Na­tional rac­ing trea­sure drives clas­sic March

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

Ian Flux re­turned to his rac­ing roots at Sil­ver­stone to race an ex-nigel Mansell March 783 in the Clas­sic For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship – and scored a podium on his re­turn.

Flux, the renowned all­rounder who re­cently cel­e­brated his 60th birth­day, was rac­ing the car now owned by his old friend Sean Walker and re­called bang­ing wheels with Mansell at Brands Hatch dur­ing a 1978 F3 race.

“I raced against this car in pe­riod,” said Flux. “Test­ing on Fri­day was the first time I’d driven it and it is spot on.”

Flux was fourth in the open­ing clash be­fore im­prov­ing to third place in the sec­ond race of the week­end.

Walker hopes to gain a Monaco en­try for the car if the two-litre F3 cars are granted a race at the Grand Prix His­torique. “If and when there is a race for these cars at Monaco, we’d like to be there,” said Walker. “Ian raced three times in the Monaco F3 race, start­ing in 1976.

“I sold my Osella sports-rac­ing car at the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic auc­tion last July and the March came up for sale a few lots later,” added Walker, who is a fan of the 1978 March sin­gle-seater design. “March lent Mansell this car early in 1978 and it was be­fore the Uni­part spon­sor­ship.”

The car later spent some time in France be­fore be­ing owned and raced by sju­lian Bald­win for 15 years. Then, Richard Dut­ton bought it and repre­pared it for Monaco in 2014.

The car is be­ing tended by Miles Grif­fith from Hi-tec Motorsport, the team that ran both Flux and Walker when they raced in Sports 2000.

Flux was back at the wheel of an F3 car

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