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British Formula Atlantic Championship Race

Silverstone, 6 Jun 1982

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ian Flux Ehrlich RP5B - Ford BDD Ehrlich
#15 Dr. Ehrlich
25 22m 37.7s
106.59 mph
2 Alo Lawler Ralt RT4/80 [199] - Ford BDD Smith
#1 The LEP Group of Companies
25 22m 38.8s
3 John Sheldon Tiga FA81/82 [164] - Ford BDD Nicholson
#2 John Sheldon
25 22m 49.5s
4 Mike Catlow Ralt RT1 [71?] - Ford BDD Swindon
#7 Mike Catlow
25 23m 02.7s
5 Duncan Bain March 78B - Ford BDD
#8 Abdex Engineering Ltd (see note 1)
25 23m 05.3s
6 Geoff Byman Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDD Smith
#9 Geoff Byman
25 23m 24.6s
7 Masanori Sekiya Chevron B56 [01] - Ford BDD Swindon
#10 Team Sanada
24
8 Tony Dunne McLaren M21 - Ford BDD
#5 Tony Dunne (see note 2)
23
R Neil Crang Tiga FA82 [200] - Ford BDD Nicholson
#3 Neil Crang
9 spun and stopped at Dunlop Tower
R Dave Hoban March 782 [6] - Ford BDD Wadworth
#4 Dave Hoban (see note 3)
6
DNA Dave Muter Barton JTB3 [Sana RD11] - Ford BDD
#6 David Muter
Did not arrive
DNA David Duffield Ralt RT4/80 [185] - Ford BDD Swindon
#20 Caledon Coal
Did not arrive
DNA Vivien Candy Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA Smith
#22 Roger Cowman Racing
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 53.0s
2 Ian Flux (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ehrlich RP5B - Ford BDD Ehrlich 53.7s
3 Neil Crang (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tiga FA82 [200] - Ford BDD Nicholson 54.0s
4 Mike Catlow (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [71?] - Ford BDD Swindon 54.1s
5 John Sheldon (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tiga FA81/82 [164] - Ford BDD Nicholson 54.5s
6 Dave Hoban (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 782 [6] - Ford BDD Wadworth 55.1s
7 Duncan Bain (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDD 55.3s
8 Geoff Byman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDD Smith 55.7s
9 Masanori Sekiya (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B56 [01] - Ford BDD Swindon 57.5s
10 Tony Dunne (F/Atl) 1.6-litre McLaren M21 - Ford BDD 60.0s

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. McLaren M21 (Tony Dunne): One of two cars entered by Astor Club Racing International in British Formula Atlantic in 1975, this car was raced by Roberto Alvarez at Silverstone on 13 April, and then by Tony Trimmer later in the season. This car was next seen when acquired by Tony Dunne, who raced it in the British Formula Atlantic series in 1982. Dunne then entered Alo Lawler in Dunne's McLaren M30 in BRSCC libre in 1984 and 1985, and traded the M21 back to McLaren International in 1986 for the spare M30 monocoque. McLaren International rebuilt the car to Scheckter's F2 configuration, and the car was on display in the Donington Museum for many years. When the other two cars were restored in the late 1990s and none were found to have a chassis plate, McLaren International issued this car with a '1' chassis plate.
  3. 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.

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

Autosport 10 Jun 1982 p4, Motoring News 10 Jun 1982 p21.

Programme, full qualifying times and full race results provided by Marcus Pye from BRDC archives.