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Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship Race

Thruxton, 6 May 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Roberto Guerrero Argo JM6 [039-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 Anglia Cars
15 19m 01.40s
111.46 mph
2 Thierry Tassin Argo JM6 [042-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#5 Anglia Cars
15 19m 06.74s
3 Stefan Johansson March 803 [20 or 21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Project Four Racing
15 19m 07.26s
4 Brett Riley March 783/793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#18 David Price Racing
15 19m 08.39s
5 Kenneth Acheson March 803 [9] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#8 RMC Group
15 19m 17.86s
6 Eddie Jordan March 803 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#7 Marlboro Team Ireland (see note 1)
15 19m 34.59s
7 Rob Wilson Ralt RT3/80 [191] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#31
15 19m 43.72s
8 Gerry Amato March 793 [783-5] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#14 Gerry Amato Racing (see note 2)
15 20m 10.00s
9 Tony Norton March 783/793 [773-3] - Triumph Dolomite 4
#23 PC Designs Ltd (see note 3)
14
R Nigel Mansell March 803 [18] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#12 March Racing Ltd
4 Engine
R Peré (Pedro) Noguès Argo JM6 [038-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#2 Real Automovil Club Catalunya
2 Brake disc broken in first lap incident
R Bengt Trägårdh March 803 [23] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#60
0 Accident at chicane
R Mike Blanchet Lola T770/2 [T770 HU1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#30 SDC Buiilders
0 Brakes
R David Sears Argo JM6 [043-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3 Rushen Green Racing
0 Spun, hit by Jordan
R Terry Gray Ralt RT1/78 [139] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#47
Clutch
R Mike O'Brien March 803 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#9 National Girobank
Engine
R Mike White March 803 [2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#11 Autowindscreens with Gerard Racing
Fuel line
DNS Phil Silverstone Argo JM6 [041-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#41
Did not start
(Engine)

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Roberto Guerrero (F3) 2-litre Argo JM6 [039-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 15.05s
2 Stefan Johansson (F3) 2-litre March 803 [20 or 21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 15.08s
3 Thierry Tassin (F3) 2-litre Argo JM6 [042-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 15.16s
4 Kenneth Acheson (F3) 2-litre March 803 [9] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 15.17s
5 Brett Riley (F3) 2-litre March 783/793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 15.33s
6 Mike White (F3) 2-litre March 803 [2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 15.37s
7 Nigel Mansell (F3) 2-litre March 803 [18] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 15.45s
8 David Sears (F3) 2-litre Argo JM6 [043-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 15.71s
9 Mike Blanchet (F3) 2-litre Lola T770/2 [T770 HU1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 15.72s
10 Peré (Pedro) Noguès (F3) 2-litre Argo JM6 [038-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 15.88s
11 Bengt Trägårdh (F3) 2-litre March 803 [23] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 16.01s
12 Mike O'Brien (F3) 2-litre March 803 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 16.07s
13 Eddie Jordan (F3) 2-litre March 803 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 16.08s
14 Rob Wilson (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT3/80 [191] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 16.19s
15 Terry Gray (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [139] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 17.80s
16 Gerry Amato (F3) 2-litre March 793 [783-5] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 18.86s
17 Tony Norton (F3) 2-litre March 783/793 [773-3] - Triumph Dolomite 4 1m 22.08s
18 Phil Silverstone * (F3) 2-litre Argo JM6 [041-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 30.41s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 803 [16] (Eddie Jordan): Sold to Eddie Jordan 18 Jan 1980. Used in first part of 1980 season, then rented out, and for sale with chassis number (Autosport 5 Feb 1981 p47). To Roger Cowman (Belper, Derbyshire) for Ian Shaw then subsequently to Tony Norton. Retained 1982.
  2. March 793 [783-5] (Gerry Amato): 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.
  3. March 783/793 [773-3] (Tony Norton): 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.

Individual sources for this event

Autosport 8 May 1980 pp26-28