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Hitachi Formula Atlantic Series Race

Thruxton, 28 Sep 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 David Leslie Ralt RT4/80 [185] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#8 Hope Scott Garage Ltd/Nixon Vehicle Wash
15 018.29.5
115.04
2 Phil Dowsett March 79B [782-6] - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications
#5 Pinch Plant/Martin the Newsagent
(see note 1)
15 0.18.31.9
3 Roger Orgee March 782/79B - Ford BDA Richardson
#4 Baric Computing Services (Modern Engineers)
15 0.19.42.2
4 John Bowtell March 77B [Bowtell] - Ford BDA Swindon
#50 (see note 2)
14
5 Tony Westwood March 79B - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Datamatic Ltd
14
6 Geoff Byman Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith
#9
14
7 Nick Adams Argo JM5 [036-FA] - Ford BDA Smith
#11 Colin Bennett Racing/Maclean Hunter Business Publications
14
8 Mike Catlow Ralt RT1 [71?] - Ford BDA Hart
#16
14
9 David Duffield Ralt RT1 [145] - Ford BDA Swindon
#20 Caledon Coal
13
R Alo Lawler Ralt RT4/80 [199] - Ford BDA Smith
#3 L&B Excavations Ltd
7 Spun
R Ian Flux Ehrlich RP5 - Ford BDA Ehrlich
#15 Dr. J. Ehrlich
2 Suspension

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

Qualifying
1 Phil Dowsett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [782-6] - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications
2 David Leslie (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [185] - Ford BDA Nicholson
3 Ian Flux (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ehrlich RP5 - Ford BDA Ehrlich
4 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [199] - Ford BDA Smith
5 Roger Orgee (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 782/79B - Ford BDA Richardson
6 John Bowtell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [Bowtell] - Ford BDA Swindon
7 Tony Westwood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDA Swindon
8 Mike Catlow (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [71?] - Ford BDA Hart
9 Nick Adams (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Argo JM5 [036-FA] - Ford BDA Smith
10 Geoff Byman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T760 [HU1] - Ford BDA Smith
11 David Duffield (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [145] - Ford BDA Swindon

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 79B [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.
  2. March 77B [Bowtell] (John Bowtell): In September 1978, John Bright (Leicester) advertised a March "77P" which he described as being a F2 rolling chassis and "same as Giacomelli's". He also advertised his 773 Formula 3 car which had been rebuilt on a new monocoque in August 1978. It is therefore possible that the "77P" had been built using the 773's repaired original monocoque. The car was sold to John Bowtell (Witney, Oxfordshire), who fitted it with a 2-litre BDX bought from Ray Mallock and ran it in libre in 1979. He then fitted it with a 1600cc Swindon BDA and raced it in the British Formula Atlantic series in 1980. He then retired from racing, and advertised the car in January 1981. Subsequent history unknown.

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.