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THE LOLA T570

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The T570 was another effort by Lola to enter the potentially lucrative Formula Three market which, in 1977, was dominated by March, Chevron and Ralt. Following on from 1975's very disappointing T350 the T570 was a conventional design featuring outboard suspension all-round with a pair of wishbones at the front and a single top link/lower twin parallel links and twin radius rods at the rear, all attached to a conventional monocoque.

The 1977 F3 season, in both the UK and Europe, was not only packed with competitive cars, as mentioned above, but also some very good drivers: Derek Warwick, Didier Pironi, Derek Daly, Elio de Angeles, Stefan Johansson, Stephen South, Geoff Lees, Geoff Brabham, and Nelson Piquet to name just a few so, it would not be an easy task to come up with a race winning design.

Former Formula One driver Ian Ashley was recruited to drive the new car, Ashley had raced for Token, Frank Williams, Stanley BRM and Hesketh in F1 until his career was ended by a serious crash in the Hesketh 308E at Mosport Park Canadian GP in 1977. At the start 1976 he was left high and dry after Stanley BRM quit F1 and he got a job as a test-driver for Lola and one of his jobs was to work on the T570.

The download available below of the T570's test sessions shows the amount of work carried out on the design to make it competitive but it was never quite on the pace and Ashley, despite numerous race entries, only competed in eight races with a best result of 7th at Cadwell Park. At the end of the year an up-and-coming Nigel Mansell did four races taking 4th at Cadwell Park in a B.R.D.C. Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship round. Other than these brief flashes of promise the T570 was another less than successful Lola Formula Three design.

Year(s) of Construction: 1977

Total Built: 4
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T570 RACE RESULTS


1977

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
6th March XXIX Daily Express International Trophy – Silverstone Ian Ashley B.R.D.C. Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship, Rd 1. - Works entry - DNA
20th March Coupe de Printemps - Paul Ricard Paolo Bozzetto FIA European Championship, Rd 1 - Entered by PEG Pordenone Corse - DNF
20th March Coupe de Printemps - Paul Ricard Giorgio Aposkitis FIA European Championship, Rd 1 - Entered by PEG Pordenone Corse - DNQ
26th March Oulton Park Ian Ashley B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 2 - Works entry - DNA
3rd April Silverstone Ian Ashley B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 3 - Works entry - DNA
11th April XXV Grote Prijs van Zandvoort Paolo Bozzetto FIA European Championship, Rd 3 - Entered by PEG Pordenone Corse - DNQ
11th April XXV Grote Prijs van Zandvoort Giorgio Aposkitis FIA European Championship, Rd 3 - Entered by PEG Pordenone Corse - DNQ
11th April Thruxton Ian Ashley B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 3 - Works entry - DNA
24th April IX Grote Prijs van Zolder Paolo Bozzetto FIA European Championship, Rd 4, B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 5 & Danske Mesterskabet, Rd 1 - Entered by PEG Pordenone Corse - DNF
24th April IX Grote Prijs van Zolder Giorgio Aposkitis FIA European Championship, Rd 4, B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 5 & Danske Mesterskabet, Rd 1 - Entered by PEG Pordenone Corse - DNQ
24th April IX Grote Prijs van Zolder Ian Ashley FIA European Championship, Rd 4, B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 5 & Danske Mesterskabet, Rd 1 - Works entry - DNA
1st May Brands Hatch Ian Ashley B.R.D.C. Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship, Rd 2. - Works entry - DNA
8th May Preis von Knittelfeld - Österreichring Paolo Bozzetto FIA European Championship, Rd 5 - Entered by PEG Pordenone Corse - 17th
21st May XIX Grand Prix de Monaco Giorgio Aposkitis B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 6 - Entered by PEG Pordenone Corse - DNA
21st May XIX Grand Prix de Monaco Ian Ashley B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 6 - Works entry - DNQ
29th May Brands Hatch Ian Ashley B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 7 - Works entry - 10th
29th May Brands Hatch Giorgio Aposkitis B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 7 - Entered by Giorgio Aposkitis - DNF
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1977 (cont.)

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
6th June Bank Holiday National Races – Silverstone Ian Ashley B.R.D.C. Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship, Rd 3 - Works entry - DNF
6th June Bank Holiday National Races – Silverstone Giorgio Aposkitis B.R.D.C. Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship, Rd 3 - Entered by Giorgio Aposkitis - DNF
7th June Donington Park Ian Ashley B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 8 - Works entry - DNF
7th June Donington Park Giorgio Aposkitis B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 8 - Entered by Giorgio Aposkitis - DNA
19th June Thruxton Ian Ashley B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 9 - Works entry - DNF
8th July Donington Park Ian Ashley Donington Trophy - Works entry - 8th
10th July Cadwell Park Ian Ashley B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 10 - Works entry - 7th
10th July Cadwell Park Giorgio Aposkitis B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 10 - Entered by Giorgio Aposkitis - DNA
16th July XXX John Player British Grand Prix, Silverstone Ian Ashley B.R.D.C. Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship, Rd 4 - Works entry - DNQ
16th July XXX John Player British Grand Prix, Silverstone Giorgio Aposkitis B.R.D.C. Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship, Rd 4 - Entered by PEG Pordenone Corse - DNQ
31st July Donington Park Ian Ashley B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 11 - Works entry - DNQ
31st July Donington Park Giorgio Aposkitis B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 11 - Entered by Giorgio Aposkitis - DNQ
27th August European F3 Championship, Donington Park Ian Ashley FIA European Championship, Rd 12 & B.R.D.C. Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship, Rd 5 - Works entry - DNA
27th August European F3 Championship, Donington Park Giorgio Aposkitis FIA European Championship, Rd 12 & B.R.D.C. Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship, Rd 5 - Entered by Giorgio Aposkitis - DNA
29th August Milton Keynes F3 International Meeting, Silverstone Ian Ashley B.R.D.C. Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship, Rd 6 - Works entry - DNA
29th August Milton Keynes F3 International Meeting, Silverstone Giorgio Aposkitis B.R.D.C. Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship, Rd 6 - Entered by Giorgio Aposkitis - DNA
1st October National Championship Finals, Silverstone Nigel Mansell B.R.D.C. Vandervell British Formula 3 Championship, Rd 7 - Entered by Alan McKechnie Racing - 4th
9th October III Gran Premio Campagnano, Vallelunga Laurent Ferrier, FIA European Championship, Rd 14 & Campionato Italiano, Rd 3 - Entered by Laurent Ferrier - 14th
16th October Donington Park Nigel Mansell B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 15 - Entered by Alan McKechnie Racing - DNF
30th October Thruxton Nigel Mansell B.A.R.C. BP Super Visco British F3 Championship, Rd 16 - Entered by Alan McKechnie Racing - 10th
13th November B.A.R.C. Televised Meeting, Thruxton Nigel Mansell Gone in 60 Seconds Formula 3 Trophy - Entered by Alan McKechnie Racing - 5th
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1978

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
4th June Trophée de Bourgogne, Dijon-Prénois Jean-Pierre Traschel FIA European Championship, Rd 7 & Championnat de France, Rd 5 - Entered by Jean-Pierre Traschel - DNQ

1981

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
19th April Coupe de Pâques, Nogaro Jean-Pierre Traschel Championnat de France, Rd 1 - Entered by Jean-Pierre Traschel - DNA
10th May Trophée de Bourgogne, Dijon-Prénois Jean-Pierre Traschel Championnat de France, Rd 3 - Entered by Jean-Pierre Traschel - DNF(?)
4th July Coupe de Dijon - LXVII Grand Prix de France, Dijon-Prénois Jean-Pierre Traschel Championnat de France, Rd 6 - Entered by Jean-Pierre Traschel - DNF
26th July XII Trophée Paul Ricard Jean-Pierre Traschel Championnat de France, Rd 7 - Entered by Jean-Pierre Traschel - DNF
27th September XXXIX Grand Prix d'Albi Jean-Pierre Traschel Championnat de France, Rd 10 - Entered by Jean-Pierre Traschel - 10th
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