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Mike Hailwood in the works development Lola T190 at Snetterton on 31 August 1970. Copyright John Ballantyne 2009. Used with permission.

British Formula 5000 1970

Peter Gethin was back to defend his title using a new McLaren M10B entered by Sid Taylor. The car had been built up at the McLaren factory using a slightly lower mounting position for the engine, but otherwise the M10B was identical to the M10A. Lola's Mike Hailwood and Frank Gardner struggled with the new monocoque Lola T190 until Gardner developed a longer wheelbase version. Surtees' UK challenge faded, despite success in the US, and neither Lotus nor Leda had any luck in the UK.

After winning eight of the first 12 rounds, Gethin was promoted to the McLaren F1 team to replace its departed founder, and Reine Wisell took over the Taylor M10B, winning another three races and ensuring nobody could stop Gethin taking a second title. Howden Ganley in a similarly modified M10B finished consistently on the podium to take second in the championship.

The races

27 Mar 1970 > Oulton Park

30 Mar 1970 > Brands Hatch

05 Apr 1970 > Zolder

19 Apr 1970 > Zandvoort

26 Apr 1970 > International Trophy at Silverstone

03 May 1970 > Brands Hatch

09 May 1970 > Castle Combe

25 May 1970 > Mallory Park

01 Jun 1970 > Mondello Park

06 Jun 1970 > Silverstone

21 Jun 1970 > Monza

28 Jun 1970 > Anderstorp

12 Jul 1970 > Salzburgring

09 Aug 1970 > Thruxton

15 Aug 1970 > Silverstone

22 Aug 1970 > Gold Cup at Oulton Park

31 Aug 1970 > Snetterton

13 Sep 1970 > Hockenheim

19 Sep 1970 > Oulton Park

27 Sep 1970 > Brands Hatch

1970 Guards Formula 5000 Championship table

1Peter GethinMcLaren M10B - Chevrolet V890 pts8 wins
2Howden GanleyMcLaren M10B - Chevrolet V861 pts 
3Frank GardnerLola T190 - Chevrolet V852 pts2 wins
4Mike HailwoodLola T190 - Chevrolet V8
Lola T192 - Chevrolet V8
50 pts1 win
5Mike WalkerMcLaren M10B - Chevrolet V842 pts2 wins
6Graham McRaeMcLaren M10B - Chevrolet V836 pts1 win
7=Trevor TaylorSurtees TS5A - Chevrolet V8
Lola T190 - Chevrolet V8
33 pts1 win
7=Reine WisellMcLaren M10B - Chevrolet V833 pts3 wins
9Roy PikeLeda LT20 - Chevrolet V8
Leda LT22 - Chevrolet V8
17 pts 
10David ProphetMcLaren M10B - Chevrolet V811 pts 
11Ulf NorinderLola T190 - Chevrolet V810 pts 
12=Keith HollandLola T142 - Chevrolet V88 pts 
12=Davey PowellLola T142 - Chevrolet V8
Lola T190 - Chevrolet V8
8 pts 
14Gordon SpiceKitchiner K3A - Ford V87 pts 
15Fred SaundersCrosslĂ© 15F - Rover V86 pts 
16Kaye GriffithsLola T142 - Chevrolet V85 pts 
17Willie ForbesLola T142 - Chevrolet V84 pts 
17Alan RollinsonLotus 70 - Ford V8
Lotus 70 - Chevrolet V8
Surtees TS5A - Chevrolet V8
4 pts 
19David HobbsSurtees TS5A - Chevrolet V82 pts 
19Derrick WilliamsLola T142 - Chevrolet V82 pts 
19Ray CalcuttLola T142 - Chevrolet V82 pts 
22Mo NunnLola T190 - Chevrolet V81 pts 
22Lingard GouldingLola T142 - Chevrolet V8
Beattie P1100 - Chevrolet V8
1 pts 
22Tony LanfranchiLola T190 - Chevrolet V81 pts 

This series ran over 20 rounds and used the traditional 9-6-4-3-2-1 points system. Points tables from Race Report No 4 p149. For further details, see Wolfgang Klopfer's excellent Formula 5000 in Europe: Race by Race p35.