British Sprint Championship Round

Longridge, 20 Mar 1977

1 Alan Newton 1.9-litre Huron SS20A ['1'] - Ford twin cam
2 Dave Harris 5-litre McRae GM1 [012] - Chevrolet Smith V8
(see note 1)
3 David Render (F1) 3-litre Lotus 76 [2 JPS10] - Cosworth DFV V8
4 Allan Staniforth 1.1-litre Terrapin Mk7B - BMC
5 Richard White 5.7-litre McLaren M10A/B [300-08] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 2)
C1 Geoff Deakin (1600cc racing car) 1.6-litre March "742X" [713M-8] - Ford BDA
(see note 3)
1st in Class 16
C2 Anthony Taylor (1600cc racing car) 1.6-litre Ensign LNF3/72 - Ford BDA
2nd in Class 16
C2 Peter Kirkby (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 [SL142/35] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 4)
2nd in Class 17
C3 Clive Astley (libre) March 733
3rd in Class 17
DNS Simon Riley 3-litre Brabham BT33 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8
faulty metering unit
DNSC John Ravenscroft (F1) 3-litre Token RJ02 - Cosworth DFV V8
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. McRae GM1 [012] (Dave Harris): See full history: McRae GM1/012.
  2. McLaren M10A/B [300-08] (Richard White): See full history: McLaren M10A 300-08.
  3. March "742X" [713M-8] (Geoff Deakin): New for James Hunt, replacing the 713S he had raced earlier in the season. The 713M was run as part of a newly constituted team run by Chris Marshall, based at his Sloan Marshall Garages in London and entered as Team Rose Bearings with Baty Group. Hunt won first time out, at Crystal Palace in June, and also at Brands Hatch in August, but the car was heavily damaged in a crash during practice at Snetterton in October. Repaired and used by Bob Evans in the Boxing Day meeting at Brands. Bought from the March factory by Anthony Binnington and raced in F3 through 1972. Then to Nick Crossley for one race early in 1973 before his new 733 was ready. To Peter Stahl (Ascot, Berkshire) and raced in the 1600cc class in hillclimbs in 1973. Stahl later went abroad on business and his wife sold the March to Geoff Deakin (Penrith, later Carlisle) who hillclimbed it between 1975 and 1977. It was in 742 bodywork by 1977, and Deakin called it a "742X". Deakin recalls selling the car to a fellow hillclimber who crashed it badly the following year, taking out one side of the monocoque. Photographs show that Deakin's car exactly matches the "742X" hillclimbed by Ken Ayers (Twyford, Berkshire) in 1978 and crashed by him at some point. After this accident, the car was rebuilt on another 1971 March tub, and run with 1975 bodywork until a second accident at Le Val des Terres in July 1979. The car was then rebuilt using a 1975 March monocoque and 76B bodywork, effectively ending its link to the original 713M.
  4. Lola T142 [SL142/35] (Peter Kirkby): See full history: Lola T142 SL142/35.


Note that 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' published results.

The British Sprint Championship results were originally provided by Paul Parker and Steve Wilkinson and are based on material drawn from Motoring News, Autosport and Speedscene magazines plus results sheets and programmes provided by former competitors and by the organising clubs.

The identification of individual cars is based on the Formula 1, Formula 2, Formula 5000 and Formula Atlantic research work presented elsewhere on the site.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.