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Macau Grand Prix

Macau, 20 Nov 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Riccardo Patrese (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-02?] - Ford BDA
#1 Remy Martin Team Harper
40 1h 40m 14.48s
90.98 mph
2 Steve Millen (1.6 4v) 1.6-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-06] - Ford BDA Hart
#19 (see note 1)
39
3 Andrew Miedecke (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 763/76B - Ford BDA Dewhurst
#4
39
4 Satoru Nakajima (F/Pac) 1.6-litre "Oscar" - Honda
#7
39
5 Shuroku Sasaki (F/Pac) 1.6-litre "Oscar" - Honda
#6
38
6 Ken Shirvington March 732 [15 as '9'] - Ford twin cam
#25 (see note 2)
37
R Alan Jones (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [9] - Ford BDA
#2

R Masahiro Hasemi (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-07] - Nissan LZ14
#5

R Graeme Lawrence March 76B [17] - Ford BDA
#9 (see note 3)

R Vern Schuppan Ralt RT1 [5] - Ford BDA
#11 John MacDonald

R Kevin Bartlett (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March
#66

UNK Grant Swartz Lola T460 [HU8] - Ford BDA
#8 (see note 4)

UNK Jason Ho (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Brabham
#10

UNK Haruhito Yanagida (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 752 - Ford BDA
#12

UNK Richard Rapp (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Lola T460 - Ford BDA Swindon
#18

UNK Diana Poon Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
#20 (see note 5)

UNK Beng Soeswanto (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU15] - Ford BDA Swindon
#21 (see note 6)

UNK Narcisco de la Merced (1.6 4v) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.25] - Ford BDA
#22

UNK Albert Poon (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-15] - Ford BDA
#23

UNK Nick Van Nugteren (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 73B/74B [13]
#41 (see note 7)

UNK Ian Grey (1.6 4v) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [72-9] - Ford BDM
#71 (see note 8)

UNK Rad Ocampo (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Lola T460 - Ford BDA
#81

UNK José "Pocholo" Ramirez (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34-76-21] - Ford BDA
#88

DNS Derek Daly (1.6 4v) 1.6-litre March 722/752 [722-40] - Ford BDM
(see note 9)
Did not start
(gearbox)

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

Qualifying
1 Riccardo Patrese (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-02?] - Ford BDA
2 Alan Jones (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [9] - Ford BDA
3 Vern Schuppan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [5] - Ford BDA
4 Steve Millen (1.6 4v) 1.6-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-06] - Ford BDA Hart
5 Masahiro Hasemi (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-07] - Nissan LZ14
6 Graeme Lawrence (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [17] - Ford BDA
7 Kevin Bartlett (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March
8 Andrew Miedecke (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 763/76B - Ford BDA Dewhurst
9 Albert Poon (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-15] - Ford BDA
10 Satoru Nakajima (F/Pac) 1.6-litre "Oscar" - Honda
11 Shuroku Sasaki (F/Pac) 1.6-litre "Oscar" - Honda
12 Beng Soeswanto (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU15] - Ford BDA Swindon
13 José "Pocholo" Ramirez (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34-76-21] - Ford BDA
14 Ken Shirvington (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 732 [15 as '9'] - Ford twin cam
15 Ian Grey (1.6 4v) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [72-9] - Ford BDM
16 Haruhito Yanagida (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 752 - Ford BDA
17 Rad Ocampo (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Lola T460 - Ford BDA
18 Richard Rapp (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Lola T460 - Ford BDA Swindon
19 Jason Ho (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Brabham
20 Grant Swartz (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU8] - Ford BDA
21 Narcisco de la Merced (1.6 4v) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.25] - Ford BDA
22 Diana Poon (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
23 Nick Van Nugteren (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 73B/74B [13]

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B35 [35-76-06] (Steve Millen): New to Fred Opert Racing for Formula 2 in 1976, and used by José Dolhem for the opening seven races of season. Then raced by Riccardo Patrese, Howdy Holmes, Keke Rosberg and Rupert Keegan later in the season. Taken to Macau for Keegan to race in the Grand Prix in October, then sold to Steve Millen who raced it in the New Zealand Formula Pacific series, and then in Southeast Asian races later in 1977. Subsequent history unknown but some reports say that it was badly damaged in a testing accident by its next owner and remains in Southeast Asia. .
  2. March 732 [15 as '9'] (Ken Shirvington): A new car for Andy Sutcliffe at Karlskoga run by Brian Lewis Racing and replacing 732-9, crashed by Mike Beuttler earlier in the year. To save paperwork, the team put the "732/9" chassis plate onto the car and it still wears it today. Sold to Ken Smith in New Zealand after Sutcliffe's money did not appear and raced by him in the 1974 Tasman series. Then rebuilt as a ANF2 car with a Ford twin cam for the 1974 Australian Formula 2 series and sold to Ken Shirvington mid-season. The car remains in Australia in 2012.
  3. March 76B [17] (Graeme Lawrence): New to Sonny Rajah with a fuel-injected Hart engine, and run for Graeme Lawrence in South East Asia.
  4. Lola T460 [HU8] (Grant Swartz): New to American Grant Swartz for racing in Southeast Asia. Retained for 1977. Unknown after the 1977 Macau GP.
  5. 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.
  6. Lola T460 [HU15] (Beng Soeswanto): New to American Ted Wentz and raced in the 1976 Indylantic series, entered by Swan Lager Racing. The car remained in Lola's ownership, and was sold at the end of the season via Albert Poon to Indonesian racer Beng Soeswanto, who raced it in the New Zealand Formula Pacific Internationals in January 1977, then in Southeast Asian raced later that year. Believed to have been retained for 1978.
  7. March 73B/74B [13] (Nick Van Nugteren): In the mid-1970s, Grant Swartz (Berkeley, CA) was an aircraft maintenance specialist working for the Flying Tiger Line air freight company in Hong Kong and Vietnam. In 1973, he acquired a March 73B, presumably the chassis 73B/13 that is shown in March records as going to Hong Kong, and he raced at the Macau Grand Prix in November that year. Unfortunately, he hit a wall and broke his ankle. Undeterred, he returned to the Macau race in the car in 1974 and 1975. It was then sold to Nick Van Nugteren (Singapore), who raced it at Macau in 1977 and 1978. By 1978 it had been updated to March 742 bodywork, and was sponsored by Black & Decker. It was later owned by Chris Farrell in Australia, and raced by him in HSRCA from 1999 to 2001. To Robert Foster by 2002, and raced by Foster in HSRCA events from 2004 to 2017.
  8. 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.
  9. March 722/752 [722-40] (Derek Daly): New to Australian Vern Schuppan to drive in the British Formula Atlantic championship. Fitted with a BRM Ford twin cam engine, and first seen in practice at Mallory Park in late March, but Schuppan left before the race to catch a flight to the Singapore GP. Schuppan finished second in Singapore, and third in the Malaysian GP a week later. Then returned to the British series, now with a BDA, and won four rounds. The car was then fitted with Falconer bodywork and an Amon-Woods engine rebuilt by Geoff Richardson, and raced in the Rothmans 50,000 and in two late-season F2 races. After a single F2 race in 1973 fitted with a Richardon BDG, the car went to Southeast Asia, winning the Singapore GP with a Ford twin cam fitted, then competed in the JAF Grand Prix at Fuji with the BDG, and back to the 'twink' for Macau. He raced the car in British Formula Atlantic briefly in early 1974, then sent it back to Asia where he won the Macau GP in November, by which time it had been fitted with 732 bodywork and a Lola T360 rear wing. It then became a fixture at Macau up to 1977, being driven by Alan Jones and Derek Daly. Patrick Tambay also raced for Theodore Racing in the Malaysian and Penang Grands Prix in 1977, where it was still in 732 form but was billed as a 752. It reappeared at Macau for Schuppan in 1979, now in 76B bodywork. After one more race in the hands of Roberto Moreno, the car was retained by Yip and placed in the Macau Grand Prix Museum.

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' original results.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.

Individual sources for this event

'Colour and Noise: 40 Years of the Macau Grand Prix' (Philip Newsome, Studio Publications Limited, 1993).