Tasman Cup 1965
Both champion Bruce Mclaren and his main rival Jack Brabham returned for 1965 but Team Lotus also joined in with a Lotus 32B for Jim Clark and the Scotsman ran away with the title, winning four of the seven races plus the non-championship race at Lakeside. McLaren in his new Cooper T79 and Brabham in a new Brabham BT11A each won one race, as did Graham Hill, guest-driving the Scuderia Veloce BT11A.
Of the locals, Australian expat Frank Gardner in Alec Mildren's BT11A and Jim Palmer in his private Brabham BT7A shared fourth in the championship with McLaren's teammate Phil Hill. Frank Matich still had his BT7A and still suffered unreliability, his only finish being third place at Warwick Farm. Brabhams filled seven of the top ten places in the championship table.
09 Jan 1965 > New Zealand Grand Prix at Pukekohe
16 Jan 1965 > Levin International
23 Jan 1965 > Lady Wigram Trophy
30 Jan 1965 > Teretonga International at Teretonga Park
14 Feb 1965 > Warwick Farm "100"
21 Feb 1965 > Sandown Park Cup
01 Mar 1965 > Australian Grand Prix at Longford
07 Mar 1965 > Lakeside "99"
Tasman Cup events shown in bold
1965 Tasman Cup table
|1||Jim Clark||Lotus 32B - Climax FPF||35 pts||4 wins|
|2||Bruce McLaren||Cooper T79 - Climax FPF||24 pts||1 win|
|3||Jack Brabham||Brabham BT11A - Climax FPF||21 pts||1 win|
|4=||Frank Gardner||Brabham BT11A - Climax FPF||15 pts|
|4=||Phil Hill||Cooper T70 - Climax FPF||15 pts|
|4=||Jim Palmer||Brabham BT7A - Climax FPF||15 pts|
|7||Graham Hill||Brabham BT11A - Climax FPF||14 pts||1 win|
|8=||Kerry Grant||Brabham BT4 - Climax FPF||5 pts|
|8=||Bib Stillwell||Brabham BT11A - Climax FPF||5 pts|
|10||Frank Matich||Brabham BT7A - Climax FPF||4 pts|
|11=||John Riley||Lotus 18/21 - Climax FPF||3 pts|
|11=||Rex Flowers||Lola Mk4A - Climax FPF||3 pts|
|13||Roly Levis||1.5-litre Brabham BT6 - Ford twin cam||2 pts|
|14||Leo Geoghegan||1.5-litre Lotus 32 - Ford twin cam||1 pt|
All cars are 2.5-litre Tasman formula cars unless otherwise noted.