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Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship Race

Brands Hatch, 1 May 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Stephen South March 763 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#19 Team BP (see note 1)
20 14m 01.9s
77.21 mph
2 Derek Warwick Chevron B38 [38.77.05] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#6 Warwick Trailers
20 14m 06.2s
3 Geoff Lees Chevron B38 [38.77.09] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Chevron Racing Team (see note 2)
20 14m 07.0s
4 Eje Elgh Chevron B38 [38.77.10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#2 Chevron Racing Team
20 14m 07.4s
5 Derek Daly Chevron B38 [38.77.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3 Derek McMahon Racing
20 14m 17.8s
6 Brett Riley March 773 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#21 AFMP Euroracing
20 14m 20.8s
7 Ian Taylor March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4
#30 Unipart Racing Team (see note 3)
20 14m 23.0s
8 Ian Grob Chevron B38 [38.77.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 Docking Racing (see note 4)
20 14m 27.4s
9 Tiff Needell March 773 [763-9] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4
#31 Unipart Racing Team (see note 5)
20 14m 28.8s
10 John Bright Wheatcroft R18 [004] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#51
20 14m 34.0s
11 Juan Villaceros Ralt RT1/77 [58] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#65 Equipo Nacional Español
20 14m 34.2s
12 Chris Farrell Chevron B38 [38.77.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#5 (see note 6)
20 14m 36.2s
R Luis Canomanuel Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#64 Equipo Nacional Español
0
R Mario Pati March 773 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#22 AFMP Euroracing (see note 7)
0
UNK Jan Lammers Hawke DL18 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#36 Hawke Racing Cars (see note 8)

UNK Geoff Brabham Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#11 Brabham Racing Organisation
(see note 9)

UNK Giordano Regazzoni March 753 [U22] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#60 Docking Racing (see note 10)

UNK Ian Flux Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#10 Ockley Team Racing

UNK Paul Bernasconi Ralt RT1/76 [22] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#12

UNK Patrick Gaillard Chevron B38 [37.77.21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
(see note 11)

DNQH Don Farthing Ralt RT1/76 [18] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#66
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Richard Jones March 753 [743-24] - Triumph Dolomite 4
#18
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Phil Silverstone Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#16
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Les Duncan March 753 [9] - Ford twin cam
#20 Nucan Racing
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Wyatt Stanley March 753 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#32 (see note 12)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Barrie Maskell Dastle Mk12 - Ford twin cam Holt
#41
Did not qualify from heats
DNA Ivor Jones March 743 [U10] - Ford twin cam
#17 British Island Airways
Did not arrive
DNA Geoff Smailes March 773 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#25
Did not arrive
DNA Brian Ireland March 773 [2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#26
Did not arrive
DNA Gary Anderson Anson SA2 - Triumph Dolomite 4
#48 Anson Cars
Did not arrive
DNA Bill Burley GRD 374 - Triumph Dolomite 4
#49
Did not arrive
DNA Rad Dougall Technik TT773 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#52 The Toleman Group
Did not arrive
DNA Ian Ashley Lola T570 [HU1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#54 Lola Cars
Did not arrive
DNA Pierre Dieudonné Ehrlich ES6 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#56 Dr Joseph Ehrlich
Did not arrive
DNA Philippe Colonna Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#59 Docking Racing (see note 13)
Did not arrive
DNA Andrew Miedecke March 763 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#61
Did not arrive
DNA John Stokes Chevron B38 [38.77.25] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#62 Bogarts Racing (see note 14)
Did not arrive

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Derek Daly100.07.46.692.86 mph
2Patrick Gaillard100.08.00.2
3Chris Farrell100.08.03.0
4Mario Pati100.08.04.2
5Don Farthing
6Richard Jones
7Phil Silverstone
8Les Duncan
Wyatt Stanley
Barrie MaskellCollision with Pati
Qualifying
1 Geoff Lees (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.09] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 45.6s
2 Derek Warwick (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.05] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 45.6s
3 Eje Elgh (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 46.0s
4 Brett Riley (F3) 2-litre March 773 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 46.2s
5 Paul Bernasconi (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [22] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 46.4s
6 Ian Taylor (F3) 2-litre March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4 46.4s
7 Stephen South (F3) 2-litre March 763 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 46.4s
8 Juan Villaceros (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [58] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 46.6s
9 Jan Lammers (F3) 2-litre Hawke DL18 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
10 Luis Canomanuel (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 46.8s
11 Giordano Regazzoni (F3) 2-litre March 753 [U22] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 46.8s
12 Geoff Brabham (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
13 Ian Grob (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 47.0s
14 Ian Flux (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 47.0s
15 John Bright (F3) 2-litre Wheatcroft R18 [004] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 47.0s
16 Tiff Needell (F3) 2-litre March 773 [763-9] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4 47.0s
17 Derek Daly (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
18 Patrick Gaillard (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [37.77.21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
19 Chris Farrell (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
19 Barrie Maskell (F3) 2-litre Dastle Mk12 - Ford twin cam Holt
20 Mario Pati (F3) 2-litre March 773 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
22 Richard Jones (F3) 2-litre March 753 [743-24] - Triumph Dolomite 4
23 Don Farthing (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [18] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
24 Phil Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
25 Les Duncan (F3) 2-litre March 753 [9] - Ford twin cam
26 Wyatt Stanley (F3) 2-litre March 753 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 763 [13] (Stephen South): March build records show sold to John Stokes, 19 May 1976. Run by Stokes for Stephen South from mid 1976, until wrecked in an accident with Derek Daly in the 1977 British GP support race and scrapped. Some parts used in the construction of 773-T1, South's replacement car.
  2. Chevron B38 [38.77.09] (Geoff Lees): To Chevron Racing Team for Geoff Lees to race in British F3 in 1977. Rebuilt on new monocoque 38-77-31 in time for Thruxton in June, where it was described as a brand new. Unknown after 1977 but may have gone to Japan where Koichi Sakamoto raced a Chevron B38 for most of 1978.
  3. March 773 [3] (Ian Taylor): March build records show sold to Unipart, 23 December 1976. Only one 773 is consigned to Unipart in the build records. Assumed that Taylor as senior driver would take the new car, a fact borne out by occasional references in 1977 to Needell being in a 763, the team's original car.
  4. Chevron B38 [38.77.19] (Ian Grob): New to Alan Docking Racing for Ian Grob to race in British F3 in 1977, entered by KVG Racing. Retained by the Docking team for 1978, and probably the car driven by Huub Rothengatter in the last few months of the season. Unknown after 1979 until it reappeared with Jim Yardley in 1984. Later with David Proctor in 1987.
  5. March 773 [763-9] (Tiff Needell): Shown in March records as sold to Tony Dron 12.1.76. This was the solitary Unipart car in 1976. Although Unipart ran two cars in 1977, they only bought one new car, converting the older car for Needell, the junior driver in the team. Some results credit Needell's car as being a 763.
  6. Chevron B38 [38.77.02] (Chris Farrell): New to Chris Farrell for British F3 in 1977. To Barry Green for 1979, and run for him in British F3 by Fred Opert Racing. Last used by Green in July 1978, and then unknown until seen with Mike Brown in Sprints in 1984 …
  7. March 773 [10] (Mario Pati): According to March records delivered in March 1977 to AFMP Euroracing, and subsequently given to Brett Riley in lieu of his contractual payments when the Euroracing set-up was dissolved. (This does not mean the car was Riley’s early season car in 1977; he used at least two before the team collapsed, neither of which were necessarily this car.) Run by David Price for Riley in the second half of 1977 and used to win the European round at Donington. Chassis number given in Autosport advert late in 1977 by Price. Sold to Roy Kennedy [Motoring News 2 Mar 1978 p15] although Autosport 9 Mar 1978 p41 says the car is ‘ex James King’. (King used a works car - 773-U2 - for most of 1977 but it is possible he had a race in this car early in the season, however his principal car went in 1978 to Ian Flux.) Run by Kennedy for Saed Ali Hodzic until Hodzic was injured in practice at the International Trophy support race; then became a rental car but did very few races. For sale by Kennedy in early 1979, Autosport 22 Feb 1979 p57, but retained and rented to Serge Saulnier for the 1979 race at Monaco.
  8. Hawke DL18 [1] (Jan Lammers): The Hawke DL18 was designed by Adrian Reynard for David Lazenby's Hawke company, based in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. Hawke had been successful in Formula Ford, but this was the firm's first F3 car. Rupert Keegan was signed to drive the car, with sposorship from British Air Ferries. Reynard's design was advanced, with inboard rising-rate front suspension and delta-shaped rear wing, but testing did not go well and Keegan only raced it once. It remained with Hawke, and was revamped for the 1977 season, when Jan Lammers drove it.
  9. Ralt RT1/76 [29] (Geoff Brabham): Ralt records show as sold to Geoff Brabham in 1976, probably being delivered in early June. Used by him until the end of 1978 then sold to Ken Thorogood's Hub of the Universe Racing for Osamu Hatagawa to use in British races.
  10. March 753 [U22] (Giordano Regazzoni): According to the March build records constructed in 1975 from discarded parts of works cars 753-U1 and 763-U1 for Giordano ‘Dodo’ Regazzoni. Probably used by the works drivers Nilsson and Ribeiro at Cadwell Park and the British GP support race in July 1975, with this car built as temporary replacement for Nilsson’s 753-U1 rolled at the Monza Lotteria in late June. Retained by Regazzoni into 1978. Motoring News 16 Mar 1978 p7 comments that Regazzoni is still using last year’s car.
  11. Chevron B38 [37.77.21] (Patrick Gaillard): New to Patrick Gaillard for British F3 in 1977. Sold to Jean-Louis Schlesser for European F3 in 1978, and run by him for KWS Motorsport. Sold to Bernard Birbés for French F3 and French hilllcimbs (using a 1600cc Toyota engine) in 1979. To André Argeliès and run in French hillclimbs with a 1300cc Ford engine in 1981 and 1982. By 1987, this car had returned to England as was being raced in TF3 by Ian Jacobs.
  12. March 753 [14] (Wyatt Stanley): Originally a car belonging to the B&O team in 1975, when used by Pierre Dieudonné. Chassis number for this car and its sister, driven by Hervé Regout, observed by AF at Oulton Park 4 October 1975. Sold to Ken Silverstone for the 1976 season [Autosport 2 Sep 1976 p33 says his car is ‘ex Dieudonné.) To Wyatt Stanley in mid 1977 and retained by him for the 1978 season.
  13. Chevron B38 [38.77.24] (Philippe Colonna): New to Alan Docking Racing for Philippe Colonna to race in British F3 in 1977. Retained by the Docking team for 1978, and raced by Philip Bullman and by Colonna in British F3. Unknown in 1979 but purchased by Eddie Heasell in early 1980 for British F3 and libre. Retained for libre in 1981.
  14. Chevron B38 [38.77.25] (John Stokes): New to John Stokes (Birmingham) and raced in British F3 in 1977, sponsored by Bogarts of Birmingham. Retained for 1978 and rented by Philippe Colonna for the Zolder F3 in Zolder after Colonna had wrecked his ex-Stephen South March at Zeltweg. Then raced again by Stokes until the end of August.

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 British Formula 3 results have been compiled by Chris Townsend using the main British magazines Autosport and Motoring News but also the US magazine On Track which carried surprisingly good coverage of the British series.

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.