The 1972 South Pacific Touring Series was an Australian motor racing competition for Group E Series Production Touring Cars.[1] It was the third running of an annual series which had first been contested as the 1970 Tasman Touring Series.

The series was won by John Goss driving for McLeod Ford in a Ford Falcon GTHO.[2]

Schedule

The series was contested over four rounds:[1][2]

Round[1] Race name Circuit[1] Date[1] Winning driver[2] Winning car[2] Entrant[2]
1 Surfers Paradise International Raceway 6 February Leo Geoghegan Chrysler Valiant Charger Austral Motors
2 Tele-Ads Series Production Touring Car Race[3] Warwick Farm Motor Racing Circuit 13 February Doug Chivas Chrysler Valiant Charger Liverpool Chrysler[3]
3 Autolite South Pacific Tourist Trophy Race[4] Sandown International Motor Race Circuit 20 February John Goss Ford Falcon GTHO McLeod Ford
4 Adelaide International Raceway 27 February Allan Moffat Ford Falcon GTHO Ford Motor Company of Australia Ltd.[1]

Each round was held as a support race to a round of the 1972 Tasman Championship for Drivers.[2][1]

Classes

Competing cars were classified into four classes according to an assessed C.P. Units value for each vehicle.[1] Under this system, the engine capacity of the car (in litres) was multiplied by the retail price of the car (in Australian dollars) to arrive at a CP Unit value.[5]

  • Class A: 0 to 3000 C.P. Units[1]
  • Class B: 3001 to 9000 C.P. Units[1]
  • Class C: 9001 to 18000 C.P. Units[1]
  • Class D: 18001 & over C.P. Units[1]

Points system

Points were awarded on a 4,3,2,1 basis for the first four outright places at each round.[1] In addition, points were awarded on a 9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 basis for the first nine places in each class at each round.[1]

Points were only awarded to a driver conditional upon them competing in the same make and model of car entered by the same entrant in all four rounds of the series.[1] The series win was awarded to a driver and entrant, who both received equal recognition.[1]

Series standings

Pos. Driver[2] / Entrant[2] Car[2] Points[2]
1 John Goss / McLeod Ford Ford Falcon GTHO 45
2 Allan Moffat / Ford Motor Company of Australia Ltd.[1] Ford Falcon GTHO 39
3 Eric Olsen / Eric Olsen Ford Escort Twin Cam 32
4 Alan Whitchurch / P. J. Motors Pty. Ltd.[1] Chrysler Valiant Galant 29
= Peter Brock / Holden Dealer Team Holden Torana GTR XU-1 29
6 Colin Bond / Holden Dealer Team Holden Torana GTR XU-1 28
7 John Piper / John Piper Ford Escort Twin Cam 25
8 Leo Geoghegan / Austral Motors Chrysler Valiant Charger 24
9 Roger Bonhomme / Collins Chrysler[1] Chrysler Valiant Galant 20
10 John French / Ford Motor Company of Australia Ltd.[1] Ford Falcon GTHO 19
11 Mel Mollison / Bainbridge Motors Mazda 1300 16
12 Bob Forbes / Boyded (Randwick) Pty. Ltd.[1] Holden Torana GTR 14
  • Note: The above table shows only the top twelve placings in the series.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Official Programme, Adelaide International Raceway, Sunday February 27, 1972
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Racing Car News Championship Yearbook No. 1
  3. ^ a b Official Programme, Warwick Farm, Feb 13 1972
  4. ^ Official Programme, Sandown, February 20, 1972
  5. ^ Official Programme, Adelaide International Raceway, Australian Manufacturers' Championship, August 27, 1972 - Chesterfield 250