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Macau Grand Prix

Macau, 22 Nov 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Geoff Lees Ralt RT1 [9] - Ford BDA Smith
#118 Theodore Racing
40 1h 35m 56.40s
95.05 mph
2 Riccardo Patrese March 792 [23] - Ford BDA Hart
#1 Marlboro Team Harper
40 1h 36m 00.43s
3 Huub Rothengatter Chevron B48 [48-79-07] - Ford BDA Hart
#4 Docking Spitzley Racing/Racing Team Holland
39
4 Derek Daly March 792 [32] - Ford BDA Hart
#2 Marlboro Team Harper
38
5 Satoru Nakajima Chevron B40 [40-77-07] - Toyota 2T-G Tom's
#17 Chowinis (see note 1)
37
6 Skeeter McKitterick Ralt RT1/78 [136] - Ford BDA
#78 Flying Tigers Dunhill Racing Team
35
7 Kiyoshi Misaki March 782 - Toyota 2T-G
#21 Toyota Team Kuwahuru
35
8 José "Pocholo" Ramirez Chevron B34 [34-76-21] - Ford BDA Hart
#82 Pocholo Ramirez
32
9 Tom Gloy Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA
#72 Flying Tigers Dunhill Racing Team
31 Broken wheel
10 Tiff Needell March 76B [14] - Ford BDA Hart
#6 Unipart Malaysia (see note 2)
28 Gearbox
R Rupert Keegan March 792 [11] - Ford BDA Smith
#112 Theodore Racing
Accident, stuck throttle
R Masahiro Hasemi Chevron B40 [40-77-09] - Nissan LZ14
#11 Team Honest Datsun (see note 3)

R Albert Poon Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA Swindon
#23 Albert Poon (see note 4)

R Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA
#74 Flying Tigers Dunhill Racing Team
17 Overheating
R Kazuyoshi Hoshino Chevron B40 - Nissan LZ14
#5 Team Honest Datsun (see note 5)

R Peter Marshall Ralt RT1 [5] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#20 Peter Marshall

R Tetsu Iida Falcon - Nissan LZ14
#9 Falcon Racing Team
Engine
R Masatomo Shimizu March 782 - Nissan LZ14
#16 Central Zo Racing Team
Engine
R Andrew Miedecke Chevron B39/B40 - Ford BDA
#66 L.C. Kwan (see note 6)
Engine
R Vern Schuppan March 792 - Ford BDA Smith
#111 Theodore Racing

R Bob Earl Ralt RT1/78 [142] - Ford BDA
#76 Flying Tigers Dunhill Racing Team
8 Engine
DNS Narcisco de la Merced Chevron B34 [34.76.25] - Ford BDA Hart
#22 Narciso Dela Merced
Did not start
(Withdrew, too slow)
DNSC Sonny Rajah March 73B - Ford BDA
#7 Unipart Malaysia (see note 7)
Did not start (crashed)
    March
#3 Marlboro Team Harper
On entry list
  Kenji Takahashi Nova 53P - Nissan LZ14 Tomei
#8 Tomei Motor Company
On entry list
  Jason Ho Chevron - Ford BDA
#10 Jason Ho
On entry list
  Takao Wada March 79B - Nissan LZ14
#15 Tomei Motor Company
On entry list

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

Qualifying
1 Riccardo Patrese (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 792 [23] - Ford BDA Hart 2.21.7
2 Kevin Cogan (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA 2.21.8
3 Derek Daly (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 792 [32] - Ford BDA Hart 2.21.9
4 Tiff Needell (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 76B [14] - Ford BDA Hart 2.22.5
5 Rupert Keegan (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 792 [11] - Ford BDA Smith 2.22.7
6 Bob Earl (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [142] - Ford BDA 2.22.8
7 Tom Gloy (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA 2.23.3
8 Masahiro Hasemi (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-09] - Nissan LZ14 2.23.80
9 Huub Rothengatter (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B48 [48-79-07] - Ford BDA Hart 2.23.80
10 Andrew Miedecke (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B39/B40 - Ford BDA 2.24.07
11 Geoff Lees (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [9] - Ford BDA Smith 2.25.0
12 Skeeter McKitterick (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [136] - Ford BDA 2.25.4
13 Vern Schuppan (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 792 - Ford BDA Smith 2.27.03
14 Satoru Nakajima (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-07] - Toyota 2T-G Tom's 2.28.17
15 Kiyoshi Misaki (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 782 - Toyota 2T-G 2.31.34
16 Sonny Rajah * (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 73B - Ford BDA 2.31.43
17 Kazuyoshi Hoshino (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B40 - Nissan LZ14 2.32.22
18 Albert Poon (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA Swindon 2.32.97
19 Tetsu Iida (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Falcon - Nissan LZ14 2.34.74
20 Masatomo Shimizu (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 782 - Nissan LZ14 2.36.41
21 Peter Marshall (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [5] - Ford BDA Cosworth 2.47.40
22 José "Pocholo" Ramirez (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34-76-21] - Ford BDA Hart 2.54.25
23 Narcisco de la Merced * (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.25] - Ford BDA Hart 2.57.25
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B40 [40-77-07] (Satoru Nakajima): Shown in Chevron records as sold to Le Mans Co for Tetsu Ikuzawa. Raced by Ikuzawa in Japanese Formula 2 in 1977, using BMW engines. Used again by Ikuzawa for one race at the beginning of 1978. This is almost certainly the car converted to Formula Pacific specification and raced by Satoru Nakajima in the Japanese Formula Pacific series in 1980 and early 1981 using Toyota engines.
  2. March 76B [14] (Tiff Needell): 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 B40 [40-77-09] (Masahiro Hasemi): Shown in Chevron records as sold to Le Mans Co in Japan with a Nissan engine. This must be the car run by Kojima Engineering for 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 races at the beginning of 1980, when Hasemi was struggling to develop his new March 802, and then raced by Kazuyoshi Hoshino in one race at the end of the season. At some point before 2014, the ex-Hasemi car was acquired from "a guy who used to work at Kojima" by Warwick Mortimer in New Zealand.
  4. 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.
  5. Chevron B40 (Kazuyoshi Hoshino): Kazuyoshi Hoshino raced a Chevron B40 with Nissan LZ14 engine in four rounds of the 1979 JAF Formula Pacific series, winning two of them, and at the Macau Grand Prix in November that year.
  6. Chevron B39/B40 (Andrew Miedecke): New to LC Kwan (Hong Kong), owner of the Equipe 66 garage, for Albert Poon (Hong Kong) to drive in Formula Pacific in Southeast Asia. Before it was shipped to Asia, to was borrowed by Ardmore Racing and fitted with a Swindon BDX engine for Divina Galica to race in the Donington Park F2 event in October 1977. It was then shipped to Hong Kong in time for the Macau Grand Prix a month later. Although Poon entered his car as a B40, an article in the Malaysia Grand Prix race programme in May 1978 described the car as a "new car which he has just bought in the US". Also raced by Kevin Bartlett at Macau in 1978 and by Andrew Miedecke at Macau in 1979. Then raced by Poon at Macau in 1980, 1981 and 1982.
  7. 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.

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).