PHILLIP ISLAND

F1 comes to 2016 Phillip Island Classic FOM

• Famous ex-Graham Hill/Jackie Stewart F1 BRM

• Ex-Alan Jones Williams FW06 in first Australian race

• Up to 30 Formula 5000s competing

Two famous Formula 1 cars with unique Australian connections will be coming ‘home’ from the UK for the 2016 Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport from March 11-13 – thanks to their current enthusiastic UK owners, Andrew and Margaret Wareing

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From the 1960s comes the works 1.5 litre BRM P261-5 that was raced by Graham Hill, Ritchie Ginther and Jackie Stewart in Formula 1 from 1964.

Later, factory-fitted with a larger 2.0-litre V8 engine, the same car contested the 1965, 1966 and 1967 Tasman Championship in Australia and New Zealand with Stewart and Richard Attwood.

Driven by Graham Hill, the car’s best F1 result was second in the 1964 French Grand Prix, while in 1966 it scored five race victories in the 1966 Tasman Series, with Stewart taking four of its race wins to clinch the eight-race Australian-New Zealand Championship.

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Following its F1 era, P261-5 was fitted with a 3.0-litre BRM V12 engine and driven in non-Championship races in 1968/69 by David Hobbs, Tony Dean and Charles Lucas.

After spending some years in a Museum in the UK, the BRM was returned to its original 1.5 litre GP spec to meet Historic Grand Prix Cars Association regulations before it was acquired 10 years ago by the Wareings, who have since raced it in HGPCA events, Historic Monaco and the Goodwood Revival.

The BRM has also been driven in recent years by Sir Jackie Stewart in demonstrations.

The Wareings are also bringing their famous Williams FW06 to Phillip Island – the first car produced by the combination of Frank Williams and Patrick Head for their Williams Grand Prix Engineering Formula One team.

Powered by a Cosworth DFV 3.0 litre V8 engine and driven by Australia’s Alan Jones, the FW06 competed as a lone Williams works entry in all 16 rounds of the 1978 FIA World Championship. It finished in the points three times, with Jones’ best result being second place in the US GP at Watkins Glen.

Chassis FW06/03 also saw service in the first four races of the 1979 season, with Jones finishing third place at Long Beach. However by now the car was being left behind by the ground effects cars of Lotus, Ligier, Tyrrell and others and it was replaced by the FW07 that Jones ultimately used to win the 1980 World Championship.

Following its F1 career, Williams sold FW06/03 in mid-1979 to a wealthy Italian industrialist, who used it for private track days before it was purchased by its current owners in 1992.

Since then the famous Williams has been driven by Alan Jones at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Wareings have lent it back to Williams GP for other displays and demonstrations.

Andrew Wareing (with Margaret’s permission!) will drive both the former F1 cars at this year’s Phillip Island Classic FOM.

At the meeting, the BRM P261-5 will compete in Group M & O events for open wheelers from 1961-1970, where one of its main rivals will be another great F1 car of the 1960s – the 1968 2.5-litre Repco Brabham V8 of Victorian Peter Strauss.

Meanwhile, Andrew Wareing will also race the FW06/03 at Phillip Island in the Q & R events for racing cars built from 1970-1985. Here, its principal F1 rivals will be the 1971 March 741 to be raced by four times Australian Champion, John Bowe and the 1985 ex-works Lola 1.5 Turbo of Sydney’s Iain Ross.

The open wheeler programme at this year’s ‘Classic’ will also see a near- record number of Formula 5000 racing cars compete over the event’s three-day programme, with 13 cars coming from New Zealand to take on 17 of Australia’s top 5.0 litre V8 open wheelers in the hands of their local drivers.

The 27th Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport is being staged by the Victorian Historic Racing Register with continued support from Penrite, Shannons and CoolDrive and Repco.

For further information visit www.vhrr.com or call (03) 9877 2317.

For media information and publication-quality images, contact Michael Browning, michael@browning.com.au or 0418 324 328.

Jim Richards on track for BMW birthday celebrations at 2016 Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport

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Jim Richards made an immediate impact on the Australian Touring Car scene when he arrived from New Zealand in late 1975 with his famous ‘Sidchrome Mustang’. (Image courtesy of Autopics.com.au

Australia’s most versatile and most decorated racing driver – seven times Bathurst and eight time Targa Tasmania winner, former NASCAR, GT and TCM champion Jim Richards – will be Patron on the 27th Phillip Island Festival of Motorsport from 11-13 March 2016.

The popular expatriate New Zealander, who has called Australia ‘home’ for more than 40 years, will mark the occasion in company with the Team JPS BMWs that brought him the first two of his four Australian Touring Car Championships in 1985 and 1987.

Significantly, Richards’ Patronage coincides with BMW’s 100th Birthday celebrations worldwide, which will kick off in Australia at the Phillip Island Classic with a major display of old and new road and racing models by the BMW Car Club of Victoria.

Richards will race an ex-Team JPS BMW 635 coupe now owned by New Zealand enthusiast Peter Sturgeon in the Group C & A races at the Phillip Island Classic. The BMW has been painstakingly restored to the same Group C spec that Richards raced it in 1983 and 1984.

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Richards will also bring his own ex-Team JPS BMW M3 to the meeting – a car he drove in the early rounds of the 1987 ATCC on his way to win his second title – while Shannons may also display the ex-Neville Crichton BMW 635 JPS Team car that Richards also owns, but never actually raced it in the period.

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Jim Richards regards his first Australian Touring Car Championship in 1985 earned driving this Team JPS BMW 635 as being a turning point in his long and much-decorated racing career.(Image courtesy of Autopics.com.au)

“Those years racing the JPS BMWs with the late Frank Gardner are very special to me,” said Richards. “While I had already won Bathurst three times with Peter Brock, driving for Frank Gardner’s JPS Team from 1984-1987 was the turning point of my career,” said Richards.

“I was the lead driver of my own team and won two Australian Touring Car Championship.”

A number of other well-known racing BMWs are expected to join Richards on track at March’s Phillip Island Classic, including the 635 Coupe that he drove to win his 1985 title.

On his way to victory in this famous car he set a record of six straight ATCC round victories and also won Amaroo’s AMSCAR Touring Car Series, plus the 1985 Manufacturers’ and Endurance Series, making it one of Australia’s most successful racing cars.

Richards purchased the 635 from a subsequent owner in 1990, but passed up plans to restore it, believing the task to be too great. The BMW has since been painstakingly brought back to its full 1985 ATCC-winning spec after a major restoration by its current owner, Adrian Brady.

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As well as racing a former Team JPS BMW 635, Jim Richards also hopes to have his 1987 ATCC-winning Tram JPS BMW M3 on display at the 2016 Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport from 11-13 March 2016. (Image courtesy of Autopics.com.au)

The 2016 Phillip Island Classic meeting is shaping up to be one of the best on record, with more than 400 entries expected by the New Year – comfortably up on last year.

Significantly, around 30 of these are Touring Cars of the 1970s and 1980s in the combined Group C & A races on the programme that will include a feature 10-lap race on the Saturday of the meeting.

Another 30 or more cars are again expected to come to the ‘Classic from overseas, including from the USA, Britain, Europe and New Zealand.

They will include at least three Historic 1970s and 1980s F1 cars from the UK, plus a number of Formula 5000 racing cars from the UK and New Zealand.

As in previous years, the meeting is being staged by the Victorian Historic Racing Register with continued support from Penrite, Shannons and CoolDrive and Repco.

For further information visit www.vhrr.com or call (03) 9877 2317.

For media information and publication-quality images, contact Michael     Browning, michael@browning.com.au or 0418 324 328.

 

 

Admission Prices: 2016

Friday $30.00
Saturday $35.00
Sunday $45.00

3 day $95.00
Saturday/Sunday $70.00
Friday/Saturday $55.00

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Pensioners will receive a discount of $5.00 off all entry tickets purchased

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