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THE LOLA T642

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After three successful Formula Ford 1600 designs, the T440, the T540 and the T640, the latter winning the prestigious Formula Ford Festival driven by Julian Bailey so the new car would need to keep up this successful momentum The new design, the T642 was, as can be seen in the Lola publicity below, just a refinement of the previous year's model taking advantage of a season's worth of development in Europe and the US.

In previous years much of the FFord 1600 production had gone to the US but the Festival win as well as winning the very competitive Townsend Thoresen FF1600 Championship saw over half the cars racing in the UK and Europe. The new car was a winner from the start taking twenty-five victories in the UK alone and winning the Townsend Thoresen FF1600 Championship for the second year and the RAC British FF1600 Championship, both going to Andrew Gilbert-Scott and Graham de Zille finishing top of the BP "Superfind" Junior FF1600 Championship. These results meant that the T642 won the RAC FF 1600 Manufacturers Championship.

One unusual T642 was HU 642E/54 which was fitted with an Opel engine at the factory and sold to the Irmscher Tuning company in Germany who are still operating today.

Year(s) of Construction: 1982/83

Total Built: 29 (17 to E spec)
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T642 CHAMPIONSHIP WINS

YEAR
CHAMPIONSHIP
WINNER(S)
NOTES
1983 RAC British FF1600 Championship Andrew Gilbert-Scott Lola T642E-Ford
1983 Townsend Thoresen FF1600 Championship Andrew Gilbert-Scott Lola T642E-Ford
1983 BP "Superfind" Junior FF1600 Championship Graham de Zille Lola T642E-Ford
1983 RAC FF 1600 Manufacturers Championship - Lola T642E-Ford


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T642 SIGNIFICANT RACE WINS


1983

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
6th March Brands Hatch Andrew Gilbert-Scott Round of the P&O Ferries FF1600 Championship
6th March Brands Hatch Andrew Gilbert-Scott Round of the Champion of Brands FF1600 Championship
13th March Thruxton Andrew Gilbert-Scott Round of the Townsend Thorensen FF1600 Championship
13th March Thruxton Andrew Gilbert-Scott Round of the Esso FF1600 Championship
20th March Brands Hatch Andrew Gilbert-Scott Round of the Townsend Thorensen FF1600 Championship
27th March Donington Andrew Gilbert-Scott Round of the P&O Ferries FF1600 Championship
27th March Donington Graham de Zille Round 1 of the BP "Superfind" Junior FF1600 Championship
1st April Oulton Park Andrew Gilbert-Scott Round of the Townsend Thorensen FF1600 Championship
4th April Castle Combe Andrew Gilbert-Scott Round of the Townsend Thorensen FF1600 Championship
10th April Brands Hatch John Pratt Round of the Townsend Thorensen FF1600 Championship
17th April Snetterton Andrew Gilbert-Scott Round of the P&O Ferries FF1600 Championship
17th April Snetterton John Pratt Round 5 of the RAC FF1600 Championship
2nd May Snetterton Graham de Zille Round 4 of the BP "Superfind" Junior FF1600 Championship
29th May Snetterton Graham de Zille Round 6 of the BP "Superfind" Junior FF1600 Championship
30th May Thruxton Andrew Gilbert-Scott Round of the P&O Ferries FF1600 Championship
12th June Silverstone Andrew Gilbert-Scott Round of the RAC FF1600 Championship
25th June Oulton Park John Pratt Round of the Townsend Thorensen FF1600 Championship
3rd July Snetterton Graham de Zille Round 8 of the BP "Superfind" Junior FF1600 Championship
23rd July Oulton Park Andrew Gilbert-Scott Round of the RAC FF1600 Championship
7th August Snetterton Graham de Zille Round 9 of the BP "Superfind" Junior FF1600 Championship
7th August Snetterton Graham de Zille Round of the Champion of Snetterton FF1600 Championship
21st August Snetterton Andrew Gilbert-Scott Round of the Townsend Thorensen FF1600 Championship
28th August Snetterton Graham de Zille Round 11 of the BP "Superfind" Junior FF1600 Championship
18th September Thruxton Graham de Zille Round 13 of the BP "Superfind" Junior FF1600 Championship
16th October Brands Hatch Gerrit van Kouwen Round of the Champion of Brands FF1600 Championship
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1984

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
14th October Brands Hatch - BRSCC Alexander Arbis Formula Ford 1600 Consolation Race
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