Penang Grand Prix
Penang, 2 May 1976
|1||Graeme Lawrence||March 76B  - Ford BDM
#1 Team Rothmans (see note 1)
|2||Albert Poon||Chevron B29 [29-75-05] - Ford BDM
#23 Albert Poon (see note 2)
|3||Ian Grey||Chevron B20 [72-9] - Ford BDM
#71 Graham Cooper (see note 3)
|4||Grant Swartz||Lola T460 [HU8] - Ford BDM
#7 Grant Swartz (see note 4)
|5||Brian Tyler||(1.6 2v) 1.6-litre March 732 [73B?] - Ford twin cam
#77 Brian Tyler (see note 5)
|6||Diana Poon||(1.6 2v) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam Hart
#66 Albert Poon (see note 6)
#4 Sonny Rajah
|R||Chong Boon Seng||(1.6 2v) 1.6-litre Brabham BT30  - Ford twin cam
#8 Chong Boon Seng (see note 7)
|R||Narcisco de la Merced||(1.6 2v) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
#22 Narcing Merced
|R||José "Pocholo" Ramirez||(1.6 2v) 1.6-litre March 732 [723-12?] - Ford twin cam
#88 Pocholo Ramirez
|UNK||John MacDonald||Ralt RT1/75  - Ford BDM
#11 Rothmans Cathay Pacific (see note 8)
|DNS||Jim Sweeney||(G5 2.0) 2-litre Porsche 906 Spyder  f6
#18 Jim Sweeney
|Did not start|
All cars are 1.6-litre 1.6 4v unless noted.
|1||Albert Poon||(1.6 4v) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-05] - Ford BDM|
Notes on the cars:
- March 76B  (Graeme Lawrence): New to Sonny Rajah with a fuel-injected Hart engine, and run for Graeme Lawrence in South East Asia.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-05] (Albert Poon): New to Albert Poon (Hong Kong), and raced in Southeast Asian events in 1975. Raced in Southeast Asian 1600cc 4-valve formula events in 1976, and driven by Kevin Bartlett at the Macau Grand Prix in November 1976. Sold less engine to Chong Boon Seng (Singapore) in December 1976 and raced by him in 1977, 1978 and 1979, It was then retained by him until it was sold to Leif Norberg, a Swede then living in Malaysia, in 1985. Then to Tony Armstrong (Australia) in 1989. To Geoff Weiland (Australia) in 1998, then to Peter Addison (Sydney, NSW), then to John Gale (Sydney, NSW) in 2005. In March 2020, the car was bought from Gale by Peter Brennan (Melbourne, Victoria).
- Chevron B20 [72-9] (Ian Grey): New to John S Green in Formula B specification but there is no evidence of this car being delivered before the end of 1972. Green ran it in the Gap Hill Climb in January 1973, but only circuit raced it once, in the Singapore Grand Prix in April 1973. Green died in early 1974, and the Chevron was sold to David Schollum for Steve Millen in South-East Asian races that year. Then shipped to New Zealand and fitted with a 1980cc Cosworth FVC engine for the 1975 Tasman series. Used by Millen in 1600cc form at Batu Tiga and Macau later in 1975. Sold to Ian Grey in 1976 and raced with a Cosworth BDM at Macau in 1976 and 1977. Later sold to Dick Ward (Perth, Australia) and George Stacey about the end of 1979, and then to Harry Hickling (ACT, Australia). Sold to David Innes late 2014.
- Lola T460 [HU8] (Grant Swartz): New to American Grant Swartz for racing in Southeast Asia. Retained for 1977. Unknown after the 1977 Macau GP.
- March 732 [73B?] (Brian Tyler): Brian Tyler, described as a Singapore-based Englishman, raced a March "732" in the Selangor Grand Prix at Batu Tiga in August 1976. Eli Solomon found two pictures of the car for his excellent 'Rides of March - Part 2' article which show that it looked a lot like the Team Rothmans March 73B, the ex-Sonny Rajah car. Tyler raced the car again in two races in 1977, the Malaysian Grand Prix in April and the Penang GP in May. It ran in the 1600cc 2-valve class at Penang, so presumably had a Ford twin cam engine at all three races. It was advertised by Tyler from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in September 1977 as a March 732 fitted with a "brand new Holbay 1600cc twin cam" and FG400 gearbox. The engine makes it much more likely that it was a 73B, not a 732. One possibility is that it was the March 722/73B that Dieter Quester had taken out to the Macau Grand Prix in November 1973. Nothing more known.
- Brabham BT40 (Diana Poon): New to Albert Poon (Hong Kong) and fitted with a Hart twin cam engine for the Southeast Asian 2-valve 1600cc formula. Raced by Poon in 1973 and 1974 and then, after Poon acquired a newer Chevron B29, the Brabham was raced by Graeme Lawrence in the Malaysian GP in March 1975 and by Kevin Bartlett in the Macau Grand Prix in November 1975. Then raced by Poon's wife, Diana Poon, from 1976 to 1979. At some point, the Brabham was badly damaged, and its tub has been rebuilt by new owner Neville McKay. Reported to be still owned by McKay but in pieces in 2004.
- Brabham BT30  (Chong Boon Seng): Sold new to Ecurie Ecosse and run for Graham Birrell in F2 in 1970. Also raced once by Peter Gethin and by Richard Attwood later in the season. To Peter Westbury early 1971 and raced in several F2 races (also raced once by Dieter Quester) until the team's BT36 was delivered. Sold to Dunnett's Garage, converted to F/Atlantic specification and entered for Ronnie Mackay in libre and F/Atlantic in 1971 and 1972, run by MRE. To Chong Boon Seng for south east Asian racing in 1973 and used by him until 1976. Then to Del Schloemer and raced by him and by Cherie Schloemer in 1977 and 1978. To Wybe Valkema around 1980 and retained to 1982. Then to Australia and with Brian Wilson by 1988. Wilson sold it to Art Valdez (Torrance, CA) and from Valdez it returned to Australia when he sold it to Bob Ilich (Perth, WA) in 2010.
- Ralt RT1/75  (John MacDonald): New to John MacDonald (Hong Kong) and raced in Sotheast Asian 1600cc 2-valve category racing in 1975, then in the Formula Atlantic and 1600cc 4-valve category in 1976 and 1977. It was also raced by Vern Schuppan at Macau in 1977. Then to Peter Marshall and raced by him in 1978 and 1979, and still in Marshall's ownership when raced by Sonny Rajah in 1980 and 1981.
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' original results.
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Individual sources for this event
Entry list and other programme details provided by Richard Coe, which included hand-written results. Laps completed and race times for the first four finishers provided by Angus Lamont.