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New Zealand Formula Pacific Race

Pukekohe, 28 Mar 1982

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 David Oxton Ralt RT4/80 [200] - Ford BDA
#18
24
2 Ken Smith March 782/79B [15] - Ford BDA
#11 (see note 1)
24
3 Grant Campbell Chevron B39 - Ford BDA
#19 (see note 2)
24
4 Tom Donovan March 77B ["763-U3"] - Ford BDA
#12 (see note 3)
24
5 Bryan Hartley Chevron B34 [34.76.19] - Ford BDA
#34
24
6 Steve Cameron Cuda JR5 - Ford BDA
#21
23
7 Paul Radisich Ralt RT4/82 [269] - Ford BDA
#05 (see note 4)
21

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

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1David Oxton12
2Ken Smith12
3Grant Campbell12
4Paul Radisich12
5Bryan Hartley12
6Steve Cameron12
7Tom Donovan12
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1David Oxton12
2Ken Smith12
3Grant Campbell12
4Tom Donovan12
5Bryan Hartley12
6Paul Radisich9
Steve Cameron11Misfire
Qualifying
1 David Oxton (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [200] - Ford BDA 1.19.1
2 Ken Smith (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 782/79B [15] - Ford BDA 1.19.7
3 Grant Campbell (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 - Ford BDA 1.19.8
4 Paul Radisich (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [269] - Ford BDA 1.20.9
5 Bryan Hartley (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.19] - Ford BDA 1.22.0
6 Tom Donovan (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 77B ["763-U3"] - Ford BDA 1.23.4
7 Steve Cameron (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Cuda JR5 - Ford BDA 1.23.6

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 782/79B [15] (Ken Smith): Ricardo Zunino's works car at Thruxton 27 Mar 1978 and presumably all season. Converted to Formula Atlantic for Teo Fabi to race in New Zealand in January 1979 (where it was reported to be wearing plate "782-16", an observation that is now thought to have been incorrect). To Ken Smith (New Zealand) and raced in Formula Pacific in the 1979/80, 1980/81 and 1981/82 seasons. Then to Warren Heron, but not raced until Bay Park in March 1989. Raced twice in 1990, but then stored until two further races, in 1998 and 1999. Sold back to Ken Smith in 2009. To Robert Shaw (UK) in 2010, and restored back to Formula 2 specification. To Marc Devis (Belgium) late 2016.
  2. Chevron B39 (Grant Campbell): John Sisk (Lahaska, PA) raced a Formula B Chevron in a NERRC event at Lime Rock in April 1978. At the end of that season New Zealander Grant Campbell bought a Chevron B39 from the US to use in the New Zealand Formula Pacific from January 1979 onwards. Kiwi journalist David McKinney noted that the car wore the '01' chassis plate and was told by Campbell that it had previously been raced by John Sisk. It was retained by Campbell for the 1979/80 and 1980/81 seasons in New Zealand, then taken to Australia for the National Panasonic Formula Pacific series before the start of the 1981/82 New Zealand season. To Steve Cameron (Auckland) for the 1982/83 season. David McKinney advised that it then went to Charlie Thomasen, who also owned the ex-Dave Oxton B34, and then to John Wigston (Auckland) in 1985.
  3. March 77B ["763-U3"] (Tom Donovan): Brett Riley took delivery of a March 77B in December 1977 that is believed to have carried the chassis number 763-U3 when it arrived in New Zealand. Riley raced it in Formula Pacific in 1978, 1979 and 1980 before selling it to Tom Donovan who progressively modified it and ran it in hillclimbs as well as F/Pacific up to 1983. He then won the 1984 and 1985 NZ hillclimb championships running a 1800cc Cosworth engine in the car. It was sold to Stuart McChesney in 1985 and again used in hillclimbs. It then went to Kenny Smith around 1987 and then to John Mackinlay (Christchurch) around 1993 who restored it and raced it in historic racing 1994-1996. It passed to Garry Cliff (Magnum Motors, Christchurch) in November 1996 then Peter Finlay in Australia in August 1998 in exchange for a Reynard Formula Holden. It was sold to Kevin Miller in May 1999. Retained May 2003.
  4. Ralt RT4/82 [269] (Paul Radisich): Ralt sales record says sold to Theodore Racing, delivered 2 Oct 81. [Tub no: 81/123; gearbox FT1482; fuel cell JM36678 6/81] Chassis number given by NZMA for the car of Mike Rosen at Bay Park 3 Jan 82. Described by NZMA report as ex-Jarier, so presumed to be Jarier's car at Macau 1981. A note for Paul Radisich's car at the Bay Park Union Travel Championship race 11 Apr 82 [A/S 15 Apr 82 p48] says that this was the car used earlier in the year by Mike Rosen. Paul Radisich's car at Adelaide 4 Jul 82 is described as 'ex Mike Rosen' [AMSYB-82 p153] Chassis number given for Paul Radisich's car at 1982 AGP, and presumed to be the car used by him throughout the 1982 Australian Gold Star series. Chassis number given NZMN 21 Jan 83 p16 for the car of Paul Radisich at Bay Park, 2 Jan 83.

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.