BP (British) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Brands Hatch, 23 Apr 1973

1 Tom Pryce Royale RP12A [1] - Ford BDA RES
#20 D.J.Bond
2 David Purley March 722 [10] - Ford BDA LEC
3 Jim Murdoch Tui BH2 [2] - Ford BDA Smith
4 Stephen Choularton March 73B [1] - Ford BDA Autovita
#25 Autovita Developments Ltd (see note 1)
5 Robert Cooper March 722 [5] - Ford BDA Cook
6 Ken Bailey March 722 [39] - Ford BDA Eden
#5 Graham Eden Racing
7 Brian Robinson Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] - Ford BDA Titan
#16 Titan Engine Services
8 John Nicholson Lyncar 003 [003] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#24 Pinch (Plant) Ltd
9 Mike Mather March 722 [29] - Ford BDA
20 10" penalty
10 Stan Mathews Ensign LNFB/73 - Ford BDA Richardson
#15 Promoto [Racing Services]
11 Geoff Friswell Surtees TS10 [05] - Ford BDA Hart
12 Colin Andrews March 712M [11 as '9'] - Ford BDA
#14 Promoto [Racing Services]
R Jas Patterson March 722 [24] - Ford BDA Hart
#3 Texaco Team Racing/RIR
R Peter Wardle Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Eden
R Jack Paterson Wimhurst - Ford BDA Cosworth
#18 (see note 2)
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
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
Did not arrive
DNA Martin Watson GRD B72 [272 012-F2] - Ford BDA
Did not arrive
DNA Ian Mawby Lotus 69 [71/69.8.FB] - Ford BDA Norvic
Did not arrive
DNA unknown Chevron B25 [25-73-08] - Ford BDA Smith
#23 Central Garage [Mirfield] Ltd
(see note 3)
Did not arrive
DNA Colin Selvage Huron Mk1A ['1'] - Ford BDA Felspeed
Did not arrive
DNA Martin Webb Chevron B25 [25-73-05] - Ford BDA Hart
#28 (see note 4)
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 information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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. Choularton retained the car, unused, until 1977 when it was sold to Paul Gardner and used in libre racing in 1977 and 1978. It then travelled out to the West Indies where Mark Moodie won the 1979 Jamaican National Championship in the car. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Down, Northern 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.
  4. 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.


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' orginal 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.