Grand Prix de Rouen

Rouen-les-Essarts, 27 Jun 1971

1 Ronnie Peterson March 712M [7] - Cosworth FVA
#4 March Engineering
176.476 kph
2 Dieter Quester March 712M [14] - BMW M12/2
#14 Eifelland Wohnwagenbau (see note 1)
3 Graham Hill Brabham BT36 [2] - Cosworth FVA
#1 Rondel Racing (see note 2)
4 Niki Lauda March 712M [9B as '10'] - Cosworth FVA
#12 March Engineering
5 François Migault Lotus 69 ["69/71.18.F2"] - Cosworth FVA
#28 LIRA
6 Tim Schenken Brabham BT36 [1] - Cosworth FVA
#5 Rondel Racing (see note 3)
22 Engine
7 Carlos Pace March 712M [20] - Cosworth FVA
#24 Frank Williams Racing
R Jean-Pierre Beltoise Pygmée MDB16 [MDB16-271] - Cosworth FVA
#3 Constructions Mech Pygmée (see note 4)
19 Fuel starvation
R Gerry Birrell Lotus 69 [71/69.3.F2] - Cosworth FVA
#17 J&J Stanton
18 Overheating
R Jeremy Richardson Brabham BT30 [16] - Cosworth FVA
#7 Paul Watson Racing Organisation
(see note 5)
17 Overheating
R Ernesto "Tino" Brambilla March 712M [21] - Cosworth FVA
#38 Scuderia Ala d'Oro
15 Engine
R Reine Wisell Lotus 69 [69.F2.1] - Cosworth FVA
#18 LIRA
14 Collision with Mazet
R François Cevert Tecno TF71 [T00720] - Ford BDA
#16 Équipe ELF Tecno
13 Broken wheel, accident
R Tetsu Ikuzawa Lotus 69 [71/69.1.F2] - Cosworth FVA
10 Engine
R Jean-Pierre Jaussaud March 712M [11] - Cosworth FVA
#10 Shell-Arnold
7 Fuel starvation
R Peter Westbury Brabham BT36 [5] - Cosworth FVA
#6 FIRST (see note 6)
5 Oil pipe
DSQ Carlos Reutemann Brabham BT30 [18] - Cosworth FVA
#8 Automovil Club, Argentina (see note 7)
22 6th on road; missed chicane
DSQ François Mazet Chevron B18 [18.71.3] - Cosworth FVA
#36 Siffert Racing Team (see note 8)
22 7th on road; missed chicane
DNSF Max Jean ("Jean Max") March 712M [4] - Cosworth FVA
#23 Frank Williams Racing
Did not start final
DNSF Jean-Pierre Jarier March 712M [9] - Cosworth FVA
#31 Shell-Arnold
Did not start final
DNSF Mike Beuttler March 712M [5] - Cosworth FVA
Did not start final
DNQH Wilson Fittipaldi March 712M [17] - Cosworth FVA
#9 Team Bardahl (see note 9)
Did not qualify from heats
(7th in heat 1)
DNQH John Cannon March 712M [15] - Cosworth FVA
#11 (see note 10)
Did not qualify from heats
(retired heat 1)
DNQH Silvio Moser Brabham BT30 [17] - Cosworth FVA
#29 Jolly Club Switzerland (see note 11)
Did not qualify from heats
(retired heat 2)
DNQH John Watson Brabham BT30 [11] - Cosworth FVA
#33 (see note 12)
Did not qualify from heats
(9th in heat 1)
DNQH Lionel Noghès Brabham BT30 [9] - Cosworth FVA
#35 Écurie Monaco (see note 13)
Did not qualify from heats
(8th in heat 1)
DNQH Vittorio Brambilla March 712M [1] - Cosworth FVA
#39 Scuderia Ala d'Oro
Did not qualify from heats
(retired heat 2)
DNS Jean-Pierre Jabouille Tecno TF71 [T00714] - Ford BDA
#21 Équipe ELF Tecno
Did not start
DNS Claudio Francisci Tecno TF70 [T00808] - Cosworth FVA
#41 Racing Team IRIS
Did not start
DNPQ Bob Wollek Brabham BT36 [9] - Cosworth FVA
#20 Rondel Racing (see note 14)
Did not pre-qualify
DNPQ Patrick Depailler Tecno TF71 [T00716] - Ford BDA
#22 Équipe ELF Tecno
Did not pre-qualify
DNPQ Christian Ethuin March 712M [2] - Cosworth FVA
#25 Frank Williams Racing
Did not pre-qualify
DNPQ Jürg Dubler Brabham BT30 [24] - Cosworth FVA
#30 Jolly Club Switzerland (see note 15)
Did not pre-qualify
DNPQ Hervé Bayard Chevron B18 [18.71.4] - Cosworth FVA
#32 (see note 16)
Did not pre-qualify
DNPQ Carlos Ruesch Brabham BT30 [19] - Cosworth FVA
#34 Automovil Club, Argentina (see note 17)
Did not pre-qualify
DNPQ Adam Potocki Lotus 69 [69.F2.3] - Cosworth FVA
#37 Scuderia Ala d'Oro
Did not pre-qualify
DNPQ Arturo Merzario Tecno TF70 [T00806] - Cosworth FVA
#40 Racing Team IRIS
Did not pre-qualify
DNPQ Hannelore Werner March 712M [3] - Cosworth FVA
#46 Eifelland Wohnwagenbau
Did not pre-qualify
DNA Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus 69 [69/71.5.F2] - Cosworth FVA
#2 Team Bardahl
Did not arrive
DNA Helmut Marko Lola T240 ["F2.1"] - Cosworth FVA
#15 Écurie Bonnier
Did not arrive
DNA Jean Blanc Tecno TF70 [T00 740] - Cosworth FVA
Did not arrive
DNA Patrick Dal Bo Pygmée MDB16 - Cosworth FVA
#27 Constructions Mech Pygmée
Did not arrive
DNA Bernd Terbeck Brabham BT36 [3] - Cosworth FVA
#44 (see note 18)
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre F2 unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Ronnie Peterson160.35.45.5
2Niki Lauda160.35.45.6
3Jean-Pierre Beltoise160.36.07.5
4Tim Schenken160.36.07.8
5Reine Wisell160.36.10.0
6Peter Westbury160.37.06.8
7Wilson Fittipaldi160.37.45.9
8Jeremy Richardson160.37.47.2
9John Watson15Started as reserve for Francisci
10Carlos Pace15
11Ernesto "Tino" Brambilla14
Max Jean ("Jean Max")11Accident
Mike Beuttler10Engine
John Cannon2
Claudio FrancisciDid not start
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1François Cevert160.35.25.2
2Carlos Reutemann160.35.30.5
3Dieter Quester160.35.35.9
4Gerry Birrell160.35.36.6
5Graham Hill160.35.42.8
6Jean-Pierre Jaussaud160.35.54.1
7François Migault160.35.57.8
8Lionel Noghès160.37.07.9
9Tetsu Ikuzawa15
François Mazet13
Silvio Moser13
Vittorio Brambilla13
Jean-Pierre Jarier10
Jean-Pierre JabouilleDid not start
1 François Cevert (F2) 1.6-litre Tecno TF71 [T00720] - Ford BDA
2 Ronnie Peterson (F2) 1.6-litre March 712M [7] - Cosworth FVA
3 Carlos Reutemann (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT30 [18] - Cosworth FVA
4 Niki Lauda (F2) 1.6-litre March 712M [9B as '10'] - Cosworth FVA
5 Dieter Quester (F2) 1.6-litre March 712M [14] - BMW M12/2
6 Jean-Pierre Beltoise (F2) 1.6-litre Pygmée MDB16 [MDB16-271] - Cosworth FVA
7 Gerry Birrell (F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.3.F2] - Cosworth FVA
8 Tim Schenken (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT36 [1] - Cosworth FVA
9 Graham Hill (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT36 [2] - Cosworth FVA
10 Reine Wisell (F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [69.F2.1] - Cosworth FVA
11 Jean-Pierre Jaussaud (F2) 1.6-litre March 712M [11] - Cosworth FVA
12 Mike Beuttler (F2) 1.6-litre March 712M [5] - Cosworth FVA
13 François Migault (F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 ["69/71.18.F2"] - Cosworth FVA
14 Peter Westbury (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT36 [5] - Cosworth FVA
15 François Mazet (F2) 1.6-litre Chevron B18 [18.71.3] - Cosworth FVA
16 Max Jean ("Jean Max") (F2) 1.6-litre March 712M [4] - Cosworth FVA
17 Jean-Pierre Jarier (F2) 1.6-litre March 712M [9] - Cosworth FVA
18 Ernesto "Tino" Brambilla (F2) 1.6-litre March 712M [21] - Cosworth FVA
19 Carlos Pace (F2) 1.6-litre March 712M [20] - Cosworth FVA reserve
20 Tetsu Ikuzawa (F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.1.F2] - Cosworth FVA reserve
21 Jeremy Richardson (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT30 [16] - Cosworth FVA reserve

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 712M [14] (Dieter Quester): Thanks to Dieter Quester's BMW connections, he was able to acquire BMW engines for a new March 712M in 1971 and was highly successful, winning at Monza in June and taking a further five second places that season. The next time the 712M emerged was as the basis of Kurt Bergmann's Kaimann F2 car, equipped with an Apfelbeck-developed 2-litre Opel engine. The car was used with some success in Austrian hillclimbs but the engine failed in practice when it appeared for its one F2 race, at Hockenheim in April 1974 (see Autosport 8 Apr 1976 p2). The F1 Register then reports the presence of a similarly specified car in the hands of Kurt Rieder at the Salzburg race in June (F1R Volume 10 p63).
  2. Brabham BT36 [2] (Graham Hill): 1971 Rondel Racing for Graham Hill and Bob Wollek in F2
    1972-3 John MacDonald Hong Kong, Hart 416 on carbs
    1973 Eddie Marcello Philippines, damaged in accident
    1975 Rod Ocampo
    1977 Romeo David
    19?? Louis Camus
    1988 Leif Norberg (restored 1996 by Peter Denty)
    2004 Andrew Fellowes, Australia (retains original gearbox)
    2011 Alan Telfer
  3. Brabham BT36 [1] (Tim Schenken): 1971 Rondel Racing for Tim Schenken in F2
    1972 Bobby Howlings in libre (March)
    1972 Leased by Tate of Leeds/Titan Properties to Graham Hill, F2 with BDE
    1972 Tate of Leeds/Malcolm Wayne in libre (and Atlantic?)
    then via Bob Howlings to
    1972-3 Arthur Moore
    1975 Possibly Cheshire Sports Cars for sale
    1976 Bob Howlings sold to
    1976-8 John Tait
    1978? Eddy D'Hoe, Belgium, with FVA & FT200
    1980 Regis Jumez, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
    1984 Bob Howlings, then to Anthony Mayman
    1986 John Harper (via Ted Walker) sold to;
    1989 Peter Williams
    2002 Andrew Fellowes
    2009 Ian Rimmer
  4. Pygmée MDB16 [MDB16-271] (Jean-Pierre Beltoise): According to the research of Gérard Gamand, Editor of Autodiva, the ex-Beltoise 'châssis MDB16#271' went to Richard Daniel for 1972. Daniel raced the car in courses de côte until the end of 1972 but its next owner is currently unknown.
  5. Brabham BT30 [16] (Jeremy Richardson): New to Tom Wheatcroft and entered for Derek Bell to race in F2 in 1970. To Jeremy Richardson and raced in F2 and libre during 1971. Then to Alex Seldon (Ripley, Surrey) and raced in libre through 1972 and 1973. Advertised by Seldon in February 1974 and next owner unknown but the FVA was removed and the car stored in a dry barn until 1984 when Ted Walker bought it via John Harper. Sold to Lincoln Small in 1986 and used for many years in historic racing.
  6. Brabham BT36 [5] (Peter Westbury): New to F.I.R.S.T. for Peter Westbury to drive in F2 in 1971. Retained by Westbury early 1972 and then sold to Neckel 'Nick' Koob (Bettborn, Luxembourg) for French, Belgian and Luxembourg hill climbs from 1972 to 1974. To Johny Krier (Luxembourg) 1975 for French, Belgian and Luxembourg hillclimbs.
    1977 Roger Hennebert (Belgium)
    1978 Marcel Tarrès?
    1979 Guy Verraux (Charleville, France)
    1980 - 1981 Claude Bargellini (Longwy, France)
    1981 - 1984 Francois Wille, Longwy, (Martini bodywork but with chassis plate)
    1986 Yves Bole (Venissieux, France)
    1993 John Beasley (Shrewsbury, Shropshire)
    1998 Abba Kogan and rebuilt on a new chassis
    2007 Sold by RM Auctions (agent Annette Abaci) to Thomas Steinke (Hamburg, Germany). Neither Abaci or Steinke were the aware of the car having a new chassis. The original chassis was later sold via Bonhams in 2008 and its current whereabouts are unknown. Meanwhile, the continuous entity of BT36-5 was raced by Steinke in European Historic F2 in 2008 and 2009 and sold to Francesco Molino (Pescara, Italy) in 2012. Then to Günter Türk (Freiburg, Germany) in 2013.
  7. Brabham BT30 [18] (Carlos Reutemann): New to Automovil Club Argentina for Carlos Reutemann to race in F2 in 1970 and 1971. Last seen at Rouen June 1971, after which it was replaced by a BT36. It was then sent to Argentina to be used as a race school car but the details of its life remain unknown. Found and acquired by Richard Vignoles (Argentina) in 2008. To Carlos Lioni (Argentina) 2009.
  8. Chevron B18 [18.71.3] (François Mazet): New to Chevron's European agent Jo Siffert and raced by him in the F2 races at Bogotá in February 1971. Driven by Siffert in some European F2 races later in 1971, but more usually by François Mazet, who finished fourth at Pau but otherwise had a difficult season. Raced by José Dolhem at the final race of the year. It appears the Chevron was returned to Bolton after 1971 and found its way into the hands of Roger Hire, who was also running a Chevron B21 with Peter Hanson. The car was then leased to Willie Green and fitted with a 1.9 Alan Smith Cosworth FVC for the Rothmans 50,000 libre race in August 1972. Then unknown until July 1982, when "chassis no. 3 ex Siffert" was advertised from Manton in Leicestershire. Unknown again until 1989, when Robert Campbell raced his red "ex-Jo Siffert F2 Chevron B18-71/3" in HSCC events. A car with this chassis number was auctioned by H&H in May 2002 but did not sell. Next seen in 2014, when a red B18 was advertised by Lutziger Classic Cars, showing the 1990 HSCC papers and a "71/3" chassis plate.
  9. March 712M [17] (Wilson Fittipaldi): 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.
  10. March 712M [15] (John Cannon): John Cannon generally ran his March 712M in Formula 2 but took it to the US in September for the Lime Rock Formula 5000 race fitted with an FVC (MN 3 Feb 1972 p18). In 1972, the car was converted to Formula B specification with a Hart twin cam and raced by Warren G. Ogden III (North Andover, MA) in SCCA events. He advertised the car in Feb 1973 but it may have been the basis of the March 73B that he drove at Virginia International Raceway on 8 Apr 1973.
  11. Brabham BT30 [17] (Silvio Moser): New to John Coombs Racing and entered for Jackie Stewart and Jack Brabham in F2 in 1970. Fitted with a Cosworth FVC for Stewart to win the 1970 JAF GP. To Mike Goth September 1970 for three late-season F2 races. To Silvio Moser (Lugano, Switzerland) for F2 in 1971 up to Rouen in late June, after which Moser had a BT36. The next stages of this car's life are unknown but a 1996 Coys auction catalogue said that it had been used in hillclimbs until bought by the then current owner in 1976. The car was sold after the auction to Jay Galpin and then on to Bob Baker.
  12. Brabham BT30 [11] (John Watson): Sold to John Watson (Craigavad, County Down, Northern Ireland) for F2 in 1970, replacing a Lola T100 that Watson had used with great success in Irish libre. Retained for F2 in 1971, during which time it was partly updated to BT36 specification. To Bob Howlings (Congleton, Cheshire) for libre 1972 and fitted with a 1800cc Cosworth FVC mid-season. Sold to Tony Dean (Leeds, West Yorkshire) in August so he would have a car for the Rothmans 50,000. To Phillip Guerola (Bickley, Kent) 1973 and raced in libre until the end of 1976. Advertised ("ex-Watson") as a rolling chassis from an Aylesbury number in January 1978 and bought by Barrie Dutnall (Medway, Kent) in 1979 or 1980 but not used. Advertised by Dutnall as a rolling chassis in June 1981. Said to have been owned by Jon Bradburn, David Rishworth (Leamington, Warwickshire) and Kelvin Lambeth before bought by David McLaughlin in or before 2003. To David Brown (Ashford, Kent) 2003. To Ian Gray (Mansfield, Nottinghamshire) 2004.
  13. Brabham BT30 [9] (Lionel Noghès): Sold new to Rodney Bloor's Sports Motors (Manchester) Ltd and run for François Mazet in F2 in 1970. Raced also by Gerry Birrell once at the end of the season. Then to Monegasque Lionel Noghès and raced under the Écurie Monaco banner in F2 in 1971. Last mentioned in June 1972 when the gearbox was stolen from the car while it was in storage at Lenham Hurst (Folkestone, Kent). Subsequent history unknown. The Noghès family are closely connected to the ruling family of Monaco and it is possible that the car has remained in the principality as part of The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III.
  14. Brabham BT36 [9] (Bob Wollek): 1971 Rondel Racing for Bob Wollek in F2
    1972 John Kendall & leased to Richard Scott for F2
    1973 José Araujo for F/Atlantic, accident Snetterton,
    1973 Ken Thorogood, subsequently to Peter Denty
    2008-10 Restored by Peter Denty.
    2010 Klaus Bergs
  15. Brabham BT30 [24] (Jürg Dubler): To Team Obrist and run by Motor Racing Enterprises in F2 in 1970 for Howden Ganley, Jean-Pierre Jaussaud and Richard Scott. Retained for 1971 and entered by Team Obrist for Jürg Dubler in F2 and also in some French and Swiss hillclimbs. Presumably the car driven by Albert Obrist at Lorentzweiler in April 1972. Then to Michel Pignard (Rillieux, France) for French hillclimbs in 1972 and early 1973 before being replaced with a 1971 Pygmée MDB16. Sold to Daniel Gache (Avignon, France) and advertised by him in December 1973. Gache recalls that he sold it to someone in the 'area of Lyon' and he believed that Gérard Gamand later bought the car from that same man. To Gamand (France) 1985 and retained to at least 1990. With Gerard Cerny (France) in 1994. Then unknown until raced by Laurent Fort (France) in 2009 and 2010. Sold to Ian Rimmer (Pavenham, Bedfordshire) in 2011 and restored by Peter Denty. Sold by Rimmer in 2013 to Ray Stubber (Australia) who ran the car in a few HSCC Historic F2 and Derek Bell Trophy races between 2013 and 2015.
  16. Chevron B18 [18.71.4] (Hervé Bayard): Hervé Bayard, from Roye in northern France, had hillclimbed an ex-F2 Tecno in 1970 and continued to use that car at the start of 1971, but also entered the Thruxton F2 race with a Chevron B18. His car eventually appeared in time for Crystal Palace at the end of May but Bayard failed to qualify, and at Rouen two weeks later he did not even pre-qualify. He then used the Chevron for French hillclimbs, firstly with F1 driver Jean-Pierre Beltoise taking it to second place at Poilly-sur-Serein in July, then Bayard repeating that result with it at Tancarville a few days later. Bayard then acquired an Astra sports car, followed by a F5000 Surtees, and the Chevron was forgotten. Bayard advertised the car in February 1972 and sold the engine to Pierre Desnos, but exactly what happened to the chassis next remains unresolved. It is likely to have been the (red?) Chevron B18 raced on the French hills by Rémy Gillis (Arques, also in northern France) in 1973 and is probably then the Chevron "B25" used by Bernard-Etienne Grobot (Ban-de-Laveline in north-eastern France) in late 1973 and 1974. Then probably the car raced by Lucien Guitteny in 1975. This French B18 was later acquired from Marc Regal by Marcel Alquier, at which point it had a later full-width nose. Alquier is reported to have painted it black. According to Autodiva Editor Gérard Gamand, Maurice Slotine had a black Chevron B18 in the Trophée d'Europe F2 Historique in 1990s which may have been the ex-Bayard car. A dark blue Chevron B18 with a chassis plate bearing "71/4" and a history in French hillclimbs was auctioned by Bonhams in September 2014. The vendor had acquired the car from Veit Dennert (Schlüsselfeld, Germany) in 1999; Dennert having acquired it in 1994.
  17. Brabham BT30 [19] (Carlos Ruesch): New to Automovil Club Argentina for Benedicto Caldarella to race in F2 in 1970 but also raced once by Reutemann. Retained for Carlos Ruesch in 1971. Last seen at Rouen June 1971, after which it was replaced by a BT36. It was then sent to Argentina to be used as a race school car but the details of its life remain unknown. On display in the Automovil Club Argentino Museum in 2008.
  18. Brabham BT36 [3] (Bernd Terbeck): 1971 Bernd Terbeck in F2
    1972 Bernd Terbeck in F2
    Accident at Hockenheim 16th April and returned to England for repairs.
    1972 August 10th A/S car for sale by Kaydon Racing at Cobham *2
    Returned to Bernd Terbeck who sold to Heinz Stemmer, Münster
    then to Karl-Heinz Kühn,
    1984 Hans Peter
    2003 Willy Markwalder
    2006 Heinz Rolf Wisskirchen


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.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.

Individual sources for this event

Autosport 1 Jul 1971 p32 gives all but ten chassis numbers, the main exceptions being the five Tecnos and the Beltoise Pygme. Lauda had a new 712M described as chassis 10 but this was previously Jarier's chassis plate and March records confirm that the two cars swap chassis plate at this point. The LIRA team may have been playing with chassis plates but both Autosport and MN say Migault was in Scott's usual car and Wisell in hs own usual car. The biggest confusion is around Herv Bayard's Chevron B18 which is said to be 18.71.3 but the ex-Bogota/Perrot car.