1981 BRDC International Trophy

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The 33rd B.R.D.C. International Trophy, was the opening round of the 1981 European Championship for F2 Drivers. This was held at Silverstone, on 29 March.[1]



A total of 46 F2 cars were entered for the event, however just 31 took part in qualifying.[1]


Mike Thackwell took pole position for Ralt Racing Ltd, in their Ralt-Honda RH6/81, averaging a speed of 133.59 mph.[1]


The race was held over 47 laps on a wet Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. Mike Thackwell took the winner spoils for works Ralt team, driving their Ralt-Honda RH6/81. Thackwell won in a time of 1hr 11:44.67mins., averaging a speed of 115.23 mph. Over 30 seconds behind was the second place car, driven by Riccardo Paletti, in the March Onyx Racing Team’s March-BMW 812. The podium was completed by another Italian, Corrado Fabi, in his Roloil Marlboro Racing/March Racing Ltd-entered March-BMW 812, albeit one lap adrift.[2]


Race Result[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Entrant Car - Engine Time, Laps Reason Out
1st 15 New Zealand Mike Thackwell Ralt Racing Ltd Ralt-Honda RH6/81 1hr 11:44.67
2nd 7 Italy Riccardo Paletti March Onyx Racing Team March-BMW 812 1hr 12:20.86
3rd 3 Italy Corrado Fabi Roloil Marlboro Racing/March Racing Ltd March-BMW 812 46
4th 77 United Kingdom Jim Crawford Plygrange Racing Ltd Toleman-Hart TG280 46
5th 12 Italy Carlo Rossi Sanremo Racing Srl Toleman-Hart TG280 46
6th 48 United Kingdom Brian Robinson Grange Performance Cars Chevron-Hart B42 46
7th 14 United Kingdom Geoff Lees Ralt Racing Ltd Ralt-Honda RH6/81 45
8th 36 United Kingdom Ray Mallock Cliff Smith Racing Ralt-Hart RT4 45
9th 1 Sweden Stefan Johansson Docking Spitzley Team Toleman Lola-Hart T850 45
10th 5 West Germany Christian Danner March Racing Ltd March-BMW 812 45
11th 10 Italy Michele Alboreto Minardi Team Minardi Fly-BMW 281 45
12th 24 Switzerland Jürg Lienhard Lista Racing Team March-BMW 802 45
13th 27 Austria Sewi Hopfer Sewi Hopfer Racing Toleman-Hart TG280 44
14th 9 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Minardi Team Minardi Fly-BMW 281 44
15th 18 Switzerland Fredy Schnarwiler Formel Rennsport Club Lola- BMW T850 43
16th 29 United Kingdom Warren Booth Colin Bennett Racing Chevron-Hart B48 43
17th 28 Italy Guido Daccò DAC Sport Racing Team Minardi-BMW GM75 42
18th 16 Sweden Eje Elgh Maurer Motorsport Maurer-BMW MM81 42
19th 2 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson Docking Spitzley Team Toleman Lola-Hart T850 41
20th 20 Italy ‘Gianfranco’ Astra Team Merzario Srl March-BMW 812 39
DNF 4 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Marlboro Racing for Zolder/March Racing Ltd March-BMW 812 36 Spin / Gearbox
DNF 11 Italy Guido Pardini Sanremo Racing Srl Lola-BMW T850 24 Crown wheel & pinion
DNF 31 United Kingdom Kim Mather Kim Mather March-Hart 792 24 Wheel bearing
DNF 17 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Maurer Motorsport Maurer-BMW MM81 21 Electrical
DNF 8 France Richard Dallest Team AGS Motul GPA AGS-BMW JH17 8 Accident
DNF 40 United Kingdom Paul Smith BMTR March-Hart 782 8 Engine
DNS 19 Italy Piero Necchi Astra Team Merzario Srl March-BMW 812
DNS 35 West Germany Jochen Dauer GRS Motorsport GRS-BMW TC 001
DNQ 21 Italy Arturo Merzario Astra Team Merzario Srl Merzario-BMW M1
DNQ 33 United Kingdom Roy Baker Roy Baker Chevron-Hart B48
DNQ 46 United Kingdom Bob Howlings Bob Howlings Chevron-Hart B42


  1. ^ a b c d http://www.formula2.net/F281_2.htm
  2. ^ http://formula2.net/F281_2.htm
  3. ^ Tristan Wood, "Drive It! The Complete Book of Formula 2 Motor Racing" (Foulis/Haynes, ASIN B009UWU1BW, 1984)