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  Chevron B19 Cosworth

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1971
Numbers built:35
Designed by:Derek Bennett
Predecessor:Chevron B16 Cosworth
Successor:Chevron B21 BMW
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 13, 2009
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAlthough no winner straight out of the box, the B16 Spyder was hugely successful in the final months of 1970. With Redman in top form behind the wheel, it won the European Two-Litre Championship race at Spa and subsequently dominated the Springbok Cup in South Africa. Having just announced his retirement from racing, Redman simply could not stop winning. For the 1971 season Chevron introduced the B19, which was basically the production version of the B16 Spyder. After Redman's stunning run in the B16 it was hardly surprising that the demand for the new racing car was incredibly high. No fewer than 35 examples were produced, making it the fastest selling Chevron to date.

As mentioned earlier the B19 took a class victory at its debut. This was the start of a highly successful season with numerous overall and class victories. Among the many noteworthy B19 drivers were future world champions Jody Scheckter and Niki Lauda as well as Brian Redman whose retirement had lasted just three months. The main opposition came from the Italian Osella-Abarths and the latest Lolas. Consistency of Lola driver Helmut Marko eventually brought him the European Two-Litre Championship ahead of a host of Chevron drivers. During the end of the year Springbok series, experimenting with new, larger Cosworth engines cost Chevron dearly. Although blisteringly fast, the engines proved rarely reliable, helping Lola win this championship as well.

Amidst work on new Formula 2 and Formula 5000 single seaters, Bennett developed the B19 into the B21 for the 1972 season. Unusually the B21 did not win its first race but it did score some notable successes shortly after. Dieter Quester drove a BMW engined B21 to victory at the Salzburgring round of the European Championship and John Hine and John Bridges scored a remarkable third overall and first in class at the Spa 1000 km. That was Chevron's best result in a World Championship round. Victory that day was for Redman and Arturo Merzario in a three-litre Ferrari. Hine and Bridges took another class win during the Nürburgring 1000 km race. Lola had launched the brand new T290 for the 1972 season, which was more than a match for the B21 on pace, so something had to be done.

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