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    A 1979 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title for drivers of Australian Formula 1 racing cars.[1] The championship winner was awarded the 1979 CAMS Gold Star.[2] The title, which was the 23rd Australian Drivers' Championship,[3] was won by Johnnie Walker, driving a Lola T332.[4]

    Schedule

    The championship was contested over a three-round series with one race per round.[4]

    Round[4] Name[4] Circuit[4] State Date[4] Round winner[4] Car[5] Report
    1 Australian Grand Prix Wanneroo Raceway[6] Western Australia 11 March Johnnie Walker Lola T332 Chevrolet Report
    2 Oran Park New South Wales 29 July John Bowe Elfin MR8 Chevrolet
    3 Rothmans 10,000[7] Sandown Victoria 9 September Alfredo Costanzo Lola T430 Chevrolet

    Points system

    Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the first six placegetters in each race.[1]

    Results

    Johnnie Walker won the championship driving a Lola T332, similar to the example pictured above
    Position Driver[4] No.[8][6][7] Car Entrant[6][7] Wan[4] Ora[4] San[4] Points[4]
    1 Johnnie Walker 25 Lola T332 Chevrolet[8] Magnum Wheels 9 4 6 19
    2 John Bowe 11 Elfin MR8 Chevrolet[8] Ansett Team Elfin 6 9 - 15
    3 Alfredo Costanzo 84 Lola T430 Chevrolet[8] Porsche Cars Australia - - 9 9
    4 Rob Butcher 10 Lola T332 Chevrolet[8] Rob Butcher 4 - 4 8
    John Smith 71 Ralt RT1 Ford[8] John Smith 3 3 2 8
    6 John Wright 76 Lola T400 Chevrolet[8] John Wright - 6 - 6
    7 Graham McRae 2 McRae GM3[4] Settlement Road Wreckers[9] - - 3 3
    8 Chas Talbot 3 Lola T332C[4] Chas Talbot - 2 - 2
    Terry Hook 15 Lola T332 Chevrolet[8] Terry Hook 2 - - 2
    10 Peter Edwards 21 Lola T332[4] PJ Edwards - - 1 1
    Paul Hamilton 88 Elfin 600[4] - 1 - 1
    Barry Singleton 19 Gardos GL1 Chevrolet[8] Barry Singleton 1 - - 1

    Championship name

    Sources of the time differ as to the actual name of the championship with both Australian Drivers' Championship[4][9] and Australian Formula 1 Championship[1][7] being used. "Australian Drivers' Championship" is used by Confederation of Australian Motor Sport in its historic documentation[2] and that term has been used here.

    References

    1. ^ a b c CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, 1979, pages 94-96
    2. ^ a b Australian Drivers’ Championship – CAMS Gold Star, 2016 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, as archived at web.archive.org
    3. ^ Australian Motor Racing Yearbook, 1979/80, page 214
    4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Australian Motor Racing Yearbook, 1979/80, pages 88-97
    5. ^ Wolfgang Kopfler, 1979 Australian Drivers' Championship, Formula 5000 in New Zealand & Australia: Race by Race, page 214
    6. ^ a b c Souvenir Programme, Wanneroo Raceway, Australian Grand Prix, 11th March 1979
    7. ^ a b c d Official Program, Sandown, 9 September 1979
    8. ^ a b c d e f g h i The official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix, 1986, pages 426-434
    9. ^ a b Ray Bell, Alfie storms back, Racing Car News, October 1979, pages 28-30

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