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Hitachi Formula Atlantic Series Race

Oulton Park, 10 May 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 David Leslie Ralt RT4/80 [185] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#8 Hope Scott Garage
25 24m 08.5s
102.76 mph
2 Phil Dowsett March 79B [782-6] - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications
#5 Pinch Plant/Martins (see note 1)
25 24m 09.7s
3 Ian Briggs Ralt RT1 [72] - Ford BDA Swindon
#36
25 24m 33.1s
4 Alo Lawler Ralt RT1/77 [66] - Ford BDA Smith
#3 L&B Excavations
25 24m 34.2s
5 Andy Barton March 78/79B [782-13] - Ford BDA Richardson
#30 (see note 2)
25 24m 43.7s
6 Bernard Hunter March 80A [1] - Ford BDA Swindon
#7 Colin Bennett Racing (see note 3)
25 24m 49.4s
UNK Roger Orgee March 782/79B - Ford BDA Richardson
#4 Baric Computing Services

UNK Nick Adams March 80A [18] - Ford BDA Nelson
#11 Maclean Business Publications

UNK Roy Baker Chevron B48 [48-79-05] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#24

UNK David Duffield Ralt RT1 [145] - Ford BDA Swindon
#20 Caledon Coal Co.

UNK Charlie Kirby March 782 [14] - Ford BDA Swindon
(see note 4)

DNS Ian Flux Ehrlich RP5 - Ford BDA Ehrlich
#15 Dr. J. Ehrlich
Did not start

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

Qualifying
1 Phil Dowsett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [782-6] - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications
2 David Leslie (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [185] - Ford BDA Nicholson

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. March 78/79B [782-13] (Andy Barton): Ingo Hoffmann's car at Thruxton 27 Mar 1978 and presumably all season. Raced by Cheever at Rouen. Believed to be the car then bought by Andy Barton and used in libre racing and Formula Atlantic until the end of 1981.
  3. March 80A [1] (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.
  4. March 782 [14] (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.

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.