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Rad Dougall

Full Name:
Robert Anthony "Rad" Dougall
7th September 1951 (Age 68)
Johannesburg, Gauteng
South African
Most recent race (in database):

Born in South Africa to Scottish parents, Rad Dougall started racing in 1971 at Kyalami and showed enough promise to stop working as a development engineer and turn professional. He moved to England in January 1975 for a season with Royale in British Formula Ford 1600 when raw but fast.

There were accidents aplenty but he won nine times and was third in the MCD/National Organs FF1600 Championship. However, his progress came to an abrupt halt early in 1976 when he fractured both ankles after crashing head-on at Mallory Park’s hairpin.

Formula Ford 2000 and F3 with Toleman

Dougall returned in Formula Ford 2000 by the end of the season, now with support from Ted Toleman’s haulage company. He dominated the 1977 British FF2000 scene – winning both the Lord’s Taverners and British Air Ferries titles with a Royale RP25.

Toleman also bought an ex-Derek Warwick Chevron B38 for the South African to make his Formula 3 debut at Mallory in September but Dougall struggled.

European Formula 2 and Le Mans

No matter, Dougall graduated to Formula 2 with a Toleman Group March 782-BMW and his debut at Thruxton in 1978 was most promising. He qualified on the front row and finished third but his form faded on unfamiliar tracks and he twice failed to qualify.

Toleman also entered Le Mans that year and its Osella PA6-BMW led the 2000cc Group Six class before a puncture at Tertre Rouge caused Dieter Quester to have the biggest accident of his career. It was Dougall’s only sports car start.

He started 1979 with the year-old F2 March (now Hart powered) and finished second at Hockenheim before easily beating the newer cars at Thruxton. That Easter Monday race was televised live on BBC Grandstand – a rarity at the time – and Dougall enjoyed a brief moment in the spotlight. However, while team-mate Brian Henton fought for the title, Dougall’s form slumped once more despite switching to a new Ralt RT2-Hart.

He was fifth in the 1979 F2 standings but was released by Toleman. Instead, he drove Manfred Cassani’s new Ralt RT4-BMW in 1980 although the car was completed late and never really sorted. A disgruntled Dougall left the cash-strapped team after another frustrating race at Silverstone.

British Touring Car Championship

Derek Warwick, his replacement at Toleman, won that day and later entered Formula 1 with the team. That was Dougall’s last race at this level. He finished third in a Toleman-sponsored Ford Capri at Brands Hatch that August Bank Holiday but it was a one-off appearance in the British Touring Car Championship and Dougall retired from the sport.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1982 Tricentrol British Saloon Car Championship 19th 18
1980 European F2 Championship
Uher Cassani Racing Team
3 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
1980 All-Japan F2 Championship 13th 6
1979 European F2 Championship
Toleman Group Motorsport
12 1 2 1
9% win rate
5th 19
1978 European F2 Championship
Toleman Group Motorsport
9 (2) 0 1 0
0% win rate
13th 5