987, then sold to Paul Cromarty (Aus), then Adrian Whapham (NZ) in 1994 or 1995. To Stan Redmond (Christchurch, NZ) by 2001 and raced in F5000 Tasman Revival series. To Peter Sundberg (Auckland, New Zealand) 2009. To David Banks (Auckland, New Zealand) and raced by him in the 2017/18 Tasman Revival series. More information about Lola T332 'the Kevin Bartlett car'
  2. Lola T330 [HU8] (Rob Butcher): 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
  3. 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
  4. Chevron B37 [37-76-01] (Ivan Tighe): To VDS Racing and entered for Peter Gethin in the 1976 US F5000 series (also raced once by Teddy Pilette) and in the Rothmans series in Australia in early 1977. To Bruce Allison (Brisbane, Australia) and raced by him in the 1977 UK Group 8 Championship and in the Rothmans series again in Australia in early 1978. Then to Ivan Tighe (Brisbane) and raced in national Australian F5000 and in the International series in 1979. Raced by Tighe up to the end of F5000 in Australia in 1982 and retained by him until 2001. Then sold via Race Car Warehouse (Brighton, England) in early 2002 to Simon Hadfield (Shepshed, Leicestershire) and completely restored. Raced with great success by Hadfield in historic racing both in the UK and in Australia from 2004 to 2008. It has since been raced by guest drivers, including Tony Trimmer at Oulton Park in 2009, Marcus Pye at Oulton Park in 2010 and Ben Anderson at the 2012 Silverstone Classic. Sold in October 2014 to Neil Glover (Ansty, West Sussex).
  5. Lola T400 [HU15] (John Wright): See full history: Lola T400 HU15.
  6. Lola T332 [HU34] (Jon Davison): See full history: Lola T332 HU34.
  7. Chevron B39/B45 [39-77-02] (Peter Larner): New to Tony Martin (Durban, South Africa) and raced in the 1977 South African series. Retained for 1978 as a spare car to Martin's new B45, and and upgraded to B45 specification. Sold for 1979 to Paul England for Peter Larner to race in the early 1979 Australian Internationals. Larry Perkins took over the drive later in 1979, and also drove the car in the Aurora AFX Formula Pacific Championship in New Zealand in early 1980 and the Australian National Panasonic Formula Pacific series in 1981. Some time about 1985 or 1986, the car was sold to Norm Carr (Victoria) who raced it once or twice before damaging one corner at Calder. When Carr acquired it the chassis plate was missing so he had a new one issued by Roger Andreason at Chevron which read "39-77-B-02". It was still owned by Carr in 2003.
  8. Lola T430 [HU1] (Alfredo Costanzo): VDS for Teddy Pilette US 1976 (6 races; best result 3rd at R3 Mosport Park 20 Jun); used as spare car to Brown's HU2 in Australian Internationals 1977 - Alan Hamilton (Australia): used as spare car; maybe Jon Davison's car Australian Gold Star 1977 (R1 Surfers Paradise 28 Aug 1977 only). Built up after Hamilton's crash at the 1978 Australian GP and raced by Alfredo Costanzo: Australian Gold Star 1978; Australian Internationals 1979 (won at Sandown Park and Adelaide); Australian Gold Star 1979 (won at Sandown 9 Sep); Australian Gold Star 1980 (won at Sandown 14 Sep and Winton 26 Oct); Australian GP 1980 (4th) - Bob Minogue: Australian Gold Star 1981, Arco Graphic 1981/82. Minogue still holds several lap records in Australia, including the Sandown International circuit record for F5000, set on 2 Mar 1986 and the Historic F5000 record at Winton on 30 May 1993. Subsequently sold to Gavin Bain, then to Graham Cameron, who raced it at Historic Sandown in 2000. To David Abbott (Christchurch, NZ) by 2002, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival regularly from 2003 to 2008, when Abbott moved over to his newly rebuilt HU2. Then raced by Ken Smith in the series from 2008 to 2010.

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.