The 1970s in Formula 1 was the Golden Age for private entrants. There were many options to buy a good performing car, a lot of drivers to hire, a feasible financial regulations to enter at the top level of single-seater racing. One of the customer private team of the 70s which tried to progress as a full-fledged F1 constructor was the RAM Racing. The team was formed in 1975 by Mike Ralph and John Macdonald, with RAM derived from their names. 1976 was the first season for RAM. The team entered Macdonald in a GRD in British F3, Alan Jones in a March in Formula 5000 and also bought a pair of Brabham BT44B to enter in Formula One. The BT44B was run by the Brabham works team in 1975 achieving 2 victories (in hands of Carlos Pace in Brazil and Carlos Reutemann in Germany) and bringing the 2nd place in the Constructors’ Championship for Brabham Martini Racing. Brabham replaced it with BT45 for 1976 and BT44B were sold to RAM Racing. Not the bad equipment to start for privateer, isn’t it? RAM ran BT44B for the variety of drivers in 1976 including Loris Kessel, Emilio de Villota, Patrick Nève, Jac Nellemann, Damien Magee, Lella Lombardi and Bob Evans, none of whom had much success. Swiss Loris Kessel drove BT44B for RAM in 5 World Championship events in 1976 and finished only once in 12th position at the Belgian Grand Prix. By the way, it was the best result for RAM that year repeated by Lella Lombardi in Austria.
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