Yellow Pages Championship Round
Mallory Park, 11 Mar 1973
|1||David Purley||March 722 Falconer  - Ford BDA LEC
#4 (see note 1)
|2||Tom Pryce||Royale RP12A  - Ford BDA RES
|3||John Lepp||Chevron B25 [25-73-08] - Ford BDA Smith
#24 Central Garage [Mirfield] Ltd
(see note 2)
|4||Jas Patterson||March 722  - Ford BDA Hart
#36 Texaco Team Racing/RIR (see note 3)
|5||John Nicholson||Lyncar 003  - Ford BDA Nicholson
#41 Pinch (Plant) Ltd
|6||Stan Mathews||Ensign LNFB/73 - Ford BDA Richardson
#32 Promoto [Racing Services]
|7||Peter Wardle||Surtees TS15  - Ford BDA Eden
|8||Bob Salisbury||Brabham BT35  - Ford BDA Hart
#20 F.R.Gerard (see note 4)
|9||Ken Bailey||March 722  - Ford BDA Eden
#3 Graham Eden Racing Team (see note 5)
|10||Stephen Choularton||March 73B  - Ford BDA Autovita
#9 (see note 6)
|11||Brian Robinson||Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] - Ford BDA Titan
#45 Titan Engine Services (see note 7)
|12||Jack Paterson||Wimhurst - Ford BDA Cosworth
#37 (see note 8)
|R||Cyd Williams||Brabham BT40  - Ford BDA Eden
#16 Graham Eden Racing Team
|R||Ian Mawby||Lotus 69 [71/69.8.FB] - Ford BDA Norvic
|R||Chris Meek||Motul M1  - Ford BDA Broadspeed
#33 Tate of Leeds Racing (see note 9)
|R||Jim Murdoch||Tui BH2  - Ford BDA Smith
|R||Colin Andrews||March 712M [11 as '9'] - Ford BDA
#12 Scott Gormley
|R||Colin Vandervell||March 73B  - Ford BDA Smith
#1 Team Triplex (see note 10)
|R||Martin Webb||Chevron B25 [25-73-05] - Ford BDA Hart
#25 (see note 11)
|R||Syd Fox||Huron SS0 A2 ['1'] - Ford BDA Smith
|DNQ||Robert Cooper||March 722  - Ford BDA Cosworth
#5 (see note 12)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Robin Smythe||March 723  - Ford BDA Eden
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Ray Mallock||Mallock U2 Mk 12 - Ford twin cam Holbay
#38 The Chequered Flag
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Malcolm Wayne||March 712M  - Ford BDA RES
#11 Tate of Leeds Racing (see note 13)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Geoff Friswell||Surtees TS10  - Ford BDA Hart
#27 (see note 14)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Reg James||Brabham BT28/35  - Ford BDA James
|Did not qualify|
|DNA||Holman Blackburn||March 722 - Ford BDA Rowland
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.
|1||Tom Pryce||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Royale RP12A  - Ford BDA RES||0.46.2|
|2||David Purley||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722 Falconer  - Ford BDA LEC||0.46.4|
|3||Ian Mawby||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.8.FB] - Ford BDA Norvic||0.46.8|
|4||John Nicholson||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lyncar 003  - Ford BDA Nicholson||0.47.0|
|5||Syd Fox||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Huron SS0 A2 ['1'] - Ford BDA Smith||0.47.2|
|6||Stan Mathews||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ensign LNFB/73 - Ford BDA Richardson||0.47.2|
|7||Jas Patterson||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722  - Ford BDA Hart||0.47.4|
|8||Chris Meek||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Motul M1  - Ford BDA Broadspeed||0.47.4|
|9||Ken Bailey||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722  - Ford BDA Eden||0.47.4|
|10||John Lepp||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B25 [25-73-08] - Ford BDA Smith||0.47.6|
|11||Peter Wardle||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15  - Ford BDA Eden||0.47.8|
|12||Cyd Williams||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40  - Ford BDA Eden||0.47.8|
|13||Bob Salisbury||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35  - Ford BDA Hart|
|14||Colin Vandervell||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B  - Ford BDA Smith|
|15||Jim Murdoch||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2  - Ford BDA Smith||0.49.4|
|16||Colin Andrews||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 712M [11 as '9'] - Ford BDA||0.49.8|
|17||Stephen Choularton||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B  - Ford BDA Autovita||0.50.2|
|18||Jack Paterson||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Wimhurst - Ford BDA Cosworth||0.50.4|
|19||Martin Webb||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B25 [25-73-05] - Ford BDA Hart|
|20||Brian Robinson||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] - Ford BDA Titan|
|21||Robert Cooper *||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722  - Ford BDA Cosworth|
|22||Robin Smythe *||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 723  - Ford BDA Eden|
|23||Ray Mallock *||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Mallock U2 Mk 12 - Ford twin cam Holbay|
|24||Malcolm Wayne *||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 712M  - Ford BDA RES|
|25||Geoff Friswell *||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS10  - Ford BDA Hart|
|26||Reg James *||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT28/35  - Ford BDA James|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- March 722 Falconer  (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.
- Chevron B25 [25-73-08] (John Lepp): New to George Silverwood and entered by his Central Garage (Mirfield) Ltd for John Lepp in British Formula Atlantic in 1973. Also used by Lepp in the first European F2 round at Mallory Park, with the 1.6 BDA still in it. Lepp's sports car racing took priority from July and the B25 was sold to Patsy McGarrity (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for Formula Ireland racing. Loaned by him to Chevron cars for John Watson to use in the F2 race at Albi. Converted back to Formula Atlantic for McGarrity to race in the 1974 Irish season, winning eight races and the All-Ireland championship. Sold on to Pat Woods (Newcastle, County Wicklow, Ireland) for 1975, and retained for two further seasons. Last seen when Woods crashed heavily in practice at Phoenix Park in September 1977, when the car was described as wrecked.
- March 722  (Jas Patterson): New to Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) to use in the 1972 Yellow Pages Formula Atlantic championship. The car was blue and yellow, and wore #16 all season. Gubelmann won six races and narrowly pipped Cyd Williams to the championship title. The car was sold to fellow American Jas Patterson (Rosslyn Heights, NY) for 1973, repainted red and white, and entered for him by Texaco Team Racing/RIR in the 1973 British season. By July, the car had been updated to 73B specification. Patterson retained the car for 1974, but was seen less often after August while the car was apparently shipped to Watkins Glen for the Pro Atlantic race that supported the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in October. Patterson did not race it again, but the car was back in the UK by early November when it was acquired by Roy Baker (Ferndown, Dorset) and raced regularly by him through the 1975 season. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT35  (Bob Salisbury): New to Bob Gerard in late 1971 and fitted with a Cosworth BDA engine for Bob Salisbury to race in Formula Atlantic from October 1971 to April 1973. Then sold to Harry Gilbert, and raced by Gilbert and Ronnie Mackay in libre racing. It was advertised by Johnny Blades in October 1973, and was next seen a year later when John Wingfield had fitted a 1.8-litre Cosworth FVC and ran the car with huge success in libre racing. In September 1975, it was sold to Bobby Howlings, who raced it a couple of times and then sold it to John Thistlewaite, who entered it for Tim Wood in libre in 1976. By 1978, it was owned by Joe Applegarth, still with the FVC engine in it, and it next appeared in 1986 when Nick Overall used it in the HSCC Pre '71 series.
- March 722  (Ken Bailey): New to Graham Eden Racing in April 1972 for Cyd Williams (Sandbach, Cheshire) to drive in British Formula Atlantic. It replaced the Chevron B18 which had taken Williams to two wins earlier in the season. Once he had the car to his liking, Williams won six out of the next nine races, but narrowly lost the championship to Bill Gubelmann. Run by Graham Eden Racing for Ken Bailey (Stretford, Greater Manchester) in 1973, and fitted with Falconer bodywork in May. The car was sold to Philip Dowell (Ombersley, Worcestershire) for 1974, but during pre-season testing at Silverstone, he hit the bank heavily at Woodcote corner and died later in hospital. It is assumed that the March was destroyed in the accident.
- March 73B  (Stephen Choularton): Stephen Choularton (Hale Barns, Cheshire) acquired the first production March 73B and raced it in libre events and in the British F/Atlantic series with support from Autovita Developments Ltd. His mechanic Jim Crawford also raced this car in a libre race that year. Choularton continued with the car in 1974 when it was driven by Crawford in one round, at Brands Hatch in September, after Crawford had damaged his usual car. The car was next seen in May 1975 when Choularton dusted it off for Cyd Williams to drive after Williams had wrecked Graham Eden's Brabham BT40. Choularton retained the car, unused, until 1977 when it was sold to Paul Gardner (Preston, Lancashire) and used in libre racing in 1977. It then travelled out to the West Indies, quite possibly via Manchester-based racing car dealer Bobby Howlings, who would have known Gardner well, and was a regular visitor to the West Indies series. Raced by Mark Moodie in 1978 and 1979, winning the 1979 Jamaican National Championship. Subsequent history unknown.
- Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] (Brian Robinson): Originally built for John Burton (Kidderminster, Worcestershire) to race as a works Team Ensign F2 entry in 1972, the LNF2 failed to qualify for its first two races, and the project was abandoned. It is then beliveed to be the car used as a works Formula Atlantic car for Mike Walker, who won a championship round at Snetterton in July. The car was then fielded as a works Formula 3 car for Tony Trimmer to drive in October 1972. Sold to Brian Robinson (Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham) and raced in Formula Atlantic in 1973, plus a one-off F2 race. Robinson then bought a F5000 McLaren, and the Ensign was raced briefly by Roger Keele, and is then believed to have been sold to Martyn Denley in September. The car's movements from 1974 to 1978 are not yet decyphered,, but from 1979 to 1984 it was hillclimbed by Peter Varley (Barnsley, South Yorkshire). Then via three other owners to Barry Pickard and raced in Historic F3 in 1993. Later raced in Classic F3 by Paul Newton 1993-95, and by Martin Woodman in 1994. Subsequent history unknown.
- Wimhurst (Jack Paterson): Designed and built in 1972 by Len Wimhurst, the former Palliser designer. It was a monocoque design and intended for F2 but fitted with a BDA engine and used in F/Atlantic in 1972 and 1973 by Jack Paterson (Seer Green, Buckinghamshire), who had previously driven in GT racing. Subsequent history unknown.
- Motul M1  (Chris Meek): Sold new to Chris Meek to run in British Atlantic and Libre racing with Tate of Leeds support; also used by Tom Pryce for three Atlantic races. Sold via Fred Opert to Mike Rand (Greenwich, CT) for Formula B in 1974 but damaged in a road accident. Sold still damaged, but with a new tub from Opert, to Ron Ignatowski; rebuilt and used in SCCA Formula C until 1980 when sold to Randy Zimmer as the basis for his Can Am car. Raced with a Volkswagen engine in 1982 and then with a Mazda rotary engine in 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986. Entered for Jim Del Russo in the 1987 CAT championship. Retained by Zimmer as of 2011.
- March 73B  (Colin Vandervell): New to Colin Vandervell (Purley, Surrey) and raced with great success in the Formula Atlantic in the UK in 1973, winning four races, and securing the Yellow Pages Championship. Sold to Des Donnelly (Naas, County Kildare, Ireland) for the Irish Formula Atlantic series, and raced by him in 1974 and 1975. There is then no mention of the car in 1976 or 1977, but in 1978, the car was raced by Ken Fildes (Clonskeagh, Dublin), and it had been owned by Gerry Kinnane for part or all of this period. Sold to Graham Brown, who took it to Australia when he emigrated in 1979, and raced by him in Western Australia in 1980 and 1981. Also raced by Joe Ricciardo in 1981. To Rod Housego, and raced by him in Western Australia in 1982 and 1984. Acquired by Richard Carter in 1988, and restored. Still with Carter in 1997. Later to George Makin (Melbourne) who continued to race it in historic events.
- Chevron B25 [25-73-05] (Martin Webb): Used by Martin Webb for the first half of the British Atlantic season but without a great deal of success, and also in libre events. Sold to Chris Skellern (Worcester) for libre races, hill climbs and sprints in 1974. Sold to Harold McGarrity (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for the 1975 Irish Formula Atlantic season. Retained by McGarrity for 1976, and also appeared a few times in 1977. Subsequent history unknown but a strong candidate for the 'B27' of Bosco O'Brien in 1978.
- March 722  (Robert Cooper): 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 712M  (Malcolm Wayne): New to Wilson Fittipaldi in May 1971, replacing the Lotus 69 with which he had started the European F2 season. Raced by Fittipaldi for the rest of the season as part of Team Bardahl. Retained for one F2 race in early 1972, then sold to Tate of Leeds (Racing) and converted to Formula Atlantic for Chris Meek to race in the British championship. Loaned to Sonny Rajah for the Brands Hatch Boxing Day race. Retained by Tate of Leeds for Malcolm Wayne in early 1973, then sold to visiting American Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA) who took it back to the US. Entered by Karlberg for Monique Proulx at Watkins Glen in October 1974 and also taken to Trinidad for Formula Caribbean events where it was sold. By 1978 it was owned by David Kerr but it was "totally destroyed" in a towing incident at the "Love Bird International" meeting at Vernamfield Motorsport Park, Jamaica, in December 1978.
- Surtees TS10  (Geoff Friswell): 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, and the Surtees was advertised as complete but damaged in November 1973. 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.
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.
The British race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Autosport and Motoring News reports in the UK plus the information supplied by a wide range of contributors on the Atlas F1 and 10 Tenths forums.
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Individual sources for this event
Autosport 15 Mar 1973 pp28-29, Motoring News, Programme [DR]