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Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship Race

Silverstone, 29 Aug 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Beppe Gabbiani Chevron B38 [38.77.29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#76 Trivellato Racing (see note 1)
25 23m 30.46s
2 Stephen South March 773 [T1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#19 Team BP
25 23m 31.30s
3 Nelson Piquet Ralt RT1/77 [63] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#43 Scuderia Mirabella Mille Miglia
25 23m 32.58s
4 Derek Daly Chevron B38 [38.77.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3 Derek McMahon Racing
25 23m 36.73s
5 Brett Riley March 773 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#21 David Price Racing (see note 2)
25 23m 37.92s
6 Tiff Needell March 773 [763-9] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4
#31 Unipart Racing Team (see note 3)
25 23m 39.60s
7 James King March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#28 March Racing Ltd (see note 4)
25 23m 42.42s
8 Patrick Gaillard Chevron B38 [37.77.21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#7 (see note 5)
25 23m 44.63s
9 John Bright Wheatcroft R18 [006?] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#51 (see note 6)
25 23m 46.54s
10 Derek Warwick Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#6 Warwick Trailers
25 23m 47.64s
11 Jorge Koechlin Argo JM1 [005-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#63 Anglia Cars Ltd
25
12 Don Farthing Ralt RT1/76 [18] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#15
25
14 Ian Flux Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#10 Okley Team Racing Ltd

16 Geoff Brabham Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#11 Brabham Racing Organisation
(see note 7)

17 Jean-Louis Schlesser Chevron B34/B38 [34-76-24 (B)] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#99 KWS Chevron (see note 8)

R Mario Pati Ralt RT1/77 [77] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#22 Automovel Clube Paulista
Engine mount
R Piercarlo Ghinzani March 773 [15] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
AFMP Euroracing with March
Handling after collision with King
R Ian Taylor March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4
#30 Unipart Racing Team (see note 9)
Fuel pump
UNK Huub Rothengatter March 763 [11] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#33

UNK Juan Villaceros Ralt RT1/77 [58] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#65 Equipo Nacional Espanol

UNK Armin Conrad Ralt RT1/75 [3] - BMW M10
#47 Schweiz Automobilrennsport

UNK Ian Grob Chevron B38 [38.77.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 Docking Racing (see note 10)

UNK Chris Farrell Chevron B38 [38.77.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#5 (see note 11)

UNK Nigel Mansell Puma 773 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#50 McKechnie Racing

UNK Rüdi Gygax Argo JM1 [001-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#74 Anglia Cars Ltd

UNK Pierre Dieudonné Ehrlich RP3 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#56 Dr J. Ehrlich

UNK Phil Silverstone Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#16

UNK Bertram Schäfer Ralt RT1/77 [49] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#14 Klaus Zimmermann Racing

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

DNS John Nielsen Ralt RT1/77 [51] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#9 Vojens Boligcenter (see note 12)
Did not start
DNA Eje Elgh Chevron B38 [38.77.10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#2 Chevron Racing Team
Did not arrive
DNA Stefan Johansson Argo JM1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#73 Anglia Cars Ltd
Did not arrive
DNA Anders Olofsson Ralt RT1/77 [56] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#84 Puss and Kram Jeans Racing (see note 13)
Did not arrive
DNA Geoff Lees Chevron B38 [38.77.09-2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Chevron Racing Team (see note 14)
Did not arrive
DNA TBA Ralt RT1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#8 David Mills
Did not arrive
DNA Richard Jones March 753 [743-24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#18
Did not arrive
DNA Les Duncan March 753 [9] - Ford twin cam Neil Brown
#20 Nucan Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Mario Ferraris March 773 [U1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#29 March Racing Ltd (see note 15)
Did not arrive
DNA Wyatt Stanley March 753 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#32 (see note 16)
Did not arrive
DNA Jan Lammers Hawke DL16 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#36 Hawke Racing Cars Ltd
Did not arrive
DNA Nils-Åke Carlborg Ralt RT1/76 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#39 Aneby Hus Racing Team
Did not arrive
DNA Richard Morgan Anson SA2 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#48 Anson Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Bill Burley GRD 374/376 - Triumph Dolomite Neil Brown 4
#49
Did not arrive
DNA George Aposkitis Lola T570 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#55
Did not arrive
DNA Fernando Jorge Ralt RT1/77 [82] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#58 Equipe Persico Pizzamiglio
Did not arrive
DNA Philippe Colonna Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#59 Docking Racing (see note 17)
Did not arrive
DNA Giordano Regazzoni March 753 [U22] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#60 Docking Racing (see note 18)
Did not arrive
DNA John Stokes Chevron B38 [38.77.25] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#62 Bogarts of Birmingham (see note 19)
Did not arrive
DNA Luis Canomanuel Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#64 Equipo Nacional Espanol
Did not arrive
DNA Håkan Alriksson Ralt RT1/76 [20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#68 National Racing Team
Did not arrive
DNA Luciano Arnold March 763 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#71 Silvio Moser Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Gary Clare March 763 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#76
Did not arrive
DNA Jan Ridell March 753 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#77 Viso Pro Team
Did not arrive
DNA Tommy 'Slim' Borgudd Ralt RT1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#78
Did not arrive
DNA Paolo Bozzetto March 773 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#86 PEG Pordenone Corse
Did not arrive
DNA Ken Silverstone March 773 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#89
Did not arrive
DNA Ole Vejlund Ralt RT1/76 [26] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#93 Eterna Olie
Did not arrive
DNA Quirin Bovy Ralt RT1/77 [40] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#95
Did not arrive
DNA Daniele Albertin Ralt RT1/77 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#97
Did not arrive
DNA Alan Smith Chevron B38 [38.77.27] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#98 KWS Chevron (see note 20)
Did not arrive

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Nelson Piquet (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [63] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 55.80s
2 Beppe Gabbiani (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 55.82s
3 Stephen South (F3) 2-litre March 773 [T1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 55.89s
4 Bertram Schäfer (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [49] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 56.09s
5 James King (F3) 2-litre March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 56.09s
6 Mario Pati (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [77] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 56.10s
7 Derek Daly (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 56.11s
8 Ian Flux (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 56.19s
9 Patrick Gaillard (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [37.77.21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 56.24s
10 Geoff Brabham (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 56.27s
11 John Bright (F3) 2-litre Wheatcroft R18 [006?] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 56.32s
12 Brett Riley (F3) 2-litre March 773 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 56.36s
13 Piercarlo Ghinzani (F3) 2-litre March 773 [15] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 56.37s
14 Ian Taylor (F3) 2-litre March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4 56.41s
15 Jorge Koechlin (F3) 2-litre Argo JM1 [005-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 56.44s
16 Tiff Needell (F3) 2-litre March 773 [763-9] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4 56.44s
17 Paul Bernasconi (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [22] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 56.47s
18 Don Farthing (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [18] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 56.62s
19 Derek Warwick (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 56.63s
20 Huub Rothengatter (F3) 2-litre March 763 [11] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 56.70s
21 Jean-Louis Schlesser (F3) 2-litre Chevron B34/B38 [34-76-24 (B)] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 56.74s
22 Juan Villaceros (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [58] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 56.76s
23 Armin Conrad (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/75 [3] - BMW M10 56.81s
24 Ian Grob (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 56.98s
25 Chris Farrell (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 57.22s
26 Nigel Mansell (F3) 2-litre Puma 773 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 57.26s
27 Rüdi Gygax (F3) 2-litre Argo JM1 [001-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 57.57s
28 Pierre Dieudonné (F3) 2-litre Ehrlich RP3 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 57.60s
29 Phil Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 58.61s
30 John Nielsen * (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [51] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 58.81s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B38 [38.77.29] (Beppe Gabbiani): New to Trivellato Racing Team in June 1977 for Beppe Gabbiani to race in European and British F3.
  2. 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.
  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. 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.
  5. 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 hillclimbs (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.
  6. Wheatcroft R18 [006?] (John Bright): Chassis 006 is believed to be the identity of the rebuilt car raced by John Bright (Leicester) in British Formula 3 following his massive accident at Cadwell Park in July 1977. Bright first drove the "rebuilt" car at Donington Park on the last day of July, and continued with it to the end of that season. He raced it again in 1978, but again crashed, at Brands Hatch in July, and this time the car did not reappear. Bright sold the R18 to Rhoddy Harvey-Bailey (Hilton, Derbyshire) and John Colley for 1979, and as part of the deal Bright rebuilt it to Formula Atlantic specification. It was raced by Harvey-Bailey, Colley and Ian Shaw, using Alan Smith BDA engines. It was also raced on one occasion by John Bright. It was advertised by Roger Cowman in September 1979 as "hardly used". Colley sold it to hillclimber Richard Barnes (Lichfield, Staffordshire), who fitted an 1100cc Cosworth BDJ and hillclimbed it for a while. He has retained the car in his collection since then.
  7. 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.
  8. Chevron B34/B38 [34-76-24 (B)] (Jean-Louis Schlesser): Geoff Lees' Chevron B34 was rebuilt with a new monocoque near the end of the 1976 season, but as the earlier monocoque was rebuilt and reused, the car effectively divided. The car built on the new monocoque was sold to Jean-Louis Schlesser and run for him by KWS Freizeit Racing Team in European F3 in 1977. By mid-season, it had been updated with B38 bodywork.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 …
  12. Ralt RT1/77 [51] (John Nielsen): New to VB Racing (Vojens Boligcenter) for 1977 and raced by Dane John Nielsen in F3 across Europe.
  13. Ralt RT1/77 [56] (Anders Olofsson): New to Anders Olofsson for 1977 according to Ralt records, and raced by him in European and Swedish F3 with backing from Puss o Kram Jeans. Retained by Olofsson for 1978, now as Strike Up Racing Team. To Pomeroy Racing Team for 1979, when it was raced by Olofsson and by Björn Ohlsson. Raced by Hans Edvinsson in 1980.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Chevron B38 [38.77.27] (Alan Smith): New to KWS Autotechnik Team for Alan Smith to race in European, German and British F3 in 1977, run by KWS Motorsport. Despite having chassis number 77-27, this car also had a tub stamped 77-28. Retained by KWS Motorsport for 1978 as a hire car. Later in the season it was used by Helmut Bross in the German F3 series. According to Chris Townsend's research, it may have gone to Bross with his B43 in 1979, then probably to Albert Hamper (Bitburg) by 1981, then Manfred Hebben (Bitburg) to 1984.

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

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