The Akai Atlantic Challenge Race

Ingliston, 26 Jul 1981

1 David Duffield Ralt RT4/80 [185] - Ford BDA Swindon
#20 Caledon Coal Company
30 23m 31.7s
78.8 mph
2 Alo Lawler Ralt RT4/80 [199] - Ford BDA Smith
#1 Lep Group of Companies/L&B Excavations
30 23m 53.5s
3 Geoff Byman Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith
#9 Irby Racing
4 Carlos Ulibarri March 80A [18] - Ford BDA Swindon
#19 Nick Adams Motor Sport
R Ian Flux Ehrlich RP5B - Ford BDA Ehrlich
#15 Dr J.Ehrlich
10 Electrics
R John Fyda (Clubmans Class A) 1.7-litre Mallock U2 Mk 18B - Ford
#25 Agra (Precision Engineering) Co.
drive shaft on lap 18
R Kenny Allen (Clubmans Class A) 1.7-litre Mallock U2 Mk 20 - Ford
#31 A. Smith Metals
hit barrier on lap 5
C1 Stuart Lawson (F2) 2-litre March 772 [3] - Hart 420R
#7 (see note 1)
1st in Class
C2 Dave Muter Barton JTB3 [Sana RD11] - Ford BDA Cosworth
2nd in Class
C3 Martin Dunn (F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 - Hart 420R
#18 (see note 2)
3rd in Class
  Ian Taylor Tiga FA81 [164] - Ford BDA Nelson
#3 Queensgate Racing
On entry list
  Val Musetti (F1) 3-litre Fittipaldi F5B [3?] - Cosworth DFV V8
#10 Colin Bennett Racing Ltd
On entry list
  Robin Smith (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19/TS20S [04] - Cosworth DFV V8
#12 (see note 3)
On entry list
  George McMillan (F2) 2-litre March 772P [U1] - Ford BDX Swindon
#17 Bass Rock Garage (Renault) (see note 4)
On entry list
  Kim Mather March 792 [31] - Ford BDA
#21 Aycliffe Newtown
On entry list

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

Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 772 [3] (Stuart Lawson): New to Norman Dickson, and raced in F2, Shellsport G8 and libre racing in 1977. To Jimmy Jack for 1978, and used in libre, sprints and hillclimbs, when it was also raced by Charlie Munro, and by Eddie Cheever in an Ingliston libre race. Retained for 1979, when driven by Jack and Munro in speed events again, and also by Andy Barton and Bill Lord on occasion, and used by Jack more rarely in 1980. To Stuart Lawson for 1981, when it was used in libre racing.
  2. Chevron B40 (Martin Dunn): New to KWS Autotechnik for Klaus Ludwig in the BRSCC F2 Trophy at Donington Park in October 1977, where both Autosport and Sport Auto are clear that the car was using a Hart 420R engine, not a BDA-based engine. Believed to be the car raced by Willi Deutsch at the Nürburgring in April 1978, but this remains unclear. Bought from Ludwig by Iain McLaren (Broxburn, Scotland) in damaged form and "painstakingly rebuilt" for libre and Aurora racing in 1978. To Bob Leckie (Aberdeen, Scotland) for hillclimbs and libre in 1979, then Bob Milne (Aberdeen, Scotland) for libre in 1980, then Martin Dunn (Evanton, Scotland) for libre at Ingliston in 1981. Sold next to George Coghill, who fitted the Chevron-Hart with a Lotus Esprit body for Scottish GT racing in 1982 and 1983. The car returned to "unclothed" form in 1985, when Coghill fitted a 3-litre Ford V6 engine for Scottish libre racing, the Hart 420R having blown up. The car had a 1700cc BDA engine in it when Coghill sold it to someone in the north of England, and recalls taking a Vixen in trade. This must be the 1700cc Chevron B40 entered by John McCartney at Harewood in September 1987, then with a 1990cc Hart engine at Harewood in May 1988, but a month later he was running the B53 instead, with a BDG engine. Retained by McCartney until November 1996 when it was sold to Nick Crossley (Sussex). The car is said to have been restored by Foxcraft Engineering in 1995/6. At some point sold by Crossley to John Ruston and Gareth Burnett (Newmarket, Suffolk), and raced by Burnett in Euro F2 and HSCC Derek Bell Trophy races in 2006. Burnett raced it again in the DBT in 2008. Sold in 2018 to Richard George (Marsh Green, Kent), who took it to Paul Fox of Foxcraft again to be rebuilt.
  3. Surtees TS19/TS20S [04] (Robin Smith): Alan Jones received a new car, Surtees TS19/04, in time for the 1976 Austrian GP, and raced this for the rest of the season. It was raced by Vittorio Brambilla in the South American races at the start of 1977, before being sold to Olympus Cameras for Divina Galica to race in Shellsport Group 8. It was acquired by Alo Lawler in 1978, but was quickly sold to John Cooper, then to Robin Smith. Smith updated it to "TS20S" specification in 1980, and added sports car bodywork for a couple of Can-Am events in 1981. It was sold to Ken Moore and then Rod Tolhurst, both of whom ran it in HSCC F1 in 1983 for Willie Green and John Narcisi. Its next seven owners did not race it, but it returned to competition in TGP in 1999, then raced regularly until 2012. It returned for Monaco in 2016.
  4. March 772P [U1] (George McMillan): New for the works March F2 team in 1977, fitted with a works BMW engine, and raced by Patrick Neve in the opening F2 race at Silverstone, qualifying and finishing third. Then raced by Alex Dias Ribeiro at Thruxton, taking pole position and again finishing third. Jochen Mass took over the drive for Hockenheim and the Nürburgring, winning both races, after which Ribeiro drove it once more at Vallelunga. Bruno Giacomelli, who had been racing a works March 772-Hart, then took over the 772P-BMW for the next six races, winning at Mugello in June. Driven again by Ribeiro at Donington Park in October. Sold to Norman Dickson (Perth, Scotland), fitted with a Hart 420R, and used with great success in libre, Retained by Dickson as a hire car in 1979. To George McMillan (North Berwick, Scotland) for 1980, and fitted with a Swindon BDX engine for libre over the next three seasons. Retained unused in 1983 when McMillan raced a Ralt RT2, and then sold to someone "down south" to use as a GT or Special Saloon. The car reappeared in France a little later, having been acquired by hillclimber Jean-Jacques Lecorre. It was stored briefly in the garage of Alain Prat, and then sold to Jean-François Pelletier (Chinon, France), fitted with a Cosworth BDD, and raced by him from 1984 to 1990. This car was advertised in France in January 2016, with no explanation of where it had been since 1990. By this time it had been restored to Giacomelli's SCAINI livery. It was next seen in 2019, when raced by Pascal Gerbout in Hstoric F2.


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.

Individual sources for this event

Autosport 6 Aug 1981 p54. Programme kindly provided by Richard Coe.