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Australian National F1 Championship Race

Amaroo Park, 26 May 1985

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 John Bowe Ralt RT4/84 [479] - Ford BDD Jennings
#1 Chris Leach Enterprises
42
2 Peter Hopwood Ralt RT4/85 [507] - Ford BDD
#22 Menage Motorsport

3 Bruce Connolly Ralt RT4/81 [265] - Ford BDD
(see note 1)

4 Terry Ryan Ralt RT4/81 [256] - Ford BDD
(see note 2)
41
5 Keith McClelland Ralt RT4/81 [273?] - Ford BDD
#4 Menage Motorsport [Steve Webb]
(see note 3)
41
6 Graham Watson Ralt RT4/81 [263] - Ford BDD
#8 (see note 4)
40
R Peter Boylan Ralt RT4/81 [280?] - Ford BDD
#7 Menage Motorsport [Steve Webb]
16 Engine
R Ross Zampatti Ralt RT4/81 [255] - Ford BDD
#2 Chris Leach Enterprises (see note 5)
6 Accident
R Chris Hocking Ralt RT4/83 [82-351] - Ford BDD
#74
0 Mechanical
R Brett Fisher Liston BF1 - Ford BDD
#13

R Ken Shirvington Toleman TA860 [HU2] - Toyota 2T-G
(see note 6)

  Richard Davison Ralt RT4/81 [258] - Ford BDD
(see note 7)
On entry list
  John Smith Ralt RT4 - Ford BDD
Ralt Australia
On entry list
  Andrew Miedecke Ralt RT4 - Ford BDD
Ralt Australia
On entry list
  Chas Talbot Talbot 184 - Ford BDD
On entry list
  Geoff Nicol Ralt RT4/82 [81-277] - Ford BDD
#40 (see note 8)
On entry list
  Bob Creasy Ralt RT4/82 [81-279] - Ford BDD
#6
On entry list

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

Qualifying
1 John Bowe (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/84 [479] - Ford BDD Jennings 43.87s
2 Peter Hopwood (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/85 [507] - Ford BDD 44.55s
3 Bruce Connolly (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [265] - Ford BDD 45.05s
4 Graham Watson (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [263] - Ford BDD 45.21s
5 Terry Ryan (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [256] - Ford BDD 45.51s
6 Chris Hocking (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [82-351] - Ford BDD 46.37s
7 Ross Zampatti (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [255] - Ford BDD 46.47s
8 Brett Fisher (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Liston BF1 - Ford BDD 47.99s
9 Peter Boylan (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [280?] - Ford BDD 48.18s
10 Keith McClelland (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [273?] - Ford BDD no time
10 Ken Shirvington (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Toleman TA860 [HU2] - Toyota 2T-G 50.25s

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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]
  2. Ralt RT4/81 [256] (Terry Ryan): 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]
  3. Ralt RT4/81 [273?] (Keith McClelland): Ralt sales record says sold to Graham Watson/Bob Jane, without delivery date. [Tub no: 81/132; Gearbox FT1486; Fuel cell: JM37174 10/81] Chassis number given in NZMA report for the car of Jacques Laffite at the 1981 AGP, [NZMA 23 Nov 81 p4]. The car of Ray Hanger at 1982 AGP is described as 'ex Laffite 1981 AGP' [AMSYB-82 p166] and presumed to be the car used by Hanger earlier in the Australian Gold Star series. [CT]
  4. Ralt RT4/81 [263] (Graham Watson): Ralt sales record says sold to Graham Watson/Bob Jane, without delivery date. [Tub no: 81/119; Gearbox FT1480; Fuel cell: JM36736 6/81] Chassis number given in NZMA report for the car of Alan Jones at the 1981 Australian G.P, [NZMA 23 Nov 81 p4]. A note in A/S concerning Bruce Allison's entry at the Australian Gold Star Round at Calder [1 Aug 82] says that Allison used 'the car run by Jones at the Australian GP' at that race. Chassis number given for Alain Prost's car at the 1982 AGP. [CT]
  5. Ralt RT4/81 [255] (Ross Zampatti): Ralt sales record says sold to Graham Watson/John Bowe, without delivery date. [Tub no: 80/109; gearbox: FT1469; fuel cell: JM34734 11/80]. Chassis number given for Bowe's car in report of 1981 AGP, 6 Nov 81 [NZMA 23 Nov 81 p4] and presumed to be Bowe's car earlier in the Australian season. Retained by Bowe for the 1982 season and taken by him to the race at Long Beach as well. Report of the Gold Star round at Oran Park says Bowe 'rushed getting car ready after Long Beach' [NZMA 7 May 82 p20]. Chassis number given for Bowe's car at 1982 AGP. [CT]
  6. Toleman TA860 [HU2] (Ken Shirvington): 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.
  7. Ralt RT4/81 [258] (Richard Davison): Ralt sales record says sold to Bruce Allison, without delivery date. [Tub no: EDA002, a unique style of number in the record; gearbox: FT1426; fuel cell: JM34731 12/80]. Chassis number given for Allison's car at Selangor GP 29 Nov 81 [NZMA 11 Jan 82 p3] and presumed to be Allison's car in the 1981 Australian and South East Asian races. Chassis number given for Allison's car in NZMA report of 1981 AGP [NZMA 23 Nov 81 p4]. Sold to Richard Davison for 1982 Australian season - Davison's car at the Calder race of 28 Feb 82 is described in NZMA as 'ex Allison'. Chassis number given for Davison's car at the 1982 AGP. [CT]
  8. Ralt RT4/82 [81-277] (Geoff Nicol): Ralt sales record says sold to Rajah, without delivery date. [Tub no: 81/138; gearbox: FT1420; fuel cell: JM37200 10/81] Chassis number given for Sonny Rajah's car at Selangor GP 29 Nov 81 [NZMA 11 Jan 82 p3]. Chassis number given for the car of Geoff Nicol at the Malaysian GP, 29-30 May 82. [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.

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.