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Richard Robarts

22nd September 1944 (Age 76)
Bicknacre, Essex
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Richard Robarts was an Essex farmer who first raced an Aston Martin Lagonda in 1969 before ending the year in Formula Ford. He continued in that latter category with modest success and became a fulltime racing driver in 1973.

That was in Formula 3 when initially armed with a GRD 373. He won twice in the car before switching to the more prevalent March 733 chassis to win the final two races of a surprisingly impressive year. Another two wins followed and Robarts finished as a close runner-up behind Tony Brise in the 1973 Lombard British F3 Championship.

Formula 1 with Brabham and Williams

Robarts graduated to Formula 1 for the first three Grands Prix of 1974 with the Brabham team before being replaced by the better-funded Ricky von Opel having failed to shine. He had a one-off return in Sweden with Williams but did not start when team-mate Tom Belsø requisitioned his car after crashing in the warm-up.

He drove in the occasional sports car race during 1975 and attempted a season of Formula 2 a year later with a March 752-Ford backed by loyal sponsors Myson. Unfortunately a huge accident at Vallelunga destroyed the car and broke his nose. Robarts returned with a Hart-powered 762 but his low-budget campaign was no more successful.

An infrequent competitor in various national events until 1978, he later established a coach-building company when his brief racing career was over.

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