BP British Formula 3 Championship Race

Brands Hatch, 16 Apr 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Derek Warwick Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Warwick Trailers
30 0.22.36.3
95.84 mph
£200
2 Nelson Piquet Ralt RT1/78 [112] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#25 Brastemp/Armo/Hobby
30 0.22.36.6
£125
3 Chico Serra March 783 [9] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#13 Sadia Racing with Project Four
(see note 1)
30 0.22.43.8
£90
4 Philip Bullman Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#32 Docking Racing (see note 2)
30 0.22.51.8
£70
5 Ian Flux March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#14 Cloud Engineering (see note 3)
30 0.22.54.0
£40
6 John Bright March 773 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#51 Rugby Finance (Midlands) (see note 4)
30 0.22.54.2
£25
7 Nigel Mansell March 783 [21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#36 March Racing Ltd (see note 5)
30 0.22.58.4
 
8 Richard Morgan March 773 [U1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#33 (see note 6)
30 0.23.00.2
 
9 Thorkild Thyrring Ralt RT1/78 [123] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#47 Marlboro
30 0.23.02.8
 
10 Jim Crawford Chevron B43 [43.78.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#34 Toyota Switzerland (see note 7)
30 0.23.07.9
 
11 Pere (Pedro) Noguès March 783 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#50 Rushen Green Racing (see note 8)

 
12 Andrea de Cesaris Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 Marlboro Team Tiga

 
13 Rob Wilson Ralt RT1/78 [98] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#31 International Computers Limited - Royal Grafton China

 
14 Stefan Johansson Argo JM1 [018-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#53 Anglia Cars

 
15 Ian Taylor March 783 [12] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4
#40 Unipart Racing Team

 
16 Paul Bernasconi Ralt RT1/76 [22] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3

 
17 Gary Scott Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#20

 
UNK Phil Silverstone Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#16 Cloud Engineering

 
UNK Wyatt Stanley March 753 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#46 (see note 9)

 
DNS Ken Silverstone Chevron B38 [38.77.05] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#18 (see note 10)
Did not start
DNA Fermin Veléz Ralt RT1/77 [58] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#7 Equipo Nacional Espanol
Did not arrive
DNA Jorgé Caton Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#8 Equipo Nacional Espanol
Did not arrive
DNA Geoff Brabham Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#11 Brabham Racing Organisation
(see note 11)
Did not arrive
DNA Derek Lawrence Chevron B38 [38.77.10] - Chevrolet Vega
#28 (see note 12)
Did not arrive
DNA TBA March 773 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#43 Roy Kennedy Racing (see note 13)
Did not arrive
DNA Pierre Dieudonné Ehrlich RP4 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#56 Dr J. Ehrlich
Did not arrive

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Derek Warwick (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.44.6
2 Nelson Piquet (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [112] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.44.9
3 Chico Serra (F3) 2-litre March 783 [9] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.44.9
4 Richard Morgan (F3) 2-litre March 773 [U1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.0
5 Pere (Pedro) Noguès (F3) 2-litre March 783 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.1
6 Nigel Mansell (F3) 2-litre March 783 [21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.2
7 Philip Bullman (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.3
8 Ian Flux (F3) 2-litre March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.3
9 John Bright (F3) 2-litre March 773 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.3
10 Thorkild Thyrring (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [123] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.4
11 Jim Crawford (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.5
12 Ian Taylor (F3) 2-litre March 783 [12] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4 0.45.9
13 Andrea de Cesaris (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.9
14 Rob Wilson (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [98] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.46.0
15 Stefan Johansson (F3) 2-litre Argo JM1 [018-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.46.0
16 Paul Bernasconi (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [22] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.46.0
17 Gary Scott (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.46.7
18 Phil Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.47.6
19 Wyatt Stanley (F3) 2-litre March 753 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.48.6

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 783 [9] (Chico Serra): Shown in March records for 1978 as delivered to Rushen Green Racing 27 February 1978, colour red, with tub 78M51. Serra was Rushen Green’s only F3 driver in the early part of the year. Whilst there was a second car delivered to the team [chassis 14] this was not ready until mid April and comments in Autosport and Motoring News race reports allow us to determine when it came into use. 783-9 is, therefore, Serra’s early season car in British races. One of Serra’s cars is destroyed in a testing accident in early August. As 783-14 survives in 1979 it is possible that 783-9 was written off. Parts of the car may have been sold to Ray Rowan in 1979.
  2. Chevron B38 [38.77.24] (Philip Bullman): 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.
  3. 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.
  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] (Nigel Mansell): 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 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.
  7. Chevron B43 [43.78.19] (Jim Crawford): Chassis number given by source with access to Chevron build records for the car built to replace Jim Crawford’s wrecked B38 using many of its parts. This may well have been a works test car and Crawford later moved on to one of the three B43s sold to Toyota Switzerland. This car was probably rented to other drivers late in the season and perhaps used by Michael Bleekemolen in the European series. It may well have carried the plate 42.78.19A, which is observed on John Lewis’s “ex Bleekemolen” Chevron B43 in 1979, with the “42” a mis-stamping, or indeed a printer’s error, and the A suffix indicating that the car had been re-tubbed.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Chevron B38 [38.77.05] (Ken Silverstone): Chassis number given by source with access to Chevron build records for the 1977 Warwick Trailers car entered for Derek Warwick. Rented to Toleman in late 1977 for Rad Dougall after Derek Daly wrecked Toleman’s original car in testing. Autosport 9 Mar 1978 p41 describes the car of Ken Silverstone as ‘ex Warwick’. However, by this time Ken Silverstone also owned a Ralt and there are a number of occasions in 1978 when one car is given in the entry list and the other one appeared. As Silverstone was running near the back of the field which car he used is not always mentioned.
  11. 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.
  12. Chevron B38 [38.77.10] (Derek Lawrence): The 1977 works car of Eje Elgh. Sold to Derek Lawrence for the 1978 season [Autosport 16 Mar 1978 p3 and Autosport 1 Jun 1978 p39 “ex Elgh”. To Lynn Whitehead by 1984, chassis number noted by Adam Ferrington; David Waterhouse [‘ex Lawrence’] by 1986 and chassis number noted by Jeremy Jackson in 1988.
  13. March 773 [10] (TBA): 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.

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.