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British Formula Atlantic Championship Race

Snetterton, 9 Aug 1981

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Phil Dowsett March 81A [15] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#5 Industrial Control Services/Pinch Plant
30 31m 19.7s
110.14 mph
2 Ian Flux Ehrlich RP5B - Ford BDA Ehrlich
#15
30 31m 38.6s
3 Alo Lawler Ralt RT4/80 [199] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#1 L&B Excavations
30 31m 48.1s
4 Richard Hawkins Ralt RT1 [9] - Ford BDA Nicholson
Lep Group
29 31m 57.6s
5 Geoff Byman Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith
#9 Irby Racing
29 31m 59.9s
6 Mike Catlow Ralt RT1 [71?] - Ford BDA Hart
#17
29 32m 01.8s
UNK David Duffield Ralt RT4/80 [185] - Ford BDA Swindon
#20 Caledon Coal Company

UNK Graham Watson Ralt RT4/81 [261] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#32 (see note 1)

UNK John Lewis Argo JM9 [057-FA] - Ford BDA Smith
#7 Goodwin Racing

UNK Martin Mansell March 782 - Ford BDA Hart
#11 (see note 2)

UNK Ian Taylor Tiga FA81 [164] - Ford BDA Nelson
#3 Queensgate Racing

UNK Carlos Ulibarri March 80A [18] - Ford BDA Swindon
#19

DNA Ray Mallock Ralt RT4/81 [218] - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Cliff Smith Racing
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Phil Dowsett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 81A [15] - Ford BDA Nicholson
2 Ian Flux (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ehrlich RP5B - Ford BDA Ehrlich
3 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [199] - Ford BDA Nicholson

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ralt RT4/81 [261] (Graham Watson): Ralt sales record says sold to Graham Watson, for own use, no delivery date, but appears in UK August 1981. [Tub no: 81/120; gearbox FT1474; fuel cell: JM36677 4/81]. Chassis number observed on Roberto Moreno's car at Australian GP, 1981, [NZMA 23 Nov 81 p4]. According to Dave McKinney's report of that race, this was the car raced by Watson in the latter stages of the 1981 British season. Chassis number given for Watson's car in NZMA report of the Bay Park race, 3 Jan 82 with a note that it was Moreno's AGP car. AMSYB-82, p167 says that car of Willy Stobart [chassis given as 261] is the car 'Moreno crashed in Macau after the 1981 AGP'. The NZMA report of the Selangor GP says that the car had been rebuilt around a new tub, but it may be that Moreno ran 265 there instead.
  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.