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BP British Formula 3 Championship Race

Brands Hatch, 11 Sep 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Derek Daly Chevron B38 [38.77.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 Derek McMahon Racing (see note 1)
25 0.18.50.4
2 Eje Elgh Chevron B38 [38.77.10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Plastic Padding Chevron Racing Team
(see note 2)
25 0.18.57.6
3 Derek Warwick Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3 Warwick Trailers
25 0.18.58.0
4 Brett Riley March 773 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
David Price Racing (see note 3)
25 0.18.59.0
5 Stephen South March 773 [T1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Team BP
25 0.19.01.0
6 Ian Flux Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Ockley Team Racing
25 0.19.08.8
7 Geoff Lees Chevron B38 [38.77.09-2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Chevron Racing Team
25 0.19.09.6
8 John Bright Wheatcroft R18 [004] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
25 0.19.12.0
9 James King March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
March Racing Ltd (see note 4)
25 0.19.13.2
10 Thorkild Thyrring Chevron B38 [38.77.18] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
(see note 5)
25 0.19.14.4
11 Chris Farrell Chevron B38 [38.77.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
25 0.19.18.6
12 Ian Grob Chevron B38 [38.77.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Docking Racing (see note 6)
25 0.19.21.6
13 Pierre Dieudonné Ehrlich RP3 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor

14 Philippe Colonna Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Docking Racing (see note 7)

R Tiff Needell March 773 [763-9] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4
Unipart Racing Team (see note 8)
Fuel system
R Patrick Gaillard Chevron B38 [37.77.21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
0 Puncture after being hit by Lees
R Ian Taylor March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4
Unipart Racing Team (see note 9)
0 Accident avoiding Flux
UNK Geoff Brabham Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Brabham Racing Organisation (see note 10)

UNK Mario Pati Ralt RT1/77 [77] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Automovel Clube Paulista

UNK Aryon Cornelsen Filho March 773 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
March Racing Ltd (see note 11)

DNQ Richard Morgan Anson SA2 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Did not qualify

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Derek Daly (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.44.2
2 Tiff Needell (F3) 2-litre March 773 [763-9] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4 0.44.4
3 Patrick Gaillard (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [37.77.21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.44.8
4 Derek Warwick (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.0
5 Eje Elgh (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.0
6 Geoff Brabham (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.0
7 Geoff Lees (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.09-2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.0
8 Brett Riley (F3) 2-litre March 773 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.2
9 Ian Flux (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.2
10 Stephen South (F3) 2-litre March 773 [T1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.4
11 Ian Taylor (F3) 2-litre March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite Holbay 4 0.45.4
12 Thorkild Thyrring (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.18] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.6
13 Chris Farrell (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.6
14 John Bright (F3) 2-litre Wheatcroft R18 [004] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.8
15 James King (F3) 2-litre March 773 [U2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.8
16 Philippe Colonna (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.8
17 Mario Pati (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [77] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
18 Ian Grob (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.19] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
19 Aryon Cornelsen Filho (F3) 2-litre March 773 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
20 Pierre Dieudonné (F3) 2-litre Ehrlich RP3 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  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. 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.
  11. 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.

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.

Individual sources for this event

BARC archives.