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Hitachi Formula Atlantic Series Race

Thruxton, 1 Apr 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ray Mallock Ralt RT1 [66] - Ford BDA Swindon
#1 Mario Deliotti Racing
20 25m 08.3s
112.47 mph
2 Alo Lawler Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith
#6 L&B Excavations Ltd
20 25m 24.5s
3 Andrew Jeffrey Chevron B49 [49-79-01] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#8 Hope Scott Garage Ltd (see note 1)
20 25m 32.4s
4 Rick Gorne Argo JM1X [018-F3] - Ford BDA Hart
#3 Barratt Developments Racing with Anglia Cars
20 25m 33.4s
5 John Stokes Chevron B42 [42-78-02] - Ford BDA
#18 BRMB Radio Racing with Spitfire
20 25m 57.4s
6 Bernard Hunter Ralt RT1 [145] - Ford BDA Swindon
#7
20 26m 19.2s
7 Jim Crawford Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDA
#4 (see note 2)
19 25m 24.6s
R Ian Shaw Wheatcroft R18 [006] - Ford BDA
#5
7
DNS Martin Mansell Lola 'FA79' [T360-HU5] - Ford BDA Dixsport
#19 (see note 3)
Did not start
DNA Roger White Druid 79A [377-01] - Ford BDA Andreason
#14 Andreasson Racing & Tuning
Did not arrive
DNA Roy Baker March 762 ["742-3"] - Ford BDA
#24
Did not arrive
DNA Paul Smith March 782 [2] - Ford BDA Hart
#2 BMTR Ltd (see note 4)
Did not arrive
DNA Geoff Byman March 75B [742] - Ford BDD Cosworth
#26
Did not arrive
DNA Daniel Lebacq Lebacq FA [BM73-015] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#10
Did not arrive
DNA Dieter Carroll Janus 79A [1 (Modus M2-012-SV)] - Ford BDA Smith
#11 Econopallet Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Alan Webb Mallock U2 Mk 20B [20B-79-014] - Ford BDA Swindon
#20
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Ray Mallock (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [66] - Ford BDA Swindon
2 Jim Crawford (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDA
3 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith
4 Rick Gorne (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Argo JM1X [018-F3] - Ford BDA Hart
5 Andrew Jeffrey (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B49 [49-79-01] - Ford BDA Nicholson
6 John Stokes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-02] - Ford BDA
7 Bernard Hunter (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [145] - Ford BDA Swindon
8 Martin Mansell * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola 'FA79' [T360-HU5] - Ford BDA Dixsport
9 Ian Shaw (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Wheatcroft R18 [006] - Ford BDA
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B49 [49-79-01] (Andrew Jeffrey): New to Andrew Jeffrey (Currie, Edinburgh, Scotland) and raced in the 1979 British Formula Atlantic series until crashed in July and rebuilt on a new chassis. Sold to Tom O'Leary (Dalkey, County Dublin) for 1980 and raced in Irish Formula Atlantic. Then to Ken Fildes (Clonskeagh, Dublin) and raced by him in Formula Atlantic and in hillclimbs in 1981. Traded for a boat at the end of 1981, and then unknown until next seen when raced by Peter Oxley at Mallory Park in July 1984. From Oxley to John Chatley in late 1985 or early 1986 and used in hillclimbs in 1986 and 1987. Sold in 1988 to someone with a business called "childminders of canada". Next seen in 1990, when it had been acquired by Paul Rendle, and was prepared for him by David Keer, the pair appearing together in it at a Curburough test day in March 1991. Rendle sold it to Roger Kilty, who co-drove the car with John Roberts in 1993. From Kilty, it was sold via Martin Middleton to Alistair Mackilop in Scotland, who raced it from c1995 to c2015. It had been sold to Steve Worrad by 2017, and was being prepared for historic racing. Raced by Worrad in HSCC events until it was badly damaged in an accident at Anglesey in July 2019.
  2. Chevron B45 [45-78-04] (Jim Crawford): 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. 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.
  3. Lola 'FA79' [T360-HU5] (Martin Mansell): New to Nigel Clarkson (Cirencester, Gloucestershire) and raced by him and by Richard Scott (London) in British Formula Atlantic, backed by Hurford Jones Ltd. To Nick May (Sutton, Surrey) for the 1975 British series, with Strakers of Wimbledon Ltd sponsorship, and run by Dave Price Racing. To Brian Robinson (Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham) and converted to Formula 2 specification for Shellsport Group 8 races in 1976. To John Morrison (Warwick) for Shellsport G8 and libre racing in 1977, then to Kevin Bowditch (Maidenhead) race appearances 1978, then Martin Mansell (Middlesex), who raced it as a Lola "FA79" with Winchmore Hill Garage sponsorship in Formula Atlantic in 1979. Mansell crashed heavily at Brands Hatch in April 1979, and did not appear again. It was next seen in 1990 when it was bought by Robert McGimpsey (Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland) from a dealer somewhere in the English midlands. It was then fitted with a 3-litre Weslake engine, and McGimpsey used it for one season in hillclimbing before the engine and chassis were sold separately. It was bought by two friends in 1993 or 1994, and in 2012 they still had it.
  4. March 782 [2] (Paul Smith): Rad Dougall's race car at Thruxton 27 Mar 1978 and presumably the one he then wrecked in practice at the Nürburgring 30 Apr 1978. Presumably "Toleman's second" 782 driven by Tiff Needell at Hockenheim 26 Sep. To Paul Smith for Formula Atlantic in 1979, but wrecked on Smith's first outing, at Mallory Park in March 1979. The car was rebuilt on a new tub fabricated by Mo Gomm, but the original tub was also repaired and retained by Smith incomplete. As the "782-2" plate remained on this car, the Gomm car is regarded here as a separate car, 'PS1'. Both cars were sold to Bernard Tilanus "in the autumn of 1981" and shipped to South Africa. It is understood that 782-2 was built up as a show car. Some years later, it was reported to be in Ian Scheckter's March 78B livery and in a museum.

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 British race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Autosport and Motoring News reports in the UK 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.

Individual sources for this event

Richard Page of the Formula One Register kindly provided the official results sheet and the grid sheet for this race. Both sheets show 2, 10, 11, 14, 20, 24 and 26 as non-starters, which strongly implies that they were not even present. Martin Mansell (#19) was shown on the grid sheet so had presumably appeared in practice, but was listed on the race results sheet as a non-starter.