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Aurora AFX British F1 Championship Round

Donington Park, 21 May 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Giancarlo Martini Ensign N175 [MN04] - Cosworth DFV V8
#9 Mario Deliotti Racing
55 1h 00m 50.96s
106.15 mph
2 Guy Edwards March 781 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 Team March [RAM Racing]
55 1h 01m 19.15s
3 Bob Evans Surtees TS19 [04] - Cosworth DFV V8
#14 J C Racing (see note 1)
55 1h 01m 20.53s
4 Val Musetti March 752/761 [15] - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 Val Musetti (see note 2)
55 1h 01m 31.30s
5 Emilio de Villota McLaren M25 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#5 Team Villota
55 1h 01m 44.69s
6 Geoff Brabham (F2) 2-litre Boxer PR276 [001] - Hart 420R
#22 Boxer Cars
54
7 John Cooper Hesketh 308C [FW05/3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#17 J C Racing
54
8 Adrian Russell (F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX
#20 Adrian Russell (see note 3)
50
9 Warren Booth (libre) 2-litre Scott P1 - Ford BDX Richardson
#29 Warren Booth
50
NC Alan Baillie (F2) 2-litre March 752 [22] - Ford BDX Swindon
#38 Alan Baillie
48
R Bruce Allison March 75A/761 [1-2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#3 Team March [RAM Racing] (see note 4)
25 Ignition box
R Alo Lawler (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [35] - Hart 420R
retired
R Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35D ["D"] - Ford BDG
#15 Kim Mather (see note 5)
retired
DNS Gerd Biechteler March 761 [4] - Cosworth DFV V8
#65 Gerd Biechteler
Did not start
(oil pressure)
DNS Mike Wilds (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [72] - Ford BDG Eden
#6 Graham Eden Racing
Did not start
(engine)
DNS Kevin Bowditch (F2) 2-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDG Richardson
#41 (see note 6)
Did not start
DNA Alo Lawler (F2) 2-litre Lola T560 [HU2] - Abarth Tipo 260 Holbay s6
#10 (see note 7)
Did not arrive

All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Giancarlo Martini (F1) 3-litre Ensign N175 [MN04] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:03.96
2 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre McLaren M25 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:04.48
3 Val Musetti (F1) 3-litre March 752/761 [15] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:04.56
4 Guy Edwards (F1) 3-litre March 781 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:04.66
5 Bruce Allison (F1) 3-litre March 75A/761 [1-2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:05.11
6 Bob Evans (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19 [04] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:05.39
7 John Cooper (F1) 3-litre Hesketh 308C [FW05/3] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:06.61
8 Geoff Brabham (F2) 2-litre Boxer PR276 [001] - Hart 420R 1:07.07
9 Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35D ["D"] - Ford BDG 1:07.90
10 Gerd Biechteler * (F1) 3-litre March 761 [4] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:08.02
11 Mike Wilds * (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [72] - Ford BDG Eden 1:08.78
12 Alo Lawler (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [35] - Hart 420R 1:09.97
13 Adrian Russell (F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX 1:11.88
14 Warren Booth (libre) 2-litre Scott P1 - Ford BDX Richardson 1:12.45
15 Alan Baillie (F2) 2-litre March 752 [22] - Ford BDX Swindon 1:12.49
16 Kevin Bowditch * (F2) 2-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDG Richardson 1:20.45
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Surtees TS19 [04] (Bob Evans): Alan Jones received a new car, Surtees TS19/04, in time for the 1976 Austrian GP, and raced this for the rest of the season. It was raced by Vittorio Brambilla in the South American races at the start of 1977, before being sold to Olympus Cameras for Divina Galica to race in Shellsport Group 8. It was acquired by Alo Lawler in 1978, but was quickly sold to John Cooper, then to Robin Smith. Smith updated it to "TS20S" specification in 1980, and added sports car bodywork for a couple of Can-Am events in 1981. It was sold to Ken Moore and then Rod Tolhurst, both of whom ran it in HSCC F1 in 1983 for Willie Green and John Narcisi. Its next seven owners did not race it, but it returned to competition in TGP in 1999, then raced regularly until 2012. It returned for Monaco in 2016.
  2. March 752/761 [15] (Val Musetti): New to Masami Kuwashima for Formula 2 in 1975, prepared by Roy Kennedy's team in London, and entered by Masami Kuwashima Racing. After just two races, Kuwashima returned to Japan, and the 752 was sold to Tom Walkinshaw.who had it converted by Kennedy to F5000 specification, with the installation of a 3.4-litre Ford V6 engine. Raced by Walkinshaw in the 1975 Shellsport F5000 Championship. To Val Musetti, and raced in Shellsport G8 in 1976 and 1977. Converted to F1 specification for 1978, with a Cosworth DFV engine, and referred to as a 761 that season. Wrecked at Mallory Park in August but rebuilt again for 1979, when it was described as a 771, but wrecked at Zolder at the start of the Aurora season and finally written off.
  3. March 762 [752-21] (Adrian Russell): Originally intended for Trivellato but not collected so fitted with a F3 rear wing and sold instead to Markus Hotz (Lippoldswilen, Switzerland) for European hillclimbs and Swiss championship events. At the beginning of 1976, it was raced by Harald Ertl in the F2 race at Hockenheim, finishing sixth. Hotz continued with Swiss championship events but damaged the car, and returned it to the factory in part exchange for a new March 762. March sold the 752 on, unrepaired, to Roger Heavens, who rebuilt it as a 762 and intended to fit the turbocharged 1.4-litre Ford Formula 2 engine that Geoff Richardson was developing. When the car appeared, in the Shellsport G8 series with Derrick Worthington driving, it used a Richardson BDX instead. Also raced in G8 and libre events by José Maria de Uriarte. Retained for 1977 and entered by Heavens for Pablo Brea and Hervé Leguellec. Taken over by Adrian Russell (Thornton Heath, Surrey) later in 1977, and raced by him in British F1 and libre in 1978. Sold to Paul Brooks (Selby, North Yorkshire) for 1979, and raced in libre. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. March 75A/761 [1-2] (Bruce Allison): John MacDonald (RAM Racing) 1975. Raced in UK 1975: driven by Alan Jones (3rd BARC Thruxton 17 Aug 1975) - Hexagon Garage for Damien Magee UK 1976 - Guy Edwards UK 1977; rebuilt on a March 761 monocoque, and then converted to DFV power for last few races of 1977. Edwards UK 1978 (first two races); then for Bruce Allison (five races). Also used by Desire Wilson in a test session prior to the British GP. To Terry Smith (Felton, Somerset), fitted with a 5-litre Repco engine, and used in the British Sprint Championship 1979, 1980 and 1981. Used by Smith and John Meredith British Sprint Championship 1982. To Ray Rowan 1983, and retained by him until about 1987 when the Repco engine was sold to Australia and the rolling chassis was sold via a dealer to Italy. Reemerged four years later when sold by Andrea Frasson (Rosà, Vicenza, Italy) to Daniel Pouteau (Paris, France) in December 1991. Retained by Pouteau, still apart and in still Terry Smith's livery, until sold via Bernard De Dryver to Paul Grant (Brussels, Belgium) in April 2013. Rebuilt for Masters F1 in 2015, and debut at the Spa 6 Hours in September 2015.
  5. Chevron B35D ["D"] (Kim Mather): In early 1977, Gilles Villeneuve raced a Chevron B39 in South African Formula Atlantic, crashing it in an accident with Ian Scheckter at Killarney 19 Feb 1977. The car was rebuilt on a new chassis and sold on but the damaged chassis was also repaired and acquired by Kim Mather. He built it up into a new car using B35 suspension and a 2-litre Richardson BDA engine and called it the "B35D". Mather raced this in libre, Shellsport, Aurora and F2 in 1977 and 1978 and then sold it to Ken Brill who raced in the Aurora series in 1979 before crashing it heavily into the wall at Redgate Lodge at Donington Park in June. Brill had to be cut from the mangled footwell of the car, and it was not seen again. This car was later recreated for historic racing.
  6. Lola T360 [HU5] (Kevin Bowditch): New to Nigel Clarkson (Cirencester, Gloucestershire) and raced by him and by Richard Scott (London) in British Formula Atlantic, backed by Hurford Jones Ltd. To Nick May (Sutton, Surrey) for the 1975 British series, with Strakers of Wimbledon Ltd sponsorship, and run by Dave Price Racing. To Brian Robinson (Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham) and fitted with a 2-litre Cosworth BDG engine for Shellsport Group 8 races in 1976. To John Brown for John Morrison (Warwick) to drive in Shellsport G8 and libre racing in 1977, then to Kevin Bowditch (Maidenhead) for a few race appearances in 1978. It was sold to Martin Mansell (Middlesex), who raced it as a Lola "FA79" with Winchmore Hill Garage sponsorship in Formula Atlantic in 1979. Mansell crashed heavily at Brands Hatch in April 1979, and did not appear again. It was next seen in 1990 when it was bought by Robert McGimpsey (Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland) from a dealer somewhere in the English midlands. It was then fitted with a 3-litre Weslake engine, and McGimpsey used it for one season in hillclimbing before the engine and chassis were sold separately. It was bought by two friends in 1993 or 1994, and in 2012 they still had it.
  7. Lola T560 [HU2] (Alo Lawler): First seen as a Lola T550 with Holbay Abarth engine for Roberto Marazzi at the Silverstone F2 race in March 1977, but did not start. Not raced in 1977, but tested by Bruce Allison and Bob Evans in December. Alo Lawler was due to run the car in 1978, but abandoned the project after persistent engine problems. Sold to David Render for sprints in 1979, still with the Abarth engine borrowed from Holbay, and used until 1982 when the Abarth was returned, the Lola fitted with a 2.8-litre Hart engine, and used in this form until 1985. Sold to Jonathan Toulmin for 1988, who continued to run it with the Hart engine, then to Alan Newton, who bought the Abarth motor from Holbay and refitted it. Sold to Colin Pool in 1996, who sold it on to Francesco Molino. Sold by Molino to Thomas Steinke (Hamburg, Germany) in 2012, but later sold back to Molino.

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.

These results were compiled primarily from the race reports in Autosport during the season, with some additional information from the results section of Autocourse, and some details compiled by Jeremy Jackson from a variety of sources, including Autosport, Motoring News and the Formula One Register books. All the chassis identities were taken from research elsewhere on this site.

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 25 May 1978 pp34-35 listed all the finishers and retirements, and gave a full grid. Jeremy Shaw was the reporter.