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BP British Formula 3 Championship Race

Oulton Park, 22 Apr 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Chico Serra March 783 [9] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#13 Sadia Racing with Project Four
30 29m 56.1s
99.45 mph
2 Ian Taylor March 783 [12] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4
#39 Unipart Racing Team
30 30m 18.9s
3 Jim Crawford Chevron B43 [43.78.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#34 Toyota Switzerland (see note 1)
30 30m 19.7s
4 Tiff Needell March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4
#40 Unipart Racing Team
30 30m 26.9s
5 Thorkild Thyrring Ralt RT1/78 [123] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#47
30 30m 31.8s
6 Peré (Pedro) Noguès March 783 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#50 Rushen Green Racing (see note 2)
30 30m 31.8s
7 Nigel Mansell March 783 [21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#36 March Racing Ltd (see note 3)
30 30m 43.7s
8 Derek Warwick Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Warwick Trailers
29 29m 57.1s
9 Ken Silverstone Chevron B38 [38.77.05] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#18
29 30m 26.4s
10 Phil Silverstone Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#16 Cloud Engineering
28 30m 06.3s
R John Bright March 773 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#51 (see note 4)
16 Accident
R Nelson Piquet Ralt RT1/78 [112] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#25 Brastemp/Armo/Hobby
8 Accident
DSQ Philip Bullman Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#32 Docking Racing (see note 5)
30 Overtaking under yellow flag, first on road
UNK Gary Scott Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#20

UNK Wyatt Stanley March 753 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#46 (see note 6)

UNK David Brotherston Chevron B34 [34.76.29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#48

DNS Andrea de Cesaris Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 Marlboro Team Tiga
Did not start
(Engine)
DNS Ian Flux March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#14 Cloud Engineering (see note 7)
Did not start
(Engine)
DNA Steve Malins Chevron B38 [38.77.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#22 Malins (Mamod) Ltd
Did not arrive
DNA Derek Lawrence Chevron B38 [38.77.10] - Chevrolet Vega
#28
Did not arrive
DNA Rob Wilson Ralt RT1/78 [98] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#31 International Computers Ltd/Royal Grafton China
Did not arrive
DNA Richard Morgan March 773 [U1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#33 (see note 8)
Did not arrive
DNA TBA March 773 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#43 Optima Racing with Roy Kennedy
(see note 9)
Did not arrive
DNA Stefan Johansson Argo JM1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#53 Anglia Cars
Did not arrive
DNA Pierre Dieudonné Ehrlich RP4 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#56 Dr J. Ehrlich
Did not arrive

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Nelson Piquet (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [112] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.58.3
2 Derek Warwick (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.58.4
3 Chico Serra (F3) 2-litre March 783 [9] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.58.9
4 Philip Bullman (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.59.3
5 Jim Crawford (F3) 2-litre Chevron B43 [43.78.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.59.4
6 Nigel Mansell (F3) 2-litre March 783 [21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.59.5
7 Thorkild Thyrring (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [123] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.59.5
8 Tiff Needell (F3) 2-litre March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4 1.00.0
9 Ian Taylor (F3) 2-litre March 783 [12] - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4 1.00.0
10 Andrea de Cesaris * (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.00.0
11 Gary Scott (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.00.1
12 Ian Flux * (F3) 2-litre March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.00.1
13 Peré (Pedro) Noguès (F3) 2-litre March 783 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.00.3
14 John Bright (F3) 2-litre March 773 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.00.5
15 Ken Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.05] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.01.6
16 Phil Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.01.8
17 Wyatt Stanley (F3) 2-litre March 753 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.04.3
18 David Brotherston (F3) 2-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.09.0
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B43 [43.78.19] (Jim Crawford): One of four Chevron B43s order by Emil Frey AG and invoiced by Chevron to Freddy Kessler of Toyota Switzerland (Sasenwil, Switzerland). It is thought to be the car raced by Jim Crawford in the British championship in 1978, replacing the B38 he wrecked at Thruxton at the end of March. Crawford had been hired by the Frey/Toyota team as a driving coach. At Knutsdorp in August, Crawford made his European series debut in a Toyota Switzerland car, and this may have been a different car.
  2. 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.
  3. March 783 [21] (Nigel Mansell): Shown in March records for 1978 as completed as a team car, 17 March 1978, with tub 78M43. This was the only works car built in 1978 and is the car debuted by Nigel Mansell at Silverstone, 19 March 1978, when race reports describe it as brand new. Used by Mansell in the early part of the season then by Snobeck, van Rooyen, Bullman and Hatagawa.
  4. March 773 [13] (John Bright): 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.
  5. Chevron B38 [38.77.24] (Philip Bullman): 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. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. March 773 [10] (TBA): 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.

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

Autohebdo 111, Programme kindly provided by BARC Archive.