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Hitachi Formula Atlantic Series Race

Mallory Park, 28 May 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Jim Crawford Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDA Hart
#4 (see note 1)
50 0.43.06.1
93.96 mph
2 Andrew Jeffrey Chevron B49 [49-79-01] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#8 (see note 2)
50
3 Phil Dowsett March 782 [6] - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications
#21 Martins: The Newsagent (see note 3)
49
4 Ray Mallock Ralt RT1 [66] - Ford BDA Swindon
#1 Mario Deliotti Racing
48 Accident
5 Dave Rackham Druid 79A [377-01] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#14
47
6 Bernard Hunter Ralt RT1 [145] - Ford BDA Swindon
#7
47
R Rick Gorne Argo JM1X [018-F3] - Ford BDA Hart
#3 Barratt Develpoments Racing with Anglia Cars
43 Spun
R Dave Muter Barton JTB3 [Sana RD11] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#28
25
R Paul Smith March 782 [2-2] - Ford BDA Hart
#2 BMTR (see note 4)
Spun
R Andy Barton March 77B [3] - Ford BDA Swindon
#12 (see note 5)
12 Engine
R Alo Lawler Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith
#6 L&B Excavations

R Dave Allen Surtees TS10 [01] - Ford BDA Smith
#96 Savon Team Uniroyal (see note 6)

DNS Roy Baker March 752/77P ["742-3"] - Ford BDA Swindon
#24
Did not start
DNS John Stokes Chevron B42 [42-78-02] - Ford BDA Smith
#38 BRMB Radio Racing with Spitfire
Did not start
DNA Daniel Lebacq Lebacq FA [BM73-015] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#10
Did not arrive
DNA Wayne Wainwright Chevron B45 - Ford BDA
#33 BMRB/Sparkrite
Did not arrive
DNA Geoff Byman March 75B [742] - Ford BDA Byman
#26
Did not arrive

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 0.42.6
2 Jim Crawford (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDA Hart 0.42.6
3 Phil Dowsett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 782 [6] - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications
4 Ray Mallock (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [66] - Ford BDA Swindon

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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. March 77B [3] (Andy Barton): New to Team Lexington for Ian Scheckter to race in the South African Formula Atlantic championship in 1977. Returned to March Engineering in 1978 and sold to Andy Barton (Newcastle upon Tyne), updated to 772P specification, fitted with a 2-litre Ford BDG and used in libre racing. Converted to Formula Atlantic specification for 1979 with a Swindon BDA engine and used in the revised British championship. Retained for 1980 as a hire drive, usually for Cameron Binnie (Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland). Sold to Colin Richardson (Peebles, Scottish Borders, Scotland) and raced in Scottish libre in 1981, 1982 and 1983, using a 1600cc engine. Possibly borrowed back by Barton for a couple of races after his 782/792 was wrecked in April 1981. To Geoff Todd (Greenlaw, Scottish Borders), and raced at Ingliston again through 1984. Advertised by Todd in June 1984. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. Surtees TS10 [01] (Dave Allen): New for Mike Hailwood to race as a works entry in the 1972 F2 series as a works Team Surtees entry. Hailwood won at Mantorp Park and Salzburgring in this car, and also finished second at Crystal Palace, Rouen, the Österreichring and Hockenheim in October to secure a deserved championship. He also won one race at Interlagos in November during the Torneio do Brasil, The car was not seen in 1973, but reappeared in 1974 with Richard Jones (Stroud, Gloucestershire) for hillclimbs. Raced regularly by Jones in 1975 and 1976 with a 2-litre Hart engine, and then in 1977 with a turbocharged Hart, although he soon returned to a regular engine. To Channel Islander Maurice Ogier for 1978, and used in the 1600cc class of French hillclimbs. Then to Dave Allen (Crewe, Cheshire), and raced in British Formula Atlantic in 1979. Next seen hillclimbed by Peter Bromage in the 1980s, then sold to Don Wood, and seen again shortly after when sold by dealer Straight Six to the US in 1991. Raced by Gil Nickel (Oakville, CA) in US historic events between 1994 and 2002. Nickel died in 2003, but the car has been retained by his family in the car collection at Nickel's Far Niente Winery in Oakville.

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.