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ShellSPORT 5000 European Championship race

Brands Hatch, 24 Oct 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Keith Holland Lola T400 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#25 E. L. Gibbs Ltd Racing (see note 1)
24 33m 56.2s
110.9 mph
2 Richard Robarts (F2) 2-litre March 762 [15 as '22'] - Hart 420R
#27 Myson Racing
24 34m 08.0s
3 Brian Henton (F2) 2-litre Boxer PR276 [001] - Ford BDG
#61 Netherton & Worth/Boxer Cars
24 34m 10.6s
4 Derek Bell (F1) 3-litre Penske PC3 [02] - Cosworth DFV V8
#8 Hexagon of Highgate
24 34m 14.6s
5 Guy Edwards (F1) 3-litre Brabham BT42/BT44B [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#2 Ultramar
24 34m 39.6s
6 Ray Mallock (F2) 2-litre March 752 [75B-U1] - Ford BDX Swindon
#14 Ardmore (see note 2)
24 35m 03.2s
7 Ian Grob (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-05?] - Hart 420R
#65 Fred Opert Racing (see note 3)
24 35m 06.6s
8 David Purley (F5000) 3.4-litre Chevron B30 [30-75-01] - Ford GAA V6
#7 Lec Refrigeration Ltd (see note 4)
24 35m 10.2s
9 Bernard de Dryver (F2) 2-litre March 752 [8] - BMW M12/7
#46 Bernard de Dryver
24 35m 18.2s
10 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre Lyncar 006 - Cosworth DFV V8
#32 Medinabi Racing Bearings/Lyncar Eng
23
11 Tony Rouff (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Boxer PRA76 [002] - Ford BDA Swindon
#30 Netherton & Worth/Boxer Cars
23
12 Geoff Friswell (F2) 2-litre March 732/742 [1] - Hart 420R
#24 R. E. Bates and Son (Bldrs) Ltd
(see note 5)
23
13 Divina Galica (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS16-4 [05] - Cosworth DFV V8
#13 SheelSPORT Rolatruc
23
14 José Maria de Uriarte (F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX
#49 Roger Heavens (see note 6)
23
15 Nick May (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Sana RD9 - Ford BDA
#51 Harrisons of Birmingham Ltd/Graham Eden Racing
23
16 Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDG Close
#4 Brian Robinson (see note 7)
22
17 Chris Featherstone McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet Fewkes V8
#5 Chris Featherstone (see note 8)
22
18 Roy Baker (F2) 2-litre March 75B [1] - Ford BDG
#18 Roy Baker (see note 9)
21
19 Philip Guerola (G8 2.0) 1.9-litre Brabham BT30 [11] - Cosworth FVC
#37 Philip Guerola (see note 10)
21
20 Val Musetti (F2) 2-litre March "752" [742] - Ford BDX Swindon
#15 Bernigra Ices (London)
18 accident
21 John Nicholson (F2) 2-litre March 752 [22] - Chevrolet Vega
#40 Pinch Plant Ltd
18 puncture
22 Derek Cook (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Cook
#31 Derek Cook (see note 11)
12 not known
23 Brian McGuire (F1) 3-litre Williams FW04 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#21 Kellys Girl
5 spun and stalled
24 Chris Choat Trojan T101 [105] - Chevrolet V8
#41 Chris Choat (see note 12)
4 not known
DNS Mike King (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDA Close
#47 Bruach Racing Ltd (see note 13)
Did not start
DNS Martin Birrane (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA
#50 Martin Birrane (see note 14)
Did not start
DNSC Peter Wardle (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon
#208 Applied Racing Techniques
Did not start (crashed)
T Val Musetti (F5000) 3.4-litre March 752 [15] - Ford GAA V6
#15 Bernigra Ices (London) (see note 15)
(Only used in practice)
UNKE TBA McLaren M25 [1] - Chevrolet V8
#1 David Hepworth
On entry list
UNKE Damien Magee (F?) unknown
#3 Damien Magee
On entry list
UNKE John Tait (G8 2.0) 1.8-litre Brabham BT36 [1] - Cosworth FVC
#9 John Tait (see note 16)
On entry list
UNKE Antonio Bernardo (F1) 3-litre Ensign N174 [MN02] - Cosworth DFV V8
#11 Antonio Bernardo
On entry list
UNKE Norman Dickson (F2) 2-litre Modus M3 [025-FA] - Ford BDX Swindon
#33 Dicksons of Perth/British Caledonian
On entry list
UNKE Richard Scott (F2) 2-litre Modus M3 [027-FA] - Ford BDX Swindon
#34 Dicksons of Perth/Fife and Kinross Auctions
On entry list
UNKE Cyd Williams (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Sana RD11 - Ford BDA Swindon
#45 Withers of Winsford
On entry list
UNKE Adrian Russell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [T450 HU1] - Ford BDA Swindon
#48 Adrian Russell (see note 17)
On entry list
UNKE Allan Kayes Lola T330 [HU17] - Chevrolet V8
#75 Ian Ward with Team Round Table Racing
(see note 18)
On entry list
UNKE Dennis Leech Chevron B28 [28-74-02] - Chevrolet Weslake/Leech V8
#77 Dennis Leech (see note 19)
On entry list

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Keith Holland (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8 1.24.0
2 Derek Bell (F1) 3-litre Penske PC3 [02] - Cosworth DFV V8 1.24.2
3 Brian Henton (F2) 2-litre Boxer PR276 [001] - Ford BDG 1.25.8
4 Richard Robarts (F2) 2-litre March 762 [15 as '22'] - Hart 420R 1.26.0
5 Ray Mallock (F2) 2-litre March 752 [75B-U1] - Ford BDX Swindon 1.26.0
6 Brian McGuire (F1) 3-litre Williams FW04 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1.26.2
7 Ian Grob (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-05?] - Hart 420R 1.26.8
8 David Purley (F5000) 3.4-litre Chevron B30 [30-75-01] - Ford GAA V6 1.27.0
9 Bernard de Dryver (F2) 2-litre March 752 [8] - BMW M12/7 1.27.4
10 Divina Galica (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS16-4 [05] - Cosworth DFV V8 1.28.8
11 Derek Cook (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Cook 1.29.0
12 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre Lyncar 006 - Cosworth DFV V8 1.29.2
13 Val Musetti (F2) 2-litre March "752" [742] - Ford BDX Swindon 1.29.6
14 Tony Rouff (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Boxer PRA76 [002] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.30.2
15 John Nicholson (F2) 2-litre March 752 [22] - Chevrolet Vega 1.30.8
16 Nick May (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Sana RD9 - Ford BDA 1.31.0
17 Mike King * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDA Close 1.31.4
18 Geoff Friswell (F2) 2-litre March 732/742 [1] - Hart 420R 1.31.8
19 José Maria de Uriarte (F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX 1.32.0
20 Roy Baker (F2) 2-litre March 75B [1] - Ford BDG 1.33.6
21 Chris Featherstone (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet Fewkes V8 1.34.0
22 Peter Wardle * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.34.6
23 Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDG Close 1.34.8
24 Guy Edwards (F1) 3-litre Brabham BT42/BT44B [2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1.35.2
25 Philip Guerola (G8 2.0) 1.9-litre Brabham BT30 [11] - Cosworth FVC 1.38.2
26 Chris Choat (F5000) 5-litre Trojan T101 [105] - Chevrolet V8 1.52.0
27 Martin Birrane * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA 1.54.2
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T400 [HU8] (Keith Holland): New to McKechnie Racing Org and raced by Richard Scott and Bob Evans in UK series 1975. To Len Gibbs for Keith Holland UK 1976 and early 1977. To Gerry Amato, then Allan Kayes for Group 8 in 1977. Then unknown until 'found in a garage in Cambridge' by Mike Connor and raced in a libre at Castle Combe Apr 1980. Next seen with Mick Hill 1982, who converted it into a "BMW M1" with 7.4-litre Chevrolet V8 for "GT" racing: raced in Donington GT series 1983 (shared between Hill and Kevin Riley). Also raced in Thundersports, co-driven by Riley 1983 and 1984 ... advertised by Straight Six (Tony Hildebrand) 1986 ... David Sheppard: raced in Thundersports, co-driven by Gary Dobbin, 1989 ... Ian Higgins (Boston, Lincolnshire) about 1990, and taken apart to recreate the Lola T400. To Shayne Windelburn (Auckland, New Zealand) around 1991. Raced by Windelburn in Australian and New Zealand historics from 2000 (or earlier), and raced regularly in the F5000 Tasman Revival from its start in November 2003, when he won the feature race at the opening round, to the 2017/18 season. More information about Lola T400 HU8
  2. March 752 [75B-U1] (Ray Mallock): An unnumbered March 75B built for Ray Mallock (Roade, Northamptonshire) and run for him in British Formula Atlantic and some F2 races by Ardmore Racing in 1975. It replaced the second-hand March 742 that Mallock wrecked in the Thruxton Formula 2 race in March. In 1976, Mallock raced the car in Formula 2 specification in the European F2 series and in the Shellsport Group 8 series. It is possible the car was still using the chassis plate of the old 742 during this time, as it was described by Motoring News as a 742 when it appeared at Hockenheim in September 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Chevron B35 [35-76-05?] (Ian Grob): New to Fred Opert Racing for Formula 2 in 1976, and used by Juan Cochesa for the opening four races of season, until he failed to qualify at Salzburgring. Then driven Jarier at Pau, and later in the season by Hans Binder, Hans Meier, Jacques Laffite, Rolf Stommelen. Then rented by Ian Grob for two races of the Shellsport G8 series at Brands Hatch in October and November. The sister car to this was taken out for the Macau GP, so the next time 76-05 was seen was at the start of the 1977 season, prior to the Opert team's second and third B40s being delivered, when it was driven by Keke Rosberg at Silverstone and Hans Royer at Thruxton. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. Chevron B30 [30-75-01] (David Purley): See full history: Chevron B30.
  5. March 732/742 [1] (Geoff Friswell): STP March Engineering works car for Jean-Pierre Beltoise at the first race, then for Hans-Joachim Stuck at two races and then for Jean-Pierre Jarier at two races. A new car, 732-10, was later built for Beltoise so this 732-1 became what March called the "training car" and was used by Stuck later in the year and was then the third spare car remaining in March's transporter at several races. Probably for Mário Cabral at Estoril. Then unknown until June 1975 when acquired by John Calvert for libre racing in 742 spec. To Geoff Friswell mid-1976 and later to Jonathan Buncombe who fitted an FVC engine for libre races. Sold to Roger Orgee for Formula Atlantic in 1979. Sold after the 1979 season to Harry Vickers' Cowgate Motors in Newcastle and was used in the construction of their Group 5 Lotus Elan HV/80/S2 for Nicky Ellis. This car used a standard Elan backbone chassis with the suspension from the ex-Orgee 732/742/772 and a Swindon BDX. All that would have been left of Orgee's car would have been the monocoque, and as this was a replacement 742 tub, the March 732 had effectively ceased to exist.
  6. March 762 [752-21] (José Maria de Uriarte): New to Markus Hotz (Lippoldswilen, Switzerland) and used by him in European hillclimbs and Swiss championship events. At the beginning of 1976, it was raced by Harald Ertl in the F2 race at Hockenheim, finishing sixth. Hotz continued with Swiss championship events but damaged the car, and returned it to the factory in part exchange for a new March 762. March sold the 752 on, unrepaired, to Roger Heavens, who rebuilt it as a 762 and intended to fit the turbocharged 1.4-litre Ford Formula 2 engine that Geoff Richardson was developing. When the car appeared, in the Shellsport G8 series with Derrick Worthington driving, it used a Richardson BDX instead. Also raced in G8 and libre events by José Maria de Uriarte. Retained for 1977 and entered by Heavens for Pablo Brea and Hervé Leguellec. Taken over by Adrian Russell (Thornton Heath, Surrey) later in 1977, and raced by him in British F1 and libre in 1978. Sold to Paul Brooks (Selby, North Yorkshire) for 1979, and raced in libre. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. Lola T360 [HU5] (Brian Robinson): New to Nigel Clarkson (Cirencester, Gloucestershire) and raced by him and by Richard Scott (London) in British Formula Atlantic, backed by Hurford Jones Ltd. To Nick May (Sutton, Surrey) for the 1975 British series, with Strakers of Wimbledon Ltd sponsorship, and run by Dave Price Racing. To Brian Robinson (Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham) and converted to Formula 2 specification for Shellsport Group 8 races in 1976. To John Morrison (Warwick) for Shellsport G8 and libre racing in 1977, then to Kevin Bowditch (Maidenhead) race appearances 1978, then Martin Mansell (Middlesex), who raced it as a Lola "FA79" with Winchmore Hill Garage sponsorship in Formula Atlantic in 1979. Mansell crashed heavily at Brands Hatch in April 1979, and did not appear again. It was next seen in 1990 when it was bought by Robert McGimpsey (Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland) from a dealer somewhere in the English midlands. It was then fitted with a 3-litre Weslake engine, and McGimpsey used it for one season in hillclimbing before the engine and chassis were sold separately. It was bought by two friends in 1993 or 1994, and in 2012 they still had it.
  8. McRae GM1 [015] (Chris Featherstone): Longer wheelbase car built for Graham McRae and raced in 1973 season. To Ian Ward Racing early 1974 and modified as "Ward KS1" but not raced in this form. To Chris Featherstone: raced in UK 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, and in Australian Rothmans series in 1978. To Gary Dumbrell (Australia) 1978, then to Bob Tomlinson 1978, and then to Salt Walther 1979 and raced in the 1979 Rothmans series. To Ray Gibbs (Australia) September 1979 and kept by him until sold to Stuart Lush (Auckland, New Zealand) 2000, and raced at Historic Sandown that year. Raced by Lush and others in the F5000 Tasman Revival series since 2003. More information about McRae GM1-015
  9. March 75B [1] (Roy Baker): The original March 75B prototype was sold to Derek Cook (Wath-upon-Dearne, Rotherham, South Yorkshire) and was first raced at the 1974 Boxing Day meeting at Brands Hatch. Raced in the British Formula Atlantic series in 1975. To Roy Baker (Ferndown, Dorset), converted to Formula 2, and raced in the European F2 series and the Shellsport Group 8 series in 1976. To Ted Williams (Bristol), fitted with a 2.2-litre Ford BDA or BDG, and raced (as a "752") in British hillclimbs in 1977. Then fitted with a full F2 Hart 420R for the first half of 1978, before Williams bought a 772. To Bob Bailey and raced in the 1600cc class later in 1978 and again in 1979. To Richard Ames (Alderton, Gloucestershire) later in 1979, and raced by him in 1981 and 1982, after which he sold it to somebody in Scotland.
  10. Brabham BT30 [11] (Philip Guerola): Sold to John Watson (Craigavad, County Down, Northern Ireland) for F2 in 1970, replacing a Lola T100 that Watson had used with great success in Irish libre. Retained for F2 in 1971, during which time it was partly updated to BT36 specification. To Bob Howlings (Congleton, Cheshire) for libre 1972 and fitted with a 1800cc Cosworth FVC mid-season. Sold to Tony Dean (Leeds, West Yorkshire) in August so he would have a car for the Rothmans 50,000. To Phillip Guerola (Bickley, Kent) 1973 and raced in libre until the end of 1976. Advertised ("ex-Watson") as a rolling chassis from an Aylesbury number in January 1978 and bought by Barrie Dutnall (Medway, Kent) in 1979 or 1980 but not used. Advertised by Dutnall as a rolling chassis in June 1981. Said to have been owned by Jon Bradburn, David Rishworth (Leamington, Warwickshire) and Kelvin Lambeth before bought by David McLaughlin in or before 2003. To David Brown (Ashford, Kent) 2003. To Ian Gray (Mansfield, Nottinghamshire) 2004.
  11. Chevron B27 [27-74-06] (Derek Cook): New to Fred Opert Racing and the car raced by Bertil Roos in the British Formula Atlantic race at Brands Hatch in mid-March. Then fitted with a 2-litre Brian Hart Ford BDA for Roos at two F2 races, Montjuich Park and Hockenheim. Apparantly returned to Formula Atlantic specification and run by the Opert team in the UK series, initially for Héctor Rebaque, and later for Johnny Kastner, William Henderson III and then local man Jim Crawford. Sold to Derek Cook (Rotherham, South Yorkshire) for early 1975 Formula Atlantic races before being replaced by a newer B29. Retained for 1976 when Cook ran it in Indylantic, Shellsport G8, and libre racing, with either a Formula Atlantic BDA or a self-built 2-litre BDA. Retained again for early 1977 and used in F2 and in Shellsport, now with a 2-litre Alan Smith BDG, before Cook acquired a F1 Williams. Subsequent history unknown.
  12. Trojan T101 [105] (Chris Choat): See full history: Trojan T101/105.
  13. Lola T362 [HU18] (Mike King): Described as "the 1976 prototype", this car was loaned by Lola to the Wella team for Ted Wentz to drive in the last few races of the 1975 British Formula Atlantic season after Wentz' regular car was wrecked in testing at Silverstone by Roy James. It was loaned to Tony Trimmer for the start of the 1976 season, now as a Lola T362, and Trimmer won the first two races, only for the car to be sold from under him to Bruach Racing for Mike King, who raced it in Indylantic and Shellsport Group 8 for the rest of that season. Somehow then to Carl Liebich (Plymouth, WI) as a spare car to his Lola T460. Exactly when it was used is not known. Crashed at some point, and sold, still unrepaired, to Cy Moreland (Trainer, PA). Still with Moreland in 2003. Later to Steve Maxted (UK), fitted with a Cosworth BDG and raced by him in HSCC F2 races from 2006 to 2011. To Mark Piercy for HSCC F2 from 2012 onwards.
  14. Chevron B29 [29-75-17] (Martin Birrane): New to Peter Williams (Brentwood) and raced in the British Formula Atlantic series in 1975, but crashed at Brands Hatch in April and not seen again that season. Entered by Williams' Coin News for Jim Crawford in early 1976 and then sold to Martin Birrane (Ballina, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland) who raced it in G8 and in Atlantic in 1976 and 1977. To Laurence Jacobsen (Glasgow, Scotland) for 1978, fitted with a Swindon BDX and entered by him for Bryce Wilson in libre that year. Converted back to Atlantic spec and raced by Bryce, Jacobsen and Graham Hamilton in 1979. In 1980, Jacobsen fitted the car with a plastic Sunbeam Stiletto body and Cosworth BDG engine, and raced it in GT racing in Scotland. Unknown in 1981 but with Eric Munnoch in 1982 who raced the 'Stiletto' with a 3.5-litre Rover V8. Subsequent history unknown, but in March 2010, HSCC News reported that Colin Thorpe had rebuilt the car, which was not thought to have raced since the 1980s, and it would be raced by his son Ollie Thorpe in 2010.
  15. March 752 [15] (Val Musetti): New to Masami Kuwashima for Formula 2 in 1975, prepared by Roy Kennedy's team in London, and entered by Masami Kuwashima Racing. After just two races, Kuwashima returned to Japan, and the 752 was sold to Tom Walkinshaw.who had it converted by Kennedy to F5000 specification, with the installation of a 3.4-litre Ford V6 engine. Raced by Walkinshaw in the 1975 Shellsport F5000 Championship. To Val Musetti, and raced in Shellsport G8 in 1976 and 1977. Converted to F1 specification for 1978, with a Cosworth DFV engine, and referred to as a 761 that season. Wrecked at Mallory Park in August but rebuilt again for 1979, when it was described as a 771, but wrecked at Zolder at the sart of the Aurora season and finally written off.
  16. Brabham BT36 [1] (John Tait): New to a new team, Rondel Racing, run by ex-MRD F1 chief mechanic Ron Dennis and ex-MRD F1 and Indy mechanic Neil Trundle, for Tim Schenken to race in F2 in 1971. Sold to dealer Bobby Howlings, and used by him in libre racing in March 1972. Then sold to Tate of Leeds (Racing) for Malcolm Wayne to race in Formula Atlantic, but leased to Graham Hill to use in the early F2 races at Thruxton and Hockenheim before his BT38 was delivered. Sold back to Howlings in May 1972, then to Arthur Moore for libre, but crashed on his debut. For Moore in libre again in 1973, then unknown for two years before Howlings (yet again) raced it in Shellsport G8 in early 1976, fitted with a Cosworth FVC. To John Tait and used in Shellsport G8 in 1976 and 1977. To Eddy D'Hoe in Belgium in 1978, and hillclimbed with an FVA engine. To Regis Jumez 1980, and used in French hillclimbs. Later back via Howlings, who may have taken it back when he sold Jumez a Chevron B48, in 1984 to collector Anthony Mayman, then via John Harper and Ted Walker to Peter Williams in 1989. To Andrew Fellowes (Benowa, Queensland, Australia) 2002, then to Ian Rimmer in 2009.
  17. Lola T460 [T450 HU1] (Adrian Russell): New to Ardmore Racing, fitted with a Swindon BDX F2 engine and raced by Ray Mallock in the opening Shellsport Group 8 race at Mallory Park in March 1976. As the race started, Mallock was pushed into the pits Armco and the Lola washeavily damaged. It was repaired at Lola and hired by Ian Ashley for the F2 race at Thruxton in April, but the car's handling was so poor in practice, he elected not to race it. Then converted to Formula Atlantic specification and sold to Adrian Russell (Thornton Heath, Surrey) for Indylantic and Group 8 in 1976, and in libre for the first half of 1977. Then fitted with a 2-litre Swindon BDX bought from Val Musetti, and used in Shellsport G8 for the remainder of the season. To David Render for 1978, and used in sprints and hillclimbs with a 1600cc BDA but only rarely used from 1978 to 1983. Sprinted by Jonathan Skinner and Anthony Lane later in 1983, and in 1984. Sprinted by Mike Lane from 1984 to 1986. Sold by Lane to Rod Fisher for sprints with a 2-litre BDA in 1988 and 1989. Sold by Fisher to David Dedrickson in about June 2001, and run in Seattle area historic events.
  18. Lola T330 [HU17] (Allan Kayes): See full history: Lola T330 HU17.
  19. Chevron B28 [28-74-02] (Dennis Leech): See full history: Chevron B28 74-02.

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.

1969-1976 UK results have been researched and collated by Chris Townsend based primarily on material in Autosport and Motoring News. Information has been added from the growing collection of entry lists from programs.

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.