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New Zealand Gold Star Race

Baypark Raceway, 26 Mar 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Steve Millen Chevron B42 [42-78-01] - Ford BDA Hart
#19
23
2 Andrew Miedecke March 763 - Ford BDA Dewhurst
#8
23
3 Ross Stone Cuda JR3 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#22
23
4 Ken Smith March 76B [20] - Ford BDA Swindon
#11 (see note 1)
23
5 Richard Melville March 76B [14] - Ford BDA Swindon
#10 (see note 2)
23
6 Eric Morgan Chevron B29 [29-75-30] - Ford BDA
#15 (see note 3)
23
7 Dave McMillan March 77B [30] - Ford BDA
#4 Giltrap Racing (see note 4)
17 Electrics
8 Robbie Francevic Modus M3 [022(B)/054] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#17
17 Engine
9 Norm Lankshear Chevron B34 [34-76-19] - Ford BDA Hart
#16
10 Misfire
DNP David Oxton Chevron B34 [34-76-OX] - Ford BDA Hart
(see note 5)
Did not take part in official practice
(Accident testing)
DNA Reg Cook March 742 ["U1"] - Ford BDA
Did not arrive
DNA Hugh Owen Ralt RT1 [73] - Ford BDA Nicholson
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre F/Pac unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Andrew Miedecke (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 763 - Ford BDA Dewhurst 0.54.4
2 Steve Millen (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-01] - Ford BDA Hart 0.54.4
3 Dave McMillan (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 77B [30] - Ford BDA 0.54.6
4 Ross Stone (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Cuda JR3 - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.54.8
5 Richard Melville (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 76B [14] - Ford BDA Swindon 0.54.9
6 Ken Smith (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 76B [20] - Ford BDA Swindon 0.54.9
7 Robbie Francevic (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [022(B)/054] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.55.0
8 Norm Lankshear (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34-76-19] - Ford BDA Hart 0.55.6
9 Eric Morgan (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-30] - Ford BDA 0.55.8

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 76B [20] (Ken Smith): Sold via Doug Shierson to Ken Smith (New Zealand) and debuts in early 1977 New Zealand races. Retained to 1981 then sold to Warren Binning. Returned to Smith in 1982 and retained to at least 2003.
  2. March 76B [14] (Richard Melville): Chassis number observed on Richard Melville’s car by Dave McKinney at Baypark, 2 Jan 1977, and published NZMA 28 Jan 77 p5 and described as ex Brambilla. Brambilla's 1976 Trois Rivières car according to Motoring News 10 Feb 77, so a Doug Shierson Racing team car in 1976. As Shierson ran up to four drivers, plus a spare car, at some American and Canadian races, we cannot yet identify users in North America. [However, it does seem we can eliminate Cobb, using 76B [4]. Chassis number observed on Melville’s car by McKinney at Baypark, 2 Jan 1978, and published NZMA 20 Jan 78 p4. Dave McKinney advises sold to Unipart for Tiff Needell to use in 1979 Macau GP. Observed on Sonny Rajah’s car by Dave McKinney at Malaysian GP, 1980 and published NZMA 16 Jun 80 p15, so presumably sold to Rajah.
  3. Chevron B29 [29-75-30] (Eric Morgan): Built as a works development car, and tested by Brian Redman. Then entered by Jörg Obermoser's Team Warsteiner Eurorace for Hans Binder to drive in Formula 2 with a Rosche BMW engine, when it was reported to be chassis 32. Brian Redman drove it in the 1976 New Zealand Internationals, still with its 2-litre BMW engine, this time as part of the Fred Opert team. Sold in New Zealand to David Oxton, fitted with a Formula Pacific BDA engine and raced in the New Zealand Formula Pacific series in January 1977. Then to Eric Morgan for Gold Star and International races from 1977 to 1981. Sold to Chris Read for 1982. Later history with the car indicates that it was sold by Read to Kenny Smith in 1991, then to Brian Sampson in 1992, then Peter Whelan in 2000, and Miles Jackson in 2008.
  4. March 77B [30] (Dave McMillan): Entered by March for Danny Sullivan in the 1978 New Zealand International series. Sold to Colin Giltrap and entered by him for Dave McMillan at Baypark Mar 1978 then for Larry Perkins in the 1978/79 series. Raced by Desiré Wilson in the Jan/Feb 1980 series then John Smith in Jan 1981. Sold to Ray Hanger (Australia) and used in the 1981 AF1 and Pacific series. Also raced at Shah Alam in October 1981.
  5. Chevron B34 [34-76-OX] (David Oxton): A car built by David Oxton using a spare monocoque acquired from the Opert team. Raced by Oxton in the New Zealand Formula Pacific series in January 1978, then in the 1977/78 Gold Star, and also in the January 1979 and January 1980 Internationals. Next seen in 1984 Internationals, when it was raced by Charlie Thomasen, and then in several more seasons by Heather Spurle. It is reported that this car then went via Kenny Smith to John Wigston for his daughter Joanna to race.

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.

The New Zealand race results have been provided by Chris Townsend based on material in Autosport and Motoring News reports in the UK, Motoraction in New Zealand plus the information supplied by a wide range of contributors.

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.