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The 1978 Race of Champions was held at Silverstone Circuit on March 19. Very wet conditions saw only five of the 15 starters finish, with Keke Rosberg giving Theodore their only victory ever. Emerson Fittipaldi finished second in his brother's namesake Fittipaldi, less than two seconds back. Third place was Tony Trimmer in a privateer McLaren, three laps down.



BackgroundEdit

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1978 BRDC International Trophy is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT45C Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12 G
3 France Patrick Depailler United Kingdom Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 008 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
5 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 79 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
6 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom John Player Team Lotus Lotus 78 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
7 United Kingdom James Hunt United Kingdom Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M26 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
9 West Germany Jochen Mass West Germany ATS Racing Team ATS HS1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi Automotive Fittipaldi F5A Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
16 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck United Kingdom Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN9 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
17 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN9 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
18 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan United Kingdom Durex Team Surtees Surtees TS19 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
22 Belgium Jacky Ickx United Kingdom Team Tissot Ensign Ensign N177 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
24 United Kingdom Divina Galica United Kingdom Olympus Cameras/Hesketh Racing Hesketh 308E Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
28 Spain Emilio de Villota Spain Centro Asegurador McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
30 United States Brett Lunger United Kingdom Liggett Group/BS Fabrications McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
31 France René Arnoux France Automobiles Martini Martini MK23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
32 Finland Keke Rosberg Hong Kong Theodore Racing Hong Kong Theodore TR1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
37 Italy Arturo Merzario Italy Team Merzario Merzario A1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
38 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Olympus Cameras/Hesketh Racing Hesketh 308E Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
40 United Kingdom Tony Trimmer United Kingdom Melchester Racing McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G
44 United Kingdom Guy Edwards United Kingdom RAM Racing March 781S Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1978 BRDC International Trophy are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
1* 6 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:16.07
2 1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo 1:16.43 +0.36s
3 5 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:16.60 +0.53s
4 7 United Kingdom James Hunt United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:17.18 +1.11s
5 30 United States Brett Lunger United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:17.77 +1.70s
6 3 France Patrick Depailler United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:17.98 +1.91s
7 16 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck United Kingdom Shadow-Ford Cosworth 1:18.15 +2.08s
8 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 1:18.44 +2.37s
9 38 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Hesketh-Ford Cosworth 1:18.88 +2.81s
10 18 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan United Kingdom Surtees-Ford Cosworth 1:19.10 +3.03s
11 28 Spain Emilio de Villota Spain McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:19.36 +3.29s
12 32 Finland Keke Rosberg Hong Kong Theodore-Ford Cosworth 1:19.54 +3.47s
13 22 Belgium Jacky Ickx United Kingdom Ensign-Ford Cosworth 1:20.00 +3.93s
14 31 France René Arnoux France Martini-Ford Cosworth 1:20.09 +4.02s
15 40 United Kingdom Tony Trimmer United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:20.43 +4.36s
16 17 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Shadow-Ford Cosworth 1:21.26 +5.19s
DNQ§ 24 United Kingdom Divina Galica United Kingdom Hesketh-Ford Cosworth 1:23.07 +7.00s
WD 9 West Germany Jochen Mass West Germany ATS-Ford Cosworth Withdrawn
WD 37 Italy Arturo Merzario Italy Merzario-Ford Cosworth Withdrawn
WD 44 United Kingdom Guy Edwards United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth Withdrawn
  • * Peterson was penalized as he had started in last at the pit lane.
  • Lauda had failed to take the start after he spun and crashed his car.
  • Arnoux had failed to take the start after he had problems with the oil pressure of his car.
  • § Galica was listed as first reserve and was allow to join at the back of the grid.

Grid*Edit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Mario Andretti
James Hunt ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Brett Lunger
Patrick Depailler ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Hans-Joachim Stuck
Emerson Fittipaldi ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Derek Daly
Rupert Keegan ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Emilio de Villota
Keke Rosberg ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Jacky Ickx
René Arnoux ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Tony Trimmer
Clay Regazzoni ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Divina Galica
Ronnie Peterson ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18
______________
  • * Lauda and Arnoux were both removed from the grid and also Peterson had started in last at the pit lane, but Andretti would take his place on pole position.

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 1978 BRDC International Trophy are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 32 Finland Keke Rosberg Hong Kong Theodore-Ford Cosworth 40 1:12:49.02 10
2 14 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Fittipaldi-Ford Cosworth 40 +1.88s 6
3 40 United Kingdom Tony Trimmer United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 37 +3 laps 13
4 30 United States Brett Lunger United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 37 +3 laps 3
NC* 16 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck United Kingdom Shadow-Ford Cosworth 25 +15 laps 5
Ret 18 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan United Kingdom Surtees-Ford Cosworth 31 Engine 8
Ret 38 Ireland Derek Daly United Kingdom Hesketh-Ford Cosworth 13 Accident 7
Ret 24 United Kingdom Divina Galica United Kingdom Hesketh-Ford Cosworth 12 Accident 15
Ret 28 Spain Emilio de Villota Spain McLaren-Ford Cosworth 12 Electrics 9
Ret 3 France Patrick Depailler United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 4 Accident 4
Ret 5 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 2 Accident 1
Ret 6 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 2 Accident PL
Ret 22 Belgium Jacky Ickx United Kingdom Ensign-Ford Cosworth 1 Accident 11
Ret 7 United Kingdom James Hunt United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 0 Accident 2
Ret 17 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni United Kingdom Shadow-Ford Cosworth 0 Accident 14
DNS 1 Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom Brabham-Alfa Romeo
DNS 31 France René Arnoux France Martini-Ford Cosworth
WD 9 West Germany Jochen Mass West Germany ATS-Ford Cosworth
WD 37 Italy Arturo Merzario Italy Merzario-Ford Cosworth
WD 44 United Kingdom Guy Edwards United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth
  • * Stuck has failed to complete 90% of the race distance.

MilestonesEdit

V T E 1978 Formula One Season
Teams Arrows • ATS • Brabham • Ensign • Ferrari • Fittipaldi • Hesketh • Ligier • Lotus • March • Martini • McLaren • Merzario • Renault • Shadow • Theodore • Tyrrell • Williams • Wolf
Engines Alfa Romeo • Ferrari • Ford Cosworth • Matra • Renault
Drivers Andretti • Arnoux • Binder • Bleekemolen • Brambilla • Cheever • Colombo • Daly • Depailler • de Dryver • Ertl • Fittipaldi • Gabbiani • Galica • Giacomelli • Gimax • Hunt • Ickx • Jabouille • Jarier • Jones • Keegan • Laffite • Lauda • Lees • Leoni • Lunger • Mass • Merzario • Nève • Ongais • Patrese • Peterson • Piquet • Pironi • Rahal • Rebaque • Regazzoni • Reutemann • Rosberg • Scheckter • Stommelen • Stuck • Tambay • Trimmer • Villeneuve • Watson
Cars Arrows A1 • Arrows FA1 • ATS D1 • ATS HS1 • Brabham BT45C • Brabham BT46 • Brabham BT46B • Brabham BT46C • Ensign N175 • Ensign N177 • Ferrari 312T2 • Ferrari 312T3 • Fittipaldi F5A • Hesketh 308E • Ligier JS7 • Ligier JS7/9 • Ligier JS9 • Lotus 78 • Lotus 79 • March 781S • Martini MK23 • McLaren M23 • McLaren M26 • Merzario A1 • Renault RS01 • Shadow DN8 • Shadow DN9 • Theodore TR1 • Tyrrell 008 • Williams FW06 • Wolf WR1 • Wolf WR3 • Wolf WR4 • Wolf WR5 • Wolf WR6
Tyres Goodyear • Michelin
Races Argentina • Brazil • South Africa • United States West • Monaco • Belgium • Spain • Sweden • France • Britain • Germany • Austria • Netherlands • Italy • United States • Canada
Non-championship Races International Trophy
See also 1977 Formula One Season • 1979 Formula One Season • Category
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