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Aurora AFX British F1 Championship Round

Mallory Park, 5 May 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Emilio de Villota Williams FW07 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 RAM Racing
75 51m 32.10s
117.88 mph
2 Norman Dickson Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] - Cosworth DFV V8
#10 Colin Bennett Racing (see note 1)
75 51m 33.41s
3 Jim Crawford (F2) 2-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDX Swindon
#17 Plygrange Racing (see note 2)
71
4 Warren Booth (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-01] - Hart 420R
#29 Warren Booth
71
5 Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-19] - Hart 420R
#19 A. G. Dean (Racing)
71
6 Bobby Howlings (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-05] - Hart 420R
#20 Bob Howlings Racing Cars
69
7 Ron Harper (F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-08] - Hart 420R
#33 Harper High performance Motor Cars
(see note 3)
68
R Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre March 802 [22] - Hart 420R
#11 Theodore Racing
47 clutch
R Tony Trimmer BRM P207 [02] - P202 V12
#30 John Jordan (see note 4)
14 gear selector fork
R Vivien Candy Arrows A1 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#2 C. W. Clowes Racing
13 accident
R Tony Dean (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-17] - Hart 420R
#18 A. G. Dean (Racing)
11 oil pipe
R Guy Edwards Arrows A1 [4] - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 C. W. Clowes Racing
3 driveshaft
R Desiré Wilson Wolf [WR4] - Cosworth DFV V8
#3 Theodore Racing
2 driveshaft
R Eliseo Salazar Williams FW07 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#8 RAM Racing
2 driveshaft
R Kevin Cogan Wolf [WR3-2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 Theodore Racing
0 accident
DNS Roy Baker (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-05] - Ford BDG
#24 Roy Baker
Did not start
(piston ring blew after one lap)
T Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-08] - Hart 420R
#19
(Only used in practice)

All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Eliseo Salazar (F1) 3-litre Williams FW07 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:39.98
2 Kevin Cogan (F1) 3-litre Wolf [WR3-2] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:40.17
3 Desiré Wilson (F1) 3-litre Wolf [WR4] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:40.25
4 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre Williams FW07 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:40.31
5 Norman Dickson (F1) 3-litre Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:41.01
6 Vivien Candy (F1) 3-litre Arrows A1 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:41.24
7 Jim Crawford (F2) 2-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDX Swindon 0:41.43
8 Guy Edwards (F1) 3-litre Arrows A1 [4] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:41.68
9 Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre March 802 [22] - Hart 420R 0:41.74
10 Warren Booth (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-01] - Hart 420R 0:42.32
11 Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-19] - Hart 420R 0:42.92
12 Tony Trimmer (F1) 3-litre BRM P207 [02] - BRM P202 V12 0:43.66
13 Bobby Howlings (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-05] - Hart 420R 0:44.43
14 Tony Dean (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-17] - Hart 420R 0:44.97
15 Ron Harper (F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-08] - Hart 420R 0:45.07
16 Roy Baker * (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-05] - Ford BDG no time
- Brian Robinson(T) (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-08] - Hart 420R 0:44:31
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] (Norman Dickson): 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Chevron B40 [40-77-08] (Ron Harper): New to Fred Opert Racing and used for guest drivers in Formula 2 in 1977, using Hart 420R engines. Drivers that season were Jacques Laffite, Alan Jones, Gregg Young, Maurizio Flammini, Alex Dias Ribeiro and Tiff Needell. Retained for 1978, and raced by Alan Prost at Pau in May. Sold to Paul Gibson later in 1978, and used in libre at Croft. Retained by Gibson for 1979, then to Ron Harper (Middlesbrough) for libre and Aurora in 1980, and for libre in 1981. Sold to Peter Himsworth (Ware, Hertfordshire) late 1981 but reportedly little used. Sold to Richard Ames (Cirencester, Gloucestershire) for sprints in 1984 and 1985, and again for 1986, when he used a 2.5-litre Hart engine. To David Keer (Woking, Surrey) for 1987 and used in speed events, mainly in South West England. Then to Chris Hill (Hertfordshire) for sprints in 1988, 1989 and 1990. Sold to Ray Rowan (Walsall, West Midlands) who used it at two events in 1992, in the new 2-litre class, and raced once by his nephew Martin O'Connell at Thruxton's 25th anniversary meeting in 1993. To John Crowson (Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire) in 1998 and used in Historic F2 in 2003. Repainted to Opert's blue livery in 2007 and raced by Richard Evans at Oulton Park in August 2007, then by Crowson from 2008 to 2011. To Sandy Watson and raced by Martin O’Connell using a BDG engine from 2012 onwards.
  4. BRM P207 [02] (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.

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 8 May 1980 pp40-41. Marcus Pye's report gave full practice times, chassis numbers (even for Robinson's spare Chevron B48), all finishers and all retirements.