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Aurora AFX British F1 Championship Round

Oulton Park, 24 Mar 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Tony Trimmer McLaren M23 [14] - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 Melchester Racing
65 1h 00m 38.21s
106.38 mph
2 Emilio de Villota McLaren M25 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#5 Team Villota
64
3 John Cooper Hesketh 308C [FW05/3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#17 J. C. Cooper
62
4 Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35D - Ford BDG
#15 Kim Mather (see note 1)
61
5 Iain McLaren (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-10] - Ford BDX Swindon
#18 McLaren's of Broxburn (see note 2)
61
NC Warren Booth (libre) 2-litre Scott P1 - Ford BDX Richardson
#29 Warren Booth
57
NC Val Musetti March 752/761 [15] - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 Val Musetti (see note 3)
51
R Geoff Lees Ensign N175 [MN04] - Cosworth DFV V8
#9 Mario Deliotti Racing
50 gearbox
R Mike Wilds (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [72] - Ford BDG Eden
#6 Graham Eden Racing
45 out of fuel
R Alo Lawler Surtees TS19 [04] - Cosworth DFV V8
#10 Alo Lawler (see note 4)
45 brakes
R Teddy Pilette BRM P207 [02] - P202 V12
#11 Stanley BRM
13 engine
R Guy Edwards March 75A/761 [1-2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 Team March [RAM Racing] (see note 5)
9 suspension
DNQ Adrian Russell (F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX Swindon
#20 Adrian Russell (see note 6)
Did not qualify
DNQ Nigel Clarkson (F2) 2-litre March "762" [742-20?] - Ford BDX
#30 Nigel Clarkson (see note 7)
Did not qualify
DNQ Alan Baillie (F2) 2-litre March 752 [22] - Ford BDX Swindon
#38 Alan Baillie (see note 8)
Did not qualify
T/S Teddy Pilette BRM P207 [01] - P202 V12
#11T Stanley BRM
(Spare - not used in practice)

All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Tony Trimmer (F1) 3-litre McLaren M23 [14] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:54.36
2 Guy Edwards (F1) 3-litre March 75A/761 [1-2] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:54.42
3 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre McLaren M25 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:54.90
4 Teddy Pilette (F1) 3-litre BRM P207 [02] - BRM P202 V12 0:55.12
5 Geoff Lees (F1) 3-litre Ensign N175 [MN04] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:56.49
6 Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35D - Ford BDG 0:57.00
7 Alo Lawler (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19 [04] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:57.67
8 John Cooper (F1) 3-litre Hesketh 308C [FW05/3] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:58.50
9 Mike Wilds (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [72] - Ford BDG Eden 0:58.67
10 Iain McLaren (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-10] - Ford BDX Swindon 0:59.31
11 Val Musetti (F1) 3-litre March 752/761 [15] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:59.49
12 Warren Booth (libre) 2-litre Scott P1 - Ford BDX Richardson 1:03.02
13 Alan Baillie * (F2) 2-litre March 752 [22] - Ford BDX Swindon 1:04.43
14 Adrian Russell * (F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX Swindon 1:05.43
15 Nigel Clarkson * (F2) 2-litre March "762" [742-20?] - Ford BDX 1:24.94
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Surtees TS19 [04] (Alo Lawler): 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.
  5. March 75A/761 [1-2] (Guy Edwards): 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.
  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 "762" [742-20?] (Nigel Clarkson): New to the CSAI's Equipe Nationale as a spare car but sold on unused to Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi, who raced it twice in F2 late in 1974. Pesenti-Rossi raced the car again in 1975 but was more focused on his F3 campaign with a March 743. After a single F2 race with the 742 at the start of 1976, Pesenti-Rossi acquired a 762 and a 763, and the 742 was not seen again. Reports that it went to the Brambillas are now thought to be incorrect. In early 1978, Nigel Clarkson (Cirencester, Gloucestershire) ran a F2 March in the Aurora series. This was described as a 762 when he failed to qualify for the two Easter races but was identified as a 742 with BDX engine when it reappeared in September. Clarkson recalls that "the car was a disaster having been put together from a bunch of bits by an Australian John Gillmeister" and believes it later became a Special Saloon. According to Kevan McLurg, Scot Ron Cummings bought a dismantled March 742 from Clarkson in 1980, and this was used as a basis of such a Special Saloon, a Lotus Esprit that he raced in 1982 with an 1800cc Cosworth engine. He then fitted a 3400cc Ford GAA to it, and raced it in this form from 1983 to 1988. He then bought a March 802 in AC bodywork and the 742-based Esprit was driven by Ricky Gauld (Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) in GT racing at Ingliston in 1989 and 1990. Gauld bought the March from Ron Cummings, recalling that it was "an ex Super Saloon", and used it in March form in hillclimbs in 1994. By 2009, the car was owned by Kevan McLurg and was in pieces.
  8. March 752 [22] (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.

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 30 Mar 1978 pp38-39 listed all the finishers and retirements, and gave a full grid, plus the thee non-qualifiers. Jeremy Shaw was very negative in his report.