Aurora AFX British F1 Championship Round

Mallory Park, 30 Jul 1978

1 Bruce Allison March 781 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#3 Team March [RAM Racing]
75 53m 44.43s
113.04 mph
2 Tony Trimmer McLaren M23 [14] - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 Melchester Racing
75 53m 44.66s
3 Guy Edwards March 781 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 Team March [RAM Racing]
75 54m 03.18s
4 Emilio de Villota McLaren M23 [6] - Cosworth DFV V8
#5 Centro Asegurador F1
75 54m 03.40s
5 Brett Riley (F2) 2-litre March 762 [15 as '22'] - Hart 420R
#43 Dr. Joseph Ehrlich (see note 1)
75 54m 11.57s
6 Desiré Wilson Ensign N175 [MN04] - Cosworth DFV V8
#80 Mario Deliotti Racing
7 Bob Evans Hesketh 308E [4] - Cosworth DFV V8
#14 J. C. Cooper
8 Mike Wilds (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [72] - Ford BDG Eden
#6 Graham Eden Racing
9 John Cooper Hesketh 308E [5] - Cosworth DFV V8
#17 J. C. Cooper
10 Iain McLaren (F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 - Hart 420R
#18 MacLaren's of Broxburn (see note 2)
11 Andy Barton (F2) 2-litre March 77B/772P [3] - Ford BDG
#23 Andy Barton (see note 3)
12 Ray Mallock (F2) 2-litre March 752 [22] - Ford BDX Swindon
#38 Alan Baillie/Pegasus Kawasaki Centre
(see note 4)
13 Gerd Biechteler (F2) 2-litre March 782 [24] - BMW M12/7
#65 Osterreich ASC (see note 5)
NC Adrian Russell (F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX Swindon
#20 Adrian Russell (see note 6)
R Val Musetti March 752/761 [15] - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 Val Musetti (see note 7)
52 accident
R Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35D - Ford BDG
#15 Kim Mather (see note 8)
41 split fuel line
R Teddy Pilette BRM P207 [02] - P202 V12
#11 Stanley BRM
23 gearbox
DNQ Eugen Grupp (F2) 2-litre Toj F202 [F202-0177] - BMW M12/7
#64 Eugen Grupp
Did not qualify
DNA Bernard Hunter (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-10] - Ford BDX Swindon
(see note 9)
Did not arrive
DNA Geoff Lees (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-18] - Hart 420R
Did not arrive
DNA Richard Jones (F2) 2-litre March 742/752 [15] - Ford BDA Robin Smith
(see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA Jim Evans (F2) 2-litre March 762 [11] - Hart 420R
Did not arrive
DNA Alo Lawler (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [35] - Hart 420R
(see note 11)
Did not arrive

All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.

1 Tony Trimmer (F1) 3-litre McLaren M23 [14] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:40.56
2 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre McLaren M23 [6] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:40.65
3 Bruce Allison (F1) 3-litre March 781 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:41.08
4 Guy Edwards (F1) 3-litre March 781 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:41.54
5 Desiré Wilson (F1) 3-litre Ensign N175 [MN04] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:41.56
6 Val Musetti (F1) 3-litre March 752/761 [15] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:41.63
7 Bob Evans (F1) 3-litre Hesketh 308E [4] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:41.65
8 Brett Riley (F2) 2-litre March 762 [15 as '22'] - Hart 420R 0:41.68
9 Teddy Pilette (F1) 3-litre BRM P207 [02] - BRM P202 V12 0:41.72
10 Mike Wilds (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [72] - Ford BDG Eden 0:41.77
11 Ray Mallock (F2) 2-litre March 752 [22] - Ford BDX Swindon 0:42.59
12 Iain McLaren (F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 - Hart 420R 0:42.97
13 Andy Barton (F2) 2-litre March 77B/772P [3] - Ford BDG 0:43.11
14 John Cooper (F1) 3-litre Hesketh 308E [5] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:43.14
15 Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35D - Ford BDG 0:43.18
16 Gerd Biechteler (F2) 2-litre March 782 [24] - BMW M12/7 0:43.60
17 Adrian Russell (F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX Swindon 0:44.75
18 Eugen Grupp * (F2) 2-litre Toj F202 [F202-0177] - BMW M12/7 0:50.81
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 762 [15 as '22'] (Brett Riley): New to Richard Robarts in June 1976, fitted with a Hart 420R engine and raced in European F2 and Shellsport G8 in 1976 when Robarts was sponsored by Myson. For some reason this car wore chassis plate 762-22, which was its monocoque number, instead of its actual chassis number 762-15. It was used once more by Robarts in early 1977 and March records then show it being sold to Dr Joseph Ehrlich in February 1978. It was raced for Ehrlich by Brett Riley in two Aurora AFX British F1 races, at Mallory Park in July and Brands Hatch in August, but at the latter race he skated off at Westfield and the car was badly damaged. Parts from the car may have been used in the Ehrlich RP5 built towards the end of 1979.
  2. Chevron B40 (Iain McLaren): New to KWS Autotechnik for Klaus Ludwig in the BRSCC F2 Trophy at Donington Park in October 1977, where both Autosport and Sport Auto are clear that the car was using a Hart 420R engine, not a BDA-based engine. Believed to be the car raced by Willi Deutsch at the Nürburgring in April 1978, but this remains unclear. Bought from Ludwig by Iain McLaren (Broxburn, Scotland) in damaged form and "painstakingly rebuilt" for libre and Aurora racing in 1978. To Bob Leckie (Aberdeen, Scotland) for hillclimbs and libre in 1979, then Bob Milne (Aberdeen, Scotland) for libre in 1980, then Martin Dunn (Evanton, Scotland) for libre at Ingliston in 1981. Sold next to George Coghill, who fitted the Chevron-Hart with a Lotus Esprit body for Scottish GT racing in 1982 and 1983. The car returned to "unclothed" form in 1985, when Coghill fitted a 3-litre Ford V6 engine for Scottish libre racing, the Hart 420R having blown up. The car had a 1700cc BDA engine in it when Coghill sold it to someone in the north of England, and recalls taking a Vixen in trade. This must be the 1700cc Chevron B40 entered by John McCartney at Harewood in September 1987, then with a 1990cc Hart engine at Harewood in May 1988, but a month later he was running the B53 instead, with a BDG engine. Retained by McCartney until November 1996 when it was sold to Nick Crossley (Sussex). The car is said to have been restored by Foxcraft Engineering in 1995/6. At some point sold by Crossley to John Ruston and Gareth Burnett (Newmarket, Suffolk), and raced by Burnett in Euro F2 and HSCC Derek Bell Trophy races in 2006. Burnett raced it again in the DBT in 2008. Sold in 2018 to Richard George (Marsh Green, Kent), who took it to Paul Fox of Foxcraft again to be rebuilt.
  3. March 77B/772P [3] (Andy Barton): New to Team Lexington for Ian Scheckter to race in the South African Formula Atlantic championship in 1977, and used to win the first three rounds of the series in January and February 1977. It was crashed heavily at Killarney in February and replaced with 77B-7. The damaged car was returned to March Engineering, repaired, and updated it to 772P specification for Andy Barton (Newcastle upon Tyne). He fitted a 2-litre Ford BDG and used it in libre racing in 1978. For 1979, he converted it to Formula Atlantic specification with a Swindon BDA engine and used it in the revived British championship. Retained for 1980 as a hire drive, usually for Cameron Binnie (Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland). Sold to Colin Richardson (Peebles, Scottish Borders, Scotland) and raced in Scottish libre in 1981, 1982 and 1983, using a 1600cc engine. Possibly borrowed back by Barton for a couple of races after his 782/792 was wrecked in April 1981. To Geoff Todd (Greenlaw, Scottish Borders), and raced at Ingliston again through 1984. Advertised by Todd in June 1984. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. March 752 [22] (Ray Mallock): New to Ron Dennis's Project Three Racing but using an early-season monocoque that had already been used by the work team. Raced by Patrick Depailler at Pau, then Vittorio Brambilla at Salzburgring, and by Bruno Pescia, Sandro Cinotti, Tim Schenken and Maurizio Flammini later in the season. Sold to John Nicholson for 1976, fitted with a Chevrolet Vega engine and used in F2 and in the Shellsport G8 series. To Alan Baillie for 1977, who fitted a Swindon BDX engine for libre, Shellsport and Aurora over the next three seasons. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. March 782 [24] (Gerd Biechteler): New to Gerd Biechteler (Laichingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany) for 1978, and raced by him in the Mallory Park Aurora round in July. Then raced by Klaus Walz (Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg) at the Hockenheim F2 race in September. Sold to Walz for 1979 and used in a couple of Aurora races early in the season. Then to Walter Raus who used the car in a few F2 races later in 1979. For 1980, the car was leased by Jo Gartner, with a limited sponsorship budget from Jim Bean, and the Austrian achieved some remarkable performances in the two-year-old car. According to the car's Wagenpass, it remained with Raus until 1982, when it was sold to Herbert Rostek, who used it in German hillclimbs for the next couple of seasons. In 2007, it was sold by Rostek to Franz Guggemos, who used it in Historic F2 races in 2010. In 2012 it was sold to Larry Kinch.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Chevron B35D (Kim Mather): In early 1977, Gilles Villeneuve raced a Chevron B39 in South African Formula Atlantic which was crashed during testing before the series started, then rebuilt on a new monocoque because of handling problems, before being damaged again in an accident with Ian Scheckter at Killarney on 19 February. The car was rebuilt, possibly on a further new chassis, and sold on but another car also emerged from this and was sold to Kim Mather (Haydock, St Helens, Lancashire) in the summer. It was described as an "ex-works development Chevron B35D" that had been "used by Villeneuve in South Africa". Mather built it up using B35 suspension and a 2-litre Richardson BDA engine and called it a "B35D" or "B35D". He raced this in Shellsport G8 libre racing in 1977, and competed in the Donington Park F2 race at the end of the season. Retained for 1978 when Mather used it in the Aurora BF1 series and in libre. Then sold 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.
  9. Chevron B35 [35-76-10] (Bernard Hunter): New to Bob and Marj Brown, fitted with a Swindon BDX and entered for Bob Muir in F2 events in the latter part of 1976. Sold to Iain McLaren (Broxburn, Scotland) and used in F2, Shellsport G8 and libre during 1977. Retained for early 1978 but sold in May to Bernard Hunter (Edinburgh, Scotland) who ran it in libre for the rest of that year. To George McMillan (North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland) for 1979. After replacing it with a March 772P for 1980, George recalls selling the B35 to "a lad in Yorkshire" to become a GT car. Pat Thomas (Spalding, Lincolnshire) built a Donington-style Lotus Esprit GT in 1981 which was based on a Chevron B35 that he had acquired from Peter Brookfield in the Scarborough area, and it seems very likely this was the ex-McMillan car. The Esprit was powered by a Cosworth BDG engine. The Esprit-Chevron was sold to John Goulder (Nottingham) for 1983, when it was sometimes said to have a 1500cc Cosworth engine, and then sold by him to Jon Fletcher (Rochdale) by for the 1985 season. Jon ran it for three seasons then sold it, with the single-seater bodywork, to a man in the Leeds area who planned to restore it as a F2. Subsequent history unknown.
  10. March 742/752 [15] (Richard Jones): Sold to Trivellato Racing Team and raced by Gabrielle Serblin in F2 in 1974. Retained by Trivellato as a spare car for 1975 and raced by Alberto Colombo, Francesco Cerulli-Irelli, Serblin and "Gimax" (Carlo Franchi). Raced by Gimax at a few Italian F2 races in 1976 and 1977 then to Richard Jones and Robin Smith for the Aurora AFX series in mid-1978, using the Cosworth BDG (or BDA) engine from the pair's Chevron B31 sports car that had been wrecked at Le Mans. Also raced by fellow sports car racer Tony Charnell at the end of 1978. Later to Jim McGaughey and rebuilt as a Renault 5GT special saloon for 1981. When the special saloon's career ended, it was acquired by the Higgins Brothers of Lincolnshire, and was bought from them by Ian Jones in 1990, by which time it was in a very sorry state. Jones reskinned the monocoque using the original bulkheads, fabricated new suspension parts, and fitted late-1974 (long-nose) F2 bodywork. Jones sold it to Richard Evans in 2010, and by 2012 it was completed with a Gathercole BDG in Stebel livery and was raced in the Derek Bell Trophy races at the HSCC Superprix at Brands Hatch. Shared by Evans and Andrew Smith in Historic F2 from 2013 onwards.
  11. Ralt RT1/76 [35] (Alo Lawler): New to Ron Dennis's Project Four Racing in August 1976 and fitted with a Hart 420R engine for Eddie Cheever to race in European F2, replacing his March 762. First raced by Cheever at the Brands Hatch Shellsport G8 race on 30 August, then in two F2 races, and another Shellsport G8 race at Brands Hatch. Dennis bought three new Ralts for 1977, and RT1-35 was not used again until May 1978, when it was bought by Alo Lawler, still with its 1976-spec Hart 420R, to use in the Aurora AFX British F1 championship. Raced in three rounds, retiring from each, and was easily beaten in a libre race at Croft by Andy Barton. It was then unseen in 1979 and 1980, until advertised in November 1980 as a "hardly used" rolling chassis. It was acquired by Richard Fry (Bath, Avon) and fitted with a 2.5-litre Hart engine and run at the Prescott hillclimb on 5 April, where Fry was sharing with Ted Williams. The pair later moved to a Pilbeam MP40, and the Ralt was abandoned again. In December 1982, it was advertised by Dave Williams (Humble, TX), who had been racing in the UK and had evidently taken the car home with him to Texas. From him it went to Joe Sposato (Rossmoor, CA) and was sold for 1984 to Peter West. He raced it in the WCAR event at Riverside in October 1984 but failed to start, and car was returned to Sposato. He then sold it to Tom Shanley (Riverside, CA)


Note that 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' published 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 3 Aug 1978 pp29-30 listed all the finishers and retirements, and gave full practice times. Marcus Pye reported: "magnificent", "impressive" and "tremendous".