ShellSPORT International Championship race
Oulton Park, 8 Apr 1977
|1||Derek Bell||(F1) 3-litre Penske PC3  - Cosworth DFV V8
#5 Hexagon Racing
|2||Bruce Allison||Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8
#62 Bruce Allison (see note 1)
|3||Val Musetti||(F5000) 3.4-litre March 752  - Ford GAA V6
#7 David Price Racing (see note 2)
|4||Robin Smith||Lola T330 [HU21] - Chevrolet V8
#32 Robin Smith (entered as #46)
(see note 3)
|5||Iain McLaren||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-10] - Ford BDX Swindon
#11 McLaren's of Broxburn (see note 4)
|7||Andy Barton||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-01] - Ford BDA
#23 Andy Barton (see note 5)
|8||Hervé Leguellec||(F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX
#16 Pablo Brea (see note 6)
|9||Jim Kelly||Trojan T101  - Chevrolet V8
#18 Jim Kelly (see note 7)
|R||Keith Holland||Lola T332C [HU62] - Chevrolet V8
#3 E. L. Gibbs Racing
|R||Guy Edwards||(F5000) 3.4-litre March 75A/761 [1-2] - Ford GAA V6
#4 Guy Edwards (see note 8)
|R||Divina Galica||(F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19  - Cosworth DFV V8
#13 Shellsport Whiting (see note 9)
|R||Tony Trimmer||(F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19  - Cosworth DFV V8
#2 Melchester Racing
|R||Alo Lawler||(F2) 2-litre Lola T462 [HU22] - Ford BDX
#17 L & B Excavations
|R||Tom Belsø||Lola T330 [HU6] - Chevrolet V8
#19 John Jordan (see note 10)
|R||Brian McGuire||(F1) 3-litre McGuire BM1 [Williams FW04-1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#6 Brian McGuire Racing
|R||Derek Cook||(F1) 3-litre Hesketh 308C [FW05/3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#10 Deryck Cook
|DNS||Emilio de Villota||(F1) 3-litre Lyncar 006 - Cosworth DFV V8
#14 Emilio Villota
|Did not start
|DNS||Norman Dickson||(F2) 2-litre March 772  - BMW M12/7
#20 Dicksons of Perth (see note 11)
|Did not start
|DNS||Adrian Russell||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [T450 HU1] - Ford BDA Swindon
#38 Adrian Russell (see note 12)
|Did not start
All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.
|1||Guy Edwards||(F5000) 3.4-litre March 75A/761 [1-2] - Ford GAA V6||0:55.4|
|2||Derek Bell||(F1) 3-litre Penske PC3  - Cosworth DFV V8||0:55.4|
|3||Tony Trimmer||(F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19  - Cosworth DFV V8||0:55.8|
|4||Bruce Allison||(F5000) 5-litre Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8||0:56.2|
|5||Val Musetti||(F5000) 3.4-litre March 752  - Ford GAA V6||0:56.8|
|6||Keith Holland||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332C [HU62] - Chevrolet V8||0:57.0|
|7||Tom Belsø||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU6] - Chevrolet V8||0:57.0|
|8||Alo Lawler||(F2) 2-litre Lola T462 [HU22] - Ford BDX||0:57.0|
|9||Divina Galica||(F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19  - Cosworth DFV V8||0:57.4|
|10||Derek Cook||(F1) 3-litre Hesketh 308C [FW05/3] - Cosworth DFV V8||0:52.0|
|11||Iain McLaren||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-10] - Ford BDX Swindon||0:58.0|
|12||Andy Barton||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-01] - Ford BDA||0:58.0|
|13||Robin Smith||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU21] - Chevrolet V8||0:59.4|
|14||Brian McGuire||(F1) 3-litre McGuire BM1 [Williams FW04-1] - Cosworth DFV V8||0:59.4|
|15||Norman Dickson *||(F2) 2-litre March 772  - BMW M12/7||0:59.8|
|17||Jim Kelly||(F5000) 5-litre Trojan T101  - Chevrolet V8||1:00.6|
|18||Hervé Leguellec||(F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX||1:00.8|
|19||Adrian Russell *||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [T450 HU1] - Ford BDA Swindon||1:04.2|
|20||Emilio de Villota *||(F1) 3-litre Lyncar 006 - Cosworth DFV V8||1:10.0|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- 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 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 [HU21] (Robin Smith): See full history: Lola T330 HU21.
- Chevron B35 [35-76-10] (Iain McLaren): New to Bob and Marj Brown, fitted with a Swindon BDX and entered for Bob Muir in F2 events in the latter part of 1976. Sold to Iain McLaren (Broxburn, Scotland) and used in F2, Shellsport G8 and libre during 1977. Retained for early 1978 but sold in May to Bernard Hunter (Edinburgh, Scotland) who ran it in libre for the rest of that year. To George McMillan (North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland) for 1979. After replacing it with a March 772P for 1980, George recalls selling the B35 to "a lad in Yorkshire" to become a GT car. Pat Thomas (Spalding, Lincolnshire) built a Donington-style Lotus Esprit GT in 1981 which was based on a Chevron B35 that he had acquired from Peter Brookfield in the Scarborough area, and it seems very likely this was the ex-McMillan car. The car was powered by a Cosworth BDG engine. The Esprit-Chevron was sold to John Goulder (Nottingham) for 1983, when it was sometimes said to have a 1500cc Cosworth engine, and then sold by him to Jon Fletcher (Rochdale) by 1986. Jon ran it for two or three seasons then sold it, with the single-seater bodywork, to a man in the Leeds area who planned to restore it as a F2. Subsequent history unknown.
- Chevron B35 [35-76-01] (Andy Barton): Used as a test car by Derek Bennett and others during February 1976, including Alex Ribeiro. Then sold to Trivellato Racing Team for Willi Lovato to race in four races at the start of the 1976 European F2 series. Believed to be the car taken over by Giorgio Francia for the rest of the season, although Francia was said to be driving the Trivellato team's spare car at Estoril after a "write off" at Enna. However, it does appear that there was some shuffling of cars, as '01 appears to be the car sold to Andy Barton for 1977, even though it was said to be the former car of Lovato's teammate Roberto Marazzi. Barton fitted a 2-litre BDA engine for Shellsport G8 and libre racing but struggled with the car's handling, and crashed at Croft in April. The car was rebuilt with a new tub and three new corners but was still problematic and he crashed again at Ingliston on 8 May. Barton then raced the Sana for the rest of 1977 but returned to the Chevron for a libre race at Croft in May 1978, only to crash yet again in practice. This time the car was not repaired.
- March 762 [752-21] (Hervé Leguellec): 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.
- Trojan T101  (Jim Kelly): See full history: Trojan T101/102.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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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