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Australian Grand Prix

Calder, 16 Nov 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Alan Jones (F1) 3-litre Williams FW07B [7] - Cosworth DFV V8
#27 Alan Jones
95 1h 00m 16.4s
2 Bruno Giacomelli (F1) 3-litre Alfa Romeo 179 [6] - 1260 V12
#23 Alfa Romeo
94
3 Didier Pironi Elfin MR8-C [8761] - Chevrolet V8
#25 Ansett Team Elfin
91
4 Alfredo Costanzo Lola T430 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#84 Porsche Distributors (see note 1)
90
5 Chas Talbot Lola T332 [HU36a] - Chevrolet V8
#3 Chas Talbot (see note 2)
87
6 Rob Butcher Lola T332 [T330 HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#10 Hahndorf Motor Musuem (see note 3)
85
7 Garrie Cooper Elfin MR9 [80231] - Chevrolet V8
#12 Ansett Team Elfin
85
8 Colin Trengove Lola T332 ['071-084'] - Chevrolet V8
#34 John Silman Power Tools (see note 4)
84
9 Peter Edwards Lola T332 [T330 HU23(B)] - Chevrolet V8
#21 P J Edwards
84
10 Ivan Tighe Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8
#38 Ivan Tighe (see note 5)
83
11 John Bowe Elfin MR8B-C [8783] - Chevrolet V8
#11 Ansett Team Elfin
79
R John Wright Lola T400 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
#76 John Wright (see note 6)
70 Fuel pump
R Jon Davison Lola T332 [HU34] - Chevrolet V8
#4 Lee Seaton (see note 7)
68 Gearbox
R Ian Adams Lola T330 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#8 Ian Adams (see note 8)
60 Rocker stud
R Mel McEwin Matich A53 [007] - Repco Holden V8
#17 Mel McEwin
33 Clutch
R Peter Williamson (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Galloway HG1 - Ford BDA
#77 Peter Williamson Pty Ltd
27 Engine - overheating?
R Tim Slako Elfin MR6 [6741] - Repco Holden V8
#33 Tim Slako
17 Burst water hose - steam burns
R Barry Singleton Gardos BL1 - Repco Holden V8
#16 Barry Singleton
6 Oil pump - oil leak AAA & CF
R John Smith (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [91] - Ford BDA
#71 John Smith
1 Engine
DNQ Ray Hanger (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 77B [30] - Ford BDA
#48 Ray Hanger (see note 9)
Did not qualify
DNQ Greg Doidge Matich A53 [A51-005] - Repco Holden V8
Did not qualify
DNP John McCormack (F5000) 4.9-litre McLaren M23 [2] - Leyland P76 Repco V8
#7 McCormack Unipart Racing
Did not take part in official practice
(Driver injured en route, car never ran)
DNA Peter "Chris" Middleton Elfin MR8-C [8761] - Chevrolet V8
#5 P Middleton
Did not arrive
DNA Vern Schuppan Tiga CA80 - Chevrolet V8
#6 Porsche Distributors (see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA Giacomo Agostini (F1) 3-litre Williams FW06 [001] - Cosworth DFV V8
#9 Giacomo Agostini
Did not arrive
DNA Allan R. Nitschke Begg FM5 [2] - Chevrolet V8
#13 A R Nitschke (see note 11)
Did not arrive
DNA Terry Hook Lola T332C [HU28-2] - Chevrolet V8
#15 Terry Hook (see note 12)
Did not arrive
DNA Jim Lowe Chevron B28 [B24 73-07] - Chevrolet V8
#18 Jim Lowe (see note 13)
Did not arrive
DNA Russell Davidson (F5000) March 732/A ["732-15"]
#19 Russell Davidson (see note 14)
Did not arrive
DNA Vern Schuppan McLaren M26 [4] - Chevrolet V8
#84 Porsche Distributors
Did not arrive

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Alan Jones (F1) 3-litre Williams FW07B [7] - Cosworth DFV V8 0.36.1
2 Bruno Giacomelli (F1) 3-litre Alfa Romeo 179 [6] - Alfa Romeo 1260 V12 0.36.3
3 Alfredo Costanzo (F5000) 5-litre Lola T430 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8 0.37.9
4 John Wright (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8 0.38.8
5 Jon Davison (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU34] - Chevrolet V8 0.39.7
6 Rob Butcher (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU8] - Chevrolet V8 0.40.0
7 Chas Talbot (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU36a] - Chevrolet V8 0.40.0
8 Didier Pironi (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR8-C [8761] - Chevrolet V8 0.40.2
9 Mel McEwin (F5000) 5-litre Matich A53 [007] - Repco Holden V8 0.40.8
10 Peter Edwards (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU23(B)] - Chevrolet V8 0.41.1
11 John Smith (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [91] - Ford BDA 0.41.4
12 Ivan Tighe (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8 0.41.6
13 Tim Slako (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR6 [6741] - Repco Holden V8 0.42.0
14 Ian Adams (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8 0.42.0
15 Barry Singleton (F5000) 5-litre Gardos BL1 - Repco Holden V8 0.42.2
16 Colin Trengove (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 ['071-084'] - Chevrolet V8 0.42.3
17 Peter Williamson (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Galloway HG1 - Ford BDA 0.42.6
18 John Bowe (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR8B-C [8783] - Chevrolet V8 DNP
19 Garrie Cooper (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR9 [80231] - Chevrolet V8 DNP

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. Lola T332 [HU36a] (Chas Talbot): See full history: Lola T332 HU36.
  3. Lola T332 [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
  4. Lola T332 ['071-084'] (Colin Trengove): See full history: Lola T330 HU7.
  5. 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).
  6. Lola T400 [HU15] (John Wright): See full history: Lola T400 HU15.
  7. Lola T332 [HU34] (Jon Davison): See full history: Lola T332 HU34.
  8. 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
  9. March 77B [30] (Ray Hanger): Entered by March for Danny Sullivan in the 1978 New Zealand International series. Sold to Colin Giltrap and entered by him for Dave McMillan at Baypark Mar 1978 then for Larry Perkins in the 1978/79 series. Raced by Desiré Wilson in the Jan/Feb 1980 series then John Smith in Jan 1981. Sold to Ray Hanger (Australia) and used in the 1981 AF1 and Pacific series. Also raced at Shah Alam in October 1981.
  10. Tiga CA80 (Vern Schuppan): Based on Tiga's Formula 2 F280 model, the CA80 appeared only for the two races at Laguna Seca and Riverside at the end of the 1980 season. Vern Schuppan could not qualify it in the top ten and retired in both races. It was not raced again and, by 1982, was in storage in the Sacramento, CA premises of Proformula, the Tiga importer. In 2009, the car was with a Salinas, CA owner.
  11. Begg FM5 [2] (Allan R. Nitschke): Built new in 1973 by Fred McLean for Allan McCully for the 1973/74 New Zealand Gold Star, and regarded by McLean as a FM5, not a Begg FM5. To Graham Baker 1974 and raced in Tasman 1974, the 1974/75 and 1975/76 Gold Star, and the 1976 NZ Internationals. To Charles Talbot (Australia) 1976, and raced by him in the 1977 and 1978 Rothmans Australian Internationals. Presumably the car raced by Allan R. Nitschke in Australia from 1979 to 1982. Then unknown until acquired by Bryan and Graham Sala about 1990. Bought at auction in Australia by Gavin Hicks (Auckland, NZ) about 1991 and sold by him to Lindsay O'Donnell (Christchurch, NZ) 2001. Raced by O'Donnell in the F5000 Tasman Revival from 2003 to the 2012/13 season. Returned two years later for the New Zealand Festival at Hampton Downs in January 2015. More information about Begg FM5/2
  12. Lola T332C [HU28-2] (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
  13. Chevron B28 [B24 73-07] (Jim Lowe): 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
  14. March 732/A ["732-15"] (Russell Davidson): Reported to have been bought from Jock Topin's Ecurie Santos (Watford, UK) and imported to Australia by Ray Gibbs (East Malvern, Victoria, Australia) in 1978. Entered by Gibbs for Russell Davidson in the Australian ARCO Graphite series in 1980. To Ron Cullen (Sydney, NSW) about 1996 and restored, then to Graham Smith (Bellbrae, Victoria) late 2000/early 2001. Raced by Smith in F5000 Revival Series races in early 2006, and in Australian historic races including the Australian Grand Prix support races in 2009 and 2010. Sold by Smith to an unknown owner in Victoria in 2014. Sold at auction in April 2016 to Rob Splatt. More information about March 732/73A 'the second Gibbs car'

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.