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1980 Australian Drivers' Championship

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1980 Australian Drivers' Championship

The 1980 Australian Drivers' Championship was a CAMS sanctioned motor racing title for drivers of Australian Formula 1 racing cars. The winner of the championship, which was the 24th Australian Drivers' Championship, was awarded the 1980 CAMS Gold Star.



The title was contested over an eight round series with one race per round.

  • Round 1, Sandown Park, Victoria, 24 February
  • Round 2, Baskerville, Tasmania, 9 March
  • Round 3, Symmons Plains, Tasmania, 23 March
  • Round 4, Oran Park, New South Wales, 4 May
  • Round 5, Lakeside, Queensland, 20 July
  • Round 6, Sandown Park, Victoria, 14 September
  • Round 7, Rose City Trophy, Winton, Victoria, 26 October
  • Round 8, Australian Grand Prix, Calder Raceway, Victoria, 16 November .
  • Class Structure

    Australian Formula 1, in its 1980 incarnation, catered for cars complying with any one of the following three Formulae:

  • Formula 5000
  • International Formula One
  • Formula Pacific
  • For championship points allocation purposes, cars competed in two classes:

  • Over 1600cc: Open to "Formula 5000" cars and "International Formula One" cars
  • Under 1600cc: Open to "Formula Pacific" cars
  • Points system

    Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six Australian license holders in each class at each round. Bonus points were awarded on a 4-3-2-1 basis to the top four Australian license holders at each round, regardless of class.


    The following divers were not eligible for championship points as they were not Australian license holders.

  • Guy Edwards (Fittipaldi F5A), who finished second at Round 1
  • Alan Jones (Williams FW07B Ford), who won the Australian Grand Prix
  • Bruno Giacomelli (Alfa Romeo 179), who finished second in the Australian Grand Prix
  • Didier Pironi (Elfin MR8 Chevrolet), who finished third in the Australian Grand Prix
  • References

    1980 Australian Drivers' Championship Wikipedia