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Australian National F1 Championship Race

Lakeside, 24 Jul 1983

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Andrew Miedecke Ralt RT4/81 [256] - Ford BDD
#2 (see note 1)
35 29m 16.9s
107.5 mph
2 Alfredo Costanzo Tiga FA81 [183] - Ford BDD
#1
35 29m 34.2s
3 Peter Macrow Cheetah Mk8 [81-3] - Ford BDD
(see note 2)
35 29m 53.9s
4 Peter Williamson Toleman TA860 [HU2] - Toyota 2T-G
(see note 3)
34
5 Terry Hook (ANF2) 1.6-litre Kaditcha AF1 - Ford
34
6 Derek Pingel (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 722 [79201] - Volkswagen Golf single cam
33
7 David Partridge (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 700 [76651] - Volkswagen Golf single cam
32
R Robert Handford Ralt RT4/82 [81-276] - Ford BDD
(see note 4)
22 Suspension damage
R Ian Bland Kaditcha FM83A - Ford BDD
19 Head gasket
R John Smith Ralt RT4/81 [264] - Ford BDD
(see note 5)
2 Collision with Costanzo
UNK Peter Bull (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 622E [7124] - Volkswagen Golf single cam

UNK Rolf Vine (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [7124] - Ford twin cam

DNS Paul Radisich Ralt RT4/83 [82-351] - Ford BDD
Graham Watson Motor Racing
Did not start
(Engine)

All cars are 1.6-litre F/Pac unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Alfredo Costanzo (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Tiga FA81 [183] - Ford BDD 0.48.0
2 John Smith (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [264] - Ford BDD 0.48.9
3 Andrew Miedecke (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [256] - Ford BDD 0.49.0
4 Paul Radisich * (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [82-351] - Ford BDD 0.49.6
5 Robert Handford (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [81-276] - Ford BDD 0.49.8
6 Peter Williamson (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Toleman TA860 [HU2] - Toyota 2T-G 0.50.1
7 Ian Bland (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Kaditcha FM83A - Ford BDD 0.50.6
8 Peter Macrow (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Cheetah Mk8 [81-3] - Ford BDD 0.50.8
9 Peter Bull (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 622E [7124] - Volkswagen Golf single cam 0.52.2
10 Terry Hook (ANF2) 1.6-litre Kaditcha AF1 - Ford 0.52.7
11 Derek Pingel (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 722 [79201] - Volkswagen Golf single cam 0.52.8
12 David Partridge (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 700 [76651] - Volkswagen Golf single cam 0.54.0
13 Rolf Vine (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [7124] - Ford twin cam 0.59.5
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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]. [CT]
  2. Cheetah Mk8 [81-3] (Peter Macrow): Built to Formula Pacific (AF1) specification and delivered to Peter Macrow in February 1983. Macrow raced the car in Formula Pacific in 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986. It was sold to Graham (Graeme?) Smith in 1986, then to Rod Anderson in 1989. The next owner is reported to be a James Sears in 1995. It was next owned by Geoff Turner in 1996, and then to Geoff Wiseman in 1998.
  3. Toleman TA860 [HU2] (Peter Williamson): Invoiced to Peter Williamson 16 Sep 1981. Fitted with a Toyota 2T-G Formula Pacific engine, and raced in Williamson in Australian F/Pacific and in some Southeast Asian Formula Pacific events. In 1982 it was crashed heavily at Oran Park, and rebuilt on a new monocoque produced by Liston & Fisher. Williamson raced the car until the end of 1984 when he crashed the car during practice for the Australian Grand Prix, and abruptly announced his retirement from racing. The Toleman was sold to Ken Shirvington who raced it in 1985. Retained by Shirvington thereafter.
  4. Ralt RT4/82 [81-276] (Robert Handford): Ralt sales record says sold to Graham Watson for Rob Handford, without delivery date. [Tub no: 81/131; gearbox: FT1487; fuel cell: JM36739 6/81] Chassis number noted on the car of Larry Perkins, entered by Robert Handford Racing, at AGP, 1981 [NZMA 23 Nov 81 p4]. A note in the race report says that the car had been given a new tub after a testing accident. AMSYB-82 notes 'the RT4 Larry Perkins drove in the 1981 AGP' [AMSYB-82 p149] for the car used by Handford throughout the 1982 Australian Gold Star season; chassis number given for Handford's car at 1982 AGP. [CT]
  5. Ralt RT4/81 [264] (John Smith): Ralt sales record says sold to Graham Watson/Smith without delivery date. [Tub no: 81/122; gearbox: FT1475; fuel cell: JM36405 4/81]. The car of John Smith: chassis number given for Smith's car in NZMA report of 1981 AGP, [NZMA 23 Nov 81 p4]. Retained by Smith for the 1982 Gold Star season, but very badly damaged in testing before the Adelaide round. [A/S 15 Jul 82 p49; AMSYB-82 p152]. The car was rebuilt around a new Ralt tub. Chassis number given by AMSYB for Smith's car at 1982 AGP so presumably kept the plate. [CT]

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.

The Australian race results have been provided by Chris Townsend based on material in Autosport and Motoring News reports plus the information supplied by a wide range of contributors.

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