Malaysia Grand Prix
Shah Alam, 6 May 1979
|1||Ken Smith||March 782/79B  - Ford BDA
#10 Team Castrol (see note 1)
|2||Graeme Lawrence||Chevron B49 [49-79-04] - Ford BDD
#1 Team Rothmans (see note 2)
|3||Albert Poon||Chevron B39/B40 - Ford BDA
#66 Albert Poon (see note 3)
|4||Narcisco de la Merced||Chevron B34 [34-76-25] - Ford BDA Hart
#22 Team Goodyear Racing (see note 4)
|5||Romeo David||March 76B  - Ford BDA
#29 Team Goodyear Racing (see note 5)
|6||Chong Kim Fah||Chevron B39 [B34 76-37] - Ford BDA
#21 Team Rothmans (see note 6)
|R||José "Pocholo" Ramirez||Chevron B34 [34-76-21] - Ford BDA
#88 Team Goodyear Racing (see note 7)
|UNK||Chong Boon Seng||Chevron B29 [29-75-05] - Ford BDA
#8 Chong Boon Seng (see note 8)
|UNK||Peter Marshall||Ralt RT1/75  - Ford BDA Cosworth
#26 Peter Marshall (see note 9)
|UNK||Diana Poon||Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
#32 Albert Poon (see note 10)
| ||Sonny Rajah||March 73B - Ford BDA
#3 Sonny Rajah (see note 11)
|On entry list|
| ||Joey Bundalian||March 732
#73 Joey Bundalian (see note 12)
|On entry list|
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Pac unless noted.
|1||Ken Smith||(F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 782/79B  - Ford BDA|
|2||Albert Poon||(F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B39/B40 - Ford BDA|
|3||Graeme Lawrence||(F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B49 [49-79-04] - Ford BDD|
|4||José "Pocholo" Ramirez||(F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34-76-21] - Ford BDA|
|5||Romeo David||(F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 76B  - Ford BDA|
|6||Narcisco de la Merced||(F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34-76-25] - Ford BDA Hart|
|7||Chong Boon Seng||(F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-05] - Ford BDA|
|8||Peter Marshall||(F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/75  - Ford BDA Cosworth|
|-||Diana Poon||(F/Pac) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam||gearbox problems|
|-||Chong Kim Fah||(F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [B34 76-37] - Ford BDA||completed on race day|
Notes on the cars:
- March 782/79B  (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.
- Chevron B49 [49-79-04] (Graeme Lawrence): New to Graeme Lawrence (New Zealand) and raced in the Southeast Asian Formula Pacific races in 1979. Crashed in the Selangor Grand Prix in September, and reported to have been written off. To Peter Haskett and rebuilt. Entered by Haskett for Charlie Thomasen in the 1983/84 New Zealand season. Raced by Haskett in the 1983/84 season, and retained for the 1984/85 and 1985/86 seasons. Then unknown until 2003 or 2004, when it was bought from Kenny Smith by Kevin Ban (Christchurch, NZ) of Kelford Cams. It went to Barry Leitch for restoration, and Murray Sinclair commented on TNF in June 2006 that it would need a new monocoque, which was being fabricated. It was shown complete in March 2015, when Ban was due to pick it up.
- Chevron B39/B40 (Albert Poon): 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 76B  (Romeo David): New to Sonny Rajah with a fuel-injected Hart engine, and run for Graeme Lawrence in South East Asia.
- Chevron B39 [B34 76-37] (Chong Kim Fah): New to Albert Poon (Hong Kong), who referred to it as a 1977-series B35. It started out with a Cosworth BDM engine for Southeast Asian racing, and was then fitted with a Cosworth BDA for the Macau GP, which was held to Formula Atlantic rules, and the New Zealand Formula Pacific series in January 1977, before returning to the fuel-injected BDM for racing in Malaysia later in 1977. To Chong Kim Fah and Team Rothmans for 1978, but it is unclear whether Chong actually raced it that season. It is then presumably the "B39" that Chong raced in Formula Pacific in 1979. According to later owners, it then moved to Western Australia and was owned by Peter Nicol in 1979, Peter Morris in 1980, Jim Runciman in 1983. Then to Richard Fearon (Victoria) in 1994, Noel Robson (Victoria) at the end of 1998, and Peter Mohr (Queensland) in 2005. Sold by Mohr to Tony Simmons in November 2008, and raced by him through 2009 and in 2010. Next seen with Martin Bullock (WA) and raced by him at Sydney Motor Sport Park in November 2014, and at Barbagallo in 2016. Then taken to the UK by Bullock and raced at Brands Hatch in May 2019.
- 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.
- 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, a Swede then living in Malaysia, 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).
- 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.
- Brabham BT40 (Diana 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.
- 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 732 (Joey Bundalian): Filipino driver Joey Bundalian drove a March in Southeast Asian racing from 1974 to 1981. The car was described as a March 732 when it raced at Macau at the end of 1974, but was also described once as a 752 and several times as a 722. Eli Solomon published a picture of Bundalian's car in his excellent 'Rides of March - Part 2' article. It was taken at Greenhills on 14 July 1974, Bundalian's first known outing in the car, and shows it with dark 73B bodywork and forward-facing stays. It appears very plausible that Bundalian had acquired the ex-Purley March 722/73B that Team Harper had run for Dieter Quester at the Macau GP in November 1973. Nothing more known.
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
Motoring News 10 May 1979 p15, Autosport 24 May 1979 p7. Former competitor Brian Tyler wrote a report for Autosport on the Penang and Malaysians GPs. Tyler listed all eight finishers at the latter race.