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British Formula Atlantic Championship Race

Brands Hatch, 19 Apr 1981

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ray Mallock Ralt RT4/81 [218] - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Cliff Smith Racing
30 22m 07.29s
97.94 mph
2 Alo Lawler Ralt RT4/80 [199] - Ford BDA Smith
#1 L&B Excavations Limited
30 22m 08.27s
3 Phil Dowsett March 81A [15] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#5 Industrial Control Services/Pinch Plant
30 22m 18.42s
4 Ian Flux Ehrlich RP5B - Ford BDA Ehrlich
#15 Dr J.Ehrlich
30 22m 18.95s
5 Ian Taylor Tiga FA81 [164] - Ford BDA Nelson
#3 Queensgate Racing
30 22m 47.17s
6 Kim Mather March 792 [31] - Ford BDA
#21 Aycliffe Newtown Racing
30 22m 50.05s
7 David Duffield Ralt RT4/80 [185] - Ford BDA Swindon
#20 Caledon Coal Co.

8EQ Carlos Ulibarri March 80A [18] - Ford BDA Hart
#19
29
8EQ David Mercer Chevron B42 [42-78-15] - Ford BDA Smith
#14
29
R Colin Lees Argo JM9 [057-FA] - Ford BDA Smith
#7 Carcover with Goodwin Racing
29 NRF
R Geoff Byman Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith
#9

R Charlie Kirby March 78B [782-14] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#31 (see note 1)

DNS Tony Westwood March 79B - Ford BDA Swindon
#2 Datamatic Ltd (see note 2)
Did not start
(Accident)
DNS Duncan Bain March 78B - Ford BDA
#11 (see note 3)
Did not start
DNA Richard Piper Wimhurst - Ford BDA Cosworth
#12
Did not arrive
DNA Mike Catlow Ralt RT1 [71?] - Ford BDA Hart
#17
Did not arrive
DNA Richard Hawkins Ralt RT1 [9] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#22 Richard Hawkins Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Daniel Lebacq Lebacq F14 - Ford BDA Swindon
#25
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [199] - Ford BDA Smith 0.43.50
2 Ray Mallock (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [218] - Ford BDA Swindon 0.43.51
3 Phil Dowsett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 81A [15] - Ford BDA Nicholson
4 Ian Flux (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ehrlich RP5B - Ford BDA Ehrlich 0.43.79
5 Colin Lees (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Argo JM9 [057-FA] - Ford BDA Smith
6 Kim Mather (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 792 [31] - Ford BDA 0.44.54
7 Ian Taylor (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tiga FA81 [164] - Ford BDA Nelson
8 David Duffield (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [185] - Ford BDA Swindon
9 Charlie Kirby (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [782-14] - Ford BDA Nicholson
10 Geoff Byman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith
11 David Mercer (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-15] - Ford BDA Smith
12 Tony Westwood * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDA Swindon
13 Carlos Ulibarri (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [18] - Ford BDA Hart
14 Duncan Bain * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDA
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 78B [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.
  2. 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
  3. March 78B (Duncan Bain): Martin Mansell (Middlesex) acquired a large number of March 782 parts including a monocoque from a West Midlands hillclimber, and had these built up by an ex-March employee. It seems likely that these parts came from Godfrey Crompton (Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire) of Douglas & Gavin (Stourport, Worcestershire), who had acquired two March 782s from Bob Salisbury Racing for himself and Chris Cramer in 1979 and 1980. Duncan Bain (Luton, Bedfordshire) bought into Mansell's project, and the pair ran the car in British Formula Atlantic in 1981, usually entered as a 78B. Bain bought Mansell out at the end of 1981, and ran the car through 1982 with Abdex Engineering Ltd sponsorship. Sold to David Newall (Slough, Berkshire) for 1983, when it was sponsored by Staggers Jeans and run by McDonald Engineering. When the series was cancelled, Newall sold the car to a Frenchman who was planning to use it for hillclimbs. Newall recalls the car being collected by engine builder Geoff Richardson, who was going to rebuild the BDA engine before it went to France, but cannot remember the Frenchman's name. 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.