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Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship Race

Silverstone, 14 Jul 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Mike Thackwell March 793 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#17 March Racing
20 0.29.16.61
120.18 mph
2 Chico Serra March 793 [20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Sadia Racing with Project 4
20 0.29.22.53
3 Kenneth Acheson March 793 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
RMC Group
20 0.29.22.99
4 Roberto Guerrero Argo JM3 [021-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Roldan Autos with Anglia Cars Ltd
20 0.29.39.20
5 Thierry Boutsen March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Roger Heavens Racing
20 0.29.52.89
6 Nigel Mansell March 793 [2] - Triumph Dolomite 4
Unipart Racing Team
20 0.29.56.97
7 Michael Roe Chevron B47 [47.79.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
David Clark Team Riva Watches
20 0.29.57.29
8 Rob Wilson March 783 [5] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Rushen Green Racing (see note 1)
20 0.30.02.20
9 John Bright Ralt RT1/78 [130] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Racing Team Holland
20 0.30.03.35
10 Richard Dallest Martini MK27 [002] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Ecurie Elf
20 0.30.05.38
11 Trevor Templeton Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
20 0.30.06.20
12 Bernard Devaney Chevron B47 [47.79.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Derek McMahon Racing with Chevron Cars
20
R Andrea de Cesaris March 793 [12] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#5 Marlboro Team Tiga
5 Fuel pump
R Eddie Jordan March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Marlboro Racing with McMahon
Accident
R Brett Riley March 793 [15] - Triumph Dolomite 4
Unipart Racing Team
Engine
R Mike Blanchet Lola T670 [HU1] - Chevrolet Vega Titan
SDC Builders
1 Engine
R Fernando Jorge Ralt RT1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Spun
R Simon Kirkby March 783 [23] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Richard Dutton Racing
Accident
R Thorbjörn Carlsson Ralt RT1/76 [12] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Accident
R Alan Smith Chevron B47B [47.79.09] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
KWS
Accident
R Damon Metrebian Martini MK21B [01] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Ecurie Elf
Accident
R David Warner Chevron B47 [47.79.08] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Head gasket
DSQ Stefan Johansson March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#2
Passed Serra under yellow flag
UNK Alain Prost Martini MK27 [001] - Renault 20TS Dudot
Ecurie Elf
19
UNK Eliseo Salazar Ralt RT3/79 [160] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Schick Toyota Chilean Team

UNK Jorge Caton Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Equipo Nacional Español

UNK Hans-Georg Bürger Ralt RT3/79 [168] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Bertram Schäfer Racing

UNK Tommy 'Slim' Borgudd Ralt RT1/78 [126] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Strike Ten Racing Team

UNK Bengt Trägårdh Ralt RT1/78 [110] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Meltonian

UNK Fermin Veléz March 783 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Equipo Nacional Español (see note 2)

UNK Georg Bellof Ralt RT1/78 [122] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Bertram Schäfer Racing

UNK Bryce Wilson Ehrlich RP4 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Dr J. Ehrlich

UNK Steve Malins Chevron B43 [43.78.20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
(see note 3)
19
UNK Tomas Kaiser Ralt RT1/76 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor

DNS Michael Bleekemolen March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Roger Heavens Racing
Did not start
DNS Placido Inglesias Ralt RT1/78 [131] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Did not start

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Mike Thackwell (F3) 2-litre March 793 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.27.07
2 Chico Serra (F3) 2-litre March 793 [20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.27.43
3 Andrea de Cesaris (F3) 2-litre March 793 [12] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.27.45
4 Kenneth Acheson (F3) 2-litre March 793 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.27.75
5 Stefan Johansson (F3) 2-litre March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.27.80
6 Eddie Jordan (F3) 2-litre March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.27.91
7 Brett Riley (F3) 2-litre March 793 [15] - Triumph Dolomite 4 1.28.22
8 Michael Roe (F3) 2-litre Chevron B47 [47.79.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.29
9 Rob Wilson (F3) 2-litre March 783 [5] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.40
10 Mike Blanchet (F3) 2-litre Lola T670 [HU1] - Chevrolet Vega Titan 1.28.43
11 Roberto Guerrero (F3) 2-litre Argo JM3 [021-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.45
12 Fernando Jorge (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.64
13 Nigel Mansell (F3) 2-litre March 793 [2] - Triumph Dolomite 4 1.28.67
14 Alain Prost (F3) 2-litre Martini MK27 [001] - Renault 20TS Dudot 1.28.74
15 Eliseo Salazar (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT3/79 [160] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.78
16 Bernard Devaney (F3) 2-litre Chevron B47 [47.79.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.81
17 Trevor Templeton (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.98
18 Thierry Boutsen (F3) 2-litre March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.00
19 Richard Dallest (F3) 2-litre Martini MK27 [002] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.01
20 Jorge Caton (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.56
21 Hans-Georg Bürger (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT3/79 [168] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.56
22 John Bright (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [130] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.59
23 Michael Bleekemolen * (F3) 2-litre March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.88
24 Placido Inglesias * (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [131] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.91
25 Simon Kirkby (F3) 2-litre March 783 [23] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.30.33
26 Tommy 'Slim' Borgudd (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [126] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.30.46
27 Thorbjörn Carlsson (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [12] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.30.64
28 Bengt Trägårdh (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [110] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.30.71
29 Fermin Veléz (F3) 2-litre March 783 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.30.96
30 Georg Bellof (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [122] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.31.10
31 Alan Smith (F3) 2-litre Chevron B47B [47.79.09] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
32 Damon Metrebian (F3) 2-litre Martini MK21B [01] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
33 Bryce Wilson (F3) 2-litre Ehrlich RP4 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
34 David Warner (F3) 2-litre Chevron B47 [47.79.08] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
35 Steve Malins (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
36 Tomas Kaiser (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 783 [5] (Rob Wilson): 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 783 [14] (Fermin Veléz): 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.
  3. 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.

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.