Australian Tourist Trophy

The Australian Tourist Trophy is a Confederation of Australian Motor Sport-sanctioned national motor racing title, contested between 1956 and 1979 by Sports Cars and, since 2007, by GT cars. The trophy is currently awarded to the outright winners of the Bathurst 12 Hour.[1]

History

The title was awarded for the first time in 1956 and then annually from 1958 until the introduction by CAMS of an Australian Sports Car Championship for 1969. It was reinstituted in 1975, restricted for the first time to Production Sports Cars and contested over two heats rather than as a single race.[2] In 1976, with the Production Sports Car class now contesting the Australian Sports Car Championship, the Australian Tourist Trophy once again became a contest for purpose built Group A Sports Cars until it was discontinued after the 1979 event.[3]

After almost thirty years, the ATT title was again revived with the award going to the winner of the Sandown GT Classic in both 2007[4] and 2008. From 2009 until 2015 the Trophy was awarded to the driver accumulating the most outright championship points at specified rounds of the annual Australian GT Championship.

From 2017, the Australian Tourist Trophy has been awarded to the winners of the annual Bathurst 12 Hour event.[1]

Winners

The Matich SR3 of Frank Matich, winner of the 1967 and 1968 ATTs.
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997 of 2010 ATT winner David Wall, pictured at the opening round of the 2010 Australian GT Championship.
The Audi R8 LMS of 2011 ATT winner Mark Eddy, pictured at the opening round of the 2011 Australian GT Championship.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG of 2012 ATT winner Peter Hackett, pictured at the opening round of the 2012 Australian GT Championship.
The Audi R8 Ultra of 2015 ATT winner Christopher Mies, pictured at the opening round of the 2015 Australian GT Championship.
Robin Frijns, Stuart Leonard and Dries Vanthoor were awarded the 2018 ATT for their victory in the 2018 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour driving an Audi R8 LMS

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Year[3] Winner Car Circuit Date
1956 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Maserati 300S Albert Park 25 November[5]
1957 Event cancelled[6]
1958 Australia David McKay Aston Martin DB3S Bathurst 5 October[7]
1959 Australia Ron Phillips Cooper T33 Jaguar Lowood 14 June[8]
1960 Australia Derek Jolly Lotus 15 Coventry Climax Longford 7 March[9]
1961 Australia Bib Stillwell Cooper Monaco Coventry Climax Bathurst 2 October[10]
1962 Australia Bib Stillwell Cooper Monaco Coventry Climax Mallala 28 December[11]
1963 Australia Ian Geoghegan Lotus 23 Lowood 9 June[12]
1964 Australia Frank Matich Lotus 19b Coventry Climax Longford 29 February [13]
1965 Australia Ian Geoghegan Lotus 23 Ford Lakeside 14 November [14]
1966 Australia Frank Matich Elfin 400 Traco Oldsmobile Longford 7 March [15]
1967 Australia Frank Matich Matich SR3 Oldsmobile Surfers Paradise 21 May[16]
1968 Australia Frank Matich Matich SR3 Repco Mallala 29 January[17]
1969
-
1974
not awarded
1975 Australia Peter Warren Bolwell Nagari Calder May[18]
1976 Australia Stuart Kostera Elfin MS7 Repco Holden Phillip Island 21 November[19]
1977 Australia Ian Geoghegan Porsche 935 13 November [20]
1978 Australia Greg Doidge Elfin 360 Repco Calder 3 December[21]
1979 Australia Paul Gibson Rennmax Repco Winton 28 October [22]
1980
-
2006
not awarded
2007 Denmark Allan Simonsen
Australia Tim Leahey[23]
Ferrari 430 Sandown 9 December
2008 Australia Nick O’Halloran
Denmark Allan Simonsen[23]
Ferrari 430 GT 28–30 November [24]
2009 Australia David Wall [23] Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S Type 997[3] Phillip Island &
Eastern Creek
16–17 May &
18–19 July[3]
2010 Australia David Wall [23] Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S Type 997[3] 29–30 May &
11 July[25]
2011 Australia Mark Eddy[26] Audi R8 LMS 28–29 May &
2–4 September[27][28]
2012 Australia Peter Hackett [28] Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 [28] 25–27 May &
13–15 July[29]
2013 not awarded [3]
2014 Australia Richard Muscat Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 Phillip Island &
Highlands Motorsport Park
23–25 May &
8–9 November
2015 Germany Christopher Mies Audi R8 Ultra Phillip Island &
Sydney Motorsport Park [30]
22–23 May &
21–23 August
2016 not awarded
2017 Australia Craig Lowndes
Finland Toni Vilander
Australia Jamie Whincup
Ferrari 488 GT3 Bathurst 5 February
2018 Netherlands Robin Frijns
United Kingdom Stuart Leonard
Belgium Dries Vanthoor [31]
Audi R8 LMS GT3 4 February
2019 Australia Matt Campbell
Norway Dennis Olsen
Germany Dirk Werner[32]
Porsche 911 GT3 R 3 February
2020 France Jules Gounon
South Africa Jordan Pepper
Belgium Maxime Soulet
Bentley Continental GT3 2 February


Multiple winners

By driver

Wins Driver Years
4 Australia Frank Matich 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968
3 Australia Ian Geoghegan 1963, 1965, 1977
2 Australia Bib Stillwell 1961, 1962
Denmark Allan Simonsen 2007, 2008
Australia David Wall 2009, 2010

By constructor

Wins Driver
4 United Kingdom Lotus
Germany Porsche
3 United Kingdom Cooper
Australia Elfin
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Audi
2 Australia Matich
Germany Mercedes-Benz

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Tourist Trophy awarded to B12H winners". speedcafe.com. 28 June 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  2. ^ Australian Competition Yearbook, 1976, pages 86–87
  3. ^ a b c d e f Australian Titles, docs.cams.com.au via www.webcitation.org Retrieved 30 August 2014
  4. ^ GT's to race for Australian Tourist Trophy Title at Sandown Archived 25 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved from CAMS website on 15 August 2008
  5. ^ Wheels magazine, January 1957, pages 60–61
  6. ^ Australian Motor Sport Review 1958–59, page 57
  7. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday, 6 October 1958, page 5
  8. ^ 1959 Australian Tourist Trophy and Lowood Trophy Race, Australian Motor Sports, July 1959, page 272
  9. ^ Longford Races, Australian Motor Sports, March 1969, pages 108–110
  10. ^ David McKay, 'Bib' Tops in T.T., Modern Motor, December 1961, pages 24–25
  11. ^ Stillwell Wins Top Sports Car Race, The Advertiser, Sat, 29 Dec 1962, Page 19
  12. ^ Total team Lotus 23 wins the Aust. TT, Australian Motor Sports, August 1963, page 29
  13. ^ Record crowd makes Longford car racing capital, The Mercury, Monday, 2 March 1964, page 20
  14. ^ 1965 Australian TT at www.racingsportscars.com Retrieved 21 May 2014
  15. ^ Record average speed proves Stewart now world’s best, The Mercury, Tuesday, 8 March 1966, page 23
  16. ^ Official Programme, XIth Aust. Tourist Trophy, Surfer’s Paradise International Motor Circuit, Sun, 21 May
  17. ^ Official Souvenir Program, Mallala Australia Day Meeting, Monday, 29 Jan
  18. ^ Australian Competition Yearbook, 1976 Edition, page 176
  19. ^ Racing Car News, January 1977, pages 30–33
  20. ^ John takes driving title No 3, The Age, Monday, 14 November 1977, page 29
  21. ^ Racing Car News, January 1979, pages 58–61
  22. ^ Chris de Fraga, A triumph for the Formula 5000s, The Age, Monday, 29 Oct 1979, page 40
  23. ^ a b c d Australian GT Awards & Titles – As archived from www.australiangt.com.au on 7 December 2010
  24. ^ 2008 Race Calendar, www.allansimonsen.com via www.webcitation.org Retrieved 30 August 2014
  25. ^ Long distance dual for Vodka O Australian GT Championship at Phillip Island & the CAMS Australian Tourist Trophy Retrieved 20 October 2010. Archived at Webcite on 20 October 2010
  26. ^ Fast Eddy Dominates at Phillip Island and takes GT Championship Lead Archived 26 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 5 September 2011
  27. ^ Fathers get in Free for Phillip Island for GT Round, www.racecar.com, as archived at www.webcitation.org on 22 September 2014
  28. ^ a b c Australian Titles, docs.cams.com.au As archived at www.webcitation.org on 16 July 2014
  29. ^ Michelin Wins Again and Smashes Fastest Lap, 23 July 2012, www.jaxquickfit.com.au Archived 9 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 29 September 2014
  30. ^ 2015 CAMS Australian GT Championship Sporting and Technical Regulations, docs.cams.com.au, as archived at web.archive.org
  31. ^ Audi Trio Win Australian Tourist Trophy, www.cams.com.au, 5 February 2018, as archived at web.archive.org
  32. ^ Goodwin, Graham (3 February 2019). "Earl Bamber Motorsport Wins Dramatic Bathurst 12 Hour – dailysportscar.com". dailysportscar.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.

Further reading

  • Jim Shepherd, A History of Australian Motor Sport, 1980, pages 181–183