Aurora AFX British F1 Championship Round
Brands Hatch, 25 Aug 1980
|1||Emilio de Villota||Williams FW07  - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 RAM Racing
|2||Kevin Cogan||Wolf [WR3-2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 Theodore Racing
|3||Giacomo Agostini||Williams FW06  - Cosworth DFV V8
#9 Team Agostini
|4||Val Musetti||Fittipaldi F5A  - Cosworth DFV V8
#15 Colin Bennett Racing
|5||Guy Edwards||Arrows A1  - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 C. W. Clowes Racing
|39||not running at finish - engine|
|6||Jim Crawford||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDX Swindon
#77 Plygrange Racing (see note 1)
|7||Paul Smith||(F2) 2-litre March 782 [2-2] - Hart 420R
#35 BMTR (see note 2)
|8||Robin Smith||Surtees TS19/TS20S  - Cosworth DFV V8
#12 Scotcircuits Ltd. (see note 3)
|9||Brian Robinson||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-08] - Hart 420R
#19 Grange Performance Cars
|10||Leon Walger||Arrows A1  - Cosworth DFV V8
#2 C. W. Clowes Racing
|11||Kim Mather||(F2) 2-litre March 802  - Hart 420R
#11 Theodore Racing
|12||Tony Trimmer||BRM P207  - P202 V12
#30 John Jordan (see note 4)
|R||Roy Baker||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-05] - Hart 420R
#24 Roy Baker
|21||retired - reason unknown|
|R||Desiré Wilson||Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] - Cosworth DFV V8
#10 Model Motor Racing (see note 5)
|19||accident, wheel bearing broke|
|R||Eliseo Salazar||Williams FW07B  - Cosworth DFV V8
#8 RAM Racing
|16||crown wheel and pinion|
|R||Ray Mallock||Wolf [WR6] - Cosworth DFV V8
#16 Cliff Smith Racing
|6||front suspension failure, accident|
|DNA||Val Musetti||Fittipaldi F5B  - Cosworth DFV V8
||Did not arrive|
All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.
|1||Emilio de Villota||(F1) 3-litre Williams FW07  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:20.54|
|2||Eliseo Salazar||(F1) 3-litre Williams FW07B  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:20.80|
|3||Desiré Wilson||(F1) 3-litre Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] - Cosworth DFV V8||1:24.38|
|4||Guy Edwards||(F1) 3-litre Arrows A1  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:22.13|
|5||Kevin Cogan||(F1) 3-litre Wolf [WR3-2] - Cosworth DFV V8||1:22.86|
|6||Ray Mallock||(F1) 3-litre Wolf [WR6] - Cosworth DFV V8||1:23.66|
|7||Giacomo Agostini||(F1) 3-litre Williams FW06  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:23.71|
|8||Val Musetti||(F1) 3-litre Fittipaldi F5A  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:24.34|
|9||Jim Crawford||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDX Swindon||1:25.17|
|10||Kim Mather||(F2) 2-litre March 802  - Hart 420R||1:25.26|
|11||Paul Smith||(F2) 2-litre March 782 [2-2] - Hart 420R||1:25.57|
|12||Leon Walger||(F1) 3-litre Arrows A1  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:26.57|
|13||Brian Robinson||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-08] - Hart 420R||1:26.94|
|14||Roy Baker||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-05] - Hart 420R||1:34.87|
|15||Tony Trimmer||(F1) 3-litre BRM P207  - BRM P202 V12||1:36.77|
|16||Robin Smith||(F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19/TS20S  - Cosworth DFV V8||no time|
Notes on the cars:
- Chevron B45 [45-78-04] (Jim Crawford): New to Fred Opert Racing for North American Formula Atlantic as a second car. Used as a spare by Keke Rosberg and as his race car at Lime Rock. Also raced by Eje Elgh and by Arturo Merzario at Trois-Rivières. Raced by Rosberg at Macau in November 1978. Advertised by Opert from ATS Engineering, where he had moved to become team manager, in March 1979 as a lightweight B45 with 1979 rear suspension and F2 fuel tanks. Then sold to Mike Peers and entered in the revived British series for Jim Crawford in 1979, winning five races and finishing second in the championship. Fitted with a BDX engine for 1980 and run by Plygrange Racing for Crawford in the F2 class of the Aurora series. Stayed with Plygrange for 1981 when raced by Vin Malkie (Northwich, Cheshire) in libre racing. Reappeared in 1983 when raced by Duncan Gray in the British Formula Atlantic series. It was entered by Peers himself in libre in 1984. Then to Steve Raine for Sprints, co-driven by Robin Boucher, and then hired to Bob Fearnley's RK Racing for Tiff Needell to drive in a pair of races in India in early 1985. Then reportedly to Stuart Ridge for 1986. To John Lloyd then to Simon Hadfield (Shepshed, Leicestershire) but damaged in an accident at Mallory Park. Restored with original Excita condoms bodywork and sold in 1998 to Jeff Wright, a Scotsman then living in Canada. Still with Wright (Wilmington, NC) in 2014 and raced regularly in vintage racing. By 2019, the car had moved to Scotland and was owned by George Coghill (Halkirk, Highland) and was prepared by Steve Worrad for sprints.
- March 782 [2-2] (Paul Smith): After Paul Smith wrecked his ex-Toleman March 782-2 at Mallory Park in March 1979, he built up a new car using a tub fabricated by Mo Gomm. As the "782-2" plate remained on the original tub, and this was later repaired, this Gomm-built car is regarded here as a new car 'PS1'. Used by Smith in Formula Atlantic and F2 in 1979 and 1980. Sold together with 782-2 to Bernard Tilanus "in the autumn of 1981" and shipped to South Africa, where Tilanus used 'PS1' in South African racing. Subsequent history unknown.
- Surtees TS19/TS20S  (Robin Smith): 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.
- BRM P207  (Tony Trimmer): 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.
- Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] (Desiré Wilson): 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.
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.
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Individual sources for this event
Autosport 28 Aug 1980 pp10-11. Mark Hughes' report gave full practice times, chassis numbers, all finishers and all retirements. Marcus Pye's absence was allowing other Autosport scribes to give Aurora a good kicking, Shaw's report mentioning "an air of despondency".