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Indylantic Championship Round

Oulton Park, 16 Oct 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Tony Rouff Boxer PRA76 [002] - Ford BDA Swindon
#21 Netherton & Worth/Boxer Cars
31 30m 35.0s
100.59 mph
2 Mike King Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#7 Bruach Racing (see note 1)
31 30m 35.4s
3 Alo Lawler Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] - Ford BDA Swindon
#10 L&B Excavations (see note 2)
31 30m 47.4s
4 Derek Cook Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Cook
#24 (see note 3)
31 30m 55.4s
5 Steve Carvill Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon
#208 (see note 4)
31 31m 08.8s
6 Phil Dowsett Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Sangria Designs
31 31m 22.6s
7 Martin Birrane Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA Swindon
#30 (see note 5)
30
8 Nick May Sana RD9 - Ford BDA Eden
#5 Harrisons of Birmingham/Graham Eden Racing
30
9 Adrian Russell Lola T460 [T450 HU1] - Ford BDA Swindon
#23 (see note 6)
30
R Ted Wentz Lola T460 [HU15] - Ford BDA Swindon
#9 Swan Lager Racing (see note 7)
0 Driveshaft
R John Bicht Swift SA1 (Lotus 69) [71/69.8.FB] - Ford BDA Swindon
#34 (see note 8)
0 Collision avoiding Wentz
R Cyd Williams Sana RD11 - Ford BDA Swindon
#69 Withers of Winsford
0 Collision avoiding Wentz
R Rob Moffat March 73B - Ford BDA
#32 (see note 9)
0 Fire
DNA Ken Bailey Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#12 (see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA Dave Saunders March [75B-"8"?] - Ford BDA Saunders
#22 (see note 11)
Did not arrive
DNA TBA Lola T460 [HU20] - Ford BDA Swindon
#31 Team Trimmer (see note 12)
Did not arrive

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

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Derek Cook70.07.06.897.65
2Ted Wentz70.07.07.2
3Tony Rouff70.07.07.2
4Alo Lawler70.07.08.0
5Cyd Williams
6Phil Dowsett
7Mike King
8John Bicht
Martin BirraneUnknown
Adrian RussellUnknown
Rob MoffatUnknown
Nick MayDid not start (Engine)
Steve CarvillDid not start (Accident damage)
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Ted Wentz70.06.57.099.95
2Tony Rouff70.06.57.8
3Derek Cook70.07.07.4
4Phil Dowsett70.07.12.0
5Alo Lawler
6Mike King
7John Bicht
8Martin Birrane
Adrian Russellunknown
Cyd WilliamsOverheating
Rob Moffatunknown
Nick MayDid not start (Engine)
Steve CarvillDid not start (Accident damage)
Qualifying
1 Ted Wentz (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU15] - Ford BDA Swindon 4
2 Tony Rouff (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Boxer PRA76 [002] - Ford BDA Swindon 5
3 Derek Cook (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Cook 8
4 Phil Dowsett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Swindon 14
5 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] - Ford BDA Swindon 15
6 Mike King (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDA Nicholson 16
7 John Bicht (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Swift SA1 (Lotus 69) [71/69.8.FB] - Ford BDA Swindon 22
8 Martin Birrane (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA Swindon 25 or more
9 Adrian Russell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [T450 HU1] - Ford BDA Swindon 27 or more
10 Rob Moffat (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B - Ford BDA 28 or more
11 Cyd Williams (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Sana RD11 - Ford BDA Swindon 51
12 Steve Carvill (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon 75
13 Nick May (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Sana RD9 - Ford BDA Eden 75

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T362 [HU18] (Mike King): 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 H├ęctor 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.
  4. Surtees TS15 [06] (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. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. Chevron B29 [29-75-17] (Martin Birrane): 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 fitted the car with a plastic Sunbeam Stiletto body and Cosworth BDG engine, and raced it in GT racing in Scotland. Unknown in 1981 but with Eric Munnoch in 1982 who raced the 'Stiletto' with a 3.5-litre Rover V8. Subsequent history unknown, but in March 2010, HSCC News reported that Colin 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.
  6. Lola T460 [T450 HU1] (Adrian Russell): New to Ardmore Racing, fitted with a Swindon BDX F2 engine and raced by Ray Mallock in the opening Shellsport Group 8 race at Mallory Park in March 1976. As the race started, Mallock was pushed into the pits Armco and the Lola washeavily damaged. It was repaired at Lola and hired by Ian Ashley for the F2 race at Thruxton in April, but the car's handling was so poor in practice, he elected not to race it. Then converted to Formula Atlantic specification and sold to Adrian Russell (Thornton Heath, Surrey) for Indylantic and Group 8 in 1976, and in libre for the first half of 1977. Then fitted with a 2-litre Swindon BDX bought from Val Musetti, and used in Shellsport G8 for the remainder of the season. To David Render for 1978, and used in sprints and hillclimbs with a 1600cc BDA but only rarely used from 1978 to 1983. Sprinted by Jonathan Skinner and Anthony Lane later in 1983, and in 1984. Sprinted by Mike Lane from 1984 to 1986. Sold by Lane to Rod Fisher for sprints with a 2-litre BDA in 1988 and 1989. Sold by Fisher to David Dedrickson in about June 2001, and run in Seattle area historic events.
  7. 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.
  8. Swift SA1 (Lotus 69) [71/69.8.FB] (John Bicht): Built for stock with white bodywork according to the Lotus built record. Fitted with a Cosworth FVC engine for Tetsu Ikuzawa to drive in the JAF Grand Prix in May 1971, then returned to Europe and converted to Formula 2 specification for Reine Wisell to drive. Advertised by Lotus Cars Ltd in March 1972 and apparently unused until early December when Ian Mawby acquired the "ex-Wisell" car to replace the Lotus 69 he had wrecked at Brands Hatch at the end of November. Raced by Mawby until an accident at Snetterton in July 1973 left him badly injured. Mawby started to rebuild this car with a new chassis, but it was still incomplete when sold to John Bicht, an American expat. Bicht rebuilt the car with a number of his own ideas, including narrower front track and a Lola T360 nose, and raced it in Indylantic in Britain in 1976 as the "Swift SA1". He advertised the car in 1977, and eventually sold it to a friend in the US. Bicht made further improvements, including narrower rear track and a March nose. It was later sold by this owner to Joe Grimaldi. Subsequent history unknown.
  9. March 73B (Rob Moffat): London-based Australian Rob Moffat raced a March 73B or 73B/74B in a few Indylantic races at the end of 1976, and then in the Shellsport Group 8 series in 1977. Nothing more known.
  10. 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. Retained for 1977. Sold to Eddie Jordan (Dundrum, County Dublin, Ireland) and used in Irish Formula Atlantic in 1978, winning both the All-Ireland and Duckhams Formula Atlantic Championships. Raced by 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.
  11. March [75B-"8"?] (Dave Saunders): Carrying chassis plate 75B-8, this car was bought by Kiwi Dave Saunders from March in 1976, after it had been returned to the works. It is unclear why 75B-8 would have been in England but March records do contain a note saying that its Shierson Racing sister car 75B-2 was returned to England for repairs. Presumably Saunders, who had raced in the UK in 1976, took it back with him to New Zealand because it appears in the first two rounds of the 1977 NZ series, being badly damaged in practice for the second. A NZ vehicle registration document [required for all cars in NZ] dated 10 Nov 77 confirms the plate is chassis number 8. The Pukekohe damage was made good with a new tub, bought not from March but John Thompson's fabrication company, numbered M772PU6. The car is now in Australia, and these documents were forwarded from the owner via Bryan Miller, and had been confirmed with Dave Saunders.
  12. Lola T460 [HU20] (TBA): New for Tony Trimmer and raced in Shellsport G8, Indylantic, and Irish Formula Atlantic from August 1976 onwards. Unknown in 1977. To Gerry Kinnane, and raced by John Pollock in Irish Formula Atlantic in early 1978, then by Alo Lawler later in the season. Entered by Kinnane for Lawler and Patsy McGarrity in 1979 Irish Formula Atlantic. To David Lambe (Dublin) for the 1980 season.

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.

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.

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.