ShellSPORT International Championship race
Brands Hatch, 16 Oct 1977
|1||Guy Edwards||(F1) 3-litre March 75A/761 [1-2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 Titbits-MD4/March (see note 1)
|2||Tony Trimmer||(F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19  - Cosworth DFV V8
#2 Melchester Racing
|3||Brian Henton||(F1) 3-litre Penske PC3  - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 Hexagon Racing
|4||Bruce Allison||Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8
#62 Bruce Allison (see note 2)
|5||Norman Dickson||(F2) 2-litre March 772  - BMW M12/7
#20 Gleneagles Helicopters/Dicksons of Perth
(see note 3)
|6||Divina Galica||(F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19  - Cosworth DFV V8
#13 Shellsport Whiting (see note 4)
|7||Mike Wilds||(F5000) 3.4-litre Chevron B30 [30-75-01] - Ford GAA V6
#24 Aim Racing with Templar Tillers
(see note 5)
|8||Damien Magee||Lola T332C [HU62] - Chevrolet V8
#5 E. L. Gibbs Racing
|9||Kim Mather||(F2) 1.9-litre Chevron B35D - Ford BDA Richardson
#37 Dinorben Arms Inn (see note 6)
|10||Adrian Russell||(F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX Swindon
#16 Roger Heavens Racing (see note 7)
|R||Jim Ravenscroft||(F2) 2-litre Surtees TS15 - Ford BDA Hart
#43 Jim Ravenscroft (see note 8)
|35||Running, not classified|
|R||Keith Holland||McRae GM1  - Chevrolet V8
#25 Chris Featherstone (see note 9)
|32||Running, not classified|
|R||Tony Rouff||(F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77  - Ford BDG Eden
#15 Graham Eden Racing
|R||Robin Smith||Lola T330 [HU21] - Chevrolet V8
#32 Robin Smith (see note 10)
|R||Jim Kelly||Trojan T101  - Chevrolet V8
#18 Jim Kelly (see note 11)
|R||John Tait||(G8 2.0) 2-litre Brabham BT36  - Cosworth FVC
#65 John Tait (see note 12)
|R||Howard Rose||(G8 2.0) 2-litre March 75/76B - Ford BDG
#42 Howard Rose
|R||Alo Lawler||(F2) 2-litre Lola T462 [HU22] - Ford BDX
#17 L & B Excavations
|R||Emilio de Villota||(F1) 3-litre McLaren M25  - Cosworth DFV V8
#14 Emilio Villota
|DNS||Herman Herstenburg||(F1) 3-litre Lyncar 006 - Cosworth DFV V8
#80 Escuderia Aryn
|Did not start
(Accident in practice)
|DNS||Boy Hayje||(F1) 3-litre March 761  - Cosworth DFV V8
#82 F & S Racing
|Did not start
(Accident in practice)
| ||Val Musetti||(F5000) 3.4-litre March 752  - Ford GAA V6
#7 David Price Racing (see note 13)
|On entry list|
| ||Don Gray||Chevron B28 [B24 73-07] - Chevrolet V8
#34 Donald Gray (see note 14)
|On entry list|
| ||Dennis Leech||Chevron B28 [28-74-02] - Chevrolet Weslake/Leech V8
#77 Dennis Leech (see note 15)
|On entry list|
| ||Herbert Jerich||(F2) 2-litre March 752 - BMW M12
#79 Herbert Jerich (see note 16)
|On entry list|
All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.
|1||Tony Trimmer||(F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:21.6|
|2||Guy Edwards||(F1) 3-litre March 75A/761 [1-2] - Cosworth DFV V8||1:22.0|
|3||Bruce Allison||(F5000) 5-litre Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8||1:22.7|
|4||Brian Henton||(F1) 3-litre Penske PC3  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:23.4|
|6||Divina Galica||(F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:23.5|
|7||Norman Dickson||(F2) 2-litre March 772  - BMW M12/7||1:23.6|
|8||Emilio de Villota||(F1) 3-litre McLaren M25  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:23.7|
|9||Mike Wilds||(F5000) 3.4-litre Chevron B30 [30-75-01] - Ford GAA V6||1:24.0|
|10||Boy Hayje *||(F1) 3-litre March 761  - Cosworth DFV V8||1:24.5|
|11||Tony Rouff||(F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77  - Ford BDG Eden||1:24.8|
|12||Keith Holland||(F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1  - Chevrolet V8||1:25.0|
|13||Damien Magee||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332C [HU62] - Chevrolet V8||1:25.6|
|14||Alo Lawler||(F2) 2-litre Lola T462 [HU22] - Ford BDX||1:26.7|
|15||Robin Smith||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU21] - Chevrolet V8||1:27.0|
|16||Kim Mather||(F2) 1.9-litre Chevron B35D - Ford BDA Richardson||1:27.5|
|17||Herman Herstenburg *||(F1) 3-litre Lyncar 006 - Cosworth DFV V8||1:32.7|
|18||Jim Ravenscroft||(F2) 2-litre Surtees TS15 - Ford BDA Hart||1:35.4|
|19||Adrian Russell||(F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX Swindon||1:35.4|
|20||John Tait||(G8 2.0) 2-litre Brabham BT36  - Cosworth FVC||1:46.5|
|21||Howard Rose||(G8 2.0) 2-litre March 75/76B - Ford BDG||2:01.0|
|22||Jim Kelly||(F5000) 5-litre Trojan T101  - Chevrolet V8||None|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- 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 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Chevron B30 [30-75-01] (Mike Wilds): See full history: Chevron B30.
- Chevron B35D (Kim Mather): In early 1977, Gilles Villeneuve raced a Chevron B39 in South African Formula Atlantic which was crashed during testing before the series started, then rebuilt on a new monocoque because of handling problems, before being damaged again in an accident with Ian Scheckter at Killarney on 19 February. The car was rebuilt, possibly on a further new chassis, and sold on but another car also emerged from this and was sold to Kim Mather (Haydock, St Helens, Lancashire) in the summer. It was described as an "ex-works development Chevron B35D" that had been "used by Villeneuve in South Africa". Mather built it up using B35 suspension and a 2-litre Richardson BDA engine and called it a "B35D" or "B35D". He raced this in Shellsport G8 libre racing in 1977, and competed in the Donington Park F2 race at the end of the season. Retained for 1978 when Mather used it in the Aurora BF1 series and in libre. Then sold to Ken Brill who raced in the Aurora series in 1979 before crashing it heavily into the wall at Redgate Lodge at Donington Park in June. Brill had to be cut from the mangled footwell of the car, and it was not seen again.
- March 762 [752-21] (Adrian Russell): 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Lola T330 [HU21] (Robin Smith): See full history: Lola T330 HU21.
- 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 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 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 B28 [28-74-02] (Dennis Leech): See full history: Chevron B28 74-02.
- March 752 (Herbert Jerich): Herbert Jerich (Austria) raced a March 752 in hillclimbs in Austria, Germany and Czechoslovakia in 1977. In 1978, his car was given as a 772, but is likely to be the same car, updated. His last known outing in the "772" was at Alpl in May 1979. According to later owners, the car went from Jerich to Walter Pedrazza, so would be the "772" he drove in Austrian, German and French hillclimbs in 1980. It was then sold to Fritz Kallenberger (Effeltrich, Germany) and raced by him in hillclimbs from 1981 to 1989. Sold to Hans Peter (Switzerland) in 1991. To Giorgio Bianchi (Italy) in 1997, and restored by him in 2008/09. It was offered at auction in October 2011 by Bonhams as "752-22" with a claim that it had been sold by John Nicholson to Jerichs at the end of 1975. Bought in March 2013 by Rudolf Ernst (Germany). This is reported to be the 752 bought from Jim Gathercole by Mark Richardson (Suffolk) in 2018. Restored to the livery used on Brian Henton's 752-P when it was guest-driven by Patrick Depailler at Magny-Cours in 1975, and raced by Richardson in HSCC F2 in 2021.
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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