The #F1 Bar Exam: 13 March 2014

Welcome to another week of TheJudge13 #F1 Bar Exam.

Last week’s question(s): Can you name the driver, team and race in the photo. Where did the driver finish in said race?

The answer(s) I was looking for were: The driver was Marc Surer driving the Theodore Ford TY01 (raced 1981 and first race of 1982). The photo was taken at the 1981 British Grand Prix held at Silverstone.

Surer was classified as finishing 11th however he actually did not finish the race but ran out of fuel on lap 61 of 68.

Theodore Racing was a Formula One constructor from Hong Kong founded by real estate magnate and millionaire Teddy Yip.

Yip, known for his boundless enthusiasm, entered his Theodore Racing Team from the 1970’s in a myriad of championships and many of the greatest names in the sport drove for him: Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen who all went on to become F1 World Champions, as well as Indycar drivers Bobby Unser and Rick Mears.

Theodore Racing’s first full year in F1 was 1978 but the TR1 was uncompetitive and Eddie Cheever and Keke Rosberg struggled to qualify and half way through the season it was replaced with a Wolf WR3.

In 1981 he returned with his TY01 – this car was designed by Tony Southgate was unusual for the time as its front wing sprouted from the nose of the car. (Interesting noses was the rule of the day in 1981 – looking at the race footage there is a huge variety in the noses!)

It was quick from the outset and Patrick Tambay got it into 6th place at Long Beach. However Tambay left half way through the season to go to Equipe Talbot Gitanes – Ligier JS17 (where he ended up not finishing any of races left in the season). He was replaced by Marc Surer who had been driving for Ensign. They also lost their Michelin tyre contract and struggled to be competitive with the new Avon tyres.

Returning for the 1982 season with their new car ready by the second race, they had a succession of racing drivers who struggled to qualify or finish a race. Their only race finish was Derek Daly’s 14th at the first race in South Africa (using the 1981 car).

For 1983 Yip merged Theodore with Ensign and used the Ensign car.

Yip has long run a team at the Macau GP and in 1983 was behind the switch from Formula Atlantic rules to Formula 3. Ayrton Senna won Macau’s inaugural Formula Three race for Theodore Racing.

Well done to Tony, Johnny, Taflach, Sid, the13thDuke, Emil, Milestone11, Cassius42, Thomass888, Tim, Kuta, AV2290, RottenAli, Devon, Mike, Philip and Andrew

This week’s question(s): Can you name the driver, car and Grand Prix at which this crash took place and what caused it?


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2 responses to “The #F1 Bar Exam: 13 March 2014

  1. Very interesting last paragraph about Teddy and Macau. Hadn’t realized they’d run F. Atlantic rules back in the day, and that Senna’s victory was coincidently the first for the F3 rules.

    Great write-up!

    • Thanks for the complement:) Such an interesting team – great results in the lower formulae – Not only with Senna but with several other future champions. He was obviously a good judge of talent. Too bad their F1 car was never competitive…

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