Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship Race

Donington Park, 26 Aug 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Derek Warwick Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Warwick Trailers
32 0.37.50.01
99.33 mph
2 Jan Lammers Ralt RT1/78 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#67 Racing Team Holland
32 0.37.50.51
3 David Kennedy Argo JM1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#60 Anglia Cars Ltd
32 0.38.03.78
4 Andrea de Cesaris Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 Marlboro Team Tiga
32 0.38.08.18
5 Anders Olofsson Ralt RT1/77 [56] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#69 Strike Up Racing Team
32 0.38.08.63
6 Alain Prost Martini MK21B [02] - Renault Dudot
#72 Automobiles Martini
32 0.38.11.37
7 Tommy Borgudd Ralt RT1/77 [37] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#70 Strike Up Racing Team
32 0.38.18.90
8 Ian Flux March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Holbay
#14 Cloud Engineering (see note 1)
32 0.38.19.77
9 Huub Rothengatter Ralt RT1/78 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#47 Racing Team Holland
32 0.38.20.94
10 Jacques Coulon Martini MK21 [01] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#73 Automobiles Martini
32 0.38.25.79
11 John Nielsen Ralt RT1/78 [115] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#6 Vojens Boligcenter
32 0.38.26.83
12 Bernard Devaney Chevron B43 [43.78.20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3 Group Waterworks (see note 2)
32 0.38.31.76
13 Patrick Gaillard Chevron B43 [43.78.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#26 Chevron Racing Team
32 0.38.33.80
14 Tiff Needell March 783 [12] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4
#40 Unipart Racing Team
32 0.38.34.85
15 Arie Luyendijk Ralt RT1/78 [130] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#66 Racing Team Holland
32 0.38.35.26
16 Stefan Johansson Argo JM1 [018-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#53 Anglia Cars Ltd
32 0.38.43.40
17 Geoff Brabham Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#11 Brabham Racing Organisation
(see note 3)
32 0.38.44.06
18 John Bright March 773 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#51 Twinsocks by McRitchie of Edinburgh
(see note 4)
32 0.38.44.73
19 Ian Taylor March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4
#39 Unipart Racing Team
32 0.38.45.05
20 Bobby Rahal Wolf-Dallara WD1 [02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#34 Walter Wolf Racing
32 0.38.50.83
21 Jim Crawford Chevron B43 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#5 Toyota Switzerland
32 0.38.56.22
R Lammie van der Heuvel Chevron B43 [43.78.08] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#25 F&S Properties
21 Electrics
R Trevor van Rooyen March 783 [21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#41 SDC (see note 5)
10 Accident
R Teo Fabi March 783 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#10 Astra Racing Team
2 Gearbox
R Jorgé Caton Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#8 Equipo Nacional Español
2 Accident
R Patrick Bardinon Martini MK21B [01] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#71 Automobiles Martini
1 Accident
DNQH Barry Green Chevron B43 [43.78.07A] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#24 Valvoline Fred Opert Racing
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Pere (Pedro) Noguès March 783 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#50 Rushen Green Racing (see note 6)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Daniele Albertin Ralt RT1/77 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#68
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Serge Saulnier March 773 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#43 Roy Kennedy Racing (see note 7)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Jean-Louis Schlesser Chevron B38 [37.77.21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#74 (see note 8)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Ulf Svensson Ralt RT1/78 [110] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#9
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH John Stokes Chevron B38 [38.77.25] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#35 (see note 9)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Daniel Herregods March 783 [5] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#62 Racing for Belgium (see note 10)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Philippe Colonna Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#57 Docking Racing (see note 11)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Fermin Veléz Ralt RT1/77 [58] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#7 Equipo Nacional Español
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Satoru Nakajima Nova 513 - Toyota 2T-G
#12 Nova Engineering
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Ros de Giaxa de Salvi Chevron B43 [43.78.01] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#23 F&S Properties
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Enrico Uncini Ralt RT1/78 [103] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#63 Marlboro Valtellina Team
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Thomas Lauda March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4
#42 Unipart Racing Team (see note 12)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Phil Silverstone Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#16 Cloud Engineering
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Wyatt Stanley March 753 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#46 (see note 13)
Did not qualify from heats
DNS Brett Riley Ehrlich RP4 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#56 Dr J. Ehrlich
Did not start
DNS Rob Wilson Ralt RT1/78 [98] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#31 ICL/Royal Grafton China
Did not start
DNS Leon Walger Argo JM1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#59 Anglia Cars Ltd
Did not start
DNS Ken Silverstone Ralt RT1/78 [139] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#18
Did not start
DNA Thorkild Thyrring Ralt RT1/78 [123] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#2 Marlboro
Did not arrive
DNA Chico Serra March 783 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#13
Did not arrive
DNA Richard Morgan March 773 [U1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#33 Neasrader Film Production (see note 14)
Did not arrive
DNA Paul Morton Hawke DL14 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#49
Did not arrive
DNA Fredy Schnarwiler Argo JM1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#58 Anglia Cars Ltd
Did not arrive
DNA Nils-Åke Carlborg Ralt RT1/78 [126] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#61 Aneby Hus Racing Team
Did not arrive

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Jorgé Caton100.12.01.3997.68 mph
2Arie Luyendijk100.12.01.86
3Stefan Johansson100.12.03.13
4John Bright100.12.07.27
5Lammie van der Heuvel100.12.07.68
6Jim Crawford100.12.11.33
7Barry Green10
Ros de Giaxa de SalviUnknown
Fermin VelézUnknown
Enrico UnciniUnknown
Ulf SvenssonUnknown
Jean-Louis SchlesserUnknown
Daniele AlbertinUnknown
Philippe ColonnaUnknown
Phil SilverstoneUnknown
Pere (Pedro) NoguèsUnknown
Daniel HerregodsUnknown
John StokesUnknown
Serge SaulnierUnknown
Thomas LaudaUnknown
Wyatt StanleyUnknown
Satoru NakajimaUnknown
Qualifying
1 Derek Warwick (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.10.02
2 Jan Lammers (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.10.08
3 Bobby Rahal (F3) 2-litre Wolf-Dallara WD1 [02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.10.60
4 Tommy Borgudd (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [37] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.10.60
5 Andrea de Cesaris (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.10.61
6 Teo Fabi (F3) 2-litre March 783 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.10.69
7 Alain Prost (F3) 2-litre Martini MK21B [02] - Renault Dudot 1.10.70
8 David Kennedy (F3) 2-litre Argo JM1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.10.73
9 Ian Flux (F3) 2-litre March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Holbay 1.10.74
10 Trevor van Rooyen (F3) 2-litre March 783 [21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.10.78
11 Anders Olofsson (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [56] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.10.80
12 Tiff Needell (F3) 2-litre March 783 [12] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4 1.10.85
13 Patrick Gaillard (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.10.86
14 Geoff Brabham (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.10.91
15 John Nielsen (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [115] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.10.97
16 Patrick Bardinon (F3) 2-litre Martini MK21B [01] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.10.98
17 Huub Rothengatter (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.10.98
18 Jacques Coulon (F3) 2-litre Martini MK21 [01] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.11.00
19 Ian Taylor (F3) 2-litre March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4 1.11.07
20 Bernard Devaney (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.11.16
21 Jorgé Caton (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
22 Arie Luyendijk (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [130] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
23 Stefan Johansson (F3) 2-litre Argo JM1 [018-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
24 John Bright (F3) 2-litre March 773 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
25 Lammie van der Heuvel (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.08] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
26 Jim Crawford (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
26 Pere (Pedro) Noguès (F3) 2-litre March 783 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.11.30
28 Daniele Albertin (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.11.30
29 Serge Saulnier (F3) 2-litre March 773 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.11.34
30 Jean-Louis Schlesser (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [37.77.21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.11.36
31 Brett Riley * (F3) 2-litre Ehrlich RP4 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.11.56
32 Ulf Svensson (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [110] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.11.59
33 Rob Wilson * (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [98] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.11.62
34 John Stokes (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.25] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.11.67
35 Barry Green (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.07A] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.11.80
36 Daniel Herregods (F3) 2-litre March 783 [5] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.11.89
37 Philippe Colonna (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.11.96
38 Fermin Veléz (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [58] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.12.15
39 Satoru Nakajima (F3) 2-litre Nova 513 - Toyota 2T-G 1.12.17
40 Ros de Giaxa de Salvi (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.01] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.12.29
41 Enrico Uncini (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [103] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.12.31
42 Leon Walger * (F3) 2-litre Argo JM1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.12.59
43 Thomas Lauda (F3) 2-litre March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4 1.12.86
44 Ken Silverstone * (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [139] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.13.21
45 Phil Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.13.69
46 Wyatt Stanley (F3) 2-litre March 753 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.13.73
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 773 [U2] (Ian Flux): March works records show this as James King’s works car for 1977 built on a lightweight tub AM773-41 with parts from 763-U2. Sold to Ian Flux early in 1978: Autosport 16 Mar 1978 p5 and the Autohebdo report of Silverstone 19 March 1978 say that Flux’s new car is ‘ex King’; this is supported by Autosport 4 Jan 1979 p47.
  2. Chevron B43 [43.78.20] (Bernard Devaney): Chassis number given by source with access to Chevron build records for the 1978 car of Steve Malins, built to replace his wrecked B38. Rented at British GP support and Donington European championship races to Bernard Devaney. Retained 1979.
  3. Ralt RT1/76 [29] (Geoff Brabham): Ralt records show as sold to Geoff Brabham in 1976, probably being delivered in early June. Chassis number noted: AF 16.7.77 Silverstone. Used by him until the end of 1978 then sold to Ken Thorogood’s Hub of the Universe Racing for Osamu Hatagawa to use in British races.
  4. March 773 [13] (John Bright): Shown in March records as a works car finished February 1977, on tub AM773-28 for Ayron Cornelson Filho. Also used by David Kennedy in 1977. Sold to John Bright in March 1978 to cover for his damaged Wheatcroft; see Autosport 30 Mar 1978 p16, which describes Bright’s car as ‘ex Cornelson/Kennedy’. Damaged badly by Bright and rebuilt on new tub. For sale Autosport 14 Dec 1978 as ex works, rebuilt on new tub August 1978. Not sold and used by Bright in 1979 until wrecked at Snetterton.
  5. March 783 [21] (Trevor van Rooyen): Shown in March records for 1978 as completed as a team car, 17 March 1978, with tub 78M43. This was the only works car built in 1978 and is the car debuted by Nigel Mansell at Silverstone, 19 March 1978, when race reports describe it as brand new. Used by Mansell in the early part of the season then by Snobeck, van Rooyen, Bullman and Hatagawa.
  6. March 783 [10] (Pere (Pedro) Noguès): Shown in March records for 1978 as delivered to Rushen Green Racing 29 March 1978, colour blue, with tub 78M42. Pedro Nogues joined Serra at Rushen Green from the end of April, with a blue 783. Retained into 1979.
  7. March 773 [10] (Serge Saulnier): According to March records delivered in March 1977 to AFMP Euroracing, and subsequently given to Brett Riley in lieu of his contractual payments when the Euroracing set-up was dissolved. (This does not mean the car was Riley’s early season car in 1977; he used at least two before the team collapsed, neither of which were necessarily this car.) Run by David Price for Riley in the second half of 1977 and used to win the European round at Donington. Chassis number given in Autosport advert late in 1977 by Price. Sold to Roy Kennedy [Motoring News 2 Mar 1978 p15] although Autosport 9 Mar 1978 p41 says the car is ‘ex James King’. (King used a works car - 773-U2 - for most of 1977 but it is possible he had a race in this car early in the season, however his principal car went in 1978 to Ian Flux.) Run by Kennedy for Saed Ali Hodzic until Hodzic was injured in practice at the International Trophy support race; then became a rental car but did very few races. For sale by Kennedy in early 1979, Autosport 22 Feb 1979 p57, but retained and rented to Serge Saulnier for the 1979 race at Monaco.
  8. Chevron B38 [37.77.21] (Jean-Louis Schlesser): Chevron build record says sold to Patrick Gaillard; c/n given by Gaillard in end of season advert in AS and by Auto Hebdo in end of season track test; sold to Jean-Louis Schlesser for 1978, then to Bernard Birbés [email from Birbes]. 1987 Ian Jacobs [TF3 'ex Gaillard' AS c/n Jeremy Jackson].
  9. Chevron B38 [38.77.25] (John Stokes): Chassis number given by source with access to Chevron build records for the 1977 car of John Stokes; the car is for sale at the end of 1977 with chassis number 26 given in the advert. One or the other is a misprint… Not sold and retained in 1978.
  10. March 783 [5] (Daniel Herregods): Shown in March records for 1978 as delivered to Daniel Herregods, 19 January 1978, colour yellow with tub 78M25. To Rob Wilson in 1979 to replace his tiring Ralt RT1 and updated to 1979 specification. Autosport notes ‘ex Herregods’ and chassis number noted by F1R at Snetterton in August 1979. Sold to Gerry Amato for 1980 season, Autosport notes his car as ‘ex Wilson 1979’. Retained by Amato until 1982 then sold to Greg and Tim Atkinson.
  11. Chevron B38 [38.77.24] (Philippe Colonna): Chassis number given by source with access to Chevron build records for the 1977 Docking Racing car entered for Philippe Colonna. (The team’s other car was chassis 19 for Ian Grob which was also retained and run later in the season for Rothengatter.) Retained by Docking in 1978 and run for Philip Bullman: Autosport 16 Mar 1978 p3 says Bullman uses Colonna’s 1977 car. Colonna returned to the car for a one-off race, see Autosport 25 May 1978 p8, and then used the car more regularly at the end of the season.
  12. March 773 [3] (Thomas Lauda): March build records show sold to Unipart, 23 December 1976. Only one 773 is consigned to Unipart in the build records. Assumed that Taylor as senior driver would take the new car, a fact borne out by occasional references in 1977 to Needell being in a 763, the team's original car.
  13. March 753 [14] (Wyatt Stanley): Originally a car belonging to the B&O team in 1975, when used by Pierre Dieudonné. Chassis number for this car and its sister, driven by Hervé Regout, observed by AF at Oulton Park 4 October 1975. Sold to Ken Silverstone for the 1976 season [Autosport 2 Sep 1976 p33 says his car is ‘ex Dieudonné.) To Wyatt Stanley in mid 1977 and retained by him for the 1978 season.
  14. March 773 [U1] (Richard Morgan): March works records show this as Mario Ferraris’ works car for 1977 built on tub AM773-14 and rebuilt after Ferraris’ Monaco accident on AM773-65. Sold in March 1978 to Neasrader Film Production for Richard Morgan according to the works records. Motoring News 30 Mar 1978 p11 says that Morgan’s car is ex King, but we know from reports and the works records that King’s main car was 773-U2. However, that car was damaged in the 1977 season and it is possible that King used 773-U1 after its rebuild as Ferraris’ damaged wrist took longer to recover than the car did. Sold to John Bright in 1979 to replace his wrecked 773-13 and its identity eventually perhaps blurred with that car in a rebuild after a heavy accident.

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.

These British Formula 3 results have been compiled by Chris Townsend using the main British magazines Autosport and Motoring News but also the US magazine On Track which carried surprisingly good coverage of the British series.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.

Individual sources for this event

Autosport 31 Aug 1978 pp26-28.