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British Formula Atlantic Championship Race

Donington Park, 22 May 1983

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ian Flux Ralt RT4/81 [218] - Ford BDD Swindon
#18 Abdex Racing
15 20m 12.9s
87.14 mph
2 Alo Lawler Ralt RT4/80 [199] - Ford BDD Alan Smith
#1 The LEP Group of Companies
15 20m 30.3s
3 Neil Crang Tiga FA82 [200] - Ford BDD Alan Smith
#10
15 20m 47.8s
4 Stewart Phillips March 80A/81A [80A-1] - Ford BDD Swindon
#7 Winchmore Hill Garage (see note 1)
14
5 Trevor Templeton Ralt RT4/82 [332] - Ford BDD Swindon
#4
14
6 Geoff Byman Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA
#9 Normans Toys/Peerless Plant/Robertson Trophies
14
7 Mike Catlow Ralt RT1 [71?] - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications
#2

8 Duncan Gray Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDA Hart
#25 Keybonds Trading Stamps (see note 2)

9 David Newall March 78B - Ford BDA
#22 Staggers Jeans with McDonald Engineering
(see note 3)

DNA Robert Baxter Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA Richardson
#11
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Ian Flux (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [218] - Ford BDD Swindon
2 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [199] - Ford BDD Alan Smith
3 Trevor Templeton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [332] - Ford BDD Swindon
4 Neil Crang (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tiga FA82 [200] - Ford BDD Alan Smith
5 Mike Catlow (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [71?] - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications
6 Geoff Byman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA
7 David Newall (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDA
8 Duncan Gray (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDA Hart
9 Stewart Phillips (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A/81A [80A-1] - Ford BDD Swindon

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 80A/81A [80A-1] (Stewart Phillips): New to Bernard Hunter (Edinburgh, Scotland) and raced in the British Formula Atlantic series and libre racing, entered by Colin Bennett Racing. Retained for the first libre races at the start of 1981, then raced by Stuart Lawson and Ted Dzierzek in Scottish libre in April and May. To Tony Brown, and raced in hillclibs in early 1982, but Brown soon returned to the Martin BM16 that he had run from 1979 to 1981. The 80A was acquired by Stewart Phillips (Enfield, Middlesex) and raced in libre races from July 1982 onwards, entered by Winchmore Hill Garage.
  2. Chevron B45 [45-78-04] (Duncan Gray): New to Fred Opert Racing for North American Formula Atlantic as a second car. Used as a spare by Keke Rosberg and as his race car at Lime Rock. Also raced by Eje Elgh and by Arturo Merzario at Trois-Rivières. Raced by Rosberg at Macau in November 1978. Then sold to Mike Peers and entered in the revived British series for Jim Crawford in 1979, winning five races and finishing second in the championship. Fitted with a BDX engine for 1980 and run by Plygrange Racing for Crawford in the F2 class of the Aurora series. Stayed with Plygrange for 1981 when raced by Vin Malkie (Northwich, Cheshire) in libre racing. Reappeared in 1983 when raced by Duncan Gray in the British Formula Atlantic series. It was entered by Peers himself in libre in 1984. Then to Steve Raine for Sprints, co-driven by Robin Boucher, and then hired to Bob Fearnley's RK Racing for Tiff Needell to drive in a pair of races in India in early 1985. Then reportedly to Stuart Ridge for 1986. To John Lloyd then to Simon Hadfield (Shepshed, Leicestershire) but damaged in an accident at Mallory Park. Restored with original Excita condoms bodywork and sold in 1998 to Jeff Wright, a Scotsman then living in Canada. Still with Wright (Wilmington, NC) in 2014 and raced regularly in vintage racing.
  3. March 78B (David Newall): 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

Autosport 26 May 1983 p63, Programme.