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1978 BRDC International Trophy

The XXX BRDC International Trophy was a motor race for Formula One cars held on 19 March 1978 at the Silverstone Circuit, England. It was the 30th running of the International Trophy, and the last to non-Championship Formula One regulations. The race was held over 40 laps of the Silverstone circuit, for a total distance of around 189 kilometres (117 miles).

1978 BRDC International Trophy
Non-championship race in the 1978 Formula One season
The Silverstone circuit in 1978.
The Silverstone circuit in 1978.
Race details
Date 19 March 1978
Official name XXX BRDC International Trophy
Location Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.724 km (2.935 mi)
Distance 40 laps, 188.95 km (117.41 mi)
Weather Heavy rain.
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Cosworth
Time 1:16.07
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Cosworth
Time 1:38.63
First Theodore-Cosworth
Second Fittipaldi-Cosworth
Third McLaren-Cosworth

Although qualifying sessions had been dry, the race was run in torrential rain, resulting in multiple accidents and drivers spinning off. The race was eventually won by Keke Rosberg, his first victory in a Formula One car in only his second ever Formula One race.


Pos Driver Entrant Constructor Time/Retired Qual
1   Keke Rosberg Theodore Racing Theodore-Cosworth 1:12:49.02 11
2   Emerson Fittipaldi Copersucar Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Cosworth + 1.88 8
3   Tony Trimmer Melchester Racing McLaren-Cosworth + 3 Laps 15
4   Brett Lunger BS Fabrications McLaren-Cosworth + 3 Laps 7
5   Rupert Keegan Durex Team Surtees Surtees-Cosworth + 9 Laps 10
NC   Hans Stuck Jr. Villiger Kiel Team Shadow Shadow-Cosworth + 15 Laps 5
Ret   Derek Daly Olympus Hesketh Hesketh-Cosworth Accident 9
Ret   Divina Galica Olympus Hesketh Hesketh-Cosworth Accident DNQ*
Ret   Emilio de Villota private McLaren-Cosworth Clutch 12
Ret   Patrick Depailler Team Tyrrell Tyrrell-Cosworth Accident 6
Ret   Mario Andretti John Player Team Lotus Lotus-Cosworth Accident 3
Ret   Ronnie Peterson John Player Team Lotus Lotus-Cosworth Handling 1**
Ret   Jacky Ickx Tissot Ensign Ensign-Cosworth Spun Off 13
Ret   Clay Regazzoni Villiger Kiel Team Shadow Shadow-Cosworth Spun Off 16
Ret   James Hunt Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren-Cosworth Spun Off 4
DNS   Niki Lauda Parmalat Brabham Brabham-Alfa Romeo Spun off 2
DNS   René Arnoux Automobiles Martini Martini-Cosworth Withdrew 14
DNA   Jochen Mass ATS Wheels Racing ATS-Cosworth
DNA   Lamberto Leoni Tissot Ensign Ensign-Cosworth
DNA   Arturo Merzario Merzario Racing Merzario-Cosworth
DNA   Guy Edwards private March-Cosworth
* Failed to qualify, but started as first reserve driver after Lauda and Arnoux withdrew.
** Started from the pit lane.