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Hitachi Formula Atlantic Series Race

Silverstone, 8 Apr 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ray Mallock Ralt RT1 [66] - Ford BDA Swindon
#1 Mario Deliotti Racing
20 0.18.07.5
106.46 mph
2 Jim Crawford Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#4 (see note 1)
20
3 Andrew Jeffrey Chevron B49 [49-79-01] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#8 Hope Scott Garage (see note 2)
20
4 Rick Gorne Argo JM1X [018-F3] - Ford BDA Hart
#3 Barratt Develpoments Racing with Anglia Cars
20
5 Andy Barton March 77B [3] - Ford BDA Swindon
#12 (see note 3)
20
6 Alo Lawler Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith
#6 L&B Excavations Ltd
20
7 Bernard Hunter Ralt RT1 [145] - Ford BDA Swindon
#7
20
UNK Martin Watson March 77B [7] - Ford BDA Bectune
#27

UNK Roger Andreason Druid 79A [377-01] - Ford BDA Andreason
#14 Andreason Racing & Tuning

UNK Dave Allen Surtees TS10 [01] - Ford BDA Smith
Savon Team Uniroyal (see note 4)

UNK Geoff Byman March 75B [742] - Ford BDD Cosworth
#26

UNK Martin Mansell Lola 'FA79' [T360-HU5] - Ford BDA Dixsport
#19 Winchmore Hill Garage (see note 5)

UNK Wayne Wainwright Chevron B42 [42-78-02] - Ford BDA
#33 BRMB Radio Racing with Spitfire

UNK Daniel Lebacq Lebacq FA [BM73-015] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#10

UNK Dieter Carroll Janus 79A [1 (Modus M2-012-SV)] - Ford BDA Smith
#11 Econopallet Racing

DNS Alan Webb Mallock U2 Mk 20B [20B-79-014] - Ford BDA Swindon
#20
Did not start
(Not known)
DNA Paul Smith March 782 [2] - Ford BDA Hart
#2 BMTR (see note 6)
Did not arrive
DNA Rhoddy Harvey Bailey Wheatcroft R18 [006] - Ford BDA
#5
Did not arrive
DNA Roy Baker March 762 ["742-3"] - Ford BDA
#24
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Ray Mallock (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [66] - Ford BDA Swindon
2 Jim Crawford (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
3 Andrew Jeffrey (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B49 [49-79-01] - Ford BDA Nicholson
4 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith
5 Andy Barton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [3] - Ford BDA Swindon
6 Rick Gorne (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Argo JM1X [018-F3] - Ford BDA Hart
7 Bernard Hunter (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [145] - Ford BDA Swindon
8 Alan Webb * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Mallock U2 Mk 20B [20B-79-014] - Ford BDA Swindon
9 Roger Andreason (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Druid 79A [377-01] - Ford BDA Andreason
10 Wayne Wainwright (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-02] - Ford BDA
11 Martin Mansell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola 'FA79' [T360-HU5] - Ford BDA Dixsport
12 Martin Watson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [7] - Ford BDA Bectune
13 Dave Allen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS10 [01] - Ford BDA Smith
14 Dieter Carroll (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Janus 79A [1 (Modus M2-012-SV)] - Ford BDA Smith
15 Geoff Byman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [742] - Ford BDD Cosworth
16 Daniel Lebacq (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lebacq FA [BM73-015] - Ford BDA Cosworth
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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. 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.
  2. Chevron B49 [49-79-01] (Andrew Jeffrey): New to Andrew Jeffrey (Currie, Edinburgh, Scotland) and raced in the 1979 British Formula Atlantic series until crashed in July and rebuilt on a new chassis. Sold to Tom O'Leary (Dalkey, County Dublin) for 1980 and raced in Irish Formula Atlantic. Then to Ken Fildes (Clonskeagh, Dublin) and raced by him in Formula Atlantic and in hillclimbs in 1981. Traded for a boat at the end of 1981, and then unknown until next seen when raced by Peter Oxley at Mallory Park in July 1984. From Oxley to John Chatley in late 1985 or early 1986 and used in hillclimbs in 1986 and 1987. Sold in 1988 to someone with a business called "childminders of canada". Next seen in 1990, when it had been acquired by Paul Rendle, and was prepared for him by David Keer, the pair appearing together in it at a Curburough test day in March 1991. Rendle sold it to Roger Kilty, who co-drove the car with John Roberts in 1993. From Kilty, it was sold via Martin Middleton to Alistair Mackilop in Scotland, who raced it from c1995 to c2015. It had been sold to Steve Worrad by 2017, and was being prepared for historic racing. Raced by Worrad in HSCC events until it was badly damaged in an accident at Anglesey in July 2019.
  3. March 77B [3] (Andy Barton): New to Team Lexington for Ian Scheckter to race in the South African Formula Atlantic championship in 1977. Returned to March Engineering in 1978 and sold to Andy Barton (Newcastle upon Tyne), updated to 772P specification, fitted with a 2-litre Ford BDG and used in libre racing. Converted to Formula Atlantic specification for 1979 with a Swindon BDA engine and used in the revised British championship. Retained for 1980 as a hire drive, usually for Cameron Binnie (Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland). Sold to Colin Richardson (Peebles, Scottish Borders, Scotland) and raced in Scottish libre in 1981, 1982 and 1983, using a 1600cc engine. Possibly borrowed back by Barton for a couple of races after his 782/792 was wrecked in April 1981. To Geoff Todd (Greenlaw, Scottish Borders), and raced at Ingliston again through 1984. Advertised by Todd in June 1984. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. Surtees TS10 [01] (Dave Allen): New for Mike Hailwood to race as a works entry in the 1972 F2 series as a works Team Surtees entry. Hailwood won at Mantorp Park and Salzburgring in this car, and also finished second at Crystal Palace, Rouen, the Österreichring and Hockenheim in October to secure a deserved championship. He also won one race at Interlagos in November during the Torneio do Brasil, The car was not seen in 1973, but reappeared in 1974 with Richard Jones (Stroud, Gloucestershire) for hillclimbs. Raced regularly by Jones in 1975 and 1976 with a 2-litre Hart engine, and then in 1977 with a turbocharged Hart, although he soon returned to a regular engine. To Channel Islander Maurice Ogier for 1978, and used in the 1600cc class of French hillclimbs. Then to Dave Allen (Crewe, Cheshire), and raced in British Formula Atlantic in 1979. Next seen hillclimbed by Peter Bromage in the 1980s, then sold to Don Wood, and seen again shortly after when sold by dealer Straight Six to the US in 1991. Raced by Gil Nickel (Oakville, CA) in US historic events between 1994 and 2002. Nickel died in 2003, but the car has been retained by his family in the car collection at Nickel's Far Niente Winery in Oakville.
  5. Lola 'FA79' [T360-HU5] (Martin Mansell): New to Nigel Clarkson (Cirencester, Gloucestershire) and raced by him and by Richard Scott (London) in British Formula Atlantic, backed by Hurford Jones Ltd. To Nick May (Sutton, Surrey) for the 1975 British series, with Strakers of Wimbledon Ltd sponsorship, and run by Dave Price Racing. To Brian Robinson (Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham) and converted to Formula 2 specification for Shellsport Group 8 races in 1976. To John Morrison (Warwick) for Shellsport G8 and libre racing in 1977, then to Kevin Bowditch (Maidenhead) race appearances 1978, then Martin Mansell (Middlesex), who raced it as a Lola "FA79" with Winchmore Hill Garage sponsorship in Formula Atlantic in 1979. Mansell crashed heavily at Brands Hatch in April 1979, and did not appear again. It was next seen in 1990 when it was bought by Robert McGimpsey (Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland) from a dealer somewhere in the English midlands. It was then fitted with a 3-litre Weslake engine, and McGimpsey used it for one season in hillclimbing before the engine and chassis were sold separately. It was bought by two friends in 1993 or 1994, and in 2012 they still had it.
  6. March 782 [2] (Paul Smith): Rad Dougall's race car at Thruxton 27 Mar 1978 and presumably the one he then wrecked in practice at the Nürburgring 30 Apr 1978. Presumably "Toleman's second" 782 driven by Tiff Needell at Hockenheim 26 Sep. To Paul Smith for Formula Atlantic in 1979, but wrecked on Smith's first outing, at Mallory Park in March 1979. The car was rebuilt on a new tub fabricated by Mo Gomm, but the original tub was also repaired and retained by Smith incomplete. As the "782-2" plate remained on this car, the Gomm car is regarded here as a separate car, 'PS1'. Both cars were sold to Bernard Tilanus "in the autumn of 1981" and shipped to South Africa. It is understood that 782-2 was built up as a show car. Some years later, it was reported to be in Ian Scheckter's March 78B livery and in a 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.

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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