Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship Race

Thruxton, 28 Oct 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Mike Thackwell March 793 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
March Racing
15 0.18.55.17
112.07 mph
2 Kenneth Acheson March 793 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
RMC Group
15 0.18.55.62
3 Brett Riley March 783 - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4
Unipart Racing
15 0.18.58.71
4 Roberto Guerrero Argo JM3 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Roldan Autos with Anglia Cars Ltd
15 0.19.00.46
5 Andrea de Cesaris March 793 [12] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Marlboro Team Tiga
15 0.19.01.23
6 Stefan Johansson March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Marlboro Racing with McMahon
15 0.19.07.81
7 Tommy Borgudd March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#26 Roger Heavens Racing
15 0.19.15.11
8 Nigel Mansell March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4
Unipart Racing
15 0.19.16.52
9 Bengt Trägårdh Ralt RT1/78 [110] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#78 Meltonian Racing Team
15 0.19.26.81
10 Fermin Veléz March 783 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Equipo Nacional Español (see note 1)
15 0.19.29.80
11 Mike Blanchet Lola T670 [HU1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
SDC Builders
15 0.19.30.82
12 Bernard Devaney Chevron B47 [47.79.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Derek McMahon Racing with Chevron Cars
15 0.19.31.41
13 John Bright Pilbeam MP44 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
15 0.19.32.20
14 John Lewis Chevron B47B [42.78.19A] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
15 0.19.39.23
15 Placido Inglesias Ralt RT1/78 [131] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Team Perdigao
15 0.19.39.37
16 Phil Silverstone Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#33 Welwyn Discount Tyres and Exhaust Centres
14
17 Paul Dalton Royale RP5 [1] - Ford twin cam
13
R Gerry Amato Chevron B47 [47.79.08] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#9
8
R Rob Wilson March 783 [5] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Rushen Green Racing (see note 2)
3
R Chico Serra March 793 [20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Sadia Racing with Project 4
2 Collision with Jordan
R Eddie Jordan March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Marlboro Racing with McMahon
2 Collision with Serra
R Charles Martel Ralt RT1/78 [101] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#96 Racing Team Holland
2 Spun
R Trevor Templeton Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#31 A.W. Brown Racing with Malcolm Templeton
0
DNA Eliseo Salazar Ralt RT3/79 [160] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Schick Toyota Chilean Team
Did not arrive
DNA Ian Flux March 783/793 [783-11] - Triumph Dolomite 4
Unipart Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Leo Andersson Ralt RT1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Did not arrive
DNA Fernando Jorge Ralt RT1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Did not arrive
DNA TBA March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#44 Roger Heavens Racing
Did not arrive

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Kenneth Acheson (F3) 2-litre March 793 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.14.61
2 Mike Thackwell (F3) 2-litre March 793 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.14.71
3 Brett Riley (F3) 2-litre March 783 - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4 1.14.91
4 Roberto Guerrero (F3) 2-litre Argo JM3 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.15.07
5 Andrea de Cesaris (F3) 2-litre March 793 [12] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.15.12
6 Chico Serra (F3) 2-litre March 793 [20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.13.24
7 Stefan Johansson (F3) 2-litre March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.15.61
8 Eddie Jordan (F3) 2-litre March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.15.72
9 Nigel Mansell (F3) 2-litre March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4 1.15.89
10 Tommy Borgudd (F3) 2-litre March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.16.11
11 Rob Wilson (F3) 2-litre March 783 [5] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.16.16
12 Trevor Templeton (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.16.50
13 Fermin Veléz (F3) 2-litre March 783 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.16.62
14 Bengt Trägårdh (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [110] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.16.65
15 Mike Blanchet (F3) 2-litre Lola T670 [HU1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.16.71
16 John Bright (F3) 2-litre Pilbeam MP44 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.16.78
17 Placido Inglesias (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [131] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.17.28
18 Bernard Devaney (F3) 2-litre Chevron B47 [47.79.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.17.62
19 John Lewis (F3) 2-litre Chevron B47B [42.78.19A] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.17.89
20 Gerry Amato (F3) 2-litre Chevron B47 [47.79.08] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.22.06
21 Phil Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.24.09
22 Charles Martel (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [101] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.26.21
23 Paul Dalton (F3) 2-litre Royale RP5 [1] - Ford twin cam 1.30.84

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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.