AMSCAR: the Group A years

Last is­sue we re­called the early, Group C years of Ama­roo Park’s AMSCAR Se­ries, a made-for-tele­vi­sion tin-top com­pe­ti­tion sup­ple­men­tary to the main tour­ing car cham­pi­onship. In this sec­ond and con­clud­ing part, we re­visit the ‘Ama­roo Su­per Cars’ Se­ries’ Gr

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Part two of our fea­ture on the old Ama­roo Park AMSCAR Se­ries.

The 1980 CRC 300 was a ground-break­ing event, on two lev­els. For one, it was the race in which Dick John­son prop­erly emerged as a se­ri­ous out­right tour­ing car con­tender. The then-pri­va­teer fronted at Ama­roo Park with a brand new XD Fal­con and pro­ceeded to make Peter Brock’s HDT Com­modore VB look sec­ond-best un­til the big blue Ford cooked its tyres. This race, a cou­ple of months be­fore the 1980 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 and the rock in­ci­dent, was a clear sign of what was to come from the Queens­lan­der.

The other ground-break­ing as­pect of the 1980 CRC 300 was that it proved that a tour­ing car en­durance race around the tight, twisty lit­tle Syd­ney cir­cuit was ac­tu­ally fea­si­ble.

Ama­roo’s mid-year pre-Bathurst en­duro would con­tinue through most the rest of the decade, dou­bling as the nal round of the AMSCAR Se­ries. Like­wise when Ama­roo hosted ATCC rounds (as it did in ’85 and ’86, and then from ’89 on­wards) the cham­pi­onship race al­most al­ways counted as an AMSCAR round. That meant that for some sea­sons late in that decade, there were only two sprint AMSCAR rounds.

It was prob­a­bly the log­i­cal thing to do, but it took away some of the AMSCAR Se­ries’ unique essence. No longer was it the stand-alone al­ter­na­tive tour­ing car se­ries it had been.

It was dif­fer­ent in other ways, too, the open­ing

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