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Malaysia Grand Prix

Batu Tiga, 24 Apr 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Patrick Tambay March 722/752 [722-40] - Ford BDM
#5 Theodore Racing [Teddy Yip] (see note 1)
50 1h 8m 10.?s
2 Steve Millen Chevron B35 [35-76-06] - Ford BDA Hart
#69 Schollum Racing (see note 2)
50
3 Albert Poon Chevron B34 [34-76-37] - Ford BDM
#23 Albert Poon
50
4 Rad Ocampo (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 - Ford BDA
#18 Rad Ocampo
47
5 Diana Poon (1.6 2v) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam Hart
#66 Diana Poon (see note 3)
1st in Class B
6 Eddie Marcello (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-04] - Ford BDA
#17 Eddie Marcello (see note 4)

7 Graeme Lawrence March 76B [17]
#1 Team Rothmans (see note 5)
fuel pump problems
8 Brian Tyler (1.6 2v) 1.6-litre March 73B - Ford twin cam
#77 Brian Tyler (see note 6)

R Sonny Rajah March 732 - Ford BDM Swindon
#9 Sonny Rajah (entered as #3) (see note 7)

R John MacDonald Ralt RT1 [5]
#11 John MacDonald
metering unit
R Beng Soeswanto Lola T460 [HU15] - Ford BDM
#44 Beng Suswanto (see note 8)
exhaustion
R Rolly Abadilla (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 - Ford BDA
#81 Rolly Abadilla

R José "Pocholo" Ramirez (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.21] - Ford BDA
#88 Pocolo Ramirez

UNK Chong Boon Seng (1.6 2v) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-05] - Ford twin cam
#8 Chong Boon Seng (see note 9)

UNK Nick Van Nugteren (1.6 2v) 1.6-litre March 73B [13] - Ford twin cam
#41 Win Lighters (see note 10)

DNS Theodore Yip Ralt RT1 [9] - Ford BDM
#5 Theodore Racing [Teddy Yip]
Did not start
UNKE Ken Shirvington March 732/752 [15] - Ford BDA
#4 Ken Shirvington (see note 11)
On entry list
UNKE Grant Swartz Lola T460 [HU8] - Ford BDM
#7 Flying Tiger Line (see note 12)
On entry list
UNKE Cherie Schloemmer (1.6 2v) 1.6-litre Brabham BT30 [14] - Ford twin cam
#20 Cherrie Schloemer (see note 13)
On entry list
UNKE Narcisco de la Merced (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.25] - Ford BDA
#22 Narcing Dela Merced
On entry list
UNKE Ian Grey Chevron B20 [72-9] - Ford BDM
#71 Ian Grey (see note 14)
On entry list
UNKE Joey Bundalian (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 752 - Ford BDA
#74 Joey Bundalian
On entry list
DNA Theodore Yip March 722/752 [722-40] - Ford BDM
#5 Theodore Racing [Teddy Yip] (see note 15)
Did not arrive
DNA Alan Jones Ralt RT1 [9] - Ford BDM
#6 Theodore Racing [Teddy Yip]
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre 1.6 4v unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Patrick Tambay (1.6 4v) 1.6-litre March 722/752 [722-40] - Ford BDM 1m 19.7s
2 Graeme Lawrence (1.6 4v) 1.6-litre March 76B [17] 1m 20.2s
3 John MacDonald (1.6 4v) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [5]
4 Steve Millen (1.6 4v) 1.6-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-06] - Ford BDA Hart
5 Albert Poon (1.6 4v) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34-76-37] - Ford BDM

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 722/752 [722-40] (Patrick Tambay): 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.
  2. 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. .
  3. 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.
  4. Chevron B39 [39-77-04] (Eddie Marcello): New to Eddie Marcello (Philippines) and presumably the car raced by him in the Malaysian Grand Prix and Penang Grand Prix in April and May 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. March 76B [17] (Graeme Lawrence): New to Sonny Rajah with a fuel-injected Hart engine, and run for Graeme Lawrence in South East Asia.
  6. March 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, and then 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.
  7. March 732 (Sonny Rajah): New to Sonny Rajah (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and used in British Formula Atlantic in 1973. In August 1973, it was flown to South East Asia, where it spent the rest of its racing career. However, it is difficult to understand exactly how this car was used, as Rajah also owned a March 712M which was updated to 73B specification, and was also involved with a March 723 which had been converted to the local 1600cc 2-valve formula. Rajah won the Selangor Grand Prix at Batu Tiga in early September 1973, almost certainly in the 73B, and the car was later raced by Jan Bussell at the 1974 Malaysian GP, and by Rajah in Formula Pacific in the latter half of the decade.
  8. 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.
  9. Chevron B29 [29-75-05] (Chong Boon Seng): 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 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).
  10. March 73B [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.
  11. March 732/752 [15] (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.
  12. Lola T460 [HU8] (Grant Swartz): New to American Grant Swartz for racing in Southeast Asia. Retained for 1977. Unknown after the 1977 Macau GP.
  13. Brabham BT30 [14] (Cherie Schloemmer): 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 Schlomer and raced by him and by Cherie Schlomer 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.
  14. 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.
  15. March 722/752 [722-40] (Theodore Yip): 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

Autosport 28 Apr 1977 p9. A photograph shows Patrick Tambay's March leading the field and wearing a clear 'A' alongside it's '5' entry number. The car appeared to have a 732/742 nose and had no forward-facing rollhoop stays, indicating that it was no younger than a March 722. The entry list, provided by Eli Solomon via Peter Brennan, showed three classes: Class A for all "foreign competitors residing outside the region" plus cars using 4-valve fuel-injected engines; Class B for competitors inside the region using twin-cam two-valve engines; and Class C for competitors inside the region using Formula Atlantic engines. The six Formula Atlantic cars were all entered my members of the Philippines club: Marcello, Ocampo, Merced, Bundalian, Abadilla and Ramirez. The five twin-cam cars were Chong Boon Seng, Schloener, van Nugteren, Diana Poon and Tyler.