The 1996 Australian Touring Car Championship was a CAMS sanctioned motor racing title for drivers of 5.0 Litre Touring Cars complying with Australian Group 3A regulations. The championship, which was the 37th Australian Touring Car Championship, was promoted as the Shell Australian Touring Car Championship. It was contested over ten rounds between January 1996 and June 1996. The season was contested earlier in the year than usual as much of telecaster Channel 7's broadcast equipment was required for its 1996 Summer Olympics coverage, and was in fact the last year Channel 7 would broadcast the series until 2007, with Network Ten taking over the broadcast rights from the 1997 season onwards. The series was won by Craig Lowndes driving a Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore.
1996 Australian Touring Car Championship Wikipedia
At the end of 1995, tobacco sponsorship was prohibited by the Federal Government. A tight sponsorship market resulted in both Gibson Motorsport and Glenn Seton Racing scaling back to one car. Philip Morris sought to circumnavigate this by sponsoring Alan Jones Racing under a generic name.Movements
Alan Jones moved from Glenn Seton Racing, forming Alan Jones Racing in partnership with Jim and Ross Stone
Paul Romano joined Alan Jones Racing from Romano Racing
Greg Crick replaced David Attard at Alcair Racing
Arrivals / returnees
Garry Rogers Motorsport joined the series with Steven Richards driving an ex Gibson Motorsport VR Commodore
John Faulkner Racing joined the series with John Faulkner driving an ex Holden Racing Team VR Commodore
John Sidney Racing joined the series with Max Dumsney driving an ex Glenn Seton Racing EF Falcon
Longhurst Racing expanded to two cars with a customer EF Falcon for Steve Ellery
Craig Lowndes replaced Tomas Mezera at the Holden Racing Team
M3 Motorsport returned to the series for the first time since 1993 with John Cotter and Peter Doulman sharing the driving of an ex Perkins Engineering VP Commodore
Perkins Engineering expanded to two cars with Russell Ingall joining the series
With Gibson Motorsport scaling back to one car, Jim Richards left the series
1995 Privateer’s Champion David Attard did not defend his crown
The following teams and drivers competed in the 1996 Australian Touring Car Championship:
The championship was contested over a ten-round series with three races per round.
Championship points were awarded on a 20-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 basis to the top ten finishers in each race.