The 1997 ARDC AMSCAR Sedan Series was an Australian touring car series[1] and was run for cars eligible to V8 Supercar specifications, although the series was not sanctioned by AVESCO. It began on 22 June 1997 at Eastern Creek Raceway and ended on 7 December at Eastern Creek Raceway after four rounds.

The series was run by the Australian Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) over the two circuits operated by the club in Sydney, Australia. It was the last such series to bear the AMSCAR name having been last run previously during the 1994 season. The series itself dated back to the Amaroo Park-based Sun-7 Chesterfield Series of the 1970s.

The 1997 series can be seen as the immediate fore-runner for today's Dunlop V8 Supercar Series, acting as a second tier series for touring cars contested by privately owned and funded touring car teams, known colloquially as 'privateers'.

Teams and drivers

The following drivers and teams competed in the 1997 AMSCAR series. The series consisted of four rounds.

Team Car No Drivers
Holden VP Commodore
Holden VS Commodore
7 Australia
Gary Cannan Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 8 Australia
Simon Emerzidis Holden VR Commodore 15 Australia
Walden Motorsport Holden VP Commodore 21 Australia
Tim Slako Holden VS Commodore 24 Australia
M3 Motorsport Holden VP Commodore 26 Australia Peter Doulman
Playscape Racing Ford EF Falcon 28 Australia
Paul Weel Racing Ford EL Falcon 31 Australia Paul Weel
Ford EL Falcon 32 Australia
Holden VS Commodore 33 Australia Bob Pearson
Holden VS Commodore 36 Australia
Scotty Taylor Racing Holden VP Commodore 37 Australia
Australia
Garry Willmington Performance Ford EB Falcon 41 Australia
Mal Rose Racing Holden VS Commodore 44 Australia
V8Racing Holden VP Commodore 77 Australia
Cadillac Productions Ford EB Falcon 79 Australia
Holden VP Commodore 92 Australia
Don Pulver Holden VP Commodore 88 Australia
Geoff Kendrick Holden VS Commodore 92 Australia
Shaun Walker Holden VS Commodore 99 Australia

Results and standings

Race calendar

The 1997 AMSCAR season consisted of 4 rounds.

Rd. Race title Circuit City / state Date Winner Team Report
1 Australia Eastern Creek Eastern Creek Raceway Sydney, New South Wales 21–22 Jun
2 Australia Amaroo Park Amaroo Park Sydney, New South Wales 19–20 Jul
3 Australia Eastern Creek Eastern Creek Raceway Sydney, New South Wales 30–31 Aug
4 Australia Eastern Creek Eastern Creek Raceway Sydney, New South Wales 6–7 Dec

Drivers Championship

Points were allocated 18–14–11–9–7–5–4–3–2–1 according to top ten race position in each race with three races being held per round.

Pos Driver Round 1 – EAS 1[2] Round 2 – AMA 1[3] Round 3 – EAS 2[4] Round 4 – EAS 3[5] Pts
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
1 4th 2nd Ret 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd 167
2 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 4th 3rd 1st 1st 1st 121
3 1st 1st 1st 4th 2nd 2nd 91
4 6th 13th 3rd 8th 5th 5th 3rd 5th 3rd Ret 6th 2nd 81
5 Bob Pearson 2nd 9th 4th 5th 2nd 2nd 5th Ret 6th 72
6 Peter Doulman Ret 8th 8th 2nd Ret DNS 2nd 3rd 5th 52
7 5th 8th 6th 4th 2nd 5th 45
8 Ret Ret 5th 12th 9th 8th 6th 6th 6th 6th 7th 7th 40
9 10th 10th 9th 4th 4th 4th 31
10 Paul Weel 3rd 4th 4th 29
11 8th 7th 6th 6th DNS DNS 8th 7th 7th 28
12 Ret 4th 10th 9th 3rd DNS 23
13 7th 6th 7th 10th 7th 7th 22
14 7th 6th 4th 18
15 5th 5th 11th 14
15 7th 5th 8th 14
17 Ret 11th Ret 11th Ret 10th 7th 8th 8th 11
18 9th 12th 12th 13th 10th 9th 10th 10th 9th 9
19 9th 9th 10th 5
11th Ret 13th
Pos Driver Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

References

  1. ^ Brian Golding, Welcome, Program, Eastern Creek, 22 June 1997
  2. ^ "Australian Racing Drivers Club 22/06/1997 ARDC AMSCAR Sedan Series Round 1". National Software. 22 June 1997. Archived from the original on 26 December 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2008.
  3. ^ "Australian Racing Drivers Club 20/07/1997 1997 BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Meeting". National Software. 20 July 1997. Archived from the original on 22 March 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Australian Racing Drivers Club 31/08/1997 State Open Meeting Eastern Creek". National Software. 31 August 1997. Archived from the original on 26 December 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2008.
  5. ^ "Australian Racing Drivers Club 07/12/1997 ARDC AMSCAR Sedan Series Round 4". National Software. 7 December 2007. Archived from the original on 22 March 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2008.

External links