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The Australian Touring Car Championship was first organised in 1960 by the [[Confederation of Australian Motorsport]] (CAMS) as a response to the growing popularity of racing ordinary passenger sedans over sportscars or single seater racing in Australia. The inaugral championship in 1960 was a single race at the Gnoo Blas Motor Racing Circuit in New South Wales. 
The motor racing journalist, David McKay to whom was racing a {{Jaguar-CON}} 13.4 took the inaugral championship when he won at Gnoo Blas. The inaugral ATCC championship race provided much popularity to Australia about the concept of motor racing. The idea of touring cars as being an affordable racing series in Australia was proving to be of popular interest to the Australian public. 
In the inaugral race, it was a British manufacturer in Jaguar to have taken the first win, however although the Jaguar's were proving to be the fastest, the Holden, an Australian manufacturer was proving to be a popular choice among the first ATCC racers. Jaguar drivers' won the opening three seasons of the ATCC, however in 1964, it was a {{Ford-CON}} Cortina that took the victory. 
Ford had been a quiet competitor in the ATCC's opening years, however following 1964, Ford would begin its string of domination in the sport. It would take until 1970 for Holden, Australia's leading car manufacturer to take its first win in the sport. 
In 1969, the ATCC for the first time expanded to a multiple race season. The season had five races within New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania. The points' system that was introduced to determine the championship was identical to that which was used to determine the [[Formula One]] world championship.
In 1972 this was somewhat modified to which the individual race standings would still follow the Formula One points system, however the top four drivers' in the championship would receive a points boost regardless of their individual race position. 
By the mid-1970's, the ATCC was proving to be the most popular motor racing entertainment in Australia. Although it was not as prestigious as the [[Australian Grand Prix]] and did not attract the best international Formula One drivers' like the [[Tasman Series]], it was however a more relatable and affordable form of motorsport for the average household to follow. 
However the series did not spark particular interest among the International racing community, even [[Jack Brabham]], Australia's most accomplished racing driver was not intrigued by the ATCC throughout his career. It was not until 1975 that one of Australia's international racers, [[Frank Gardner]] opted to enter the series. 
Gardner whom had briefly raced [[Formula One]] as well as the [[World Sportscar Championship]]  had decided to return to live in Australia full-time and made brief apperances in the ATCC throughout 1975 and 1976. Gardner thereafter never returned to the touring cars to which he preferred to focus his interests on the [[Australian Endurance Championship]].
However in 1976, Australia's first Formula One world champion, Jack Brabham opted to briefly come out of retirement to compete in the series. Brabham whom was racing a Holden Torano took fourth place in his first race at Surfers Paradise for the 1976 [[Rothmans]] 300. In 1978, Brabham made a further two appearances at Oran Park and Sandown to which he scored two fifth places for Holden.

Revision as of 11:02, January 29, 2019


Note: Only drivers who have completed in a round of the Formula One World Championship are listed here.


Driver F1 years ATCC Years
France Sébastien Bourdais 2008-2009 2010-2012, 2015
Australia David Brabham 1990, 1994 1999, 2003-2006, 2010-2013
Australia Jack Brabham 1955-1970 1976-1978
Australia Frank Gardner 1964-1965, 1968 1975-1976
Brazil Lucas di Grassi 2010 2012
Germany Nick Heidfeld 2000-2011 2012
Australia Alan Jones 1975-1981, 1983, 1985-1986 1985, 1990-2002
Austria Christian Klien 2004-2006, 2010 2011-2012
Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 2005-2007, 2009-2011 2011-2012
Denmark Jan Magnussen 1995, 1997-1998 2003, 2011
France Franck Montagny 2006 2012
Portugal Tiago Monteiro 2005-2006 2010
Italy Gianni Morbidelli 1990-1992, 1994-1995, 1997 2010-2012
Australia Larry Perkins 1974, 1976-1977 1977, 1981, 1985, 1987-2003
Italy Emanuele Pirro 1989-1991 2011
Finland Mika Salo 1994-2000, 2002 2010-2012
France Stéphane Sarrazin 1999 2011-2012
Canada Jacques Villeneuve 1996-2006 2010, 2012
United Kingdom Justin Wilson 2003 2012
Malaysia Alex Yoong 2001-2002 2004

Races Entered

Driver F1 Races Entered
Germany Nick Heidfeld 185
Canada Jacques Villeneuve 165
Australia Jack Brabham 128
Australia Alan Jones 117
Finland Mika Salo 111
Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 81
Italy Gianni Morbidelli 70
Austria Christian Klien 51
Italy Emanuele Pirro 40
Italy Tiago Monteiro 37
Australia David Brabham 30
France Sébastien Bourdais 27
Denmark Jan Magnussen 25
Brazil Lucas di Grassi 19
Australia Larry Perkins 18
Malaysia Alex Yoong 18
United Kingdom Justin Wilson 16
Australia Frank Gardner 9
France Franck Montagny 7
France Stéphane Sarrazin 1
Driver ATCC Races Entered
Australia Larry Perkins 320
Australia Alan Jones 186
Australia David Brabham 24
France Sébastien Bourdais 10
Canada Jacques Villeneuve 8
Italy Gianni Morbidelli 6
Finland Mika Salo 6
Australia Jack Brabham 4
Austria Christian Klien 4
France Stéphane Sarrazin 4
Malaysia Alex Yoong 4
Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 3
Denmark Jan Magnussen 3
Australia Frank Gardner 2
Germany Nick Heidfeld 2
Italy Emanuele Pirro 2
Italy Tiago Monteiro 2
United Kingdom Justin Wilson 2
Brazil Lucas di Grassi 1
France Franck Montagny 1


Driver F1 points
Germany Nick Heidfeld 259
Australia Jack Brabham 253
Canada Jacques Villeneuve 235
Australia Alan Jones 199
Finland Mika Salo 33
Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 26
Austria Christian Klien 14
Italy Gianni Morbidelli 8.5
Portugal Tiago Monteiro 7
France Sébastien Bourdais 6
Italy Emanuele Pirro 3
Denmark Jan Magnussen 1
United Kingdom Justin Wilson 1
Driver ATCC points
Australia Larry Perkins 6763
Australia Alan Jones 2136
France Sébastien Bourdais 711
Australia David Brabham 560
Denmark Jan Magnussen 281
Malaysia Alex Yoong 278
Austria Christian Klien 228
Finland Mika Salo 201
Italy Emanuele Pirro 114
Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 48
Italy Gianni Morbidelli 45
France Stéphane Sarrazin 42
Australia Jack Brabham 9
Australia Frank Gardner 6


Driver F1 podiums
Australia Jack Brabham 31
Australia Alan Jones 24
Canada Jacques Villeneuve 23
Germany Nick Heidfeld 13
Finland Mika Salo 2
Portugal Tiago Monteiro 1
Italy Gianni Morbidelli 1
Driver ATCC podiums
Australia Larry Perkins 38
Australia Alan Jones 32
France Sébastien Bourdais 4
Finland Mika Salo 2
Australia Frank Gardner 1

Pole Positions

Driver F1 poles
Australia Jack Brabham 13
Canada Jacques Villeneuve 13
Australia Alan Jones 6
Germany Nick Heidfeld 1
Driver ATCC poles
France Sébastien Bourdais 4
Australia Alan Jones 2
Australia Frank Gardner 1
Australia Larry Perkins 1


Driver F1 wins
Australia Jack Brabham 14
Australia Alan Jones 12
Canada Jacques Villeneuve 11
Driver ATCC Wins
Australia Larry Perkins 8
Australia Alan Jones 5
France Sébastien Bourdais 2
Finland Mika Salo 1


Driver WDC Seasons
Australia Jack Brabham 3 1959, 1960, 1966
Australia Alan Jones 1 1980
Canada Jacques Villeneuve 1 1997
Driver ATCC champion Seasons
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Note: Only manufactuers who have competed in a round of the Formula One World Championship are listed here.


Manufacturer F1 years ATCC Years
Italy Alfa Romeo 1950-1951, 1961-1963, 1965, 1970-1971, 1976-1987 1966-1967, 1969-1983, 1986-1993
Germany BMW 1952-1954, 1967-1969, 1981-1988, 2000-2009 1975-1977, 1981-1993
United Kingdom Cooper 1950, 1952-1969 1963-1974
United States Ford 1966-2004 1960-present
France Gordini 1950-1956 1966
Japan Honda 1964-1968, 1983-1992, 2000-2008, 2015-present 1976-1977
United Kingdom Jaguar 2000-2004 1960-1964, 1985-1988
United Kingdom Lotus 1958-1994 1965, 1967-1971
Germany Mercedes 1954-1955, 1994-present 1988, 1990, 2013-2015
France Peugeot 1994-2000 1961-1962
Germany Porsche 1957-1964, 1984-1987, 1991 1968-1971
France Renault 1977-1986, 1989-1997, 2001-present 1964
Japan Toyota 2002-2009 1968-1976, 1979-1993


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