BP British Formula 3 Championship Race

Donington Park, 23 Jul 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Derek Warwick Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Warwick Trailers
20 0.27.10.0
86.46 mph
2 Nelson Piquet Ralt RT1/78 [131] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#25
20 0.27.13.5
3 Andrea de Cesaris Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 Marlboro Team Tiga
20 0.27.30.9
4 Trevor van Rooyen March 783 [21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#15 SDC (see note 1)
20 0.27.48.0
5 Tiff Needell March 783 [12] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4
#40 Unipart Racing Team
20 0.27.50.0
6 Stefan Johansson Argo JM1 [018-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#53 Anglia Cars Ltd
20 0.27.59.3
7 Geoff Brabham Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#11 (see note 2)
20 0.27.59.6
8 Fermin Veléz Ralt RT1/77 [58] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#7 Equipo Nacional Español
20 0.28.15.0
9 Ian Flux March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Holbay
#14 Cloud Engineering (see note 3)
20 0.28.58.1
10 Steve Malins Chevron B43 [43.78.20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#22 (see note 4)
19
R Chico Serra March 783 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#13
Puncture
R John Stokes Chevron B38 [38.77.25] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#35 (see note 5)

R Gary Scott Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#20
Handling
UNK Barry Green Chevron B38 [38.77.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#24 Valvoline Fred Opert Racing

UNK Brett Riley Ehrlich RP4 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#56 Dr. J. Ehrlich

UNK John Lewis Chevron B38 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#21

UNK Ken Silverstone Chevron B38 [38.77.05] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#18 (see note 6)

UNK Wyatt Stanley March 753 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#46 (see note 7)

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

DNS Jorgé Caton Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#8 Equipo Nacional Español
Did not start
(Accident)
DNA Rob Wilson Ralt RT1/78 [98] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#31 ICL/Royal Grafton China
Did not arrive
DNA John Bright March 773 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#51 (see note 8)
Did not arrive
DNA Pere (Pedro) Noguès March 783 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#50 Rushen Green Racing (see note 9)
Did not arrive
DNA Satoru Nakajima Nova 513 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#12
Did not arrive
DNA Derek Lawrence Chevron B38 [38.77.10] - Chevrolet Vega
#28 (see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA TBA March 773 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#43 Roy Kennedy Racing (see note 11)
Did not arrive
DNA Paul Morton Hawke DL14 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#55
Did not arrive
DNA Stanley Dickens Ralt RT1/77 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#24
Did not arrive
DNA David Brotherston Chevron B34 [34.76.29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#48 (see note 12)
Did not arrive

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Nelson Piquet (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [131] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.16.1
2 Tiff Needell (F3) 2-litre March 783 [12] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4 1.16.5
3 Derek Warwick (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.17.6
4 Chico Serra (F3) 2-litre March 783 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.17.8
5 Andrea de Cesaris (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.18.1
6 John Stokes (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.25] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.18.3
7 Ian Flux (F3) 2-litre March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Holbay 1.18.3
8 Trevor van Rooyen (F3) 2-litre March 783 [21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.18.3
9 Barry Green (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.18.5
10 Gary Scott (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.19.0
11 Jorgé Caton * (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.19.0
12 Geoff Brabham (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.19.0
13 Brett Riley (F3) 2-litre Ehrlich RP4 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.19.2
14 Fermin Veléz (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [58] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.19.2
15 Stefan Johansson (F3) 2-litre Argo JM1 [018-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.19.9
16 Steve Malins (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.21.4
17 John Lewis (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.22.2
18 Ken Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.05] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.22.7
19 Wyatt Stanley (F3) 2-litre March 753 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.1
20 Phil Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.30.5
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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. Chevron B43 [43.78.20] (Steve Malins): 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Chevron B38 [38.77.10] (Derek Lawrence): Chevron build record says 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Chevron B34 [34.76.29] (David Brotherston): Chassis number given by source with access to Chevron build records for the 1976 BAF car entered for Rupert Keegan. To David Brotherston 1977. For sale Autosport 2 Nov 1978 p56 by Brotherston as ‘ex Keegan’. Used by Alistair Ferguson in TF3 in 1987, Autosport 12 Mar 1987 p47.

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

MN 27.7.78 p. 6, Prog: BARC