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Hitachi Formula Atlantic Series Race

Silverstone, 15 Jun 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Phil Dowsett March 79B [782-6] - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications
#5 Martin the Newsagent (see note 1)
25 22m 29.1s
107.27 mph
2 Alo Lawler Ralt RT1/77 [66] - Ford BDA Smith
#3 Alo Lawler Racing
25 22m 35.8s
3 Ian Briggs Ralt RT1 [72] - Ford BDA Swindon
#36 Ian Briggs
25 22m 46.5s
4 Bernard Hunter March 80A [1] - Ford BDA Swindon
#7 Colin Bennett Racing (see note 2)
25 22m 55.0s
5 Ian Flux Ehrlich RP5 - Ford BDA Ehrlich
#15 Dr. J. Ehrlich
25 22m 55.3s
6 Richard Piper Wimhurst - Ford BDA Cosworth
#12 Richard Piper
25 23m 03.6s
7 John Bowtell March 77B [Bowtell] - Ford BDA Swindon
#50 John Bowtell (see note 3)
25 23m 22.3s
8 Roger Andreason Druid 79A [377-01] - Ford BDA Andreason
#14 Andreason Racing and Tuning
24 22m 39.2s
9 Dave Muter Barton JTB3 [Sana RD11] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#51 David Muter
24 22m 55.4s
R David Leslie Ralt RT4/80 [185] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#8 The Hope Scott Garage Ltd/Nixon Vehicle Wash
16 engine
R Roger Orgee March 782/79B - Ford BDA Richardson
#4 Baric Computing Services
14 spun, gear selectors
R Nick Adams March 80A [18] - Ford BDA Nelson
#11 Maclean Hunter Business Publications
10 broken fan belt
R Andy Barton March 79B [782-13] - Ford BDA Richardson
#30 Andy Barton (see note 4)
8 water leak
DNA Tony Westwood March 79B - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Datamatic Ltd
Did not arrive
DNA David Duffield Ralt RT1 [145] - Ford BDA Swindon
#20 Caledon Coal Co.
Did not arrive
DNA Chris Hodgetts Chevron B42 - Ford BDA Harris
#23 Chris Hodgetts
Did not arrive
DNA Roy Baker Chevron B48 [48-79-05] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#24 Roy Baker
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Ian Briggs (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [72] - Ford BDA Swindon 0.53.3
2 Phil Dowsett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B [782-6] - Ford BDA Racing Fabrications 0.53.3
3 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/77 [66] - Ford BDA Smith
4 Ian Flux (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ehrlich RP5 - Ford BDA Ehrlich
5 David Leslie (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [185] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.53.7
6 Nick Adams (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [18] - Ford BDA Nelson 0.53.7

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 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.
  4. 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.

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.