British Formula One Series
Infobox motorsport championship
title = British Formula One Series
category = Single-seaters
inaugural = 1978
folded = 1982
drivers = 10 (1982)
constructors = 8 (1982)
engines = 2 (1982)
teams = 8 (1982)
champion driver = flagicon|United Kingdom Jim CrawfordThe British Formula One Series, often abbreviated to British F1, was a
Formula Onemotor racing championship held in the United Kingdom. It is often referred to as the Aurora Formula One series due to the Aurora company's sponsorship of the series for three of the four seasons.
The old fashioned DFV helped make the series possible between 1978 and 1980. As in the
South African Formula One Championshipa decade or so before, second hand cars from manufacturers like Lotus and Fittipaldi Automotive were the order of the day, although some, such as the March 781, were built specifically for the series. In 1980 the series saw South African Desiré Wilsonbecome the only woman to win a Formula One race when she triumphed at Brands Hatch in a Williams.
The British Formula One Series was a successor to the older Group 8 Shellsport Championship,cite web | url=http://www.forix.com/8w/edwards.html | title=Who? - Guy Edwards | publisher=Forix 8W | accessdate=2007-04-17 ] which had previously run for
Formula 5000cars. In 1977 the series was opened up to allow Formula One cars to race and the BRSCC upgraded it to a full Formula One championship a year later. Formula Twocars were also present on the grid to make up the numbers.
† x/y: Competed in x races of the season total y.
* [http://www.silhouet.com/motorsport/archive/f1/title.html GEL Motorsport Information Page: The Formula One Archives]
* [http://members.fortunecity.com/quintin_cloud/19811999/198183nc/1982nc.htm Quintin Cloud's Formula One Records: 1982 British Formula 1 Series]
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