ShellSPORT 5000 European Championship race
Mallory Park, 27 Jun 1976
|1||David Purley||(F5000) 3.4-litre Chevron B30 [30-75-01] - Ford GAA V6
#7 Lec Refrigeration (see note 1)
|2||Keith Holland||Lola T400 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#25 E. L. Gibbs Ltd Racing (see note 2)
|3||Val Musetti||(F5000) 3.4-litre March 752  - Ford GAA V6
#15 Bernigra Ices (London) (see note 3)
|4||Divina Galica||(F1) 3-litre Surtees TS16-4  - Cosworth DFV V8
|5||Tony Rouff||(F2) 2-litre Boxer PR276  - Ford BDX Swindon
|6||Norman Dickson||(F2) 2-litre Modus M3 [025-FA] - Ford BDX Swindon
#33 Dicksons of Perth/British Caledonian
|7||Phil Dowsett||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Swindon
#86 Sangria Designs (see note 4)
|8||Ken Bailey||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#12 Ken Bailey (see note 5)
|9||Alo Lawler||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] - Ford BDA Swindon
#50 L+B Excavations (see note 6)
|10||Emilio de Villota||(F1) 3-litre Lyncar 006 - Cosworth DFV V8
|11||Philip Sharp||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [047-F3] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#52 Phil Sharpe (see note 7)
|R||Andy Barton||(libre) 2-litre March 73B/75B [73B-18] - Ford BDG
#46 Andy Barton (see note 8)
|R||Richard Scott||(F2) 2-litre Modus M3 [027-FA] - Ford BDX Swindon
#34 Dicksons of Perth/Fife and Kinross Auctions
|R||Derek Cook||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Cook
#27 Derek Cook (see note 9)
|R||Damien Magee||(F5000) 3.4-litre March 75A  - Ford GAA V6
#3 Hexagon of Highgate Ltd (see note 10)
|6||fuel metering unit, did not take restart|
|R||Bill Gubelmann||(F2) 2-litre March 742 [732-11] - Ford BDG Hart
#6 Gubelmann and Gerard (see note 11)
|R||Mike Wilds||(F1) 3-litre Shadow DN3B ["6A"] - Cosworth DFV V8
#10 Team P.R.Reilly/Plus One
|R||Terry Perkins||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Sana RD9 - Ford BDA
#5 Eden Racing - Harrisons of Birmingham
|DNQ||Chris Featherstone||McRae GM1  - Chevrolet V8
#51 (see note 12)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||John Bowtell||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [712M] - Ford BDA
#44 John Bowtell (see note 13)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Philip Guerola||(G8 2.0) 1.9-litre Brabham BT30  - Cosworth FVC
#37 Philip Guerola (see note 14)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Brian Robinson||(F2) 2-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Cosworth BDE
#4 Brian Robinson (see note 15)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Dennis Leech||Chevron B28 [28-74-02] - Chevrolet V8
#77 Dennis Leech (see note 16)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Jim Kelly||Trojan T101  - Chevrolet V8
#78 Jim Kelly (see note 17)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Brian McGuire||(F1) 3-litre Williams FW04  - Cosworth DFV V8
#21 Brian McGuire
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||John Tait||(G8 2.0) 1.8-litre Brabham BT36  - Cosworth FVC
(see note 18)
|Did not qualify|
|DNA||Derrick Worthington||(F2) 1.4-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford Richardson turbo
#49 Roger Heavens (see note 19)
|Did not arrive|
| ||Guy Edwards||(F1) 3-litre Ensign N174 [MN02] - Cosworth DFV V8
#2 Ultramar Ensign
|On entry list|
| ||Robin Smythe||(F2) 2-litre March 752 - Ford Nicholson
#38 Robin Smythe
|On entry list|
All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.
|1||David Purley||(F5000) 3.4-litre Chevron B30 [30-75-01] - Ford GAA V6||42.0s|
|2||Richard Scott||(F2) 2-litre Modus M3 [027-FA] - Ford BDX Swindon||42.2s|
|3||Val Musetti||(F5000) 3.4-litre March 752  - Ford GAA V6||42.4s|
|4||Keith Holland||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8||42.4s|
|5||Norman Dickson||(F2) 2-litre Modus M3 [025-FA] - Ford BDX Swindon||42.8s|
|6||Damien Magee||(F5000) 3.4-litre March 75A  - Ford GAA V6||42.8s|
|7||Bill Gubelmann||(F2) 2-litre March 742 [732-11] - Ford BDG Hart||43.2s|
|8||Tony Rouff||(F2) 2-litre Boxer PR276  - Ford BDX Swindon||43.2s|
|9||Mike Wilds||(F1) 3-litre Shadow DN3B ["6A"] - Cosworth DFV V8||43.4s|
|10||Divina Galica||(F1) 3-litre Surtees TS16-4  - Cosworth DFV V8||43.4s|
|11||Derek Cook||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Cook||43.4s|
|12||Terry Perkins||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Sana RD9 - Ford BDA||43.6s|
|13||Ken Bailey||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson||43.6s|
|14||Emilio de Villota||(F1) 3-litre Lyncar 006 - Cosworth DFV V8||44.2s|
|15||Alo Lawler||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] - Ford BDA Swindon||44.2s|
|16||Phil Dowsett||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Swindon||44.2s|
|17||Andy Barton||(libre) 2-litre March 73B/75B [73B-18] - Ford BDG||44.4s|
|18||Philip Sharp||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [047-F3] - Ford BDA Nicholson||44.4s|
|-||Chris Featherstone *||(F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1  - Chevrolet V8||45.6s|
|-||John Bowtell *||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [712M] - Ford BDA||46.8s|
|-||Brian Robinson *||(F2) 2-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Cosworth BDE||47.0s|
|-||Philip Guerola *||(G8 2.0) 1.9-litre Brabham BT30  - Cosworth FVC||47.2s|
|-||Dennis Leech *||(F5000) 5-litre Chevron B28 [28-74-02] - Chevrolet V8||48.0s|
|-||Jim Kelly *||(F5000) 5-litre Trojan T101  - Chevrolet V8||49.6s|
|-||Brian McGuire *||(F1) 3-litre Williams FW04  - Cosworth DFV V8||52.4s|
|-||John Tait *||(G8 2.0) 1.8-litre Brabham BT36  - Cosworth FVC||57.2s|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- Chevron B30 [30-75-01] (David Purley): See full history: Chevron B30.
- 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 in April 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
- March 752  (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 start of the Aurora season and finally written off.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-19] (Phil Dowsett): New to Stephen Choularton (Hale Barns, Cheshire) and raced in British Formula Atlantic in 1975, entered by SDC Racing. To Phil Dowsett (Chelmsford, Essex) for the Indylantic Championship in 1976, entered by Sangria Designs and Capital Radio. Then sold to John Ledlie for the Irish series in 1977 but badly damaged at Phoenix Park in September 1977 when Ledlie hit a tree. As one of relatively few B29s left in Britain and Ireland by this time, it may be the car raced by Trevor Templeton in May 1979 and then by Nelson Todd later in 1979, sponsored by Belfast car dealer Isaac Agnew. Subsequent history unknown.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-04] (Ken Bailey): New to Tom Wheatcroft in February 1975, and tested by Richard Morgan who would be driving it in British Formula Atlantic. Raced by Morgan in the early races of the season, winning one race, until crashed at Brands Hatch in April. Morgan then drove the new Wheatcroft R18, and the Chevron was sold to Brett Riley, who drove it for the rest of 1975. To Ken Bailey (Stretford, Greater Manchester) and raced in Indylantic in 1976. Stored unused during 1977 and advertised by Bailey in November. Sold to Eddie Jordan (Dundrum, County Dublin, Ireland) and used in Irish Formula Atlantic in 1978 in Marlboro livery, winning both the All-Ireland and Duckhams Formula Atlantic Championships. Raced by his teammate Vivian Candy in Ireland in 1979, then sold via Phil Bennett to David Ward (Hesketh Bank, Lancashire) for British libre racing in 1980 and 1981. With Terry Cole for Monoposto racing in 1983, then reportedly broken up for spares by Chevron Cars.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] (Alo Lawler): New to Alo Lawler (St Helens, Merseyside) and raced in the 1975 British Formula Atlantic championship, sponsored by L&B Excavations Ltd. Also used in the Irish championship that year, and in libre racing. Retained by Lawler for 1976, when he raced it in the Shellsport G8 championship, the Irish Formula Atlantic championship, the British Indylantic championship, and in libre racing. Sold to John Eastwood and raced in the Irish Formula Atlantic series. To Joe Greenan (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for 1978, and entered by Irish Racing Cars in Irish Atlantic, then raced by Ken Fildes (Clonskeagh, Dublin) in 1979 and 1980. Sold to English wheeler dealer Bobby Howlings (Congleton, Cheshire) for 1981, and raced by Howlings in rounds of the reintroduced British Formula Atlantic championship. Sold to Stuart Harte (Littleborough, Greater Manchester) and fitted with a 2.2-litre Hart 420R engine for sprints and hillclimbs. After Harte's death, the car was retained by his family until 2011, when it was sold to Jon Waggitt. Waggitt sold it to Chris Porritt in July 2011, and he spent some years returning it to running condition. He first raced it at Laguna Seca in March 2020, then brought it back to the UK later that year.
- Modus M3 [047-F3] (Philip Sharp): Chassis number observed on Phil Sharp’s car by Dave McKinney at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1977 and published NZMA 28 Jan 77 p5. Described in the works record as a development F3 chassis, and built up from spares at David Price Racing, where Sharp was a mechanic. Therefore the car raced through the 1976 Indylantic season in Britain, then taken to his native New Zealand. NZMA reports that the car was sold to Steve Empson. In 1980 the car appears in the NZ series in the hands of Robin Irving.
- March 73B/75B [73B-18] (Andy Barton): According to surviving March records, this was a F/Atlantic car built for Geoff Friswell (Coventry) and raced by him in the UK series through 1973 and 1974. It was then sold to Andy Barton (Newcastle upon Tyne) as a libre car and upgraded to 74B and then 75B spec over the next two seasons, also acquiring a F2 BDG engine at times in 1976. Barton sold it to Bob Rollo (Prestonpans, Scotland) for 1977, as an Atlantic again, and it then went to Stewart Robb (Alloa, Scotland) during 1978 in F2 spec. The car was rebuilt on a "new" 752 tub after a crash in 1978 and then rebuilt to 782 spec by Robin Smith after the 1979 season. It was raced again by Robb as a "March 75/782" with steel 2-litre Cosworth BDG engine from 1980 to 1982 and was sold to Roger Andreason at the new Chevron Cars Ltd around 1984. A "March 75/782" which had been "completely rebuilt over winter" was advertised from an Epsom number in August 1985.
- 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.
- March 75A  (Damien Magee): John MacDonald (RAM Racing) 1975. Raced in UK 1975: driven by Alan Jones (3rd BARC Thruxton 17 Aug 1975) - Hexagon Garage for Damien Magee UK 1976 - Guy Edwards UK 1977; rebuilt on a March 761 monocoque, and then converted to DFV power for last few races of 1977. Edwards UK 1978 (first two races); then for Bruce Allison (five races). Also used by Desire Wilson in a test session prior to the British GP. To Terry Smith (Felton, Somerset), fitted with a 5-litre Repco engine, and used in the British Sprint Championship 1979, 1980 and 1981. Used by Smith and John Meredith British Sprint Championship 1982. To Ray Rowan 1983, and retained by him until about 1987 when the Repco engine was sold to Australia and the rolling chassis was sold via a dealer to Italy. Reemerged four years later when sold by Andrea Frasson (Rosà, Vicenza, Italy) to Daniel Pouteau (Paris, France) in December 1991. Retained by Pouteau, still apart and in still Terry Smith's livery, until sold via Bernard De Dryver to Paul Grant (Brussels, Belgium) in April 2013. Rebuilt for Masters F1 in 2015, and debut at the Spa 6 Hours in September 2015.
- March 742 [732-11] (Bill Gubelmann): New to Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) for F2 in 1973 and retained for 1974 when run by Brian Lewis Racing. Clay Regazzoni was due to drive the car at Vallelunga in October, but did not arrive, so a deal was done for Gabrielle Serblin to drive after he damaged his usual 742 in practice. Not seen in 1975, when the intention had been to sell the car to Stuart Chubb Racing, but Gubelmann returned for the 1976 Shellsport G8 series with the car updated to 752 specification, fitted with a Hart BDG, and run by Bob Gerard. Gubelmann also appeared in a handful of F2 races in 1976, but after failing to qualify for the Rouen race, quickly moved to Mallory Park in time to qualify for the Shellsport race. He was involved in a nasty accident in the race when he clipped the rear of Mike Wilds' F1 Shadow, rode up over its back wheel and hit the bank at the Esses very hard. He was taken to hospital with head injuries. The March is believed to have been destroyed.
- McRae GM1  (Chris Featherstone): Longer wheelbase car built for Graham McRae and raced in the 1973 British season. To Ian Ward Racing early 1974 and modified as "Ward KS1" but not raced in this form. It was then sold to Chris Featherstone and raced by him once at the end of 1974, then through the 1975 and 1976 seasons. After a single race at the start of 1977, the car was raced by Keith Holland in four races later in the year, and then by Featherstone in the Australian Rothmans series in February 1978. To Gary Dumbrell (Australia) 1978, then to Bob Tomlinson 1978, and then to Salt Walther 1979 for the 1979 Rothmans series, but it may be that Lee Seaton of Thomson Motor Auctions owned it though this period. Sold 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 and in 2001. Lush raced it in the Tasman Cup Revival series from 2003 to 2015, during which time it was also raced by Chris Hyde in the 2009/10 season and by Greg Thornton in the 2012/13 season. Lush also raced the car in England during the Kiwis' visits to the UK in 2005 and 2008, and at Road America in 2014. Lush sold it to its former driver Garry Dumbrell in 2016, and after Dumbrell died in October 2021, it was sold to Peter Brennan (Melbourne, Australia) in December 2021. More information about McRae GM1-015
- March 74B [712M] (John Bowtell): John Bowtell (Witney, Oxfordshire) raced a March "73B" in British libre racing in 1975. He recalls that it was a 1971 car with 1973 modifications, and came from a garage in Salisbury, which would suggest a connection to Mike Sullivan of Riverside Garage in Salisbury, who ran a 712M in 1974 but who sold three Marches after that season. Bowtell modified the car over the next few seasons. He retained the car for 1976, initially for Indylantic, and then in Shellsport Group 8 races and libre, usually entering it as a 74B. He continued with it in libre in 1977, winning at least five races, and reappeared again with it in 1978, before replacing it with a "77P" for 1979. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT30  (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.
- 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, entered as a T360B with Strakers of Wimbledon Ltd sponsorship and run by Dave Price Racing. To Brian Robinson (Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham) and fitted with a 2-litre Cosworth BDG engine for Shellsport Group 8 races in 1976. To John Brown for John Morrison (Warwick) to drive in Shellsport G8 and libre racing in 1977, then to Kevin Bowditch (Maidenhead) for a few race appearances in 1978. It was sold to 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.
- Chevron B28 [28-74-02] (Dennis Leech): See full history: Chevron B28 74-02.
- Trojan T101  (Jim Kelly): See full history: Trojan T101/102.
- Brabham BT36  (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 with a Cosworth FVA engine, and in 1974 with a 1800cc Cosworth FVC. Then unknown for nearly two years before Howlings (yet again) raced it in Shellsport G8 in early 1976, again fitted with a 1800cc 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. Sold by Rimmer to a customer of Damon Milnes in 2020, then sold again by Milnes to Leif Bosson (Helsingborg, Sweden) in 2022.
- March 762 [752-21] (Derrick Worthington): Originally intended for Trivellato but not collected so fitted with a F3 rear wing and sold instead to Markus Hotz (Lippoldswilen, Switzerland) for 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.
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.
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