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Ex-henton March 782 undergoes shakedown ahead of Zandvoort

- MARCUS PYE

HISTORIC F2

Historic Formula 2 racer Mark Charteris has targeted next month’s big Zandvoort event for the debut of his ex-brian Henton March-hart 782 following a post-restoratio­n shakedown on Silverston­e’s National circuit last Friday.

Charteris reimported chassis 23 from South Africa in 2022, and entrusted its rebuild to Richard Evans, who previously restored the ex-project Four Racing/eddie Cheever Bmw-engined 782 he found in the US and shares with Andy Smith.

Henton bought his car for 1978, finishing fifth at the Nurburgrin­g and sixth at Enna-pergusa. Signed by Toleman Group Motorsport alongside Rad Dougall for 1979, he raced the March – repaired after a clash with Cheever at Hockenheim – at the Argentinia­n Temporada races.

The Briton retained the 782 for 1979, and raced it, with ramped sidepods, to second on the ’Ring’s Nordschlei­fe, when the Toleman Ralt-hart RT2S were still not up to speed. After further outings at Vallelunga and Mugello, Henton rented it to Dutchman Boy Hayje’s sponsor F&S Properties for Zandvoort’s F2 round.

While Henton won the 1980 F2 title for Toleman, his March was sold to South Africa where it was raced by Dino Scribante with a Mazda rotary engine. While the monocoque and bodywork have now been renewed, the Hewland FT200 gearbox, link plates, front uprights and anti-roll bar, oil tank, dash and gear lever are original.

“I couldn’t believe how easy it is to drive after my 742, which dances around,” said Charteris. “I did 54.5s in a few laps, with a fuel system issue holding the engine back.”

 ?? ?? Charteris took his new purchase out for some laps at Silverston­e
Charteris took his new purchase out for some laps at Silverston­e

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