The 1971 Australian Drivers’ Championship was a CAMS sanctioned motor racing title open to Australian Formula 1 and Australian Formula 2 racing cars. It was the fifteenth Australian Drivers' Championship and the first to feature cars complying with a new for 1971 Australian Formula 1 which permitted cars with production based V8 engines of up to 5 litre capacity (commonly known as Formula 5000 cars) or racing engines of up to eight cylinders and up to 2 litre capacity. The championship winner was awarded the 1971 CAMS Gold Star.
The championship was won by Max Stewart from Kevin Bartlett, Alan Hamilton and John McCormack, with only two points separating first from fourth after the final race.
1971 Australian Drivers' Championship Wikipedia
The championship was contested over a six race series. Races were staged concurrently with those of the 1971 Australian Formula 2 Championship Race 1, Governor's Trophy, Lakeside, Queensland, 6 June
Race 2, Angus & Coote Diamond Trophy, Oran Park, New South Wales, 27 June
Race 3, Glynn Scott Memorial Trophy, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, 29 August
Race 4, Victoria Trophy, Sandown Park, Victoria, 12 September
Race 5, Symmons Plains, Tasmania, 25 September
Race 6, Rothmans Trophy, Mallala, South Australia, 11 October
Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the first six placegetters in each race. Each driver could retain points only from his/her best five race results. Only holders of a General Competition License issued by CAMS were eligible to compete for the title.
New Zealander Graeme Lawrence (Brabham BT30 Ford) placed second at Oran Park, but not being an Australian resident he did not qualify for championship points.