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Aurora AFX British F1 Championship Round

Snetterton, 24 Sep 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 David Kennedy Wolf [WR3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#32 Theodore Racing
50 50m 09.47s
114.66 mph
2 Tony Trimmer McLaren M23 [14] - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 Melchester Racing
50 50m 17.77s
3 Bruce Allison March 781 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#3 Team March [RAM Racing]
50 50m 41.23s
4 John Cooper Hesketh 308E [4] - Cosworth DFV V8
#17 J C Racing
50 51m 05.22s
5 Mike Wilds (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [72] - Ford BDG Eden
#6 Graham Eden Racing
49
6 Desiré Wilson Ensign N175 [MN04] - Cosworth DFV V8
#80 Mario Deliotti Racing
49
7 Bob Evans Hesketh 308E [5] - Cosworth DFV V8
#14 J C Racing
48
8 Emilio de Villota McLaren M23 [6] - Cosworth DFV V8
#5 Centro Asegurador F1
47
R Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35D ["D"] - Ford BDG
#15 Kim Mather (see note 1)
42 puncture
R Guy Edwards March 781 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 Team March [RAM Racing]
23 rear suspension
R Richard Jones (F2) 2-litre March 742/752 [15] - Ford BDA Robin Smith
#90 Smith and Jones (see note 2)
14 engine
R Teddy Pilette BRM P207 [02] - P202 V12
#11 Stanley BRM (see note 3)
8 distributor lead
DNS Val Musetti Ensign N177 [MN09] - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 Mario Deliotti Racing (see note 4)
Did not start
(oil pressure)
DNS Alan Baillie (F2) 2-litre March 752 [22] - Ford BDX Swindon
#38 Alan Baillie
Did not start
(injector pipe, fire)
DNQ Nigel Clarkson (F2) 2-litre March 742 [20?] - Ford BDX
#30 Nigel Clarkson (see note 5)
Did not qualify
T David Kennedy Wolf [WR4] - Cosworth DFV V8
Theodore Racing
(Only used in practice)
T Emilio de Villota McLaren M25 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#5 Centro Asegurador F1
(Only used in practice)
T Guy Edwards March 75A/761 [1-2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#4T Team March [RAM Racing] (see note 6)
(Only used in practice)

All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre McLaren M23 [6] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:57.82
2 Bruce Allison (F1) 3-litre March 781 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:58.67
3 David Kennedy (F1) 3-litre Wolf [WR3] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:58.89
4 Desiré Wilson (F1) 3-litre Ensign N175 [MN04] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:59.06
5 Tony Trimmer (F1) 3-litre McLaren M23 [14] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:59.14
6 Guy Edwards (F1) 3-litre March 781 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:59.44
7 Teddy Pilette (F1) 3-litre BRM P207 [02] - BRM P202 V12 0:59.65
8 Bob Evans (F1) 3-litre Hesketh 308E [5] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:59.98
9 Val Musetti * (F1) 3-litre Ensign N177 [MN09] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:00.11
10 Mike Wilds (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [72] - Ford BDG Eden 1:00.33
11 John Cooper (F1) 3-litre Hesketh 308E [4] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:00.46
12 Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35D ["D"] - Ford BDG 1:01.43
13 Richard Jones (F2) 2-litre March 742/752 [15] - Ford BDA Robin Smith 1:03.49
14 Alan Baillie * (F2) 2-litre March 752 [22] - Ford BDX Swindon 1:05.34
15 Nigel Clarkson * (F2) 2-litre March 742 [20?] - Ford BDX 1:09.79
- Guy Edwards(T) (F1) 3-litre March 75A/761 [1-2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:00:94
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Ensign N177 [MN09] (Val Musetti): Mario Deliotti Racing ran Ensign N175 MN04, updated to 1977 specification, in Aurora British F1 in 1978. Towards the end of that season, a new N177 was built for the team, bearing chassis number MN09, although that number would confusingly be used on Ensign's 1979 N179 as well. The N177 was raced by Val Musetti in BF1, then by Geoff Lees in the Australian Rothmans series in 1979. It then remained unraced through four seasons before Ken Moore entered it for Mike Littlewood in the 1983 British Open. When this series was cancelled, Moore ran it in HSCC and libre races for Littlewood in 1983 and 1984. The next two owners did little with it until it returned to HSCC racing in 1992. Five subsequent owners have also used it in TGP and then in Masters F1.
  5. March 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. Later on, Ricky Gauld (Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) bought a March from Ron Cummings which was "an ex Super Saloon", and he used this in March form in hillclimbs in the 1994/95 period. By 2009, the car was owned by Kevan McLurg and was in pieces.
  6. 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.

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 28 Sep 1978 pp40-41 listed all the finishers and retirements, and gave full practice times, even mentioning the usage of the three T-cars present. Marcus Pye again reported on the "superb finale".