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1976 British Formula Three season

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1976 British Formula Three season
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The 1976 British Formula Three season was the 26th season of the British Formula Three season. Rupert Keegan took the B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British Formula 3 Championship, while Bruno Giacomelli took the B.R.D.C. Shellsport British Formula Three Championship.

Despite competition from a heavily financed Formule Renault Europe series in 1975 and 1976, Formula Three continued to grow in 1976, notably in Italy and Sweden and with the FIA's European Formula Three series which was done properly in 1976 instead of being an afterthought as in 1975.

John Webb's MCD series had been dropped after 1974, leaving only the BARC series, sponsored by BP, in 1975. For 1976, BP's rivals Shell backed a five-race BRDC series at Silverstone and MCD also returned to organise a number of non-championship races with good prize money. Rupert Keegan won the more prestigious BP series having made a flying start in his ex-Brian Henton March 743-Toyota but then struggled mid-season when trying to replace the old March with a Hawke commissioned by his father and was caught by March works driver Bruno Giacomelli before snatching the title at the last race. The Italian however won the short ShellSport series comfortably. Geoff Lees and Stephen South emerged from the chasing pack as likely future stars.

Thanks to Giacomelli's March 763-Toyota and to Keegan's old 743, March dominated the two championships with 12 race wins, the other five falling to the Chevron B34s of Geoff Lees and mid-season convert Keegan.

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B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 ChampionshipEdit

Champion:   Rupert Keegan

Joint Runner Up:   Bruno Giacomelli

[1]

ResultsEdit

Date Round Circuit Winning driver Winning team Winning car
07/03/76 Rd.1   Thruxton   Rupert Keegan British Air Ferries Racing Team March 743-Toyota
19/04/76 Rd.2   Thruxton   Rupert Keegan British Air Ferries Racing Team March 743-Toyota
25/04/76 Rd.3   Zolder   Rupert Keegan British Air Ferries Racing Team March 743-Toyota
09/05/76 Rd.4   Thruxton   Rupert Keegan British Air Ferries Racing Team March 743-Toyota
23/05/76 Rd.5   Brands Hatch (Club)   Bruno Giacomelli March Racing Ltd March 763-Toyota
06/06/76 Rd.6   Silverstone (Club)   Bruno Giacomelli March Racing Ltd March 763-Toyota
10/07/76 Rd.7   Oulton Park   Bruno Giacomelli March Racing Ltd March 763-Toyota
17/07/76 Rd.8   Brands Hatch   Bruno Giacomelli March Racing Ltd March 763-Toyota
15/08/76 Rd.9   Mallory Park   Rupert Keegan British Air Ferries Racing Team Chevron B43-Toyota
12/09/76 Rd.10   Thruxton   Bruno Giacomelli March Racing Ltd March 763-Toyota
19/09/76 Rd.11   Snetterton   Rupert Keegan British Air Ferries Racing Team Chevron B43-Toyota
31/10/76 Rd.12   Thruxton   Geoff Lees Rob Roy Racing with D.J. Bond Chevron B43-Toyota
Source:[2][3]

Drivers' ChampionshipEdit

Pos Driver Entrant THR
 
THR
 
ZOL
 
THR
 
BRH
 
SIL
 
OUL
 
BRH
 
MAL
 
THR
 
SNE
 
THR
 
Pts
1   Rupert Keegan British Air Ferries Racing Team 1 1 1 1 2 6 2 Ret 1 2 1 Ret 74
2   Bruno Giacomelli March Engineering 3 3 9 Ret 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 Ret 71
3   Geoff Lees Rob Roy Racing with D.J. Bond 12 5 3 3 3 2 1 31
4   Stephen South Dortmunder Union Bier/Bogarts of Birmingham 2 2 7 DNA Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret 4 4 Ret 27
5   Mike Young Anglian Gilt Producers Ret 4 3 2 Ret 3 6 7 6 8 5 21
6   Brett Riley David Price Racing Ret 3 DSQ Ret 3 5 12 13 4 13
7   Tiff Needell Safir Engineering DNS 4 6 6 Ret 2 13

TableEdit

Place Driver Entrant Car Total
1   Rupert Keegan British Air Ferries Racing Team March 743-Toyota
Chevron B43-Toyota
74
2   Bruno Giacomelli March Racing March 763-Toyota 71
3   Geoff Lees Rob Roy Racing with D.J. Bond Chevron B43-Toyota 31
4   Stephen South Dortmunder Union Bier/Bogarts of Birmingham March 763-Toyota 27
5   Mike Young Anglian Gilt Producers Modus M1-Toyota 21
6   Brett Riley Brett Riley/David Price Racing Modus M1-Ford 13
7   Tiff Needell Safir Engineering Ltd Safir RJ03-Toyota 27
8   Tony Dron Unipart Racing Team March 763-Triumph 9
  Boy Hayje F & S Properties Ralt RT1-Toyota 9
10   Conny Andersson March Engineering March 763-Toyota 7
11   Geoff Brabham Brabham Racing Organisation Ralt RT1-Toyota 6
  Aryon Cornelsen-Filho March Racing March 763-Toyota 6
  Ian Flux Ockley Racing Team Ralt RT1-Toyota 6
14   Dick Parsons Dick Parsons Anson SA1-Triumph 5
15   Richard Hawkins Dr. Joseph Ehrlich Ehrlich ES5/6-Toyota
March 743-Toyota
4
16   Chris Barnett Chris Barnett March 753-Toyota 3
  Jac Nellemann Texaco Racing Van Diemen VG376-Toyota 3
18   Bob Arnott Bob Arnott March 743-Toyota 2
  Pierre Dieudonné Dr. Joseph Ehrlich March 743-Toyota 2
  Barrie Maskell Jeff Sharpe Dastle Mk 10C-Ford 2
21   Gianfranco Brancatelli Scuderia Everest March 763-Toyota 1
  Ken Silverstone Ken Silverstone March 753-Toyota 1
  Mike Tyrrell Dr. Joseph Ehrlich Ehrlich ES5/6-Toyota 1
  Pascal Witmeur March 753-Toyota 1
Source:[4]

B.R.D.C. Shellsport British F3 ChampionshipEdit

Champion:   Bruno Giacomelli

Joint Runner Up:   Rupert Keegan

[5]

ResultsEdit

Date Round Circuit Winning driver Winning team Winning car
14/03/76 Rd.1   Silverstone (Club)   Rupert Keegan British Air Ferries Racing Team March 743-Toyota
11/04/76 Rd.2   Silverstone   Bruno Giacomelli March Racing Ltd March 763-Toyota
20/06/76 Rd.3   Silverstone (Club)   Bruno Giacomelli March Racing Ltd March 763-Toyota
30/08/76 Rd.4   Silverstone (Club)   Rupert Keegan British Air Ferries Racing Team Chevron B43-Toyota
18/09/76 Rd.5   Silverstone   Geoff Lees Rob Roy Racing with D.J. Bond Chevron B43-Toyota
Source:[6][7]

TableEdit

Place Driver Entrant Car Total
1   Bruno Giacomelli March Racing March 763-Toyota 79
2   Rupert Keegan British Air Ferries Racing Team March 743-Toyota
Chevron B43-Toyota
62
3   Geoff Lees Rob Roy Racing with D.J. Bond Chevron B43-Toyota 42
4   Mike Young Anglian Gilt Producers Modus M1-Toyota 36
5   Ian Flux Ockley Racing Team Ralt RT1-Toyota 29
6   Stephen South Dortmunder Union Bier/Bogarts of Birmingham March 763-Toyota 21
7   Willi Siller Team Modus Modus M1-Toyota 18
8   Geoff Brabham Brabham Racing Organisation Ralt RT1-Toyota 16
9   Paulo Gomes Team Modus Modus M1-Toyota 15
10   Jan Seymour City Speed Racing March 743-Ford
March 743-Toyota
11
11   Ulf Svensson Ulf Svensson Ralt RT1-Toyota 10
  Paul Bernasconi Paul Bernasconi Ralt RT1-Toyota 10
13   Richard Hawkins Dr. Joseph Ehrlich Ehrlich ES5/6-Toyota
March 743-Toyota
8
14   John Lain Imado Watch Co Ltd Modus M1-Toyota 7
15   Bob Arnott Bob Arnott March 743-Ford
March 743-Toyota
6
  Aryon Cornelsen-Filho March Racing March 743-Toyota 6
  Claude Cuicci Ian Williams Supernova SF376-Ford
Supernova SF376-Toyota
6
18   Barrie Maskell Jeff Sharpe Dastle Mk 10C-Ford 4
  Dick Parsons Dick Parsons Anson SA1-Triumph 4
  John Stokes Dortmunder Union Bier/Bogarts of Birmingham March 753-Toyota 4
21   Doug Bassett GRD 373/376-Ford 2
  Pierre Dieudonné Dr. Joseph Ehrlich March 743-Toyota 2
  Brett Riley David Price Racing Modus M1-Ford 2
  Phil Silverstone Phil Silverstone March 763-Toyota 2
25   Tony Dron Unipart Racing Team March 763-Triumph 1
  Ken Silverstone Ken Silverstone March 753-Toyota 1
Source:[8]

Non-Championship RacesEdit

ResultsEdit

Date Race Circuit Winning driver Winning team Winning car
27/03/76 Race of the North   Oulton Park   Rupert Keegan British Air Ferries Racing Team March 743-Toyota
02/05/76 Hollies Trophy   Mallory Park   Richard Hawkins Dr. Joseph Ehrlich Ehrlich ES5/6-Toyota
31/05/76 Volkswagen Silver Cup   Silverstone   Brett Riley Brett Riley/David Price Racing Modus M1-Ford
26/09/76 Griffin Golden Helmet Trophy   Mallory Park   Stephen South Dortmunder Union Bier/Bogarts of Birmingham March 763-Toyota
24/10/76 Paul Nicholas Trophy   Brands Hatch   Conny Andersson March Racing Ltd March 763-Toyota
Source:[9][10]

ReferencesEdit