Argentine F2 Temporada Race
Buenos Aires, 22 Dec 1968
|1||Piers Courage||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#2 Frank Williams Racing Cars (see note 1)
|50||1h 37m 17.3s
|2||Jochen Rindt||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C [5-2] - Cosworth FVA
#30 Roy Winkelmann Racing (see note 2)
|50||1h 37m 27.9s
|3||Jo Siffert||(F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 68/F2 [T00 306] - Cosworth FVA
#18 Tecno Racing Team (see note 3)
|50||1h 37m 39.2s
|4||Jackie Oliver||(F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 48 [R1] - Cosworth FVA
#36 Gerry Kinnane (see note 4)
|50||1h 37m 45.7s
|5||Andrea de Adamich||(F2) 1.6-litre Ferrari Dino 166  6
#14 SpA Ferrari SEFAC
|50||1h 37m 49.3s
|6||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||(F2) 1.6-litre Matra MS7 [05?] - Cosworth FVA
#8 Matra Sports
|50||1h 38m 19.8s
|7||Henri Pescarolo||(F2) 1.6-litre Matra MS7 [06?] - Cosworth FVA
#10 Matra Sports
|50||1h 39m 6s
|8||Jorge Cupeiro||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#34 Jorge Cupeiro (see note 5)
|50||1h 39m 16.1s
|9||Juan Manuel Bordeu||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#4 Frank Williams Racing Cars (see note 6)
|50||1h 39m 25.7s
|10||Andrea Vianini||(F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 68/F2 [T00 304] - Cosworth FVA
#22 Oscar Berta (see note 7)
|50||1h 39m 26.6s
|11||Alan Rees||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#32 Roy Winkelmann Racing (see note 8)
|12||Jonathan Williams||(F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 68/F2 [T00 298] - Cosworth FVA
#26 Alejandro de Tomaso (see note 9)
|R||Carlos Reutemann||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#28 Edoardo Copello (see note 10)
|R||Oscar 'Cacho' Fangio||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#6 Frank Williams Racing Cars (see note 11)
|R||Oscar Franco||(F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 68/F2 [T00 288] - Cosworth FVA
#40 Ron Harris Racing (see note 12)
|R||Gianclaudio "Clay" Regazzoni||(F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 68/F2 [T00 284] - Cosworth FVA
#16 Tecno Racing Team (see note 13)
|27||gearbox (heat 2)|
|R||Ernesto "Tino" Brambilla||(F2) 1.6-litre Ferrari Dino 166  6
#12 SpA Ferrari SEFAC
|24||engine (heat 1)|
|R||Silvio Moser||(F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 68/F2 [T00 286] - Cosworth FVA
#24 Silvio Moser Racing Team (see note 14)
|R||Carlo Facetti||(F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 68/F2 [T00 270] - Cosworth FVA
#20 Tecno Racing Team (see note 15)
|6||gearbox (heat 1)|
|R||Carlos Marincovich||(F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 68/F2 [T00 290] - Cosworth FVA
#42 Ron Harris Racing (see note 16)
|5||oil leak (heat 1)|
|R||Pedro Rodriguez||(F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 68/F2 [T00 296] - Cosworth FVA
#38 Ron Harris Racing (see note 17)
|2||fuel injection (heat 1)|
All cars are 1.6-litre F2 unless noted.
|Qualifying information not available|
Notes on the cars:
- Brabham BT23C  (Piers Courage): The prototype BT23C was used at the end of the 1967 season by Jack Brabham and Frank Gardner and then sold to Frank Williams for Picko Troberg to drive, but not start, at Hockenheim in April 1968. It was then used briefly in F3 by Harry Stiller but wasn't seen again until October 1968 when Piers Courage took it over for the Albi F2 race, his regular BT23C/07 having been "sold to Tasmania" (Autosport 25 Oct 1968 p14). Then to Laurence Brownlie (Kelso, South Island, New Zealand), possibly leased by Williams, and raced in the 1969 Tasman series before returning to Europe for Graham McRae to drive in the 1969 F2 series, entered by Williams again. Not seen after July 1969 but reappeared in April 1970 when advertised by Bobby Howlings. Sold to Rodney Seow in Singapore but never raced. Traded together with Seow's Brabham BT9 to Mike Truter by 1980 and sold on to Brian Wilson (Australia) about 1983. Wilson imported the cars to Australia, had the BT23C restored and raced it in historic racing for more than 20 years. Sold to Chad Parrish (Sydney, Australia) early 2014.
- Brabham BT23C [5-2] (Jochen Rindt): New to Winkelmann Racing for Jochen Rindt to race in F2 in 1968, winning four of his first seven races. Driven by Vic Elford at at Monza in June and crashed. The car was rebuilt on a new chassis and Rindt won two more races later that year. To Ecurie Ecosse and raced by Graham Birrell in F2 in 1969. Ecurie Ecosse and Birrell had a BT30 for 1970 but the BT23C was raced in a libre at Ingliston in May when it was crashed. Sold in July to Stanley Robinson who fitted the engine, gearbox and suspension to the Unipower GT Group 6 car he raced with John Blanckley. The BT23C chassis was repaired some time around 1972 and sold to Joe Applegarth (Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham) who built it up using parts from BT23C/16 and fitted a pushrod Ford engine for Monoposto racing. Raced by Applegarth from 1973 until the end of 1977, competing in around 130 events, and then retained after Applegarth retired. Sold by him to Joe Willenpart (Scheibbs, Austria) in 2010.
- Tecno 68/F2 [T00 306] (Jo Siffert): New at the December 1968 Argentine Temporada as a works car for Jo Siffert but likely to have been the "brand new" spare car available for Clay Regazzoni at Vallelunga in October. Then a works entry for François Cévert in F2 in 1969, winning at Reims in June. Entered by Jolly Club for Giancarlo Gagliardi at two F2 races early in 1970 and then to Hervé Bayard for hillclimbs later in 1970. Bayard's car was described as "ex-Regazzoni" and a 1969 car, but identified by later owner Fred Marquet as chassis T00 306. Used in the 1971 French hillclimb series by Bayard with 1600cc FVA and 1800cc FVC engines. Then to Daniel Gache for 1972 and raced in the 1600cc G9 class. Unknown after the end of 1972 until acquired by Marquet from a M. Rabanel (Toulon, France) in 1987. Retained by Marquet in 2009.
- Lotus 48 [R1] (Jackie Oliver): Noted as the chassis number of Watson's Lotus 48 by Race Report at Thruxton 1969 and L'Amie's at Vallelunga 1969.
- Brabham BT23C  (Jorge Cupeiro): New to Jorge Cupeiro to be used in the F2 Argentine Temporada in December 1968. Sold to Xavier Perrot (Zürich, Switzerland) for 1969 and raced in the Swiss championship and in selected F2 races as a Squadra Tartaruga entry. To Kurt Buess (Gelterkinden) for 1970 and raced in hillclimbs in Switerland and France. Note that this is not the car bearing the identity 'BT23C/17' that was imported into New Zealand by Baron Robertson in 1970. Buess was last seen racing this car at Neubiberg 25 Oct 1970. Subsequent history unknown but quite possibly the "BT23C" raced by Heinz Schulthess (Corcelles) at the Gurnigel hill climb in Switzerland in September 1971. Schulthess kept the car for some time, eventually selling it to an unknown Swiss owner. It was acquired by Hans Peter in 2018, and started restoration.
- Brabham BT23C  (Juan Manuel Bordeu): New to Frank Williams Racing Cars intended for Juan Manuel Bordeu to race in the F2 Argentine Temporada in December 1968. Retained by Williams for 1969 and raced for him by Piers Courage until his new BT30 was delivered. Earlier suggestions that this car was used by Gagliardi and Marcello Gallo in F3 in 1969 do not now appear to be correct. Sold to Alistair Walker and entered by him for Jacky Ickx to race late 1969, for Walker himself at Thruxton early 1970 and then in the Japanese GP at Fuji in May. Sold to Walter Kinnear (Gilford, County Down, Northern Ireland), fitted with a 1600cc Ford twin cam and raced by him in Irish libre racing from September 1970 to the end of the 1972 season. To John Blades (Whitley Bay, Northumberland) in part-exchange for Blades' Lotus 69 and advertised for sale by Blades in 1973. Sold to Joe Applegarth (Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham) who used parts from this car on his Monoposto Formula BT23C/5.
- Tecno 68/F2 [T00 304] (Andrea Vianini): A brand new Tecno-FVA taken to the Argentine Temporada in December 1968 for local driver Andrea Vianini. Brought back into the factory Tecno team for 1969 and driven by Nanni Galli in the 1969 F2 series. Taken over by Clay Regazzoni at the Albi GP in September 1969 and crashed into the Armco on the opening lap of the race. Not seen again.
- Brabham BT23C  (Alan Rees): New to Winkelmann Racing for Alan Rees to race in F2 in 1968 but also raced by Gerhard Mitter at Hockenheim in October. To Bill Ivey for 1969 and entered for him in F2 races by Paul Watson Racing Organisation (PWRO). To Brian Cullen (Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland) in August 1969 and he raced it in a F5000 race and in libre in 1969, in European F2 events in 1970, and at Bogotá in early 1971. Entered by Irish Racing Team for Lingard Goulding at Mondello Park in July 1971 and then maybe the BT23C raced by Ted Shanahan (Dublin) over the next two months and also possibly the BT23C raced by Roy Courtney (Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland) in local clubmans/club specials racing in 1972. To Harold McGarrity (Belfast) for 1973 and raced in Formula Ireland with a 1.6-litre Holbay engine. To Paddy Heron for 1974 and raced in clubmans and in Formula Atlantic. For sale from Glengormley in 1975 and entered by Belfast car dealer Noel Crymble for Chris Stanfield to race at Kirkistown a couple of times until the Holbay pushrod engine blew up. Next seen when bought from Ireland by Mark Raymont who still had it in the late 1980s with a Holbay engine and Hewland Mk 8 gearbox. Sold to Steve Worrad of Maverick Motorsport around 2002 and restored by him. For sale by Maverick in 2004 and sold the following year via the Bonhams auction at RAF Hendon to Joe Willenpart (Scheibbs, Austria).
- Tecno 68/F2 [T00 298] (Jonathan Williams): Bought by Alejandro de Tomaso late in the 1968 season and much modified by the time it was taken to the Argentine Temporada at the end that year where it was raced by Jonathan Williams. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT23C  (Carlos Reutemann): New to the Argentinean newspaper 'La Razón' for the F2 Argentine Temporada in December 1968 where it was prepared by Oreste Berta and driven by Eduardo Copello and, in the final race, Carlos Reutemann. Still with Berta in December 1971. Subsequent history unknown but said to have been retained for many years by Berta. Found in a warehouse in Buenos Aires and acquired in 1988 by Phil Harris (Powell, OH), who restored it and used it in US vintage racing. Harris also found and restored BT23C/7 for Bobby Rahal and is reported to be the same person who originally straightened out BT23C/7 in New Zealand after its original accident.
- Brabham BT23C  (Oscar 'Cacho' Fangio): New to Frank Williams Racing Cars intended for the F2 Argentine Temporada in December 1968 where it was to be raced by Carlos Alberto Pairetti. The car was car damaged by fire before official practice at the first race and did not start. After missing the second race for repairs, Pairetti raced it at San Juan but retired. It was taken over by Oscar Fangio for the final race. According to Carlos Lioni, the car remained in Argentina and in 1970 was acquired by Vicente Formisano & ANRI SRL, remaining with him until 1979 when it was acquired by Alberto Quiroga (Tres Arroyos, Argentina). In 2012, it was acquired from Quiroga by Carlos Lioni, who also owns a BT30.
- Tecno 68/F2 [T00 288] (Oscar Franco): One of a pair of Tecnos run by Ron Harris Racing from June 1968 onwards, replacing the team's unsuccessful Protos-FVAs. Used by team drivers Pedro Rodriguez, Richard Attwood, Eric Offenstadt and Jonathan Williams. Taken to the Argentine Temporada at the end that year where it was allocated to Carlos Reutemann. When Reutemann moved to race a Brabham BT23C at the last round, the Tecno was taken over by Oscar Franco. The "ex-Reutemann" Temporada car was later used by John Rae in libre with an Atlantic spec BRM Ford twin-cam. Subsequent history unknown.
- Tecno 68/F2 [T00 284] (Gianclaudio "Clay" Regazzoni): When the Tecno team took three cars to the Argentine Temporada at the end of 1968, Motoring News noted that Clay Regazzoni's car, 'T00 284', was "his regular car". Presumed to have been his car from Pau (April 1968) onwards. Subsequent history unknown.
- Tecno 68/F2 [T00 286] (Silvio Moser): Bought by Charles Vögele for Silvio Moser (Lugano, Switzerland) to race in European F2 and Swiss Championship events in 1968. Also taken to the Argentine Temporada at the end that year. Sold to Roland Binder (Esslingen, Germany) and used in F2 in 1969, 1970 and 1971. According to later owner Oliver Heschl- Gillespie, the Tecno went to Bernd Burger (Rüsselsheim, Germany) and was converted to a Group 7 sports car using a KMW body as the "Burger P3", still with its 1600cc Cosworth FVA. Burger raced it in German national racing 1973 and 1974 after which the rolling chassis was sold to Karl Langjahr (Darmstadt, Germany) who fitted a Porsche engine and raced it in Interserie and national events as a Tecno-Porsche until 1980. Then to Bernd Becker (Idar-Oberstein, Germany) who only wanted the engine. The car continued via Kurt Henn (Idar-Oberstein, Germany) to Christina Berthold (Nürnberg, Germany) who raced it briefly with a new Porsche engine at which point it was sold to the Rosso Bianco Collection (Aschaffenburg, Germany). Sold by the museum in 1999, it passed via an Viennese Porsche dealer to Olivier Heschl-Gillespie (Vienna, Austria) who had it restored by Karl Langjahr to its 1974 specification.
- Tecno 68/F2 [T00 270] (Carlo Facetti): The "usual car" of Carlo Facetti in 1968 and in the Argentine Temporada at the end of that season. Entered by Scuderia Picchio Rosso for Facetti at a couple of races in 1969 and for Gianpaolo Benedini on four occasions in 1970. Subsequent history unknown.
- Tecno 68/F2 [T00 290] (Carlos Marincovich): After ther failure of the Protos F2 project, Ron Harris Racing bought a pair of Tecnos with the first of these debuting at Crystal Palace 3 Jun 1968 where it was raced by Pedro Rodriguez. Used later in the season by team drivers Richard Attwood, Eric Offenstadt and Jonathan Williams. Taken to the Argentine Temporada at the end that year where it was allocated to Carlos Marincovich. Subsequent history unknown but if it is correct that T00 288 went to Britain for libre racing and that T00 296 went to Daniel Rouveyran for French hillclimbs, then T00 290 must be the "ex-Harris" car that went to Patrick Champin for 1969 and then to Max Bonnin for 1970.
- Tecno 68/F2 [T00 296] (Pedro Rodriguez): In September 1968, Ron Harris Racing bought a third Tecno to expand the team of cars they had been running since June. This third car debuted at Albi and was the taken to the Argentine Temporada at the end that year where it was raced by Pedro Rodriguez. Subsequent history unknown but possibly the car driven by Daniel Rouveyran in French hillclimbs in 1969, a car described by Autosport in early 1970 as "ex-Harris/Williams". Rouveyran raced his Tecno with great success in 1969 and 1970, after which it went to Jean Lapierre who raced it extensively in 1971, still with its 1600cc FVA engine.
The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' original results.
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Individual sources for this event
Autosport 3 Jan 1969 pp12-13.