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ShellSPORT International Championship race

Snetterton, 27 Mar 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Guy Edwards (F5000) 3.4-litre March 75A/761 [1-2] - Ford GAA V6
#4 Guy Edwards (see note 1)
40 50m 56.4s
90.32 mph
2 Divina Galica (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19 [04] - Cosworth DFV V8
#13 Shellsport Whiting (see note 2)
40 51m 26.3s
3 Tom Belsø Lola T330 [HU6] - Chevrolet V8
#19 John Jordan (see note 3)
40 51m 26.8s
4 Keith Holland Lola T332C [HU62] - Chevrolet V8
#3 E. L. Gibbs Racing
40 51m 36.4s
5 Tony Trimmer (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19 [05] - Cosworth DFV V8
#2 Melchester Racing
39
6 Tony Rouff (F2) 2-litre Sana RD9 - Ford BDG Eden
#5 Graham Eden Racing/Harrisons of Birmingham
38
7 Robin Smith Lola T330 [HU21] - Chevrolet V8
#46 Robin Smith (see note 4)
38
8 Alo Lawler (F2) 2-litre Lola T462 [HU22] - Ford BDX Swindon
#17 L & B Excavations
38
9 Jim Kelly Trojan T101 [102] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 5)
38
R Bruce Allison Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8
#62 Bruce Allison (see note 6)
6 Accident damage
R Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre Lyncar 006 - Cosworth DFV V8
#14 Emilio Villota
5 Rear upright
R Norman Dickson (F2) 2-litre March 772 [3] - BMW M12/7
#20 Dicksons of Perth/Kinross Motor Auctions
(see note 7)
4 Accident
R Derek Cook (F1) 3-litre Hesketh 308C [FW05/3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#10 Deryck Cook
1 Throttle linkage
R Val Musetti (F5000) 3.4-litre March 752 [15] - Ford GAA V6
#7 David Price Racing (see note 8)
Running, not classified
R Derek Cook (F2) 2-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDG Smith
#10 Derek Cook (see note 9)
Throttle linkage
DNS Nick May (F1) 3-litre Penske PC3 [02] - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 Hexagon Racing
Did not start
(Accident in practice)
DNS Brian McGuire (F1) 3-litre McGuire BM1 [Williams FW04-1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#6 Brian McGuire Racing
Did not start
(Valve spring)
DNS Rob Moffat (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B - Ford BDA
#28 Rob Moffat (see note 10)
Did not start
(Accident in practice)
UNKE Iain McLaren (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-10] - Ford BDX Swindon
#11 McLaren of Broxburn Ltd (see note 11)
On entry list
UNKE Ray Mallock (F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-01] - Hart 420R
#12 Ardmore Racing
On entry list
UNKE Pablo Brea (F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX
#16 Pablo Brea
On entry list
UNKE Damien Magee (F5000) Lola
#21 Damien Magee
On entry list

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Guy Edwards (F5000) 3.4-litre March 75A/761 [1-2] - Ford GAA V6 0:59.2
2 Tony Trimmer (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19 [05] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:59.7
3 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre Lyncar 006 - Cosworth DFV V8 1:00.5
4 Keith Holland (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332C [HU62] - Chevrolet V8 1:00.7
5 Val Musetti (F5000) 3.4-litre March 752 [15] - Ford GAA V6 1:00.7
6 Divina Galica (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19 [04] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:00.8
7 Bruce Allison (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8 1:01.0
8 Norman Dickson (F2) 2-litre March 772 [3] - BMW M12/7 1:01.5
9 Tom Belsø (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU6] - Chevrolet V8 1:01.6
10 Brian McGuire * (F1) 3-litre McGuire BM1 [Williams FW04-1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:01.8
11 Alo Lawler (F2) 2-litre Lola T462 [HU22] - Ford BDX Swindon 1:02.3
11 Iain McLaren * (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-10] - Ford BDX Swindon 0:58.0
12 Nick May * (F1) 3-litre Penske PC3 [02] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:02.9
13 Derek Cook (F1) 3-litre Hesketh 308C [FW05/3] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:03.5
13 Derek Cook (F2) 2-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDG Smith 1:03.5
14 Robin Smith (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU21] - Chevrolet V8 1:06.1
15 Rob Moffat * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B - Ford BDA 1:12.0
17 Tony Rouff (F2) 2-litre Sana RD9 - Ford BDG Eden None
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. Surtees TS19 [04] (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.
  3. 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
  4. Lola T330 [HU21] (Robin Smith): See full history: Lola T330 HU21.
  5. Trojan T101 [102] (Jim Kelly): See full history: Trojan T101/102.
  6. 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).
  7. March 772 [3] (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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. March 73B (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.
  11. 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 some 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 but replaced with a March 772P for 1980. George recalls selling it 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. This car was sold to John Goulder (Nottingham) for 1983, when it was 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.

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.