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Hitachi Formula Atlantic Series Race

Brands Hatch, 19 Oct 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 David Leslie Ralt RT4/80 [185] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#8 Hope Scott Garage Ltd/Nixon Vehicle Wash
25 18m 21.1s
98.38 mph
2 Ian Flux Ehrlich RP5 - Ford BDA Ehrlich
#15 Dr. J. Ehrlich
25 18m 21.5s
3 Alo Lawler Ralt RT4/80 [199] - Ford BDA Smith
#3 L&B Excavations Ltd
25 18m 33.7s
4 David Duffield Ralt RT1 [145] - Ford BDA Swindon
#20 Caledon Coal
25 18m 51.0s
5 Nick Adams Argo JM5 [036-FA] - Ford BDA Smith
#11 McLean Hunter Business Publications
(see note 1)
25 19m 06.3s
6 Mike Catlow Ralt RT1 [71?] - Ford BDA Hart
#16
24
UNK Roger Orgee March 782/79B - Ford BDA Richardson
#4 Baric Computing Services (Modern Engineers)
24
UNK Phil Dowsett March 79B [782-6] - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications
#5 Pinch Plant/Martin the Newsagent
(see note 2)
24
UNK Tony Westwood March 79B - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Datamatic Ltd (see note 3)

UNK Geoff Byman Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith
#9

UNK Richard Piper Wimhurst - Ford BDA Cosworth
#12

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

Qualifying
1 David Leslie (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [185] - Ford BDA Nicholson
2 Ian Flux (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ehrlich RP5 - Ford BDA Ehrlich

Notes on the cars:

  1. Argo JM5 [036-FA] (Nick Adams): 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.
  2. March 79B [782-6] (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.
  3. March 79B (Tony Westwood): Tony Westwood (Cardiff/Caerphilly/Eaton Hastings) raced a March "78B" or March "79B" with Swindon engines in British Formula Atlantic in 1980 and early 1981. He was sponsored by Datamatic Limited ("Pacemakers in Continuous Print") and entered as #6 in 1980 and #2 in 1981. He was last seen in April 1981. Subsequent history unknown

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.