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Aurora AFX British F1 Championship Round

Silverstone, 20 Apr 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Eliseo Salazar Williams FW07 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#8 RAM Racing
35 45m 59.28s
133.89 mph
2 Emilio de Villota Williams FW07 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 RAM Racing
35 46m 18.56s
3 Ray Mallock Surtees TS20+ [02] - Cosworth DFV V8
#16 Cliff Smith Racing
34
4 Guy Edwards Arrows A1 [4] - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 C. W. Clowes Racing
34
5 Kevin Cogan Wolf [WR3-2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 Theodore Racing
34
6 Jim Crawford (F2) 2-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDX Swindon
#17 Plygrange Racing (see note 1)
34
7 Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre March 802 [22] - Hart 420R
#11 Theodore Racing
33
8 Desiré Wilson Wolf [WR4] - Cosworth DFV V8
#3 Theodore Racing
33
9 Tony Dean (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-17] - Hart 420R
#18 A. G. Dean (Racing)
32
10 Warren Booth (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-01] - Hart 420R
#29 Warren Booth
32
11 Bobby Howlings (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-05] - Hart 420R
#20 Bob Howlings Racing Cars
31
R Giacomo Agostini Williams FW06 [001] - Cosworth DFV V8
#9 Team Agostini
25 mechanical fuel pump
R Norman Dickson Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] - Cosworth DFV V8
#10 Colin Bennett Racing (see note 2)
24 CV joint
R Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-19] - Hart 420R
#19 A. G. Dean (Racing)
13 spin, could not restart
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 1:18.18
2 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre Williams FW07 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:18.26
3 Ray Mallock (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS20+ [02] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:20.12
4 Norman Dickson (F1) 3-litre Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:20.69
5 Desiré Wilson (F1) 3-litre Wolf [WR4] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:20.87
6 Giacomo Agostini (F1) 3-litre Williams FW06 [001] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:20.93
7 Kevin Cogan (F1) 3-litre Wolf [WR3-2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:21.16
8 Guy Edwards (F1) 3-litre Arrows A1 [4] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:21.49
9 Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre March 802 [22] - Hart 420R 1:21.98
10 Jim Crawford (F2) 2-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDX Swindon 1:22.63
11 Warren Booth (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-01] - Hart 420R 1:26.44
12 Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-19] - Hart 420R 1:26.51
13 Bobby Howlings (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-05] - Hart 420R 1:28.05
14 Tony Dean (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-17] - 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. 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.

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 24 Apr 1980 pp16-17. Marcus Pye's report gave full practice times, chassis numbers (for all except Edwards' Arrows, the TS20+, and the two Chevron B48s), all finishers and all retirements.