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BP British Formula 3 Championship Race

Donington Park, 27 Aug 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Brett Riley March 773 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#21 David Price Racing (see note 1)
32 0.38.17.50
157.944 mph
2 Eje Elgh Chevron B38 [38.77.10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#2 Chevron Racing Team (see note 2)
32 0.38.18.99
3 Derek Daly Chevron B38 [38.77.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3 Derek MacMahon Racing (see note 3)
32 0.38.20.46
4 Piercarlo Ghinzani March 773 [15] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#23 AFMP Euroracing with March
32 0.38.24.18
5 Geoff Brabham Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#11 Brabham Racing Organisation
(see note 4)
32 0.38.24.43
6 Nelson Piquet Ralt RT1/77 [63] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#43 Scuderia Mirabella Mille Miglia
32 0.38.25.94
7 Stephen South March 773 [T1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#19 Team BP
32 0.38.28.94
8 Anders Olofsson Ralt RT1/77 [56] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#84 Puss o Kram Jeans Racing (see note 5)
32 0.38.31.16
9 Thorkild Thyrring Chevron B38 [38.77.18] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Chevron Racing Team (see note 6)
32 0.38.32.42
10 Tiff Needell March 773 [763-9] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4
#31 Unipart Racing Team (see note 7)
32 0.38.42.05
11 Stefan Johansson Argo JM1 [003-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#73 Anglia Cars
32 0.38.50.16
12 Patrick Gaillard Chevron B38 [37.77.21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#7
32 0.38.51.77
13 Jean-Louis Schlesser Chevron B34/B38 [34.76.24 (B)] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#99 KWS Freizeit Team
32 0.38.59.14
14 Bertram Schäfer Ralt RT1/77 [49] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#14 Klaus Zimmermann Racing
32 0.38.59.79
15 Paul Bernasconi Ralt RT1/76 [22] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#12
31
16 Fernando Jorge Ralt RT1/77 [82] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#58 Equipe Persico Pizzamiglio
31 0.38.21.22
17 Tommy 'Slim' Borgudd Ralt RT1/77 [37] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#78
31 0.38.34.72
18 Beppe Gabbiani Chevron B38 [38.77.29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#76 Trivellato Racing Team
31 0.38.36.09
19 Jan Lammers Hawke DL16 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#36 Hawke Racing Cars
28
20 James King March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#28 March Racing (see note 8)
28
R John Stokes Chevron B38 [38.77.26] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#62 Bogarts Racing Birmingham
18
R Ian Flux Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#10 Okley Team Racing
10
R Ian Taylor March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4
#30 Unipart Racing Team (see note 9)
5
UNK Derek Warwick Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#6 Warwick Trailers

DNQH Huub Rothengatter March 763 [11] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#33
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Armin Conrad Ralt RT1/75 [3] - BMW M10 Heidegger
#47 SAR
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Aryon Cornelsen Filho March 773 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#35 March Racing (see note 10)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Don Farthing Ralt RT1/76 [18] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#15
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Jorge Koechlin Argo JM1 [005-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#63 Anglia Cars
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH John Bright Wheatcroft R18 [004] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#51
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Daniele Albertin Ralt RT1/77 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#97 PEG Pordenone Corse
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Philippe Colonna Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#59 Alan Docking Racing (see note 11)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Mario Pati Ralt RT1/77 [77] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#22 Automovel Clube Paulista
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Ian Grob Chevron B38 [38.77.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 Alan Docking Racing (see note 12)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Luis Canomanuel Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#64 Equipo Nacional Espanol
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Rüdi Gygax Argo JM1 [001-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#74 Anglia Cars
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Nigel Mansell Puma 773 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#50 McKechnie Racing
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Alan Smith Chevron B38 [38.77.27] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#98 KWS Freizeit Team
Did not qualify from heats
DNS Juan Villaceros Ralt RT1/77 [58] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#65 Equipo Nacional Espanol
Did not start
DNS John Nielsen Ralt RT1/77 [51] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#9 Vojens Boligcenter (see note 13)
Did not start
DNA Chris Farrell Chevron B38 [38.77.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#5
Did not arrive
DNA TBA Ralt RT1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#8 David Mills
Did not arrive
DNA Phil Silverstone Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#16
Did not arrive
DNA Les Duncan March 753 [9] - Ford twin cam Neil Brown
#20
Did not arrive
DNA Mario Ferraris March 773 [U1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#29 March Racing (see note 14)
Did not arrive
DNA Nils-Åke Carlborg Ralt RT1/76 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#39 Aneby Hus Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Richard Morgan Anson SA2 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#48 Anson Racing
Did not arrive
DNA George Aposkitis Lola T570 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#55
Did not arrive
DNA Giordano Regazzoni March 753 [U22] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#60 (see note 15)
Did not arrive
DNA Håkan Alriksson Ralt RT1/76 [20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#68 National Racing Team
Did not arrive
DNA Elio de Angelis Ralt RT1/77 [76] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#70
Did not arrive
DNA Luciano Arnold March 763 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#71 Silvio Moser Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Artemio Rosich March 773 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#75
Did not arrive
DNA Jan Ridell March 753 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#77 Viso Pro Team
Did not arrive
DNA Paolo Bozzetto March 773 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#86 PEG Pordenone Corse
Did not arrive
DNA Ken Silverstone March 773 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#89
Did not arrive
DNA Ian Ashley Lola T570 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#91 Lola Cars Ld
Did not arrive
DNA Ole Vejlund Ralt RT1/76 [26] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#93 Eterna Olie
Did not arrive
DNA Quirin Bovy Ralt RT1/77 [40] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#95
Did not arrive

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Eje Elgh (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
2 Derek Daly (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
3 Brett Riley (F3) 2-litre March 773 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
4 Anders Olofsson (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [56] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
5 Derek Warwick (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
6 Nelson Piquet (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [63] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
7 Patrick Gaillard (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [37.77.21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
8 Geoff Brabham (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
9 Ian Flux (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
10 Beppe Gabbiani (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
11 Tommy 'Slim' Borgudd (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [37] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 773 [10] (Brett Riley): According to March records delivered in March 1977 to AFMP Euroracing, and subsequently given to Brett Riley in lieu of his contractual payments when the Euroracing set-up was dissolved. (This does not mean the car was Riley’s early season car in 1977; he used at least two before the team collapsed, neither of which were necessarily this car.) Run by David Price for Riley in the second half of 1977 and used to win the European round at Donington. Chassis number given in Autosport advert late in 1977 by Price. Sold to Roy Kennedy [Motoring News 2 Mar 1978 p15] although Autosport 9 Mar 1978 p41 says the car is ‘ex James King’. (King used a works car - 773-U2 - for most of 1977 but it is possible he had a race in this car early in the season, however his principal car went in 1978 to Ian Flux.) Run by Kennedy for Saed Ali Hodzic until Hodzic was injured in practice at the International Trophy support race; then became a rental car but did very few races. For sale by Kennedy in early 1979, Autosport 22 Feb 1979 p57, but retained and rented to Serge Saulnier for the 1979 race at Monaco.
  2. Chevron B38 [38.77.10] (Eje Elgh): Chevron build record says the 1977 works car of Eje Elgh. Sold to Derek Lawrence and fitted with a Chevrolet Vega engine for the 1978 F3 season. To Lynn Whitehead for hillclimbs? David Waterhouse [‘ex Lawrence’] by 1986 and chassis number noted by Jeremy Jackson in 1988.
  3. Chevron B38 [38.77.07] (Derek Daly): The 1977 Derek McMahon car entered for Derek Daly. Used throughout 1977, with a number of rebuilds, including one new tub at least. Motoring News 9 Mar 1978 p8 says that the car used by Steve Malins at Silverstone 5 March 1978 is ex Daly. Wrecked by Malins in testing and replaced with a new B43 . According to Autosport 2 Nov 1978 p23, rebuilt and sold to Rob Moores who ran it later in the season. Moores was still using this car in F4 in 1982.
  4. Ralt RT1/76 [29] (Geoff Brabham): Ralt records show as sold to Geoff Brabham in 1976, probably being delivered in early June. Used by him until the end of 1978 then sold to Ken Thorogood's Hub of the Universe Racing for Osamu Hatagawa to use in British races.
  5. Ralt RT1/77 [56] (Anders Olofsson): New to Anders Olofsson for 1977 according to Ralt records, and raced by him in European and Swedish F3 with backing from Puss o Kram Jeans. Retained by Olofsson for 1978, now as Strike Up Racing Team. To Pomeroy Racing Team for 1979, when it was raced by Olofsson and by Björn Ohlsson. Raced by Hans Edvinsson in 1980.
  6. Chevron B38 [38.77.18] (Thorkild Thyrring): Chevron build records show as a 1977 works car entered for Thorkild Thyrring, and used by Divina Galica at the end of the season. Race reports for Jim Crawford's car debuting at Silverstone 19 March 1978 describe it as 'ex Thyrring and Galica'. Wrecked by Crawford in a spectacular roll at Thruxton at the end of March and replaced by a Chevron B43 which used some parts from the wreck.
  7. March 773 [763-9] (Tiff Needell): Shown in March records as sold to Tony Dron 12.1.76. This was the solitary Unipart car in 1976. Although Unipart ran two cars in 1977, they only bought one new car, converting the older car for Needell, the junior driver in the team. Some results credit Needell's car as being a 763.
  8. March 773 [U2] (James King): March works records show this as James King's works car for 1977 built on a lightweight tub AM773-41 with parts from 763-U2. This would be the "ex-King" car sold to Ian Flux early in 1978, and raced by him in the 1978 British F3 series.
  9. March 773 [3] (Ian Taylor): March build records show sold to Unipart, 23 December 1976. Only one 773 is consigned to Unipart in the build records. Assumed that Taylor as senior driver would take the new car, a fact borne out by occasional references in 1977 to Needell being in a 763, the team's original car.
  10. March 773 [13] (Aryon Cornelsen Filho): Shown in March records as a works car finished February 1977, on tub AM773-28 for Ayron Cornelson Filho. Also used by David Kennedy in 1977. Sold to John Bright in March 1978 to cover for his damaged Wheatcroft. Damaged badly by Bright and rebuilt on new tub in August. Retained by Bright in 1979 until wrecked at Snetterton.
  11. Chevron B38 [38.77.24] (Philippe Colonna): Chassis number given by source with access to Chevron build records for the 1977 Docking Racing car entered for Philippe Colonna. (The team’s other car was chassis 19 for Ian Grob which was also retained and run later in the season for Rothengatter.) Retained by Docking in 1978 and run for Philip Bullman: Autosport 16 Mar 1978 p3 says Bullman uses Colonna’s 1977 car. Colonna returned to the car for a one-off race, see Autosport 25 May 1978 p8, and then used the car more regularly at the end of the season.
  12. Chevron B38 [38.77.19] (Ian Grob): Chevron build records show as a 1977 Docking Racing car entered for KVG Racing (Ian Grob). Retained in 1978. As Bullman and latterly Colonna use Colonna’s 1977 car in 1978, it is presumed that this was the car rented to Huub Rothengatter at the end of the season when Colonna also appears.
  13. Ralt RT1/77 [51] (John Nielsen): New to VB Racing (Vojens Boligcenter) for 1977 and raced by Dane John Nielsen in F3 across Europe.
  14. March 773 [U1] (Mario Ferraris): March works records show this as Mario Ferraris' works car for 1977 built on tub AM773-14 and rebuilt after Ferraris' Monaco accident on tub AM773-65. Sold in March 1978 to Neasrader Film Production for Richard Morgan according to the works records. Motoring News 30 Mar 1978 p11 says that Morgan's car is ex King, but we know from reports and the works records that King's main car was 773-U2. However, that car was damaged in the 1977 season and it is possible that King used 773-U1 after its rebuild as Ferraris' damaged wrist took longer to recover than the car did. Sold to John Bright in 1979 to replace his wrecked 773-13 and its identity eventually perhaps blurred with that car in a rebuild after a heavy accident.
  15. March 753 [U22] (Giordano Regazzoni): According to the March build records constructed in 1975 from discarded parts of works cars 753-U1 and 763-U1 for Giordano ‘Dodo’ Regazzoni. Probably used by the works drivers Nilsson and Ribeiro at Cadwell Park and the British GP support race in July 1975, with this car built as temporary replacement for Nilsson’s 753-U1 rolled at the Monza Lotteria in late June. Retained by Regazzoni into 1978. Motoring News 16 Mar 1978 p7 comments that Regazzoni is still using last year’s car.

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.

These British Formula 3 results have been compiled by Chris Townsend using the main British magazines Autosport and Motoring News but also the US magazine On Track which carried surprisingly good coverage of the British series.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.

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