BP British Formula 3 Championship Race

Paul Ricard, 2 Jul 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Nelson Piquet Ralt RT1/78 [112] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#19 Brastemp Arno Hobby
15 30.41.71
105.86 mph
2 Jacques Coulon Martini MK21 [01] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#41 Martini Motul
15 0.30.50.35
3 Alain Prost Martini MK21B [02] - Renault Dudot
#49 Ecurie Elf
15 0.30.50.56
4 Andrea de Cesaris Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#22 Marlboro Team Tiga
15 0.30.51.10
5 Stefan Johansson Argo JM1 [018-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#9 Anglia Cars
15 0.30.51.40
6 Patrick Bardinon Martini MK21B [01] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#50 Ecurie Elf
15 0.30.53.41
7 Jean-Louis Schlesser Chevron B38 [37.77.21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#30 KWS Autotechnik Racing (see note 1)
15 0.30.55.70
8 Jean-Pierre Malcher Martini MK21B [03] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#51
15 0.30.56.45
9 Derek Warwick Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#23 Warwick Trailers
15 0.31.00.78
10 John Nielsen Ralt RT1/78 [115] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#43 Vojens Boligcenter
15 0.31.03.49
11 Patrick Stüder Chevron B43 [43.78.16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#5 Formel Rennsport Club
15 0.31.10.4
12 Pierre Dieudonné Chevron B38 [38.77.20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#31 KWS Autotechnik Racing
15 0.31.11.1
13 Philippe Colonna March 783 [23] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#17 Docking Racing
15 0.31.11.9
14 Bertram Schäfer Ralt RT1/78 [122] - BMW M10
#24 Klaus Zimmermann Racing
15 0.31.12.4
15 Daniel Herregods March 783 [5] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#37 Racing for Belgium (see note 2)
15 0.31.24.0
16 Wolfgang Locher Ralt RT1/77 [48] - BMW M10
#28
15 0.31.26.3
17 John Bright Wheatcroft R18 [004] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#10
15 0.31.37.6
18 Alan Smith Chevron B38 [38.77.27] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#33 KWS Autotechnik Racing
15 0.31.41.8
19 Giampiero Consonni Ralt RT1/77 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#34 Scuderia Escolette
15 0.32.00.5
20 Walter Frey Chevron B43 [43.78.17] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#6
15 0.32.24.2
21 Bruno Pescia March 783 [18] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#26 Scuderia del Lario
15 0.32.30.6
22 Ken Silverstone Chevron B38 [38.77.05] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#20 (see note 3)
15 0.32.31.5
R Chico Serra March 783 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#21 Sadia Racing with Project Four
14 Collision with Johansson
R Pere (Pedro) Noguès March 783 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#42 Rushen Green Racing
(see note 4)
Misfire
R Quirin Bovy Chevron B43 [43.78.05] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#35

R Janito Campos Argo JM1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#16 Anglia Cars

R Brett Riley Ehrlich RP4 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#8 Dr J. Ehrlich
Head gasket
R Stanley Dickens Ralt RT1/77 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#40

R Beat Blatter Lola T670 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#46

DNSP Jim Crawford Chevron B43 [43.78.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#7 Toyota Switzerland (see note 5)
Did not start (retired on parade lap)
DNS Bobby Rahal Wolf-Dallara WD1 [02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#14 Walter Wolf Racing
Did not start
(Engine)
DNA Phil Silverstone Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Cloud Engineering Ltd
Did not arrive
DNA Rob Wilson Ralt RT1/78 [98] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#2 ICL/Royal Grafton China
Did not arrive
DNA Wyatt Stanley March 753 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3 (see note 6)
Did not arrive
DNA Fritz Straumann Chevron B43 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 Toyota Switzerland
Did not arrive
DNA Horst Fritz Wolf-Dallara WD1 [01] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#12 Walter Wolf Racing
Did not arrive
DNA David Kennedy Argo JM1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#15 Anglia Cars
Did not arrive
DNA Philip Bullman Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#18 Docking Racing (see note 7)
Did not arrive
DNA Hans-Georg Bürger Ralt RT1/77 [49] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#25 Auto Zeitung Nachwuchsförderung
Did not arrive
DNA Ulf Svensson Ralt RT1/78 [110] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#27
Did not arrive
DNA Thomas von Löwis Ralt RT1/76 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#29 RT Gätmo Tuning
Did not arrive
DNA Ian Flux March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Holbay
#36 Cloud Engineering Ltd (see note 8)
Did not arrive
DNA Geoff Brabham Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#38 Brabham Racing Organisation
(see note 9)
Did not arrive
DNA Thorbjorn Carlsson Ralt RT1/76 [12] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#39
Did not arrive
DNA Tommy Borgudd Ralt RT1/77 [37] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#44
Did not arrive
DNA Enrico Uncini March 773 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#45 Team Edo
Did not arrive
DNA Serge Saulnier March 773 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#47 Claude Terrase (see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA Jean-Bernard Boniface Martini MK21 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#48
Did not arrive

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Nelson Piquet (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [112] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.59.56
2 Chico Serra (F3) 2-litre March 783 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.00.79
3 Stefan Johansson (F3) 2-litre Argo JM1 [018-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.01.13
4 Patrick Bardinon (F3) 2-litre Martini MK21B [01] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.01.14
5 Alain Prost (F3) 2-litre Martini MK21B [02] - Renault Dudot 2.01.24
6 Jean-Louis Schlesser (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [37.77.21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.01.52
7 Andrea de Cesaris (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.01.55
8 Jean-Pierre Malcher (F3) 2-litre Martini MK21B [03] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.01.65
9 Bruno Pescia (F3) 2-litre March 783 [18] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.01.66
10 Jim Crawford * (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.01.77
11 John Nielsen (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [115] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.01.89
12 Jacques Coulon (F3) 2-litre Martini MK21 [01] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.01.94
13 Pierre Dieudonné (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.02.22
14 Patrick Stüder (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.02.35
15 Derek Warwick (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.02.53
16 Philippe Colonna (F3) 2-litre March 783 [23] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.02.67
17 Daniel Herregods (F3) 2-litre March 783 [5] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.02.67
18 Bertram Schäfer (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [122] - BMW M10 2.02.76
19 Wolfgang Locher (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [48] - BMW M10 2.02.80
20 Giampiero Consonni (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.03.19
21 Pere (Pedro) Noguès (F3) 2-litre March 783 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.03.35
22 Quirin Bovy (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.05] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.03.44
23 Janito Campos (F3) 2-litre Argo JM1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.03.64
24 Alan Smith (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.27] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.04.07
25 John Bright (F3) 2-litre Wheatcroft R18 [004] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.04.78
26 Brett Riley (F3) 2-litre Ehrlich RP4 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.05.18
27 Stanley Dickens (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.05.48
28 Walter Frey (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.17] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.05.68
29 Beat Blatter (F3) 2-litre Lola T670 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.05.69
30 Ken Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.05] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2.07.61
- Bobby Rahal * (F3) 2-litre Wolf-Dallara WD1 [02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor No time
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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].
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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.