A series of touring car racing in Australia, and which became V8 Supercars Australia after the 1998 season.
Although the series name was changed, the V8 Supercars Australia/V8 Supercar Championship Series points winner receives the title "Australian Touring Car Champion."
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The first Australian Touring Car Championship was held in 1960 as a single race for Appendix J Touring Cars. This was an acknowledgement of the rising popularity of races held for passenger sedans as opposed to the more purpose built open wheel racing cars, or sports cars. The original race was held at the Gnoo Blas circuit in Orange in rural New South Wales, west of Sydney. The original race was won by journalist racer, David McKay racing a Jaguar saloon prepared by his own racing team, Scuderia Veloce which to this point had been better known for its preparation of open wheel or sports racing Ferraris.
The early years of the ATCC saw the once a year event visit mostly rural circuits, before finally visiting a major city circuit, Lakeside Raceway on the outskirts of Brisbane in 1964. This race was also the first not won by a Jaguar saloon with Ian Geoghegan winning the first of his five titles in a Ford Cortina. From 1965 the title would largely be contested by American V8 powered muscle cars, most notably the Ford Mustang which would win five consecutive titles. The first victory by an Australian car was the Holden Monaro driven by Norm Beechey.
A major shift occurred in 1973. The championship had blossomed from a single race into a multi-event series in 1969, but the competition had not changed markedly. The 'Supercar scare' that had rocked the build up to 1972 Bathurst 500 forced sweeping changes through touring car regulations. The Improved Touring Car regulations which governed the ATCC, known at the time as Group C were amalgamated with the more basic Group E Series Production Touring Cars regulations which governed the Bathurst touring car endurance race in a compromise between the two, creating a single class for touring car racing that would hold sway of Australian Touring Car racing until the introduction of Group A in 1985.
This period saw a rise in the tribal style conflicts between Holden and Ford and in particular the two marques leading drivers, respectively Peter Brock and Allan Moffat who between them would claim seven of the eras 12 championships (and nine of the associated Bathurst victories). By the mid 1980s Group C had become wracked with infighting and almost random parity adjustments between competing marques.
Attention focussed purely on Holden and Ford had blurred as European and Japanese manufacturers joined the Australian agents of the two big American companies, the trend starting in 1981 with BMW, Mazda and Nissan. The international Group A regulations, already utilised by European and Japanese touring car series, allowed them to compete on equal terms. Holden was forced briefly into catchup phase, which they quickly did.
1992 saw the unhappy demise of Group A and with the international touring car scene fragmenting in several directions (moving towards DTM, Super Touring and Super GT) Australia forged its own path evolving the Group A specification Holden Commodores into the new Group 3A regulations that would later be renamed as V8 Supercar.
The ATCC continued to be used until the end of the 1998 season, after which V8 Supercar organisers altered the name of the series, eventually adopting its present identity, the V8 Supercar Championship Series.
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Original document with more information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Touring_Car_Championship
|1960||David McKay||Jaguar 3.4|
|1961||Bill Pitt||Jaguar 3.4|
|1962||Bob Jane||Jaguar 3.8Mk11|
|1963||Bob Jane||Jaguar 4.1Mk11|
|1964||Ian Geoghegan||Ford Cortina GT|
|1965||Norm Beechey||Ford Mustang|
|1966||Ian Geoghegan||Ford Mustang|
|1967||Ian Geoghegan||Ford Mustang|
|1968||Ian Geoghegan||Ford Mustang|
|1969||Ian Geoghegan||Ford Mustang|
|1970||Norm Beechey||Holden Monaro 350GTS|
|1971||Bob Jane||Chevrolet Camaro|
|1972||Bob Jane||Chevrolet Camaro|
|1973||Allan Moffat||Ford Falcon GTHO|
|1974||Peter Brock||Holden Torana XU1/SLR5000|
|1975||Colin Bond||Holden Torana L34|
|1976||Allan Moffat||Ford Falcon GT|
|1977||Allan Moffat||Ford Falcon|
|1978||Peter Brock||Holden Torana A9X|
|1979||Bob Morris||Holden Torana A9X|
|1980||Peter Brock||Holden Commodore VB|
|1981||Dick Johnson||Ford Falcon XD|
|1982||Dick Johnson||Ford Falcon XD|
|1983||Allan Moffat||Mazda RX-7|
|1984||Dick Johnson||Ford Falcon XE|
|1985||Jim Richards||BMW 635Csi|
|1986||Robbie Francevic||Volvo 240T|
|1987||Jim Richards||BMW M3|
|1988||Dick Johnson||Ford Sierra RS500|
|1989||Dick Johnson||Ford Sierra RS500|
|1990||Jim Richards||Nissan Skyline HR31/GT|
|1991||Jim Richards||Nissan Skyline GT-R|
|1992||Mark Skaife||Nissan Skyline GT-R|
|1993||Glenn Seton||Ford Falcon EB|
|1994||Mark Skaife||Holden Commodore VP|
|1995||John Bowe||Ford Falcon EF|
|1996||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VR|
|1997||Glenn Seton||Ford Falcon EL|
|1998||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VS/VT|