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ShellSPORT International Championship race

Brands Hatch, 29 Aug 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre McLaren M23 [6] - Cosworth DFV V8
#14 Iberia F1 [Emilio de Villota]
40
2 Tony Trimmer (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19 [05] - Cosworth DFV V8
#2 Melchester Racing
40
3 Divina Galica (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19 [04] - Cosworth DFV V8
#13 ShellSPORT/Olympus [Nick Whiting]
(see note 1)
40
4 Keith Holland McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet V8
#25 Chris Featherstone (see note 2)
40
5 Ray Mallock (F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-01] - Hart 420R
#12 ICI Newsweek/Chevron [Ardmore Racing]
40
6 Tony Rouff (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [72] - Ford BDG Eden
#15 Graham Eden Racing/Harrisons of Birmingham
40
7 Norman Dickson (F2) 2-litre March 772 [3] - BMW M12/7
#20 Gleneagles Helicopters/Dicksons of Perth
(see note 3)
40
8 Gregg Young (F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-06] - Hart 420R
#44 Fred Opert Racing
40
9 Alo Lawler (F2) 2-litre Lola T462 [HU22] - Ford BDX
#17 L & B Excavations Ltd
39
10 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-05] - Hart 420R
#45 Fred Opert Racing
39
11 Robin Smith Lola T330 [HU21] - Chevrolet V8
#32 Robin Smith (see note 4)
39
12 Adrian Russell (F2) 2-litre Lola T460 [T450 HU1] - Ford BDX Swindon
#38 Adrian Russell (see note 5)
36
R Rob Moffat (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B/74B - Ford BDA
#28 Rob Moffat (see note 6)
35 Running, not classified
R Dennis Leech Chevron B28 [28-74-02] - Chevrolet Weslake/Leech V8
#77 Dennis Leech (see note 7)
35 Puncture
R John Ravenscroft (F2) 2-litre Surtees TS15 - Ford BDA Hart
#43 John Ravenscroft (see note 8)
25 Running, not classified
R Guy Edwards (F1) 3-litre March 75A/761 [1-2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#4 The Titbits/MD4 March (see note 9)
24 Oil pressure
R Danny Sullivan (F2) 2-litre Boxer PR276 [001] - Hart 420R
#8 Boxer Cars
15 Oil leak, puncture
R Don Gray Chevron B28 [B24 73-07] - Chevrolet V8
#34 Donald Gray (see note 10)
10 Front suspension
R Damien Magee Lola T332C [HU62] - Chevrolet V8
#5 E. L. Gibbs Ltd Racing
9 Engine
R Martin Birrane (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA
#26 Martin Birrane (see note 11)
3 Electrics
R Howard Rose (G8 2.0) 2-litre March 75/76B - Ford BDG
#42 H. A. Rose
1 Throttle
DNS Terry Fisher (F/Atl) 1.6-litre GRD 372 - Ford BDA
#64 Terry Fisher
Did not start
(DNS)
DNSC Derek Bell (F1) 3-litre Penske PC3 [02] - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 Hexagon Racing
Did not start (crashed)
DNSC Brian McGuire (F1) 3-litre McGuire BM1 [Williams FW04-2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#6 Brian McGuire Racing
Did not start (crashed)
UNKE Val Musetti (F5000) 3.4-litre March 752 [15] - Ford GAA V6
#7 David Price Racing (see note 12)
On entry list
UNKE Tom Belsø Lola T330 [HU6] - Chevrolet V8
#19 John Jordan (see note 13)
On entry list
UNKE Mike Wilds (F5000) 3.4-litre Chevron B30 [30-75-01] - Ford GAA V6
#24 AIM Racing with Templar Tillers
(see note 14)
On entry list
UNKE Roy Baker (F2) 2-litre Chevron B35 - Ford BDG
#27 Roy Baker
On entry list
UNKE Terry Winters (F2) 2-litre March 752B - Ford BDX Swindon
#40 Terry Winters
On entry list
UNKE Bruce Allison Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8
#62 Bruce Allison (see note 15)
On entry list
UNKE John Tait (G8 2.0) 2-litre Brabham BT36 [1] - Cosworth FVC
#65 John Tait (see note 16)
On entry list
UNKE Kevin Bowditch (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lyncar 007 [007] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#66 Conoco Jet Racing
On entry list

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Tony Trimmer (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19 [05] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:22.0
2 Divina Galica (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS19 [04] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:22.4
3 Ray Mallock (F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-01] - Hart 420R 1:23.0
4 Emilio de Villota (F1) 3-litre McLaren M23 [6] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:23.2
5 Guy Edwards (F1) 3-litre March 75A/761 [1-2] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:23.2
6 Keith Holland (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet V8 1:23.4
7 Derek Bell * (F1) 3-litre Penske PC3 [02] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:24.6
8 Gregg Young (F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-06] - Hart 420R 1:24.6
9 Norman Dickson (F2) 2-litre March 772 [3] - BMW M12/7 1:24.8
11 Damien Magee (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332C [HU62] - Chevrolet V8 1:25.0
12 Tony Rouff (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [72] - Ford BDG Eden 1:25.2
13 Alo Lawler (F2) 2-litre Lola T462 [HU22] - Ford BDX 1:26.0
14 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (F2) 2-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-05] - Hart 420R 1:26.6
15 Danny Sullivan (F2) 2-litre Boxer PR276 [001] - Hart 420R 1:27.2
16 Robin Smith (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU21] - Chevrolet V8 1:28.4
17 Dennis Leech (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B28 [28-74-02] - Chevrolet Weslake/Leech V8 1:31.0
18 Don Gray (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B28 [B24 73-07] - Chevrolet V8 1:31.6
19 Adrian Russell (F2) 2-litre Lola T460 [T450 HU1] - Ford BDX Swindon 1:33.4
20 Terry Fisher * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre GRD 372 - Ford BDA 1:33.8
21 Martin Birrane (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA 1:34.0
22 John Ravenscroft (F2) 2-litre Surtees TS15 - Ford BDA Hart 1:34.2
23 Rob Moffat (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B/74B - Ford BDA 1:36.8
24 Howard Rose (G8 2.0) 2-litre March 75/76B - Ford BDG 1:38.6
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Surtees TS19 [04] (Divina Galica): Alan Jones received a new car, Surtees TS19/04, in time for the 1976 Austrian GP, and raced this for the rest of the season. It was raced by Vittorio Brambilla in the South American races at the start of 1977, before being sold to Olympus Cameras for Divina Galica to race in Shellsport Group 8. It was acquired by Alo Lawler in 1978, but was quickly sold to John Cooper, then to Robin Smith. Smith updated it to "TS20S" specification in 1980, and added sports car bodywork for a couple of Can-Am events in 1981. It was sold to Ken Moore and then Rod Tolhurst, both of whom ran it in HSCC F1 in 1983 for Willie Green and John Narcisi. Its next seven owners did not race it, but it returned to competition in TGP in 1999, then raced regularly until 2012. It returned for Monaco in 2016.
  2. McRae GM1 [015] (Keith Holland): 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
  3. March 772 [3] (Norman Dickson): New to Norman Dickson, and raced in F2, Shellsport G8 and libre racing in 1977. To Jimmy Jack for 1978, and used in libre, sprints and hillclimbs, when it was also raced by Charlie Munro, and by Eddie Cheever in an Ingliston libre race. Retained for 1979, when driven by Jack and Munro in speed events again, and also by Andy Barton and Bill Lord on occasion, and used by Jack more rarely in 1980. To Stuart Lawson for 1981, when it was used in libre racing.
  4. Lola T330 [HU21] (Robin Smith): See full history: Lola T330 HU21.
  5. Lola T460 [T450 HU1] (Adrian Russell): New to Ardmore Racing, fitted with a Swindon BDX F2 engine and raced by Ray Mallock in the opening Shellsport Group 8 race at Mallory Park in March 1976. As the race started, Mallock was pushed into the pits Armco and the Lola washeavily damaged. It was repaired at Lola and hired by Ian Ashley for the F2 race at Thruxton in April, but the car's handling was so poor in practice, he elected not to race it. Then converted to Formula Atlantic specification and sold to Adrian Russell (Thornton Heath, Surrey) for Indylantic and Group 8 in 1976, and in libre for the first half of 1977. Then fitted with a 2-litre Swindon BDX bought from Val Musetti, and used in Shellsport G8 for the remainder of the season. To David Render for 1978, and used in sprints and hillclimbs with a 1600cc BDA but only rarely used from 1978 to 1983. Sprinted by Jonathan Skinner and Anthony Lane later in 1983, and in 1984. Sprinted by Mike Lane from 1984 to 1986. Sold by Lane to Rod Fisher for sprints with a 2-litre BDA in 1988 and 1989. Sold by Fisher to David Dedrickson in about June 2001, and run in Seattle area historic events.
  6. March 73B/74B (Rob Moffat): London-based Australian Rob Moffat raced a March 73B or 73B/74B in a few Indylantic races at the end of 1976, and then in the Shellsport Group 8 series in 1977. Nothing more known.
  7. Chevron B28 [28-74-02] (Dennis Leech): See full history: Chevron B28 74-02.
  8. Surtees TS15 (John Ravenscroft): Probably the ex-Gerard TS15-07. Autocourse and entry lists agree it was powered by a 2-litre Hart-tuned Ford BDA in 1977.
  9. March 75A/761 [1-2] (Guy Edwards): 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.
  10. Chevron B28 [B24 73-07] (Don Gray): New to VDS for Chris Craft in 1973 UK series, then for Peter Gethin in 1974 Tasman series. Loaned to Adlards Crowne Racing for Craft UK 1974; returned to VDS, converted to B24/B28 specification and used by Vern Schuppan to win at Brands Hatch October 1974. Sold to Tony Dean for the UK and US series in 1975, but confiscated by UK Customs & Excise on its return from the US. Bought by Don Gray (Sittingbourne, Kent) at auction, and raced in UK 1977. To Keith Holland for 1978 Australian Internationals 1978, and sold there to Barry Singleton 1978, who raced it in Australia in 1978/79. To Jim Lowe 1980/81, but crashed at Surfers Paradise in early 1981 and heavily damaged. Wreck sold to Russel Gomersall, then to Peter Phillips, then Laurie O'Neill, then Dr Bill Marshall sometime around 1985. Run in Australian historic racing 1986-1988. To George Parlby early 1990s. To Aaron Lewis (Cessnock, NSW) late 2005, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival series from 2006 to 2010. Robert Tweedie (Sydney, NSW) 2012, and raced by his son Tom Tweedie, in historic racing from 2013 onwards. More information about Chevron B24 B24-73-07
  11. Chevron B29 [29-75-17] (Martin Birrane): 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.
  12. March 752 [15] (Val Musetti): New to Masami Kuwashima for Formula 2 in 1975, prepared by Roy Kennedy's team in London, and entered by Masami Kuwashima Racing. After just two races, Kuwashima returned to Japan, and the 752 was sold to Tom Walkinshaw.who had it converted by Kennedy to F5000 specification, with the installation of a 3.4-litre Ford V6 engine. Raced by Walkinshaw in the 1975 Shellsport F5000 Championship. To Val Musetti, and raced in Shellsport G8 in 1976 and 1977. Converted to F1 specification for 1978, with a Cosworth DFV engine, and referred to as a 761 that season. Wrecked at Mallory Park in August but rebuilt again for 1979, when it was described as a 771, but wrecked at Zolder at the sart of the Aurora season and finally written off.
  13. Lola T330 [HU6] (Tom Belsø): New to Australian Colin Hyams who raced it in the UK series in early 1973. To Trevor Twaites June 1973, and raced by him in the UK series in 1973, 1974 and 1975. Later to John Jordan (UK), who entered it for Tom Belso in 1977, and raced it himself in libre in 1978. Entered by Jordan for Dave Williams in libre racing 1983, and then for Tony Trimmer in the BRSCC Libre Championship from 1984 to 1989, winning the championship in 1986 and finishing second in 1987 and in 1988. At some point between 1985 and 1988, the T330 was dismantled and parts used by Dave Finnigan (Biggleswade, UK) to construct T332 "HU42" for Jordan's team. The original HU6 chassis remained with Finnigan until early 2000 when sold to Richard Lines (UK), then to Kevan McLurg (UK) 2005 and built into a complete car by McLurg and then by John Crawford's Motorsport Solutions NZ Ltd by July 2009. Owned by this time by Lindsay Willis of Wilco Racing (Rotorua, NZ), and raced by his son Brett Willis (Rotorua, NZ) in the F5000 Tasman Revival series every season from 2010/11 to 2017/18. More information about Lola T330 HU6
  14. Chevron B30 [30-75-01] (Mike Wilds): See full history: Chevron B30.
  15. Chevron B37 [37-76-01] (Bruce Allison): To VDS Racing and entered for Peter Gethin in the 1976 US F5000 series (also raced once by Teddy Pilette) and in the Rothmans series in Australia in early 1977. To Bruce Allison (Brisbane, Australia) and raced by him in the 1977 UK Group 8 Championship and in the Rothmans series again in Australia in early 1978. Then to Ivan Tighe (Brisbane) and raced in national Australian F5000 and in the International series in 1979. Raced by Tighe up to the end of F5000 in Australia in 1982 and retained by him until 2001. Then sold via Race Car Warehouse (Brighton, England) in early 2002 to Simon Hadfield (Shepshed, Leicestershire) and completely restored. Raced with great success by Hadfield in historic racing both in the UK and in Australia from 2004 to 2008. It has since been raced by guest drivers, including Tony Trimmer at Oulton Park in 2009, Marcus Pye at Oulton Park in 2010 and Ben Anderson at the 2012 Silverstone Classic. Sold in October 2014 to Neil Glover (Ansty, West Sussex).
  16. Brabham BT36 [1] (John Tait): 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.

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.