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British Formula Atlantic Championship Race

Castle Combe, 12 Apr 1982

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Alo Lawler Ralt RT4/80 [199] - Ford BDD Smith
#1 The LEP Group of Companies
15 14m 42.0s
112.65 mph
2 John Sheldon Tiga FA81/82 [164] - Ford BDD Nicholson
#2 Team Tiga
15 14m 43.0s
3 Mike Catlow Ralt RT1 [71?] - Ford BDD
#17
15 15m 33.0s
4 Geoff Byman Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDD Smith
#9
15 15m 36.2s
5 Duncan Bain March 78B - Ford BDD
#8 Abdex Engineering Ltd (see note 1)
15 15m 36.5s
6 Bob Birrell (FSV) 1.6-litre March 79V - VW 4
#117 Royal Corps of Transport Racing with Mendel
14 15m 03.8s
102.6 mph
7 Keith Corridon Lyncar 79A ["011"] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#11
14 15m 04.5s
8 John Foulston (G7) McLaren M8D - Chevrolet V8
#14 Atlantic Computer Leasing Ltd
14 15m 20.7s
9 Geoff Janes (FF2000) 2-litre Reynard SF81 - Ford Pinto ohc
#31
14 15m 47.0s
R Tony Hancock (F4) 1-litre Delta T814 - Ford
#7
8
R Malcolm Swetnam (FF2000) 2-litre Delta T79/80 - Ford Pinto ohc
#33 Scotts Garage Watlington
9
DNA Neil Crang Tiga FA82 [200] - Ford BDD Nicholson
#3 Team Tiga
Did not arrive
DNA Dave Hoban March 782 [6] - Ford BDD
#4 (see note 2)
Did not arrive
DNA Tony Dunne unknown
#5
Did not arrive
DNA Dave Muter Barton JTB3 [Sana RD11] - Ford BDD
#6
Did not arrive
DNA Michael Connor (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332C [HU62] - Chevrolet V8
#10
Did not arrive
DNA Malcolm Hall (FF2000) 2-litre Sark - Ford Pinto ohc
#12
Did not arrive
DNA Malcolm Stevens (unknown) Little Falcon - Ford
#15
Did not arrive
DNA Rob Moores (unknown) 1.6-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.07] - Ford twin cam
#29 (see note 3)
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [199] - Ford BDD Smith
2 John Sheldon (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tiga FA81/82 [164] - Ford BDD Nicholson
3 Mike Catlow (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [71?] - Ford BDD
4 Geoff Byman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDD Smith
5 Duncan Bain (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDD

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 78B (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 782 [6] (Dave Hoban): Alex Ribeiro's Hart-engined car at Thruxton 27 Mar 1978 and presumably all season. Hired by Wolfgang Locher for Hockenheim 26 Sep. To Phil Dowsett (Maldon, Essex) for British Formula Atlantic in 1979, converted to 79B specification and supported by Pinch Plant and Martin the Newsagent. Retained by Dowsett for 1980, then unraced in 1981. Advertised by Dowset as a 782/79B in September 1981. To Dave Hoban (Horncastle, Lincolnshire) for British Formula Atlantic in 1982, then retained for libre racing in 1983 and in 1984.
  3. Chevron B38 [38.77.07] (Rob Moores): The 1977 Derek McMahon car entered for Derek Daly. Used throughout 1977, with a number of rebuilds, including one new tub at least. Motoring News 9 Mar 1978 p8 says that the car used by Steve Malins at Silverstone 5 March 1978 is ex Daly. Wrecked by Malins in testing and replaced with a new B43 . According to Autosport 2 Nov 1978 p23, rebuilt and sold to Rob Moores who ran it later in the season. Moores was still using this car in F4 in 1982.

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.

Individual sources for this event

Result sheet (PSt), Programme (PSt/Castle Combe archive), Autosport 22 Apr 1982 p55