Thruxton, 15 Apr 1968
|1||Jochen Rindt||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#8 Roy Winkelmann Racing (see note 1)
|2||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||Matra MS7  - Cosworth FVA
#22 Matra Sports
|3||Derek Bell||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#14 Church Farm Racing Team (see note 2)
|4||Jackie Oliver||Lotus 48 [R1] - Cosworth FVA
#3 Gold Leaf Team Lotus (see note 3)
|5||Kurt Ahrens||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#16 Kurt Ahrens (see note 4)
|6||Chris Williams||Lola T100 [SL100/4] - Cosworth FVA
#30 David Bridges Racing
|7||Alan Rees||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#9 Roy Winkelmann Racing (see note 5)
|8||Guy Ligier||McLaren M4A [200-17F] - Cosworth FVA
#27 Ecurie Intersport SA (see note 6)
|9||Chris Meek||Brabham BT10 [F2-12-64] - Cosworth FVA
#20 Bill Jones Racing (see note 7)
|10||Harry Stiller||Merlyn Mk 12  - Cosworth FVA
#26 Merlyn Racing [Bob Gerard]
|11||Alistair Walker||Lola T100 [SL100/2] - Cosworth FVA
#31 Alistair Walker Racing
|12||Robs Lamplough||McLaren M4A [200-11E?] - Cosworth FVA
#28 Robs Lamplough (see note 8)
|13||Graeme Lawrence||McLaren M4A [200-22F] - Cosworth FVA
#25 McLaren Racing Team (see note 9)
|14||Xavier Perrot||Brabham BT23  - Cosworth FVA
#17 Squadra Tartaruga (see note 10)
|15||Walter Habegger||Brabham BT23  - Cosworth FVA
#18 Walter Habegger (see note 11)
|16||Chris Irwin||Lola T100 [SL100/6] - Cosworth FVA
#29 Lola Racing
|17||John Cardwell||Merlyn Mk 12  - Cosworth FVA
#37 Merlyn Racing [Bob Gerard] (see note 12)
|18||Jo Schlesser||McLaren M4A [200-18F] - Cosworth FVA
#26 Ecurie Intersport SA (see note 13)
|19||Piers Courage||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#12 Frank Williams Racing Cars (see note 14)
|20||Peter Gethin||Chevron B10 [F2.1] - Cosworth FVA
#34 Frank Lythgoe Racing (see note 15)
|21||Max Mosley||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#11 London Racing Team (see note 16)
|22||Bruno Frey||Lotus 41C [41C-FL-29] - Cosworth FVA
#5 Midland Racing Team
|23||Chris Lambert||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#10 London Racing Team (see note 17)
|24||Allan Deacon||(libre) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21  - Ford twin cam
#21 Allan Deacon (see note 18)
|3||black flagged for dropping oil|
|25||Henri Pescarolo||Matra MS7  - Cosworth FVA
#23 Matra Sports
|1||went off at village ("damaging car quite badly")|
|DNS||Robin Widdows||McLaren M4A [200-20F] - Cosworth FVA
#24 McLaren Racing Team (see note 19)
|Did not start
All cars are 1.6-litre F2 unless noted.
|1||Jochen Rindt||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA|
|2||Piers Courage||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA|
|3||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||(F2) 1.6-litre Matra MS7  - Cosworth FVA|
|4||Derek Bell||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA|
|5||Henri Pescarolo||(F2) 1.6-litre Matra MS7  - Cosworth FVA|
|6||Jackie Oliver||(F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 48 [R1] - Cosworth FVA|
|7||Kurt Ahrens||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA|
|8||Chris Lambert||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA|
|9||Alan Rees||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA|
|10||Jo Schlesser||(F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [200-18F] - Cosworth FVA|
|11||Max Mosley||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA|
|12||Guy Ligier||(F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [200-17F] - Cosworth FVA|
|13||Chris Williams||(F2) 1.6-litre Lola T100 [SL100/4] - Cosworth FVA|
|14||Alistair Walker||(F2) 1.6-litre Lola T100 [SL100/2] - Cosworth FVA|
|15||Graeme Lawrence||(F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [200-22F] - Cosworth FVA|
|16||Xavier Perrot||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23  - Cosworth FVA|
|17||Chris Irwin||(F2) 1.6-litre Lola T100 [SL100/6] - Cosworth FVA|
|18||John Cardwell||(F2) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 12  - Cosworth FVA|
|19||Robin Widdows *||(F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [200-20F] - Cosworth FVA|
|20||Harry Stiller||(F2) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 12  - Cosworth FVA|
|21||Allan Deacon||(libre) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21  - Ford twin cam|
|22||Robs Lamplough||(F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [200-11E?] - Cosworth FVA|
|23||Chris Meek||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT10 [F2-12-64] - Cosworth FVA|
|24||Walter Habegger||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23  - Cosworth FVA|
|25||Peter Gethin||(F2) 1.6-litre Chevron B10 [F2.1] - Cosworth FVA|
|26||Bruno Frey||(F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C [41C-FL-29] - Cosworth FVA|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- Brabham BT23C  (Jochen Rindt): New to Winkelmann Racing for Jochen Rindt to race in F2 in 1968, winning four of his first seven races. Driven by Vic Elford at at Monza in June and crashed. The car was rebuilt on a new chassis and Rindt won two more races later that year. To Ecurie Ecosse and raced by Graham Birrell in F2 in 1969. Ecurie Ecosse and Birrell had a BT30 for 1970 but the BT23C was raced in a libre at Ingliston in May when it was crashed. Sold in July to Stanley Robinson who fitted the engine, gearbox and suspension to the Unipower GT Group 6 car he raced with John Blanckley. The BT23C chassis was repaired some time around 1972 and sold to Joe Applegarth (Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham) who built it up using parts from BT23C/16 and fitted a pushrod Ford engine for Monoposto racing. Raced by Applegarth from 1973 until the end of 1977, competing in around 130 events, and then retained after Applegarth retired. Sold by him to Joe Willenpart (Scheibbs, Austria) in 2010.
- Brabham BT23C  (Derek Bell): New to Church Farm Racing Team (Pagham, Sussex) for Derek Bell to race in F2 in 1968. Bell moved to the Ferrari F2 team in June 1968 and the car was raced by Jonathan Williams at Hockenheim, by Peter Westbury and Monza and then by Brian Hart for the rest of the season. Advertised in December 1968 and March 1969. Subsequent history unknown.
- Lotus 48 [R1] (Jackie Oliver): Noted as the chassis number of Watson's Lotus 48 by Race Report at Thruxton 1969 and L'Amie's at Vallelunga 1969.
- Brabham BT23C  (Kurt Ahrens): New to Kurt Ahrens (Braunschweig, Germany) and raced by him in F2 in 1968 under the Caltex Racing banner. Sold to Bernd Terbeck (Hiltrup, Germany) and run as part of the Montan Racing Team in F2 in 1969 and 1970. Then unknown in 1971 and 1972. Former Mini racer Graham Cooper (Sedgley, Worcestershire) raced his "newly acquired Brabham BT23C" in a sprint at Curborough in March 1973. This car was sold by Cooper to Richard Churchley (Hampton-in-Arden, Warwickshire) and run by him in sprints in 1975 with a Ford twin cam and then in 1976 with a 1600cc Hart BDA. From Churchley to Bill Morris who wanted the engine for his Ensign and sold the rest of the car to Robin Darlington in early 1977. Then to Les Aylott (Oakham, Rutland) and David Knowles, fitted with Aylott's turbcharged 1600cc BDA engine by by June 1977, and raced in 1977 and 1978. Advertised from Oakham in April 1981. Then unknown until raced by Peter Rogers (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire) in the HSCC Bradburn & Wedge Pre-71 series in 1984 with a BDA engine. (Possibly the car raced by Jon Bradburn in late 1983.) Raced by Rogers until 1987. Sold by Rogers' father Sir John Rogers to David Brown (Ashford, Kent) in 1999 and raced by him in the HSCC Classic Racing Cars Championship. Raced regularly by David Brown (Ashford, Kent) in HSCC events until sold to Graham Adelman (Free Union, VA) in 2014.
- Brabham BT23C  (Alan Rees): New to Winkelmann Racing for Alan Rees to race in F2 in 1968 but also raced by Gerhard Mitter at Hockenheim in October. To Bill Ivey for 1969 and entered for him in F2 races by Paul Watson Racing Organisation (PWRO). To Brian Cullen (Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland) in August 1969 and he raced it in a F5000 race and in libre in 1969, in European F2 events in 1970, and at Bogotá in early 1971. Entered by Irish Racing Team for Lingard Goulding at Mondello Park in July 1971 and then maybe the BT23C raced by Ted Shanahan (Dublin) over the next two months and also possibly the BT23C raced by Roy Courtney (Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland) in local clubmans/club specials racing in 1972. To Harold McGarrity (Belfast) for 1973 and raced in Formula Ireland with a 1.6-litre Holbay engine. To Paddy Heron for 1974 and raced in clubmans and in Formula Atlantic. For sale from Glengormley in 1975 and entered by Belfast car dealer Noel Crymble for Chris Stanfield to race at Kirkistown a couple of times until the Holbay pushrod engine blew up. Next seen when bought from Ireland by Mark Raymont who still had it in the late 1980s with a Holbay engine and Hewland Mk 8 gearbox. Sold to Steve Worrad of Maverick Motorsport around 2002 and restored by him. For sale by Maverick in 2004 and sold the following year via the Bonhams auction at RAF Hendon to Joe Willenpart (Scheibbs, Austria).
- McLaren M4A [200-17F] (Guy Ligier): Ecurie Intersport third F2 car in 1968, used by Jo Schlesser as a T-car. If 200-18 went into French hillclimbs, then 200-17 would be one of the two cars bought from Pierre Bardinon (Aubusson, France) by Franco Sbarro (Grandson, Switzerland). These cars were both sold to Georges Schafer (Geneva, Switzerland) and he used one of them in F2 and in Swiss national events in 1971. Then unknown until for sale with Hall & Fowler in 1997. A red M4A with silver stripe has been in the Donington Museum since at least 2005. In November 2009 it was observed to be wearing a curious-looking chassis plate marked '200-17'. Rumoured to be owned by McLaren International.
- Brabham BT10 [F2-12-64] (Chris Meek): Mike Costin of Cosworth Engineering bought this car later in the 1964 season and raced it a handful of times with its usual Cosworth SCA engine. It appeared in a libre race with a 1500cc Cosworth prototype engine at Silverstone in June 1965 and then in F3 spec with Cosworth's new MAE engine in September 1965. In August 1966, it appeared again with the prototype FVA F2 engine and was Cosworth's test car for the FVA in 1967. In 1968 it was sold to Bill Jones who entered it in F2 for Chris Meek. It then went to John MacDonald (Hong Kong) for 1969 and was raced across for the next three seasons, firstly with the FVA engine and later with a Ford twin cam when four-valve engines were banned. Retained by MacDonald until 2007 when he advertised it.
- McLaren M4A [200-11E?] (Robs Lamplough): Frank Lythgoe Racing bought a McLaren M4A for Alan Rollinson to drive in Formula 2 in 1967, starting at Brands Hatch in late August. The number associated with this car is '200-11F' but the basis of this attribution remains unclear. Sold to Robs Lamplough (London) for 1968 and raced all season in Formula 2, latterly under the Frank Manning Racing banner. Subsequent history unknown but quite possibly sold to the US.
- McLaren M4A [200-22F] (Graeme Lawrence): This number is given for a Formula 2 car entered by Chequered Flag for Graeme Lawrence early in the 1968 season, then Frank Gardner and then Mike Walker. Likely to have been one of the four M4As advertised by Chequered Flag at the end of 1968.
- Brabham BT23  (Xavier Perrot): Motor Racing Developments entry for Frank Gardner in 1967. To Squadra Tartaruga for Xavier Perrot (Zürich, Switzerland) to race in F2 in 1968. Retained early 1969 but damaged at Nürburgring 27 April by a Porsche landing on top of it. Sold via Jo Siffert in 1969 to Jacques Joliat (Porrentruy, Switzerland) who raced it in French and Swiss hillclimbs in 1970 and 1971, before replacing the FVA with a FVC for 1972. Unknown in 1973 and 1974, then to Michel Salvi (Malbuisson, France) and raced with a 1300cc Renault Gordini engine in 1975 and 1976. To Alain Ribager (France) in 1977 then probably to Jean-Pierre Mutel 1982. Found by Gérard Gamand in 1984 near Valance, France with March bodywork but still with Renault engine. To Michel Champelovier 1989 then 'Hollinger' then Thierry De Mortier by 2006. To Max Pearson (Queensland, Australia) 2010.
- Brabham BT23  (Walter Habegger): Roy Winkelmann Racing for Alan Rees in F2 1967. To Walter Habegger (Oberönz, Switzerland) 1968 for Swiss championship events. To Gérard Pillon (Geneva, Switzerland) 1969 and used in Swiss national events and French hillclimbs. (Although one source gives this as the car of Enzo Corti at Rheims and Albi in 1969, that identification looks highly doubtful.) Crashed at Côte de la Faucille on 7 September and not seen again. In 2009, Walter Habegger recalled that Pillon had an accident in the car and that it was badly damaged.
- Merlyn Mk 12  (John Cardwell): New for Bob Gerard's quasi-works F2 team in 1968, and raced early in the season by John Cardwell. This car was updated to MK 12A specification for 1969 and run alongside Gerard's Brabham BT23C for Robin Widdows and others. Advertised by Gerard Racing in January 1970 but not seen again until Pete Tester ran it in a libre race at Lydden in early 1973. Used by Peter Bull (London) in sprints that summer, by which time it had a BRM engine of some sort, and then advertised by Bull in September with a 1600cc Ford twin cam engine and FT200 gearbox. Bull bought a Brabham BT30 for 1974 and the later history of the Merlyn is unknown.
- McLaren M4A [200-18F] (Jo Schlesser): Ecurie Intersport for Jo Schlesser in F2 in 1968 until his death in a F1 race in July. Presumably then the "ex-Schlesser" McLaren M4A raced in French hillclimbs by Jean-Claude Fontès (Bayonne, France) in 1969, by Hughes Hazard in 1970 and by Roger Rivoire in 1972. Then unknown until restored by an unnamed German owner in 1990. Appeared in various auctions between 1997 and 2005, in the midst of which Paul Dudley (and Steve Worrad) raced it in historic racing in 1999 and 2000. Sold at Bonhams & Brooks' Silverstone auction in September 2001 to an unknown owner who restored it in 2004 and then sold it via Bonhams Silverstone auction in July 2005. With Lindsay O'Donnell (Christchurch, NZ) in 2005 and raced for him by Ken Smith at Eastern Creek in December 2006. Still with O'Donnell in 2009.
- Brabham BT23C  (Piers Courage): New to Frank Williams Racing Cars for Piers Courage to race in F2 in 1968. Also raced by Jonathan Williams to win at Monza in June. To Roly Levis (New Zealand) and raced in the 1969 Tasman series and at Singapore, Batu Tiga and Fuji in the following months. Raced in the opening rounds of the 1969/70 New Zealand season and then sold to Baron Robertson who raced it Pukekohe in early December. Levis then tested the car for Robertson in practice for the Bay Park International at the end of December but crashed heavily at Rothmans corner, effectively writing off the car. Robertson acquired a replacement frame from Racing Frames in England and built a car which used a different chassis number. The original BT23C/7 frame was rebuilt as a Formula Ford and raced by Peter Haskett in the 1973/74 NZ season. This car found its way to Martin Smith in the UK in the late 1980s after which it was restored to BT23C specification. Then unknown until acquired by Bobby Rahal in the US and extensively rebuilt by Phil Simkin some time before 2004. With Justin Segel (West Bloomfield, MI) in 2003. For sale in 2006 when said to have been owned by Tom Claridge (Fremont, CA). To Ted Wentz (Villanova, PA) 2008.
- Chevron B10 [F2.1] (Peter Gethin): Frank Lythgoe ran Chevron's first F2 car, the B10 chassis F2.1, at five early season races but the car was then dropped, re-emerging briefly when Frank Williams entered it for American Samuel Brown at Enna-Pergusa on 25 August (Speed World International 7 Sep 1968 p27). Brown crashed in practice and broke an upright, a spare part that Williams hadn't packed. The car was not seen again but is likely to have headed to the US where it is believed to be the car used by Horst Kwech (Gurnee, IL) in Formula A with a 2.7-litre Alfa V8. Subsequent history unknown. Patrick Jamin was reported to have this car in France in the late 1980s. From 1992 to 1997, this car was advertised by BB One Exports (Los Angeles, CA) but said to be located in France. In 2001, it was for sale by Giannandrea Calderazzo (Paris) and then said to be located in Italy. In 2005, the car was still in Italy and advertised by Autospeak.
- Brabham BT23C  (Max Mosley): New to Max Mosley and entered for him by London Racing Team and then by Frank Williams Racing Cars in F2 in 1968. Sold to Peter Parnell (Bulawayo, Rhodesia) and raced in South African events in 1969. Then to Arnold Charlton (Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa) for 1970 but crashed in practice at Roy Hesketh in March. Advertised as "recently rebuilt" and "immaculate" by Charlton in August 1970. Reported as sold back to the UK late in the year after repeated FVA problems. Just one week after Charlton's adverts stopped, D&A Shalls (Stratford, east London) advertised a BT23C. Some time in late 1971 or early 1972 John Hardesty bought a BT23C from an east London dealer who told him that it had come back from South Africa. Chris Choat prepared the car for Hardesty and also raced it in libre racing. In October 1972, Choat was entered for a libre race at Silverstone in a green Brabham BT23C and he was mentioned racing it at Silverstone in March and July 1973. It can be assumed he was at other races during that period but too far down to be mentioned in reports. According to Hardesty, Choat destroyed the car when he crashed at Woodcote corner and bent it round a post. The car was broken up and the suspension went to Bobby Howlings.
- Brabham BT23C  (Chris Lambert): New to London Racing Team for Chris Lambert to race in F2 in 1968. Crashed during the F2 race at Zandvoort on 28 July 1968 and Lambert was killed. It is believed that the car was broken up.
- Brabham BT21  (Allan Deacon): New to Felday Engineering and intended for the team's third driver Mac Daghorn, but first raced by Roy Pike at Charade in June. Pike crashed it two races later and it reappeared at Djurslandring in late July for Daghorn who raced it for the rest of the season. Sold to Allan Deacon for 1968 and fitted with a 1600cc Ford twin cam for libre racing but only rarely appeared. To Roger Hickman (Blakedown, Worcestershire) and used in hillclimbs at the start of the 1969 season until Hickman's new BT30X arrived. The BT21 was then sold to Andy Sutcliffe as a stop-gap F3 car until his BT28 arrived but only raced once by him, at Brands Hatch in August 1969. It then appears to have returned to hillclimbing as it was observed being raced by C.S. Barrow with twin cam engine at Great Auclum in 1972. History then unknown until it turned up in Brighton area on display at a Lotus dealer. It was apparantly stripped for a rebuild in the mid-1990s but repained apart until it was advertised by the owner's widow in 2010. Subsequent history unknown.
- McLaren M4A [200-20F] (Robin Widdows): This number is given for a Formula 2 car entered by Chequered Flag for Robin Widdows until he crashed it at Crystal Palace in June 1968 and it was replaced by a new car, or at least a new monocoque. The car somehow survived and is said to have raced in UK club racing in the 1970s. Found by Lincoln Small and others in an Essex barn c1990. Raced by Small 1996-97 and then by someone else before 1999 Coys Silverstone auction. With Graham Earl in 2000 and sold by him to the current owner in 2002. Repainted in Chequered Flag colours in 2012. Advertised by Legends Automotive Ltd (Cheltenham, Gloucestershire) on behalf of the owner in 2014.
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.
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