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Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship Race

Brands Hatch, 10 Jun 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Mike Thackwell March 793 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#17 March Engineering
25 0.18.54.04
2 Andrea de Cesaris March 793 [17] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#5 Marlboro Team Tiga
0.18.54.50
3 Stefan Johansson March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#2 Marlboro Racing with McMahon
0.19.01.51
4 Nigel Mansell March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite 4
#15 Unipart Racing Team
0.19.02.93
5 Brett Riley March 793 [15] - Triumph Dolomite 4
#14 Unipart Racing Team
0.19.06.66
6 Bernard Devaney Chevron B47B [47.79.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Derek McMahon Racing with Chevron Cars
0.19.07.64
7 Eddie Jordan March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3 Marlboro Racing with McMahon
25 0.19.13.57
8 Kenneth Acheson March 793 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#30 RMC Group
25 0.19.14.97
9 Rob Wilson March 783 [5] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#29 International Computers Ltd
(see note 1)
25 0.19.19.97
10 Jorge Caton Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#8 Equipo Nacional EspaƱol
25 0.19.20.61
R Chico Serra March 793 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#13 Sadia Racing with Project 4
Spun
R John Bright March 773 [U1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#16 Gerard Racing (see note 2)
1 Damaged nose
UNK Eliseo Salazar Ralt RT3/79 [160] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#36 Schick Toyota Chilean Team

UNK Roberto Guerrero Argo JM3 [021-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#45 Roldan Autos with Anglia Cars Ltd

UNK Fernando Jorge Ralt RT1/77 [82] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#42

UNK Placido Inglesias Ralt RT1/78 [131] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#38 Team Perdigao

UNK Michael Roe Chevron B47 [47.79.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 David Clark Team Riva Watches

UNK Trevor Templeton Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#31 A.W. Brown Racing with Malcolm Templeton

UNK Osamu Hatagawa Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#40 Hub of the Universe Racing (see note 3)

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

DNA Tony O'Neill March 753/773 - Ford twin cam Neil Brown
#19
Did not arrive
DNA Barry Green Chevron B43 [43.78.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#6
Did not arrive
DNA Wyatt Stanley Ralt RT1/78 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#32
Did not arrive
DNA Mike Blanchet Lola T670 [HU1] - Chevrolet Vega Titan
#51 SDC Builders
Did not arrive
DNA Benoit Morand Chevron B38 - 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 [17] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.44.71
2 Nigel Mansell (F3) 2-litre March 783 [11] - Triumph Dolomite 4 0.44.82
3 Mike Thackwell (F3) 2-litre March 793 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.44.96
4 Brett Riley (F3) 2-litre March 793 [15] - Triumph Dolomite 4 0.45.15
5 Bernard Devaney (F3) 2-litre Chevron B47B [47.79.07] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.20
6 Chico Serra (F3) 2-litre March 793 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.22
7 Kenneth Acheson (F3) 2-litre March 793 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.27
8 Stefan Johansson (F3) 2-litre March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.29
9 John Bright (F3) 2-litre March 773 [U1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.43
10 Rob Wilson (F3) 2-litre March 783 [5] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.48
11 Eliseo Salazar (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT3/79 [160] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.49
12 Eddie Jordan (F3) 2-litre March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.60
13 Roberto Guerrero (F3) 2-litre Argo JM3 [021-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.62
14 Fernando Jorge (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [82] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.66
15 Placido Inglesias (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [131] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.45.97
16 Michael Roe (F3) 2-litre Chevron B47 [47.79.02] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.46.05
17 Jorge Caton (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.46.06
18 Trevor Templeton (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.46.20
19 Osamu Hatagawa (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.46.81
20 Phil Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 0.47.61
21 Tony O'Neill * (F3) 2-litre March 753/773 - Ford twin cam Neil Brown 0.49.51
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 783 [5] (Rob Wilson): Shown in March records for 1978 as delivered to Daniel Herregods, 19 January 1978, colour yellow with tub 78M25. To Rob Wilson in 1979 to replace his tiring Ralt RT1 and updated to 1979 specification. Autosport notes ‘ex Herregods’ and chassis number noted by F1R at Snetterton in August 1979. Sold to Gerry Amato for 1980 season, Autosport notes his car as ‘ex Wilson 1979’. Retained by Amato until 1982 then sold to Greg and Tim Atkinson.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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.