1980 Evening News Trophy

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The Evening News Trophy, was the second round of the 1980 Aurora AFX F1 Championship, at Brands Hatch, the race held on the 7th April 1980 (Easter Monday). The race is notable for the victory of Desiré Wilson, who became the first female driver to win a Formula One race.[1]



A meagre total of 10 cars were entered for the event, the second race of the series of the 1980 Easter holidays.[2]


The race was held over 40 laps of Brands Hatch’s Grand Prix circuit, a distance of 104.56 miles. A small piece of history was carved out, when Desiré Wilson became the first woman to win a F1 race, a feat which she achieved in remarkable style. At the wheel of her Theodore Racing with Hi-Line Wolf WR4, she simply trounced the opposition, leading from start to finish and extending her advantage of over 15secs at the end of the race.

For the Theodore Racing, Wilson’s victory more than compensated for the disappointment for team-mate Geoff Lees caused the race to be stopped on the first lap. An over-zealous start for the middle of the poor 10-car grid saw the Wolf barge Norman Dickson’s Lotus 78, then spin wildly in the pack; Lees continued but suspension failure stranded him in the middle of the track. Dickson was the other star of the race. The gritty Scotsman passed the Williams FW07s of poleman Emilio de Villota and Eliseo Salazar on the early stages, fighting off the latter in his defence of second spot after de Villota and Guy Edwards effectively eliminated each other after a touch at Hawthorns.

Giacomo Agostini’s fourth-placed drive was a lonely one in a rebuilt car after a heavy race morning shunt, while the Chevrons of Tony Dean and Brian Robinson squabbled over the F2 category throughout.[3][4]



Class Winners are in Bold text.

Pos. Class Driver Entrant Car - Engine Reason Out
1st F1 South Africa Desiré Wilson Theodore Racing Wolf-Cosworth WR4
2nd F1 Scotland Norman Dickson Colin Bennett Racing Lotus-Cosworth 78
3rd F1 Chile Eliseo Salazar RAM Racing Williams-Cosworth FW07
4th F1 Italy Giacomo Agostini Team Agostini Williams-Cosworth FW06
5th F2 England Tony Dean A G Dean Chevron-Hart B42
6th F2 England Brian Robinson Grange Performance Cars Chevron-Hart B48
DNF F1 Spain Emilio de Villota RAM Racing Williams-Cosworth FW07 Collision with Edwards
DNF F1 England Guy Edwards Charles W Clowes Racing Arrows-Cosworth A1 Collision with de Villota
DNF F2 England Bob Howlings Bob Howlings Racing Chevron-Hart B42
DNF F1 England Geoff Lees Theodore Racing Wolf-Cosworth WR4 Suspension



  1. ^ Motoring News newspaper, 10 April 1980
  2. ^ "WILSON Motorsport". WILSON Motorsport. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  3. ^ "WILSON Motorsport". WILSON Motorsport. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  4. ^ Marcus Pye, Autosport Magazine, 9 April 1980
  5. ^ "Aurora F1/F2 series". Teamdan.com. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  6. ^ "WILSON Motorsport". WILSON Motorsport. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  7. ^ Marcus Pye, Autosport Magazine, 9 April 1980
  8. ^ 1980 British Formula One season