Project Four Racing

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Project Four Racing
Motor racing team
Founded 1976
Country  United Kingdom
Team Principal(s) United Kingdom Ron Dennis
Drivers
Drivers' titles 0
Teams' titles 0
Folded 1980 (merged with the McLaren Formula One team)

Project Four Racing was a Formula Two and Formula Three team from England. The team was founded in 1976 by former Brabham mechanic Ron Dennis. At the end of 1980, the team merged with the McLaren Formula One team.

The team name lives on in the designation of the McLaren F1 race cars and since the 1981 season all McLarens, starting with the John Barnard designed McLaren MP4/1, have carried the "MP4" name. MP4 standing for "McLaren Project Four".

Racing history[edit]

Formula Two[edit]

The team competed in the European Formula Two Championship and. Driving a BMW powered Ralt RT1, Eddie Cheever recorded the teams first race win in 1977 in the second of two races making up Round 4 at the Nürburgring on his way to finishing second for the round. Cheever then went on to win Round 8 at the Rouen-Les-Essarts circuit. He finished the season in second place, 12 points behind René Arnoux.

Over the next three seasons, Project Four would win just four more races before the team moved into Formula One with its last win coming thanks to Andrea de Cesaris who won Round 8 of the 1980 season at Misano in Italy driving a March 802-BMW.

Formula Three[edit]

Project Four also raced in the British Formula Three Championship. Its first win came thanks to Chico Serra who won the opening round of the 1979 championship on Silverstone's Club Circuit driving a Toyota powered March 793. Serra won five of the seasons twenty races to win the championship from Andrea de Cesaris who drove a March 793-Toyota for Tiga.

Drivers[edit]

Drivers who raced for Project Four included Eddie Cheever, Jochen Mass, Gilles Villeneuve, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Clay Regazzoni, Derek Daly, Keke Rosberg, Andrea de Cesaris and Chico Serra.

Complete European Formula Two results[edit]

(key) (Results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Year Chassis Engine(s) Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
1976 March 752 762
Ralt RT1
Lancia-Ferrari
Hart 420R
HOC THR VAL SAL PAU HOC ROU MUG PER EST NOG HOC
United States Eddie Cheever DNQ 4 DSQ Ret Ret Ret Ret 3 5 8 15
West Germany Jochen Mass DNQ
Italy Vittorio Brambilla Ret
Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ret
Finland Mikko Kozarowitsky DNQ 17 Ret
Italy Luciano Pavesi DNS
1977 Ralt RT1 BMW SIL THR HOC NÜR VAL PAU MUG ROU NOG PER MIS EST DON
United States Eddie Cheever 7 2 Ret 2 3 Ret 17 1 5 Ret 2 3
Brazil Ingo Hoffmann 4 Ret Ret 7 16 8 9 5 3 3 3 NC Ret
West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck Ret
Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ret
1978 March 782 BMW THR HOC NÜR PAU MUG VAL ROU DON NOG PER MIS HOC
United States Eddie Cheever 4 Ret 3 5 7 Ret 2 Ret 9 2 6 Ret
Brazil Ingo Hoffmann Ret 4 6 Ret 4 Ret Ret 4 5 Ret 10 14
1979 March 792 BMW SIL HOC THR NÜR VAL MUG PAU HOC ZAN PER MIS DON
United Kingdom Stephen South 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 1 Ret 3 8 3
Republic of Ireland Derek Daly 2 2 Ret Ret 2 11 2 Ret 1
Finland Keke Rosberg 1 Ret
Italy Andrea de Cesaris 6
1980 March 802 BMW THR HOC NÜR VAL PAU SIL ZOL MUG ZAN PER MIS HOC
Italy Andrea de Cesaris 3 Ret Ret 2 Ret 2 Ret 5 Ret 6 1
Brazil Chico Serra 4 4 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret

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