The Calder Park V8 Supercar round was a V8 Supercar, and formerly Australian Touring Car Championship, motor racing event held at Calder Park Raceway in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The event was held 25 times between 1969 and 2001.

History

V8 Supercars line up in the dummy grid in 1998.

Calder Park's first championship round was the first round of the 1969 season, the first championship to be held over multiple rounds.[1] It was won by Bob Jane who, soon after, purchased the circuit and also won the 1972 round.[2] Allan Moffat became the most successful driver in the event's history through the 1970s and 1980s, winning five events. Peter Brock also won three consecutive events for the Holden Dealer Team from 1979 to 1981.[1] The 1987 championship round, won by Glenn Seton, saw the world debut of, amongst others, the BMW M3 and the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth. It was the first of three major touring car races at the circuit in 1987, with a post-season endurance race and the Bob Jane T-Marts 500, a round of the World Touring Car Championship, held on the combined road circuit and oval layout. From 1989 to 1995, the circuit dropped off the calendar after a deal was struck for the circuit not to feature any tobacco sponsorship.[3][4]

With tobacco advertising banned in Australia in late 1995, touring car racing returned to the circuit with a non-championship event celebrating Peter Brock in November 1995.[5] The circuit then returned to the championship proper in 1996, and Russell Ingall began a six-year unbeaten run for Holden.[1] Calder Park was the opening event of the 1997 season, and held the last championship night race until 2018. The round was won by Wayne Gardner, the only championship win for him and his team.[6] The third race in 1998 was cancelled due to torrential rain.[7] In 1999, in what was the 400th championship race of all time, a major crash at the start of the race saw Craig Lowndes barrel roll down an embankment on the side of the track, causing injuries which forced him to miss the next round at Symmons Plains Raceway. At the second attempted start, a similar but less dramatic crash saw Jason Bright fired into the wall before Turn 1. Lowndes' team-mate Mark Skaife eventually went on to win the race and the round.[8][9] Mark Larkham won his only championship race victory in the second race in 2000, only three weeks after a fiery crash at the Oran Park round that wrote off his previous chassis. In what became the 25th and final event at the circuit in 2001, Paul Morris, who like Gardner and Larkham was driving for his eponymous team, won his first championship race and round.[10]

The circuit was not included on the 2002 calendar, after a financial dispute between circuit owner Bob Jane and the series, and the circuit has since fallen into disrepair.[11][12]

Winners

Year Driver[1] Team Car Report
1969 Australia Bob Jane Bob Jane Racing Ford Mustang
1970 Canada Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Racing Ford Boss 302 Mustang
1971 Australia Norm Beechey Shell Racing Holden HT Monaro GTS350
1972 Australia Bob Jane Bob Jane Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1
1973 Canada Allan Moffat Ford Works Team Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III
1974 Australia Peter Brock Holden Dealer Team Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1
1975 Australia Allan Grice Craven Mild Racing Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34
1976 Canada Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Racing Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop
1977 Canada Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Racing Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop
1978 Australia Bob Morris Ron Hodgson Motors Holden LX Torana SS A9X
1979 Australia Peter Brock Holden Dealer Team Holden LX Torana SS A9X
1980 Australia Peter Brock Holden Dealer Team Holden VB Commodore
1981 Australia Peter Brock Holden Dealer Team Holden VC Commodore
1982 Australia Dick Johnson Dick Johnson Racing Ford XD Falcon
1983 Canada Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Racing Mazda RX-7
1984 not held
1985 New Zealand Jim Richards JPS Team BMW BMW 635 CSi
1986 Australia George Fury Gibson Motorsport Nissan Skyline DR30 RS
1987 Australia Glenn Seton Gibson Motorsport Nissan Skyline DR30 RS
1988 Australia Dick Johnson Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra RS500
1989

1995
not held
1996 Australia Russell Ingall Perkins Engineering Holden VR Commodore
1997 Australia Wayne Gardner Wayne Gardner Racing Holden VS Commodore
1998 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VS Commodore
1999 Australia Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team Holden VT Commodore
2000 New Zealand Steven Richards Gibson Motorsport Holden VT Commodore
2001 Australia Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VT Commodore Report

Multiple winners

By driver

Wins Driver Years
5 Canada Allan Moffat 1970, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1983
4 Australia Peter Brock 1974, 1979, 1980, 1981
2 Australia Bob Jane 1969, 1972
Australia Dick Johnson 1982, 1988

By team

Wins Team
4 Holden Dealer Team
Allan Moffat Racing
3 Gibson Motorsport
2 Bob Jane Racing
Dick Johnson Racing
Holden Racing Team

By manufacturer

Wins Manufacturer
13 Holden
7 Ford
2 Nissan

Event names and sponsors

  • 1969–83, 1987–88, 1996–2001: Calder Park
  • 1985: Eurovox Trophy
  • 1986: Coca-Cola Cup

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Bob Jane issues Calder Park statement". www.dragnews.com.au. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  3. ^ Lynch, Michael (30 January 1989). "Sports Sponsorship Furore Blazes". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  4. ^ Dale, Will (9 December 2019). "Five lost Supercars circuits". Supercars. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  5. ^ Rowley, Grant (31 July 2018). "When Peter Brock won his own event". Supercars. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  6. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (1 August 2018). "The nineties night double". Supercars. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Calder Park Story 98-06-21 - Supercars News". Motorsport.com. 21 June 1998. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  8. ^ Dale, Will (22 January 2019). "The Milestone Races as Supercars Reaches 1000". v8sleuth.com.au. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  9. ^ Dale, Will (5 August 2019). "Twenty years on: Calder Park 1999". Supercars.com. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  10. ^ Lacy, Justin (16 July 2001). "Morris gets Big Kev excited". GoAuto. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  11. ^ "2002 VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 date announced". Motorsport.com. 20 November 2001. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  12. ^ Walker, Mark (2 October 2018). "The Day a Supercar Lapped the Thunderdome". The Race Torque. Retrieved 11 March 2019.