Australian National F1 Championship Race

Winton, 12 Aug 1984

1 John Bowe Ralt RT4/84 [479] - Ford BDD Jennings
40 36m 41.9s
2 Lucio Cesario Ralt RT4/82 [81-274] - Ford BDD
(see note 1)
3 John Smith Tiga FA81 [183] - Ford BDD
4 Graham Watson Ralt RT4/82 [81-269] - Ford BDD
#8 Graham Watson Motor Racing (see note 2)
5 Peter Macrow Cheetah Mk8 [81-3] - Ford BDD
(see note 3)
6 Peter Hopwood Ralt RT4/81 [280] - Ford BDD Jennings
7 Brian Sampson Ralt RT4/83 [82-331] - Ford BDD
Re Car Racing
8 Chris Hocking Ralt RT4/83 [82-351] - Ford BDD
9 Keith McClelland (ANF2) 1.6-litre Cheetah Mk8 [82-1] - Volkswagen Golf single cam
(see note 4)
R Chas Talbot Talbot 184 - Ford BDD

DNS Terry Ryan (ANF2) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/77 [91] - Ford
(see note 5)
Did not start
(Engine mounting bolt)
DNS Bruce Connolly Ralt RT4/81 [265] - Ford BDD
#51 (see note 6)
Did not start
(Fuel pump)

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

1 John Bowe (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/84 [479] - Ford BDD Jennings 0.52.7
2 Lucio Cesario (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [81-274] - Ford BDD 0.53.0
3 John Smith (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Tiga FA81 [183] - Ford BDD 0.53.8
4 Bruce Connolly * (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [265] - Ford BDD 0.53.9
5 Peter Macrow (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Cheetah Mk8 [81-3] - Ford BDD 0.54.8
6 Graham Watson (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [81-269] - Ford BDD 0.54.9
7 Peter Hopwood (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [280] - Ford BDD Jennings 0.55.1
8 Brian Sampson (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [82-331] - Ford BDD 0.55.2
9 Chris Hocking (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [82-351] - Ford BDD 0.55.3
10 Keith McClelland (ANF2) 1.6-litre Cheetah Mk8 [82-1] - Volkswagen Golf single cam 0.56.9
11 Terry Ryan * (ANF2) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/77 [91] - Ford 0.58.0
12 Chas Talbot (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Talbot 184 - Ford BDD 1.01.4
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ralt RT4/82 [81-274] (Lucio Cesario): Ralt sales record says sold to Graham Watson for Charlie O'Brien, delivered 29 Sep 81. O'Brien's car at Shah Alam GP 16-18 Oct 81 is described as 'new' by NZMA. Chassis number given for O'Brien's car in NZMA report of 1981 AGP [NZMA 23 Nov 81 p4].
  2. Ralt RT4/82 [81-269] (Graham Watson): Ralt sales record says sold to Theodore Racing, delivered 2 Oct 81. [Tub no: 81/123; gearbox FT1482; fuel cell JM36678 6/81] Chassis number given by NZMA for the car of Mike Rosen at Bay Park 3 Jan 82. Described by NZMA report as ex-Jarier, so presumed to be Jarier's car at Macau 1981. A note for Paul Radisich's car at the Bay Park Union Travel Championship race 11 Apr 82 [A/S 15 Apr 82 p48] says that this was the car used earlier in the year by Mike Rosen. Paul Radisich's car at Adelaide 4 Jul 82 is described as 'ex Mike Rosen' [AMSYB-82 p153] Chassis number given for Paul Radisich's car at 1982 AGP, and presumed to be the car used by him throughout the 1982 Australian Gold Star series. Chassis number given NZMN 21 Jan 83 p16 for the car of Paul Radisich at Bay Park, 2 Jan 83. [CT]
  3. 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.
  4. Cheetah Mk8 [82-1] (Keith McClelland): Built to ANF2 specification and delivered to Keith McClelland in February 1984. McClelland raced the car in ANF2 in 1984 and 1985, although it has been suggested that the car was in ANF1 specification with a Ford BDD engine at some races. Then bought by Arthur Abrahams and raced in Ignis Fridges livery in 1985. This would be before Abrahams took delivery of a new Mk 8 in February 1987 which became known as the 'Ransburg Cheetah'. The McClelland car was then leased to Mike Hall for three races. It was then purchased by Tom Crozier and raced in ANF2 in 1987. Crozier considered converting the car to the forthcoming Formula Holden but he did not proceed with this. Bought by Peter Jones in December 1987 and raced in ANF2 at Mallala, Winton and Lakeside in 1988. Sold to Arnold Rigby (Wamboin, NSW) in 1989, and retained by Rigby for many years. It was acquired by Andrew Sutton in mid-2023.
  5. Ralt RT1/77 [91] (Terry Ryan): New to Larry Perkins (Victoria, Australia) for the 1978 New Zealand Formula Pacific series. Then to John Smith (NEW, Australia) and raced in the 1979 New Zealand series. Smith used the car in some Rothmans International and Gold Star races later in 1979, still with its BDA engine, before converting it to single cam ANF2 specification for the Australian ANF2 series. Again raced by Smith in New Zealand in January 1980, then in ANF1 and ANF2 events in Australia. Retained for a third season in 1981, and used in the New Zealand series and in the National Panasonic Formula Pacific series in Australia. Smith then bought a new Ralt RT4/81, but the RT1 was retained as a spare car, and loaned to Brett Fisher for the 1982 Australian GP. Raced by Terry Ryan in ANF2 in 1984.
  6. Ralt RT4/81 [265] (Bruce Connolly): Ralt sales record says sold to Graham Watson/Pwee, no delivery date. [Tub no: 81/126; gearbox: FT1478; JM36735 6/81] "Pwee" is Gregg 'Peewee' Siddle, who ran the teams of first Nelson Piquet in F3, and then Roberto Moreno in all junior formulae. Chassis number noted in NZMA report on the car of Nelson Piquet at Australian GP 1981 [NZMA 23 Nov 81 p4]. Chassis number given for Moreno's car in NZMA report of the Bay Park race, 3 Jan 82, and presumed to be the car run by Moreno throughout the NZ series. Chassis number given for Phillip Revell's car at the 1982 AGP and presumed to be the car used by Revell in the 1982 Australian Gold Star series. Revell's car also described by AMSYB-82 p166 as 'ex Piquet 1981 AGP'. [CT]


Note that 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' published 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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