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Indylantic Championship Round

Silverstone, 5 Sep 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Tony Trimmer Lola T460 [HU20] - Ford BDA Swindon
#31 Tony Trimmer [Melchester Racing]
(see note 1)
32 29m 04.4s
106.19 mph
2 Tony Rouff Boxer PRA76 [002] - Ford BDA Swindon
#21 Netherton & Worth/Boxer Cars
32 29m 06.8s
3 Steve Carvill Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon
#20 Radio Luxembourg/Applied Racing Technologies
32 29m 23.6s
4 Alo Lawler Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] - Ford BDA Swindon
#10 L & B Excavations (see note 2)
32 29m 57.0s
5 Mike King Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#7 Bruach Racing (see note 3)
30
6 Adrian Russell Lola T460 [T450 HU1] - Ford BDA Swindon
#23 Adrian Russell (see note 4)
30
7 Martin Birrane Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA Swindon
#30 Martin Birrane (see note 5)

R Ted Wentz Lola T460 [HU15] - Ford BDA Swindon
#9 Swan Lager (see note 6)
3 Driveshaft
R Cyd Williams Sana RD11 - Ford BDA Swindon
#69 Withers of Winsford
Water leak
R John Bicht Swift SA1 (Lotus 69) [71/69.8.FB] - Ford BDA Swindon
#34 John Bicht
Electrics
DNSF Terry Perkins Sana RD9 - Ford BDA Eden
#5 Harrisons of Birmingham/Graham Eden Racing
Did not start final
UNKE Jeremy Rossiter Chevron B29 [29-75-29] - Ford BDA Swindon
#3 Spax Dampers/Triple C Magazine
(see note 7)
On entry list
UNKE Phil Dowsett Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Sangria Designs
On entry list
UNKE Bob Brown Chevron B27 [27-74-10?] - Ford BDA Swindon
#15 Bob Brown (see note 8)
On entry list
UNKE Howard Rose March 72B [712M-25?] - Ford BDA Swindon
#17 Howard Rose (see note 9)
On entry list
UNKE Patrick Neve Boxer PR276 [001] - Ford BDA Swindon
#29 Netherton & Worth/Boxer Cars
On entry list

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

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Ted Wentz70.06.19.6106.75
2Tony Trimmer0.06.21.0
3Tony Rouff0.06.23.8
4Steve Carvill0.06.25.6
5Alo Lawler
6Cyd Williams
Mike KingUnknown
Adrian RussellUnknown
Martin BirraneUnknown
John BichtUnknown
Terry Perkinsdid not start
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Ted Wentz70.06.21.4106.24
2Tony Trimmer0.06.24.4
3Tony Rouff0.06.25.0
4Alo Lawler0.06.29.6
5Cyd Williams
6Martin Birrane
8Steve CarvillPlug
Mike Kingunknown
Adrian Russellunknown
John Bichtunknown
Terry Perkinsdid not start
Heat 3 Laps Time Speed
1Tony Rouff
2Steve Carvill
3Ted Wentz
4Tony Trimmer
5Alo Lawler
6Cyd Williams
7John Bicht
8Martin Birrane
9Adrian Russell
Mike Kingdid not start
Terry Perkinsdid not start
Qualifying
1 Ted Wentz (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU15] - Ford BDA Swindon 3
2 Tony Rouff (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Boxer PRA76 [002] - Ford BDA Swindon 6
3 Tony Trimmer (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU20] - Ford BDA Swindon 8
4 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] - Ford BDA Swindon 14
5 Steve Carvill (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon 14
6 Cyd Williams (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Sana RD11 - Ford BDA Swindon 17
7 Martin Birrane (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA Swindon 21
8 Adrian Russell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [T450 HU1] - Ford BDA Swindon 24
9 John Bicht (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Swift SA1 (Lotus 69) [71/69.8.FB] - Ford BDA Swindon 52
10 Mike King (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDA Nicholson 71
11 Terry Perkins (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Sana RD9 - Ford BDA Eden 75

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T460 [HU20] (Tony Trimmer): 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.
  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  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 [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 raced later that year. Believed to have been retained for 1978.
  7. 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 Parkin 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.
  8. Chevron B27 [27-74-10?] (Bob Brown): Sold in May 1974 to Team Harper, and used by David Purley in the European F2 championship. Probably the car driven by David Purley at the Brands Hatch Boxing Day libre race at the end of the season. Likely to be the "late 1974 F2 car" used by Doug Thomson (Edinburgh, Scotland) in Scottish libre, sprints and hillclimbs in 1975, and offered for sale in January 1976 with a Swindon BDA and Hewland FGA400 gearbox. Thomson recalls that he sold the car to UK-resident American Bob Brown (not Bobby Brown) who occasionally raced what is described by Autosport as an ex-Harper B27 in Indyatlantic and Formula Libre in 1976, after buying the car late in 1975. Brown was backed by Oceaneering International, a Texas company, and is believed to have been a diver working in the North Sea oil field. He appears to have taken the car back to the US. Then unknown until an "ex-Purley" B27 was raced by Bobby Brown in SVRA and HSR vintage racing. Sold to Skip Jones (Portland, OR) and used in ICSCC and SOVREN vintage racing, fitted with a 2-litre Wenz Cosworth YBM engine. Sold in August 2016 back to Bobby Brown.
  9. March 72B [712M-25?] (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.

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.