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New Zealand Grand Prix

Pukekohe, 8 Jan 1983

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 David Oxton Ralt RT4/81 [263] - Ford BDD
#18 (see note 1)
35 points
2 Paul Radisich Ralt RT4/82 [269] - Ford BDD
#5 Graham Watson Racing (see note 2)
25 points
3 Dave McMillan Ralt RT4/82 [267] - Ford BDD
#41 (see note 3)
20 points
4 Graham Watson Ralt RT4/83 [351] - Ford BDD
#9 Graham Watson Racing
13 points
5 Christian Danner Ralt RT4/81 [256] - Ford BDD
#7 Andrew Miedecke (see note 4)
12 points
6 Allen Berg Ralt RT4/82 [313] - Ford BDD
#4 Graeme Lawrence Racing
12 points
7 Norm Hunter Ralt RT4/83 [355] - Ford BDD
#1 Auto Clutch Ltd
12 points
8 Grant Campbell Ralt RT4/81 [213] - Ford BDD
#19 Shea Racing
8 points
9 Charlie O'Brien Ralt RT4/83 [353] - Ford BDD
#3 Erle McRae Racing
8 points
10 Charlie Thomasen Chevron B49 [49-79-04] - Ford BDD
(see note 5)
4 points
11 Ken Smith Ralt RT4/81 [262] - Ford BDD
#11 (see note 6)
4 points
12 Eric Morgan Ralt RT1 [88] - Ford BDD
#6
2 points
13 Steve Cameron Chevron B39 - Ford BDD
#21
1 pt
NC Mike Rosen Ralt RT4/82 [292] - Ford BDD
#2

NC Hubert Phipps Tiga FA82 [211] - Ford BDD
#44

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

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Dave McMillan300.29.24.06
2David Oxton300.29.30.88
3Allen Berg300.29.33.70
4Paul Radisich300.29.34.60
5Charlie O'Brien300.29.46.99
6Christian Danner300.30.06.67
7Ken Smith300.30.14.30
8Graham Watson300.30.20.18
9Eric Morgan300.30.23.91
10Steve Cameron24
Hubert Phipps25Gearbox
Charlie Thomasen22Accident
Grant Campbell12Plug electrode
Norm Hunter3Accident
Mike Rosen3Accident
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1David Oxton300.29.28.50
2Paul Radisich300.29.37.47
3Norm Hunter300.29.47.95
4Graham Watson300.30.04.24
5Grant Campbell300.30.10.48
6Christian Danner29
7Charlie Thomasen28
Dave McMillan14
Hubert Phipps21Engine
Steve Cameron18Radiator hose
Ken Smith15Engine
Allen Berg13Oil pressure
Charlie O'Brien6Handling
Eric MorganDNS: Dropped valve (W)
Mike RosenDNS: Accident damage
Qualifying
1 Dave McMillan (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [267] - Ford BDD 0.57.32
2 David Oxton (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [263] - Ford BDD 0.57.50
3 Allen Berg (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [313] - Ford BDD 0.57.56
4 Norm Hunter (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [355] - Ford BDD 0.57.60
5 Paul Radisich (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [269] - Ford BDD 0.58.20
6 Mike Rosen (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [292] - Ford BDD 0.58.38
7 Charlie O'Brien (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [353] - Ford BDD 0.58.40
8 Ken Smith (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [262] - Ford BDD 0.58.49
9 Christian Danner (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [256] - Ford BDD 0.58.72
10 Graham Watson (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [351] - Ford BDD 0.58.93
11 Eric Morgan (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [88] - Ford BDD 0.59.07
12 Grant Campbell (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [213] - Ford BDD 0.59.10
13 Steve Cameron (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 - Ford BDD 1.00.00
14 Hubert Phipps (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Tiga FA82 [211] - Ford BDD 1.01.66
15 Charlie Thomasen (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B49 [49-79-04] - Ford BDD 1.03.40

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ralt RT4/81 [263] (David Oxton): 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.
  2. Ralt RT4/82 [269] (Paul Radisich): 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.
  3. Ralt RT4/82 [267] (Dave McMillan): Ralt sales record says sold to Theodore Racing, delivered 16 Oct 81. [Tub no: 81/135; gearbox FT1488; fuel cell JM37176 10/81] Dave McMillan's car at Bay Park 3 Jan 82 is described by NZMN as Lees's car from Macau, 1981. Chassis number given NZMN 21 Jan 83 p16 for the car of Dave McMillan at Bay Park, 2 Jan 83. Presumed to be the car used by McMillan for the first part of the 1982 North American season, before he was given a 1982 specification car to use [alternatively this may have been RT4-205]. Chassis number given for McMillan's car at 1982 AGP, [AMSYB-82 p167]
  4. Ralt RT4/81 [256] (Christian Danner): 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];
  5. Chevron B49 [49-79-04] (Charlie Thomasen): New to Graeme Lawrence (New Zealand) and raced in the Southeast Asian Formula Pacific races in 1979. Crashed in the Selangor Grand Prix in September, and reported to have been written off. To Peter Haskett and rebuilt. Entered by Haskett for Charlie Thomasen in the 1983/84 New Zealand season. Raced by Haskett in the 1983/84 season, and retained for 1984/85. Then unknown until 2003 or 2004, when it was bought from Kenny Smith by Kevin Ban (Christchurch, NZ) of Kelford Cams. It went to Barry Leitch for restoration, and Murray Sinclair commented on TNF in June 2006 that it would need a new monocoque, which was being fabricated. It was shown complete in March 2015, when Ban was due to pick it up.
  6. Ralt RT4/81 [262] (Ken Smith): Ralt sales record says sold to Graham Watson/Bob Jane, without delivery date. [Tub no: 81/118; Gearbox FT1356; Fuel cell: JM36679 5/81] Chassis number noted in NZMA report as on the car of Geoff Brabham at the AGP 1981, [NZMA 23 Nov 81 p4]. Chassis number given for Jacques Laffite's car at 1982 AGP. Chassis number given NZMN 21 Jan 83 p16 for the car of Ken Smith at Bay Park, 2 Jan 83. A separate note by Dave McKinney says that this was the car used by Brabham 1981 AGP and Jacques Laffite 1982 AGP.

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 New Zealand race results have been provided by Chris Townsend based on material in Autosport and Motoring News reports in the UK, Motoraction in New Zealand 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.

Individual sources for this event

Autosport 13 Jan 1983 p53, Autosport 20 Jan 1983 pp13-14.