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Quique Mansilla at Paddock Hill, Brands Hatch in the West Surrey Ralt RT3/82.  Copyright Michael C. Brown 2010.  Used with permission.

British Formula 3 1982

The 1982 season was one of significant transition in F3. March had decided not to build cars for F3 for the first time, ending a successful run of 264 cars over 13 seasons. The new kings of F3 were Ralt who were responsible for three-quarters of the grids in 1982, as well as virtually every place on every podium. Only a Euroracing, a car built from one of last season's March 813 and then dominating the European series, interrupted Ralt's domination.

Winners during the 1982 season included Tommy Byrne of Murray Taylor Racing, who was walking away with the championship before his head was turned by F1, Enrique Mansilla (West Surrey Racing), Dave Scott (Mint Engineering), Roberto Moreno and Martin Brundle (David Price Racing). Byrne returned to the F3 series just in time to snatch the title from the grasp of Mansilla. Scott was third ahead of Eddie Jordan Racing's James Weaver. Emanuele Pirro took Euroracing's win at Silverstone in June and a young Ayrton Senna stopped by to win the November Thruxton.

The races

07 Mar 1982 > Silverstone

14 Mar 1982 > Thruxton

21 Mar 1982 > Silverstone

04 Apr 1982 > Donington Park

12 Apr 1982 > Thruxton

25 Apr 1982 > Mallory Park

02 May 1982 > Snetterton

31 May 1982 > Silverstone

13 Jun 1982 > Marlboro European F3 Trophy at Silverstone

20 Jun 1982 > Cadwell Park

27 Jun 1982 > Silverstone

11 Jul 1982 > Brands Hatch

01 Aug 1982 > Mallory Park

07 Aug 1982 > Oulton Park

15 Aug 1982 > Brands Hatch

30 Aug 1982 > Silverstone

12 Sep 1982 > Snetterton

26 Sep 1982 > Oulton Park

03 Oct 1982 > Silverstone

10 Oct 1982 > Brands Hatch

24 Oct 1982 > Thruxton

13 Nov 1982 > Thruxton

Championship events shown in bold

1982 Marlboro British Formula 3 Championship table

1Tommy ByrneRalt RT3/81 - Toyota 2T-G Hesketh101 pts7 wins
2Enrique MansillaRalt RT3/82 - Toyota 2T-G98 pts4 wins
3Dave ScottRalt RT3/82 - Toyota 2T-G
Ralt RT3/82 - VW Brabham
74 pts3 wins
4Martin BrundleRalt RT3/82 - VW Brabham60 pts2 wins
5James WeaverRalt RT3/81 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor53 pts 
6Roberto MorenoRalt RT3/81 - Toyota 2T-G
Ralt RT3/81 - Alfa Romeo Novamotor
42 pts3 wins
7=Richard TrottAnson SA3C - Toyota 2T-G
Ralt RT3/81 - Toyota 2T-G Nelson
11 pts 
7=David SearsRalt RT3/81 - Toyota 2T-G Anglia11 pts 
9Luiz SchafferRalt RT3/81 - Toyota 2T-G Mader10 pts 
10Mario HyttenRalt RT3/81 - Toyota 2T-G Anglia8 pts 

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