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British Formula Atlantic Championship Race

Silverstone, 3 May 1982

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Alo Lawler Ralt RT4/80 [199] - Ford BDD Smith
#1 Lep Group of Companies
20 20m 28.8s
94.22 mph
2 Ian Flux Ehrlich RP5B - Ford BDD Ehrlich
#11 Dr J. Erlich
20 20m 49.4s
3 Mike Catlow Ralt RT1 [71?] - Ford BDD Racing Fabrications
#7
20 21m 09.6s
4 Masanori Sekiya Chevron B49 - Ford BDD Swindon
#10 Team Sanada
20 21m 18.6s
5 Dave Hoban March 782 [6] - Ford BDD Racing Fabrications
#4 (see note 1)
19
6 Geoff Byman Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDD Smith
#9
19
7 Neil Crang Tiga FA82 [200] - Ford BDD Nicholson
#3
19
R John Sheldon Tiga FA81/82 [164] - Ford BDD Nicholson
#2
6 Engine
UNK Tony Dunne McLaren M21 - Ford BDA
#5 (see note 2)

UNK Dave Muter Barton JTB3 [Sana RD11] - Ford BDA Smith
#6

UNK Duncan Bain March 78B - Ford BDA Nicholson
#8 Abdex Engineering (see note 3)

UNK Patrick Shawcroft March 792 - Ford BDA Neil Fletcher
#24 Neil Fletcher Racing

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

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  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 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.

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

Programme (AF), Autosport 6 May 1982 p47.