Italian Formula 3 1976

Riccardo Patrese arrived in F3 in 1976 aboard Pino Trivellato's very effective new Chevron B34 to challenge established Italian F3 stars Gianfranco Brancatelli, Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi and Piercarlo Ghinzani, all of whom had opted for Bicester's latest March 763. With only the best five results counting, and with Patrese and Brancatelli also juggling bids for the European championship, three drivers arrived at the final Italian race with a chance of the title. Patrese led by a nose with three wins, a second and a third, from Ghinzani's two wins and three second places but Scuderia Everest's Brancatelli had only four results so far, three wins and a second, so could take the title if he won the race, regardless of where his rivals finished. Ghinzani had acquired a new Chevron B34 to replace the March written off at Mugello in testing but collided with Brancatelli on the opening lap and was out, leaving Brancatelli chasing leader Patrese. Knowing second place wasn't enough, Brancatelli did all he could, finally spinning off on the last lap and writing off his March. Patrese cruised to victory and his second F3 title of the season.

The races

03 Apr 1976 > Mugello

25 Apr 1976 > Varano

06 Jun 1976 > Magione

13 Jun 1976 > Gran Premio di Pergusa at Enna-Pergusa

20 Jun 1976 > Casale

27 Jun 1976 > Gran Premio della Lotteria at Monza

05 Sep 1976 > Casale

19 Sep 1976 > Coppa Bevilacqua at Imola

26 Sep 1976 > Trofeo Sachs at Monza

04 Oct 1976 > Gran Premio Campidoglio at Vallelunga

01 Nov 1976 > Trofeo Bolletta at Magione

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