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BP (British) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Brands Hatch, 23 Apr 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Tom Pryce Royale RP12A [1] - Ford BDA RES
#20 D.J.Bond
20 0.18.10.6
81.86
2 David Purley March 722 [10] - Ford BDA LEC
#2 (see note 1)
20 0.18.21.8
3 Jim Murdoch Tui BH2 [2] - Ford BDA Smith
#21
20 0.18.22.6
4 Stephen Choularton March 73B [1] - Ford BDA Autovita
#25 Autovita Developments Ltd (see note 2)
20 0.18.22.8
5 Robert Cooper March 722 [5] - Ford BDA Cook
#1 (see note 3)
20 0.18.23.6
6 Ken Bailey March 722 [39] - Ford BDA Eden
#5 Graham Eden Racing (see note 4)
20 0.18.24.0
7 Brian Robinson Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] - Ford BDA Titan
#16 Titan Engine Services (see note 5)
20
8 John Nicholson Lyncar 003 [003] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#24 Pinch (Plant) Ltd
20
9 Mike Mather March 722 [29] - Ford BDA
#27 (see note 6)
20 10" penalty
10 Stan Mathews Ensign LNFB/73 - Ford BDA Richardson
#15 Promoto [Racing Services]
20
11 Geoff Friswell Surtees TS10 [05] - Ford BDA Hart
#8 (see note 7)
20
12 Colin Andrews March 712M [11 as '9'] - Ford BDA
#14 Promoto [Racing Services]
19
R Jas Patterson March 722 [24] - Ford BDA Hart
#3 Texaco Team Racing/RIR (see note 8)
13
R Peter Wardle Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Eden
#9
12
R Jack Paterson Wimhurst - Ford BDA Cosworth
#18 (see note 9)
12
R Reg James Brabham BT28 [38] - Ford BDA James
#7 Super-Ser Luxury Refrigerators
10 accident
R Robin Smythe GRD 372 [036-F3] - Ford BDA Eden
#12
7
DNS Cyd Williams Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Eden
#6 Graham Eden Racing
Did not start
DNS Syd Fox Huron SS0 A2 ['1'] - Ford BDA Rowland
#22 R.A.McKinistry
Did not start
DNA Jonny Dimsdale March 722 - Ford BDA Eden
#4 (see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA Martin Watson GRD B72 [272 012-F2] - Ford BDA
#11
Did not arrive
DNA Ian Mawby Lotus 69 [71/69.8.FB] - Ford BDA Norvic
#17
Did not arrive
DNA unknown Chevron B25 [25-73-08] - Ford BDA Smith
#23 Central Garage [Mirfield] Ltd
(see note 11)
Did not arrive
DNA Colin Selvage Huron Mk1A ['1'] - Ford BDA Felspeed
#26
Did not arrive
DNA Martin Webb Chevron B25 [25-73-05] - Ford BDA Hart
#28 (see note 12)
Did not arrive
DNA Bev Bond Lola T360 [HU1] - Ford BDA
#19 Custom Made Team Lola
Did not arrive
DNA TBA March 732 - Ford BDA
#29 Team Triplex
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 722 [10] (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.
  2. March 73B [1] (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.
  3. March 722 [5] (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.
  4. March 722 [39] (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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. March 722 [29] (Mike Mather): New to John Calvert (Seaham, County Durham), and raced in Formula Atlanic and libre racing in 1972. The car regularly wore #77, and was described as white or blue. Sold to Mike Mather (St Helens, Merseyside) and used by him, and once by brother Kim Mather, in Formula Atlantic and libre in early 1973. Sold to John Kitchen in mid-season, and used by him in sprints and hilclimbs in late 1973 and in 1974. Unknown in 1975, but it reappeared in 1976 hill-climbed by Peter Riley. At first it was said to have a Cosworth FVA engine, but it had a Richardson BDA in 1977. Riley was still using the 722 in speed events as late as 1984. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. Surtees TS10 [05] (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. 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.
  8. March 722 [24] (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.
  9. 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 1974 by Jack Paterson.
  10. March 722 (Jonny Dimsdale): Jonny Dimsdale (London) entered a March 722 in a number of Formula Atlantic races in early 1973, but there is no mention of him arriving for a race. When asked in 2018, Jonny had "absolutely no memory of entering a 722" and certainly never drove one.
  11. Chevron B25 [25-73-08] (unknown): 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.
  12. 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.

Sources

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

Richard Page has added to the Autosport results using details from the lap chart and entry list he annotated in his programme that day.