ShellSPORT International Championship race
Brands Hatch, 29 Aug 1977
|1||Emilio de Villota||(F1) 3-litre McLaren M23  - Cosworth DFV V8
#14 Iberia F1 [Emilio de Villota]
|2||Tony Trimmer||(F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19  - Cosworth DFV V8
#2 Melchester Racing
|3||Divina Galica||(F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19  - Cosworth DFV V8
#13 ShellSPORT/Olympus [Nick Whiting]
(see note 1)
|4||Keith Holland||McRae GM1  - Chevrolet V8
#25 Chris Featherstone (see note 2)
|5||Ray Mallock||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-01] - Hart 420R
#12 ICI Newsweek/Chevron [Ardmore Racing]
(see note 3)
|6||Tony Rouff||(F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77  - Ford BDG Eden
#15 Graham Eden Racing/Harrisons of Birmingham
|7||Norman Dickson||(F2) 2-litre March 772  - BMW M12/7
#20 Gleneagles Helicopters/Dicksons of Perth
(see note 4)
|8||Gregg Young||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-08] - Hart 420R
#44 Fred Opert Racing (see note 5)
|9||Alo Lawler||(F2) 2-litre Lola T462 [HU22] - Ford BDX
#17 L & B Excavations Ltd
|10||Hugh "Wink" Bancroft||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-05] - Hart 420R
#45 Fred Opert Racing (see note 6)
|11||Robin Smith||Lola T330 [HU21] - Chevrolet V8
#32 Robin Smith (see note 7)
|12||Adrian Russell||(F2) 2-litre Lola T460 [T450 HU1] - Ford BDX Swindon
#38 Adrian Russell (see note 8)
|R||Rob Moffat||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B/74B - Ford BDA
#28 Rob Moffat (see note 9)
|35||Running, not classified|
|R||Dennis Leech||Chevron B28 [28-74-02] - Chevrolet Weslake/Leech V8
#77 Dennis Leech (see note 10)
|R||Jim Ravenscroft||(F2) 2-litre Surtees TS15 - Ford BDA Hart
#43 Jim Ravenscroft (see note 11)
|25||Running, not classified|
|R||Guy Edwards||(F1) 3-litre March 75A/761 [1-2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 The Titbits/MD4 March (see note 12)
|R||Danny Sullivan||(F2) 2-litre Boxer PR276  - Hart 420R
#8 Boxer Cars
|15||Oil leak, puncture|
|R||Don Gray||Chevron B28 [B24 73-07] - Chevrolet V8
#34 Donald Gray (see note 13)
|R||Damien Magee||Lola T332C [HU62] - Chevrolet V8
#5 E. L. Gibbs Ltd Racing
|R||Martin Birrane||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA
#26 Martin Birrane (see note 14)
|R||Howard Rose||(G8 2.0) 2-litre March 75/76B - Ford BDG
#42 H. A. Rose
|DNS||Terry Fisher||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre GRD 372 - Ford BDA
#64 Terry Fisher
|Did not start
|DNS||Mike Wilds||(F5000) 3.4-litre Chevron B30 [30-75-01] - Ford GAA V6
#24 AIM Racing with Templar Tillers
(see note 15)
|Did not start
(broken bracket ruptured oil line)
|DNSC||Derek Bell||(F1) 3-litre Penske PC3  - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 Hexagon Racing
|Did not start (crashed)|
|DNSC||Brian McGuire||(F1) 3-litre McGuire BM1 [Williams FW04-2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#6 Brian McGuire Racing
|Did not start (crashed)|
| ||Val Musetti||(F5000) 3.4-litre March 752  - Ford GAA V6
#7 David Price Racing (see note 16)
|On entry list|
| ||Tom Belsø||Lola T330 [HU6] - Chevrolet V8
#19 John Jordan (see note 17)
|On entry list|
| ||Roy Baker||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B35 - Ford BDG
#27 Roy Baker
|On entry list|
| ||Terry Winters||(F2) 2-litre March 752B - Ford BDX Swindon
#40 Terry Winters
|On entry list|
| ||Bruce Allison||Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8
#62 Bruce Allison (see note 18)
|On entry list|
| ||John Tait||(G8 2.0) 2-litre Brabham BT36  - Cosworth FVC
#65 John Tait (see note 19)
|On entry list|
| ||Kevin Bowditch||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lyncar 005  - Ford BDA Nicholson
#66 Conoco Jet Racing
|On entry list|
All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.
|1||Tony Trimmer||(F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:22.0|
|2||Divina Galica||(F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:22.4|
|3||Ray Mallock||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-01] - Hart 420R||1:23.0|
|4||Emilio de Villota||(F1) 3-litre McLaren M23  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:23.2|
|5||Guy Edwards||(F1) 3-litre March 75A/761 [1-2] - Cosworth DFV V8||1:23.2|
|6||Keith Holland||(F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1  - Chevrolet V8||1:23.4|
|7||Derek Bell *||(F1) 3-litre Penske PC3  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:24.6|
|8||Gregg Young||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-08] - Hart 420R||1:24.6|
|9||Norman Dickson||(F2) 2-litre March 772  - BMW M12/7||1:24.8|
|10||Mike Wilds *||(F5000) 3.4-litre Chevron B30 [30-75-01] - Ford GAA V6||1:24.8|
|11||Damien Magee||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332C [HU62] - Chevrolet V8||1:25.0|
|12||Tony Rouff||(F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77  - Ford BDG Eden||1:25.2|
|13||Alo Lawler||(F2) 2-litre Lola T462 [HU22] - Ford BDX||1:26.0|
|14||Hugh "Wink" Bancroft||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-05] - Hart 420R||1:26.6|
|15||Danny Sullivan||(F2) 2-litre Boxer PR276  - Hart 420R||1:27.2|
|16||Robin Smith||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU21] - Chevrolet V8||1:28.4|
|17||Dennis Leech||(F5000) 5-litre Chevron B28 [28-74-02] - Chevrolet Weslake/Leech V8||1:31.0|
|18||Don Gray||(F5000) 5-litre Chevron B28 [B24 73-07] - Chevrolet V8||1:31.6|
|19||Adrian Russell||(F2) 2-litre Lola T460 [T450 HU1] - Ford BDX Swindon||1:33.4|
|20||Terry Fisher *||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre GRD 372 - Ford BDA||1:33.8|
|21||Martin Birrane||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA||1:34.0|
|22||Jim Ravenscroft||(F2) 2-litre Surtees TS15 - Ford BDA Hart||1:34.2|
|23||Rob Moffat||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B/74B - Ford BDA||1:36.8|
|24||Howard Rose||(G8 2.0) 2-litre March 75/76B - Ford BDG||1:38.6|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- Surtees TS19  (Divina Galica): Alan Jones received a new car, Surtees TS19/04, in time for the 1976 Austrian GP, and raced this for the rest of the season. It was raced by Vittorio Brambilla in the South American races at the start of 1977, before being sold to Olympus Cameras for Divina Galica to race in Shellsport Group 8. It was acquired by Alo Lawler in 1978, but was quickly sold to John Cooper, then to Robin Smith. Smith updated it to "TS20S" specification in 1980, and added sports car bodywork for a couple of Can-Am events in 1981. It was sold to Ken Moore and then Rod Tolhurst, both of whom ran it in HSCC F1 in 1983 for Willie Green and John Narcisi. Its next seven owners did not race it, but it returned to competition in TGP in 1999, then raced regularly until 2012. It returned for Monaco in 2016.
- McRae GM1  (Keith Holland): 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
- Chevron B40 [40-77-01] (Ray Mallock): New to Creighton Brown's Ardmore Racing and run as a works-supported car for Ray Mallock using Hart 420R engines. Guy Edwards then acquired ICI/Newsweek sponsorship to share the drive. It was also driven by Patrick Tambay at Pau and Rouen, Clay Regazzoni at Misano, Derek Daly at Estoril, and Brian Henton at Donington. Used by motorcycle racing star Giacomo Agostini in early 1978 as he prepared to move to car racing. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 772  (Norman Dickson): New to Norman Dickson, and raced in F2, Shellsport G8 and libre racing in 1977. To Jimmy Jack for 1978, and used in libre, sprints and hillclimbs, when it was also raced by Charlie Munro, and by Eddie Cheever in an Ingliston libre race. Retained for 1979, when driven by Jack and Munro in speed events again, and also by Andy Barton and Bill Lord on occasion, and used by Jack more rarely in 1980. To Stuart Lawson for 1981, when it was used in libre racing.
- Chevron B40 [40-77-08] (Gregg Young): New to Fred Opert Racing and used for guest drivers in Formula 2 in 1977, using Hart 420R engines. Its primary driver was to be Jacques Laffite, who drove it at Hockenheim, Pau and Nogaro. Alan Jones drove it the 'Ring, and then American Gregg Young hired the car for Mugello and a few other races. When Young was committed to a Formula Atlantic race, Maurizio Flammini took it over for the Rouen race with Gulf sponsorship. It was also driven by Alex Ribeiro at Misano, Eje Elgh at Estoril with Marlboro backing and Tiff Needell at Donington Park with Unipart support. Retained for 1978, and raced by Alan Prost at Pau in May. Sold to Paul Gibson later in 1978, and used in libre at Croft. Retained by Gibson for 1979, then to Ron Harper (Middlesbrough) for libre and Aurora in 1980, and for libre in 1981. Sold to Peter Himsworth (Ware, Hertfordshire) late 1981 but reportedly little used. Sold to Richard Ames (Cirencester, Gloucestershire) for sprints in 1984 and 1985, and again for 1986, when he used a 2.5-litre Hart engine. To David Keer (Woking, Surrey) for 1987 and used in speed events, mainly in South West England. Then to Chris Hill (Hertfordshire) for sprints in 1988, 1989 and 1990. Sold to Ray Rowan (Walsall, West Midlands) who used it at two events in 1992, in the new 2-litre class, and raced once by his nephew Martin O'Connell at Thruxton's 25th anniversary meeting in 1993. To John Crowson (Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire) in 1998 and used in Historic F2 in 2003. Repainted to Opert's blue livery in 2007 and raced by Richard Evans at Oulton Park in August 2007, then by Crowson from 2008 to 2011. To Sandy Watson and raced by Martin O’Connell using a BDG engine from 2012 onwards.
- Chevron B40 [40-77-05] (Hugh "Wink" Bancroft): New to Fred Opert Racing and raced by Wink Bancroft (Newport Beach, CA/Costa Mesa, CA) with Hart 420R engines in Formula 2. Bancroft had trouble adapting to European racing, and failed to qualify for six of his 12 races. He also raced the car in two Shellsport G8 races in August and September. The car was raced by Austrian Hans Royer in the final F2 round at Donington Park, with sponsorship from Jim Bean. Subsequent history unknown.
- Lola T330 [HU21] (Robin Smith): See full history: Lola T330 HU21.
- 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 was heavily 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. It was returned to the factory, and was still there awaiting modifications in early June. 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.
- March 73B/74B (Rob Moffat): London-based Australian Rob Moffat raced a March 73B or 73B/74B in a few Indylantic races at the end of 1976, and then in the Shellsport Group 8 series in 1977. Nothing more known.
- Chevron B28 [28-74-02] (Dennis Leech): See full history: Chevron B28 74-02.
- Surtees TS15 (Jim Ravenscroft): John Burke (Eastleigh, Hampshire), the brother of John Surtees' wife Pat, acquired a Surtees TS15 in 1976, and it was raced in 1976 and 1977 by Jim Ravenscroft (Basingstoke, Hampshire) in libre events and in the ShellSPORT Group 8 series. Peter Hulme, who was involved in Ravenscroft's campaign, thinks it came directly from Surtees. It was run in the yellow colours of Burke's plant hire company. Nothing more known.
- March 75A/761 [1-2] (Guy Edwards): 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.
- Chevron B28 [B24 73-07] (Don Gray): New to VDS for Chris Craft in 1973 UK series, then for Peter Gethin in 1974 Tasman series. Loaned to Adlards Crowne Racing for Craft UK 1974; returned to VDS, converted to B24/B28 specification and used by Vern Schuppan to win at Brands Hatch October 1974. Sold to Tony Dean for the UK and US series in 1975, but confiscated by UK Customs & Excise on its return from the US. Bought by Don Gray (Sittingbourne, Kent) at auction, and raced in UK 1977. To Keith Holland for 1978 Australian Internationals 1978, and sold there to Barry Singleton 1978, who raced it in Australia in 1978/79. To Jim Lowe 1980/81, but crashed at Surfers Paradise in early 1981 and heavily damaged. Wreck sold to Russel Gomersall, then to Peter Phillips, then Laurie O'Neill, then Dr Bill Marshall sometime around 1985. Run in Australian historic racing 1986-1988. To George Parlby early 1990s. To Aaron Lewis (Cessnock, NSW) late 2005, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival series from 2006 to 2010. Robert Tweedie (Sydney, NSW) 2012, and raced by his son Tom Tweedie, in historic racing from 2013 onwards. More information about Chevron B24 B24-73-07
- 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 had the monocoque shortened and fitted the car with a plastic Sunbeam Stiletto body and Cosworth BDG engine, and raced it in GT racing in Scotland. The bodywork was later sold to Eric Munnoch who raced a 'Stiletto' with a 3.5-litre Rover V8 in 1982. The tub was sent to ex-Chevron engineer Nigel Dickson to be repaired, but this job was still incomplete when the monocoque was sold by Jacobsen to Sandy Watson. John Bradshaw remembers buying the remains of this car from Watson some time around 2006, when "it consisted of aluminium folded panels, uprights and wishbones with some instruments and a chassis plate, apparently driven by Bryce Wilson in his teenage years". He sold it on to Colin Thorpe, and in March 2010, HSCC News reported that 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. It was later sold by Ollie Thorpe via Ken Thorogood to Clive Wood, and by 2020 it was being rebuilt for Wood by Dan Eagling for historic F2 racing with a Richardson BDG. However, Wood crashed the car at Donington in March 2021 and while it was being repaired bought a March 782.
- Chevron B30 [30-75-01] (Mike Wilds): See full history: Chevron B30.
- 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.
- Lola T330 [HU6] (Tom Belsø): New to Australian Colin Hyams who raced it in the UK series in early 1973. To Trevor Twaites June 1973, and raced by him in the UK series in 1973, 1974 and 1975. Later to John Jordan (UK), who entered it for Tom Belso in 1977, and raced it himself in libre in 1978. Entered by Jordan for Dave Williams in libre racing 1983, and then for Tony Trimmer in the BRSCC Libre Championship from 1984 to 1989, winning the championship in 1986 and finishing second in 1987 and in 1988. At some point between 1985 and 1988, the T330 was dismantled and parts used by Dave Finnigan (Biggleswade, UK) to construct T332 "HU42" for Jordan's team. The original HU6 chassis remained with Finnigan until early 2000 when sold to Richard Lines (UK), then to Kevan McLurg (UK) 2005 and built into a complete car by McLurg and then by John Crawford's Motorsport Solutions NZ Ltd by July 2009. Owned by this time by Lindsay Willis of Wilco Racing (Rotorua, NZ), and raced by his son Brett Willis (Rotorua, NZ) in the F5000 Tasman Revival series every season from 2010/11 to 2017/18. More information about Lola T330 HU6
- Chevron B37 [37-76-01] (Bruce Allison): To VDS Racing and entered for Peter Gethin in the 1976 US F5000 series (also raced once by Teddy Pilette) and in the Rothmans series in Australia in early 1977. To Bruce Allison (Brisbane, Australia) and raced by him in the 1977 UK Group 8 Championship and in the Rothmans series again in Australia in early 1978. Then to Ivan Tighe (Brisbane) and raced in national Australian F5000 and in the International series in 1979. Raced by Tighe up to the end of F5000 in Australia in 1982 and retained by him until 2001. Then sold via Race Car Warehouse (Brighton, England) in early 2002 to Simon Hadfield (Shepshed, Leicestershire) and completely restored. Raced with great success by Hadfield in historic racing both in the UK and in Australia from 2004 to 2008. It has since been raced by guest drivers, including Tony Trimmer at Oulton Park in 2009, Marcus Pye at Oulton Park in 2010 and Ben Anderson at the 2012 Silverstone Classic. Sold in October 2014 to Neil Glover (Ansty, West Sussex).
- 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.
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 (email@example.com) if you can help in any way with our research.