RAM Racing

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Headquarters Bicester, England
   
Team Principle Mike Ralph ENG
John MacDonald ENG
Designers Dave Kelly ENG (1983-84)
Gustav Brunner AU (1985)

RAM History & Team Record

Originally founded in 1975 to run principle MacDonald in British F3, the team entered the F5000 series the following year with future F1 Champion Alan Jones.  They also purchased two used  Brabham BT44B's and attempted to qualify a slew of "rent-a-drivers" with little success. A switch to March chassis in 1977 did little to change things and the team switched to the British Aurora F1 series from 1978, winning the title in 1980 with Emilio de Villota. The team also entered the Aurora cars in a few Grand Prix that year with a 9th place finish for Rupert Keegan at the season-ending US GP being the high point.

Lella Lombardi at the Nurburgring 1976

 

 

The team was picked to run the works March Grand Prix team in 1981 and 1982, before the RAM name reappeared in 1983. Brazilian Eliseo Salazar drove a single RAM 01 chassis at the first two GPs but after the team attempted to field a second car at the French GP for Jean Louis Schlesser, a long string of non-qualifications followed as the normally aspirated car was out classed by the mostly turbocharged opposition.  Canadian Jacques Villeneuve, brother of Ferrari hero Gilles, failed to qualify the car at Montreal and Northern Irishman Kenny Acheson took over the car for the rest of the season. Acheson finally made it on to the grid for his debut GP at the season ending South African race.

For 1984 the team picked up significant sponsorship from United States Tobacco Company's "Skoal Bandit" brand and were able to field a two car team for the whole season. With the exception of Monaco, where neither car qualified, the team made it onto the grid at 15 races (albeit near the back each time) but lack of reliability together with some driving mistakes led to finishes at only 7 races and no points.

Austrian Gustav Brunner was called upon to design the 1985 car, again with Skoal Bandit backing the team. The season started with a promising performance in Brazil but despite good qualifying performances by German Manfred Winklehock, accidents and failures followed together with another double non-qualification at Monaco. Tragedy struck later in the season when Winklehock was killed while driving a Kremer Porsche 962 at the 1000kms Endurance race at Mosport, Canada. His place was taken by former RAM pilot Kenny Acheson but the team never recovered and dropped to a single car entry for the Italian and European GPs before missing the last two races altogether.

Plans to run a single car in 1986 for Mike Thackwell, who they had run at the 1984 Canadian GP, fell apart with the loss of the Skoal Bandit sponsorship and the team folded over the off season.  

Year Chassis Engine Tyre # / Drivers Start Win Pole F Lap Pts
1976 Brabham BT44B Ford DFV V8 GY 32 Kessel / Evans / Stommelen
33 de Villota / Neve / Nelleman / Magee / Lombardi

4

0

0

0

0

1977 March 761 Ford DFV V8 GY 32 Kozarowitzky / Bleekemolen
33 Hayje / Sutcliffe

2

0

0

0

0

1980 Williams FW07C Ford DFV V8 GY 50 Keegan
51 Cogan (Canada) / Lees (USA)

4

0

0

0

0

1983 RAM 01 Ford DFV V8 PI 17 Salazar / Ja Villeneuve / Acheson
18 Schlesser (France only)

3

0

0

0

0

1984 RAM 02
RAM 01
Hart 415 L4t PI 9   Alliot
10 Palmer / Thackwell

15

0

0

0

0

1985 RAM 03 Hart 415 L4t PI 9   M Winklehock / Acheson / Alliot
10 Alliot

13

0

0

0

0

       

TOTAL

41 0 0 0 0

 

 

 

 

 

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