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ShellSPORT International Championship race

Snetterton, 2 Oct 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Tony Trimmer (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19 [05] - Cosworth DFV V8
#2 Melchester Racing
40 40m 14.2s
114.34 mph
2 Damien Magee Lola T332C [HU62] - Chevrolet V8
#5 E. L. Gibbs Racing
39
3 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre McLaren M23 [6] - Cosworth DFV V8
#14 Emilio Villota
39
4 Norman Dickson (F2) 2-litre March 772 [3] - BMW M12/7
#20 Dicksons of Perth (see note 1)
39
5 Tony Rouff (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [72] - Ford BDG Eden
#15 Graham Eden Racing
38
6 Alo Lawler (F2) 2-litre Lola T462 [HU22] - Ford BDX
#17 L & B Excavations
38
7 Adrian Russell (F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX
#16 Roger Heavens Racing (see note 2)
37
NC Mike Wilds (F5000) 3.4-litre Chevron B30 [30-75-01] - Ford GAA V6
#24 AIM Racing with Templar Tillers
(see note 3)
34 two pit stops to repair damage
R Keith Holland McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet V8
#25 Chris Featherstone (see note 4)
32 Engine
R John Tait (G8 2.0) 2-litre Brabham BT36 [1] - Cosworth FVC
#65 John Tait (see note 5)
31 Running, not classified
R Jim Ravenscroft (F2) 2-litre Surtees TS15 - Ford BDA Hart
#43 John Ravenscroft (see note 6)
30 Running, not classified
R Guy Edwards (F1) 3-litre March 75A/761 [1-2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 Guy Edwards (see note 7)
9 Gearbox casing
R Bruce Allison Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8
#62 Bruce Allison (see note 8)
5 Gear linkage
R Robin Smith Lola T330 [HU21] - Chevrolet V8
#32 Robin Smith (see note 9)
3 Engine
DNS Divina Galica (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19 [04] - Cosworth DFV V8
#13 Shellsport Whiting (see note 10)
Did not start
(Accident in practice)
DNQ Herman Herstenburg (F1) 3-litre Lyncar 006 - Cosworth DFV V8
#80 Escuderia Aryn
Did not qualify

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Guy Edwards (F1) 3-litre March 75A/761 [1-2] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:59.0
2 Tony Trimmer (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19 [05] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:59.5
3 Bruce Allison (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8 0:59.6
4 Divina Galica * (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19 [04] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:59.6
5 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre McLaren M23 [6] - Cosworth DFV V8 0:59.7
6 Norman Dickson (F2) 2-litre March 772 [3] - BMW M12/7 1:00.6
7 Damien Magee (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332C [HU62] - Chevrolet V8 1:00.8
8 Mike Wilds (F5000) 3.4-litre Chevron B30 [30-75-01] - Ford GAA V6 1:01.2
9 Tony Rouff (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [72] - Ford BDG Eden 1:01.9
10 Alo Lawler (F2) 2-litre Lola T462 [HU22] - Ford BDX 1:02.6
11 Robin Smith (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU21] - Chevrolet V8 1:03.1
12 Keith Holland (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet V8 1:03.4
13 Adrian Russell (F2) 2-litre March 762 [752-21] - Ford BDX 1:04.6
14 Jim Ravenscroft (F2) 2-litre Surtees TS15 - Ford BDA Hart 1:05.4
15 Herman Herstenburg * (F1) 3-litre Lyncar 006 - Cosworth DFV V8 1:07.1
16 John Tait (G8 2.0) 2-litre Brabham BT36 [1] - Cosworth FVC None
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. March 762 [752-21] (Adrian Russell): 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.
  3. Chevron B30 [30-75-01] (Mike Wilds): See full history: Chevron B30.
  4. McRae GM1 [015] (Keith Holland): 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
  5. Brabham BT36 [1] (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, then unknown for two years before Howlings (yet again) raced it in Shellsport G8 in early 1976, fitted with a 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. Lola T330 [HU21] (Robin Smith): See full history: Lola T330 HU21.
  10. 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.

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.