1978 British Formula One season

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1978 British Formula One season
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The 1978 British Formula One season (formally the 1978 Aurora AFX F1 Championship) was the first British Formula One Series season. It commenced on March 24 1978 and ended on September 24 after twelve races.

The Aurora AFX F1 Championship replaced the Shellsport Group 8 series that had been run in 1976 and 1977 to Formula Libre rules. As part of the changes, Formula 5000 cars were no longer eligible to race in the Aurora AFX championship. Formula 1 cars were now the focus of the series, with Formula 2 cars still being permitted as a 'B-class'.[1]

Results and standings[edit]

Races[edit]

Round Name Circuit Date Winning driver Winning car
1 United Kingdom International Gold Cup Oulton Park March 24 United Kingdom Tony Trimmer McLaren M23
2 United Kingdom Evening News Trophy Brands Hatch March 27 United Kingdom Tony Trimmer McLaren M23
3 United Kingdom Anglia TV Trophy Snetterton April 16 United Kingdom Tony Trimmer McLaren M23
4 United Kingdom Sun Trophy Mallory Park May 1 United Kingdom Geoff Lees Ensign N175
5 Netherlands International Whitsuntide Race Zandvoort May 15 United Kingdom Bob Evans Surtees TS19
6 United Kingdom Donington Formula 1 Trophy Donington Park May 21 Italy Giancarlo Martini Ensign N175
7 United Kingdom Radio 210 European Trophy Thruxton May 29 United Kingdom Tony Trimmer McLaren M23
8 United Kingdom Oulton Park Formula 1 Trophy Oulton Park June 24 United Kingdom Guy Edwards March 781
9 United Kingdom Dave Lee Travis Trophy Mallory Park July 30 United Kingdom Bruce Allison March 781
10 United Kingdom Fuji Tapes Trophy Brands Hatch August 28 United Kingdom Tony Trimmer McLaren M23
11 United Kingdom Radio Victory Trophy Thruxton September 10 United Kingdom Guy Edwards March 781
12 United Kingdom Budweiser Trophy Snetterton September 24 Republic of Ireland Dave Kennedy Wolf WR3

Drivers[edit]

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Fastest Lap
Points 20 15 12 10 8 6 4 3 2 1 2
Pos Driver OUL
United Kingdom
BRH
United Kingdom
SNE
United Kingdom
MAL
United Kingdom
ZAN
Netherlands
DON
United Kingdom
THR
United Kingdom
OUL
United Kingdom
MAL
United Kingdom
BRH
United Kingdom
THR
United Kingdom
SNE
United Kingdom
Pts
1 United Kingdom Tony Trimmer 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 149
2 United Kingdom Bob Evans 1 3 2 5 7 2 2 7 93
3 Spain Emilio de Villota 2 3 2 4 Ret 5 7 Ret 4 Ret 8 8 84
4 United Kingdom Guy Edwards Ret 4 Ret 10 Ret 2 Ret 1 3 DNS 1 Ret 78
5 United Kingdom Geoff Lees Ret 2 3 1 Ret 5 5 69
6 United Kingdom Bruce Allison DNS 6 Ret Ret 4 2 1 Ret 12 3 63
7 United Kingdom Valentino Musetti NC NC Ret 3 7 4 5 3 Ret 6 4 DNS 62
8 United Kingdom John Cooper 3 8 Ret 8 8 7 8 7 9 10 4 44
9 United Kingdom Mike Wilds Ret 6 Ret 7 6 DNS 6 6 8 7 13 5 43
10 South Africa Desiré Wilson Ret 6 4 3 6 34
11 Italy Giancarlo Martini 4 1 32
12 Republic of Ireland Dave Kennedy 1 22
13 Belgium Teddy Pilette Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 20
14 United Kingdom Divina Galica 2 7 19
15 United Kingdom Kim Mather 4 Ret NC 5 NC Ret DNS NC Ret Ret 18
16 Netherlands Boy Hayje 3 12
= United Kingdom Ray Mallock 3 12 12
= Italy Elio de Angelis 3 12
19 United Kingdom Iain McLaren 5 9 10 11
= United Kingdom Adrian Russell DNQ 10 NC 13 9 8 9 8 NC Ret Ret 11
21 United States Brett Lunger 5 10
22 New Zealand Brett Riley 5 Ret 8
23 United States Don Breidenbach 10 6 7
24 Australia Geoff Brabham 6 6
25 Austria Walter Raus 7 4
= United Kingdom Stephen South Ret 9 4
27 United States John David Briggs 8 17 3
28 United Kingdom Warren Booth NC 9 Ret 2
= Italy Carlo Giorgio 9 Ret 2
= United Kingdom Richard Jones 9 11 Ret 2
United Kingdom Andy Barton 12 11 0
Austria Gerd Biechteler 11 DNS 13 0
United Kingdom Alan Baillie DNQ 14 NC NC 15 DNS 0
United Kingdom Norman Dickson DNS Ret DNS 14 0
United Kingdom Dennis Leech 16 0
Republic of Ireland Alo Lawler Ret Ret DNS Ret Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Kevin Bowditch DNQ DNS 0
United Kingdom Nigel Clarkson DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
Germany Jörg Zaborowski DNQ 0
Germany Eugen Grupp DNQ 0
Pos Driver OUL
United Kingdom
BRH
United Kingdom
SNE
United Kingdom
MAL
United Kingdom
ZAN
Netherlands
DON
United Kingdom
THR
United Kingdom
OUL
United Kingdom
MAL
United Kingdom
BRH
United Kingdom
THR
United Kingdom
SNE
United Kingdom
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Bold - Pole
Italics - Fastest lap

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