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Aurora AFX British F1 Championship Round

Mallory Park, 27 Jul 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Emilio de Villota Williams FW07 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 RAM Racing
75 52m 37.16s
115.45 mph
2 Guy Edwards Arrows A1 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 C. W. Clowes Racing
75 52m 45.52s
3 Desiré Wilson Wolf [WR3-2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#3 Theodore Racing
75 53m 17.23s
4 Jim Crawford (F2) 2-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDX Swindon
#77 Plygrange Racing (see note 1)
73
5 Robin Smith Surtees TS19/TS20S [04] - Cosworth DFV V8
#12 Scotcircuits Ltd. (see note 2)
73
6 Paul Smith (F2) 2-litre March 782 [2-2] - Hart 420R
#35 BMTR (see note 3)
73
7 Eliseo Salazar Williams FW07B [6] - Cosworth DFV V8
#8 RAM Racing
73
8 Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre March 802 [22] - Hart 420R
#11 Theodore Racing
72
9 Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-08] - Hart 420R
#19 Grange Performance Cars
71
10 Leon Walger Arrows A1 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#2 C. W. Clowes Racing
70
11 Roy Baker (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-05] - Hart 420R
#24 Roy Baker
69
R Warren Booth (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-01] - Hart 420R
#29 Warren Booth
53 broken oil and fuel pump drives
R Val Musetti Fittipaldi F5A [3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#15 Colin Bennett Racing
32 engine
R Kevin Cogan Wolf [WR4] - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 Theodore Racing
16 engine

All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre Williams FW07 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:46.45
2 Jim Crawford (F2) 2-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDX Swindon 0:46.59
3 Desiré Wilson (F1) 3-litre Wolf [WR3-2] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:47.13
4 Guy Edwards (F1) 3-litre Arrows A1 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:47.28
5 Kevin Cogan (F1) 3-litre Wolf [WR4] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:47.83
6 Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre March 802 [22] - Hart 420R 0:47.83
7 Eliseo Salazar (F1) 3-litre Williams FW07B [6] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:48.18
8 Paul Smith (F2) 2-litre March 782 [2-2] - Hart 420R 0:48.29
9 Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-08] - Hart 420R 0:48.91
10 Val Musetti (F1) 3-litre Fittipaldi F5A [3] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:49.19
11 Warren Booth (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-01] - Hart 420R 0:49.50
12 Leon Walger (F1) 3-litre Arrows A1 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:49.93
13 Robin Smith (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19/TS20S [04] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:52.42
14 Roy Baker (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-05] - Hart 420R no time

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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. 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.
  2. Surtees TS19/TS20S [04] (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.
  3. 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.

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 31 Jul 1980 pp20-21. Marcus Pye's report gave full practice times, chassis numbers (for all except Edwards' Arrows, Smith March 782, and Robinson's Chevron B48), all finishers and all retirements. Robinson was back with the Chevron B48 after using his older B42 at Thruxton and Monza.