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Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship Race

Snetterton, 11 May 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Kenneth Acheson March 793 [13] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#8 RMC Group
25 26m 38.77s
107.91 mph
2 Roberto Guerrero Argo JM6 [039-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 Anglia Cars
25 26m 39.82s
3 David Sears Argo JM6 [043-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3 Rushen Green Racing
25 26m 46.88s
4 Mike White March 803 [2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#11 Autowindscreens with Gerard Racing
25 26m 54.75s
5 Rob Wilson Ralt RT3/80 [191] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#31
25 26m 55.21s
6 Nigel Mansell March 803 [18] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#12 March Racing Ltd
25 27m 06.74s
7 John Bright Pilbeam MP45 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#42
25 27m 23.69s
8 Mike O'Brien March 803 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#9 National Girobank
24
9 Tony Norton March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite 4
#23 PC Designs LTd (see note 1)
24
R Thierry Tassin Argo JM6 [042-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#5 Anglia Cars
8 Engine
R Phil Silverstone Argo JM6 [041-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#41
8 Engine
R Eddie Jordan March 803 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#7 Marlboro Team Ireland (see note 2)
4 Steering damaged in incident with Bright
R Stefan Johansson March 803 [20 or 21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Project Four Racing
0 Collision with Wilson
DNA Mike Blanchet Lola T770/2 [T770 HU1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#30 SDC Buiilders
Did not arrive
DNA Rick Whyman Chevron B43 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#24
Did not arrive
DNA Gerry Amato March 793 [783-5] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#14 Gerry Amato Racing (see note 3)
Did not arrive
DNA Brett Riley March 783/793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#18
Did not arrive
DNA John Village Ralt RT1/78 [115] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#15
Did not arrive
DNA Bengt Trägårdh March 803 [23] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#60
Did not arrive
DNA Peré (Pedro) Noguès Argo JM6 [038-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#2 Real Automovil Club Catalunya
Did not arrive
DNA Bernard Devaney March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#16 Derek McMahon Racing
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 1m 02.56s
2 David Sears (F3) 2-litre Argo JM6 [043-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 02.84s
3 Roberto Guerrero (F3) 2-litre Argo JM6 [039-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 03.03s
4 Stefan Johansson (F3) 2-litre March 803 [20 or 21] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 03.18s
5 Nigel Mansell (F3) 2-litre March 803 [18] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 03.22s
6 Rob Wilson (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT3/80 [191] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 03.27s
7 Thierry Tassin (F3) 2-litre Argo JM6 [042-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 03.50s
8 Mike White (F3) 2-litre March 803 [2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 03.56s
9 Eddie Jordan (F3) 2-litre March 803 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 03.82s
10 John Bright (F3) 2-litre Pilbeam MP45 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 03.98s
11 Mike O'Brien (F3) 2-litre March 803 [10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 04.89s
12 Tony Norton (F3) 2-litre March 773 [3] - Triumph Dolomite 4 1m 08.59s
13 Phil Silverstone (F3) 2-litre Argo JM6 [041-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 09.35s

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 773 [3] (Tony Norton): 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.
  2. March 803 [16] (Eddie Jordan): Sold to Eddie Jordan 18 Jan 1980. Used in first part of 1980 season, then rented out, and for sale with chassis number (Autosport 5 Feb 1981 p47). To Roger Cowman (Belper, Derbyshire) for Ian Shaw then subsequently to Tony Norton. Retained 1982.
  3. March 793 [783-5] (Gerry Amato): 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.

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

Motoring News 15 May 1980 p27