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ShellSPORT 5000 European Championship race

Thruxton, 12 Sep 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Brian McGuire (F1) 3-litre Williams FW04 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#21 "Kellys Girl"
30 36m 35.4s
115.9 mph
2 Damien Magee (F1) 3-litre Penske PC3 [02] - Cosworth DFV V8
#3 Hexagon
30 37m 09.0s
3 Val Musetti (F5000) 3.4-litre March 752 [15] - Ford GAA V6
#15 Bernigra Ices (London) (see note 1)
30 37m 11.0s
4 Andy Sutcliffe (F1) 3-litre Brabham BT44B [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#8 RAM Racing
30 37m 14.0s
5 Mike Wilds (F1) 3-litre Ensign N174 [MN02] - Cosworth DFV V8
#11 Team PR
30 37m 19.4s
6 Keith Holland Lola T400 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#25 E.L. Gibbs Ltd Racing (see note 2)
30 37m 44.0s
7 Divina Galica (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS16-4 [05] - Cosworth DFV V8
#13 SheelSPORT Rolatruc
29
8 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre Lyncar 006 - Cosworth DFV V8
#32 Medinabi Racing Bearings/Lyncar Eng.
29
9 Bernard de Dryver (F2) 2-litre March 752 [8] - BMW M12/7
#46 Bernard de Dryver
29
10 Dennis Leech Chevron B28 [28-74-02] - Chevrolet Weslake/Leech V8
#77 Dennis Leech (see note 3)
29
11 Peter Wardle (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon
#20 Applied Racing Techniques (see note 4)
29
12 Mike King (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDA
#47 Bruach Racing Ltd. (see note 5)
29
13 Derrick Worthington (F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX Richardson
#49 Withers of Winsford (see note 6)
29
14 Chris Featherstone McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet Fewkes V8
#5 Chris Featherstone (see note 7)
29
15 Norman Dickson (F2) 2-litre Modus M3 [025-FA] - Ford BDX Swindon
#33 Dicksons of Perth/British Caledonian Airways
29
16 Allan Kayes Lola T330 [HU17] - Chevrolet V8
#75 Ian Ward with Team Round Table Racing
(see note 8)
29
17 Adrian Russell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [T450 HU1] - Ford BDA Swindon
#48 Adrian Russell (see note 9)
26 not classified
18 Brian Henton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Boxer PR276 [001] - Ford BDA Swindon
25 engine
19 Richard Scott (F2) 2-litre Modus M3 [027-FA] - Ford BDX Swindon
#34 Dicksons of Perth/Kinross Auctions
21 not known
20 Bob Evans McLaren M25 [1] - Chevrolet V8
#1 David Hepworth
19 piston
21 Roy Baker (F2) 2-litre March 75B [1] - Ford BDG
#18 Roy Baker (see note 10)
15 not known
22 John Nicholson (F2) 2-litre March 752 [22] - Chevrolet Vega
#40 Pinch Plant Ltd
15 engine
23 David Purley (F5000) 3.4-litre Chevron B30 [30-75-01] - Ford GAA V6
#7 Lec Refrigeration Racing (see note 11)
10 drive shaft
24 John Wingfield (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1 [7] - Ford BDG Somers
#12 Marshall Wingfield with Corbeau Equipe
1 accident
25 Ray Mallock (F2) 2-litre March 75B [U1] - Ford BDX Swindon
#14 Ardmore Racing (see note 12)
0 accident
26 Terry Perkins (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Sana RD9 - Ford BDA
#61 Graham Eden Racing/Harrisons of Birmingham
0 spun and stalled
27 Derek Cook (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Cook
#31 Derek Cook (see note 13)
0 accident
UNKP Jeremy Sumner (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-14] - Ford BDA
#42 Jeremy Sumner (see note 14)
Unknown (practiced)
DNS Chris Choat Trojan T101 [105] - Chevrolet V8
#41 Chris Choat (see note 15)
Did not start
UNKE Brian Robinson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA
#4 Brian Robinson (see note 16)
On entry list
UNKE Geoff Friswell (F2) 2-litre March 732/742 [1] - Ford BDG Hart
#24 R. E. Bates & Son (Builders) Ltd
(see note 17)
On entry list
UNKE Tony Rouff (F2) 2-litre Boxer PR276 [001] - Ford BDX Swindon
#30 Netherton & Worth/Boxer Cars
On entry list
UNKE TBA (F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDG
#49 Roger Heavens Racing (see note 18)
On entry list
UNKE Karl Oppitzhauser (F1) 3-litre March 761 [4] - Cosworth DFV V8
#51 Karl Oppitzhauzer
On entry list
UNKE Jim Kelly Trojan T101 [102] - Chevrolet V8
#78 Jim Kelly (see note 19)
On entry list
DNA Antonio Bernardo (F1) 3-litre Ensign N174 [MN02] - Cosworth DFV V8
#11 Team PR
Did not arrive

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Brian McGuire (F1) 3-litre Williams FW04 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1.11.0
2 David Purley (F5000) 3.4-litre Chevron B30 [30-75-01] - Ford GAA V6 1.11.4
3 Brian Henton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Boxer PR276 [001] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.11.4
4 Val Musetti (F5000) 3.4-litre March 752 [15] - Ford GAA V6 1.11.8
5 Ray Mallock (F2) 2-litre March 75B [U1] - Ford BDX Swindon 1.12.0
6 Andy Sutcliffe (F1) 3-litre Brabham BT44B [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1.12.2
7 Mike Wilds (F1) 3-litre Ensign N174 [MN02] - Cosworth DFV V8 1.12.8
8 John Nicholson (F2) 2-litre March 752 [22] - Chevrolet Vega 1.12.2
9 Norman Dickson (F2) 2-litre Modus M3 [025-FA] - Ford BDX Swindon 1.13.0
10 John Wingfield (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1 [7] - Ford BDG Somers 1.13.0
11 Bob Evans (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M25 [1] - Chevrolet V8 1.13.0
12 Keith Holland (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8 1.13.4
13 Damien Magee (F1) 3-litre Penske PC3 [02] - Cosworth DFV V8 1.13.6
14 Divina Galica (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS16-4 [05] - Cosworth DFV V8 1.13.8
15 Derek Cook (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Cook 1.14.2
16 Bernard de Dryver (F2) 2-litre March 752 [8] - BMW M12/7 1.14.4
18 Peter Wardle (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.14.4
19 Terry Perkins (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Sana RD9 - Ford BDA 1.14.8
20 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre Lyncar 006 - Cosworth DFV V8 1.15.0
21 Derrick Worthington (F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX Richardson 1.15.4
22 Dennis Leech (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B28 [28-74-02] - Chevrolet Weslake/Leech V8 1.15.6
23 Mike King (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDA 1.16.0
24 Chris Featherstone (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet Fewkes V8 1.18.0
25 Allan Kayes (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU17] - Chevrolet V8 1.19.8
26 Roy Baker (F2) 2-litre March 75B [1] - Ford BDG 1.20.2
27 Adrian Russell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [T450 HU1] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.21.8
28 Chris Choat * (F5000) 5-litre Trojan T101 [105] - Chevrolet V8 1.24.2
29 Jeremy Sumner * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-14] - Ford BDA No time
30 Richard Scott (F2) 2-litre Modus M3 [027-FA] - Ford BDX Swindon No time
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Chevron B28 [28-74-02] (Dennis Leech): See full history: Chevron B28 74-02.
  4. Surtees TS15 [06] (Peter Wardle): New to Peter Wardle (Wimbledon, London) and raced in British Formula Atlantic in 1973, winning from pole position at one race Brands Hatch in August. Retained for 1974, again in British Formula Atlantic, and then retained for a third season in 1975. However, towards the end of 1975, Wardle was entering Steve Carvill (Wimbledon, London) in some races, and it is unclear whether the team had a second TS15 by this point, as the pair never appeared together in the same race. Wardle acquired sponsorship from Radio Luxembourg and Applied Racing Techniques for 1976, and both Wardle and Carvill appeared in Indylantic and in Shellsport G8 during that season, presumably both still in chassis 06. Wardle advertised a TS15 in 1983, with FG400 but no engine and a mountain of spares. According to researcher David McKinney, chassis 06 and chassis 07 were with Tony Collinson in 1990, and chassis 06 appears to stayed with its sister through the ownership of Gerry Wainwright, John Elliott, Mark Griffiths and Crispian Besley, who had both cars in 2010. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. 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.
  6. March 762 [752-21] (Derrick Worthington): 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. 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
  8. Lola T330 [HU17] (Allan Kayes): See full history: Lola T330 HU17.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Chevron B30 [30-75-01] (David Purley): See full history: Chevron B30.
  12. March 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, but it is possible that the 75B was still used the chassis plate of the old 742 during this time, as it was listed by Motoring News as "742/12" twice in 1975 and was also described as a 742 by MN at Hockenheim in September 1976. Mallock raced the car in F2 for the last four races of 1975. For 1976, Ardmore Racing bought a Lola T450 for Mallock, but when that proved a flop, fitted the March with a Swindon BDX engine and Mallock raced that car in Formula 2 specification in the European F2 series and in the Shellsport Group 8 series. During the season it was further modified with wider sidepods, it main radiator moved to the front and from Pau onwards used the nose from one of Ray Mallock's father's Mallock U2s. Last raced by Mallock at Brands Hatch on 7 November 1976. This may be the 75B advertised by MRE (Bourne End, Bucks) in Autosport four days later, described as "Updated to full F2 spec" with FG gearbox and "2 litre alloy engine". In the same edition of Autosport, Lucien Lampach (Wiltz, Luxembourg) was seeking a F2 car, and photographs indicate that he acquired the modified Mallock 75B and ran it as a March 742 in European hillclimbs in 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
  13. 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.
  14. Chevron B27 [27-74-14] (Jeremy Sumner): Chevron build record says sold to Derek Cook, August 1974, so Cook's late season car in British Formula Atlantic. To Peter Munro (Birmingham) for 1975, but his sponsorship fell through, and he loaned the car back to Cook at the British GP meeting after he had wrecked his own car in practice. Cook then managed to wreck the Chevron on lap 1 of the race, and it did not appear again in 1975. To Jeremy Sumner for the 1976 Indyatlantic series, where it was also driven by Mike Wilds and John Scannell. Thought to have been the B27 bought by Christian Bonnifet in 1977, and used in French hillclimbs between 1979 and 1983. In 1997, Jean-Michel Coll (Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France) advertised chassis 74-14 as a rolling chassis. It was later reported to be under restoration in the UK.
  15. Trojan T101 [105] (Chris Choat): See full history: Trojan T101/105.
  16. 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.
  17. 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, 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.
  18. March 762 [752-21] (TBA): 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.
  19. Trojan T101 [102] (Jim Kelly): See full history: Trojan T101/102.

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.