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New Zealand Grand Prix

Pukekohe, 7 Jan 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Keke Rosberg Chevron B39 [39-77-08] - Ford BDA Titan
#1 Fred Opert Racing
30 0.32.49.8
$NZ 2125
2 Larry Perkins Ralt RT1 [91] - Ford BDA Swindon
#3 Scuderia Veloce (see note 1)
30 0.32.51.5
$NZ 1125
3 Danny Sullivan March 77B [30] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#4 (see note 2)
30 0.33.07.9
$NZ 1000
4 Richard Melville March 76B [14] - Ford BDA Hooker
#10 (see note 3)
30 0.33.08.3
$NZ 700
5 Ken Smith March 76B [20] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#11 La Valise Travel (see note 4)
30 0.33.27.9
$NZ 550
6 David Oxton Chevron B34 [34-76-OX] - Ford BDA Hart
#18 Vacation Hotels
30 0.33.28.8
$NZ 425
7 Ross Stone Cuda JR3 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#22
30
$NZ 350
8 Robbie Francevic Modus M3 [022(B)/054] - Ford BDA Hooker
#17
30
$NZ 250
9 Ian Grob March 763/77B [38] - Ford BDA Swindon
#5 Sphere Drake Racing
30
$NZ 200
10 Pierre Dieudonné Ehrlich RP3 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#7
29
$NZ 150
11 Steve Millen Chevron B42 [42-78-01] - Ford BDA Hart
#19 Martini Team Schollum
29
$NZ 150
12 Norm Lankshear Chevron B34 [34-76-19] - Ford BDA Hart
#16 FCDC Fielding (see note 5)
29
$NZ 150
13 Graeme Crawford Birrana 273 [273-010] - Ford BDA England
#66 Paul England Pty. Ltd
29
$NZ 150
14 Dave Saunders March 722 [1] - Ford BDA
27
$NZ 150
15 Dave McMillan Ralt RT1 [36] - Ford BDA Hart
#0 Team McMillan (see note 6)
22
$NZ 150
16 Andrew Miedecke March 763/76B ["M763-14"] - Ford BDA Dewhurst
#8
15 Loose battery $NZ 150
17 Bobby Rahal Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDA Morris
#2 Fred Opert Racing
8 Valve $NZ 150
18 Brett Riley March 77B ["763-U3"] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#9 (see note 7)
7 Loose battery $NZ 150
19 Eric Morgan Chevron B29 [29-75-30] - Ford BDA BMS
#15 (see note 8)
6 Gear selector $NZ 150
20 Reg Cook March 742 ["U1"] - Ford BDA CMR
#99
2 Misfire $NZ 150
DNS Steve Emson Modus M3 [047-F3] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#17
Did not start
(Elected not to start)
DNS Hugh Owen Ralt RT1 [73] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#20
Did not start
(Elected not to start)
DNS Peter Larner Dolphin ['3'] - Ford BDA England
#65 Paul England Pty. Ltd
Did not start
(Fuel leak)
DNA Howard Wood Lyncar 009 [009] - Ford BDA
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre F/Pac unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Dave McMillan (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [36] - Ford BDA Hart 1.04.1
2 Keke Rosberg (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-08] - Ford BDA Titan 1.04.3
3 Larry Perkins (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [91] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.04.6
4 Bobby Rahal (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDA Morris 1.05.0
5 Ken Smith (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 76B [20] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.05.0
6 Danny Sullivan (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 77B [30] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.05.0
7 Brett Riley (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 77B ["763-U3"] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.05.0
8 Andrew Miedecke (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 763/76B ["M763-14"] - Ford BDA Dewhurst 1.05.1
9 Richard Melville (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 76B [14] - Ford BDA Hooker 1.05.1
10 Steve Millen (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-01] - Ford BDA Hart 1.05.4
11 David Oxton (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34-76-OX] - Ford BDA Hart 1.05.4
12 Ross Stone (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Cuda JR3 - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.06.3
13 Robbie Francevic (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [022(B)/054] - Ford BDA Hooker 1.06.3
14 Ian Grob (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 763/77B [38] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.07.1
15 Pierre Dieudonné (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ehrlich RP3 - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.07.3
16 Norm Lankshear (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34-76-19] - Ford BDA Hart 1.07.7
17 Eric Morgan (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-30] - Ford BDA BMS 1.07.9
18 Reg Cook (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 742 ["U1"] - Ford BDA CMR 1.08.4
19 Graeme Crawford (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-010] - Ford BDA England 1.08.8
20 Dave Saunders (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 722 [1] - Ford BDA 1.09.2

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ralt RT1 [91] (Larry Perkins): Chassis no. NZMA 20 Jan 78 p4, given for Larry Perkins' car at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1978. Built new for that series by Perkins. Sold to John Smith and used through to 1982 as a spare car. AMSY-B says loaned to Brett Fisher at 1982 AGP.
  2. March 77B [30] (Danny Sullivan): Entered by March for Danny Sullivan in the 1978 New Zealand International series. Sold to Colin Giltrap and entered by him for Dave McMillan at Baypark Mar 1978 then for Larry Perkins in the 1978/79 series. Raced by Desiré Wilson in the Jan/Feb 1980 series then John Smith in Jan 1981. Sold to Ray Hanger (Australia) and used in the 1981 AF1 and Pacific series. Also raced at Shah Alam in October 1981.
  3. March 76B [14] (Richard Melville): Chassis number observed on Richard Melville’s car by Dave McKinney at Baypark, 2 Jan 1977, and published NZMA 28 Jan 77 p5 and described as ex Brambilla. Brambilla's 1976 Trois Rivières car according to Motoring News 10 Feb 77, so a Doug Shierson Racing team car in 1976. As Shierson ran up to four drivers, plus a spare car, at some American and Canadian races, we cannot yet identify users in North America. [However, it does seem we can eliminate Cobb, using 76B [4]. Chassis number observed on Melville’s car by McKinney at Baypark, 2 Jan 1978, and published NZMA 20 Jan 78 p4. Dave McKinney advises sold to Unipart for Tiff Needell to use in 1979 Macau GP. Observed on Sonny Rajah’s car by Dave McKinney at Malaysian GP, 1980 and published NZMA 16 Jun 80 p15, so presumably sold to Rajah.
  4. March 76B [20] (Ken Smith): Sold via Doug Shierson to Ken Smith (New Zealand) and debuts in early 1977 New Zealand races. Retained to 1981 then sold to Warren Binning. Retruend to Smith in 1982 and retained to at least 2003.
  5. Chevron B34 [34-76-19] (Norm Lankshear): Observed on Keijo Rosberg's spare car by Dave McKinney at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1977 and published NZMA 28 Jan 77 p6. Described by Fred Opert to McKinney as the car used by Juan Cochesa in North America, NZMA 28 Jan 77 p4. This suggests that the car is also the Opert team car run by Tom Bagley in the three races in the USA at the start of 1976 [Road Atlanta; Laguna Seca; Ontario MS]. A/S report of the Formula Atlantic race at Edmonton, 16 May 76, describes Cochesa's car there as ‘ex Bagley’. NZMA reports that the car is sold to Norm Lankshear immediately after the Peter Stuyvesant series. Chassis number noted by McKinney on Lankshear's car at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1978. [NZMA 20 Jan 78 p3.] Retained by Lankshear through to the end of 1981. Then sold to Bryan Hartley and used 1982 – 83.
  6. Ralt RT1 [36] (Dave McMillan): Consigned by Ralt to Ralt American in summer 1976. Run by Dave McMillan in New Zealand Gold Star series, late 1976. Chassis number observed on Dave McMillan's car by Dave McKinney at Baypark, 2 Jan 1977, and published NZMA 28 Jan 77 p5. Described there as ex Kevin Cogan, so one of the four RT1s [chassis 30; 33; 34; 36] shown in Ralt build records [reproduced Autosport 1977] sent to Brian Robertson for Formula Atlantic series in 1976. Since 30 is known to be the car of Bertil Roos, and 33 that of Craig Hill, we can assume that Cogan indeed used 36 [except at the last race of the year when he is known to use Hill's RT1-33], and 34 was that of Richard Spenard - a car originally intended for McMillan's use in North America, until his sponsorship fell through. Retained by McMillan until at least 1980, and used in both North America and New Zealand. McMillan says took his own car to Canada NZMA 29 Jul 77 p5. NZMA report of the race at Halifax says car used in NZ. Chassis number given for McMillan's car at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1978 [NZMA 20 Jan 78 p4].
  7. March 77B ["763-U3"] (Brett Riley): Brett Riley took delivery of a March 77B in December 1977 that is believed to have carried the chassis number 763-U3 when it arrived in New Zealand. Riley raced it in Formula Pacific in 1978, 1979 and 1980 before selling it to Tom Donovan who progressively modified it and ran it in hillclimbs as well as F/Pacific up to 1983. He then won the 1984 and 1985 NZ hillclimb championships running a 1800cc Cosworth engine in the car. It was sold to Stuart McChesney in 1985 and again used in hillclimbs. It then went to Kenny Smith around 1987 and then to John Mackinlay (Christchurch) around 1993 who restored it and raced it in historic racing 1994-1996. It passed to Garry Cliff (Magnum Motors, Christchurch) in Nov 1996 then Peter Finlay in Australia in Aug 1998 then Kevin Miller in May 1999. Retained May 2003.
  8. Chevron B29 [29-75-30] (Eric Morgan): Chassis number observed by Dave McKinney on Dave Oxton's car at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1977 and published NZMA 28 Jan 77 p5. Described by Motoring News as "the ex Redman Tasman car" 10 Feb 77 p7. This indicates it is the car taken by Brian Redman to the 1975-6 Tasman series, with a 2.0 BMW engine, which was itself a works car from the European F2 series of 1975, raced by Hans Binder at Vallelunga. [Confirmed in Chevron’s build record, though MN reports describe this car as chassis number 31, which does not appear in the B29 build record.] The car stayed in New Zealand and was purchased by Oxton for the Peter Stuyvesant series. Oxton sold the car to Eric Morgan for the 1977-78 Union Travel Gold Star Series and subsequent races in New Zealand. Chassis number noted on Morgan’s car by McKinney at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1978, and published NZMA 20 Jan 78 p3. Retained by Morgan to end 1981, then sold to Chris Read.

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.

The New Zealand race results have been provided by Chris Townsend based on material in Autosport and Motoring News reports in the UK, Motoraction in New Zealand plus the information supplied by a wide range of contributors on the Atlas F1 and 10 Tenths forums.

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