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BP British Formula 3 Championship Race

Mallory Park, 25 Sep 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Derek Daly Chevron B38 [38.77.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 Derek McMahon Racing
20 15m 21.42s
105.49 mph
2 Derek Warwick Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3 Warwick Trailers
20 15m 25.3s
3 Brett Riley March 773 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#54 David Price Racing (see note 1)
20 15m 26.4s
4 James King March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#7 March Racing Ltd (see note 2)
20 15m 31.3s
5 Stephen South March 773 [T1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#12 Team BP
20 15m 31.8s
6 Eje Elgh Chevron B38 [38.77.10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Plastic Padding Chevron Racing Team
20 15m 39.4s
7 Tiff Needell March 773 [763-9] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4
#6 Unipart Racing Team (see note 3)
20 15m 39.5s
8 Jim Crawford Chevron B38 [38.77.18] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#22 Chevron Racing Team (see note 4)
20 15m 47.2s
9 Rad Dougall Chevron B38 [38.77.05] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#57 Toleman Group
20 15m 49.6s
10 Ian Taylor March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4
#5 Unipart Racing Team (see note 5)
20 15m 54.2s
11 Ian Flux Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#27 Ockley Team Racing

12 Geoff Lees Chevron B38 [38.77.09-2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#2 Chevron Racing Team (see note 6)

R Patrick Gaillard Chevron B38 [37.77.21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#23 (see note 7)
15 Collision with Farrell
UNK Chris Farrell Chevron B38 [38.77.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#18 (see note 8)

UNK Ian Grob Chevron B38 [38.77.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#24 Docking Racing (see note 9)

UNK Aryon Cornelsen Filho March 773 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#9 March Racing Ltd (see note 10)

UNK John Bright Wheatcroft R18 [004] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#52 Modern Toys

UNK Philippe Colonna Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#25 Docking Racing (see note 11)
19
UNK Barrie Maskell Dastle Mk12 - Ford twin cam Holt
#56

UNK Richard Jones March 753/773 [743-24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#21

DNA Mario Ferraris March 773 [U1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#8 March Racing Ltd (see note 12)
Did not arrive
DNA Mario Pati Ralt RT1/77 [77] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#20 Automovel Clube Paulista
Did not arrive
DNA John Stokes Chevron B38 [38.77.25] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#36 Bogarts of Birmingham (see note 13)
Did not arrive
  Les Duncan March 753 [9] - Ford twin cam Neil Brown
#15 Nucan Racing
On entry list
  Paul Bernasconi Ralt RT1/76 [22] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#28
On entry list
  Paul Rowsell Anson AS1 - Ford twin cam Rowsell
#32
On entry list
  Wyatt Stanley March 753 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#55 (see note 14)
On entry list

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Derek Warwick (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 45.5s
2 Derek Daly (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 44.1s
3 James King (F3) 2-litre March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 45.9s
4 Brett Riley (F3) 2-litre March 773 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 45.0s
5 Ian Flux (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 46.1s
6 Stephen South (F3) 2-litre March 773 [T1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 45.1s
7 Patrick Gaillard (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [37.77.21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 46.1s
8 Tiff Needell (F3) 2-litre March 773 [763-9] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4 45.3s
9 Eje Elgh (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 46.3s
10 Geoff Lees (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.09-2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 45.5s
11 Aryon Cornelsen Filho (F3) 2-litre March 773 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 46.3s
12 Ian Grob (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 45.6s
13 Rad Dougall (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.05] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 46.5s
14 John Bright (F3) 2-litre Wheatcroft R18 [004] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 45.9s
15 Ian Taylor (F3) 2-litre March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4 46.6s
16 Jim Crawford (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.18] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 46.1s
17 Barrie Maskell (F3) 2-litre Dastle Mk12 - Ford twin cam Holt 1st Q race
18 Philippe Colonna (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 2nd Q race
19 Richard Jones (F3) 2-litre March 753/773 [743-24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 3rd Q race
20 Chris Farrell (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 4th Q race

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 773 [10] (Brett Riley): 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.
  2. March 773 [U2] (James King): March works records show this as James King's works car for 1977 built on a lightweight tub AM773-41 with parts from 763-U2. This would be the "ex-King" car sold to Ian Flux early in 1978, and raced by him in the 1978 British F3 series.
  3. 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.
  4. Chevron B38 [38.77.18] (Jim Crawford): New to Chevron Racing Team for Thorkild Thyrring to race in British F3 in 1977, entered by Marlboro Jockey Todenskjold. Borrowed by Jim Crawford for a race at Mallory Park in September, and by Divina Galica for a race at Thruxton. Raced by Crawford again at the start of 1978 but wrecked in an accident at Thruxton at the end of March. Salageable parts were used in a new Chevron B43.
  5. 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.
  6. Chevron B38 [38.77.09-2] (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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 …
  9. 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.
  10. March 773 [13] (Aryon Cornelsen Filho): Shown in March records as a works car finished February 1977, on tub AM773-28 for Ayron Cornelson Filho. Also used by David Kennedy in 1977. Sold to John Bright in March 1978 to cover for his damaged Wheatcroft. Damaged badly by Bright and rebuilt on new tub in August. Retained by Bright in 1979 until wrecked at Snetterton.
  11. 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.
  12. March 773 [U1] (Mario Ferraris): March works records show this as Mario Ferraris' works car for 1977 built on tub AM773-14 and rebuilt after Ferraris' Monaco accident on tub AM773-65. Sold in March 1978 to Neasrader Film Production for Richard Morgan according to the works records. Motoring News 30 Mar 1978 p11 says that Morgan's car is ex King, but we know from reports and the works records that King's main car was 773-U2. However, that car was damaged in the 1977 season and it is possible that King used 773-U1 after its rebuild as Ferraris' damaged wrist took longer to recover than the car did. Sold to John Bright in 1979 to replace his wrecked 773-13 and its identity eventually perhaps blurred with that car in a rebuild after a heavy accident.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.

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.

Individual sources for this event

Autosport 29 Sep 1977 pp37-38; Auto Hebdo; programme provided by Adam Ferrington.