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Aurora AFX British F1 Championship Round

Thruxton, 26 May 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Eliseo Salazar Williams FW07 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#8 RAM Racing
43 57m 32.19s
105.65 mph
2 Desiré Wilson Wolf [WR4] - Cosworth DFV V8
#3 Theodore Racing
43 57m 32.40s
3 Guy Edwards Arrows A1 [4] - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 C. W. Clowes Racing
43 57m 57.21s
4 Giacomo Agostini Williams FW06 [001] - Cosworth DFV V8
#9 Team Agostini
43 57m 58.45s
5 Emilio de Villota Fittipaldi F5A [3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 RAM Racing
43 58m 44.81s
6 Val Musetti Fittipaldi F5A [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#15 Val Musetti
42
7 Vivien Candy Arrows A1 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#2 C. W. Clowes Racing
41
8 Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-19] - Hart 420R
#19 A. G. Dean (Racing)
41
9 Paul Gibson (F2) 2-litre March 792 [20] - Hart 420R
#44 John Gibson Ltd. (see note 1)
41
10 Roy Baker (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-05] - Hart 420R
#24 Roy Baker
40
11 Norman Dickson Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] - Cosworth DFV V8
#10 Colin Bennett Racing (see note 2)
39 Rear brake caliper
12 Warren Booth (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-01] - Hart 420R
#29 Warren Booth
39
13 Jim Crawford (F2) 2-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDX Swindon
#17 Plygrange Racing (see note 3)
38
R Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre March 802 [22] - Hart 420R
#11 Theodore Racing
26 engine
R Bobby Howlings (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-05] - Hart 420R
#20 Bob Howlings Racing Cars
13 puncture
R Carlo Franchi ("Gimax") Williams FW06 [002] - Cosworth DFV V8
#22 Team Agostini
1 "driver fatigue"
R Ray Mallock Surtees TS20+ [02] - Cosworth DFV V8
#16 Cliff Smith Racing
1 accident, fire
DNS Tony Trimmer BRM P207 [02] - P202 V12
#30 John Jordan (see note 4)
Did not start
(DNS: Valve seat)

All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Eliseo Salazar (F1) 3-litre Williams FW07 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:07.51
2 Guy Edwards (F1) 3-litre Arrows A1 [4] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:08.33
3 Ray Mallock (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS20+ [02] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:08.77
4 Desiré Wilson (F1) 3-litre Wolf [WR4] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:09.60
5 Giacomo Agostini (F1) 3-litre Williams FW06 [001] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:10.38
6 Norman Dickson (F1) 3-litre Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:10.80
7 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre Fittipaldi F5A [3] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:11.54
8 Carlo Franchi ("Gimax") (F1) 3-litre Williams FW06 [002] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:11.77
9 Tony Trimmer * (F1) 3-litre BRM P207 [02] - BRM P202 V12 1:11.80
10 Kim Mather (F2) 2-litre March 802 [22] - Hart 420R 1:11.97
11 Jim Crawford (F2) 2-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDX Swindon 1:11.98
12 Vivien Candy (F1) 3-litre Arrows A1 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:12.20
13 Val Musetti (F1) 3-litre Fittipaldi F5A [2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:12.20
14 Roy Baker (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-05] - Hart 420R 1:13.60
15 Warren Booth (F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-01] - Hart 420R 1:13.56
16 Paul Gibson (F2) 2-litre March 792 [20] - Hart 420R 1:15:19
17 Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-19] - Hart 420R 1:15:22
18 Bobby Howlings (F2) 2-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-05] - Hart 420R 1:20:18
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 792 [20] (Paul Gibson): New to Norman Dickson (Perth, Scotland) and raced in the F2 section of the 1979 British F1 series, prepared by Colin Bennett. Due to be raced by Angelo Piccione at the Misano in August but he was too slow in testing. Sold to Paul Gibson in October 1979 and used mainly in libre racing at Croft but also appeared in rounds of the British series at Thruxton and Monza. Sold to Bob Leckie (Aberdeen, Scotland) for libre racing in 1981 but sold on in mid-season to John Bothamley who used it in the last few races of the Ingliston season. Taken to John Maguire in Coventry that winter who used the engine, gearbox, suspension, uprights, brakes and other components in the construction of a GT car for 1982, with Maguire's space frame chassis and Lotus Esprit bodywork. The tub, nose, rear wing, sidepods and rear bodywork were returned to Scotland and sold to Norrie Galbraith who planned to fit the running gear off his March 782 and put it in the 792 tub. Unfortunately Galbraith was killed in the 782 just weeks later. The 782 tub was scrapped but 792 tub and the remains of the 782 were sold to Bobby Howlings who eventually sold them to Willy Widar in Belgium. The 782 parts and 792 tub were evidently then built into a car which took the identity of 782-26. With its components scattered, the 792 has effectively ceased to exist.
  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.
  3. 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.
  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 29 May 1980 pp10-11. Marcus Pye's report gave the full grid, chassis numbers (for all except the ill-fated TS20+), all finishers and all retirements. There was no timed practice, so the Aurora Association decided the grid order based on a terst session the previous Friday. The four cars that had not attended that session were given "unofficial" times for the purpose of deciding the grid order.