Aurora AFX British F1 Championship Round
Snetterton, 24 Sep 1978
|1||David Kennedy||Wolf [WR3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#32 Theodore Racing
|2||Tony Trimmer||McLaren M23  - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 Melchester Racing
|3||Bruce Allison||March 781  - Cosworth DFV V8
#3 Team March [RAM Racing]
|4||John Cooper||Hesketh 308E  - Cosworth DFV V8
#17 J C Racing
|5||Mike Wilds||(F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77  - Ford BDG Eden
#6 Graham Eden Racing
|6||Desiré Wilson||Ensign N175 [MN04] - Cosworth DFV V8
#80 Mario Deliotti Racing
|7||Bob Evans||Hesketh 308E  - Cosworth DFV V8
#14 J C Racing
|8||Emilio de Villota||McLaren M23  - Cosworth DFV V8
#5 Centro Asegurador F1
|R||Kim Mather||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B35D - Ford BDG
#15 Kim Mather (see note 1)
|R||Guy Edwards||March 781  - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 Team March [RAM Racing]
|R||Richard Jones||(F2) 2-litre March 742/752  - Ford BDA Robin Smith
#90 Smith and Jones (see note 2)
|R||Teddy Pilette||BRM P207  - P202 V12
#11 Stanley BRM
|DNS||Val Musetti||Ensign N177 [MN09] - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 Mario Deliotti Racing
|Did not start
|DNS||Alan Baillie||(F2) 2-litre March 752  - Ford BDX Swindon
#38 Alan Baillie (see note 3)
|Did not start
(injector pipe, fire)
|DNQ||Nigel Clarkson||(F2) 2-litre March 742 [20?] - Ford BDX
#30 Nigel Clarkson (see note 4)
|Did not qualify|
|T||David Kennedy||Wolf [WR4] - Cosworth DFV V8
|(Only used in practice)|
|T||Emilio de Villota||McLaren M25  - 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 5)
|(Only used in practice)|
All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.
|1||Emilio de Villota||(F1) 3-litre McLaren M23  - Cosworth DFV V8||0:57.82|
|2||Bruce Allison||(F1) 3-litre March 781  - 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  - Cosworth DFV V8||0:59.14|
|6||Guy Edwards||(F1) 3-litre March 781  - Cosworth DFV V8||0:59.44|
|7||Teddy Pilette||(F1) 3-litre BRM P207  - BRM P202 V12||0:59.65|
|8||Bob Evans||(F1) 3-litre Hesketh 308E  - 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  - Ford BDG Eden||1:00.33|
|11||John Cooper||(F1) 3-litre Hesketh 308E  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:00.46|
|12||Kim Mather||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B35D - Ford BDG||1:01.43|
|13||Richard Jones||(F2) 2-litre March 742/752  - Ford BDA Robin Smith||1:03.49|
|14||Alan Baillie *||(F2) 2-litre March 752  - 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:
- 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 742/752  (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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
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.
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".