Hitachi Grand Prix
Mantorp Park, 6 Aug 1972
|1||Mike Hailwood||1850cc Surtees TS10  - Ford BDA Hart
#6 Matchbox Team Surtees (see note 1)
|2||Jean-Pierre Jabouille||1850cc March 722  - Ford BDA Hart
#18 ELF Coombs Racing (see note 2)
|3||Jean-Pierre Jaussaud||1850cc Brabham BT38 [‘33’ as 18-2] - Ford BDA Hart
#11 A.S.C.A. (see note 3)
|4||Brett Lunger||1798cc March 722  - Cosworth BDE
#32 Space Racing (see note 4)
|5||Carlos Ruesch||1850cc Surtees TS10  - Ford BDA Hart
#8 Matchbox Team Surtees (see note 5)
|6||Carlos Reutemann||1970cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Rondel/Itoh
#9 Motul Rondel Racing (see note 6)
|7||Mike Beuttler||1960cc March 722 ["18"] - Ford BDA RES
#16 Clarke-Mordaunt Team (see note 7)
|8||Reine Wisell||1927cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Racing Services
#4 Motul Rondel Racing (see note 8)
|9||Tetsu Ikuzawa||1850cc GRD 272 [020-F2] - Ford BDA Hart
#5 GRS International (see note 9)
|R||Peter Gethin||1900cc Chevron B20 [72-2] - Ford BDA Smith
#19 Chevron Racing Team (see note 10)
|R||Bob Wollek||1927cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Racing Services
#10 Motul Rondel Racing (see note 11)
|R||Jody Scheckter||1927cc McLaren M21 [M21-72-01] - Ford BDA Racing Services
#15 Impact Group (see note 12)
|R||Adrian Wilkins||1850cc March 722  - Ford BDA Hart
#39 John Coombs Racing (see note 13)
|R||Patrick Depailler||1900cc March 722  - Ford BDA Smith
#17 ELF Coombs Racing
|R||Tim Schenken||1927cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Racing Services
#44 Motul Rondel Racing (see note 14)
|R||Ronnie Peterson||1850cc March 722  - Ford BDA Hart
#2 STP March Engineering (see note 15)
|R||Richard Scott||1798cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Richardson
#37 Richard Scott (see note 16)
|R||Niki Lauda||1927cc March 722  - Ford BDA RES
#1 STP March Engineering (see note 17)
|R||Gerry Birrell||1850cc March 722  - Ford BDA Hart
#38 Sports Motors Manchester
|R||John Watson||1850cc Tui BH2 - Ford BDA Hart
#27 Alan McCall Team Tui
|R||José Dolhem||1990cc March 722  - Ford BDA Armaroli
#24 Ecurie Shell-Arnold (see note 18)
|R||Patrick Dal Bo||1927cc Pygmée MDB17  - Ford BDA Pygmée
#20 [Construction Mechaniques Pygmee]
(see note 19)
|DNS||Reine Wisell||1860cc GRD 272 [016-F2] - Ford BDA Wood
GRS International (see note 20)
|Did not start
(raced Rondel Brabham BT38 instead)
|DNSC||Hiroshi Kazato||1798cc March 722  - Ford BDA Broadspeed
#40 Peter Bloore Racing (see note 21)
|Did not start (crashed)|
|DNQ||Tom Belsø||1798cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Steele
#26 Team Viking (see note 22)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||David Purley||1927cc March 722  - Ford BDA RES
#25 LEC Refrigeration Racing (see note 23)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Adam Potocki||1850cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Hart
#12 A.S.C.A. (see note 24)
|Did not qualify|
|T||Mike Hailwood||1850cc Surtees TS10  - Ford BDA Hart
Matchbox Team Surtees (see note 25)
|(Only used in practice)|
All cars are 2-litre F2 unless noted.
|1||Peter Gethin||1900cc Chevron B20 [72-2] - Ford BDA Smith||1m 25.6s|
|2||Ronnie Peterson||1850cc March 722  - Ford BDA Hart||1m 26.4s|
|3||Patrick Depailler||1900cc March 722  - Ford BDA Smith||1m 26.5s|
|4||Mike Hailwood||1850cc Surtees TS10  - Ford BDA Hart|
|5||Carlos Reutemann||1970cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Rondel/Itoh|
|6||Jody Scheckter||1927cc McLaren M21 [M21-72-01] - Ford BDA Racing Services||1m 26.7s|
|7||Tim Schenken||1927cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Racing Services||1m 26.7s|
|8||Gerry Birrell||1850cc March 722  - Ford BDA Hart||1m 26.8s|
|9||José Dolhem||1990cc March 722  - Ford BDA Armaroli||1m 27.3s|
|10||Jean-Pierre Jabouille||1850cc March 722  - Ford BDA Hart|
|11||Bob Wollek||1927cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Racing Services|
|12||Reine Wisell||1927cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Racing Services||1m 27.6s|
|13||Mike Beuttler||1960cc March 722 ["18"] - Ford BDA RES|
|14||Richard Scott||1798cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Richardson||1m 27.9s|
|15||Tetsu Ikuzawa||1850cc GRD 272 [020-F2] - Ford BDA Hart||1m 28.0s|
|16||Patrick Dal Bo||1927cc Pygmée MDB17  - Ford BDA Pygmée||1m 28.5s|
|17||Jean-Pierre Jaussaud||1850cc Brabham BT38 [‘33’ as 18-2] - Ford BDA Hart||1m 28.8s|
|18||Brett Lunger||1798cc March 722  - Cosworth BDE||1m 29.1s|
|19||Adrian Wilkins||1850cc March 722  - Ford BDA Hart||1m 29.2s|
|20||Carlos Ruesch||1850cc Surtees TS10  - Ford BDA Hart||1m 29.2s|
|-||John Watson||1850cc Tui BH2 - Ford BDA Hart|
|-||Niki Lauda||1927cc March 722  - Ford BDA RES|
|-||Tom Belsø *||1798cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Steele|
|-||David Purley *||1927cc March 722  - Ford BDA RES|
|-||Adam Potocki *||1850cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Hart|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- Surtees TS10  (Mike Hailwood): New for Mike Hailwood to race as a works entry in the 1972 F2 series as a works Team Surtees entry. Hailwood won at Mantorp Park and Salzburgring in this car, and also finished second at Crystal Palace, Rouen, the Österreichring and Hockenheim in October to secure a deserved championship. He also won one race at Interlagos in November during the Torneio do Brasil, The car was not seen in 1973, but reappeared in 1974 with Richard Jones (Stroud, Gloucestershire) for hillclimbs. Raced regularly by Jones in 1975 and 1976 with a 2-litre Hart engine, and then in 1977 with a turbocharged Hart, although he soon returned to a regular engine. To Channel Islander Maurice Ogier for 1978, and used in the 1600cc class of French hillclimbs. Then to Dave Allen (Crewe, Cheshire), and raced in British Formula Atlantic in 1979. Next seen hillclimbed by Peter Bromage in the 1980s, then sold to Don Wood, and seen again shortly after when sold by dealer Straight Six to the US in 1991. Raced by Gil Nickel (Oakville, CA) in west coast historic events in the late 1990s. Nickel died in 2003, but the car has been retained by his family in the car collection at Nickel's Far Niente Winery in Oakville.
- March 722  (Jean-Pierre Jabouille): New to the ELF Coombs Racing team for 1972, and raced in F2 by Jean-Pierre Jabouille and François Cevert. Sold to Roy Courtney (Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland) for 1973 and fitted with a 1600cc Cosworth BDA, but only seen rarely in Irish racing. To Tony Martin (Dun Laoire, County Dublin, Ireland) for 1974, and raced in Irish Formula Atlantic until crashed heavily at Mondello Park in August. Then sold via AW 'Monkey' Brown to Mike Gue by 1976, then to Lew Wright some time around 1978, and then to Peter Denty in 1984. Denty sold it via Ted Walker to Mike Jones, who ran it in Sprints in the north of England in the early 1990s. Jones died in 2004, and the car was sold by his Estate to Todd Willing (Melbourne, Australia) in 2006.
- Brabham BT38 [‘33’ as 18-2] (Jean-Pierre Jaussaud): A "new chassis" replacing the ASCA team's Brabham BT38 wrecked by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud at Rouen. It was raced by teammate Adam Potocki at Imola, where Potocki failed to qualify, and was then Jaussaud's car for the rest of the season. ASCA entered Jaussaud in the Brazilian F2 Torneio, but he was involved in the startline accident at the second Interlagos race, and the Brabham was badly damaged. According to Chris Townsend's research, this car was acquired by Fred Opert Racing and raced by Héctor Rebaque in the Caracas Formula B race in March 1973, then by Brian Robertson in the JAF Grand Prix in May 1973. It's not clear what else Opert used it for in 1973, but in January 1974, he sold it to John Bernardine (Tulsa, OK) for SCCA Formula B. Then to Warren Pauge (Hacienda Heights, CA) in August 1975, replacing his well-used Brabham BT21. Pauge retained the BT38 for many years, even running it as a Can-Am car once in 1982. After he finally stopped racing it in 1988, he sold it to Marc Bahner, then it went to George Steven in 1992, Tom Stapleton about 2008, and Paul Skilowitz (Stuart, FL) in 2016.
- March 722  (Brett Lunger): Chassis number given MN 16 Mar 72 p11 for the car of Brett Lunger, run by Space Racing in the 1972 European F2 Championship. This plate is now on a car in South Africa, with tub AM72X-97. The history traced by Ian Hebblethwaite suggests that this was the car of Gary Ainscough in 1976-7. According to an interview with Ainscough in the Rhodesia Herald in 1976 he says he imported the car in 1974 and built it up to Atlantic spec from the original 732.
- Surtees TS10  (Carlos Ruesch): A new car built to replace the TS10/03 wrecked by Carlos Reusch at Pau in May, and raced by him as a Team Surtees entry during the 1972 F2 season. Reusch retired after two races of the Torneio do Brasil, and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud drove the car in the final Interlagos race. Sold to Geoff Friswell for 1973, and converted to Formula Atlantic specification, but the Clubmen's expert had a poor run of results, which ended at Mallory Park in May when he spun off at Gerards and badly damaged the car. Friswell acquired a new March 73B to replace it. The subsequent history of the wreck is not known, but its tub was later with Dave Allen as a spare for his TS10/01, and was still in its company when TS10/01 was sold by Peter Bromage to Don Wood in the late 1980s.
- Brabham BT38  (Carlos Reutemann): New for Motul Rondel Racing in May 1972, replacing BT38/11, and raced by Carlos Reutemann. Also raced by Gerry Birrell at Albi, when Reutemann was away racing in the Canadian GP. Raced by Ronnie Peterson in the Brazilian F2 series. Sold by Rondel to Tom Klausler (Palatine, IL) for Formula B in 1973, and won at Trois-Rivières in September. Then to Roy Witz (Arlington Heights, IL) for 1974, then John Kowalski (Berea, OH) for Formula Atlantic in 1975. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 722 ["18"] (Mike Beuttler): New to Mike Beuttler, and entered by Clarke-Mordaunt Team for him to race in F2 in 1972. Consistently reported at the time to be chassis 722-18, but the same chassis number was also reported for John Smith's car in Ireland. Reportedly used as a test bed for the new BMW F2 engine at the end of 1972. Not seen in 1973, but reappeared in 1974 as the "HRS 732" entered by Anglo Swiss Racing Team for Gillian Orchard to race in Formula Atlantic. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT38  (Reine Wisell): New for Motul Rondel Racing in 1972, and raced by Bob Wollek, Henri Pescarolo (who won at Enna-Pergusa), and others. One of a group of cars sold to South Africa after the Torneio do Brasil. Raced by Jackie Pretorius in 1973, using an Alan Smith Cosworth FVC, then to John Amm for 1974. Converted to Formula Atlantic and raced again by Amm in 1976. Then unknown until reportedly located by Thomas Koch in South Africa some time around 1997-1999, and imported to the US. Then sold to Terry Allard (Denver, CO) some time before 2005.
- GRD 272 [020-F2] (Tetsu Ikuzawa): New for Tetsu Ikuzawa to drive in F2 in 1972 as a GRS International entry. For 1973, the car was sold to hillclimber Ken MacMaster (Stourbridge, Worcestershire) and fitted with a 1600cc Hart BDA for hillclimbs. Retained for 1974. MacMaster acquired a Modus M4 for 1975, and the subsequent history of the GRD is unknown.
- Chevron B20 [72-2] (Peter Gethin): Chevron Racing Team entry in Formula 2 in 1972, raced by Peter Gethin and Vic Elford. Gethin won at Pau in early May. Also raced by John Watson with a 1900cc Cosworth FVC in the Rothmans 5000. Unlikely to be the car leased by Ed Reeves for David Morgan to race in the Torneio do Brasil. However, Tony Martin did a deal in South America to buy three F2 cars for South African racing in 1973, and it is likely that as the Morgan Chevron had been damaged, the older ex-Gethin works F2 car was substituted. Raced by Martin in 1973, when it was fitted with a 2-litre BDA and later a FVC engine. Raced by Glenn Martin a few times in 1974.
- Brabham BT38  (Bob Wollek): New for Motul Rondel Racing at Hockenheim in mid-April 1972, and raced all season by Bob Wolleck. Raced once by Carlos Reutemann at Enna. Sold to Bill O'Connor (Highland Park, IL) for Formula B for 1973. To Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) for 1974, then fitted with a Cosworth BDA for 1975, 1976 and 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
- McLaren M21 [M21-72-01] (Jody Scheckter): New for Jody Scheckter to race in the 1972 F2 series as a works Bruce McLaren Motor Racing entry (won at Crystal Palace in May). Sold to Yves Martin (Rennes, France) and used in French hillclimbs during 1973 and 1974. Crashed heavily at Montgueux in September 1974. Rebuilt during 1975 with new bodywork and entered for Gilles Péquegnot as the Guépard in the last few months of the 1975 season. Sold to Didier Bonnet (Besançon, France) for 1976, and fitted with a 1600cc engine. The later history of this car is unknown. Note that the three cars restored in the 1990s are all believed to be Trojan-built cars, and none are the ex-Scheckter car.
- March 722  (Adrian Wilkins): New for Adrian Wilkins to race in F2 in 1972 as a John Coombs Racing entry. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT38  (Tim Schenken): Brand new for Motul Rondel Racing at Oulton Park at the end of March 1972, and raced there by Tim Schenken, who finished second. For Schenken again at Thruxton a few days later, then for Derek Bell at Nürburgring at the end of April, by Jean Max at Pau, and by Jean-Pierre Beltoise at Crystal Palace and Rouen. Schenken used the car for the rest of the season, winning at Hockenheim in October. Sold to John Powell (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) for Formula B in 1973. Sold to Bob Schutt (Kirkwood, MO) at Watkins Glen at the end of 1973, and used by him in Mid West Division FB racing. According to Chris Townsend, this may be BT38 of Mike Orgel (St Louis, MO) in Mid West Division FB 1978-80. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 722  (Ronnie Peterson): New for the works STP March Engineering team, and driven by Ronnie Peterson (who won the opening race at Mallory Park, and at Oulton Park in September) and Jochen Mass (who won at the Nürburgring). Raced by Silvio Montenegro in the Torneio do Brasil. Sold to Guy Tunmer (Sandton, South Africa) and raced in the F2 class of the South African national championship in 1973. Then to André Verwey (Johannesburg, South Africa) and fitted with a Nicholson BDA for the new Formula Atlantic rules in 1976. Also raced by Mervyn Tunmer in 1976. Subsequently to Rembrandt Group (South Africa) as show car until 1979 when sold to Andreas Paulsen (Sweden). To Henning Bitsch (Denmark) 1999. To Andrew Thorpe (Huddersfield, West Yorkshire) 2010.
- Brabham BT38  (Richard Scott): Brand new for Richard Scott at Oulton Park at the end of March 1972, and used by him through the 1972 F2 season. To Alan Padgett (Pocklington, East Riding of Yorkshire) for 1973, fitted with an 1850cc Cosworth BDE and used in hillclimbs. To David Baumforth (North Newbald, East Riding of Yorkshire) for hillclimbs and prints in 1974, then to John Hinley (Knowle, Warwickshire) for sprints in 1975. It was acquired by Tony Griffiths (Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands) for 1976, then to chef Paul Edwards (London), who used it extensively in sprints in 1977 and 1978. To Ron Cumming (Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) for 1979.
- March 722  (Niki Lauda): New for STP-March number two driver Niki Lauda for F2 in 1972 (won at Oulton Park in March), then for Pedro de Lamare in Torneio do Brasil. To Robert Cooper (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire) for Formula Atlantic 1973, and rebuilt mid-season to 73B spec. Retained for early 1974, then sold to Dairmuid McFeeley (Clonee, Dunboyne, County Meath) for Irish Formula Atlantic in 1974, 1975 and early 1976. To John Ledlie in 1976, then sold to Richard Lester (Yoxall, Staffordshire) for sprints from 1978 to 1984. Via four other owners to John Gale (Sydney, Australia) 2006. Sold to Steve Weller (Sydney, Australia) in 2017.
- March 722  (José Dolhem): New to Ecurie Shell-Arnold for F2 in 1972, and raced by Jean-Pierre Jarier, Jean-Pierre Beltoise, and José Dolhem. Sold to Yves Courage for 1973, and raced by him in French hillclimbs with a 1798cc Cosworth BDE. To Roland Davril for 1974, but his season was ended early when his engine injected a stone. To Robert Lucet for 1975, now equipped with a 1930cc BDE, and retained by him for 1976, and for 1977, when it was described as a March 742/752. Retained again for 1978, but now in the 1600cc class with a Cosworth engine. Advertised in October 1978. Subsequent history unknown.
- Pygmée MDB17  (Patrick Dal Bo): New to the BERT team for Patrick Dal Bo to race in the 1972 F2 series. Dal Bo was fourth in the first race of the season, but had a series of failures to qualify, often caused by engine failures. The car was sold to Georges Schäfer for 1973, and used in occasional F2 races, rounds of the Swiss championship, and French hillclimbs for the next three seasons, using a Cosworth BDE engine. It appears that it was updated for 1974 with revised bodywork and given the chassis plate "MDB19 - 03 -74". Gérard Gamand's book shows this as the Pygmée owned by Roger Martini (Girond, Aquitaine) from 1979 to 1983, although Martini believed he had owned the ex-Pace car. According to Gamand, the car then passed via two other French owners, 'Legeay' and 'Sutter' to Roland Perrin in 1988, by which time it had acquired odd square sidepods and a Martini nose, and the steelwork had been painted a fetching orange. Bought by Peter Morley in Belgium in 2005, then to Gamand in April 2007, who completely restored the car in 2008-09. On display at Epoqu'auto in Lyon in November 2009. Raced by Gamand in Historic F2 in 2010 and 2012. On display on the Autodiva stand at Epoqu'Auto in November 2013.
- GRD 272 [016-F2] (Reine Wisell): New for 1972, and entered in F2 by GRS International for a variety of drivers, including Reine Wisell, Tom Walkinshaw and Alan Jones. Rented to Wheatcroft Racing for Roger Williamson to drive in Formula Atlantic at the end of the season. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 722  (Hiroshi Kazato): New to Hiroshi Kazato, and run for him in European F2 by Peter Bloore Racing. The car disappeared at the end of 1972, but March records show that it was sold to a "J. T. Gridley" of Tooting, south London. It is then said to have been owned by an Englishman who planned to use it in French hillclimbs, but only to seize the engine and abandon it. It was acquired by Ted Walker some time around 1987, still with Kazato's name on the wheels, and sold to Nigel Smith, who sold it on to Gerry Wainright, who sent it to Simon Hadfield for restoration. Hadfield raced it briefly in historic racing, before it was sold to Jim Bennett in Colorado, but he only raced it once. It was sold to Scott Meehan (Kamas, UT) in 2005, and restored with a Cosworth BDE engine. Sold to Andrew Gifford (Perth, Australia) in 2012.
- Brabham BT38  (Tom Belsø): Brand new for Tom Belsø at Oulton Park at the end of March 1972, entered by Team Viking. Raced by Belsø in F2 all season, then converted to Formula Atlantic for a couple of races late in the year. For sale during much of 1973, then to Tom Foster (Modesto, CA) for SCCA Formula B and ICSCC events from 1974 to 1977. Ron Householder (Portland, OR) then bought it for the engine, and sold the car in July 1978 to Kevin Skinner (Langley, BC, Canada). He won the ICSCC Formula B class in 1979, winning his class in seven races. In 2013, he still owned the car.
- March 722  (David Purley): New to David Purley and entered by Lec Refrigeration Racing for him in F2 in 1972. Retained for 1973, but converted to Formula Atlantic and run in the two British championships, winning five races. Raced by Dieter Quester at Macau at the end of 1973, who was said to have bought the "73B". Subsequent history unknown, but possibly sold in the Far East.
- Brabham BT38  (Adam Potocki): New to the French ASCA team, and first seen when driven by Count Adam Potocki at Hockenheim in mid-April 1972. After a few slow races with Potocki, this car was taken over by ASCA teammate Jean-Pierre Jaussaud for the Österreichring and Imola races, the Frenchman having wrecked his regular car at Rouen. It then returned to be Potocki's car to the end of the season.
- Surtees TS10  (Mike Hailwood): A new car built up for the Matchbox Team Surtees F2 team in mid-1972, and first raced by Dieter Quester at the Österreichring in early July. Raced later in the season by Carlos Pace, John Surtees and Mike Hailwood. It is almost certainly the car raced by Lian Duarté in the F2 Torneio do Brasil. Sold to Silvio Moser for 1973, repainted in Marlboro livery, and used regularly through the 1973 F2 season. Raced by Alberto Colombo at Vallelunga at the end of the season. According to Beat Schenker, Moser's mechanic, the Surtees was sold to a Mr Herber, from Ticino, who planned to use it in the Swiss national championship. Beat recalls that he crashed on his second or third outing, and believes the car may have been a total loss.
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.
All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.
Individual sources for this event
Autosport 10 Aug 1972 pp10-13, Motoring News 10 Aug 1972 pp8-9. MN said that Hailwood used Big John's usual car for the race.