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Australian Grand Prix support race

Albert Park, 27 Mar 2011

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Mark Dwyer Lola T400 [HU12] - Chevrolet V8
#54 (see note 1)
6 12m 01.1481s
2 Andrew Robson Lola T332 [T330 HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#63 (see note 2)
6 12m 07.3879s
3 James Davison Lola T332 [HU34] - Chevrolet V8
#6 (see note 3)
6 12m 13.0904s
4 Gregory Thornton Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8
#32 (see note 4)
6 12m 15.0150s
5 Aaron Lewis Matich A50 [004] - Repco Holden V8
#65 (see note 5)
6 12m 17.0923s
6 David Abbott Lola T430 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#3 (see note 6)
6 12m 24.5510s
7 Paul Zazryn Lola T332 [HU32] - Chevrolet V8
#24 (see note 7)
6 12m 39.4151s
8 Tony Floreani Elfin MR5 [5724] - Repco Holden V8
#15 (see note 8)
6 12m 40.1382s
9 Bryan Sala Matich A50/A51 [001] - Chevrolet V8
#4 (see note 9)
6 12m 43.1505s
10 Bill Hemming Elfin MR8A-C [8772] - Chevrolet V8
#11 (see note 10)
6 12m 58.7037s
11 Ian Clements Lola T332 - Chevrolet V8
#30 (see note 11)
6 12m 58.8475s
12 Stan Redmond Lola T333CS/T332 - Chevrolet V8
#25
6 12m 59.3378s
13 Peter Burson McRae GM1 [003] - Chevrolet V8
#51 (see note 12)
6 13m 15.1463s
14 Mike Glynn Lola T400 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
#8 (see note 13)
6 13m 24.8204s
15 Warwick Mortimer Surtees TS5 [002] - Chevrolet V8
#12
6 13m 26.4004s
16 Peter Brennan Lola T332 - Chevrolet V8
#10 (see note 14)
6 13m 38.9485s
17 Graham Smith March 73A - Chevrolet V8
#99 (see note 15)
6 13m 42.7392s
18 Paul Trevethan Elfin ML6 [6741] - Leyland P76 Repco V8
#9
6 14m 15.5173s
R Greg Mills Sana RD11 - Rover V8
#17

R Chris Hocking Matich A53 [A51-005] - Repco Holden V8
#5

R Darcy Russell Lola T330 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#7 (see note 16)
puncture
R Chris Lambden McRae GM1 [004] - Chevrolet V8
#27 (see note 17)
0 gearbox
R Stuart Lush McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet V8
#22 (see note 18)
0 collided with Burson
R Aaron Burson McRae GM1 [008] - Chevrolet V8
#29 (see note 19)
0 collided with Lush
DNSF Philip Lewis Chevron B24 [24-73-07] - Chevrolet V8
#44 (see note 20)
Did not start final
DNSF Hamish Paterson Chevron B32 [32-75-01] - Chevrolet V8
#19 (see note 21)
Did not start final

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Mark Dwyer816:00.7637s
2Aaron Lewis816:21.0098s
3David Abbott816:23.5591s
4Darcy Russell816:35.2766s
5Tony Floreani816:48.6778s
6Bryan Sala816:58.8270s
7Paul Zazryn817:06.4960s
8Chris Hocking817:09.6347s
9Peter Brennan817:25.9869s
10Bill Hemming817:41.4580s
11Greg Mills817:44.3344s
12Peter Burson817:47.6896s
13Mike Glynn817:47.7809s
14Warwick Mortimer817:50.3077s
15Paul Trevethan817:17.0768s
Andrew Robsonfuel starvation
Gregory Thorntonin gravel trap
Philip Lewisretired
Graham Smithretired
Chris Lambden0in gravel trap
Stan Redmondretired
Stuart Lushretired
James Davison0magneto
Aaron Burson0in gravel trap
Hamish Patersonretired
Ian ClementsDNS (clutch)
Qualifying
1 Mark Dwyer (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU12] - Chevrolet V8 1:58.3670s
2 James Davison (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU34] - Chevrolet V8 1:58.9207s
3 Gregory Thornton (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8 2:00.2644s
4 Andrew Robson (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU8] - Chevrolet V8 2:01.5289s
5 Aaron Burson (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [008] - Chevrolet V8 2:01.6281s
6 David Abbott (F5000) 5-litre Lola T430 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8 2:01.6358s
7 Aaron Lewis (F5000) 5-litre Matich A50 [004] - Repco Holden V8 2:01.7577s
8 Darcy Russell (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8 2:02.5688s
9 Ian Clements (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 - Chevrolet V8 2:03.9307s
10 Chris Lambden (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [004] - Chevrolet V8 2:04.4438s
11 Tony Floreani (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5 [5724] - Repco Holden V8 2:04.6603s
12 Bryan Sala (F5000) 5-litre Matich A50/A51 [001] - Chevrolet V8 2:06.4325s
13 Paul Zazryn (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU32] - Chevrolet V8 2:07.3634s
14 Hamish Paterson (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B32 [32-75-01] - Chevrolet V8 2:07.7439s
15 Bill Hemming (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR8A-C [8772] - Chevrolet V8 2:07.8941s
16 Chris Hocking (F5000) 5-litre Matich A53 [A51-005] - Repco Holden V8 2:08.2103s
17 Peter Brennan (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 - Chevrolet V8 2:09.7768s
18 Stuart Lush (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet V8 2:10.7922s
19 Peter Burson (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [003] - Chevrolet V8 2:12.2482s
20 Graham Smith (F5000) 5-litre March 73A - Chevrolet V8 2:13.1866s
21 Mike Glynn (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8 2:16.7204s
22 Stan Redmond (F5000) 5-litre Lola T333CS/T332 - Chevrolet V8 2:17.7850s
23 Greg Mills (F5000) 5-litre Sana RD11 - Rover V8 2:18.9143s
24 Philip Lewis (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B24 [24-73-07] - Chevrolet V8 2:19.2726s
25 Paul Trevethan (F5000) 5-litre Elfin ML6 [6741] - Leyland P76 Repco V8 2:41.3675s
26 Warwick Mortimer (F5000) 5-litre Surtees TS5 [002] - Chevrolet V8

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T400 [HU12] (Mark Dwyer): See full history: Lola T400 HU12.
  2. Lola T332 [T330 HU8] (Andrew Robson): 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
  3. Lola T332 [HU34] (James Davison): See full history: Lola T332 HU34.
  4. Chevron B24 [24-73-02] (Gregory Thornton): New for 1973 season. Doug Shierson for Peter Gethin: raced in UK 1973 (won Race of Champions) and US 1973. To Roger Bighouse (Eastlake, OH): raced in US 1974 (7 races); US 1975 (4 races + 1 DNS) - Pat McGonegle (Cincinnati, OH): raced in US 1976 (1 race) and Can-Am 1977 (4 races + 1 DNS); probably the car entered by McGonegle as 'Mannix MX-2' in Can-Am 1978; advertised April 1979 - Danny Johnson (Kewanee, IL) 1979: raced in Can-Am 1979 (1 race), Can-Am 1981 (5 races), Can-Am 1982 (6 races) - Brian R Taylor (now Clive, Iowa) for Mike Engstrand (Des Moines, Iowa): raced in Can-Am 1985 (3 races) - Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) - Anthony Taylor (Blackburn, UK) 2001: due to be rebuilt and raced in FORCE Historic F5000 series (UK) 2001. Then unknown until owned by Greg Thornton in 2011 and raced in UK and New Zealand 2011/12. Badly damaged in a fire at Thornton's garage in June 2012 but completely reconstructed.
  5. Matich A50 [004] (Aaron Lewis): Bought by Johnny Walker, and fitted with the engine and transmission from his Elfin MR5. Raced by Walker in the 1972 Australian Gold Star, 1973 Australian Internationals, then to America for four races in the US series. To Jon Davison for the 1974 Australian Gold Star and 1975 Australian Internationals 1975 Australian Gold Star, 1976 Australian Internationals, 1976 Australian Gold Star, and 1977 Australian Internationals. To Bronwyn Taylor 1977 and raced in 1978 and 1979 - Geoff Munyard 1980 - leased to Kevin Leighton 1982 - Graham Stoll - Peter Brennan (Melbourne, Australia) - Ziggy Schueller 1990 - Ken Smith (NZ) 1992 or 1993 - James Boult (NZ) 1996 - Russell Greer (NZ) 1996 - Richard Bendell (Australia) 2001 - Aaron Lewis (Cessnock, NSW, Australia) 2004 - Philip Lewis 2013.
  6. Lola T430 [HU2] (David Abbott): VDS spare car US 1976 (raced by Peter Gethin: 3 races; Warwick Brown: 2 races); VDS for Warwick Brown Australian Internationals 1977 (won at Oran Park and Surfers Paradise, crashed in practice at Sandown Park, second at Adelaide) - Alan Hamilton (Australia): Australian Gold Star 1977 (debut R1 Surfers Paradise 28 Aug 1977); Australian Internationals 1978 (driven by Derek Bell at Oran Park); crashed at Australian GP 1978 and broken in half. All the surviving running gear from the wreck stayed with HU1 through various owners until reaching David Abbott in New Zealand in 2005. Over the next two years David, with Alan Hamilton's agreement, recreated this car and it first ran, with Hamilton driving, at Christchurch in October 2007. Raced by Abbott in the Formula 5000 Tasman Cup Revival at the Australian GP meeting 28 Mar 2009.
  7. Lola T332 [HU32] (Paul Zazryn): See full history: Lola T332 HU32.
  8. Elfin MR5 [5724] (Tony Floreani): New to John Walker 1972, but he quickly replaced it with a Matich A50. Sold to Stan Keen and fitted with a Ford V8 later in the 1972 season, but not raced after October 1973. Sold to Peter "Chris" Middleton 1977, and raced in the 1978 Australian Internationals, and in the 1978 and 1979 Australian national seasons. Sold to Tony Parkinson 1979, then to Mike Adams 1981. It was then rebodied by Elfin, renamed 815, and raced by Mike Trengove and by Adams in 1981 and 1982. Sold to Paul Trevethan, then to Peter Brennan (Melbourne, Victoria) in the mid-1980s who restored it to original specification, and fitted a flat plane crank Repco Holden engine. To David Doubtfire in 1991, then to Max Floreani in 1996, and raced by Tony Floreani in historics up to 2013.
  9. Matich A50/A51 [001] (Bryan Sala): New for Frank Matich to win the 1971 Australian GP, then raced in the New Zealand Tasman rounds before being renumbered '002' for the Australian Internationals. Matich won the 1972 Australian Gold Star in this car, and raced it in the 1973 Tasman series. Then to Barry Lewis in 1975 - Peter Roach 1976 - Dave Powell 1976 - John Briggs 1978 and damaged at a hillclimb. Via K & A Engineering to Gavin Sala 1984 or 1985, then to his son Bryan Sala. More information about Matich A50-001/002
  10. Elfin MR8A-C [8772] (Bill Hemming): New to Vern Schuppan (Adelaide, Australia) and raced as part of Ansett Team Elfin in 1977 Australian Internationals. Converted to Can-Am form, and raced by Schuppan in the Can-Am series in late 1977, and again in 1978 and 1979. Next seen when advertised by Stuart Bradbury (Phoenix, AZ) in July 1984. Advertised by Chuck Haines in 1990. To John Wales and Ron Gouttman (NSW, Australia) in 1990, and raced by Gouttman in Australia in Can-Am form in 1992/93. To Laurie Donaher (NSW) 1998, then to Aaron Lewis (Cessnock, NSW, Australia) in 2001. Restored to F5000 form, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival series in 2003/04. To Bill Hemming (Victoria, Australia) 2005, who raced it in the Tasman Revival series from late 2006 onwards.
  11. Lola T332 (Ian Clements): A yellow "ex-John Morton" Frissbee Can-Am car bought in 2007 from Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) by Ian Clements (Christchurch, NZ) and rebuilt as a Lola T332 for the Tasman Revival series. Clements raced this red-and-white #30 Lola T332 in every season of the F5000 Tasman Revival series from 2008/09 to 2017/18. Sold to Kevin Ingram in 2018.
  12. McRae GM1 [003] (Peter Burson): Built for 1972 season as a Leda LT27 and entered by Leda Cars for Trevor Taylor in the UK series until Graham McRae bought the Leda Cars operation. Rebranded as a McRae GM1 (plated "LT27 GM3") and sold to Jock Russell (Midlothian, Scotland) July 1972. Raced by Russell in the 1972 UK series (also raced by Brett Lunger at two races). Raced again by Russell in the UK series in 1973. From Russell to Noel Butler (Birmingham), then to Roy Lane 2000, and restored in Lane's orange colours. To Peter and Aaron Burson (New Zealand) Oct 2006, and raced regularly by Peter in the F5000 Tasman Revival series from 2007/08 onwards. More information about Leda LT27-003/McRae GM1-003
  13. Lola T400 [HU15] (Mike Glynn): See full history: Lola T400 HU15.
  14. Lola T332 (Peter Brennan): This car started life with the Hogan team, was sold to Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) in 1977, and then to "Bronco" Brad Murphey (Phoenix, AZ) to convert for Can-Am. Neither Murphey nor next owner Arlon Koops (Denver, CO) raced it, but Koops loaned it to Bill Tempero (Ft Collins, CO) for Can-Am 1984. It went to Kent Painter (Fort Collins, CO) in 1988, and was then stored for 21 years until bought by Jay Bondini (Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia), who restored it to Hogan Racing 1974 specification. It was raced by Peter Brennan in the 2011 Australian GP support event, and later by Bondini at Australian historic events. Sold to Gary Gunn (Werribee, Victoria, Australia) in 2016. More information about Lola T332 'the Hogan/Haines car'
  15. March 73A (Graham Smith): Reported to have been bought from Jock Topin's Ecurie Santos (Watford, UK) and imported to Australia by Ray Gibbs (East Malvern, Victoria, Australia) in 1978. Entered by Gibbs for Russell Davidson in the Australian ARCO Graphite series in 1980. To Ron Cullen (Sydney, NSW) about 1996 and restored, then to Graham Smith (Bellbrae, Victoria) late 2000/early 2001. Raced by Smith in F5000 Revival Series races in early 2006, and in Australian historic races including the Australian Grand Prix support races in 2009 and 2010. Sold by Smith to an unknown owner in Victoria in 2014. Sold at auction in April 2016 to Rob Splatt. More information about March 732/73A 'the second Gibbs car'
  16. Lola T330 [HU1] (Darcy Russell): Works car for Frank Gardner at the end of 1972, then to Max Stewart for the 1973 Tasman series, the 1973 US series, 1973 Australian Gold Star, 1974 Tasman, and 1974 Gold Star. Driven by David Oxton in the 1975 New Zealand Tasman races, then by Stewart for last two races of Tasman 1975 after he gave up on his Lola T400. Driven by John Leffler, Stewart and Paul Bernasconi during 1975. To Ian Adams (NSW, Australia) 1976, and raced until 1982. Sold by Adams to Darcy Russell (Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia) in 1988, and raced in historic racing from 1992 onwards. Appeared regularly at the VHRR Phillip Island Classic from 1997 to 2016, and in the Australian GP support races in 2009 and 2010. More information about Lola T330 HU1
  17. McRae GM1 [004] (Chris Lambden): Built for Evan Noyes as spare tub for 002, and stayed with 002 through its later US owners, until sold to Roger Williams (NZ) in 2005. Sold to Alistair Hey (NZ) in 2008 and eventually built up into a complete car for Hey by Motorsport Solutions (Christchurch, NZ). Sold to Chris Lambden (Melbourne, Australia) in 2011, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival from 2011 to 2013. Sold back to Hey in mid-2014 and raced by Michael Collins in New Zealand rounds of the Tasman Revival in 2017/18. More information about Leda LT27-004/McRae GM1-004
  18. McRae GM1 [015] (Stuart Lush): Longer wheelbase car built for Graham McRae and raced in the 1973 British season. To Ian Ward Racing early 1974 and modified as "Ward KS1" but not raced in this form. It was then sold to Chris Featherstone and raced by him once at the end of 1974, then through the 1975 and 1976 seasons. After a single race at the start of 1977, the car was raced by Keith Holland in four races later in the year, and then by Featherstone in the Australian Rothmans series in February 1978. To Gary Dumbrell (Australia) 1978, then to Bob Tomlinson 1978, and then to Salt Walther 1979 for the 1979 Rothmans series, but it may be that Lee Seaton of Thomson Motor Auctions owned it though this period. Sold to Ray Gibbs (Australia) September 1979 and kept by him until sold to Stuart Lush (Auckland, New Zealand) 2000, and raced at Historic Sandown that year and in 2001. Lush raced it in the Tasman Cup Revival series from 2003 to 2015, during which time it was also raced by Chris Hyde in the 2009/10 season and by Greg Thornton in the 2012/13 season. Lush also raced the car in England during the Kiwis' visits to the UK in 2005 and 2008, and at Road America in 2014. Lush sold it to its former driver Garry Dumbrell in 2016, and after Dumbrell died in October 2021, it was sold to Peter Brennan (Melbourne, Australia) in December 2021. More information about McRae GM1-015
  19. McRae GM1 [008] (Aaron Burson): New to Cuddy Racing for Jon Woodner to race in the 1973 US series. Advertised in Autoweek 22 Dec 1973 by Carroll Smith, Bill Cuddy and Woodner. Subsequent history unknown but a tub with chassis plate 008 plus bodywork and wings acquired from Graham McRae by Dan Furey (Columbus, OH), built up and and raced by Furey in historics from 1994 to 1997. Sold in 2004 to Paul Hoey (Olympia, WA) who believed it may have been the Josef Scott car, not the Woodner car. Sold to Jay Esterer (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) July 2008, and raced in F5000 Tasman Revival series in New Zealand in January 2009. Sold February 2009 to Peter Burson (Auckland, New Zealand), also the owner of 003, and raced regularly by Aaron Burson (Auckland, New Zealand) in the F5000 Tasman Revival series almost every season from 2009/10 to 2017/18. More information about McRae GM1-008
  20. Chevron B24 [24-73-07] (Philip Lewis): New to VDS for Chris Craft in 1973 UK series, then for Peter Gethin in 1974 Tasman series. Loaned to Adlards Crowne Racing for Craft UK 1974; returned to VDS, converted to B24/B28 specification and used by Vern Schuppan to win at Brands Hatch October 1974. Sold to Tony Dean for the UK and US series in 1975, but confiscated by UK Customs & Excise on its return from the US. Bought by Don Gray (Sittingbourne, Kent) at auction, and raced in UK 1977. To Keith Holland for 1978 Australian Internationals 1978, and sold there to Barry Singleton 1978, who raced it in Australia in 1978/79. To Jim Lowe 1980/81, but crashed at Surfers Paradise in early 1981 and heavily damaged. Wreck sold to Russel Gomersall, then to Peter Phillips, then Laurie O'Neill, then Dr Bill Marshall sometime around 1985. Run in Australian historic racing 1986-1988. To George Parlby early 1990s. To Aaron Lewis (Cessnock, NSW) late 2005, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival series from 2006 to 2010. Robert Tweedie (Sydney, NSW) 2012, and raced by his son Tom Tweedie, in historic racing from 2013 onwards. More information about Chevron B24 B24-73-07
  21. Chevron B32 [32-75-01] (Hamish Paterson): New to John Cussins (Leeds, West Yorkshire) with a 5.7-litre Chevrolet V8 for the British Hill Climb Championship in 1975 and 1976. Then to Noel le Tissier and Tom Coughlan in Guernsey for 1977 and 1978, and raced by Brian Redman in a bike versus car challenge on the Isle of Man in 1979. Then to Andy Sauvarin for Sprints in 1980, then unknown until owned by Roy Lane in 1984, and run in Sprints by Ken Ayers. To Chevron enthusiast Richard Budge (Retford, Notts) by 1990 and driven by Mike Wilds in historic events. To Richard Maurice Jones (Rhyl, North Wales) and was rebuilt in 2002 with a 5-litre Chevrolet V8. Then to Mike Wrigley (Ashbourne, Derbyshire), then to Hamish Paterson (Auckland, New Zealand) in 2008. Raced by Paterson in the Tasman Revival series in 2009, 2010 and 2011, after which it was stored for five years before being sold to Karl Zohs (Rotorua, New Zealand), who raced it in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The car was then for sale until Zohs' death in October 2021. In November 2021 it was sold to Alastair Chalmers (Hastings, New Zealand). More information about the Chevron B32

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.

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