Gran Premio di Roma

Vallelunga, 27 Oct 1968

1 Ernesto "Tino" Brambilla Ferrari Dino 166 [0004] 6
#4 SpA Ferrari SEFAC
2 Andrea de Adamich Ferrari Dino 166 [0012] 6
#2 SpA Ferrari SEFAC
3 Peter Gethin Brabham BT23C [2] - Cosworth FVA
#34 Frank Lythgoe Racing (see note 1)
4 Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra MS7 [05] - Cosworth FVA
#14 Matra Sports
5 Henri Pescarolo Matra MS7 [06] - Cosworth FVA
#16 Matra Sports
6 Derek Bell Ferrari Dino 166 [0010] 6
#6 SpA Ferrari SEFAC
7 Graham Hill Lotus 48 [R2] - Cosworth FVA
#20 Gold Leaf Team Lotus (see note 2)
8 Alan Rollinson Merlyn Mk 12 [109] - Cosworth FVA
#40 Merlyn Racing [Bob Gerard] (see note 3)
9 David Hobbs Lola T100 [SL100/4] - Cosworth FVA
#32 David Bridges Racing
10 Hubert Hahne Lola T102 [F2 68/1] - BMW M12
#28 Bayerische Motoren Werke
11 Silvio Moser Tecno 68/F2 [T00 286] - Cosworth FVA
#54 Silvio Moser (see note 4)
12 Carlo Facetti Tecno 68/F2 [T00 270] - Cosworth FVA
#22 Scuderia Picchio Rosso (see note 5)
13 Enzo Corti Brabham BT23 [2] - Cosworth FVA
#18 Scuderia Picchio Rosso (see note 6)
14 Max Mosley Brabham BT23C [6] - Cosworth FVA
#52 Frank Williams Racing Cars (see note 7)
15 Corrado Manfredini Brabham BT23C [12] - Cosworth FVA
#12 Scuderia Picchio Rosso (see note 8)
16 Chris Williams Merlyn Mk 12 [105] - Cosworth FVA
#42 Merlyn Racing [Bob Gerard]
17 Gianclaudio "Clay" Regazzoni Tecno 68/F2 [T00 284?] - Cosworth FVA
#10 Tecno Racing Team (see note 9)
18 Jo Siffert Lola T102 [F2 68/2] - BMW M12
#30 Bayerische Motoren Werke
19 Brian Hart Brabham BT23C [9] - Cosworth FVA
#36 Church Farm Racing Team (see note 10)
20 Kurt Ahrens Brabham BT23C [8] - Cosworth FVA
#48 Kurt Ahrens (see note 11)
DNS Alistair Walker Lola T100 [SL100/2] - Cosworth FVA
#56 Alistair Walker Racing
Did not start
DNQ Robs Lamplough McLaren M4A [200-11E?] - Cosworth FVA
#50 Frank Manning Racing (see note 12)
Did not qualify
DNQ Chris Meek Brabham BT10 [F2-12-64] - Cosworth FVA
#38 Bill Jones Racing (see note 13)
Did not qualify
T Gianclaudio "Clay" Regazzoni Tecno 68/F2 [T00 306?] - Cosworth FVA
Tecno Racing Team (see note 14)
(Only used in practice)

All cars are 1.6-litre F2 unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Ernesto "Tino" Brambilla40
2Andrea de Adamich40
3Peter Gethin40
4Jean-Pierre Beltoise40
5Henri Pescarolo40
6Derek Bell40
7Graham Hill40
8Hubert Hahne39
9David Hobbs39
10Alan Rollinson39
11Silvio Moser39
12Carlo Facetti39
13Enzo Corti39
14Max Mosley38
15Corrado Manfredini38
16Chris Williams37
17Kurt Ahrens27
18Gianclaudio "Clay" Regazzoni21
19Jo Siffert19
20Brian Hart17
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Ernesto "Tino" Brambilla40
2Peter Gethin40
3Andrea de Adamich40
4Jean-Pierre Beltoise40
5Henri Pescarolo40
6Derek Bell40
7Graham Hill40
8Gianclaudio "Clay" Regazzoni40
9Alan Rollinson40
10David Hobbs39
11Silvio Moser39
12Hubert Hahne39
13Carlo Facetti39
14Enzo Corti38
15Max Mosley38
16Corrado Manfredini38
17Jo Siffert37retired
18Chris Williams36
19Brian Hart12retired
Kurt AhrensDid not start
1 Ernesto "Tino" Brambilla (F2) 1.6-litre Ferrari Dino 166 [0004] - Ferrari Dino 6
2 Andrea de Adamich (F2) 1.6-litre Ferrari Dino 166 [0012] - Ferrari Dino 6
3 Peter Gethin (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C [2] - Cosworth FVA
4 Gianclaudio "Clay" Regazzoni (F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 68/F2 [T00 284?] - Cosworth FVA
5 Jean-Pierre Beltoise (F2) 1.6-litre Matra MS7 [05] - Cosworth FVA
6 Jo Siffert (F2) 1.6-litre Lola T102 [F2 68/2] - BMW M12
7 Derek Bell (F2) 1.6-litre Ferrari Dino 166 [0010] - Ferrari Dino 6
8 Henri Pescarolo (F2) 1.6-litre Matra MS7 [06] - Cosworth FVA
9 Graham Hill (F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 48 [R2] - Cosworth FVA
10 Kurt Ahrens (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C [8] - Cosworth FVA
11 Silvio Moser (F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 68/F2 [T00 286] - Cosworth FVA
12 Alan Rollinson (F2) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 12 [109] - Cosworth FVA
13 David Hobbs (F2) 1.6-litre Lola T100 [SL100/4] - Cosworth FVA
14 Chris Williams (F2) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 12 [105] - Cosworth FVA
15 Hubert Hahne (F2) 1.6-litre Lola T102 [F2 68/1] - BMW M12
16 Carlo Facetti (F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 68/F2 [T00 270] - Cosworth FVA
17 Enzo Corti (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23 [2] - Cosworth FVA
18 Brian Hart (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C [9] - Cosworth FVA
19 Max Mosley (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C [6] - Cosworth FVA
20 Alistair Walker * (F2) 1.6-litre Lola T100 [SL100/2] - Cosworth FVA
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT23C [2] (Peter Gethin): Early history unknown and possibly built for intended works team. Sold to Frank Lythgoe Racing in June 1968 for Peter Gethin to race in F2, replacing a Chevron B10. Reported to have gone to George Pitt in November 1968 but quickly found its way to John Whitmore and entered by Alan Mann Racing for Don Godden to drive in F2 in 1969 but his season was soon abandoned. Presumably the car advertised by Alan Mann Racing in 1970. Then unknown until raced by Maurice Ogier in sprints in 1972 when it had a Vegantune twin cam engine. Sold to Low Cost Racing at the end of 1972 and advertised by them in March 1973. Next seen when run by Vic Durman in Monosposto racing in 1974 and advertised from a London number at the end of that year. Advertised by Bobby Howlings' Cheshire Sports Cars in July 1976. Then unknown until owned by Ian Webb of Northdown Racing (Ripley, Surrey) in 1982 and loaned to Mike Hartley for the Gates-Varley Monoposto Series. Then via Keith Norman (Slough, Berkshire) 1985, Hugo Studer (Berne, Switzerland) 1987, Sepp Mayer (Germany) 1997 and John Counsell (Lincoln, UK) 2005 to Andrew Fellowes (Benowa, Queensland, Australia) 2009. Sold by Fellowes to Gary Hancock April 2011 and raced by his son Damon from 2011 onwards
  2. Lotus 48 [R2] (Graham Hill): Noted as the chassis number of Pollock's Lotus 48 by Race Report at Thruxton and at Vallelunga in 1969. As 48/1 was the car Watson drove (and crashed) at Thruxton Easter 1969 and then L'Amie drove later in 1969, it is reasonable to assume that R2 was Pollock's car all season.
  3. Merlyn Mk 12 [109] (Alan Rollinson): 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.
  4. Tecno 68/F2 [T00 286] (Silvio Moser): Bought by Charles Vögele for Silvio Moser (Lugano, Switzerland) to race in European F2 and Swiss Championship events in 1968. Also taken to the Argentine Temporada at the end that year. Sold to Roland Binder (Esslingen, Germany) and used in F2 in 1969, 1970 and 1971. According to later owner Oliver Heschl- Gillespie, the Tecno went to Bernd Burger (Rüsselsheim, Germany) and was converted to a Group 7 sports car using a KMW body as the "Burger P3", still with its 1600cc Cosworth FVA. Burger raced it in German national racing 1973 and 1974 after which the rolling chassis was sold to Karl Langjahr (Darmstadt, Germany) who fitted a Porsche engine and raced it in Interserie and national events as a Tecno-Porsche until 1980. Then to Bernd Becker (Idar-Oberstein, Germany) who only wanted the engine. The car continued via Kurt Henn (Idar-Oberstein, Germany) to Christina Berthold (Nürnberg, Germany) who raced it briefly with a new Porsche engine at which point it was sold to the Rosso Bianco Collection (Aschaffenburg, Germany). Sold by the museum in 1999, it passed via an Viennese Porsche dealer to Olivier Heschl-Gillespie (Vienna, Austria) who had it restored by Karl Langjahr to its 1974 specification.
  5. Tecno 68/F2 [T00 270] (Carlo Facetti): The "usual car" of Carlo Facetti in 1968 and in the Argentine Temporada at the end of that season. Entered by Scuderia Picchio Rosso for Facetti at a couple of races in 1969 and for Gianpaolo Benedini on four occasions in 1970. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. Brabham BT23 [2] (Enzo Corti): Motor Racing Developments entry for Denny Hulme in 1967 and probably the car used by Jack Brabham for a few races in July and August after his usual car was sold to Mick Mooney. Then raced by Frank Gardner in September. Taken to the Tasman series for Denny Hulme after he had wrecked BT23-5 at Pukekohe. Then sold to Italy and a Scuderia Picchio Rosso entry in 1968 but only once for Tino Brambilla in July and once for Enzo Corti in October. Retained by by Scuderia Picchio Rosso for Corti a full season in 1969 and again for Vittorio Brambilla at the start of 1970. Last seen in July 1970. Subsequent history unknown but a chassis being restored in 2009 may be this one.
  7. Brabham BT23C [6] (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.
  8. Brabham BT23C [12] (Corrado Manfredini): New to Frank Williams' customer Corrado Manfredini and raced as a Scuderia Picchio Rosso entry in F2 from June onwards. Returned to Williams and entered by Frank Williams Racing Cars for Malcolm Guthrie in F2 in early 1969 but sold to Bob Gerard (Leicester) in May and entered for his drivers Robin Widdows and Brian Hart, each of who won a race that summer in the car. Advertised by Gerard Racing as a rolling chassis in August 1970. Sold to drag racer Gerry Tyack (Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire) in 1970 and used to set four national speed records at Elvington, and also to win the Brighton Speed Trials. Advertised by Tyack in November 1971. Its history thereafter is unclear but it reappeared in 1986 being raced by Adrian Thomas in HSCC events, then with Kelvin Lambeth (London) in 1988-89 and with Monte Shalett (Metairie, LA) in 1990. Advertised by Mark Leonard of Grand Prix Classics (La Jolla, CA) in 1998 and sold by him to Peter Ball who did not use it much, preferring his FJ. From Bull to Harindra de Silva (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) February 2008 and raced in 2008 and 2009. Then stored until run in the F1 Support Race at COTA in November 2013.
  9. Tecno 68/F2 [T00 284?] (Gianclaudio "Clay" Regazzoni): When the Tecno team took three cars to the Argentine Temporada at the end of 1968, Motoring News noted that Clay Regazzoni's car, 'T00 284', was "his regular car". Presumed to have been his car from Pau (April 1968) onwards. Subsequent history unknown.
  10. Brabham BT23C [9] (Brian Hart): 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.
  11. Brabham BT23C [8] (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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Tecno 68/F2 [T00 306?] (Gianclaudio "Clay" Regazzoni): New at the December 1968 Argentine Temporada as a works car for Jo Siffert but likely to have been the "brand new" spare car available for Clay Regazzoni at Vallelunga in October. Then a works entry for François Cévert in F2 in 1969, winning at Reims in June. Entered by Jolly Club for Giancarlo Gagliardi at two F2 races early in 1970 and then to Hervé Bayard for hillclimbs later in 1970. Bayard's car was described as "ex-Regazzoni" and a 1969 car but identified by later owner Fred Marquet as chassis T00 306. Used in the 1971 French hillclimb series by Bayard with 1600cc FVA and 1800cc FVC engines. Then to Daniel Gache for 1972 and raced in the 1600cc G9 class. Unknown after the end of 1972 until acquired by Marquet from a M. Rabanel (Toulon, France) in 1987. Retained by Marquet in 2009.


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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