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Australian Grand Prix

Lakeside, 2 Feb 1969

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Chris Amon (Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69 [0008] V6
67 60m 12.8s
2 Derek Bell (Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69 [0010] V6
67
3 Leo Geoghegan Lotus 39 [R12] - Repco V8
66
4 Graham Hill Lotus 49B [R8] - Cosworth DFW V8
66
5 Niel Allen (ANF2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/2] - Cosworth FVA
(see note 1)
63
6 Max Stewart (ANF2) 1.6-litre Mildren (Rennmax) - Alfa Romeo
63
7 Malcolm Guthrie (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21B [24] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
(see note 2)
58
8 Glyn Scott (ANF2) 1.6-litre Bowin P3 [P3-101-68] - Cosworth FVA
55
R Jochen Rindt Lotus 49B [R10] - Cosworth DFW V8
43 engine
R Frank Gardner Mildren 'Mono' - Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8
37 engine
R Henk Woelders (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [6806] - Ford twin cam
23 accident
R Col Green Brabham BT16 [F2-8-65] - Climax FPF 4
(see note 3)

R Alfredo Costanzo (ANF2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/1] - Cosworth FVA
(see note 4)
7 stalled
R Kevin Bartlett Brabham BT23D [1] - Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8
(see note 5)
5 head gasket
R Piers Courage Brabham BT24 [3] - Cosworth DFW V8
5 accident

All cars are 2.5-litre Tasman unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. McLaren M4A [M4A/2] (Niel Allen): Entered by John Coombes for Piers Courage in F2 in 1967. Crashed at Brands Hatch in August 1967 and believed to have been rebuilt on a new tub before its next race at Albi four weeks later, but Autosport makes no mention of a rebuild nor of it being a new car. Raced by Piers Courage in the 1968 Tasman series. Sold to Niel Allen and raced in Australian events in 1968 until Allen crashed heavily at Lakeside in July, reportedly requiring another new tub to be fabricated. Raced again by Allen in 1969, then to Pat Burke for drivers Len Goodwin 1970-71 and Warwick Brown 1971. Sold by Burke and Peter Malloy to Erol Richardson but bought back by Pat Burke around 1982. Restored by Molloy for Burke and retained until sold to John Hugenholtz. To David Coplowe (England) by 1994. Raced in the HSCC Historic Formula Racing Car Championship in 1995. Still being raced by Coplowe in 2010 but not seen since. Reported to have been sold by Coplowe around 2012 but new owner unknown.
  2. Brabham BT21B [24] (Malcolm Guthrie): Matt Spitzley ran a Brabham in SCCA Nationals and in the 'Pro' FB series in 1969. His car is identified in the July 1969 Seattle entry list as a yellow and red Brabham BT21 but has been identified by Ted Walker as the ex-Guthrie Tasman BT21B [24] (10 Tenths ref 1544290).
  3. Brabham BT16 [F2-8-65] (Col Green): John Coombes entered this Brabham BT16 for Graham Hill in 1965, fitted with a BRM P71 engine. Hill continued to race it in the early part of 1966 after which it was then refitted with a 2.5-litre Climax FPF and taken to Australia by Frank Gardner to be used in Tasman racing. Gardner won first time out at a Gold Star race at Warwick Farm in December 1966 and then raced it in the 1967 Tasman series as part of Alec Mildren's team. After the series it was acquired by Niel Allen who planned to race it himself but instead entered it for Fred Gibson in 1967 and again in early 1968 before it was sold to Col Green in mid-1968. Retained by Green for three seasons and then sold to Neil Rear (Perth, Western Australia) and raced by him at Waneroo Park in 1972. In 1973, it was fitted with a Cosworth 1600 engine and at the end of that season, Rear sold it to Colin Hall, who planned to fit a Lotus twin cam, but continued to drive his Macon instead. The Brabham passed through various owners until acquired by photographer Julian Cowan. Sold via Bonhams to Rob McMillan (Sydney, Australia) and rebuilt on a replica chassis for historic racing, the original chassis being cut up and scrapped.
  4. McLaren M4A [M4A/1] (Alfredo Costanzo): Entered by Bruce McLaren Motor Racing for Bruce McLaren in F2 in 1967. Sold to Jim Palmer (NZ) 1968, then to Tony Osborne's Argo Racing in Australia July 1968, driven by Peter Macrow in 1968 and then Alfredo Costanzo from 1968 to 1971. To Ken Hastings mid-1971, who swapped the FVA for a Ford twin-cam for 1972, and the to John Sheppard August 1973. Fitted with a 1300cc Toyota Corolla engine by Geoff Kennett 1974. Later Tony Armstrong (Victoria, Australia) in November 1982 and rebuilt around 1985. At Christie's Melbourne auction 1990 where it was sold to Art Valdez (Torrance, CA). It emained in Valdez' collection for many years, until sold to a UK consortium in 2017.
  5. Brabham BT23D [1] (Kevin Bartlett): The one-off BT23D was built for Alec Mildren Racing for Tasman racing and fitted with a 2.5-litre Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8. It debuted in Frank Gardner's hands at the Warwick Farm Gold Star race in Dec 1967 and was then raced by Garder in every race of the 1968 Tasman series. Kevin Bartlett took over the drive for the 1968 Australian Gold Star season and the 1969 Tasman series. It was then sold to Jim Abbott who acquired a 5-litre Traco Oldsmobile engine from Frank Matich and built what was claimed to be the first Formula 5000 in Australia. It was displayed at Abbott's Melbourne Racing Car Show and thereafter mainly used in hillclimbs. Its racing career ended after the death of a later pilot, Chris Murphy, but the remains were acquired in 1985 by Paul Moxham who had it fully restored with its original Autodelta engines.

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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