Aurora AFX British F1 Championship Round
Silverstone, 5 Oct 1980
|1||Emilio de Villota||Williams FW07  - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 RAM Racing
|2||Guy Edwards||Arrows A1  - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 C. W. Clowes Racing
|3||Giacomo Agostini||Williams FW06  - Cosworth DFV V8
#9 Team Agostini
|4||Mike Wilds||Chevron B41 [41-79-01] - Cosworth DFV V8
#3 Graham Eden Racing
|5||Paul Smith||(F2) 2-litre March 782 [2-2] - Hart 420R
#35 BMTR (see note 1)
|6||Kim Mather||(F2) 2-litre March 802  - Hart 420R
#11 Theodore Racing
|7||Ricardo Londoño||Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] - Cosworth DFV V8
#10 Colin Bennett Racing (see note 2)
|8||Jim Crawford||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDX Swindon
#77 Plygrange Racing (see note 3)
|9||Divina Galica||(F2) 2-litre March 792  - Hart 420R
#13 Davina Galica
|10||Brian Robinson||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-17] - Hart 420R
#19 Grange Performance Cars
|11||Dennis Leech||McLaren M23  - Cosworth DFV V8
#34 Dennis Leech
|12||Val Musetti||Fittipaldi F5B  - Cosworth DFV V8
#15 Colin Bennett Racing
|13||Warren Booth||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-01] - Hart 420R
#29 Warren Booth
|14||Roy Baker||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-05] - Hart 420R
#24 Roy Baker
|15||Ron Harper||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-08] - Hart 420R
#33 Harper High performance Motor Cars
(see note 4)
|NC||Bobby Howlings||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-05] - Hart 420R
#20 Bob Howlings Racing Cars
|NC||Leon Walger||Arrows A1  - Cosworth DFV V8
#2 C. W. Clowes Racing
|R||Eliseo Salazar||Williams FW07B  - Cosworth DFV V8
#8 RAM Racing
|R||John Lewis||(F2) 2-litre Toleman TG280  - Hart 420R
#14 Docking Spitzley Racing (see note 5)
|R||Ray Mallock||Wolf [WR6] - Cosworth DFV V8
#16 Cliff Smith Racing
|T||Brian Robinson||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-08] - Hart 420R
#19 Grange Performance Cars
|(Only used in practice)|
|DNA||Tony Trimmer||BRM P207  - P202 V12
#30 John Jordan (see note 6)
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.
|1||Emilio de Villota||(F1) 3-litre Williams FW07  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:18.02|
|2||Eliseo Salazar||(F1) 3-litre Williams FW07B  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:18.82|
|3||Giacomo Agostini||(F1) 3-litre Williams FW06  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:20.56|
|4||Guy Edwards||(F1) 3-litre Arrows A1  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:20.58|
|5||Ray Mallock||(F1) 3-litre Wolf [WR6] - Cosworth DFV V8||1:20.72|
|6||Val Musetti||(F1) 3-litre Fittipaldi F5B  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:22.18|
|7||Kim Mather||(F2) 2-litre March 802  - Hart 420R||1:22.30|
|8||Paul Smith||(F2) 2-litre March 782 [2-2] - Hart 420R||1:22.37|
|9||Mike Wilds||(F1) 3-litre Chevron B41 [41-79-01] - Cosworth DFV V8||1:22.63|
|10||John Lewis||(F2) 2-litre Toleman TG280  - Hart 420R||1:22.69|
|11||Jim Crawford||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDX Swindon||1:22.89|
|12||Leon Walger||(F1) 3-litre Arrows A1  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:23.88|
|13||Brian Robinson||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-17] - Hart 420R||1:24.90|
|14||Divina Galica||(F2) 2-litre March 792  - Hart 420R||1:25.36|
|15||Dennis Leech||(F1) 3-litre McLaren M23  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:25.52|
|16||Warren Booth||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-01] - Hart 420R||1:27.17|
|17||Roy Baker||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-05] - Hart 420R||1:28.16|
|18||Ricardo Londoño||(F1) 3-litre Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] - Cosworth DFV V8||1:29.61|
|19||Bobby Howlings||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-05] - Hart 420R||1:30.85|
|20||Ron Harper||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-08] - Hart 420R||1:32.72|
|-||Brian Robinson(T)||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-08] - Hart 420R||1:26:89|
Notes on the cars:
- 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.
- Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] (Ricardo Londoño): 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.
- 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.
- 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. Its primary driver was to be Jacques Laffite, who drove it at Hockenheim, Pau and Nogaro. Alan Jones drove it the 'Ring, and then American Gregg Young hired the car for Mugello and a few other races. When Young was committed to a Formula Atlantic race, Maurizio Flammini took it over for the Rouen race with Gulf sponsorship. It was also driven by Alex Ribeiro at Misano, Eje Elgh at Estoril with Marlboro backing and Tiff Needell at Donington Park with Unipart support. 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.
- Toleman TG280  (John Lewis): New to Docking Spitzley Racing for Huub Rothengatter to race in F2 in 1980. Raced once by John Lewis in the Aurora series at the end of that season. Retained by Docking Spitzley for 1981 when it was run by Bob Salisbury for Ricardo Londoño. Retained by Docking Spitzley for 1982 when it was rebuilt with new rear suspension and "totally new bodywork" for Thierry Tassin to drive. Sold to Eddie Wachs' Ausca Racing at the end of the F2 season, and converted to Can-Am specification for Horst Kwech to drive. Retained for 1983, when it was raced by Wachs. Retained again for 1984, when it was driven by Wachs, Bill Alsup, and Enrique Mansilla. Subsequent history unresolved.
- 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can help in any way with our research.
Individual sources for this event
Autosport 9 Oct 1980 pp26-27. Marcus Pye's report gave the full practice times, chassis numbers (for all except Edwards' Arrows), all finishers and all retirements. The series ended on a high with a huge grid and 17 cars still running at the finish. As Pye said, "why, oh why…".