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Forward Trust Formula Three Championship

Thruxton, 24 Mar 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ian Taylor March 733 - Ford twin cam Holbay
#18 Chris Andrews
15 0.23.11.2
91.45 mph
2 Andy Sutcliffe Royale RP11A [6] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#32 Reystan Racing (see note 1)
15 0.23.54.4
3 Tony Brise GRD 373 [045-F3] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#1 Team Kent Messenger Racing
15 0.23.59.6
4 Masami Kuwashima GRD 372 [030-F3] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#6 Reystan Racing
15 0.24.10.2
5 Alan Jones GRD 373 [060-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#9 DART Racing/GRD Ltd
15 0.24.12.8
6 Mike Wilds Ensign LNF3/73 [72.8] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#26 Dempster International Racing Team
15 0.24.14.0
7 Simon Sherman Royale RP11 [5] - Ford twin cam
#30 (see note 2)
14 0.23.15.2
8 Roger Craven GRD 372 [024-F3] - Ford twin cam
#2 L&K Racing Team
14 0.23.52.8
9 Tony Rouff GRD 373 [050-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#4 AB3 Racing Developments
14 0.24.24.0
10 Matt Spitzley March 733 [7] - Ford twin cam Brown
#16
13 0.23.01.6
R Russell Wood March 733 [3] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#17 The Chequered Flag (see note 3)
11 Drive shaft
R John Sheldon Royale RP11 [3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#29 (see note 4)
10 Accident damage after spin at Goodwood
R Val Musetti Royale RP11 [2] - Ford twin cam Carlow
#31 (see note 5)
6
R Damien Magee Palliser WD3-2 [2] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#15
5 Accident at Village
R Neil Ginn GRD 372 [022-F3] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#7
3
R Richard Robarts GRD 373 [053-F3] - Ford twin cam Levsey
#11 Myson Racing with GRS
2 Hit by Harness
R Mo Harness Ensign LNF3/73 [73.17] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#25 Modus Team Ensign
2 Spun at Campbell, hit Robarts
DNS Brian Henton GRD 373 [057-F3] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#3
Did not start
(Wrong tires after warm up lap [dries for wet race])
DNQ S.N. (Norman) Moffett GRD 372 - Ford twin cam Holbay
#12
Did not qualify
DNQ Andy MacGregor Brabham BT35 [4] - Ford twin cam Carlow
#34
Did not qualify
DNQ John MacDonald GRD 372 [025-F3] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#5
Did not qualify
DNA Jeremy Gambs GRD 373 [070-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#8
Did not arrive
DNA Barrie Maskell MRE Mk2 [P.1.73] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#10 Competition Cars
Did not arrive
DNA Lionel Friedrich March 733 [13] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#21
Did not arrive
DNA José Espírito Santo March 733 [6] - Ford twin cam Mohr
#22
Did not arrive
DNA Steve Coen March 713S [9] - Ford twin cam
#24
Did not arrive
DNA Alan Edgar Alexis Mk20 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#28
Did not arrive
DNA Graham Lynch (F3) unknown
#33
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Tony Brise (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [045-F3] - Ford twin cam Holbay 1.30.2
2 Damien Magee (F3) 1.6-litre Palliser WD3-2 [2] - Ford twin cam Novamotor 1.31.8
3 Alan Jones (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [060-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 1.32.6
4 Ian Taylor (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 - Ford twin cam Holbay 1.33.6
5 Russell Wood (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [3] - Ford twin cam Novamotor 1.33.8
6 Mo Harness (F3) 1.6-litre Ensign LNF3/73 [73.17] - Ford twin cam Holbay 1.34.0
7 John Sheldon (F3) 1.6-litre Royale RP11 [3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 1.34.0
8 Masami Kuwashima (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 372 [030-F3] - Ford twin cam Holbay 1.34.2
9 Mike Wilds (F3) 1.6-litre Ensign LNF3/73 [72.8] - Ford twin cam Holbay 1.34.4
10 Andy Sutcliffe (F3) 1.6-litre Royale RP11A [6] - Ford twin cam Novamotor 1.34.4
11 Matt Spitzley (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [7] - Ford twin cam Brown 1.34.6
12 Neil Ginn (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 372 [022-F3] - Ford twin cam Novamotor 1.35.4
13 Val Musetti (F3) 1.6-litre Royale RP11 [2] - Ford twin cam Carlow 1.38.4
14 Simon Sherman (F3) 1.6-litre Royale RP11 [5] - Ford twin cam 1.39.6
15 Richard Robarts (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [053-F3] - Ford twin cam Levsey 1.40.2
16 Tony Rouff (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [050-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 1.40.4
17 Roger Craven (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 372 [024-F3] - Ford twin cam 1.41.0
18 Brian Henton * (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [057-F3] - Ford twin cam Holbay 1.52.8
19 Andy MacGregor * (F3) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [4] - Ford twin cam Carlow 2.15.8
20 S.N. (Norman) Moffett * (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 372 - Ford twin cam Holbay 2.16.8
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Royale RP11A [6] (Andy Sutcliffe): New factory car for Tom Pryce to drive, replacing the one wrecked at the 1972 Monaco GP F3 race. To Reystan Racing for 1973 for Andy Sutcliffe to drive, but Sutcliffe left the team in April, and his seat was taken over by Val Musetti, who had written off his own RP11 in testing. Raced by Musetti through to the end of the season. Converted to Formula Atlantic specification for 1974 and raced by Musetti in the British championship up to May. Sold later in the year to Mike Franey and raced in libre racing. Raced by Franey in a couple of British Formula Atlantic races in 1975. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. Royale RP11 [5] (Simon Sherman): New to Simon Sherman and raced in British F3 in 1972. Retained for 1973, but did not start many races. Sherman entered the car for a few races in 1974 but only started one race. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. March 733 [3] (Russell Wood): New to Russell Wood and run for him in the British F3 series by Peter Bloore Racing with backing from The Chequered Flag. Wood won three early round of the championship but had a heavy accident at Zandvoort in May and did not win again. Sold to Australian Ian Douglass for 1974 and rebuilt for Australian F2, using various 742 bits. The car was involevd in a fire during private testing at Oran Park after the Lakeside race in December 1974 and was completely burnt to the ground.
  4. Royale RP11 [3] (John Sheldon): New to The Chequered Flag for Ian Ashley in British F3 in 1972. The team were a frequent non-arrival from July onwards, even when Brian McGuire replaced Ian Ashley as the nominated driver. Sold to John Sheldon (Surbiton, Surrey) for 1973 and raced in the British F3 series. Last seen at Mallory Park in August 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. Royale RP11 [2] (Val Musetti): New for Val Musetti (Twickenham) and raced in British F3 in 1972. Retained for 1973 until "written off" in an accident the week before the race at Oulton Park 20 April 1973. Musetti then took over the Reystan Racing Royale RP11A from Andy Sutcliffe, and future references to an ex-Musetti Royale would be to that car.

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' orginal results.

These British Formula 3 results have been compiled by Chris Townsend using the main British magazines Autosport and Motoring News but also the US magazine On Track which carried surprisingly good coverage of the British series.

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