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Aurora AFX British F1 Championship Round

Snetterton, 16 Apr 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Tony Trimmer McLaren M23 [14] - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 Melchester Racing
55 54m 30.0s
116.06 mph
2 Emilio de Villota McLaren M25 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#5 Team Villota
55 55m 08.0s
3 Geoff Lees Ensign N175 [MN04] - Cosworth DFV V8
#9 Mario Deliotti Racing
55 55m 43.0s
NC Adrian Russell (F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX
#20 Adrian Russell (see note 1)
46
NC Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35D ["D"] - Ford BDG
#15 Kim Mather (see note 2)
45
R Val Musetti March 752/761 [15] - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 Val Musetti (see note 3)
30 Drive shaft
R Mike Wilds (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [72] - Ford BDG Eden
#6 Graham Eden Racing
27 Electrics
R Guy Edwards March 781 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 Team March [RAM Racing]
15 broken fuel line
R Teddy Pilette BRM P207 [02] - P202 V12
#11 Stanley BRM (see note 4)
3 Engine
R John Cooper Hesketh 308C [FW05/3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#17 J. C. Cooper
0 broken nose, no spare
DNS Alo Lawler Surtees TS19 [04] - Cosworth DFV V8
#10 Alo Lawler (see note 5)
Did not start
(brakes)
DNSC Norman Dickson (F2) 2-litre Boxer PR276 [001] - Hart 420R
#22 Boxer Cars
Did not start (crashed)
DNQ Jörg Zaborowski March 761 [7] - Cosworth DFV V8
#19 Jurg Zaborowski
Did not qualify

All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Tony Trimmer (F1) 3-litre McLaren M23 [14] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:58.1
2 Geoff Lees (F1) 3-litre Ensign N175 [MN04] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:58.2
3 Teddy Pilette (F1) 3-litre BRM P207 [02] - BRM P202 V12 0:58.7
4 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre McLaren M25 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:59.1
5 Guy Edwards (F1) 3-litre March 781 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:59.4
6 John Cooper (F1) 3-litre Hesketh 308C [FW05/3] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:00.3
7 Mike Wilds (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [72] - Ford BDG Eden 1:00.4
8 Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35D ["D"] - Ford BDG 1:01.3
9 Norman Dickson * (F2) 2-litre Boxer PR276 [001] - Hart 420R 1:01.4
10 Val Musetti (F1) 3-litre March 752/761 [15] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:01.4
11 Adrian Russell (F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX 1:06.0
12 Alo Lawler * (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19 [04] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:07.2
13 Jörg Zaborowski * (F1) 3-litre March 761 [7] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:10.5
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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. BRM P207 [02] (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.
  5. 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.

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 20 Apr 1978 pp24-25 listed the three finishers but not the retirements; and gave a full grid including the one non-qualifier. Andy Leeder returned to the negativity of Jeremy Shaw, saying the "reeling" series "dealt itself a body blow".