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Hitachi Formula Atlantic Series Race

Silverstone, 5 May 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 David Leslie Ralt RT4/80 [185] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#8 Hope Scott Garage Ltd./Nixon Vehicle Wash Ltd
25 22m 27.00s
107.44 mph
2 Alo Lawler Ralt RT1/77 [66] - Ford BDA Smith
#3 L&B Excavations
25
3 Phil Dowsett March 79B [782-6] - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications
#5 Pinch Plant/Martins (see note 1)
25
4 David Duffield Ralt RT1 [145] - Ford BDA Swindon
#20 Caledon Coal Co.
25
5 Bernard Hunter March 80A [1] - Ford BDA Swindon
#7 Colin Bennett Racing (see note 2)

6 Andy Barton March 79B [782-13] - Ford BDA Richardson
#30 (see note 3)

UNKG Ian Flux Ehrlich RP5 - Ford BDA Ehrlich
#15 Dr. J. Ehrlich
On grid list
UNKG Nick Adams March 80A [18] - Ford BDA Nelson
#11 Maclean Business Publications
On grid list
UNKG Roger Orgee March 782/79B - Ford BDA Richardson
#4 Baric Computing Services
On grid list
UNKG Roger Andreason Druid 79A [377-01] - Ford BDA Andreason
#14 Andreasson Racing and Tuning
On grid list
UNKG Gary Gibson Chevron B42 [42-78-08] - Ford BDA Smith
#31
On grid list
UNKG Trevor Templeton Chevron B42 [42-78-12] - Ford BDA
#32
On grid list
UNKE Mike Catlow Ralt RT1 [71?] - Ford BDA Hart
#16
On entry list
UNKE Charlie Kirby March 782 [14] - Ford BDA Swindon
#17 (see note 4)
On entry list
UNKE Richard Piper Wimhurst - Ford BDA Cosworth
#12
On entry list
UNKE Cameron Binnie March 77B [3] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#29 (see note 5)
On entry list
UNKE Dave Muter Barton JTB3 [Sana RD11] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#51
On entry list

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

Qualifying
1 Ian Flux * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ehrlich RP5 - Ford BDA Ehrlich
2 David Leslie (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [185] - Ford BDA Nicholson
3 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/77 [66] - Ford BDA Smith
4 Phil Dowsett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [782-6] - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications
5 Bernard Hunter (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [1] - Ford BDA Swindon
6 Andy Barton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [782-13] - Ford BDA Richardson
7 David Duffield (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [145] - Ford BDA Swindon
8 Nick Adams * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [18] - Ford BDA Nelson
9 Roger Orgee * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 782/79B - Ford BDA Richardson
10 Trevor Templeton * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-12] - Ford BDA
11 Gary Gibson * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-08] - Ford BDA Smith
12 Roger Andreason * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Druid 79A [377-01] - Ford BDA Andreason
 
* Did not start

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 80A [1] (Bernard Hunter): New to Bernard Hunter (Edinburgh, Scotland) and raced in the British Formula Atlantic series and libre racing, entered by Colin Bennett Racing. Retained for the first libre races at the start of 1981, then raced by Stuart Lawson and Ted Dzierzek in Scottish libre in April and May. To Tony Brown, and raced in hillclibs in early 1982, but Brown soon returned to the Martin BM16 that he had run from 1979 to 1981. The 80A was acquired by Stewart Phillips (Enfield, Middlesex) and raced in libre races from July 1982 onwards, entered by Winchmore Hill Garage.
  3. March 79B [782-13] (Andy Barton): Ingo Hoffmann's car at Thruxton 27 Mar 1978 and presumably all season. Raced by Cheever at Rouen. Believed to be the car then bought by Andy Barton and used in libre racing and Formula Atlantic until the end of 1981.
  4. March 782 [14] (Charlie Kirby): Eddie Cheever's car at Thruxton 27 Mar 1978 and presumably all season. To Dick Bennetts Racing and converted to Formula Atlantic for Eje Elgh to race in New Zealand in January 1979. Then to Charlie Kirby as a 78B and raced in Atlantic from 1979 to 1981. Offered for sale in On Track in 1981 by Kirby's Transatlantic Racing Services (Norcross, GA). Next seen with Andy Falbo (Detroit, MI) who raced it in US Formula Atlantic in 1983, and again in 1986 and 1988. Retained by Falbo and still owned by him in 2015.
  5. March 77B [3] (Cameron Binnie): 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.

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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