1978 BRDC International Trophy

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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

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).

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


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