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Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship Race

Silverstone, 6 Jun 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Geoff Brabham Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#11 Brabham Racing Organisation
(see note 1)
25 23m 56.2s
100.77 mph
2 Ian Flux Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#10 Ockley Racing Team Ltd
25 24m 05.8s
3 Patrick Gaillard Chevron B38 [37.77.21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#7 (see note 2)
25 24m 06.2s
4 Derek Warwick Chevron B38 [38.77.05] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#6 Warwick Trailers Ltd
25 24m 22.0s
5 Ian Grob Chevron B38 [38.77.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 Docking Racing (see note 3)
25 24m 26.2s
6 Ian Taylor March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4
#30 Unipart Racing Team (see note 4)
25 24m 26.4s
7 Philippe Colonna Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#59 Docking Racing (see note 5)
25 24m 39.8s
8 Chris Farrell Chevron B38 [38.77.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#5 (see note 6)
25 24m 40.2s
9 John Stokes Chevron B38 [38.77.25] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#62 Bogarts of Birmingham (see note 7)
25 24m 44.4s
10 Pierre Dieudonné Ehrlich RP3 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#56 Dr Joseph Ehrlich
25 24m 46.4s
R Tiff Needell March 773 [763-9] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4
#31 Unipart Racing Team (see note 8)
22 Black flagged damaged wing
UNK Derek Daly Chevron B38 [38.77.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3 Derek McMahon Racing

UNK Jorge Koechlin Argo JM1 [003-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#63 Anglia Cars Ltd

UNK Giordano Regazzoni March 753 [U22] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#60 Docking Racing (see note 9)

UNK Eje Elgh Chevron B38 [38.77.10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#2 Chevron Racing Team

UNK Brett Riley March 773 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#21 AFMP Euroracing with March GB
(see note 10)

UNK John Bright Wheatcroft R18 [004] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#51

UNK Ian Ashley Lola T570 [HU1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#54 Lola Cars Ltd

UNK Mario Pati March 773 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#22 Automovel Clube Paulista Charly SA Euroracing March

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

UNK Don Farthing Ralt RT1/76 [18] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#68

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

UNK Richard Jones March 753 [743-24] - Triumph Dolomite 4
#18

UNK Ivor Jones March 743 [U10] - Ford twin cam Richardson
#17 British Island Airways Racing

UNK Les Duncan March 753 [9] - Ford twin cam Neil Brown
#20 Nucan Racing

UNK Geoff Smailes March 773 [763-16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#25

UNK Brian Ireland March 773 [2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#26

UNK Steve Saunders March 753 - Ford twin cam Cosworth
#27

UNK Paul Morton Hawke DL15B - Ford twin cam
#37 Chel Racing

UNK Richard Morgan Anson SA2 - Triumph Dolomite Neil Brown 4
#48 Anson Racing

UNK Bill Burley GRD 374/376 - Triumph Dolomite Neil Brown 4
#49

UNK George Aposkitis Lola T570 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#55

UNK Andrew Miedecke March 763 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#61

DNS Stephen South March 763 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#19 Team BP (see note 11)
Did not start
(Collision with Phil Silverstone)
DNS Geoff Lees Chevron B38 [38.77.09] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Chevron Racing Team (see note 12)
Did not start
(Accident)

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Stephen South * (F3) 2-litre March 763 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 04.4s
2 Derek Daly (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 04.6s
3 Geoff Brabham (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
4 Ian Grob (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 05.2s
5 Ian Flux (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 05.2s
6 Tiff Needell (F3) 2-litre March 773 [763-9] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4 1m 05.2s
7 Derek Warwick (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.05] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 05.2s
8 Patrick Gaillard (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [37.77.21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 05.2s
9 Ian Taylor (F3) 2-litre March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4 1m 05.4s
10 Philippe Colonna (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 05.4s
11 Pierre Dieudonné (F3) 2-litre Ehrlich RP3 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 05.6s
12 John Bright (F3) 2-litre Wheatcroft R18 [004] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 05.8s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  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. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

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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