British Sprint Championship Round

Colerne, 29 Jul 1979

1 David Franklin (F2) 2-litre March 782 [9] - BMW M12/7 Euroracing
(see note 1)
2 Dave Harris (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [012] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 2)
3 Tony Westwood (libre) 2.2-litre March 772P - Hart 422R
(see note 3)
4 Simon Riley (libre) 3-litre March 741 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
5 Ray Rowan (F2) 2-litre March 742 [ex-Musetti] - Ford BDX
6 Noel le Tissier (libre) 3.4-litre Chevron B30 [30-75-01] - Ford GAA V6
(see note 4)
7 Allan Humphries (libre) 2.1-litre March 762 [5?] - Hart 421R
8 Ted Williams (F2) 2-litre March 772/782 [6] - Hart 420R
(see note 5)
9 Richard Fry (sports) 2-litre Mallock U2 Mk 20B - Hart 420R
10 Clive Bracey (libre) 7.6-litre Vebra Mk1 - Chevrolet turbo
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 782 [9] (David Franklin): Manfred Winkelhock's works car at Thruxton 27 Mar 1978 and presumably all season. He had an all-new chassis at Donington 25 Jun after his Rouen write-off but it presumably retained the same number. To David Franklin for hillclimbs in 1979, 1980 and 1981. Then with Fred Davies in 1982. Later with Bill Morris 1987-1990.
  2. McRae GM1 [012] (Dave Harris): See full history: McRae GM1/012.
  3. March 772P (Tony Westwood): Built new by Peter Bloore for customer Godfrey Crompton (Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire), fitted with a 2.2-litre Hart engine and used in hillclimbs in 1978. To Tony Westwood (Cardiff, Wales) for hillclimbs in 1979. To Stuart Lawson (Kirkliston, Scotland) and raced as a F2 car in Scottish and north English libre racing in 1980. Run by Terry Gorvel in hillclimbs from 1981 to mid-1985. To Rodney Eyles (Wellington, Somerset) in September 1985. Eyles acquired a Ralt for 1986, and the subsequent history of the March is unknown.
  4. Chevron B30 [30-75-01] (Noel le Tissier): See full history: Chevron B30.
  5. March 772/782 [6] (Ted Williams): New to AFMP-Euroracing, fitted with a Hart 420R and raced by Ricardo Zunino in F2 in early 1977. When AFMP collapsed, the car was taken over by mechanic Tony Harvey for Zunino to drive at Vallelunga, Pau and Mugello. Then run by "March Racing" for Zunino for the last half of the season. Sold to Ted Williams (Bristol) for sprints and hillclimbs in 1978, still using a 2-litre Hart engine. Retained for 1979, when it was partly updated to 782 specification. Sold to Martin Bolsover (Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire) for 1980, and fitted with a 1600cc BDA engine and again entered as a 772/782. Bolsover fitted his BDA to a new Pilbeam for 1981, and the March was not seen in 1981, 1982 and 1983. It reappeared in 1984 when raced by Roy Woodhouse, and fitted with a turbocharged 3.5-litre Rover engine. Alan Payne (Birmingham, West Midlands) won a sprint at Curborough in June 1984, when sharing this car with Woodhouse. Raced by Woodhouse in sprints in 1985 and 1986, after which he transferred the engine into a newer March 822. When that car was wrecked at the end of 1988, he returned to the 772 for 1989, 1990 and 1991, only for the car to be comprehensively demolished at the Weston sprint at the end of 1991.


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.

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.

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