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ShellSPORT 5000 European Championship race

Oulton Park, 16 Apr 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Damien Magee (F5000) 3.4-litre March 75A [1] - Ford GAA V6
#3 Thursdays Ram Racing (see note 1)
50 47m 11.0s
105.16 mph
2 Keith Holland Lola T400 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#35 E. L. Gibbs Ltd. Racing (see note 2)
50 48m 08.8s
3 Richard Scott (F2) 2-litre Modus M3 [027-FA] - Ford BDX Swindon
#34 Dicksons of Perth-Fife & Kinross Auctions
49 47m 13.0s
4 David Purley (F5000) 3.4-litre Chevron B30 [30-75-01] - Ford GAA V6
#7 Lec Refrigeration Racing (see note 3)
49 47m 16.2s
5 Jim Crawford (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#39 Coin News (see note 4)
49 47m 47.8s
6 Val Musetti (F2) 2-litre March "752" [742] - Ford BDX Swindon
#15 Valentino Musetti
49 48m 01.6s
7 Jeremy Rossiter (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-29] - Ford BDA Swindon
#19 Spax Dampers/Car & Car Conversions Magazine
(see note 5)
48 48m 12.4s
8 Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDG Close
#4 Brian Robinson (see note 6)
47 48m 12.2s
9 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] - Ford BDA Swindon
#16 L & B Excavators (see note 7)
47 48m 13.2s
10 Bobby Howlings (G8 2.0) 1.8-litre Brabham BT36 [1] - Cosworth FVC
#9 Bob Howlings (see note 8)
45 47m 43.0s
11 Chris Featherstone McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet Morand V8
#5 Chris Featherstone (see note 9)
44 not classified
12 Lella Lombardi (F1) 3-litre Shadow DN1 [6A] - Cosworth DFV V8
#37 Team P.R.Reilly
31 not classified
R Norman Dickson (F2) 2-litre Modus M3 [025-FA] - Ford BDX Swindon
#33 Dicksons of Perth-British Caledonian Airways
44 accident
R Divina Galica (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS16-4 [05] - Cosworth DFV V8
#13 ShellSPORT
39 engine
R Alan Jones Lola T330 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Theodore Racing Hong Kong (see note 10)
21 rear upright
R David Winstanley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Eden
#69 Withers Winsford (see note 11)
26
R Andy Barton (F2) 2-litre March 73B/75B [73B-18] - Ford BDG
#36 Andy Barton (see note 12)
23 spun and hit barrier at Knicker Brook
R Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre Lyncar 006 - Cosworth DFV V8
#32 Lyncar Engineering
16 accident with Holland
R Bill Gubelmann (F2) 2-litre March 732/752 [732-11] - Ford BDG
#6 Bill Gubelmann (see note 13)
12 overheating
R Brian McGuire (F1) 3-litre Williams FW04 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#21 Brian McGuire
9 clutch
R John Wingfield (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1 [7] - Ford BDG Somers
#12 Marshall Wingfield Ltd
5 driveshaft
DNS John Cannon March 73A/751 ["75AM"] - Chevrolet V8
#99 Richard Oaten Racing with John Lane
Did not start
(cwp in warm up)
DNS John Calvert (F2) 2-litre March 732/742 [1] - Ford BDA
#29 Hillcrest Used Cars (see note 14)
Did not start
DNA Roger Springett (F1) 3-litre Shadow DN1 [6A] - Cosworth DFV V8
#10 Team Reilly
Did not arrive
DNA Luigi Mimmo Cevasco (F1) 3-litre Brabham BT42 [6] - Cosworth DFV V8
#11 Jolly Club
Did not arrive
DNA Tony Rouff (F2) 2-litre Boxer PR276 [001] - Ford BDX Swindon
#30 Netherton and Worth/Boxer Cars
Did not arrive
DNA Richard Lloyd (F2) 2-litre March 752 - Ford BDG
#38 Richard Lloyd
Did not arrive

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Damien Magee (F5000) 3.4-litre March 75A [1] - Ford GAA V6 0.55.2
2 Brian McGuire (F1) 3-litre Williams FW04 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 0.55.4
3 Val Musetti (F2) 2-litre March "752" [742] - Ford BDX Swindon 0.55.6
4 David Purley (F5000) 3.4-litre Chevron B30 [30-75-01] - Ford GAA V6 0.55.6
5 Alan Jones (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8 0.55.6
6 John Cannon * (F5000) 5-litre March 73A/751 ["75AM"] - Chevrolet V8 0.56.2
7 Richard Scott (F2) 2-litre Modus M3 [027-FA] - Ford BDX Swindon 0.56.4
8 Keith Holland (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8 0.56.4
9 Lella Lombardi (F1) 3-litre Shadow DN1 [6A] - Cosworth DFV V8 0.56.4
10 John Wingfield (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1 [7] - Ford BDG Somers 0.56.8
11 Bill Gubelmann (F2) 2-litre March 732/752 [732-11] - Ford BDG 0.56.8
12 Jim Crawford (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.57.0
13 Divina Galica (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS16-4 [05] - Cosworth DFV V8 0.57.2
14 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] - Ford BDA Swindon 0.58.2
15 Andy Barton (F2) 2-litre March 73B/75B [73B-18] - Ford BDG 0.58.8
16 Jeremy Rossiter (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-29] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.00.0
17 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre Lyncar 006 - Cosworth DFV V8 1.00.2
18 Brian Robinson (F2) 2-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDG Close 1.01.0
19 Chris Featherstone (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet Morand V8 1.04.2
20 Bobby Howlings (G8 2.0) 1.8-litre Brabham BT36 [1] - Cosworth FVC 1.04.4
21 David Winstanley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Eden 1.04.6
22 Norman Dickson (F2) 2-litre Modus M3 [025-FA] - Ford BDX Swindon 1.09.8
- John Calvert * (F2) 2-litre March 732/742 [1] - Ford BDA 0.59.2
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 75A [1] (Damien Magee): John MacDonald (RAM Racing) 1975. Raced in UK 1975: driven by Alan Jones (3rd BARC Thruxton 17 Aug 1975) - Hexagon Garage for Damien Magee UK 1976 - Guy Edwards UK 1977; rebuilt on a March 761 monocoque, and then converted to DFV power for last few races of 1977. Edwards UK 1978 (first two races); then for Bruce Allison (five races). Also used by Desire Wilson in a test session prior to the British GP. To Terry Smith (Felton, Somerset), fitted with a 5-litre Repco engine, and used in the British Sprint Championship 1979, 1980 and 1981. Used by Smith and John Meredith British Sprint Championship 1982. To Ray Rowan 1983, and retained by him until about 1987 when the Repco engine was sold to Australia and the rolling chassis was sold via a dealer to Italy. Reemerged four years later when sold by Andrea Frasson (Rosà, Vicenza, Italy) to Daniel Pouteau (Paris, France) in December 1991. Retained by Pouteau, still apart and in still Terry Smith's livery, until sold via Bernard De Dryver to Paul Grant (Brussels, Belgium) in April 2013. Rebuilt for Masters F1 in 2015, and debut at the Spa 6 Hours in September 2015.
  2. Lola T400 [HU8] (Keith Holland): New to McKechnie Racing Org and raced by Richard Scott and Bob Evans in UK series 1975. To Len Gibbs for Keith Holland UK 1976 and early 1977. To Gerry Amato, then Allan Kayes for Group 8 in 1977. Then unknown until 'found in a garage in Cambridge' by Mike Connor and raced in a libre at Castle Combe Apr 1980. Next seen with Mick Hill 1982, who converted it into a "BMW M1" with 7.4-litre Chevrolet V8 for "GT" racing: raced in Donington GT series 1983 (shared between Hill and Kevin Riley). Also raced in Thundersports, co-driven by Riley 1983 and 1984 ... advertised by Straight Six (Tony Hildebrand) 1986 ... David Sheppard: raced in Thundersports, co-driven by Gary Dobbin, 1989 ... Ian Higgins (Boston, Lincolnshire) about 1990, and taken apart to recreate the Lola T400. To Shayne Windelburn (Auckland, New Zealand) around 1991. Raced by Windelburn in Australian and New Zealand historics from 2000 (or earlier), and raced regularly in the F5000 Tasman Revival from its start in November 2003, when he won the feature race at the opening round, to the 2017/18 season. More information about Lola T400 HU8
  3. Chevron B30 [30-75-01] (David Purley): See full history: Chevron B30.
  4. Chevron B29 [29-75-17] (Jim Crawford): New to Peter Williams (Brentwood) and raced in the British Formula Atlantic series in 1975, but crashed at Brands Hatch in April and not seen again that season. Entered by Williams' Coin News for Jim Crawford in early 1976 and then sold to Martin Birrane (Ballina, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland) who raced it in G8 and in Atlantic in 1976 and 1977. To Laurence Jacobsen (Glasgow, Scotland) for 1978, fitted with a Swindon BDX and entered by him for Bryce Wilson in libre that year. Converted back to Atlantic spec and raced by Bryce, Jacobsen and Graham Hamilton in 1979. In 1980, Jacobsen fitted the car with a plastic Sunbeam Stiletto body and Cosworth BDG engine, and raced it in GT racing in Scotland. Unknown in 1981 but with Eric Munnoch in 1982 who raced the 'Stiletto' with a 3.5-litre Rover V8. Subsequent history unknown, but in March 2010, HSCC News reported that Colin Thorpe had rebuilt the car, which was not thought to have raced since the 1980s, and it would be raced by his son Ollie Thorpe in 2010.
  5. Chevron B29 [29-75-29] (Jeremy Rossiter): New to Derek Cook (Wath-upon-Dearne, Rotherham, South Yorkshire) in August 1975, and raced in British Formula Atlantic with support from George Cooper Lubricants. To Jeremy Rossiter (Kidlington, Oxfordshire) for 1976, and raced in Shellsport G8 and Indylantic races. The series died at the end of 1976, and the car was unused until August 1977 when it was sold to John Pollock (Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland), who raced for Gerry Kinnane's team in Irish Formula Atlantic. Pollock raced it at Phoenix Park and Mondello Parkin September 1977, but it was then sold to Tom O'Leary (Dalkey, County Dublin), Pollock taking O'Leary's older Brabham BT40 in part-exchange. Raced by O'Leary in the Irish series in 1978 and 1979.
  6. Lola T360 [HU5] (Brian Robinson): 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.
  7. Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] (Alo Lawler): New to Alo Lawler (St Helens, Merseyside) and raced in the 1975 British Formula Atlantic championship, sponsored by L&B Excavations Ltd. Also used in the Irish championship that year, and in libre racing. Retained by Lawler for 1976, when he raced it in the Shellsport G8 championship, the Irish Formula Atlantic championship, the British Indylantic championship, and in libre racing. Sold to John Eastwood and raced in the Irish Formula Atlantic series. To Joe Greenan (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for 1978, and entered by Irish Racing Cars in Irish Atlantic, then raced by Ken Fildes (Clonskeagh, Dublin) in 1979 and 1980. Sold to English wheeler dealer Bobby Howlings (Congleton, Cheshire) for 1981, and raced by Howlings in rounds of the reintroduced British Formula Atlantic championship. Sold to Stuart Harte (Littleborough, Greater Manchester) and fitted with a 2.2-litre Hart 420R engine for sprints and hillclimbs. After Harte's death, the car was retained by his family until 2011, when it was sold to Jon Waggitt. Waggitt sold it to Chris Porritt in July 2011.
  8. Brabham BT36 [1] (Bobby Howlings): New to Rondel Racing for Tim Schenken to race in F2 in 1971. Sold to dealer Bobby Howlings, and used by him in libre racing in March 1972. Then sold to Tate of Leeds (Racing) for Malcolm Wayne to race in Formula Atlantic, but leased to Graham Hill to use in the early F2 races at Thruxton and Hockenheim before his BT38 was delivered. Sold back to Howlings in May 1972, then to Arthur Moore for libre, but crashed on his debut. For Moore in libre again in 1973, then unknown for two years before Howlings (yet again) raced it in Shellsport G8 in early 1976, fitted with a Cosworth FVC. To John Tait and used in Shellsport G8 in 1976 and 1977. To Eddy D'Hoe in Belgium in 1978, and hillclimbed with an FVA engine. To Regis Jumez 1980, and used in French hillclimbs. Later back via Howlings, who may have taken it back when he sold Jumez a Chevron B48, in 1984 to collector Anthony Mayman, then via John Harper and Ted Walker to Peter Williams in 1989. To Andrew Fellowes (Benowa, Queensland, Australia) 2002, then to Ian Rimmer in 2009.
  9. McRae GM1 [015] (Chris Featherstone): Longer wheelbase car built for Graham McRae and raced in 1973 season. To Ian Ward Racing early 1974 and modified as "Ward KS1" but not raced in this form. To Chris Featherstone: raced in UK 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, and in Australian Rothmans series in 1978. To Gary Dumbrell (Australia) 1978, then to Bob Tomlinson 1978, and then to Salt Walther 1979 and raced in the 1979 Rothmans series. To Ray Gibbs (Australia) September 1979 and kept by him until sold to Stuart Lush (Auckland, New Zealand) 2000, and raced at Historic Sandown that year. Raced by Lush and others in the F5000 Tasman Revival series since 2003. More information about McRae GM1-015
  10. Lola T330 [HU2] (Alan Jones): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
  11. Brabham BT40 [21] (David Winstanley): New to Graham Eden Racing, and driven by Cyd Williams in the 1973 British Formula Atlantic championship. Retained by Eden and Williams for 1974. After Williams crashed the car at Brands Hatch in September 1974, it was raced by Richard Morgan and Tony Trimmer later that season. Retained by Eden again for 1975, with Cyd Williams again driving. To David Winstanley (Winsford, Cheshire) of Withers of Winsford for 1976, and raced in the Indylantic championship.
  12. March 73B/75B [73B-18] (Andy Barton): According to surviving March records, this was a F/Atlantic car built for Geoff Friswell (Coventry) and raced by him in the UK series through 1973 and 1974. It was then sold to Andy Barton (Newcastle upon Tyne) as a libre car and upgraded to 74B and then 75B spec over the next two seasons, also acquiring a F2 BDG engine at times in 1976. Barton sold it to Bob Rollo (Prestonpans, Scotland) for 1977, as an Atlantic again, and it then went to Stewart Robb (Alloa, Scotland) during 1978 in F2 spec. The car was rebuilt on a "new" 752 tub after a crash in 1978 and then rebuilt to 782 spec by Robin Smith after the 1979 season. It was raced again by Robb as a "March 75/782" with steel 2-litre Cosworth BDG engine from 1980 to 1982 and was sold to Roger Andreason at the new Chevron Cars Ltd around 1984.
  13. March 732/752 [732-11] (Bill Gubelmann): New to Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) for F2 in 1973 and retained for 1974 when run by Brian Lewis Racing. Not seen in 1975, when the intention had been to sell the car to Stuart Chubb Racing, but Gubelmann returned for the 1976 Shellsport G8 series, when the car was updated to 752 specification, fitted with a Hart BDG, and was run by Bob Gerard. Gubelmann also appeared in a handful of F2 races in 1976, but after failing to qualify for the Rouen race, quickly moved to Mallory Park in time to qualify for the Shellsport race. He was involved in a nasty accident in the race when he clipped the rear of Mike Wilds' F1 Shadow, rode up over its back wheel and hit the bank at the Esses very hard. He was taken to hospital with head injuries. The March is believed to have been destroyed.
  14. March 732/742 [1] (John Calvert): STP March Engineering works car for Jean-Pierre Beltoise at the first race, then for Hans-Joachim Stuck at two races and then for Jean-Pierre Jarier at two races. A new car, 732-10, was later built for Beltoise so this 732-1 became what March called the "training car" and was used by Stuck later in the year and was then the third spare car remaining in March's transporter at several races. Probably for Mário Cabral at Estoril. Then unknown until June 1975 when acquired by John Calvert for libre racing in 742 spec. To Geoff Friswell mid-1976 and later to Jonathan Buncombe who fitted an FVC engine for libre races. Sold to Roger Orgee for Formula Atlantic in 1979. Sold after the 1979 season to Harry Vickers' Cowgate Motors in Newcastle and was used in the construction of their Group 5 Lotus Elan HV/80/S2 for Nicky Ellis. This car used a standard Elan backbone chassis with the suspension from the ex-Orgee 732/742/772 and a Swindon BDX. All that would have been left of Orgee's car would have been the monocoque, and as this was a replacement 742 tub, the March 732 had effectively ceased to exist.

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.

1969-1976 UK results have been researched and collated by Chris Townsend based primarily on material in Autosport and Motoring News. Information has been added from the growing collection of entry lists from programs.

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.