British Formula Atlantic 1976 (Indylantic)
MCD decided to drop Formula Atlantic after 1975 and it was taken over by a group of drivers led by Peter Wardle. The new series, named Indylantic, was not widely welcomed by the motor racing press who pointedly reviewed it under the heading of Club Racing at the end of the season.
The main contenders for the title were Americans Ted Wentz (Lola T460) and Tony Rouff (Boxer PRA76) and some needle entered this battle before it was resolved, by a mere five points, in favour of Wentz. Trimmer only entered five races in his Lola T460, winning three and finishing second and third in the other two. He had led the championship before his car was sold and it was too late by the time he was able to acquire a replacement.
Among the many compexities of Indylantic was the qualifying system which changed after the first four rounds from the traditional concept of seeing who recorded the fastest in practice to a points system based on three seven-lap qualifying races.
Many Formula Atlantic cars entered the Group 8 series instead. Not a single March scored a point in the Indylantic series where a hypothetical constructors title would - on the basis of the results known so far - have been won by just one point by Chevron over Lola with Boxer, Modus, Surtees and Sana next.
04 Apr 1976 > Brands Hatch
09 May 1976 > Brands Hatch
31 May 1976 > Croft
06 Jun 1976 > Brands Hatch
11 Jul 1976 > Mallory Park
01 Aug 1976 > Knockhill
08 Aug 1976 > Thruxton
05 Sep 1976 > Silverstone
26 Sep 1976 > Brands Hatch
03 Oct 1976 > Brands Hatch
16 Oct 1976 > Oulton Park
1976 Indylantic Championship table
|1||Ted Wentz||Lola T460 - Ford BDA Swindon||227 pts||4 wins|
|2||Tony Rouff||Boxer PR276 - Ford BDA Swindon|
Boxer PRA76 - Ford BDA Swindon
|222 pts||2 wins|
|3||Alo Lawler||Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Swindon||169 pts|
|4||Tony Trimmer||Lola T362 - Ford BDA Swindon|
Lola T460 - Ford BDA Swindon
|137 pts||3 wins|
|5||Steve Carvill||Surtees TS15 - Ford BDA Swindon||126 pts|
|6||Phil Dowsett||Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Swindon||118 pts||1 win|
|7||Adrian Russell||GRD 372 - Ford BDA Swindon|
Lola T450 - Ford BDA Swindon
|8||Richard Scott||Modus M3 - Ford BDA Nicholson|
Modus M3 - Ford BDA Swindon
Sana RD9 - Ford BDA Eden
|80 pts||1 win|
|9=||Mike King||Lola T362 - Ford BDA||70 pts|
|9=||Jeremy Rossiter||Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Cook|
Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Swindon
This series ran over 12 races and used a particularly bizarre points system. The table above has been constructed using the points theoretically awarded at each race and decyphered by Chris Townsend. See Chris's full points table.