Tim Schenken started his racing career in Melbourne in an Austin A30 at Templestowe Hill Climb and quickly progressed to a Lotus 18, winning a number of local titles. Driving for a friend, he also won the 1964 Australian Hill Climb Championship. Tim decided to pursue a professional career and travelled to the UK in 1965. In a short time he turned ‘professional’ and won a number of British Championships, including those for Formula Ford and Formula 3. This led to being noticed by Jack Brabham—and a drive.
In 1970 he competed in the first of 35 Grands Prix for Frank Williams. Later, with Brabhams, he scored his best Formula One placing in Austria, where he finished third. He is one of only four Australians to have scored points in the FIA Formula One World Championship. Other drives included races with Ferrari, Ford, Porsche and Jaguar factories. The sports car drives led to two victories in the Nurburgring 1000km race.
In 1976, he founded Tiga Racing Cars with a colleague (Howden Ganley) and built over 400 racing cars before the company was sold in 1984. During this period, he also became a team owner and manager, running cars in Formula 2 and Formula 3. Tim also had a short spell in the US running an IMSA Sports Car Team before returning to Australia to take up a position with the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport Ltd. (CAMS) in 1984.
Tim is currently the Director of Racing Operations with CAMS and the Chairman of the Organising Committee and Clerk of the Course for the Australian Grand Prix. He is the Race Director for the International V8 Supercars Championship. Tim maintains close contacts with international motor sport bodies, oversees CAMS’ relationship with the FIA, and is a long-standing member of the FIA Touring Car Commission. He was recently appointed Vice President of the FIA Circuits Commission.