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Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship Race

Silverstone, 7 Oct 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Stefan Johansson March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#2 Marlboro Racing with McMahon
12 0.19.02.27
110.88 mph
2 Mike Thackwell March 793 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#17 March Racing
12 0.19.15.30
3 Kenneth Acheson March 793 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#30 RMC Group
12 0.19.33.35
4 Mike Blanchet Lola T670 [HU1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#51 SDC Builders
12 0.19.43.72
5 Placido Inglesias Ralt RT1/78 [131] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#38 Team Perdigao
12 0.20.42.45
6 Jan Hedström Ralt RT1/76 [37] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#90
12 0.21.08.43
7 Fermin Veléz March 783 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#37 Equipo Nacional Español (see note 1)
11 Accident, not running at end of twelfth lap
8 Gerry Amato March 773 [T1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#9
9
R Chico Serra March 793 [20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#13 Sadia Racing with Project 4
10 Accident
R Eddie Jordan March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3 Marlboro Racing with McMahon
10 Accident
R Roberto Guerrero Argo JM3 [021-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#45 Roldan Autos with Anglia Cars Ltd
10 Accident
R Eliseo Salazar Ralt RT3/79 [160] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#36 Schick Toyota Chilean Team
10 Accident
R Ian Flux March 793 - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4
#15 Unipart Racing
10
R Andrea de Cesaris March 793 [12] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#5 Marlboro Team Tiga
3 Collision with Serra
R Brett Riley March 783 - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4
#14 Unipart Racing
2 Spun, damaged brake pipe
R Bernard Devaney Chevron B47B [47.79.08] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Derek McMahon Racing with Chevron Cars
0 Collision with Jordan, rolled
R Rob Wilson March 793 [783-5] - Toyota 2T-G
#29 Rushen Green Racing (see note 2)
Misfire
R Bengt Trägårdh Ralt RT1/78 [110] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#778

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

R John Lewis Chevron B47B [42.78.19A] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#61

R Osamu Hatagawa Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#40 (see note 3)

R Benoit Morand Chevron B38 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#55

DNS John Bright Pilbeam MP44 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#16
Did not start
(Accident)
DNQ Paul Dalton Royale RP5 [1] - Ford twin cam
#12
Did not qualify
DNA Michael Roe March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 David Clark
Did not arrive
DNA Phil Silverstone Ralt RT1/77 [54] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#33 Welwyn Discount Tyres and Exhaust Centres
Did not arrive
DNA Wyatt Stanley Ralt RT1/78 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#32
Did not arrive
DNA Jorge Caton Ralt RT1/77 [57] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#8 Equipo Nacional Español
Did not arrive

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Kenneth Acheson (F3) 2-litre March 793 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.26.71
2 Mike Thackwell (F3) 2-litre March 793 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.26.84
3 Stefan Johansson (F3) 2-litre March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.26.86
4 Andrea de Cesaris (F3) 2-litre March 793 [12] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.26.96
5 Chico Serra (F3) 2-litre March 793 [20] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.27.21
6 Eddie Jordan (F3) 2-litre March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.27.31
7 Roberto Guerrero (F3) 2-litre Argo JM3 [021-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.27.61
8 Brett Riley (F3) 2-litre March 783 - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4 1.28.08
9 Eliseo Salazar (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT3/79 [160] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.42
10 Rob Wilson (F3) 2-litre March 793 [783-5] - Toyota 2T-G 1.28.48
11 Bernard Devaney (F3) 2-litre Chevron B47B [47.79.08] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.81
12 Fermin Veléz (F3) 2-litre March 783 [14] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.87
13 Bengt Trägårdh (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [110] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.28.90
14 Trevor Templeton (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [116] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.00
15 Mike Blanchet (F3) 2-litre Lola T670 [HU1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.52
16 Placido Inglesias (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [131] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.29.79
17 Ian Flux (F3) 2-litre March 793 - Triumph Dolomite Swindon 4 1.29.94
18 John Lewis (F3) 2-litre Chevron B47B [42.78.19A] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.30.42
19 Osamu Hatagawa (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [29] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.30.88
20 John Bright * (F3) 2-litre Pilbeam MP44 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.31.69
21 Jan Hedström (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/76 [37] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.33.09
22 Gerry Amato (F3) 2-litre March 773 [T1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.36.87
23 Benoit Morand (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1.46.97
24 Paul Dalton * (F3) 2-litre Royale RP5 [1] - Ford twin cam 6.03.52
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 783 [14] (Fermin Veléz): Shown in March records for 1978 as delivered to Rushen Green Racing 14 April 1978, colour red, with tub 78M71. This is presumably the car used by Serra at Donington 30 April 1978, where Motoring News describes it as a new and unsorted chassis being readied for Monaco, and at Silverstone the following day where the Autosport report also describes it as new and used the day before at Donington. Sold to Fermin Velez for 1979, run by Brian Lewis Racing, with the chassis number observed by F1R at Snetterton in August 1979.
  2. March 793 [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.
  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.