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Hitachi Formula Atlantic Series Race

Brands Hatch, 29 Apr 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ray Mallock Ralt RT1 [66] - Ford BDA Swindon
#1 Mario Deliotti Racing
25 0.36.35.1
107.16 mph
2 Jim Crawford Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDA Hart
#4 (see note 1)
25
3 Phil Dowsett March 782 [6] - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications
#21 Wilding Office Equipment/Glaister Card Shops
(see note 2)
25
4 Paul Smith March 782 [2-2] - Ford BDA Hart
#2 Birmingham Motor Tyres (BMTR) Ltd
(see note 3)
25
5 Emilio de Villota Lyncar FA79 [010] - Ford BDA Swindon
#9 Lyncar Engineering
25
6 Andrew Jeffrey Chevron B49 [49-79-01] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#8 Hope Scott Garage (see note 4)
25
7 John Bright Wheatcroft R18 [006] - Ford BDA
25
8 Martin Mansell Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA
#19 Winchmore Hill Garage (see note 5)
Accident
9 Geoff Byman March 75B [742] - Ford BDD Cosworth
#26

R Rick Gorne Argo JM1X [018-F3] - Ford BDA Hart
#3 Barratt Developments Racing with Anglia Cars
Engine
UNK Daniel Lebacq Lebacq FA [BM73-015] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#10

DNS Alo Lawler Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith
#6 L&B Excavations Racing
Did not start
(Accident)
DNS Dave Rackham Druid 79A [377-01] - Ford BDA Andreason
#14 Andreasson Racing and Tuning
Did not start
(Accident)
DNS John Stokes Chevron B42 [42-78-02] - Ford BDA
#38 BRMB Radio Racing with Spitfire
Did not start

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

Qualifying
1 Paul Smith (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 782 [2-2] - Ford BDA Hart
2 Jim Crawford (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDA Hart
3 Ray Mallock (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [66] - Ford BDA Swindon
4 Andrew Jeffrey (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B49 [49-79-01] - Ford BDA Nicholson
5 Phil Dowsett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 782 [6] - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications
6 Rick Gorne (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Argo JM1X [018-F3] - Ford BDA Hart
7 John Bright (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Wheatcroft R18 [006] - Ford BDA
8 Dave Rackham * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Druid 79A [377-01] - Ford BDA Andreason
9 Alo Lawler * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith
10 Martin Mansell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA
11 Geoff Byman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [742] - Ford BDD Cosworth
12 Emilio de Villota (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lyncar FA79 [010] - Ford BDA Swindon
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. March 782 [6] (Phil Dowsett): Alex Ribeiro's Hart-engined car at Thruxton 27 Mar 1978 and presumably all season. Hired by Wolfgang Locher for Hockenheim 26 Sep. To Phil Dowsett for Formula Atlantic in 1979 and converted to 79B spec. To Dave Hoban in 1982 and retained until 1984.
  3. March 782 [2-2] (Paul Smith): After Paul Smith wrecked his ex-Toleman March 782-2 at Mallory Park in March 1979, he built up a new car using a tub fabricated by Mo Gomm. As the "782-2" plate remained on the original tub, and this was later repaired, this Gomm-built car is regarded here as a new car 'PS1'. Used by Smith in Formula Atlantic and F2 in 1979 and 1980. Sold together with 782-2 to Bernard Tilanus "in the autumn of 1981" and shipped to South Africa, where Tilanus used 'PS1' in South African racing. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. 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.
  5. Lola 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.

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.

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