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ShellSPORT 5000 European Championship race

Mallory Park, 21 Mar 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 David Purley (F5000) 3.4-litre Chevron B30 [30-75-01] - Ford GAA V6
#7 LEC Refrigeration Racing (see note 1)
50 36m 00.0s
112.5 mph
2 Damien Magee (F5000) 3.4-litre March 75A [1] - Ford GAA V6
#3 Hexagon of Highgate (see note 2)
50 36m 05.8s
3 Richard Scott (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [027-FA] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#34 Richard Scott
49
4 John Wingfield (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1 [7] - Ford BDG Somers
#12 Marshall Wingfield Ltd
49
5 Bill Gubelmann (F2) 2-litre March 732/752 [732-11] - Ford BDG
#6 Bill Gubelmann (see note 3)
49
6 Norman Dickson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [025-FA] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#707 Dicksons of Perth/British Caledonian Airways
48
7 Divina Galica (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS16-4 [05] - Cosworth DFV V8
#13 ShellSPORT-Whiting
47
8 John Calvert (F2) 2-litre March 732/742 [1] - Ford BDA
#29 Hillcrest Used Cars (see note 4)
46
9 Val Musetti (F2) 2-litre March "752" [742] - Ford BDX Swindon
#15 Valentino Musetti
42 not classified
10 Richard Robarts (F2) 2-litre March 752 [P] - Ford BDG Richardson
#27 Myson Racing
35 ignition
11 Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDG Close
#4 Brian Robinson (see note 5)
31 spun and stalled
12 John Cannon March 73A/751 ["75AM"] - Chevrolet V8
#99 Richard Oaten Racing with John Lane
28 oil leak
13 Chris Featherstone McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet Morand V8
#35 (see note 6)
21 not classified
14 Bobby Howlings Chevron B28 [28-74-01] - Chevrolet V8
#9 Bobby Howlings (see note 7)
13 radiator leak
15 Luigi "Mimmo" Cevasco (F1) 3-litre Brabham BT42 [6] - Cosworth DFV V8
#11 Jolly Club
10 engine
16 Ray Mallock (F2) 2-litre Lola T450 [HU1] - Ford BDX Swindon
#14 Ardmore Racing (see note 8)
0 accident
DNS Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre Lyncar 006 - Cosworth DFV V8
#32 Emilio de Villota [Roger Heavens]
Did not start
DNS Roger Springett (F1) 3-litre Shadow DN1 [6A] - Cosworth DFV V8
#10 Team P.R.Reilly
Did not start
UNKE Livio Panzone Dywa - Chevrolet V8
#17 Dywa Cars
On entry list
DNA Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] - Ford BDA Swindon
#16 L&B Excavations Ltd (see note 9)
Did not arrive
DNA Jeremy Rossiter (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-29] - Ford BDA Cook
#19 Spax Dampers & Triple C Magazine
(see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA Brian McGuire (F1) 3-litre Williams FW04 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#21 Brian McGuire
Did not arrive
DNA TBA (F?) unknown
#22 Spax Dampers & Triple C Magazine
Did not arrive
DNA Kevin Bowditch (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lyncar 007 [007] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#28 Kevin Bowditch
Did not arrive
DNA TBA (F2) 2-litre Boxer PR276 [001] - Ford BDG
#30 Boxer Cars
Did not arrive
DNA Rikky Pierce (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS16 - Cosworth DFV V8
#31 Rikky Pierce
Did not arrive

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 David Purley (F5000) 3.4-litre Chevron B30 [30-75-01] - Ford GAA V6 0.41.4
2 Richard Robarts (F2) 2-litre March 752 [P] - Ford BDG Richardson 0.42.2
3 Val Musetti (F2) 2-litre March "752" [742] - Ford BDX Swindon 0.42.2
4 Damien Magee (F5000) 3.4-litre March 75A [1] - Ford GAA V6 0.42.4
5 John Cannon (F5000) 5-litre March 73A/751 ["75AM"] - Chevrolet V8 0.43.0
6 Ray Mallock (F2) 2-litre Lola T450 [HU1] - Ford BDX Swindon 0.43.2
7 Richard Scott (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [027-FA] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.43.2
8 Divina Galica (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS16-4 [05] - Cosworth DFV V8 0.43.8
9 John Wingfield (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1 [7] - Ford BDG Somers 0.44.2
10 Norman Dickson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [025-FA] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.44.6
11 John Calvert (F2) 2-litre March 732/742 [1] - Ford BDA 0.45.4
12 Emilio de Villota * (F1) 3-litre Lyncar 006 - Cosworth DFV V8 0.46.4
13 Chris Featherstone (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet Morand V8 0.46.6
14 Bobby Howlings (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B28 [28-74-01] - Chevrolet V8 0.47.8
15 Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDG Close 0.48.8
16 Luigi "Mimmo" Cevasco (F1) 3-litre Brabham BT42 [6] - Cosworth DFV V8 0.52.0
17 Bill Gubelmann (F2) 2-litre March 732/752 [732-11] - Ford BDG No time
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B30 [30-75-01] (David Purley): See full history: Chevron B30.
  2. March 75A [1] (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.
  3. March 732/752 [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.
  4. March 732/742 [1] (John Calvert): 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, rebuilt for him by Brian Lisles and fitted with a Hart 420R engine, but wrecked in practice at Oulton Park in September. Rebuilt on a 742 chassis and raced in two late-season events. Later to Jonathan Buncombe who fitted an FVC engine for libre races. Sold to Roger Orgee and further modified to 772P specification 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Chevron B28 [28-74-01] (Bobby Howlings): See full history: Chevron B28 74-01.
  8. Lola T450 [HU1] (Ray Mallock): 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Chevron B29 [29-75-29] (Jeremy Rossiter): New to Derek Cook (Wath-upon-Dearne, Rotherham, South Yorkshire) in August 1975, and raced in British Formula Atlantic with support from George Cooper Lubricants. To Jeremy Rossiter (Kidlington, Oxfordshire) for 1976, and raced in Shellsport G8 and Indylantic races. The series died at the end of 1976, and the car was unused until August 1977 when it was sold to John Pollock (Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland), who raced for Gerry Kinnane's team in Irish Formula Atlantic. Pollock raced it at Phoenix Park and Mondello Park in September 1977, but it was then sold to Tom O'Leary (Dalkey, County Dublin), Pollock taking O'Leary's older Brabham BT40 in part-exchange. Raced by O'Leary in the Irish series in 1978 and 1979.

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.