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British Formula Atlantic Championship Race

Mallory Park, 12 Jul 1981

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ray Mallock Ralt RT4/81 [218] - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Cliff Smith Racing
40 28m 49.75s
111.39 mph
2 Alo Lawler Ralt RT4/80 [199] - Ford BDA Smith
#1 Lep Group of Companies/L&B Excavations
40 29m 10.88s
3 Ian Flux Ehrlich RP5B - Ford BDA Ehrlich
#15 Dr J.Ehrlich
40 29m 12.46s
4 Desiré Wilson Argo JM9 [057-FA] - Ford BDA Smith
#7 Goodwin Racing
40 29m 20.81s
5 Phil Dowsett March 81A [15] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#5 Industrial Control Services/Pinch Plant
40 29m 20.81s
6 Richard Hawkins Ralt RT1 [9] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#22 The Lep Group of Companies
40 29m 33.53s
7 David Duffield Ralt RT4/80 [185] - Ford BDA Swindon
#20 Caledon Coal Company
39
8 Ian Taylor Tiga FA81 [164] - Ford BDA Nelson
#3 Queensgate Racing
39
9 Geoff Byman Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith
#9 Irby Racing
39
10 Mike Catlow Ralt RT1 [71?] - Ford BDA Hart
#17
39
11 Kim Mather March 792 [31] - Ford BDA Mather
#21 Aycliffe Newton Racing
39
12 David Minter Barton JTB3 [Sana RD11] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#30
39
13 Mike Blanchet Chevron B42 [42-78-15] - Ford BDA
#27 Paine Beauty Products Ltd
35
R Bobby Howlings Chevron B29 [29-75-06] - Ford BDA Richardson
#28 (see note 1)
24
R Daniel Lebacq Lebacq FA4 - Ford BDA Swindon
#25
17
R Carlos Ulibarri March 80A [18] - Ford BDA Swindon
#19
13
R Martin Mansell March 782 - Ford BDA Hart
#11 (see note 2)
0
DNA Mark Thatcher Ehrlich RP5A - Ford BDA Ehrlich
#16 Dr J.Ehrlich
Did not arrive
DNA Malcolm Hull March 792 - Ford BDA Richardson
#18 TRS/Neil Fletcher Engines
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Ray Mallock (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [218] - Ford BDA Swindon
2 Phil Dowsett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 81A [15] - Ford BDA Nicholson
3 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [199] - 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 [9] - Ford BDA Nicholson
7 Mike Catlow (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [71?] - Ford BDA Hart
8 David Duffield (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [185] - Ford BDA Swindon
9 Kim Mather (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 792 [31] - Ford BDA Mather
10 Ian Taylor (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tiga FA81 [164] - 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 [18] - 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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.