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Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship Race

Thruxton, 16 Apr 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Andrea de Cesaris March 793 [12] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#5 Marlboro Team Tiga
15 0.19.05.42
111.07 mph
2 Chico Serra March 793 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#13 Sadia Racing with Project Four
15 0.19.06.33
3 Brett Riley March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite 4
#14 Unipart Racing Team
15 0.19.06.64
4 Nigel Mansell March 783/793 - Triumph Dolomite 4
#15 Unipart Racing Team
15 0.19.23.95
5 Mike Thackwell March 793 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#17 March Racing
15 0.19.24.04
6 Stefan Johansson Chevron B47 [47.79.08] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#2 Derek McMahon Racing with Chevron Cars
15 0.19.30.89
7 Jorge Caton Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#36 Equipo Nacional Español
15 0.19.33.09
8 Kenneth Acheson Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#30 The RMC Group
15 0.19.36.20
9 Trevor Templeton Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#31 A.W. Brown Racing with Malcolm Templeton
15 0.19.42.86
10 Eliseo Salazar Ralt RT1/76 [22] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#39 Schick Toyota Chilean Team
15 0.19.46.22
11 Bernard Devaney Chevron B47 [47.79.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Derek McMahon Racing with Chevron Cars
15 0.19.46.73
12 Placido Inglesias Ralt RT1/78 [131] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#38 Team Perdigao
15 0.19.46.98
13 Barry Green Chevron B43 [43.78.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#6
15 0.19.53.71
14 Eddie Jordan Chevron B47 [47.79.10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3 Marlboro Racing with McMahon
15 0.20.06.36
15 Wyatt Stanley Ralt RT1/78 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#32
15 0.20.24.56
16 Osamu Hatagawa Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#40 Hub of the Universe Racing (see note 1)
15 0.20.24.76
17 Rob Wilson Ralt RT1/78 [98] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#29 International Computers Ltd
14
18 Phil Silverstone Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#33 Welwyn Discount Tyres and Exhaust Centres
14
R Roberto Guerrero Argo JM3 [021-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#45 Anglia Cars Ltd
1 Fuel leak
DNA Michael Roe Chevron B47B [47.79.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 David Clark Team Riva Watches
Did not arrive
DNA John Bright March 773 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#16 Gerard Racing (see note 2)
Did not arrive
DNA Ken Eady March 773 [3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#18 R.H.Coachworks Ltd (see note 3)
Did not arrive
DNA Fermin Veléz Ralt RT1/77 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#37 Equipo Nacional Español
Did not arrive
DNA Bryce Wilson Ehrlich RP4 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#54 Dr. J. Ehrlich
Did not arrive

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Andrea de Cesaris (F3) 2-litre March 793 [12] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.15.43
2 Mike Thackwell (F3) 2-litre March 793 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.15.55
3 Chico Serra (F3) 2-litre March 793 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.15.62
4 Brett Riley (F3) 2-litre March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite 4 1.15.78
5 Roberto Guerrero (F3) 2-litre Argo JM3 [021-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.15.99
6 Nigel Mansell (F3) 2-litre March 783/793 - Triumph Dolomite 4 1.16.48
7 Kenneth Acheson (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.16.54
8 Trevor Templeton (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.16.66
9 Jorge Caton (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.16.79
10 Stefan Johansson (F3) 2-litre Chevron B47 [47.79.08] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.17.14
11 Eddie Jordan (F3) 2-litre Chevron B47 [47.79.10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.17.47
12 Placido Inglesias (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [131] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.17.55
13 Eliseo Salazar (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [22] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.17.82
14 Rob Wilson (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [98] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.17.61
15 Bernard Devaney (F3) 2-litre Chevron B47 [47.79.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.17.68
16 Barry Green (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.17.78
17 Osamu Hatagawa (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.19.48
20 Wyatt Stanley (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.20.49
21 Phil Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.22.90

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ralt RT1/76 [29] (Osamu Hatagawa): Ralt records show as sold to Geoff Brabham in 1976, probably being delivered in early June. 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.
  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. March 773 [3] (Ken Eady): March build records show sold to Unipart, 23 December 1976. Only one 773 is consigned to Unipart in the build records. Assumed that Taylor as senior driver would take the new car, a fact borne out by occasional references in 1977 to Needell being in a 763, the team's original car.

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.