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Australian Gold Star Race

Amaroo Park, 12 Jul 1981

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Alfredo Costanzo McLaren M26 [4] - Chevrolet V8
#84 Porsche Australia
40 32m 35.5s
2 Rob Butcher Lola T332 [T330 HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#10 (see note 1)
40
3 Ivan Tighe Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8
#12 (see note 2)
38
4 Ray Hanger (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 77B [30] - Ford BDA
#48 (see note 3)
38
5 Bob Minogue Lola T430 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#2 (see note 4)

6 John Wright Lola T400 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
#76 (see note 5)

7 Barry Singleton Gardos BL1 - Repco Holden V8
#16

DNA Garrie Cooper Elfin MR9 [80231] - Chevrolet V8
Did not arrive
DNA Peter Edwards Lola T332 [T330 HU23(B)] - Chevrolet V8
Did not arrive
DNA Andrew Miedecke (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [256] - Ford BDA
(see note 6)
Did not arrive

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Alfredo Costanzo2016m 13.2s
2Rob Butcher20
3John Wright20
4Ivan Tighe19
5Barry Singleton19
6Ray Hanger19
Bob Minogueretired
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Alfredo Costanzo16m 22.3s
2Rob Butcher
3Bob Minogue
4Ivan Tighe
5Ray Hanger
Barry Singletonspun
John Wrightdid not start heat 2 - engine
Qualifying
1 Alfredo Costanzo (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M26 [4] - Chevrolet V8 45.9s
2 John Wright (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8 46.6s
3 Rob Butcher (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU8] - Chevrolet V8 47.8s
4 Ivan Tighe (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8 50.3s
5 Bob Minogue (F5000) 5-litre Lola T430 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8 51.8s
6 Ray Hanger (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 77B [30] - Ford BDA 52.1s
7 Barry Singleton (F5000) 5-litre Gardos BL1 - Repco Holden V8 52.2s

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. Lola T430 [HU1] (Bob Minogue): 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.
  5. Lola T400 [HU15] (John Wright): See full history: Lola T400 HU15.
  6. Ralt RT4/81 [256] (Andrew Miedecke): Ralt sales record says sold to Andrew Meidecke, without delivery date. [Tub no: 81/94; gearbox: FT1423; JM34732 11/80]. The car of Andrew Meidecke in the 1981 Australian season; chassis number given for Meidecke's car in NZMA report of 1981 AGP [NZMA 23 Nov 81 p4]; chassis number given for Meidecke's car at the Selangor GP 29 Nov 81 [NZMA 11 Jan 82 p3];

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.

Individual sources for this event

Results for Amaroo Park from Milan Fistonic, using Motor Racing Yearbook and Racing Car News.

Thanks to Rob Bartholomaeus for supplying the report from the 1981/82 Australian Motor Racing Yearbook.