Macau Grand Prix
Macau, 22 Nov 1979
|1||Geoff Lees||Ralt RT1/75  - Ford BDA Smith
#118 Theodore Racing
|40||1h 35m 56.40s
|2||Riccardo Patrese||March 792  - Ford BDA Hart
#1 Marlboro Team Harper (see note 1)
|40||1h 36m 00.43s
|3||Huub Rothengatter||Chevron B48 [48-79-07] - Ford BDA Hart
#4 Docking Spitzley Racing/Racing Team Holland
|4||Derek Daly||March 792  - Ford BDA Hart
#2 Marlboro Team Harper (see note 2)
|5||Satoru Nakajima||Chevron B40 [40-77-07] - Toyota 2T-G Tom's
#17 Chowinis (see note 3)
|6||Skeeter McKitterick||Ralt RT1/78  - Ford BDA
#78 Flying Tigers Dunhill Racing Team
|7||Kiyoshi Misaki||March 782 - Toyota 2T-G
#21 Toyota Team Kuwahuru
|8||José "Pocholo" Ramirez||Chevron B34 [34-76-21] - Ford BDA Hart
#82 Pocholo Ramirez (see note 4)
|9||Tom Gloy||Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA
#72 Flying Tigers Dunhill Racing Team
|10||Tiff Needell||March 76B  - Ford BDA Hart
#6 Unipart Malaysia (see note 5)
|R||Rupert Keegan||March 792  - Ford BDA Smith
#112 Theodore Racing (see note 6)
|Accident, stuck throttle|
|R||Masahiro Hasemi||Chevron B40 [40-77-09] - Nissan LZ14
#11 Team Honest Datsun (see note 7)
|R||Albert Poon||Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA Swindon
#23 Albert Poon (see note 8)
|R||Kevin Cogan||Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA
#74 Flying Tigers Dunhill Racing Team
|R||Kazuyoshi Hoshino||Chevron B40 - Nissan LZ14
#5 Team Honest Datsun (see note 9)
|R||Peter Marshall||Ralt RT1/75  - Ford BDA Cosworth
#20 Peter Marshall (see note 10)
|R||Tetsu Iida||Falcon - Nissan LZ14
#9 Falcon Racing Team
|R||Masatomo Shimizu||March 782 - Nissan LZ14
#16 Central Zo Racing Team
|R||Andrew Miedecke||Chevron B39/B40 - Ford BDA
#66 L.C. Kwan (see note 11)
|R||Vern Schuppan||March 792 - Ford BDA Smith
#111 Theodore Racing
|R||Bob Earl||Ralt RT1/78  - Ford BDA
#76 Flying Tigers Dunhill Racing Team
|DNS||Narcisco de la Merced||Chevron B34 [34-76-25] - Ford BDA Hart
#22 Narciso Dela Merced (see note 12)
|Did not start
(Withdrew, too slow)
|DNSC||Sonny Rajah||March 73B - Ford BDA
#7 Unipart Malaysia (see note 13)
|Did not start (crashed)|
#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 (see note 14)
|On entry list|
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Pac unless noted.
|1||Riccardo Patrese||(F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 792  - 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  - Ford BDA Hart||2.21.9|
|4||Tiff Needell||(F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 76B  - Ford BDA Hart||2.22.5|
|5||Rupert Keegan||(F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 792  - Ford BDA Smith||2.22.7|
|6||Bob Earl||(F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78  - 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 RT1/75  - Ford BDA Smith||2.25.0|
|12||Skeeter McKitterick||(F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78  - 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 RT1/75  - 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:
- March 792  (Riccardo Patrese): A Marlboro Team Harper car for Riccardo Patrese to drive at the Macau GP in November 1979, backed by Marlboro. Also seen as a spare car for Andrea de Cesaris in the 1980 New Zealand Formula Pacific series.
- March 792  (Derek Daly): A Marlboro Team Harper car for Derek Daly to drive at the Macau GP in November 1979, backed by Marlboro. Then for Mike Thackwell as a March Cars - Marlboro entry in the 1980 New Zealand Formula Pacific series.
- 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. Subsequent history unknown, but in 2014 a Chevron B40 was acquired from "a guy who used to work at Kojima" by Warwick Mortimer in New Zealand. This car had the chassis plate "40-77-07" but was said to be "ex-Hasemi" and had been Nissan-powered and then BMW-powered.
- Chevron B34 [34-76-21] (José "Pocholo" Ramirez): New to Fred Opert Racing for Jim Crawley in the IMSA Formula Atlantic series, appearing at Road Atlanta in April and Laguna Seca in May. He then missed the Ontario Motor Speedway as the car was reported to have been "destroyed" in a testing crash at Willow Springs. It was evidently rebuilt in time to be rented by Ric Forest at Edmonton in May. Crawley raced it again at Westwood, when it was pale blue and entered by Opert as #52. This is presumably the car then entered for Lloyd Callaway (Chicago, IL) to drive at Mont-Tremblant, Halifax and Mosport Park in July and August 1976, as his car was also pale blue and entered by Opert as #52. Like RJ Nelkin's similarly semi-private car, it evidently returned to Fred Opert Racing after these three races. It may then have been one of the cars hired from Opert for the SCCA Runoffs by Bill Anspach and Bill Kneeland. It is then thought to be the car used by Eddie Marcello at the Philippines GP in December. In January 1977, Opert took a team out to the New Zealand Formula Pacific series, and chassis 76-21 was identified as the car raced there by Keke Rosberg, winning three of the five races and taking four pole positions. It was then sold to Pocolo Ramirez (Philippines) and raced by him in southeast Asian races from 1977 to 1982. It is believed to have been imported into New Zealand from Asia by Graham Simms. It was then sold to Ken Smith and then Andy Higgins in New Zealand, then acquired by David Gathercole in 2009. He fully rebuilt it to Formula Atlantic specification by June 2011 for Rod Stead, who raced it at HSCC Donington Park in May 2012. Bought from Stead in November 2012 by Andy Huxtable. Raced by Huxtable in HSCC Derek Bell Trophy races in 2013.
- March 76B  (Tiff Needell): An orange March 76B invoiced to Shierson in March 1976. Believed to be the orange #4 March 76B entered by Doug Shierson Racing for Marty Loft (Olympia, WA) until Mosport Park in August when Loft crashed, but this is still uncertain. Then the black #91 car for guest driver Vittorio Brambilla at Trois-Rivières two weeks later. Sold to Richard Melville and used by him in New Zealand racing in 1977 and 1978, where David McKinney noted that is was "ex-Brambilla" and that it carried chassis plate 76B-14. Sold to Unipart for Tiff Needell to use in the 1979 Macau GP, then sold to Sonny Rajah in time for the 1980 Malaysian GP.
- March 792  (Rupert Keegan): New to Theodore Racing for Derek Warwick to drive in F2 in 1979, using Hart engines. Either this or 792/30 was converted to Formula Pacific specification for Rupert Keegan to drive at Macau but crashed during the race.
- 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. Subsequent history unknown.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ralt RT1/75  (Peter Marshall): New to John Macdonald (Hong Kong) and raced in Sotheast Asian 1600cc 2-valve category racing in 1975, then in the Formula Atlantic and 1600cc 4-valve category in 1976 and 1977. It was also raced by Vern Schuppan at Macau in 1977. Macdonald then sold it to Peter Marshall, who raced it in 1978 and 1979. It was still in Marshall's ownership when raced by Sonny Rajah in 1980 and 1981. It is understood to have been wrecked by Rajah at the Shah Alam GP in 1981.
- Chevron B39/B40 (Andrew Miedecke): LC Kwan (Hong Kong), owner of the Equipe 66 garage, bought a Chevron B39 in late 1977 from Fred Opert for Albert Poon (Hong Kong) to drive in Formula Pacific in Southeast Asia. The car was in the UK, not the US, for reasons still to be determined, and before it was shipped to Asia, it was borrowed by Ardmore Racing for Divina Galica to race in the Donington Park F2 event in October 1977, using a Swindon BDX engine. It was described as a brand new B40, and had been fitted with a set of Ardmore's blue, white and red bodywork to which Olympus signwriting had been applied. 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. Retained by Kwan in Hong Kong until 1989 when it was sold to Gordon Norris and returned to the UK. Sold in 2022 to Bruce Balchin (Southampton).
- Chevron B34 [34-76-25] (Narcisco de la Merced): Invoiced to Fred Opert Racing and believed to be the "brand new" pale blue #75 Chevron B34 raced by Opert's customer Gordon Smiley at Mosport Park in late August 1976. Then raced by Patrick Tambay at Trois-Rivières two weeks later, and by Elliot Forbes-Robinson in the IMSA race at Laguna Seca in early October. It was one of three B34s taken to New Zealand for the Formula Pacific series in January 1977, and was Mikko Kozarowitzky's regular car. After the series, it was sold to Narcisco de la Merced and raced by him in Southeast Asian races from 1977 to 1982. Then to Luis Camus for 1983. Subsequent history unknown.
- 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.
- March 79B (Takao Wada): Takao Wada drove a March 79B in Japanese Formula Pacific in 1979, entered by Tomei Jidousha. The car replaced a Falcon 78A that Wada had raced earlier in the season, and both cars were fitted with Nissan LZ14 engines. Wada retained the 79B for the early part of 1980, and then swapped to a Hayashi 80P. Kenji Takahashi then raced a 79B for Tomei Jidousha for the remainer of the 1980 season, so it is likely that this was the ex-Wada car. Raced again by Takahashi in 1981 and in 1982. Later in 1982, Akira Hagiwara raced a 79B entered by Tomei Jidousha and this is assumed to be the same car. Subsequent history unknown.
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).
Individual sources for this event
'Colour and Noise: 40 Years of the Macau Grand Prix' (Philip Newsome, Studio Publications Limited, 1993).