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Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship Race

Silverstone, 23 Sep 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Nelson Piquet Ralt RT1/78 [131] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#25
15 0.22.06.25
119.38 mph
2 Derek Warwick Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Warwick Trailers
15 0.22.06.95
3 Tiff Needell March 783 [12] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4
#40 Unipart Racing Team
15 0.22.33.45
4 Rob Wilson Ralt RT1/78 [98] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#31 ICL/Royal Grafton China
15 0.22.38.04
5 Daniel Herregods March 783 [5] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#62 Racing for Belgium (see note 1)
15 0.22.51.34
6 Jacques Coulon Martini MK21 [01] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#73 Automobiles Martini
15 0.22.51.87
7 John Bright March 773 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#51 Twinsocks by McRitchie of Edinburgh
(see note 2)
15 0.22.52.14
8 Derek Lawrence Chevron B38 [38.77.10] - Chevrolet Vega
#28 (see note 3)
15 0.22.58.16
9 Barry Green Chevron B43 [43.78.07A] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#24 Valvoline Fred Opert Racing
15 0.23.02.47
10 Fernando Jorge Ralt RT1/77 [82] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#19
15 0.23.16.34
11 Ken Silverstone Ralt RT1/78 [139] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#18
15 0.23.26.06
12 Wyatt Stanley March 753 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#46 (see note 4)
15 0.23.28.56
13 Steve Malins Chevron B43 [43.78.20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#22 Malins (Mamod) Ltd (see note 5)
14
14 Phil Silverstone Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#16 Cloud Engineering
14
15 David Brotherston Chevron B34 [34.76.29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#48 (see note 6)
14
16 Paul Dalton Royale RP5 [1] - Ford ohc
#52
14
R Huub Rothengatter Chevron B38 [38.77.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#47 Docking Racing (see note 7)
8 Puncture
R Peré (Pedro) Noguès March 783 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#50 Rushen Green Racing (see note 8)
5 Engine
R Ian Flux March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#14 Cloud Engineering (see note 9)
4 Engine
R Philip Bullman Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#32 Docking Racing (see note 10)
1 Puncture
DNA Thorkild Thyrring Ralt RT1/78 [123] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#2 Marlboro
Did not arrive
DNA Gary Scott Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#20
Did not arrive
DNA Brett Riley March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4
#39 Unipart Racing Team
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
#49
Did not arrive
DNA TBA Ehrlich RP4 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#56
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 1.27.60
2 Nelson Piquet (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [131] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.27.86
3 Ian Flux (F3) 2-litre March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.23
4 Tiff Needell (F3) 2-litre March 783 [12] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4 1.28.50
5 Rob Wilson (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [98] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.56
6 Philip Bullman (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.88
7 Daniel Herregods (F3) 2-litre March 783 [5] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.09
8 Fernando Jorge (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [82] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.45
9 Huub Rothengatter (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.62
10 Jacques Coulon (F3) 2-litre Martini MK21 [01] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.30.11
11 Barry Green (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.07A] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.30.19
12 John Bright (F3) 2-litre March 773 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.30.38
13 Peré (Pedro) Noguès (F3) 2-litre March 783 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.30.69
14 Derek Lawrence (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.10] - Chevrolet Vega 1.30.89
15 Ken Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [139] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.31.96
16 Wyatt Stanley (F3) 2-litre March 753 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.32.64
17 Steve Malins (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.33.16
18 David Brotherston (F3) 2-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.36.05
19 Phil Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.36.92
20 Paul Dalton (F3) 2-litre Royale RP5 [1] - Ford ohc 1.43.57

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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. Damaged badly by Bright and rebuilt on new tub in August. Retained by Bright in 1979 until wrecked at Snetterton.
  3. Chevron B38 [38.77.10] (Derek Lawrence): Chevron build record says the 1977 works car of Eje Elgh. Sold to Derek Lawrence and fitted with a Chevrolet Vega engine for the 1978 F3 season. To Lynn Whitehead for hillclimbs? David Waterhouse [‘ex Lawrence’] by 1986 and chassis number noted by Jeremy Jackson in 1988.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Chevron B38 [38.77.19] (Huub Rothengatter): Chevron build records show as a 1977 Docking Racing car entered for KVG Racing (Ian Grob). Retained in 1978. As Bullman and latterly Colonna use Colonna’s 1977 car in 1978, it is presumed that this was the car rented to Huub Rothengatter at the end of the season when Colonna also appears.
  8. March 783 [10] (Peré (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 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. This would be the "ex-King" car sold to Ian Flux early in 1978, and raced by him in the 1978 British F3 series.
  10. 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.
  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.

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.