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Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship Race

Silverstone, 5 Oct 1980

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Stefan Johansson Ralt RT3/80 [198] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Project Four Racing (see note 1)
20 29m 13.57s
120.39 mph
2 Rob Wilson Ralt RT3/80 [191] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#31 S.W. Racing
20 29m .15.7s
3 Kenneth Acheson March 803B [803-9] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#8 RMC Group
20 29m 22.18s
4 Roberto Guerrero Argo JM6 [039-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#4 Anglia Cars
20 29m 24.95s
5 Thierry Tassin Argo JM6 [037-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#5 Anglia Cars
20 29m 38.71s
6 Daniele Albertin Ralt RT3/80 [183] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#21 (see note 2)
20 29m 39.40s
7 Eddie Jordan Ralt RT3/80 [197] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#7 Marlboro Team Ireland (see note 3)
20 29m 40.79s
8 David Sears Argo JM6 [043-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3 Rushen Green Racing
20 29m 44.30s
9 Mike Blanchet Lola T770/3 [T770 HU1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#30 SDC Buiilders
20 30m 03.09s
10 Wyatt Stanley Ralt RT3/80 [187] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#40 (see note 4)
20 30m 07.62s
11 Mike O'Brien March 803B [803-10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#9 National Girobank

12 John Village Ralt RT1/78 [115] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#15

13 Ian Shaw Pilbeam MP45 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor

14 Bengt Trägårdh March 803 [23] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#60

UNK Mike White March 803B [803-2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#11 Autowindscreens with Gerard Racing

UNK Rick Whyman March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#24

UNK Richard Hurdwell March 783/793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
Dave Price Racing

UNK Tony Norton March 803 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#3 PC Designs LTd (see note 5)

UNK Eddie Heasell Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#37 (see note 6)

DNS Paul Hutson March 783/793 [783-23] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#19 T.H. Hutson Racing
Did not start
(Engine wouldn't start on grid)
DNA Peré (Pedro) Noguès Argo JM6 [038-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#2 Real Automovil Club Catalunya
Did not arrive
DNA TBA March 803 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#6 Marlboro Team Ireland
Did not arrive
DNA Bruce West Chevron B47B - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#26 Gerry Amato Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Phil Silverstone Argo JM6 [041-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#41
Did not arrive
DNA Terry Gray Ralt RT1/78 [139] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#47
Did not arrive
DNA Tryggve Grönvall Argo JM3 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#58
Did not arrive
DNA John Lewis Chevron B47 [42.78.19A] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#36
Did not arrive

All cars are 2-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Stefan Johansson (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT3/80 [198] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 26.16s
2 Mike White (F3) 2-litre March 803B [803-2] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 26.41s
3 Kenneth Acheson (F3) 2-litre March 803B [803-9] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 26.52s
4 Rob Wilson (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT3/80 [191] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 27.19s
5 David Sears (F3) 2-litre Argo JM6 [043-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 27.21s
6 Roberto Guerrero (F3) 2-litre Argo JM6 [039-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 27.23s
7 Thierry Tassin (F3) 2-litre Argo JM6 [037-F3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 27.23s
8 Daniele Albertin (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT3/80 [183] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 27.27s
9 Eddie Jordan (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT3/80 [197] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 27.69s
10 Mike Blanchet (F3) 2-litre Lola T770/3 [T770 HU1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 28.12s
11 Mike O'Brien (F3) 2-litre March 803B [803-10] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 28.91s
12 Wyatt Stanley (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT3/80 [187] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 29.62s
13 Bengt Trägårdh (F3) 2-litre March 803 [23] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 29.67s
14 John Village (F3) 2-litre Ralt RT1/78 [115] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 29.76s
15 Ian Shaw (F3) 2-litre Pilbeam MP45 [1] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 29.86s
16 Rick Whyman (F3) 2-litre March 793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 31.07s
18 Richard Hurdwell (F3) 2-litre March 783/793 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 34.11s
19 Tony Norton (F3) 2-litre March 803 [16] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 34.77s
20 Paul Hutson * (F3) 2-litre March 783/793 [783-23] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 35.18s
21 Eddie Heasell (F3) 2-litre Chevron B38 [38.77.24] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 36.55s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ralt RT3/80 [198] (Stefan Johansson): Sold to Project Four for Stefan Johansson 15 Aug 1980. Used to win 1980 championship. Sold to West Surrey Racing for Jonathan Palmer, 1981. Won 1981 championship. Retained by WSR and used by Enrique Mansilla in early 1982, then leased to Osamu Nakako [Motoring News 15 Jul 1982 p15). For sale Autosport 14 Oct 1982 p68 '1981 champ winning car' to Gerry Amato Autosport 18 Nov 1982 p13 'ex Johansson, Palmer'.
  2. Ralt RT3/80 [183] (Daniele Albertin): A works car finished July 1980 for Tommy Byrne to run at British GP support race. Sold to Tiga for Daniele Albertin to run. Used by James Weaver in 1981 and then sold to Mike O'Brien. To Tony Trevor for 1982 (Autosport 18 Feb 1982 p7; Motoring News 11 Mar 1982 p14 'ex O'Brien, Weaver') badly damaged at Thruxton in April and probably scrapped. Trevor only reappears at Silverstone 27 June in what Autosport (1 Jul 1982 p8) calls 'a replacement built up from a pile of bits, most bought from Dave Scott's team who had built up a new car during the close season'. These bits may, themselves, have come from the remains of RT3/192 which Scott may have destroyed in testing in 1980, plus surplus parts from RT3/250. We should presume that 183 ceases to exist after April 1980 unless observation of the plate can be found on Trevor's late 1982 car.
  3. Ralt RT3/80 [197] (Eddie Jordan): Sold to Eddie Jordan 7 Aug 1980 and used by him in latter part of 1980 season. Sold to Terry Gray for 1981 season (Autosport 15 Jan 1981) but only lightly used. For sale Autosport 30 Apr 1981 p61. Sold to Dave Price for Fred Krab to run in Euro series, debut Zandvoort round. For sale by DPR 'new tub in Aug' Autosport 14 Jan 1982 p62. Sold to Phil Dowsett to run in 1982 UK series (Autosport 4 Mar 1982 p38; Motorig News 4 Mar 1982 p3 'ex DPR Krab/Tragardh'); sold late season to Leo Andersson (Autosport 28 Oct 1982 p15).
  4. Ralt RT3/80 [187] (Wyatt Stanley): Sold to Wyatt Stanley 22 May 1980 and used in 1980 British series. To Roy Kennedy Racing ('ex Stanley' Autosport 2 Jul 1981 p4) for various rental drivers. Retained 1982.
  5. March 803 [16] (Tony Norton): 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.
  6. Chevron B38 [38.77.24] (Eddie Heasell): 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.

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

Autosport 2 Oct 1980 p47