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Australian National F1 Championship Race

Oran Park, 18 Aug 1985

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 John Bowe Ralt RT4/84 [479] - Ford BDD Jennings
#1 Chris Leach Enterprises
32
2 Peter Hopwood Ralt RT4/85 [507] - Ford BDD
#22 Menage Motorsport
32
3 Terry Ryan Ralt RT4/81 [256] - Ford BDD
(see note 1)
32
4 Brian Sampson Ralt RT4/83 [82-331] - Ford BDD
31
5 Peter Macrow Cheetah Mk8 [81-3] - Ford BDD
#25 (see note 2)
31
6 Brett Fisher Liston BF1 - Ford BDD
#13

R Chris Hocking Ralt RT4/83 [82-351] - Ford BDD
#74
Gear selector
R Keith McClelland Ralt RT4/81 [273?] - Ford BDD
#16 Menage Motorsport [Steve Webb]
(see note 3)
16 Spun
R Craig Gibbs Ralt RT4 - Ford BDD
16
UNK Peter Boylan Ralt RT4/81 [280?] - Ford BDD
#7 [Menage Motorsport/Steve Webb]

UNK Peter Warren March 80A [20] - Ford BDD

UNK Barry Johnson (ANF2) 1.6-litre Cheetah Mk7

UNK Tom Brickley (ANF2) 1.6-litre Kaditcha
#15

DNS Peter Doulman (ANF2) 1.6-litre Avanti
Did not start
  Ross Zampatti Ralt RT4/81 [255] - Ford BDD
#2 Chris Leach Enterprises (see note 4)
On entry list
  Chas Talbot Talbot 184 - Ford BDD
On entry list
  Graham Watson Ralt RT4/81 [263] - Ford BDD
#8 (see note 5)
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 1m 02.2s
2 Peter Hopwood (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/85 [507] - Ford BDD 1m 02.6s
3 Keith McClelland (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [273?] - Ford BDD 1m 03.9s
4 Terry Ryan (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [256] - Ford BDD 1m 04.0s
5 Peter Macrow (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Cheetah Mk8 [81-3] - Ford BDD 1m 04.1s
6 Chris Hocking (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [82-351] - Ford BDD 1m 04.7s
7 Brian Sampson (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [82-331] - Ford BDD 1m 04.8s
8 Brett Fisher (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Liston BF1 - Ford BDD 1m 06.9s
9 Peter Boylan (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [280?] - Ford BDD 1m 07.0s
10 Craig Gibbs (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4 - Ford BDD 1m 08.5s
11 Peter Warren (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 80A [20] - Ford BDD 1m 08.5s
12 Barry Johnson (ANF2) 1.6-litre Cheetah Mk7 1m 10.0s
13 Peter Doulman * (ANF2) 1.6-litre Avanti 1m 11.4s
14 Tom Brickley (ANF2) 1.6-litre Kaditcha 1m 14.7s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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]
  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. 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 [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]
  5. 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]

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.