Aurora AFX British F1 Championship Round
Thruxton, 7 Sep 1980
|1||Eliseo Salazar||Williams FW07B  - Cosworth DFV V8
#8 RAM Racing
|2||Emilio de Villota||Williams FW07  - Cosworth DFV V8
#7 RAM Racing
|3||Giacomo Agostini||Williams FW06  - Cosworth DFV V8
#9 Team Agostini
|4||Brian Robinson||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-08] - Hart 420R
#19 Grange Performance Cars
|5||Warren Booth||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-01] - Hart 420R
#29 Warren Booth
|6||Kim Mather||(F2) 2-litre March 802  - Hart 420R
#11 Theodore Racing
|NC||Roy Baker||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-05] - Hart 420R
#24 Roy Baker
|R||Jim Crawford||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDX Swindon
#77 Plygrange Racing (see note 1)
|27||engine, valve spring|
|R||Paul Smith||(F2) 2-litre March 782 [2-2] - Hart 420R
#35 BMTR (see note 2)
|24||suspected valve spring breakage|
|R||Ray Mallock||Wolf [WR6] - Cosworth DFV V8
#16 Cliff Smith Racing
|R||Guy Edwards||Arrows A1  - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 C. W. Clowes Racing
|R||Tony Trimmer||BRM P207  - P202 V12
#30 John Jordan (see note 3)
|R||Val Musetti||Fittipaldi F5B  - Cosworth DFV V8
#15 Colin Bennett Racing
|DNSC||Leon Walger||Arrows A1  - Cosworth DFV V8
C. W. Clowes Racing
|Did not start (crashed)|
|T||Val Musetti||Fittipaldi F5A  - Cosworth DFV V8
#15T Colin Bennett Racing
|(Only used in practice)|
All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.
|1||Eliseo Salazar||(F1) 3-litre Williams FW07B  - Cosworth DFV V8||none|
|2||Emilio de Villota||(F1) 3-litre Williams FW07  - Cosworth DFV V8||none|
|3||Giacomo Agostini||(F1) 3-litre Williams FW06  - Cosworth DFV V8||none|
|4||Guy Edwards||(F1) 3-litre Arrows A1  - Cosworth DFV V8||none|
|5||Ray Mallock||(F1) 3-litre Wolf [WR6] - Cosworth DFV V8||none|
|6||Paul Smith||(F2) 2-litre March 782 [2-2] - Hart 420R||none|
|7||Kim Mather||(F2) 2-litre March 802  - Hart 420R||none|
|8||Jim Crawford||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDX Swindon||none|
|9||Val Musetti||(F1) 3-litre Fittipaldi F5B  - Cosworth DFV V8||none|
|10||Warren Booth||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-01] - Hart 420R||none|
|11||Tony Trimmer||(F1) 3-litre BRM P207  - BRM P202 V12||none|
|12||Brian Robinson||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-08] - Hart 420R||none|
|13||Roy Baker||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-05] - Hart 420R||none|
|-||Leon Walger *||(F1) 3-litre Arrows A1  - Cosworth DFV V8||none|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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Individual sources for this event
Autosport 11 Sep 1980 pp28-29. Marcus Pye's report gave the full grid, chassis numbers (for all except Edwards' and Walger's Arrows), all finishers and all retirements. Grid positions were again agreed with the Aurora Association. Even the usually upbeat Pye called this "the bleakest event in the present formula's three-year history".