Hitachi Formula Atlantic Series Race
Brands Hatch, 14 Oct 1979
|1||Ray Mallock||Ralt RT4/80  - Ford BDA Swindon
#1 Cliff Smith Racing
|2||Jim Crawford||Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDA Swindon
#4 Econopallet Racing (see note 1)
|3||Phil Dowsett||March 782  - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications
#21 Martin the Newsagent (see note 2)
|4||Paul Smith||March 782 [2-2] - Ford BDA Hart
#2 BMTR (see note 3)
|5||Bernard Hunter||Ralt RT1  - Ford BDA Swindon
|6||Dave Rackham||Chevron B42 [42-78-15] - Ford BDA Dave Smith
|7||Nick May||Argo JM5 [036-FA] - Ford BDA
(see note 4)
|8||John Stokes||Chevron B42 [42-78-02] - Ford BDA
#18 Bogart's Birmingham
|R||Ian Briggs||Ralt RT1/77  - Ford BDA Swindon
|UNK||Daniel Lebacq||Lebacq FA [BM73-015] - Ford BDA Cosworth
|UNK||Richard Piper||Wimhurst LP2 - Ford BDA
#35 Plus Gas Racing
|UNK||Andrew Neilson||Ralt RT1/77  - Ford BDA Swindon
#31 Cliff Smith Racing
|UNK||Charlie Kirby||March 782  - Ford BDA Swindon
#30 Kirby Racing (see note 5)
|UNK||Roy Baker||Chevron B48 [48-79-05] - Ford BDA Nicholson
|UNK||Roger Orgee||March 772 [732/1-2] - Ford BDA Richardson
#23 Baric Computing Services (see note 6)
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.
|1||Ray Mallock||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80  - Ford BDA Swindon||0.43.3|
|2||Paul Smith||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 782 [2-2] - Ford BDA Hart||0.43.5|
|3||Jim Crawford||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDA Swindon||0.43.9|
|4||Phil Dowsett||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 782  - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications||0.43.9|
|10||Nick May||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Argo JM5 [036-FA] - Ford BDA|
|14||Richard Piper||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Wimhurst LP2 - Ford BDA||No time|
|15||Daniel Lebacq||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lebacq FA [BM73-015] - Ford BDA Cosworth||No time|
Notes on the cars:
- Chevron B45 [45-78-04] (Jim Crawford): New to Fred Opert Racing for North American Formula Atlantic as a second car. Used as a spare by Keke Rosberg and as his race car at Lime Rock. Also raced by Eje Elgh and by Arturo Merzario at Trois-Rivières. Raced by Rosberg at Macau in November 1978. Advertised by Opert from ATS Engineering, where he had moved to become team manager, in March 1979 as a lightweight B45 with 1979 rear suspension and F2 fuel tanks. Then sold to Mike Peers and entered in the revived British series for Jim Crawford in 1979, winning five races and finishing second in the championship. Fitted with a BDX engine for 1980 and run by Plygrange Racing for Crawford in the F2 class of the Aurora series. Stayed with Plygrange for 1981 when raced by Vin Malkie (Northwich, Cheshire) in libre racing. Reappeared in 1983 when raced by Duncan Gray in the British Formula Atlantic series. It was entered by Peers himself in libre in 1984. Then to Steve Raine for Sprints, co-driven by Robin Boucher, and then hired to Bob Fearnley's RK Racing for Tiff Needell to drive in a pair of races in India in early 1985. Then reportedly to Stuart Ridge for 1986. To John Lloyd then to Simon Hadfield (Shepshed, Leicestershire) but damaged in an accident at Mallory Park. Restored with original Excita condoms bodywork and sold in 1998 to Jeff Wright, a Scotsman then living in Canada. Still with Wright (Wilmington, NC) in 2014 and raced regularly in vintage racing. By 2019, the car had moved to Scotland and was owned by George Coghill (Halkirk, Highland) and was prepared by Steve Worrad for sprints.
- March 782  (Phil Dowsett): Alex Ribeiro's Hart-engined car at Thruxton 27 Mar 1978 and presumably all season. Hired by Wolfgang Locher for Hockenheim 26 Sep. To Phil Dowsett (Maldon, Essex) for British Formula Atlantic in 1979, converted to 79B specification and supported by Pinch Plant and Martin the Newsagent. Retained by Dowsett for 1980, then unraced in 1981. Advertised by Dowset as a 782/79B in September 1981. To Dave Hoban (Horncastle, Lincolnshire) for British Formula Atlantic in 1982, then retained for libre racing in 1983 and in 1984.
- March 782 [2-2] (Paul Smith): After Paul Smith wrecked his ex-Toleman March 782-2 at Mallory Park in March 1979, he built up a new car using a tub fabricated by Mo Gomm. As the "782-2" plate remained on the original tub, and this was later repaired, this Gomm-built car is regarded here as a new car 'PS1'. Used by Smith in Formula Atlantic and F2 in 1979 and 1980. Sold together with 782-2 to Bernard Tilanus "in the autumn of 1981" and shipped to South Africa, where Tilanus used 'PS1' in South African racing. Subsequent history unknown.
- Argo JM5 [036-FA] (Nick May): Built late in the 1979 season and invoiced to Nick May, who drove it in the Brands Hatch Formula Atlantic race in October 1979. Then to Dave Rackham and tested by him, but remained unused until Rackham advertised it in August 1980. It was finally raced by Nick Adams, and run for him by Colin Bennett Racing, in two races in September and October 1980. Sold to Jim Blackwell (Seattle, WA) and raced by him in ICSCC events in 1981, then advertised in June 1982. Raced once more by Blackwell in 1985 after his newer Argo JM9 was damaged at Portland. Also raced by Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA) for 1986 and Larry Dunn (Lake Stevens, WA) for 1987, both of whom used it in local WCAR events.
- March 782  (Charlie Kirby): Eddie Cheever's car at Thruxton 27 Mar 1978 and presumably all season. To Dick Bennetts Racing and converted to Formula Atlantic for Eje Elgh to race in New Zealand in January 1979. Then to Charlie Kirby as a 78B and raced in Atlantic from 1979 to 1981. Offered for sale in On Track in 1981 by Kirby's Transatlantic Racing Services (Norcross, GA). Next seen with Andy Falbo (Detroit, MI) who raced it in US Formula Atlantic in 1983, and again in 1986 and 1988. Retained by Falbo and still owned by him in 2015.
- March 772 [732/1-2] (Roger Orgee): STP March Engineering works car for Jean-Pierre Beltoise at the first race, then for Hans-Joachim Stuck at two races and then for Jean-Pierre Jarier at two races. A new car, 732-10, was later built for Beltoise so this 732-1 became what March called the "training car" and was used by Stuck later in the year and was then the third spare car remaining in March's transporter at several races. Probably for Mário Cabral at Estoril. Then unknown until June 1975 when acquired by John Calvert for libre racing in 742 spec. To Geoff Friswell mid-1976, rebuilt for him by Brian Lisles and fitted with a Hart 420R engine, but wrecked in practice at Oulton Park in September. Rebuilt on a 742 chassis and raced in two late-season events. Later to Jonathan Buncombe who fitted an FVC engine for libre races. Sold to Roger Orgee and further modified to 772P specification for Formula Atlantic in 1979. Sold after the 1979 season to Harry Vickers' Cowgate Motors in Newcastle and was used in the construction of their Group 5 Lotus Elan HV/80/S2 for Nicky Ellis. This car used a standard Elan backbone chassis with the suspension from the ex-Orgee 732/742/772 and a Swindon BDX. All that would have been left of Orgee's car would have been the monocoque, and as this was a replacement 742 tub, the March 732 had effectively ceased to exist.
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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