Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship Race

Silverstone, 1 May 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Chico Serra March 783 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#13 Sadia Racing with Project Four
(see note 1)
20 0.18.27.33
104.55 mph
2 Derek Warwick Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Warwick Trailers
20 0.18.30.54
3 Nelson Piquet Ralt RT1/78 [112] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#25 Brastemp/Armo/Hobby
20 0.18.31.87
4 Tiff Needell March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4
#40 Unipart Racing Team
20 0.18.43.80
5 Ian Taylor March 783 [12] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4
#39 Unipart Racing Team
20 0.18.44.97
6 Ian Flux March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#14 Cloud Engineering (see note 2)
20 0.18.46.73
R Phil Silverstone Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#16 Cloud Engineering
0 Collision with Stokes
R John Stokes Chevron B38 [38.77.25] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#35 (see note 3)
0 Collision with P.Silverstone
DNS Jim Crawford Chevron B43 [43.78.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#5 Toyota Switzerland (see note 4)
Did not start
(Gearbox)
DNA Paul Bernasconi Ralt RT1/76 [22] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3
Did not arrive
DNA Jorgé Caton Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#8 Equipo Nacional Espanol
Did not arrive
DNA Fermin Veléz Ralt RT1/77 [58] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#7 Equipo Nacional Espanol
Did not arrive
DNA Ken Silverstone Chevron B38 [38.77.05] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#18 (see note 5)
Did not arrive
DNA Gary Scott Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#20
Did not arrive
DNA Rob Wilson Ralt RT1/78 [98] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#31 International Computers Limited - Royal Grafton China
Did not arrive
DNA TBA March 773 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#43 Optima Racing with Roy Kennedy
(see note 6)
Did not arrive
DNA Wyatt Stanley March 753 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#46 (see note 7)
Did not arrive

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Chico Serra (F3) 2-litre March 783 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.54.47
2 Derek Warwick (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.55.08
3 Nelson Piquet (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [112] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.55.19
4 Ian Flux (F3) 2-litre March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.55.19
5 Tiff Needell (F3) 2-litre March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4 0.55.19
6 John Stokes (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.25] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.55.47
7 Ian Taylor (F3) 2-litre March 783 [12] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4 0.55.55
8 Phil Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.57.24
9 Jim Crawford * (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.58.24
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 783 [14] (Chico Serra): Shown in March records for 1978 as delivered to Rushen Green Racing 14 April 1978, colour red, with tub 78M71. This is presumably the car used by Serra at Donington 30 April 1978, where Motoring News describes it as a new and unsorted chassis being readied for Monaco, and at Silverstone the following day where the Autosport report also describes it as new and used the day before at Donington. Sold to Fermin Velez for 1979, run by Brian Lewis Racing, with the chassis number observed by F1R at Snetterton in August 1979.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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.