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Frank Gardner
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Driver Details
Nationality {{{{{natflag}}}}} Australian Commonwealth of Australia
Date of Birth 01/10/1931[1]
Date of Death 29/08/2009[1]
Début Silverstone 1963
Championships 3 (1967, 1968, 1973)
2015 Position Unknown
First Win Unknown
Previous Teams John Willment Automobiles
Alan Mann Racing
Motor Racing Research
SCA Freight
Career Statistics
Total Entries 0 (0 Starts)
Pole Positions 0
Fastest Laps 0
Wins 0 (0 in Class)
Total Points 0
Current Season
Team Unknown
Car Unknown
Number Standings Points
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 Frank Gardner was an Australian racing driver and triple champion of the British Saloon Car Championship.[2] Gardner was the first Australian to win the championship, and the first to take three championships, winning in 1967, 1968 and 1973.

BackgroundEdit

Gardner came to Europe at the age of seventeen (although he was registered as being eighteen to obtain his competition license), entering club events in the UK.[1] He entered sports cars in 1960, ultimately taking part in the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans.[1] HIs background in Australia had seen Gardner rebuild written off cars to race with, although his career in Europe would see him race purpose built race cars.[1]

BTCC HistoryEdit

Gardner's first race in the BSCC came in 1963, driving at Silverstone for John Willment Automobiles.[3] A fourth place finish resulted, although Gardner would not return to the championship until the following season.[3] Driving for almost a full season in 1964, Gardner obtained four podium finishes, often the closest (in his class) to the dominant Team Lotus cars.[4]

For 1965, Gardner decided to devote his full time to the championship, ultimately taking second in class (and fifth overall) in his Lotus Cortina.[5] Gardner took his first class wins that season as well, claiming victory at two of the first three races in Class C, before finishing on the podium at four of the next five.[5] His services, however, were not required by anyone in 1966, with Gardner focusing on his Sports Car career.[1]

FG Ford Escort TC

Gardner's Alan Mann Racing prepared Ford Escort TC from 1968.

Alan Mann Racing would then employ Gardner for the following three seasons, a move which saw Gardner become the first driver to take two championships in a row.[6] Equiped with a Ford Falcon Sprint, Gardner took seven wins in a dominant display in 1967, a feat he would repeat (and beat) with a Ford Escort TC in 1968.[6] Gardner took the Escort to nine wins in 1968, using the same car the following year in 1969.[7] Three wins were not enough for Gardner, however, to retain his title, although he would take the Class D title after the changed class structure.[8]

Gardner moved to the Motor Racing Research team, who imported a Ford Mustang Boss 302 for the 1970 season.[9] Second overall resulted from the season, with Gardner taking eight wins and the Class D title for the second year in a row.[9] SCA Freight then employed Gardner's services in 1971, although a disjointed year saw Gardner only take two wins in his Chevrolet Camaro Z28.[10] 

SCA continued to employ Gardner for 1972, with Gardner taking third overall after dropped scores were taken into account (he had tied for the championship with Bill McGovern and Dave Matthews).[11] Another Class D title resulted from the year, with Gardner taking seven wins in his class.[11] SCA changed their team name to SCA European Road Services (ERS) in 1973, with Gardner using the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 for his final year in the championship.[12] A third BSCC title resulted, with Gardner taking six wins and the Class D title for the fourth time in five years.[12] Gardner returned to Australia after 1973.[1]

BTCC RecordEdit

A table containing Frank Gardner's best results in the BTCC. The figures after the information about the car used indicate Frank Gardner's best finish at that meeting, in their class.

Frank Gardner's BTCC Record
Year Team Pos Pts Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
1963 John Willment Automobiles 2 Ford Cortina bgcolor="#214B9B" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|B N 4 N - -
1964 11th 16 Lotus Cortina 3 3 N 3 5 3 bgcolor="white" style="color:black; font-size:90%; border-radius:5px;"|DNS N - - - - -
1965 5th 34 bgcolor="#008000" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|C R 1 1 3 3 3 2 R - - - - -
1967 Alan Mann Racing 1st 70 Ford Falcon Sprint bgcolor="#FFA500" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|D 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 R 1 1 - - -
1968 84 Ford Escort TC bgcolor="#008000" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|C 2 1 2 1* 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 - -
1969 3rd 58 bgcolor="#FFA500" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|D 3 1 3 2 3 1 R 2 3 2 R 1 -
1970 Motor Racing Research 2nd 68 Ford Mustang Boss 302 1 1 1 1 1 5 2 1 2 1 1 N -
1971 SCA Freight 30 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 N 2 N 1 1 R 2 N R
1972 3rd 63 1 2 1 1 4 1 1 N 1 1 - - -
1973 SCA ERS 1st 60 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 N 2 - - - -

* Gardner started the season using a Ford Cortina Mk II Lotus until race four.[7]

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