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Swedish Formula 3 1976

With Conny Andersson having moved to the works March F3 team for 1977, Tore Helle recruited Tommy Borgudd and Eje Elgh to join Conny Ljungfeldt in his Rotel team. Helle also commissioned Len Terry to build a new car, named the Viking TH1A, which proved too ambitious and too complex for such a small team. The car showed great promise, Ljungfeldt winning his heat and running second in the final at Monte Carlo before a front upright broke, but Helle's money ran and the team disbanded. Ljungfeldt ran his car himself in Swedish races and did enough to retain his domestic F3 title.

Apart from the Vikings, the other new cars in Sweden in 1976 were almost all Ralt RT1s. Ulf Svensson, Erkki Salminen, Claes Sigurdsson and Häkan Alriksson all had early orders for Ron Tauranac's 1976 version of the F3 Ralt, and these cars would make up a signiifcant proportion of Swedish grids over the next few seasons. There were also an indeterminate number of Van Diemen 376s, the British Formula Ford maker having bought up the rights to the popular GRD F3 car. The Vikings and Ralts used Novamotor Toyota engines, as did the recent Marches, but there were still a lot of Ford twin cams on the back half of the grid.

The races

25 Apr 1976 > Knutstorp

09 May 1976 > Mantorp Park F3 Race

12 Jun 1976 > Anderstorp

20 Jun 1976 > Kinnekullering

11 Jul 1976 > Falkenburg

05 Sep 1976 > Kvällspostens Newsrace at Knutstorp

Svenska Formel 3 Mästerskapet events shown in bold

1976 Svenska Formel 3 Mästerskapet table

1Conny LjungfeldtViking TH1A - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor27 pts3 wins
2Claes SigurdssonRalt RT1/76 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor16 pts 
3Håkan AlrikssonRalt RT1/76 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor14 pts 
4=Tommy 'Slim' BorguddMarch 743 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Van Diemen 376 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
GRD 374 - Ford twin cam Novamotor
9 pts 
4=Conny AnderssonMarch 763 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor9 pts1 win
6Matts NygrenMarch 743 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor7 pts 
7=Anders OlofssonMarch 753 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor4 pts 
7=Ingvar CarlssonGRD 375 - Ford twin cam Novamotor4 pts 
9=Jan RidellGRD 372 - BMW M10 Billgren3 pts 
9=Erkki SalminenRalt RT1/76 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor3 pts 
9=Ulf SvenssonRalt RT1/76 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor3 pts 
12Eje ElghViking TH1A - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor1 pts 

Swedish Formel 1600

Alongside the main F3 championship, the Stockholms Sportvagnsklubb (SSK) organised a series with catered for older F3 cars, as well as Formula Super Vee and Formula Ford. Many of the leading drivers were using the same cars they used in the F3 series, so must have had full 2-litre engines, but other cars may still have had their pre-74 1600cc engines.

The races

18 Apr 1976 > Mantorp Park

30 May 1976 > Falkenburg

20 Jun 1976 > Kinnekullering

01 Aug 1976 > Karlskoga

12 Sep 1976 > Karlskoga

26 Sep 1976 > Kinnekullering

10 Oct 1976 > Anderstorp

1976 SSK Formel 1600 Serien table

1Stefan JohanssonGRD 375 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor59 pts5 wins
2Jan RidellGRD 372 - BMW M10 Billgren40 pts1 win
3Thomas GunnarssonMerlyn Mk 22 - Ford twin cam Vegantune30 pts 
4Bonde HallenmarkBrabham BT38C - Ford twin cam Novamotor28 pts 
5Tommie WeissMarch 753 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor22 pts 
6Nils-Åke CarlborgBrabham BT41 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor20 pts 
7C-G LinnaeusBrabham BT28 - Ford twin cam BRM19 pts 
8=Bosse HagbergMarch 753 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor18 pts 
8=Lennart BohlinVan Diemen 376 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor18 pts 
10=Anders HermanssonBrabham BT41 - Ford twin cam13 pts 
10=Dick BergBrabham BT28/35 - BMW M10 Billgren13 pts 
12Matts NygrenMarch 743 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor11 pts1 win
13Egert HaglundMarch 733 - Ford twin cam Holbay10 pts