1985 BRDC International Trophy

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The 37th BRDC International Trophy, was the opening round of the 1985 International Formula 3000. The inaugural was held at Silverstone, on 24 March.[1]



A total of 17 F3000 cars were entered for the first ever event. Every new formula sets new questions and this one was no exception; some teams ran ex-Formula One machinery, while the Lola T950 was based upon an IndyCar design, whereas Ralt and March drew upon their Formula Two experience.[1][2]


Michel Ferté took pole position for Equipe Oreca, in their March Engineering-Cosworth 85B, averaging a speed of 135.404 mph.[1][3]


The race was held over 44 laps of the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. Mike Thackwell wrote himself into the history books by winning the International Trophy for the third time and the first F3000 race in the process, driving a works Ralt RT20 from teammate John Nielsen in a similar car. Thackwell won in a time of 1hr 07:41.01mins., averaging a speed of 114.397 mph, with Nielsen over 34 seconds behind. The next three places were filled by March 85Bs in the hands of Michel Ferté, Christian Danner and Gabriele Tarquini, with the sixth place going to a Formula One Tyrrell 012, driven by Roberto Moreno.[2][3][4]


Race Result[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Entrant Car - Engine Time, Laps Reason Out
1st 1 New Zealand Mike Thackwell Team Ralt Ralt-Cosworth RT20 1hr 07:41.01
2nd 2 Denmark John Nielsen Team Ralt Ralt-Cosworth RT20 1hr 08:13.35
3rd 3 France Michel Ferté Oreca Motorsport March-Cosworth 85B 1hr 09:09.77
4th 8 Germany Christian Danner BS Automotive March-Cosworth 85B 43
5th 13 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Sanremo Racing Srl March-Cosworth 85B 42
6th 20 Brazil Roberto Moreno Barron Racing Tyrrell-Cosworth 012 42
7th 9 Italy Emanuele Pirro Onyx Racing March-Cosworth 85B 41
8th 15 France Alain Ferté Lola Motorsport Lola-Cosworth T950 41
9th 22 Switzerland Mario Hytten Corbari Italia Lola-Cosworth T950 41
10th 7 Sweden Tomas Kaiser BS Automotive March-Cosworth 85B 39
NC 17 Belgium Thierry Tassin PMC Motorsport Williams-Cosworth FW08C 38
NC 18 Italy Lamberto Leoni PMC Motorsport Williams-Cosworth FW08C 38
DNF 19 Italy Claudio Langes Barron Racing Tyrrell-Cosworth 012 33 Electrical
DNF 5 France Philippe Streiff Autos Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS-Cosworth JH20 7 Suspension
DNF 10 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries Onyx Racing March-Cosworth 85B 1 Accident
DNF 14 Italy Alessandro Santin Sanremo Racing Srl March-Cosworth 85B 0 Accident
DNS 4 Austria ”Pierre Chauvet” Onyx Racing March-Cosworth 85B Accident