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Indylantic Championship Round

Brands Hatch, 3 Oct 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ted Wentz Lola T460 [HU15] - Ford BDA Swindon
#9 Swan Lager Racing (see note 1)
42 Excluded; later reinstated
2 Tony Trimmer Lola T460 [HU20] - Ford BDA Swindon
#31 Tony Trimmer
42 39m 15.2s
3 John Bicht Swift SA1 (Lotus 69) [71/69.8.FB] - Ford BDA Swindon
#34 John Bicht
42 39m 55.0s
4 Derek Cook Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Cook
#24 Derek Cook (see note 2)
42 40m 02.8s
5 Tony Rouff Boxer PRA76 [002] - Ford BDA Swindon
#21 Netherton & Worth/Boxer Cars
41 Collision with Wentz
6 Martin Birrane Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#30 Martin Birrane (see note 3)
41 40m 03.0s
7 Steve Carvill Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon
#208 Radio Luxembourg/Applied Racing Techniques
40 39m 26.4s
8 Nick May Sana RD9 - Ford BDA Eden
#5 Harrisons of Birmingham/Graham Eden Racing
40 39m 42.8s
9 Adrian Russell Lola T450 [HU1] - Ford BDA Swindon
#23 Adrian Russell
39 40m 02.8s
10 Rob Moffat March 73B - Ford BDA
#32 (see note 4)
37 40m 34.8s
R Phil Dowsett Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Sangria Designs
Gear linkage
R Mike King Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDA Swindon
#7 Bruach Racing

UNKE Ken Bailey Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#12 Ken Bailey
On entry list
UNKE Dave Saunders March [75B-"8"?] - Ford BDA Saunders
#22 Dave Saunders (see note 5)
On entry list
UNKE John Scannell Chevron B27 [27-74-14] - Ford BDA Swindon
#27 J Sumner (see note 6)
On entry list
UNKE Cyd Williams Sana RD11 - Ford BDA Swindon
#69 Withers of Winsford Limited
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Tony Rouff70.05.19.694.9
2Steve Carvill0.05.21.2
3Tony Trimmer0.05.21.8
4Mike King
5Phil Dowsett
6John Bicht
Ted WentzGearbox
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Tony Rouff0.05.22.893.96
2Steve Carvill0.05.26.0
3Tony Trimmer0.05.27.6
4Derek Cook
5Mike King
6Phil Dowsett
Ted WentzDid not start
Qualifying
1 Tony Rouff (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Boxer PRA76 [002] - Ford BDA Swindon 2
2 Tony Trimmer (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU20] - Ford BDA Swindon 6
3 Steve Carvill (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon 7
4 Mike King (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDA Swindon 15

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T460 [HU15] (Ted Wentz): The works development car of Ted Wentz, sponsored by Swan Lager in the British Indylantic series, sold after that season had been completed to Albert Poon. The chassis number is observed on Beng Saswanto's car by Dave McKinney at Baypark, 2 Jan 1977, and published NZMA 28 Jan 77 p6, though the car was probably owned and entered by Poon. Described in NZMA as 'ex Wentz', and also in Motoring News 10 Feb 77 p7. Saswanto continues to appear in the car in races in South East Asia through 1978. May have been rebuilt by the Ramirez family into the "Marlo" in 1979, in combination with parts of March 723-12.
  2. Chevron B27 [27-74-06] (Derek Cook): New to Fred Opert Racing and the car raced by Bertil Roos in the British Formula Atlantic race at Brands Hatch in mid-March. Then fitted with a 2-litre Brian Hart Ford BDA for Roos at two F2 races, Montjuich Park and Hockenheim. Apparantly returned to Formula Atlantic specification and run by the Opert team in the UK series, initially for Héctor Rebaque, and later for Johnny Kastner, William Henderson III and then local man Jim Crawford. Sold to Derek Cook (Rotherham, South Yorkshire) for early 1975 Formula Atlantic races before being replaced by a newer B29. Retained for 1976 when Cook ran it in Indylantic, Shellsport G8, and libre racing, with either a Formula Atlantic BDA or a self-built 2-litre BDA. Retained again for early 1977 and used in F2 and in Shellsport, now with a 2-litre Alan Smith BDG, before Cook acquired a F1 Williams. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Chevron B29 [29-75-17] (Martin Birrane): New to Peter Williams (Brentwood) and raced in the British Formula Atlantic series in 1975, but crashed at Brands Hatch in April and not seen again that season. Entered by Williams' Coin News for Jim Crawford in early 1976 and then sold to Martin Birrane (Ballina, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland) who raced it in G8 and in Atlantic in 1976 and 1977. To Laurence Jacobsen (Glasgow, Scotland) for 1978, fitted with a Swindon BDX and entered by him for Bryce Wilson in libre that year. Converted back to Atlantic spec and raced by Bryce, Jacobsen and Graham Hamilton in 1979. In 1980, Jacobsen fitted the car with a plastic Sunbeam Stiletto body and Cosworth BDG engine, and raced it in GT racing in Scotland. Unknown in 1981 but with Eric Munnoch in 1982 who raced the 'Stiletto' with a 3.5-litre Rover V8. Subsequent history unknown, but in March 2010, HSCC News reported that Colin Thorpe had rebuilt the car, which was not thought to have raced since the 1980s, and it would be raced by his son Ollie Thorpe in 2010.
  4. March 73B (Rob Moffat): London-based Australian Rob Moffatt raced a March 73B or 73B/74B in a few Indylantic races at the end of 1976, and then in the Shellsport Group 8 series in 1977. Nothing more known.
  5. March [75B-"8"?] (Dave Saunders): Carrying chassis plate 75B-8, this car was bought by Kiwi Dave Saunders from March in 1976, after it had been returned to the works. It is unclear why 75B-8 would have been in England but March records do contain a note saying that its Shierson Racing sister car 75B-2 was returned to England for repairs. Presumably Saunders, who had raced in the UK in 1976, took it back with him to New Zealand because it appears in the first two rounds of the 1977 NZ series, being badly damaged in practice for the second. A NZ vehicle registration document [required for all cars in NZ] dated 10 Nov 77 confirms the plate is chassis number 8. The Pukekohe damage was made good with a new tub, bought not from March but John Thompson's fabrication company, numbered M772PU6. The car is now in Australia, and these documents were forwarded from the owner via Bryan Miller, and had been confirmed with Dave Saunders.
  6. Chevron B27 [27-74-14] (John Scannell): Chevron build record says sold to Derek Cook, August 1974, so Cook's late season car in British Formula Atlantic. To Peter Munro for 1975, and loaned back to Cook at the British GP meeting after he had wrecked his own car in practice. Cook then managed to wreck the Chevron on lap 1 of the race, and it did not appear again in 1975. To Jeremy Sumner for the 1976 Indyatlantic series, where it was also driven by Mike Wilds and John Scannell. Thought to have been the B27 bought by Christian Bonnifet in 1977, and used in French hillclimbs between 1979 and 1983. In 1997, Jean-Michel Coll (Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France) advertised chassis 74-14 as a rolling chassis. It was later reported to be under restoration in the UK.

Sources

The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' original results.

The British race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Autosport and Motoring News reports in the UK plus the information supplied by a wide range of contributors on the Atlas F1 and 10 Tenths forums.

If you can help with any additions, clarifications or corrections, please respond via the threads shown on the Atlantics page.

Individual sources for this event

Wentz was excluded at a RAC tribunal for driving behaviour after series had finished, but subsequently reinstated on appeal.