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 3 Championship.

Despite competition from a heavily financed Formule Renault Europe series in 1975 and 1976, Formula 3 continued to grow in 1976, notably in Italy and Sweden and with the FIA's European Formula 3 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.

B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship[edit]

Champion: United Kingdom Rupert Keegan

Joint Runner Up: Italy Bruno Giacomelli

[1]

Results[edit]

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

Drivers' Championship[edit]

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

Table[edit]

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

B.R.D.C. Shellsport British F3 Championship[edit]

Champion: Italy Bruno Giacomelli

Joint Runner Up: United Kingdom Rupert Keegan

[5]

Results[edit]

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

Table[edit]

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

Non-Championship Races[edit]

Results[edit]

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

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