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Hitachi Formula Atlantic Series Race

Brands Hatch, 15 Apr 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Norman Dickson (F2) 2-litre March 792 [20] - Hart 420R
#30 Dicksons of Perth (see note 1)
25 0.35.16.1
111.16 mph
2 Divina Galica (F2) 2-litre March 792 [3] - Hart 420R
#13
25
3 Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-17] - Hart 420R
#19 Grange Performance Cars
24
4 Ray Mallock Ralt RT1 [66] - Ford BDA Swindon
#1 Mario Deliotti Racing
24 0.35.31.6
106.02
5 Bernard Hunter Ralt RT1 [145] - Ford BDA Swindon
#7
24
6 Phil Dowsett March 79B [782-6] - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications
#21 Wilding Office Equipment/Glaister Card Shops
(see note 2)
24
7 Germain Garon (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-09] - Hart 420R
#25

8 Martin Mansell Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA
#19

9 Roger Andreason Druid 79A [377-01] - Ford BDA Andreason
#14

10 Geoff Byman March 75B [742] - Ford BDD Cosworth
#26

R Alo Lawler Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith
#6 L&B Excavations
15 Collision with Jeffrey
R Andrew Jeffrey Chevron B49 [49-79-01] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#38 The Hope Scott Garage (see note 3)
15 Collision with Lawler
R John Cooper (F2) 2-litre March 792 [31] - Hart 420R
#8 JC Racing/Cooper Industries, The Producers
11 Clutch pedal
R Tony Dean (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-19] - Hart 420R
#18 A.G.Dean
5 Gear selectors
R Jim Crawford Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDA
#4 (see note 4)
1 Accident
R Rick Gorne Argo JM1X [018-F3] - Ford BDA Hart
#3 Barratt Developments Racing with Anglia Cars
0 Accident
R Dave Allen Surtees TS10 [01] - Ford BDA Smith
Savon Team Uniroyal (see note 5)

DNA Paul Smith March 782 [2] - Ford BDA Hart
#2 Birmingham Motor Tyres (BMTR) Ltd
(see note 6)
Did not arrive
DNA Roger White Druid 79A [377-01] - Ford BDA Andreason
#14 Andreasson Racing and Tuning
Did not arrive
DNA Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre March 772P [U2] - BMW M12/7
#15 Pontins
Did not arrive
DNA Kenneth Brill (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35D ["D"] - Ford BDG
#28 (see note 7)
Did not arrive
DNA Lucien Lampach (F?) unknown
#37 Allono Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Rhoddy Harvey-Bailey Wheatcroft R18 [006] - Ford BDA
#5
Did not arrive
DNA Daniel Lebacq Lebacq FA [BM73-015] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#10
Did not arrive
DNA Martin Watson March 77B [7] - Ford BDA
#27
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Norman Dickson (F2) 2-litre March 792 [20] - Hart 420R 1.26.2
2 John Cooper (F2) 2-litre March 792 [31] - Hart 420R 1.26.3
3 Divina Galica (F2) 2-litre March 792 [3] - Hart 420R 1.26.6
4 Ray Mallock (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [66] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.26.9
5 Jim Crawford (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDA 1.27.3
6 Tony Dean (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-19] - Hart 420R 1.27.3

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 792 [20] (Norman Dickson): New to Norman Dickson (Perth, Scotland) and raced in the F2 section of the 1979 British F1 series, prepared by Colin Bennett. Due to be raced by Angelo Piccione at the Misano in August but he was too slow in testing. Sold to Paul Gibson in October 1979 and used mainly in libre racing at Croft but also appeared in rounds of the British series at Thruxton and Monza. Sold to Bob Leckie (Aberdeen, Scotland) for libre racing in 1981 but sold on in mid-season to John Bothamley who used it in the last few races of the Ingliston season. Taken to John Maguire in Coventry that winter who used the engine, gearbox, suspension, uprights, brakes and other components in the construction of a GT car for 1982, with Maguire's space frame chassis and Lotus Esprit bodywork. The tub, nose, rear wing, sidepods and rear bodywork were returned to Scotland and sold to Norrie Galbraith who planned to fit the running gear off his March 782 and put it in the 792 tub. Unfortunately Galbraith was killed in the 782 just weeks later. The 782 tub was scrapped but 792 tub and the remains of the 782 were sold to Bobby Howlings who eventually sold them to Willy Widar in Belgium. The 782 parts and 792 tub were evidently then built into a car which took the identity of 782-26. With its components scattered, the 792 has effectively ceased to exist.
  2. March 79B [782-6] (Phil Dowsett): Alex Ribeiro's Hart-engined car at Thruxton 27 Mar 1978 and presumably all season. Hired by Wolfgang Locher for Hockenheim 26 Sep. To Phil Dowsett for Formula Atlantic in 1979 and converted to 79B spec. To Dave Hoban in 1982 and retained until 1984.
  3. Chevron B49 [49-79-01] (Andrew Jeffrey): New to Andrew Jeffrey and raced in the 1979 British Formula Atlantic series until crashed in July and rebuilt on a new chassis. Sold to sold to Stu Lawson for 1980 but may be the car raced by Tom O'Leary in 1980 and by Masanori Sekiya in 1982. Next seen when raced by Peter Oxley at Mallory Park in July 1984. From Oxley to John Chatley in late 1985 or early 1986 and used in hillclimbs in 1986 and 1987. Sold in 1988 to someone with a business called "childminders of canada". Subsequent history unknown.
  4. Chevron B45 [45-78-04] (Jim Crawford): To Fred Opert Racing for North American Formula Atlantic as a second car. Used as a spare by Keke Rosberg and as his race car at Lime Rock. Also raced by Eje Elgh and by Arturo Merzario at Trois-Rivières. Raced by Rosberg at Macau in November 1978. Then sold to Mike Peers and entered in the revived British series for Jim Crawford. Fitted with a BDX engine for 1980 and run by Plygrange Racing for Crawford in the F2 class of the Aurora series. Stayed with Plygrange for 1981 when raced by Vin Malkie (Northwich, Cheshire) in libre racing. Reappeared in 1983 when raced by Duncan Gray in the British Formula Atlantic series. Later to Robin Boucher and Steve Raine for Sprints in 1987 and then to Stuart Ridge. To John Lloyd then to Simon Hadfield (Shepshed, Leicestershire) but damaged in an accident at Mallory Park. Restored with original Excita condoms bodywork and sold in 1998 to Jeff Wright, a Scotsman then living in Canada. Still with Wright (Wilmington, NC) in 2014 and raced regularly in vintage racing.
  5. Surtees TS10 [01] (Dave Allen): New for Mike Hailwood to race as a works entry in the 1972 F2 series as a works Team Surtees entry. Hailwood won at Mantorp Park and Salzburgring in this car, and also finished second at Crystal Palace, Rouen, the Österreichring and Hockenheim in October to secure a deserved championship. He also won one race at Interlagos in November during the Torneio do Brasil, The car was not seen in 1973, but reappeared in 1974 with Richard Jones (Stroud, Gloucestershire) for hillclimbs. Raced regularly by Jones in 1975 and 1976 with a 2-litre Hart engine, and then in 1977 with a turbocharged Hart, although he soon returned to a regular engine. To Channel Islander Maurice Ogier for 1978, and used in the 1600cc class of French hillclimbs. Then to Dave Allen (Crewe, Cheshire), and raced in British Formula Atlantic in 1979. Next seen hillclimbed by Peter Bromage in the 1980s, then sold to Don Wood, and seen again shortly after when sold by dealer Straight Six to the US in 1991. Raced by Gil Nickel in west coast historic events in the late 1990s, and still in his personal museum in 2009.
  6. March 782 [2] (Paul Smith): Rad Dougall's race car at Thruxton 27 Mar 1978 and presumably the one he then wrecks in practice at the Nürburgring 30 Apr 1978. Presumably "Toleman's second" 782 driven by Tiff Needell at Hockenheim 26 Sep. To Paul Smith for Formula Atlantic in 1979 and 1980.
  7. Chevron B35D ["D"] (Kenneth Brill): In early 1977, Gilles Villeneuve raced a Chevron B39 in South African Formula Atlantic, crashing it in an accident with Ian Scheckter at Killarney 19 Feb 1977. The car was rebuilt on a new chassis and sold on but the damaged chassis was also repaired and acquired by Kim Mather. He built it up into a new car using B35 suspension and a 2-litre Richardson BDA engine and called it the "B35D". Mather raced this in libre, Shellsport, Aurora and F2 in 1977 and 1978 and then sold it to Ken Brill who raced in the Aurora series in 1979 before crashing it at Donington in June. The wreck was acquired by Jim and Richard Evans who rebuilt it on a spare B34 tub to use in historics. It then passed to Mike Southin for many years before being bought by David Methley (Sidlesham, West Sussex). Raced by Methley in HSCC events in 2011 and 2012.

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' orginal 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.

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