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Aurora AFX British F1 Championship Round

Snetterton, 10 Aug 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Guy Edwards Arrows A1 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 C. W. Clowes Racing
55 54m 34.81s
115.90 mph
2 Eliseo Salazar Williams FW07B [6] - Cosworth DFV V8
#8 RAM Racing
54 out of fuel on last lap
3 Emilio de Villota Williams FW07 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 RAM Racing
54
4 Jim Crawford (F2) 2-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDX Swindon
#77 Plygrange Racing (see note 1)
53
5 Leon Walger Arrows A1 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#2 C. W. Clowes Racing
53
6 Val Musetti Fittipaldi F5A [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#15 Colin Bennett Racing
52
7 Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre March 802 [22] - Hart 420R
#11 Theodore Racing
52
8 Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-08] - Hart 420R
#19 Grange Performance Cars
51
9 Warren Booth (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-01] - Hart 420R
#29 Warren Booth
51
10 Roy Baker (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-05] - Hart 420R
#24 Roy Baker
47
R Kevin Cogan Wolf [WR3-2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 Theodore Racing
46 blown engine
R Tony Trimmer BRM P207 [02] - P202 V12
#30 John Jordan (see note 2)
39 fuel pick-up fault
R Giacomo Agostini Williams FW06 [001] - Cosworth DFV V8
#9 Team Agostini
22 broken throttle linkage
DNS Terry Fisher (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-14] - Ford BDG
#35 Terry Fisher
Did not start
(blown engine)

All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Eliseo Salazar (F1) 3-litre Williams FW07B [6] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:58.27
2 Guy Edwards (F1) 3-litre Arrows A1 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:58.48
3 Kevin Cogan (F1) 3-litre Wolf [WR3-2] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:58.66
4 Giacomo Agostini (F1) 3-litre Williams FW06 [001] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:59.76
5 Val Musetti (F1) 3-litre Fittipaldi F5A [2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:00.33
6 Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre March 802 [22] - Hart 420R 1:00.53
7 Leon Walger (F1) 3-litre Arrows A1 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:00.59
8 Jim Crawford (F2) 2-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDX Swindon 1:00.99
9 Warren Booth (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-01] - Hart 420R 1:02.51
10 Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-08] - Hart 420R 1:02.89
11 Terry Fisher * (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-14] - Ford BDG 1:06.14
12 Roy Baker (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-05] - Hart 420R 1:06.47
13 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre Williams FW07 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:10.81
14 Tony Trimmer (F1) 3-litre BRM P207 [02] - BRM P202 V12 no time
 
* Did not start

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. 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. 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 14 Aug 1980 pp28-29. Jeremy Shaw's report gave full practice times, chassis numbers (for all except Terry Fisher's "ex-Agostini/Brill" Chevron "B40"), all finishers and all retirements. Shaw gave the article a very different tone, emphasising the "poor entry".