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Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship Race

Brands Hatch, 7 May 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Andrea de Cesaris March 793 [12] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#5 Marlboro Team Tiga
25 0.18.54.37
95.49 mph
2 Chico Serra March 793 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#13 Sadia Racing with Project Four
25 0.18.56.51
3 Mike Thackwell March 793 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#17 March Racing
25 0.18.57.76
4 Brett Riley March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite 4
#14 Unipart Racing Team
25 0.18.58.64
5 Kenneth Acheson Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#30 The RMC Group
25 0.19.01.89
6 Nigel Mansell March 783/793 - Triumph Dolomite 4
#15 Unipart Racing Team
25 0.19.08.79
7 Stefan Johansson Chevron B47 [47.79.08] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#2 Derek McMahon Racing with Chevron Cars
25 0.19.17.13
8 Michael Roe Chevron B47 [47.79.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 David Clark Team Riva Watches
25 0.19.17.33
9 John Bright March 773 [U1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#16 Gerard Racing (see note 1)
25 0.19.22.51
10 Jorge Caton Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#36 Equipo Nacional EspaƱol
25 0.19.25.57
11 Trevor Templeton Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#31 A.W. Brown Racing with Malcolm Templeton

12 Mike Blanchet Lola T670 [HU1] - Chevrolet Vega Titan
#51 SDC Builders
25
13 Placido Inglesias Ralt RT1/78 [131] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#38 Team Perdigao
24
14 Osamu Hatagawa Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#40 Hub of the Universe Racing (see note 2)

15 Ken Eady March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite 4
#18 R.H.Coachworks Ltd (see note 3)

16 Phil Silverstone Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#33 Welwyn Discount Tyres and Exhaust Centres

17 Eliseo Salazar Ralt RT1/76 [22] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#39 Schick Toyota Chilean Team

R Bernard Devaney Chevron B47 [47.79.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Derek McMahon Racing with Chevron Cars
Plug
R Eddie Jordan Chevron B47 [47.79.10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3 Marlboro Racing with McMahon
Throttle cable
UNK Wyatt Stanley Ralt RT1/78 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#32

UNK Tony O'Neill March 753 [9] - Ford twin cam Neil Brown
#19

DNS Roberto Guerrero Argo JM3 [021-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#45 Roldan Autos Racing with Anglia Cars
Did not start
(Accident)
DNA Barry Green Chevron B43 [43.78.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#6
Did not arrive
DNA Rob Wilson Ralt RT1/78 [98] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#29 International Computers Ltd
Did not arrive
DNA Benoit Morand Chevron B43 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#8
Did not arrive

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Andrea de Cesaris (F3) 2-litre March 793 [12] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.44.45
2 Chico Serra (F3) 2-litre March 793 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.44.66
3 Mike Thackwell (F3) 2-litre March 793 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.44.81
4 Kenneth Acheson (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [86] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.44.87
5 Michael Roe (F3) 2-litre Chevron B47 [47.79.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.44.98
6 Brett Riley (F3) 2-litre March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite 4 0.45.00
7 Nigel Mansell (F3) 2-litre March 783/793 - Triumph Dolomite 4 0.45.02
8 Trevor Templeton (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.14
9 Roberto Guerrero * (F3) 2-litre Argo JM3 [021-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.15
10 Bernard Devaney (F3) 2-litre Chevron B47 [47.79.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.16
11 Jorge Caton (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.38
12 John Bright (F3) 2-litre March 773 [U1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.48
13 Stefan Johansson (F3) 2-litre Chevron B47 [47.79.08] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.55
14 Eddie Jordan (F3) 2-litre Chevron B47 [47.79.10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.55
15 Eliseo Salazar (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [22] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.68
16 Mike Blanchet (F3) 2-litre Lola T670 [HU1] - Chevrolet Vega Titan 0.45.97
17 Placido Inglesias (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [131] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.46.43
18 Ken Eady (F3) 2-litre March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite 4 0.47.19
19 Osamu Hatagawa (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.47.38
20 Phil Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.48.17
21 Wyatt Stanley (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.49.74
22 Tony O'Neill (F3) 2-litre March 753 [9] - Ford twin cam Neil Brown 0.50.99
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 773 [U1] (John Bright): 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.
  2. Ralt RT1/76 [29] (Osamu Hatagawa): 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.
  3. March 773 [3] (Ken Eady): 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.

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.