Indylantic Championship Round
Brands Hatch, 9 May 1976
|1||Tony Trimmer||Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDA Swindon
Capital Radio/Applied Racing Techniques
(see note 1)
|2||Ted Wentz||Lola T460 [HU15] - Ford BDA Swindon
#9 Swan Lager Racing (see note 2)
|3||Tony Rouff||Boxer PR276  - Ford BDA Swindon
#21 Netherton & Worth/Boxer Cars
|4||Richard Scott||Modus M3 [025-FA] - Ford BDA Swindon
#111 Dicksons of Perth-Focus & Kinross Motor Auctions
|5||Cyd Williams||Sana RD9 - Ford BDA Eden
#5 Harrisons of Birmingham/Graham Eden Racing
|6||Alo Lawler||Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] - Ford BDA Swindon
#10 L&B Excavations Ltd (see note 3)
|7||Jeremy Rossiter||Chevron B29 [29-75-29] - Ford BDA Cook
#3 Spax Dampers/CCC Magazine (see note 4)
|8||Dave Saunders||GRD 372 - Ford BDA Saunders
|9||David Winstanley||Brabham BT40  - Ford BDA Eden
#69 Withers of Winsford (see note 5)
|R||Ken Bailey||Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#12 (see note 6)
|R||Mike Wilds||Chevron B27 [27-74-14] - Ford BDA
#27 Jeremy Sumner (see note 7)
|R||Phil Dowsett||Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 (see note 8)
|R||Jim Crawford||Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#4 Coin News (see note 9)
|8||Collision with Rossiter|
|R||Norman Dickson||Modus M3 [027-FA] - Ford BDA
#707 Dicksons of Perth-British Caledonian Airways
|R||Adrian Russell||GRD 372 - Ford BDA Swindon
|R||Steve Prior||McLaren M21 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#194 Capital Radio/Applied Racing Techniques
(see note 10)
|DNSP||Steve Carvill||Surtees TS15  - Ford BDA Swindon
#208 Radio Luxembourg/Applied Racing Techniques
(see note 11)
|Did not start (retired on parade lap)|
|DNS||Howard Rose||March [712M-2?] - Ford BDA
#17 (see note 12)
|Did not start|
|DNA||Peter Williams||Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#13 Coin News
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Derek Cook||Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Cook
#24 (see note 13)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Alan Crocker||March 74B  - Ford BDA Cosworth
#25 (see note 14)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Philip Sharp||Modus M3 [047-F3] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#2 (see note 15)
|Did not arrive|
#7 Bruach Racing
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.
|1||Tony Trimmer||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDA Swindon||0.45.0|
|2||Jeremy Rossiter||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-29] - Ford BDA Cook||0.45.2|
|3||Ted Wentz||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU15] - Ford BDA Swindon||0.45.4|
|4||Steve Carvill *||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15  - Ford BDA Swindon||0.45.8|
|5||Cyd Williams||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Sana RD9 - Ford BDA Eden||0.45.8|
|6||Jim Crawford||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA Nicholson||0.46.0|
|7||Norman Dickson||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [027-FA] - Ford BDA||0.46.2|
|8||Tony Rouff||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Boxer PR276  - Ford BDA Swindon||0.46.2|
|9||Richard Scott||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [025-FA] - Ford BDA Swindon||0.46.2|
|10||Phil Dowsett||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Swindon||0.46.4|
|11||Ken Bailey||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson||0.46.4|
|12||Alo Lawler||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] - Ford BDA Swindon||0.47.6|
|13||Mike Wilds||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-14] - Ford BDA||0.48.2|
|14||Dave Saunders||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre GRD 372 - Ford BDA Saunders||0.48.2|
|15||David Winstanley||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40  - Ford BDA Eden||0.49.4|
|16||Adrian Russell||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre GRD 372 - Ford BDA Swindon||0.49.6|
|17||Steve Prior||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre McLaren M21 - Ford BDA Nicholson||0.49.8|
|18||Howard Rose *||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March [712M-2?] - Ford BDA||0.50.8|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- Lola T362 [HU18] (Tony Trimmer): Described as "the 1976 prototype", this car was loaned by Lola to the Wella team for Ted Wentz to drive in the last few races of the 1975 British Formula Atlantic season after Wentz' regular car was wrecked in testing at Silverstone by Roy James. It was loaned to Tony Trimmer for the start of the 1976 season, now as a Lola T362, and Trimmer won the first two races, only for the car to be sold from under him to Bruach Racing for Mike King, who raced it in Indylantic and Shellsport Group 8 for the rest of that season. Somehow then to Carl Liebich (Plymouth, WI) as a spare car to his Lola T460. Exactly when it was used is not known. Crashed at some point, and sold, still unrepaired, to Cy Moreland (Trainer, PA). Still with Moreland in 2003. Later to Steve Maxted (UK), fitted with a Cosworth BDG and raced by him in HSCC F2 races from 2006 to 2011. To Mark Piercy for HSCC F2 from 2012 onwards.
- Lola T460 [HU15] (Ted Wentz): 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 races later that year. He crashed the car at Penang in May 1977, but was back out for the Macau GP in November. Believed to have been retained for 1978.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] (Alo Lawler): New to Alo Lawler (St Helens, Merseyside) and raced in the 1975 British Formula Atlantic championship, sponsored by L&B Excavations Ltd. Also used in the Irish championship that year, and in libre racing. Retained by Lawler for 1976, when he raced it in the Shellsport G8 championship, the Irish Formula Atlantic championship, the British Indylantic championship, and in libre racing. Sold to John Eastwood and raced in the Irish Formula Atlantic series. To Joe Greenan (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for 1978, and entered by Irish Racing Cars in Irish Atlantic, then raced by Ken Fildes (Clonskeagh, Dublin) in 1979 and 1980. Sold to English wheeler dealer Bobby Howlings (Congleton, Cheshire) for 1981, and raced by Howlings in rounds of the reintroduced British Formula Atlantic championship. Sold to Stuart Harte (Littleborough, Greater Manchester) and fitted with a 2.2-litre Hart 420R engine for sprints and hillclimbs. After Harte's death, the car was retained by his family until 2011, when it was sold to Jon Waggitt. Waggitt sold it to Chris Porritt in July 2011, and he spent some years returning it to running condition. He first raced it at Laguna Seca in March 2020, then brought it back to the UK later that year.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-29] (Jeremy Rossiter): New to Derek Cook (Wath-upon-Dearne, Rotherham, South Yorkshire) in August 1975, and raced in British Formula Atlantic with support from George Cooper Lubricants. To Jeremy Rossiter (Kidlington, Oxfordshire) for 1976, and raced in Shellsport G8 and Indylantic races. The series died at the end of 1976, and the car was unused until August 1977 when it was sold to John Pollock (Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland), who raced for Gerry Kinnane's team in Irish Formula Atlantic. Pollock raced it at Phoenix Park and Mondello Park in September 1977, but it was then sold to Tom O'Leary (Dalkey, County Dublin), Pollock taking O'Leary's older Brabham BT40 in part-exchange. Raced by O'Leary in the Irish series in 1978 and 1979.
- Brabham BT40  (David Winstanley): New to Graham Eden Racing, and driven by Cyd Williams in the 1973 British Formula Atlantic championship. Retained by Eden and Williams for 1974. After Williams crashed the car at Brands Hatch in September 1974, it was raced by Richard Morgan and Tony Trimmer later that season. Retained by Eden again for 1975, with Cyd Williams again driving. To David Winstanley (Winsford, Cheshire) of Withers of Winsford for 1976, and raced in the Indylantic championship.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-04] (Ken Bailey): New to Tom Wheatcroft in February 1975, and tested by Richard Morgan who would be driving it in British Formula Atlantic. Raced by Morgan in the early races of the season, winning one race, until crashed at Brands Hatch in April. Morgan then drove the new Wheatcroft R18, and the Chevron was sold to Brett Riley, who drove it for the rest of 1975. To Ken Bailey (Stretford, Greater Manchester) and raced in Indylantic in 1976. Stored unused during 1977 and advertised by Bailey in November. Sold to Eddie Jordan (Dundrum, County Dublin, Ireland) and used in Irish Formula Atlantic in 1978 in Marlboro livery, winning both the All-Ireland and Duckhams Formula Atlantic Championships. Raced by his teammate Vivian Candy in Ireland in 1979, then sold via Phil Bennett to David Ward (Hesketh Bank, Lancashire) for British libre racing in 1980 and 1981. With Terry Cole for Monoposto racing in 1983, then reportedly broken up for spares by Chevron Cars.
- Chevron B27 [27-74-14] (Mike Wilds): Chevron build record says sold to Derek Cook, August 1974, so Cook's late season car in British Formula Atlantic. To Peter Munro (Birmingham) for 1975, but his sponsorship fell through, and he loaned the car back to Cook at the British GP meeting after he had wrecked his own car in practice. Cook then managed to wreck the Chevron on lap 1 of the race, and it did not appear again in 1975. To Jeremy Sumner for the 1976 Indyatlantic series, where it was also driven by Mike Wilds and John Scannell. Thought to have been the B27 bought by Christian Bonnifet in 1977, and used in French hillclimbs between 1979 and 1983. In 1997, Jean-Michel Coll (Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France) advertised chassis 74-14 as a rolling chassis. It was later reported to be under restoration in the UK.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-19] (Phil Dowsett): New to Stephen Choularton (Hale Barns, Cheshire) and raced in British Formula Atlantic in 1975, entered by SDC Racing. To Phil Dowsett (Chelmsford, Essex) for the Indylantic Championship in 1976, entered by Sangria Designs and Capital Radio. Then sold to John Ledlie for the Irish series in 1977 but badly damaged at Phoenix Park in September 1977 when Ledlie hit a tree. As one of relatively few B29s left in Britain and Ireland by this time, it may be the car raced by Trevor Templeton in May 1979 and then by Nelson Todd later in 1979, sponsored by Belfast car dealer Isaac Agnew. Subsequent history unknown.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-17] (Jim Crawford): New to Peter Williams (Brentwood) and raced in the British Formula Atlantic series in 1975, but crashed at Brands Hatch in April and not seen again that season. Entered by Williams' Coin News for Jim Crawford in early 1976 and then sold to Martin Birrane (Ballina, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland) who raced it in G8 and in Atlantic in 1976 and 1977. To Laurence Jacobsen (Glasgow, Scotland) for 1978, fitted with a Swindon BDX and entered by him for Bryce Wilson in libre that year. Converted back to Atlantic spec and raced by Bryce, Jacobsen and Graham Hamilton in 1979. In 1980, Jacobsen had the monocoque shortened and fitted the car with a plastic Sunbeam Stiletto body and Cosworth BDG engine, and raced it in GT racing in Scotland. The bodywork was later sold to Eric Munnoch who raced a 'Stiletto' with a 3.5-litre Rover V8 in 1982. The tub was sent to ex-Chevron engineer Nigel Dickson to be repaired, but this job was still incomplete when the monocoque was sold by Jacobsen to Sandy Watson. John Bradshaw remembers buying the remains of this car from Watson some time around 2006, when "it consisted of aluminium folded panels, uprights and wishbones with some instruments and a chassis plate, apparently driven by Bryce Wilson in his teenage years". He sold it on to Colin Thorpe, and in March 2010, HSCC News reported that Thorpe had rebuilt the car, which was not thought to have raced since the 1980s, and it would be raced by his son Ollie Thorpe in 2010. It was later sold by Ollie Thorpe via Ken Thorogood to Clive Wood, and by 2020 it was being rebuilt for Wood by Dan Eagling for historic F2 racing with a Richardson BDG. However, Wood crashed the car at Donington in March 2021 and while it was being repaired bought a March 782.
- McLaren M21 (Steve Prior): One of two cars entered by Astor Club Racing International in British Formula Atlantic in 1975, this car was raced by Steve Prior. Prior returned for Indylantic in 1976, now sponsored by Capital Radio and Applied Racing Techniques. This car is then unknown until acquired at auction by Chris MacAllister in the late 1990s. Retored by Kerry Adams for MacAllister, at the same time another car was restored for Jody Scheckter with help from McLaren International who owned the ex-Tony Trimmer car. As none of the three cars had chassis plates, McLaren International gave MacAllister a '3' chassis plate.
- Surtees TS15  (Steve Carvill): New to Peter Wardle (Wimbledon, London) and raced in British Formula Atlantic in 1973, winning from pole position at one race Brands Hatch in August. Retained for 1974, again in British Formula Atlantic, and then retained for a third season in 1975. However, towards the end of 1975, Wardle was entering Steve Carvill (Wimbledon, London) in some races, and it is unclear whether the team had a second TS15 by this point, as the pair never appeared together in the same race. Wardle acquired sponsorship from Radio Luxembourg and Applied Racing Techniques for 1976, and both Wardle and Carvill appeared in Indylantic and in Shellsport G8 during that season, presumably both still in chassis 06. Wardle advertised a TS15 in 1983, with FG400 but no engine and a mountain of spares. According to researcher David McKinney, chassis 06 and chassis 07 were with Tony Collinson in 1990, and chassis 06 appears to stayed with its sister through the ownership of Gerry Wainwright, John Elliott, Mark Griffiths and Crispian Besley, who had both cars in 2010. Beesley sold chassis 06 to Dean Forward in 2019, still in unrestored component form.
- March [712M-2?] (Howard Rose): Ian Barrowman (Hungerford, Berkshire) bought a March 712M from Frank Williams for Mike Campbell-Cole to race in Formula Atlantic in 1972. The chassis number of the car is unknown but it was said to be ex-Carlos Pace. At their first race, at Snetterton, the engine ingested a piece of metal during practice and, following a sponsor pulling out, they did not have the budget to have it rebuilt. After a season of unfilled entries, it was sold to Richard Longman (Christchurch, Hampshire) for 1973. The car was fitted with a BDA engine but Longman made only a single entry, at Thruxton in May 1973, and did not appear. He advertised the car in December 1973, and it was bought by Howard Rose (Wokingham, Berkshire). Rose raced the car for the next three seasons, but his actual appearances were quite limited, and his race finishes exceedingly rare. Rose retained the car after he retired from racing, and it was in storage for several decades, still in its mid-1970s livery. He described the car as being "712M-20". In November 2016, it was sold to Jeremy Caine (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire) and taken to Neil Fowler Motorsport for restoration.
- Chevron B27 [27-74-06] (Derek Cook): New to Fred Opert Racing and the car raced by Bertil Roos in the British Formula Atlantic race at Brands Hatch in mid-March. Then fitted with a 2-litre Brian Hart Ford BDA for Roos at two F2 races, Montjuich Park and Hockenheim. Apparantly returned to Formula Atlantic specification and run by the Opert team in the UK series, initially for Héctor Rebaque, and later for Johnny Kastner, William Henderson III and then local man Jim Crawford. Sold to Derek Cook (Rotherham, South Yorkshire) for early 1975 Formula Atlantic races before being replaced by a newer B29. Retained for 1976 when Cook ran it in Indylantic, Shellsport G8, and libre racing, with either a Formula Atlantic BDA or a self-built 2-litre BDA. Retained again for early 1977 and used in F2 and in Shellsport, now with a 2-litre Alan Smith BDG, before Cook acquired a F1 Williams. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 74B  (Alan Crocker): New to Ted Wentz (Philadelphia, PA) and raced in the 1974 British Formula Atlantic season. To New Zealander Alan Crocker, who had moved to England to race in the 1975 British series, but a blown engine curtailed his season. Used occasionally in the 1976 Indylantic series and in libre racing. Croker took the car to New Zealand and raced it in the 1977 Formula Pacific series, then sold it there to Ken Smith, who rented it to Ken Sager to drive in the 1977/78 Gold Star series, and to Robbie Booth for the 1978/79 season. It reappeared with Robbie Hislop in 1981/82, then to Tony Batchelor for 1982/83. Last seen when raced by Keith Laney in 1984/85, and sold by him back to Kenny Smith some time before 1988. Later sold by Smith to Richard Carter in Australia to donate parts to Carter's rebuild of March 73B/8. The remains of the car were sold with the 73B to George Makin (Melbourne, Australia) about 2005.
- Modus M3 [047-F3] (Philip Sharp): Chassis number observed on Phil Sharp’s car by Dave McKinney at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1977 and published NZMA 28 Jan 77 p5. Described in the works record as a development F3 chassis, and built up from spares at David Price Racing, where Sharp was a mechanic. Therefore the car raced through the 1976 Indylantic season in Britain, then taken to his native New Zealand. NZMA reports that the car was sold to Steve Empson. In 1980 the car appears in the NZ series in the hands of Robin Irving.
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.
The British race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Autosport and Motoring News reports in the UK plus the information supplied by a wide range of contributors.
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