Aurora AFX British F1 Championship Round
Mallory Park, 1 May 1978
|1||Geoff Lees||Ensign N175 [MN04] - Cosworth DFV V8
#9 Mario Deliotti Racing
|2||Tony Trimmer||McLaren M23  - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 Melchester Racing
|3||Val Musetti||March 752/761  - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 Val Musetti (see note 1)
|4||Emilio de Villota||McLaren M25  - Cosworth DFV V8
#5 Team Villota
|5||Kim Mather||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B35D - Ford BDG
#15 Kim Mather (see note 2)
|6||Bruce Allison||March 75A/761 [1-2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#3 Team March [RAM Racing] (see note 3)
|7||Mike Wilds||(F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77  - Ford BDG Eden
#6 Graham Eden Racing
|8||John Cooper||Hesketh 308C [FW05/3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#17 J. C. Cooper
|9||Iain McLaren||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-10] - Ford BDX Swindon
#18 McLaren's of Broxburn (see note 4)
|10||Guy Edwards||March 781  - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 Team March [RAM Racing]
|11||Gerd Biechteler||March 761  - Cosworth DFV V8
#65 Gerd Biechteler
|12||Andy Barton||(libre) 2-litre Barton JTB3 [Sana RD11] - Ford BDG
#23 Andy Barton
|13||Adrian Russell||(F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX Swindon
#20 Adrian Russell (see note 5)
|14||Alan Baillie||(F2) 2-litre March 752  - Ford BDX Swindon
#38 Alan Baillie (see note 6)
|R||Teddy Pilette||BRM P207  - P202 V12
#11 Stanley BRM (see note 7)
All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.
|1||Tony Trimmer||(F1) 3-litre McLaren M23  - Cosworth DFV V8||0:41.51|
|2||Kim Mather||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B35D - Ford BDG||0:42.49|
|3||Bruce Allison||(F1) 3-litre March 75A/761 [1-2] - Cosworth DFV V8||0:42.51|
|4||Guy Edwards||(F1) 3-litre March 781  - Cosworth DFV V8||0:42.67|
|5||Val Musetti||(F1) 3-litre March 752/761  - Cosworth DFV V8||0:42.69|
|6||Mike Wilds||(F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77  - Ford BDG Eden||0:42.85|
|7||Teddy Pilette||(F1) 3-litre BRM P207  - BRM P202 V12||0:43.07|
|8||Emilio de Villota||(F1) 3-litre McLaren M25  - Cosworth DFV V8||0:43.90|
|9||Andy Barton||(libre) 2-litre Barton JTB3 [Sana RD11] - Ford BDG||0:43.96|
|10||John Cooper||(F1) 3-litre Hesketh 308C [FW05/3] - Cosworth DFV V8||0:44.18|
|11||Iain McLaren||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-10] - Ford BDX Swindon||0:44.57|
|12||Geoff Lees||(F1) 3-litre Ensign N175 [MN04] - Cosworth DFV V8||0:45.49|
|13||Adrian Russell||(F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX Swindon||0:46.83|
|14||Alan Baillie||(F2) 2-litre March 752  - Ford BDX Swindon||0:48.65|
|15||Gerd Biechteler||(F1) 3-litre March 761  - Cosworth DFV V8||no time|
Notes on the cars:
- March 752/761  (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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chevron B35 [35-76-10] (Iain McLaren): 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 car 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 1986. Jon ran it for two or 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.
- 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.
- March 752  (Alan Baillie): 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.
- BRM P207  (Teddy Pilette): Built half way through the 1977 season, BRM P207-02 failed to qualify for any race in F1. Teddy Pilette was the usual driver. The Stanley-BRM team moved into Aurora British F1 for 1978, with Pilette again driving. John Jordan then acquired the whole team, and 207-02 was raced for him by Tony Trimmer and David Williams in British F1 and in HSCC racing. The car was eventually sold to North America where it was restored and racing by 2006. It appeared regularly in US historic racing from 2014 to 2016.
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.
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Individual sources for this event
Autosport 4 May 1978 pp28-29 listed the top ten finishers but not the retirements; and gave a full grid. Jeremy Shaw was the reporter, and having been so critical of the first round of the series, he could not deny this was an excellent race, with only one of the 15 starters failed to finish.