Ex-Warwick F2 Toleman set for racing return

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Mark Harrison has rebuilt the BP-liveried automotive prepared for the brand new Geoff Lees Trophy for Nineteen Eighties single-seaters and plans to race it in the course of the HSCC’s Worldwide Trophy assembly on the Silverstone GP circuit on 22/23 Could.

Chassis TG280-02 took Warwick to second within the 1980 F2 championship, with a single win at Silverstone, as team-mate Brian Henton received the title.

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On the finish of the season, the Toleman group graduated to System 1 and the TG280s had been bought, with Warwick’s going to an Austrian privateer. After a season or two of F2 it was bought to Hungary, the place it was utilized in hillclimbs.

Harrison stated: “It then spent most of its life in Jap Europe. It had fairly a tough life on the opposite facet of the Iron Curtain.

“The Hart engine it ran in interval was not a harassed member of the chassis and in Jap Europe it ended up with a BMW engine, which does work as a harassed member. So fairly a bit was modified.

“It got here again to the UK in round 2007 as a rolling chassis after which had a Rover V8 engine put in.”

Derek Warwick European F2 Pau 1980

Derek Warwick European F2 Pau 1980

Picture by: Ercole Colombo/Motorsport Images

Harrison owned two different TG280s at one level and supplied recommendation for the re-build.

“However I ended up shopping for it in 2013 and did nothing with it for some time. We lastly stripped it down and set about re-building it.

“I don’t suppose it has raced because the finish of 1982. We bought it completed in time for Derek Warwick to drive it at Silverstone for {a magazine} function in September.

“The automotive is totally correctly now. I’m planning to race it at Silverstone in Could for the beginning of the Geoff Lees Trophy.”

Lees, who made 5 F1 begins for the Tyrrell, Shadow, Ensign, Theodore and Lotus groups, received the 1981 F2 title earlier than embarking on a profitable profession in Japan. He grew to become the primary foreign-born Japanese F2 champion in 1983, and received the Japanese Group C title in 1992.

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