British Formula Atlantic Championship Race
Oulton Park, 17 Apr 1981
|1||Ray Mallock||Ralt RT4/81  - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Cliff Smith Racing
|2||Alo Lawler||Ralt RT4/80  - Ford BDA Smith
#1 L&B Excavations Ltd
|3||Phil Dowsett||March 81A  - Ford BDA Nicholson
#5 Industrial Control Services/Pinch Plant
(see note 1)
|4||Ian Flux||Ehrlich RP5B - Ford BDA Ehrlich
#15 Dr J. Ehrlich
|5||Richard Hawkins||Ralt RT1/75  - Ford BDA Nicholson
#22 The Lep Group of Companies
|6||David Duffield||Ralt RT4/80  - Ford BDA Swindon
#20 Caledon Coal Company
|7||Kim Mather||March 792  - Ford BDA
#21 Aycliffe (see note 2)
|R||Colin Lees||Argo JM9 [057-FA] - Ford BDA Smith
#7 Carcover with Goodwin Racing
(see note 3)
|UNK||Tony Westwood||March 79B - Ford BDA Swindon
#2 Datamatic Limited - Pacemakers in Continuous Print
(see note 4)
|UNK||Ian Taylor||Tiga FA81  - Ford BDA Nelson
#3 Queensgate Racing
|UNK||Carlos Ulibarri||March 80A  - Ford BDA Hart
|UNK||Mark Thatcher||Ehrlich RP5A - Ford BDA Ehrlich
#16 Dr J. Ehrlich
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.
|1||Alo Lawler||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80  - Ford BDA Smith|
|2||Phil Dowsett||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 81A  - Ford BDA Nicholson|
|3||Ray Mallock||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81  - Ford BDA Swindon|
|4||Ian Flux||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ehrlich RP5B - Ford BDA Ehrlich|
|5||Richard Hawkins||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/75  - Ford BDA Nicholson|
|6||Mark Thatcher||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ehrlich RP5A - Ford BDA Ehrlich|
|7||Ian Taylor||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tiga FA81  - Ford BDA Nelson|
|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|
|10||Colin Lees||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Argo JM9 [057-FA] - Ford BDA Smith|
|11||Tony Westwood||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDA Swindon|
|12||Carlos Ulibarri||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A  - Ford BDA Hart|
Notes on the cars:
- 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.
- March 792  (Kim Mather): New to John Cooper to drive in the Aurora AFX series in 1979, using Hart engines. Also raced by Eddie Jordan in the Donington Park F2 race in August. Not seen in 1980, but reappeared in 1981 when it was used by Kim Mather in F2 and Formula Atlantic. Also driven by Jim Evans that year in libre racing. To John Travis for libre in 1982.
- Argo JM9 [057-FA] (Colin Lees): 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 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
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.
Individual sources for this event
Full grid from an annotated programme acquired by Chris Townsend.