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Macau Grand Prix

Macau, 19 Nov 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Riccardo Patrese Chevron B42 ['P'] - Ford BDA
#1 Marlboro Team Harper
40 1h 37m 42.21s
93.34 mph
2 Derek Daly Chevron B42 [42-78-23] - Ford BDA
#2 Marlboro Team Harper
40 1h 38m 42.28s
3 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA
#76 Flying Tigers Racing
40 1h 39m 14.05s
4 Masahiro Hasemi Chevron B40 [40-77-07] - Nissan LZ14
#11 Team Honest Datsun (see note 1)
40 1h 39m 27.28s
5 Skeeter McKitterick Ralt RT1/78 [136] - Ford BDA
#72 Flying Tigers Racing
40 1h 39m 41.92s
6 Albert Poon Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
#23 Albert Poon (see note 2)
39
7 Graeme Lawrence March 76B [17] - Ford BDA
#9 Team Rothmans (see note 3)
39
8 Alan Jones March 782/79B [15] - Ford BDA
#111 Theodore Racing [Teddy Yip] [entered as #32]
(see note 4)
38 broken plug
9 Takao Wada Nova 53P - Nissan LZ14
#25 Team Honest Datsun ["Nissan/Tomei"]
38
10 Nobuhide Tachi Chevron B35 [35-76-12?] - Toyota 2T-G Tom's
#15 Crown Motors (see note 5)
36
R Kevin Bartlett Chevron B40 [40-77-15] - Ford BDA
#14 Equippe 66 [entered as #66]
21 ignition problems
R Andrew Miedecke March 763 - Ford BDA Dewhurst
#4 Andrew Meidecke
14
R Keke Rosberg Chevron B42 [B45 78-04] - Ford BDA
#3 Marlboro Team Harper (see note 6)
13 engine
R Brett Lunger Ralt RT1/78 [111?] - Ford BDA
#74 Flying Tigers Racing
4 chassis cross member
UNK Kenji Tohira March 752 - Nissan LZ14
#20 Team Honest Datsun

UNK Kiyoshi Misaki Nova 512 - Toyota 2T-G Kuwahara
#21 Kiyoshi Misaki ["Savage/Toyota"]

UNK Shuroku Sasaki "Oscar" - Honda
#7 Team Reliance Honda

UNK José "Pocholo" Ramirez Chevron B34 [34-76-21] - Ford BDA
#82 Team JRC Ramrod Zenith

UNK Ken Shirvington March 732 [15 as '9'] - Ford twin cam
#16 Ken Shirvington (see note 7)

UNK Peter Marshall Ralt RT1 [5] - Ford BDA
#26 R. F. Hoger

UNK Rad Ocampo Lola T460 - Ford BDA
#81 Team JRC Ramrod Zenith

UNK Narcisco de la Merced Chevron B34 [34.76.25] - Ford BDA
#22 Delta Auto Centre

UNK Nick Van Nugteren March 73B/74B [13]
#41 Nick Van Nugteran (see note 8)

DNSC Steve Millen Chevron B42 [42-78-01] - Ford BDA Hart
#19 [not on entry list]
Did not start (crashed)
UNKE Sonny Rajah March 73B - Ford BDA
#6 Sonny Rajah Racing [Sonny Rajah/Kevin Wink]
(see note 9)
On entry list
UNKE Chong Kim Fah Chevron B34 [34-76-37] - Ford BDA
#8 Team Rothmans
On entry list
UNKE Jason Ho Brabham BT30
#10 Joseph Fung
On entry list
UNKE Richard Thomas Geck March - Honda
#12 Team Reliance Honda
On entry list
UNKE Chong Boon Seng Chevron B29 [29-75-05] - Ford BDA
#17 Chong Boon Seng (see note 10)
On entry list
(shipped from Singapore but participation unknown)
UNKE Noritake Takahara March
#18 Japan Motor Racing Centre ["N. Takahora"]
On entry list
UNKE Ian Grey Chevron B20 [72-9] - Ford BDA
#71 Ian Grey (see note 11)
On entry list
DNA Cherie Schloemmer Brabham BT30 [14] - Ford twin cam
[not on entry list] (see note 12)
Did not arrive
DNA Del Schloemmer Chevron B34 [34-76-20] - Ford BDA
[not on entry list]
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Alan Jones (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 782/79B [15] - Ford BDA 2m 21.19s
2 Riccardo Patrese (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B42 ['P'] - Ford BDA 2m 23.37s
3 Derek Daly (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-23] - Ford BDA 2m 24.37s
4 Keke Rosberg (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B42 [B45 78-04] - Ford BDA
5 Masahiro Hasemi (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-07] - Nissan LZ14
6 Kevin Cogan (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA
7 Andrew Miedecke (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 763 - Ford BDA Dewhurst
8 Brett Lunger (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [111?] - Ford BDA
9 Skeeter McKitterick (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [136] - Ford BDA
10 Kenji Tohira (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 752 - Nissan LZ14
11 Kevin Bartlett (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-15] - Ford BDA
12 Graeme Lawrence (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 76B [17] - Ford BDA
13 Albert Poon (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
14 Kiyoshi Misaki (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Nova 512 - Toyota 2T-G Kuwahara
15 Takao Wada (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Nova 53P - Nissan LZ14
16 Nobuhide Tachi (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-12?] - Toyota 2T-G Tom's
17 Shuroku Sasaki (F/Pac) 1.6-litre "Oscar" - Honda
18 José "Pocholo" Ramirez (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34-76-21] - Ford BDA
19 Ken Shirvington (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 732 [15 as '9'] - Ford twin cam
20 Peter Marshall (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [5] - Ford BDA
21 Rad Ocampo (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Lola T460 - Ford BDA
22 Narcisco de la Merced (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.25] - Ford BDA
23 Nick Van Nugteren (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 73B/74B [13]

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B40 [40-77-07] (Masahiro Hasemi): New to Kojima Engineering, and almost certianly the car used by Masahiro Hasemi in Formula Pacific specification with Nissan LZ14 engines in late 1977. Retained by Hasemi for the Formula Pacific series in 1978 and 1979. Used again for a couple of race in 1980, then by Kazuyoshi Hoshino in one race. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. Brabham BT40 (Albert Poon): New to Albert Poon (Hong Kong) and fitted with a Hart twin cam engine for the Southeast Asian 2-valve 1600cc formula. Raced by Poon in 1973 and 1974 and then, after Poon acquired a newer Chevron B29, the Brabham was raced by Graeme Lawrence in the Malaysian GP in March 1975 and by Kevin Bartlett in the Macau Grand Prix in November 1975. Then raced by Poon's wife, Diana Poon, from 1976 to 1979. At some point, the Brabham was badly damaged, and its tub has been rebuilt by new owner Neville McKay. Reported to be still owned by McKay but in pieces in 2004.
  3. March 76B [17] (Graeme Lawrence): New to Sonny Rajah with a fuel-injected Hart engine, and run for Graeme Lawrence in South East Asia.
  4. March 782/79B [15] (Alan Jones): 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.
  5. Chevron B35 [35-76-12?] (Nobuhide Tachi): New to Teddy Yip's Theodore Racing and raced by Patrick Tambay in the JAF Fuji Grand Prix in June 1977. Then very probably the Tom's car raced by Fumiyasu Sato in Formula Pacific specification at the JAF Suzuka Grand Prix in November 1977, and by the team in the new Formula Pacific championship in 1978, 1979 and 1980. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. Chevron B42 [B45 78-04] (Keke Rosberg): New to Fred Opert Racing for North American Formula Atlantic as a second car. Used as a spare by Keke Rosberg and as his race car at Lime Rock. Also raced by Eje Elgh and by Arturo Merzario at Trois-Rivières. Raced by Rosberg at Macau in November 1978. Then sold to Mike Peers and entered in the revived British series for Jim Crawford in 1979, winning five races and finishing second in the championship. Fitted with a BDX engine for 1980 and run by Plygrange Racing for Crawford in the F2 class of the Aurora series. Stayed with Plygrange for 1981 when raced by Vin Malkie (Northwich, Cheshire) in libre racing. Reappeared in 1983 when raced by Duncan Gray in the British Formula Atlantic series. It was entered by Peers himself in libre in 1984. Then to Steve Raine for Sprints, co-driven by Robin Boucher, and then hired to Bob Fearnley's RK Racing for Tiff Needell to drive in a pair of races in India in early 1985. Then reportedly to Stuart Ridge for 1986. To John Lloyd then to Simon Hadfield (Shepshed, Leicestershire) but damaged in an accident at Mallory Park. Restored with original Excita condoms bodywork and sold in 1998 to Jeff Wright, a Scotsman then living in Canada. Still with Wright (Wilmington, NC) in 2014 and raced regularly in vintage racing.
  7. March 732 [15 as '9'] (Ken Shirvington): A new car for Andy Sutcliffe at Karlskoga run by Brian Lewis Racing and replacing 732-9, crashed by Mike Beuttler earlier in the year. To save paperwork, the team put the "732/9" chassis plate onto the car and it still wears it today. Sold to Ken Smith in New Zealand after Sutcliffe's money did not appear and raced by him in the 1974 Tasman series. Then rebuilt as a ANF2 car with a Ford twin cam for the 1974 Australian Formula 2 series and sold to Ken Shirvington mid-season. The car remains in Australia in 2012.
  8. March 73B/74B [13] (Nick Van Nugteren): In the mid-1970s, Grant Swartz (Berkeley, CA) was an aircraft maintenance specialist working for the Flying Tiger Line air freight company in Hong Kong and Vietnam. In 1973, he acquired a March 73B, presumably the chassis 73B/13 that is shown in March records as going to Hong Kong, and he raced at the Macau Grand Prix in November that year. Unfortunately, he hit a wall and broke his ankle. Undeterred, he returned to the Macau race in the car in 1974 and 1975. It was then sold to Nick Van Nugteren (Singapore), who raced it at Macau in 1977 and 1978. By 1978 it had been updated to March 742 bodywork, and was sponsored by Black & Decker. It was later owned by Chris Farrell in Australia, and raced by him in HSRCA from 1999 to 2001. To Robert Foster by 2002, and raced by Foster in HSRCA events from 2004 to 2017.
  9. March 73B (Sonny Rajah): Sonny Rajah (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) raced a March in Southeast Asian 4-valve formula racing in 1976, then in Formula Pacific from 1977 to 1981, but it is not yet clear whether this was his updated March 712M or his March 73B.
  10. Chevron B29 [29-75-05] (Chong Boon Seng): New to Albert Poon (Hong Kong), and raced in Southeast Asian events in 1975. Raced in Southeast Asian 1600cc 4-valve formula events in 1976, and driven by Kevin Bartlett at the Macau Grand Prix in November 1976. Sold less engine to Chong Boon Seng (Singapore) in December 1976 and raced by him in 1977, 1978 and 1979, It was then retained by him until it was sold to Leif Norberg in 1985. Then to Tony Armstrong (Australia) in 1989. To Geoff Weiland (Australia) in 1998, then to Peter Addison (Sydney, NSW), then to John Gale (Sydney, NSW) in 2005. In March 2020, the car was bought from Gale by Peter Brennan (Melbourne, Victoria).
  11. Chevron B20 [72-9] (Ian Grey): New to John S Green in Formula B specification but there is no evidence of this car being delivered before the end of 1972. Green ran it in the Gap Hill Climb in January 1973, but only circuit raced it once, in the Singapore Grand Prix in April 1973. Green died in early 1974, and the Chevron was sold to David Schollum for Steve Millen in South-East Asian races that year. Then shipped to New Zealand and fitted with a 1980cc Cosworth FVC engine for the 1975 Tasman series. Used by Millen in 1600cc form at Batu Tiga and Macau later in 1975. Sold to Ian Grey in 1976 and raced with a Cosworth BDM at Macau in 1976 and 1977. Later sold to Dick Ward (Perth, Australia) and George Stacey about the end of 1979, and then to Harry Hickling (ACT, Australia). Sold to David Innes late 2014.
  12. Brabham BT30 [14] (Cherie Schloemmer): Sold new to Ecurie Ecosse and run for Graham Birrell in F2 in 1970. Also raced once by Peter Gethin and by Richard Attwood later in the season. To Peter Westbury early 1971 and raced in several F2 races (also raced once by Dieter Quester) until the team's BT36 was delivered. Sold to Dunnett's Garage, converted to F/Atlantic specification and entered for Ronnie Mackay in libre and F/Atlantic in 1971 and 1972, run by MRE. To Chong Boon Seng for south east Asian racing in 1973 and used by him until 1976. Then to Del Schloemer and raced by him and by Cherie Schloemer in 1977 and 1978. To Wybe Valkema around 1980 and retained to 1982. Then to Australia and with Brian Wilson by 1988. Wilson sold it to Art Valdez (Torrance, CA) and from Valdez it returned to Australia when he sold it to Bob Ilich (Perth, WA) in 2010.

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 results of the Formula Pacific races in South East Asian at Macau, Penang, Selangor and Shah Alam were originally provided by Chris Townsend based on the short reports in Autosport and Motoring News plus the information supplied by a wide range of contributors. These have been developed further by Andrew Horrox using material in New Zealand Motoraction. For the Macau Grand Prix, further data comes from Philip Newsome's book 'Color and Noise: 40 Years of the Macau Grand Prix' (Studio Publications Ltd, 1993).

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.

Individual sources for this event

'Colour and Noise: 40 Years of the Macau Grand Prix' (Philip Newsome, Studio Publications Limited, 1993). Entry list and other programme details provided by Richard Coe.