British Formula Atlantic Championship Race
Mallory Park, 12 Jul 1981
|1||Ray Mallock||Ralt RT4/81  - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Cliff Smith Racing
|2||Alo Lawler||Ralt RT4/80  - Ford BDA Smith
#1 Lep Group of Companies/L&B Excavations
|3||Ian Flux||Ehrlich RP5B - Ford BDA Ehrlich
#15 Dr J.Ehrlich
|4||Desiré Wilson||Argo JM9 [057-FA] - Ford BDA Smith
#7 Goodwin Racing (see note 1)
|5||Phil Dowsett||March 81A  - Ford BDA Nicholson
#5 Industrial Control Services/Pinch Plant
(see note 2)
|6||Richard Hawkins||Ralt RT1/75  - Ford BDA Nicholson
#22 The Lep Group of Companies
|7||David Duffield||Ralt RT4/80  - Ford BDA Swindon
#20 Caledon Coal Company
|8||Ian Taylor||Tiga FA81  - Ford BDA Nelson
#3 Queensgate Racing
|9||Geoff Byman||Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith
#9 Irby Racing
|10||Mike Catlow||Ralt RT1/77 [71?] - Ford BDA Hart
|11||Kim Mather||March 792  - Ford BDA Mather
#21 Aycliffe Newton Racing
|12||David Minter||Barton JTB3 [Sana RD11] - Ford BDA Cosworth
|13||Mike Blanchet||Chevron B42 [42-78-15] - Ford BDA
#27 Paine Beauty Products Ltd
|R||Bobby Howlings||Chevron B29 [29-75-06] - Ford BDA Richardson
#28 (see note 3)
|R||Daniel Lebacq||Lebacq FA4 - Ford BDA Swindon
|R||Carlos Ulibarri||March 80A  - Ford BDA Swindon
|R||Martin Mansell||March 782 - Ford BDA Hart
#11 (see note 4)
|DNA||Mark Thatcher||Ehrlich RP5A - Ford BDA Ehrlich
#16 Dr J.Ehrlich
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Malcolm Hull||March 782 - Ford BDA Richardson
#18 TRS/Neil Fletcher Engines
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.
|1||Ray Mallock||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81  - Ford BDA Swindon|
|2||Phil Dowsett||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 81A  - Ford BDA Nicholson|
|3||Alo Lawler||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80  - Ford BDA Smith|
|4||Desiré Wilson||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Argo JM9 [057-FA] - Ford BDA Smith|
|5||Ian Flux||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ehrlich RP5B - Ford BDA Ehrlich|
|6||Richard Hawkins||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/75  - Ford BDA Nicholson|
|7||Mike Catlow||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/77 [71?] - Ford BDA Hart|
|8||David Duffield||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80  - Ford BDA Swindon|
|9||Kim Mather||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 792  - Ford BDA Mather|
|10||Ian Taylor||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tiga FA81  - Ford BDA Nelson|
|11||Geoff Byman||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith|
|12||Mike Blanchet||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-15] - Ford BDA|
|13||Carlos Ulibarri||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A  - Ford BDA Swindon|
|14||David Minter||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Barton JTB3 [Sana RD11] - Ford BDA Cosworth|
|15||Bobby Howlings||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-06] - Ford BDA Richardson|
|16||Martin Mansell||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 782 - Ford BDA Hart|
|17||Daniel Lebacq||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lebacq FA4 - Ford BDA Swindon|
Notes on the cars:
- Argo JM9 [057-FA] (Desiré Wilson): New to Colin Lees (Magherafelt, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland) and raced in the British Formula Atlantic series, run by Ivor Goodwin's Goodwin Racing with backing from Carcover. After Lees left the team, it was raced later in the season by Desiré Wilson and John Lewis. It was next seen in sprints and hillclimbs, driven by Neil White in 1987 and 1988, when it used a 2-litre BD-series engine. Then to Barry Goode (Malvern, Worcestershire) for 1989 and 1990, and sold by him to Simon Frost (Brechin), who raced it in 1994 and 1995 with a Vauxhall engine and with the sidepods removed. Then run by Mick Lancashire (Jersey) between 1996 and 1998 in the 1600cc class. Then hillclimbed by Laurie Ritchie (Studley, Warwickshire) between 2000 and 2013 using a QED-built 2-litre Vauxhall engine. Advertised by Ritchie in December 2013 and January 2014.
- March 81A  (Phil Dowsett): New to Phil Dowsett (Chelmsford, Essex) and raced in the British Formula Atlantic championshipmin 1981, with sponsorship from Pinch Plant and Industrial Control Services. Dowsett won two races and finished third in the championship. Sold to Theodore Racing and raced by Vern Schuppan at the Macau GP in November. Then sold to Graham Brown in Western Australia in April 1982 and raced in Australian Formula Pacific. To Michael Moylan in March 1985, then to Jeremy Kenyon (NSW) in January 1991. Sold to Clive Osborne (NSW) in August 1996 and raced by him in 2000, then to Robert Foster (NSW) by 2007 and raced by him from 2007 to 2019. To Barry Wise (QLD) in 2020, and raced by him in 2021 and 2022.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-06] (Bobby Howlings): New to Alo Lawler (St Helens, Merseyside) and raced in the 1975 British Formula Atlantic championship, sponsored by L&B Excavations Ltd. Also used in the Irish championship that year, and in libre racing. Retained by Lawler for 1976, when he raced it in the Shellsport G8 championship, the Irish Formula Atlantic championship, the British Indylantic championship, and in libre racing. Sold to John Eastwood and raced in the Irish Formula Atlantic series. To Joe Greenan (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for 1978, and entered by Irish Racing Cars in Irish Atlantic, then raced by Ken Fildes (Clonskeagh, Dublin) in 1979 and 1980. Sold to English wheeler dealer Bobby Howlings (Congleton, Cheshire) for 1981, and raced by Howlings in rounds of the reintroduced British Formula Atlantic championship. Sold to Stuart Harte (Littleborough, Greater Manchester) and fitted with a 2.2-litre Hart 420R engine for sprints and hillclimbs. After Harte's death, the car was retained by his family until 2011, when it was sold to Jon Waggitt. Waggitt sold it to Chris Porritt in July 2011, and he spent some years returning it to running condition. He first raced it at Laguna Seca in March 2020, then brought it back to the UK later that year.
- March 782 (Martin Mansell): 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.
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.
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