British Formula Atlantic Championship Race
Thruxton, 20 Sep 1981
|1||Ray Mallock||Ralt RT4/81  - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Cliff Smith Racing
|2||Phil Dowsett||March 81A  - Ford BDA Nicholson
#5 Industrial Control Services/Pinch Plant
(see note 1)
|3||Ian Taylor||Tiga FA81  - Ford BDA Nelson
#3 Queensgate Racing
|4||David Duffield||Ralt RT4/80  - Ford BDA Swindon
#20 Caledon Coal Company
|5||Alo Lawler||Ralt RT4/80  - Ford BDA Smith
#1 L&B Excavations
|6||Mike Catlow||Ralt RT1/77 [71?] - Ford BDA Hart
|R||Ian Flux||Ehrlich RP5B - Ford BDA Ehrlich
#15 Dr. J.Ehrlich
|UNK||Geoff Byman||Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith
#9 Irby Racing
|UNK||Duncan Bain||March 782 - Ford BDA
#11 (see note 2)
|UNK||Charlie Kirby||March 79B [782-14] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#31 (see note 3)
|DNSP||Warren Booth||Chevron B48 [48-79-01] - Ford BDA Swindon
#29 Aycliffe Newton Racing
|Did not start (retired on parade lap)|
|DNS||Daniel Lebacq||Lebacq FA4 - Ford BDA
||Did not start
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.
|Qualifying information not available|
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 782 (Duncan Bain): 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.
- March 79B [782-14] (Charlie Kirby): Eddie Cheever's car at Thruxton 27 Mar 1978 and presumably all season. To Dick Bennetts Racing and converted to Formula Atlantic for Eje Elgh to race in New Zealand in January 1979. Then to Charlie Kirby as a 78B and raced in Atlantic from 1979 to 1981. Offered for sale in On Track in 1981 by Kirby's Transatlantic Racing Services (Norcross, GA). Next seen with Andy Falbo (Detroit, MI) who raced it in US Formula Atlantic in 1983, and again in 1986 and 1988. Retained by Falbo and still owned by him in 2015.
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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