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Australian Grand Prix

Calder, 8 Nov 1981

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Roberto Moreno Ralt RT4/81 [261] - Ford BDA
#19 Graham Watson Racing (see note 1)
100 1.39.02.0
$A10,000
2 Nelson Piquet Ralt RT4/81 [265] - Ford BDA
#9 (see note 2)
99
$A5,000
3 Geoff Brabham Ralt RT4/81 [262] - Ford BDA
#12 (see note 3)
99
$A2,400
4 Larry Perkins Ralt RT4/82 [276] - Ford BDA
Robert Handford Racing (see note 4)
99
$A1,000
5 Andrew Miedecke Ralt RT4/81 [256] - Ford BDA
#5 (see note 5)
99
$A500
6 David Oxton Ralt RT4/80 [200] - Ford BDA
#18
98
 
7 Ray Mallock Ralt RT4/82 [275] - Ford BDA
#6 (see note 6)
98
 
8 Bruce Allison Ralt RT4/81 [258] - Ford BDA
#62 (see note 7)
98
 
9 Charlie O'Brien Ralt RT4/82 [274] - Ford BDA
#2 (see note 8)
98
 
10 Alfredo Costanzo Tiga FA81 [161] - Ford BDA
Alan Hamilton Porsche Cars Australia
97
 
11 Peter Larner Kaditcha P2 - Ford BDA England
97
 
12 John Smith Ralt RT4/81 [264] - Ford BDA
#71 (see note 9)
96
 
13 Ron Barnacle Ralt RT1 [145] - Ford BDA
(see note 10)
90
 
14 Ray Hanger March 77B [30] - Ford BDA
#48 (see note 11)
87
 
R Alan Jones Ralt RT4/81 [263] - Ford BDA
#27 (see note 12)
95 Engine  
R Jacques Laffite Ralt RT4/81 [273] - Ford BDA
#26 (see note 13)
42 Oil line  
R Peter Williamson Toleman TA860 [HU2] - Toyota 2T-G
#77
41 Accident  
R John Bowe Ralt RT4/81 [255] - Ford BDA
#4 Chris Leach Racing (see note 14)
16 Water pump belt  
R Lucio Cesario Ralt RT3/81 [203] - Ford BDA
#26 (see note 15)
8
 
R Bob Creasy (ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-008] - Ford
6 Spin  
DNS Mike Quinn Galloway HG1 - Ford BDA
Did not start
(Gearbox input shaft)
DNA Mike Rosen Ralt RT4/82 [269] - Ford BDA
(see note 16)
Did not arrive
DNA Dave McMillan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA
Did not arrive
DNA Peter Warren March 80A [20] - Ford BDA
Did not arrive
DNA Paul England Chevron B39 [39-77-02] - Ford BDA England
(see note 17)
Did not arrive
DNA Kurt Seeberg Brabham BT35 [36] - Ford BDA
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Roberto Moreno (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [261] - Ford BDA 0.39.2
2 Alan Jones (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [263] - Ford BDA 0.39.2
3 Nelson Piquet (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [265] - Ford BDA 0.39.3
4 John Bowe (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [255] - Ford BDA 0.39.8
5 Bruce Allison (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [258] - Ford BDA 0.39.8
6 Jacques Laffite (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [273] - Ford BDA 0.39.8
7 Geoff Brabham (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [262] - Ford BDA 0.39.9
8 John Smith (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [264] - Ford BDA 0.39.9
9 Larry Perkins (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [276] - Ford BDA 0.40.0
10 Ray Mallock (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [275] - Ford BDA 0.40.2
11 Andrew Miedecke (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [256] - Ford BDA 0.40.2
12 Alfredo Costanzo (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Tiga FA81 [161] - Ford BDA 0.40.2
13 Charlie O'Brien (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [274] - Ford BDA 0.40.4
14 David Oxton (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [200] - Ford BDA 0.40.6
15 Lucio Cesario (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT3/81 [203] - Ford BDA 0.40.7
16 Peter Larner (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Kaditcha P2 - Ford BDA England 0.40.7
17 Peter Williamson (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Toleman TA860 [HU2] - Toyota 2T-G 0.40.9
18 Mike Quinn * (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Galloway HG1 - Ford BDA 0.41.4
19 Ron Barnacle (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [145] - Ford BDA 0.41.4
20 Ray Hanger (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 77B [30] - Ford BDA 0.42.5
21 Bob Creasy (ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-008] - Ford 0.43.1
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ralt RT4/81 [261] (Roberto Moreno): Ralt sales record says sold to Graham Watson, for own use, no delivery date, but appears in UK August 1981. [Tub no: 81/120; gearbox FT1474; fuel cell: JM36677 4/81]. Chassis number observed on Roberto Moreno's car at Australian GP, 1981, [NZMA 23 Nov 81 p4]. According to Dave McKinney's report of that race, this was the car raced by Watson in the latter stages of the 1981 British season. Chassis number given for Watson's car in NZMA report of the Bay Park race, 3 Jan 82 with a note that it was Moreno's AGP car. AMSYB-82, p167 says that car of Willy Stobart [chassis given as 261] is the car 'Moreno crashed in Macau after the 1981 AGP'. The NZMA report of the Selangor GP says that the car had been rebuilt around a new tub, but it may be that Moreno ran 265 there instead.
  2. Ralt RT4/81 [265] (Nelson Piquet): 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'.
  3. Ralt RT4/81 [262] (Geoff Brabham): 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.
  4. Ralt RT4/82 [276] (Larry Perkins): Ralt sales record says sold to Graham Watson for Rob Handford, without delivery date. [Tub no: 81/131; gearbox: FT1487; fuel cell: JM36739 6/81] Chassis number noted on the car of Larry Perkins, entered by Robert Handford Racing, at AGP, 1981 [NZMA 23 Nov 81 p4]. A note in the race report says that the car had been given a new tub after a testing accident. AMSYB-82 notes 'the RT4 Larry Perkins drove in the 1981 AGP' [AMSYB-82 p149] for the car used by Handford throughout the 1982 Australian Gold Star season; chassis number given for Handford's car at 1982 AGP.
  5. Ralt RT4/81 [256] (Andrew Miedecke): 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];
  6. Ralt RT4/82 [275] (Ray Mallock): Ralt sales record says sold to Mallock, delivered 2 Oct 81. [Tub no: gearbox: FT1476; fuel cell: JM36737 6/81]. Ray Mallock's car for Australian GP, 1981 and this number observed on Mallock's car in the NZMA report of that race, [NZMA 23 Nov 81 p4]. Dave McKinney's report of that race says that the car had been shaken down in a Formula Libre race in Britain. Chassis number given for the car of Hubert Phipps at the 1982 AGP. It is presumed the car was in fact owned by Bob Jane [owner of Calder] and leased to Mallock, and later to Phipps.
  7. Ralt RT4/81 [258] (Bruce Allison): 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.
  8. Ralt RT4/82 [274] (Charlie O'Brien): Ralt sales record says sold to Graham Watson for Charlie O'Brien, delivered 29 Sep 81. O'Brien's car at Shah Alam GP 16-18 Oct 81 is described as 'new' by NZMA. Chassis number given for O'Brien's car in NZMA report of 1981 AGP [NZMA 23 Nov 81 p4].
  9. Ralt RT4/81 [264] (John Smith): Ralt sales record says sold to Graham Watson/Smith without delivery date. [Tub no: 81/122; gearbox: FT1475; fuel cell: JM36405 4/81]. The car of John Smith: chassis number given for Smith's car in NZMA report of 1981 AGP, [NZMA 23 Nov 81 p4]. Retained by Smith for the 1982 Gold Star season, but very badly damaged in testing before the Adelaide round. [A/S 15 Jul 82 p49; AMSYB-82 p152]. The car was rebuilt around a new Ralt tub. Chassis number given by AMSYB for Smith's car at 1982 AGP so presumably kept the plate.
  10. Ralt RT1 [145] (Ron Barnacle): Ralt sales record says sold to Bernard Hunter, delivered 12 Jul 78, but not raced until the 1979 Formula Atlantic season in the UK. Sold to David Duffield for 1980 British Atlantic races. Chassis number given for Ron Barnacle’s car in NZMA report of 1981 AGP, and said to be ex Charlie O’Brien, so presumed to be his car earlier in the 1981 season.
  11. March 77B [30] (Ray Hanger): Entered by March for Danny Sullivan in the 1978 New Zealand International series. Sold to Colin Giltrap and entered by him for Dave McMillan at Baypark Mar 1978 then for Larry Perkins in the 1978/79 series. Raced by Desiré Wilson in the Jan/Feb 1980 series then John Smith in Jan 1981. Sold to Ray Hanger (Australia) and used in the 1981 AF1 and Pacific series. Also raced at Shah Alam in October 1981.
  12. Ralt RT4/81 [263] (Alan Jones): 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.
  13. Ralt RT4/81 [273] (Jacques Laffite): 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.
  14. Ralt RT4/81 [255] (John Bowe): 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.
  15. Ralt RT3/81 [203] (Lucio Cesario): Ralt sales record says sold via Graham Watson, delivered 14.1.81. [Tub no: 80/42; gearbox Hewland Mk9 H93599; fuel cell: JM 27166 3/79]. The car was sold to Lucio Cesario who used it, fitted with a VW engine, as an Australian rules F2 car, but running it also in F. Pacific races with considerable success in 1981.
  16. Ralt RT4/82 [269] (Mike Rosen): 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.
  17. Chevron B39 [39-77-02] (Paul England): Chevron build record says a works backed car taken to South African series at the start of 1977, thought to have been the car bought by Tony Martin. The subsequent provenance comes partially from Paul England, and reports of South African races. Retained by Martin until 1978, run as a spare car for his B45, and uprated to B45 specification. Then sold to Paul England for Peter Lerner and used by Larry Perkins, run by Erle McRae Racing in 1981 Australian season.

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 on the Atlas F1 and 10 Tenths forums.

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