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BP British Formula 3 Championship Race

Brands Hatch, 15 Jul 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Chico Serra March 783 [9 or 14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#13 Sadia Racing with Project Four
20 29m 33.34s
106.12 mph
2 Derek Warwick Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Warwick Trailers
20 29m 43.83s
3 Andrea de Cesaris Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 Marlboro Team Tiga
20 29m 48.65s
4 Nelson Piquet Ralt RT1/78 [131] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#24 Brastemp Arno Hobby
20 29m 49.06s
5 Tiff Needell March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4
#40 Unipart Racing Team
20 30m 00.48s
6 Brett Riley Ehrlich RP4 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#58 Dr. J. Ehrlich
20 30m 00.82s
7 Thorkild Thyrring Ralt RT1/78 [123] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#43
20 30m 11.43s
8 Jim Crawford Chevron B43 [43.78.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#5 Toyota Switzerland
20 30m 13.96s
9 Geoff Brabham Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#11 (see note 1)
20 30m 16.59s
10 Rob Wilson Ralt RT1/78 [98] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#31 Royal Grafton China
20 30m 24.41s
11 Thorbjörn Carlsson Ralt RT1/76 [12] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#55

12 Alan Smith Chevron B38 [38.77.27] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#63 KWS Racing

13 Pierre Dieudonné Chevron B38 [38.77.20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#56 KWS Racing

R Ian Flux March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Holbay
#14 Cloud Engineering Ltd (see note 2)
0 Clutch
R Gary Scott Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#20
0 Accident
R Ken Silverstone Chevron B38 [38.77.05] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#18 (see note 3)
0 Radius rod
UNK Wolfgang Locher Ralt RT1/77 [48] - BMW M10
#9

UNK Walter Frey Chevron B43 [43.78.17] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#64

UNK Horst Fritz Wolf-Dallara WD1 [001] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#32 Walter Wolf Racing

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

UNK Wyatt Stanley March 753 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#46 (see note 4)

DNRS Leon Walger Argo JM1 [001?] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#59 Overseas Racing Developments
Retired/Did not restart
DNRS Philip Bullman March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite 4
#39 Unipart Racing Team
Retired/Did not restart
DNRS Richard Morgan March 773 [U1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#33 Neasrader Film Production (see note 5)
Retired/Did not restart
DNRS Peré (Pedro) Noguès March 783 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#50 Rushen Green Racing
(see note 6)
Retired/Did not restart
DNRS Ulf Svensson Ralt RT1/78 [110] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#49
Retired/Did not restart
DNRS Bobby Rahal Wolf-Dallara WD1 [002] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#2 Walter Wolf Racing
Retired/Did not restart
DNRS Bernard Devaney Chevron B43 [43.78.20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3 Malins (Mamod) Ltd (see note 7)
Retired/Did not restart
DNRS Stefan Johansson Argo JM1 [018-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#53 Anglia Cars
Retired/Did not restart
DNRS Derek Lawrence Chevron B38 [38.77.10] - Chevrolet Vega
#28 (see note 8)
Retired/Did not restart
DNRS John Stokes Chevron B38 [38.77.25] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#35 (see note 9)
Retired/Did not restart
DNRS Trevor van Rooyen March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4
#41 Unipart Racing Team (see note 10)
Retired/Did not restart
DNRS Bertram Schäfer Ralt RT1/78 [138] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#60 Zimmermann Racing Köln
Retired/Did not restart
DNRS Satoru Nakajima Nova 513 - Toyota 2T-G
#42 Nova Engineering Co
Retired/Did not restart
DNRS John Bright Wheatcroft R18 [004] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#51
Retired/Did not restart
CN Tiff Needell March 783 [12] - Triumph Dolomite 4
Damaged - not used in restart
DNA John Nielsen Ralt RT1/78 [115] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#6 Vojens Boligcenter
Did not arrive
DNA Tony Dron Anson SA1 - Triumph Dolomite 4
#12
Did not arrive
DNA David McPherson Ralt RT1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#19
Did not arrive
DNA Rick Gorne Chevron B38 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#29 Richard Dutton Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Dave Saunders Ehrlich RP4 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#57 Dr. J. Ehrlich
Did not arrive
DNA Hans-Georg Bürger Ralt RT1/77 [49] - BMW M10
#61 Auto Zeitung
Did not arrive
DNA Fritz Straumann Chevron B43 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#65 Toyota Switzerland
Did not arrive

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Nelson Piquet (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [131] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.27.01
2 Chico Serra (F3) 2-litre March 783 [9 or 14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.27.12
3 Derek Warwick (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.27.73
4 Ian Flux (F3) 2-litre March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Holbay 1.27.94
5 Richard Morgan (F3) 2-litre March 773 [U1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.11
6 Thorkild Thyrring (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [123] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.16
7 Peré (Pedro) Noguès (F3) 2-litre March 783 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.39
8 Tiff Needell (F3) 2-litre March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4 1.28.44
9 Andrea de Cesaris (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.54
10 Ulf Svensson (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [110] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.68
11 Brett Riley (F3) 2-litre Ehrlich RP4 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.74
12 Bobby Rahal (F3) 2-litre Wolf-Dallara WD1 [002] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.76
13 Geoff Brabham (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.04
14 Gary Scott (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.09
15 Bernard Devaney (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.46
16 Jim Crawford (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.51
17 Stefan Johansson (F3) 2-litre Argo JM1 [018-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.61
18 Philip Bullman (F3) 2-litre March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite 4 1.29.66
19 Derek Lawrence (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.10] - Chevrolet Vega 1.29.75
20 John Stokes (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.25] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.87
21 Rob Wilson (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [98] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.90
22 Pierre Dieudonné (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.99
23 Thorbjörn Carlsson (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [12] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.30.02
24 Trevor van Rooyen (F3) 2-litre March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4 1.30.34
25 Bertram Schäfer (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [138] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.30.43
26 Alan Smith (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.27] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.30.48
27 Satoru Nakajima (F3) 2-litre Nova 513 - Toyota 2T-G 1.30.48
28 John Bright (F3) 2-litre Wheatcroft R18 [004] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.30.60
29 Wolfgang Locher (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [48] - BMW M10 1.30.97
30 Walter Frey (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.17] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.31.66
31 Horst Fritz (F3) 2-litre Wolf-Dallara WD1 [001] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.32.19
32 Ken Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.05] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.32.39
33 Phil Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.35.49
34 Wyatt Stanley (F3) 2-litre March 753 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor No time
35 Leon Walger (F3) 2-litre Argo JM1 [001?] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor No time

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. March 773 [U2] (Ian Flux): 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. Chevron B38 [38.77.05] (Ken Silverstone): Chassis number given by source with access to Chevron build records for the 1977 Warwick Trailers car entered for Derek Warwick. Rented to Toleman in late 1977 for Rad Dougall after Derek Daly wrecked Toleman’s original car in testing. Autosport 9 Mar 1978 p41 describes the car of Ken Silverstone as ‘ex Warwick’. However, by this time Ken Silverstone also owned a Ralt and there are a number of occasions in 1978 when one car is given in the entry list and the other one appeared. As Silverstone was running near the back of the field which car he used is not always mentioned.
  4. 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.
  5. March 773 [U1] (Richard Morgan): 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.
  6. March 783 [10] (Peré (Pedro) Noguès): Shown in March records for 1978 as delivered to Rushen Green Racing 29 March 1978, colour blue, with tub 78M42. Pedro Nogues joined Serra at Rushen Green from the end of April, with a blue 783. Retained into 1979. This chassis number observed on the hillclimb car of Tom Hart (Beckenham, Greater London) in the 1600cc class in 1981. To Barrie Dutnall (Gillingham, Kent) in 1983 and 1984, then to Billy MacMillan (Darvel, East Ayrshire, Scotland) and fitted with a Cosworth BDG, then to Bill Wood (Edinburgh) at the end of 1986. Wood did not enjoy it, and it was sold via David Keogh or Paul Rendle at the end of 1987 to Chris Drewett (Harbury, Warwickshire). Raced by Drewett from 1988 to 2002. Sold by Drewett via Paul Matty to Andrew Peach, and presumably the March 782 raced by him in the HSCC Derek Bell Trophy in 2004.
  7. Chevron B43 [43.78.20] (Bernard Devaney): Chassis number given by source with access to Chevron build records for the 1978 car of Steve Malins, built to replace his wrecked B38. Rented at British GP support and Donington European championship races to Bernard Devaney. Retained 1979.
  8. Chevron B38 [38.77.10] (Derek Lawrence): Chevron build record says the 1977 works car of Eje Elgh. Sold to Derek Lawrence and fitted with a Chevrolet Vega engine for the 1978 F3 season. To Lynn Whitehead for hillclimbs? David Waterhouse [‘ex Lawrence’] by 1986 and chassis number noted by Jeremy Jackson in 1988.
  9. Chevron B38 [38.77.25] (John Stokes): Chassis number given by source with access to Chevron build records for the 1977 car of John Stokes; the car is for sale at the end of 1977 with chassis number 26 given in the advert. One or the other is a misprint… Not sold and retained in 1978.
  10. March 773 [3] (Trevor van Rooyen): 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.

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

Autosprint, Programme AF, AS 20.7.78 pp.26-27, MN