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British Formula Atlantic Championship Race

Thruxton, 20 Sep 1981

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ray Mallock Ralt RT4/81 [218] - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Cliff Smith Racing
22 27m 29.55s
113.12 mph
2 Phil Dowsett March 81A [15] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#5 Industrial Control Services/Pinch Plant
22 27m 30.30s
3 Ian Taylor Tiga FA81 [164] - Ford BDA Nelson
#3 Queensgate Racing
22 27m 42.87s
4 David Duffield Ralt RT4/80 [185] - Ford BDA Swindon
#20 Caledon Coal Company
22 28m 27.66s
5 Alo Lawler Ralt RT4/80 [199] - Ford BDA Smith
#1 L&B Excavations
22 28m 27.91s
6 Mike Catlow Ralt RT1 [71?] - Ford BDA Hart
#17
21
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 1)

UNK Charlie Kirby March 79B [782-14] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#31 (see note 2)

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
(Brakes/Suspension)

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

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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.