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Aurora AFX British F1 Championship Round

Zolder, 1 Apr 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 David Kennedy Wolf [WR4] - Cosworth DFV V8
#11 Theodore Racing
40 1h 06m 15.1s
95.93 mph
2 Tiff Needell Chevron B41 [41-79-01] - Cosworth DFV V8
#6 Graham Eden Racing
40 1h 06m 15.3s
3 Desiré Wilson Tyrrell 008 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 Melchester Racing (see note 1)
40 1h 06m 30.3s
4 Philip Bullman Surtees TS20 [02] - Cosworth DFV V8
#22 Team Surtees
40 1h 07m 20.5s
5 Bernard de Dryver Fittipaldi F5A [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#5 RAM Racing
39
6 Norman Dickson (F2) 2-litre March 792 [20] - Hart 420R
#30 Dicksons of Perth (see note 2)
39
7 Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre March 772P [U2] - Hart 420R
#15 Pontin Racing (see note 3)
39
8 Klaus Walz (F2) 2-litre March 782 [24] - BMW M12/7
#65 Walz-Toj Racing (see note 4)
39
9 Giacomo Agostini Williams FW06 [001] - Cosworth DFV V8
#9 David Price Racing
38
10 Gerd Biechteler March 781 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#42 Walz Toj Racing
38
11 Robin Smith Ensign N174 [MN02] - Cosworth DFV V8
#33 Robin Smith
38
12 Tony Dean (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-19] - Hart 420R
#18 A. G. Dean (Racing)
37
13 Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-17] - Hart 420R
#19 A. G. Dean (Racing)
37
R Val Musetti March 752/771 [15] - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 Val Musetti (see note 5)
27 Accident
R Emilio de Villota Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] - Cosworth DFV V8
#3 Madom F1 Team (see note 6)
16 Accident
R Pascal Witmeur (F2) 2-litre March 772P [U1] - Hart 420R
#34 Dicksons of Perth (see note 7)
15 Engine
R Guy Edwards Fittipaldi F5A [3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 RAM Racing
12 Disqualified: Push start
R Claude Bourgoignie Surtees TS20 [03] - Cosworth DFV V8
#23 Team Surtees
10 Gearbox
R Gianfranco Brancatelli Kauhsen WK [004] - Cosworth DFV V8
#39 Willi Kauhsen
2 Starter
DNS Gordon Smiley Tyrrell 008 [5] - Cosworth DFV V8
#2 Melchester Racing
Did not start
(DNS: Ignition)
DNS John Cooper (F2) 2-litre March 792 [31] - Hart 420R
#8 Cooper Industries
Did not start
(DNS)
T/S   Surtees TS20 [01] - Cosworth DFV V8
(Spare - not used in practice)

All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 David Kennedy (F1) 3-litre Wolf [WR4] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:26.6
2 Guy Edwards (F1) 3-litre Fittipaldi F5A [3] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:26.7
3 Philip Bullman (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS20 [02] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:27.1
4 Desiré Wilson (F1) 3-litre Tyrrell 008 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:27.1
5 Giacomo Agostini (F1) 3-litre Williams FW06 [001] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:27.5
6 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:28.0
7 Bernard de Dryver (F1) 3-litre Fittipaldi F5A [2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:28.2
8 Gianfranco Brancatelli (F1) 3-litre Kauhsen WK [004] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:28.2
9 Tiff Needell (F1) 3-litre Chevron B41 [41-79-01] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:28.4
10 Claude Bourgoignie (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS20 [03] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:28.5
11 Gordon Smiley * (F1) 3-litre Tyrrell 008 [5] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:29.0
12 Norman Dickson (F2) 2-litre March 792 [20] - Hart 420R 1:29.9
13 Val Musetti (F1) 3-litre March 752/771 [15] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:30.3
14 Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre March 772P [U2] - Hart 420R 1:30.5
15 Pascal Witmeur (F2) 2-litre March 772P [U1] - Hart 420R 1:31.6
16 Gerd Biechteler (F1) 3-litre March 781 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:31.8
17 Klaus Walz (F2) 2-litre March 782 [24] - BMW M12/7 1:32.6
18 Tony Dean (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-19] - Hart 420R 1:33.1
19 Robin Smith (F1) 3-litre Ensign N174 [MN02] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:33.9
20 Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-17] - Hart 420R 1:34.8
22 John Cooper * (F2) 2-litre March 792 [31] - Hart 420R 1:38.5
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Tyrrell 008 [3] (Desiré Wilson): First appearing at the 1978 South African GP, Tyrrell 008-3 was Patrick Depailler's regular car through 1978, and was the car in which he won the 1978 Monaco GP. It was sold to Melchester Racing for 1979, and raced by Desire Wilson in Aurora British F1. It was then acquired by Nick Mason, and raced by John Brindley in the 1982 BF1 series, in HSCC Historic F1 in 1982 and 1983, and in the one-off the MCD British Open race in 1983. Mason sold the car in October 1991, and it returned to historic racing in 1993. It has raced regularly in historic racing ever since, appearing at Monaco in 2002 and in 2008.
  2. March 792 [20] (Norman Dickson): New to Norman Dickson (Perth, Scotland) and raced in the F2 section of the 1979 British F1 series, prepared by Colin Bennett. Due to be raced by Angelo Piccione at the Misano in August but he was too slow in testing. Sold to Paul Gibson in October 1979 and used mainly in libre racing at Croft but also appeared in rounds of the British series at Thruxton and Monza. Sold to Bob Leckie (Aberdeen, Scotland) for libre racing in 1981 but sold on in mid-season to John Bothamley who used it in the last few races of the Ingliston season. Taken to John Maguire in Coventry that winter who used the engine, gearbox, suspension, uprights, brakes and other components in the construction of a GT car for 1982, with Maguire's space frame chassis and Lotus Esprit bodywork. The tub, nose, rear wing, sidepods and rear bodywork were returned to Scotland and sold to Norrie Galbraith who planned to fit the running gear off his March 782 and put it in the 792 tub. Unfortunately Galbraith was killed in the 782 just weeks later. The 782 tub was scrapped but 792 tub and the remains of the 782 were sold to Bobby Howlings who eventually sold them to Willy Widar in Belgium. The 782 parts and 792 tub were evidently then built into a car which took the identity of 782-26. With its components scattered, the 792 has effectively ceased to exist.
  3. March 772P [U2] (Kim Mather): New for Marc Surer to race in the final F2 race of the 1977 season, at Donington Park in October 1977. Then to Patsy McGarrity (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for Irish Formula Atlantic in 1978, using a Fred Smith BDA engine. To Kim Mather (St Helens, Lancashire) for 1979 and raced in F2 and Aurora British F1 that year. Also raced by sponsor David Ward (Hesketh Bank, Lancashire) in libre racing. Crashed heavily by Ward at Aintree in July, and rapidly rebuilt on a 782 or 783 tub for Mather to use for the rest of the season. Mather recalls that the 783 was sold to Jim Evans, but Evans has no recollection of this. The damaged 772P tub is claimed to have been sold to the Seattle area and rebuilt into a car that was later owned in Canada. Neither of these stories has yet been confirmed.
  4. March 782 [24] (Klaus Walz): New to Gerd Biechteler (Laichingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany) for 1978, and raced by him in the Mallory Park Aurora round in July. Then raced by Klaus Walz (Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg) at the Hockenheim F2 race in September. Sold to Walz for 1979 and used in a couple of Aurora races early in the season. Then to Walter Raus who used the car in a few F2 races later in 1979. For 1980, the car was leased by Jo Gartner, with a limited sponsorship budget from Jim Bean, and the Austrian achieved some remarkable performances in the two-year-old car. According to the car's Wagenpass, it remained with Raus until 1982, when it was sold to Herbert Rostek, who used it in German hillclimbs for the next couple of seasons. In 2007, it was sold by Rostek to Franz Guggemos, who used it in Historic F2 races in 2010. In 2012 it was sold to Larry Kinch.
  5. March 752/771 [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.
  6. Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] (Emilio de Villota): After being used by Gunnar Nilsson and Mario Andretti in the first few races of 1977, Lotus 78-1 became the spare car and was then retired mid-season. It was sold to Hector Rebaque for 1978, but became his spare car after he acquired 78-4. It was then sold to Emilio De Villota for Aurora British F1 in 1979, where it was a regular race winner. Norman Dickson bought it for 1980, again for Aurora, and it was sold to Lotus collector Bill Friend at the end of 1981. It was raced by Bill's nephew Roger Friend in HSCC racing. It was sold to Switzerland in 1988, then moved to Italy in 1998. In early 2018, it moved again, to a major collector.
  7. March 772P [U1] (Pascal Witmeur): New for the works March F2 team in 1977, fitted with a works BMW engine, and raced by Patrick Neve in the opening F2 race at Silverstone, qualifying and finishing third. Then raced by Alex Dias Ribeiro at Thruxton, taking pole position and again finishing third. Jochen Mass took over the drive for Hockenheim and the Nürburgring, winning both races, after which Ribeiro drove it once more at Vallelunga. Bruno Giacomelli, who had been racing a works March 772-Hart, then took over the 772P-BMW for the next six races, winning at Mugello in June. Driven again by Ribeiro at Donington Park in October. Sold to Norman Dickson (Perth, Scotland), fitted with a Hart 420R, and used with great success in libre, Retained by Dickson as a hire car in 1979. To George McMillan (North Berwick, Scotland) for 1980, and fitted with a Swindon BDX engine for libre over the next three seasons. Retained unused in 1983 when McMillan raced a Ralt RT2, and then sold to someone "down south" to use as a GT or Special Saloon. The car reappeared in France a little later, having been acquired by hillclimber Jean-Jacques Lecorre. It was stored briefly in the garage of Alain Prat, and then sold to Jean-François Pelletier (Chinon, France), fitted with a Cosworth BDD, and raced by him from 1984 to 1990. This car was advertised in France in January 2016, with no explanation of where it had been since 1990. By this time it had been restored to Giacomelli's SCAINI livery. It was next seen in 2019, when raced by Pascal Gerbout in Hstoric F2.

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.