Hitachi Formula Atlantic Series Race
Ingliston, 17 Aug 1980
|1||David Leslie||Ralt RT4/80  - Ford BDA Nicholson
#8 Hope Scott Garage/Nixon Vehicle Wash Ltd
|2||Cameron Binnie||March 77B  - Ford BDA Smith
#1 Andy Barton Racing (see note 1)
|3||David Duffield||Ralt RT1  - Ford BDA Swindon
#20 Caledon Coal Co.
|4||Bernard Hunter||March 80A  - Ford BDA Swindon
#7 Colin Bennett Racing (see note 2)
|5||Andrew Jeffrey||March 80A  - Ford BDA Nelson
|6||Tony Westwood||March 78B - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Datamatic Ltd
|7||John Bowtell||March 77B [Bowtell] - Ford BDA Swindon
#50 (see note 3)
|8||George Franchitti||March 792 [11?] - Ford BDA
#16 All Car Equipment/W.M. Mitchell Soft Drinks
|R||Alo Lawler||Ralt RT4/80  - Ford BDA Smith
#3 L&B Excavations Ltd
|R||Roger Orgee||March 782/79B - Ford BDA Richardson
#4 Baric Computing Services
|DSQ||Ian Flux||Ehrlich RP5 - Ford BDA Ehrlich
#15 Dr. J. Ehrlich
|Ignored Black flag for rear wing|
|DNS||Phil Dowsett||March 79B [782-6] - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications
#5 Pinch Plant/Martin the Newsagent
(see note 4)
|Did not start|
|DNA||Nick Adams||March 80A  - Ford BDA Nelson
#11 Maclean Business Publications
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.
|Qualifying information not available|
Notes on the cars:
- March 77B  (Cameron Binnie): 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.
- March 80A  (Bernard Hunter): New to Bernard Hunter (Edinburgh, Scotland) and raced in the British Formula Atlantic series and libre racing, entered by Colin Bennett Racing. Retained for the first libre races at the start of 1981, then raced by Stuart Lawson and Ted Dzierzek in Scottish libre in April and May. To Tony Brown, and raced in hillclibs in early 1982, but Brown soon returned to the Martin BM16 that he had run from 1979 to 1981. The 80A was acquired by Stewart Phillips (Enfield, Middlesex) and raced in libre races from July 1982 onwards, entered by Winchmore Hill Garage.
- March 77B [Bowtell] (John Bowtell): In September 1978, John Bright (Leicester) advertised a March "77P" which he described as being a F2 rolling chassis and "same as Giacomelli's". He also advertised his 773 Formula 3 car which had been rebuilt on a new monocoque in August 1978. It is therefore possible that the "77P" had been built using the 773's repaired original monocoque. The car was sold to John Bowtell (Witney, Oxfordshire), who fitted it with a 2-litre BDX bought from Ray Mallock and ran it in libre in 1979. He then fitted it with a 1600cc Swindon BDA and raced it in the British Formula Atlantic series in 1980. He then retired from racing, and advertised the car in January 1981. Subsequent history unknown.
- 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 for Formula Atlantic in 1979 and converted to 79B spec. To Dave Hoban in 1982 and retained until 1984.
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.