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Project Four Racing

Project Four Racing
Motor racing team
Founded 1976
Country United Kingdom
Team Principal(s) Ron Dennis
Former series European Formula Two Championship
British Formula Three Championship
Drivers
Teams' titles 0
Folded 1980 (merged with the McLaren Formula One team)

Project Four Racing was a British Formula Two and Formula Three team. The team was founded in 1976 by former Brabham mechanic Ron Dennis. At the end of 1980, the team merged with the McLaren Formula One team.

The team name lives on in the designation of the McLaren F1 race cars and since the 1981 season all McLarens, starting with the John Barnard designed McLaren MP4/1, have carried the "MP4" name. MP4 standing for "McLaren Project Four".

Contents

  • Racing history 1
    • Formula Two 1.1
    • Formula Three 1.2
  • Complete European Formula Two results 2
  • External links 3

Racing history

Formula Two

The team competed in the European Formula Two Championship. Driving a BMW powered Ralt RT1, Eddie Cheever recorded the teams first race win in 1977 in the second of two races making up Round 4 at the Nürburgring on his way to finishing second for the round. Cheever then went on to win Round 8 at the Rouen-Les-Essarts circuit. He finished the season in second place, 12 points behind René Arnoux.

Over the next three seasons, Project Four would win just four more races before the team moved into Formula One with its last win coming thanks to Andrea de Cesaris who won Round 8 of the 1980 season at Misano in Italy driving a March 802-BMW.

Formula Three

Project Four also raced in the British Formula Three Championship. Its first win came thanks to Chico Serra who won the opening round of the 1979 championship on Silverstone's Club Circuit driving a Toyota powered March 793. Serra won five of the seasons twenty races to win the championship from Andrea de Cesaris who drove a March 793-Toyota for Tiga.

Complete European Formula Two results

() (Results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap.)
Year Chassis Engine(s) Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
1976 March 752 762
Ralt RT1
Lancia-Ferrari
Hart 420R
HOC THR VAL SAL PAU HOC ROU MUG PER EST NOG HOC
Eddie Cheever DNQ 4 DSQ Ret Ret Ret Ret 3 5 8 15
Jochen Mass DNQ
Vittorio Brambilla Ret
Gilles Villeneuve Ret
Mikko Kozarowitsky DNQ 17 Ret
Luciano Pavesi DNS
1977 Ralt RT1 BMW SIL THR HOC NÜR VAL PAU MUG ROU NOG PER MIS EST DON
Eddie Cheever 7 2 Ret 2 3 Ret 17 1 5 Ret 2 3
Ingo Hoffmann 4 Ret Ret 7 16 8 9 5 3 3 3 NC Ret
Hans-Joachim Stuck Ret
Clay Regazzoni Ret
1978 March 782 BMW THR HOC NÜR PAU MUG VAL ROU DON NOG PER MIS HOC
Eddie Cheever 4 Ret 3 5 7 Ret 2 Ret 9 2 6 Ret
Ingo Hoffmann Ret 4 6 Ret 4 Ret Ret 4 5 Ret 10 14
1979 March 792 BMW SIL HOC THR NÜR VAL MUG PAU HOC ZAN PER MIS DON
Stephen South 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 1 Ret 3 8 3
Derek Daly 2 2 Ret Ret 2 11 2 Ret 1
Keke Rosberg 1 Ret
Andrea de Cesaris 6
1980 March 802 BMW THR HOC NÜR VAL PAU SIL ZOL MUG ZAN PER MIS HOC
Andrea de Cesaris 3 Ret Ret 2 Ret 2 Ret 5 Ret 6 1
Chico Serra 4 4 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret

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