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1971 Australian Grand Prix

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Date  21 November 1971
Course length  3.621 km (2.25 mi)
1971 Australian Grand Prix
Official name  XXXVI Australian Grand Prix
Location  Warwick Farm Raceway, Sydney, New South Wales
Course  Permanent racing facility
Distance  45 laps, 162.945 km (101.25 mi)

The 1971 Australian Grand Prix was a motor race held at Warwick Farm Raceway in New South Wales, Australia on 21 November 1971. The race was open to Racing Cars complying with Australian Formula 1 or Australian Formula 2 regulations.


It was the thirty sixth running of the Australian Grand Prix. Frank Matich won his second straight AGP and like 1970, started the race on pole and also drove the fastest race lap. The race was the debut for Matich's self designed and built Matich A50 which was powered by a Repco Holden V8 engine. He won the race by 58.7 seconds from Kevin Bartlett driving a McLaren M10B-Chevrolet, with Alan Hamilton only 1.1 seconds behind Bartlett in third place. Hamilton also drove a McLaren M10B-Chevrolet.

Other than two New Zealanders, the only international driver in the event was 1964 Formula One World Drivers' Champion John Surtees. The Englishman started 9th in his Surtees TS8-Chevrolet, and battled with Bartlett, Hamilton, and until his retirement, Colin Bond in Frank Matich's McLaren M10B in which Matich had won the 1970 AGP. Surtees ultimately placed 14th after suffering two punctures late in the race.


Results as follows:

Official practice

Grid positions for the race were determined during "official practice".


  • (AF2) indicates Australian Formula 2 car
  • References

    1971 Australian Grand Prix Wikipedia

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