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New Zealand Grand Prix

Pukekohe, 10 Jan 1970

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Frank Matich McLaren M10A [300-10] - Chevrolet V8
#7 Rothmans Team Matich (see note 1)
58 58m 38.9s
2 Derek Bell (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT26A [4] - Cosworth DFW V8
#77 Wheatcroft Racing
58 59m 01.8s
3 Graeme Lawrence (Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69 [0008] V6
#14 Lawrence Racing
57
4 Ron Grable McLaren M10A [300-05] - Chevrolet V8
#1 I.M. Rorison Motor Racing Div
57
5 Kevin Bartlett (Tasman) 2-litre Mildren 'Mono' - Waggott TC4V
#6 Alec Mildren Pty. Ltd.
57
6 Ulf Norinder Lola T190 [190/F1/2] - Chevrolet V8
#17 Ulf Norinder Racing (see note 2)
56
7 Mike Goth Surtees TS5 [005] - Chevrolet V8
#96 Mike Goth Racing
56
8 Niel Allen McLaren M10B [400-02] - Chevrolet V8
#26 N.E. Allen (Auto Indust.)
56
9 Max Stewart (Tasman) 1.9-litre Mildren (Rennmax) - Waggott TC4V
#5 Alec Mildren Pty. Ltd.
55
10 Derrick Williams Lola T142 [SL142/42] - Chevrolet V8
#33 W.C. Wilkins
54
11 Pierre Phillips Begg FM2 [2] - Chevrolet V8
#24 G.N. Begg
54
12 Frank Radisich (NZNF) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A ["14"] - Cosworth FVA
#9 Henderson Central Motors (see note 3)
54
13 Ken Smith (NZNF) 1.6-litre Lotus 41 [41-F3-14] - Ford
#11 K.J. Smith
53
14 Brian Pellow (NZNF) 1.6-litre Brabham BT6 [FJ-12-63] - Ford
#61 Pellow Bros. (see note 4)
52
R Bill Simpson Eagle Mk 5 [512] - Chevrolet V8
#23 W. Simpson
39 rocker arm
R Graham McRae McLaren M10A [300-06] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Crown Lynn
20 Accident
R Mike Campbell Forsgrini Mk 14 [7001] - Chevrolet V8
#3 Forsgreen Engineering
12 Engine
R Kaye Griffiths (F5000) 4.7-litre BRP 2 [BRP-2-64] - Ford V8
#20 Sir Charles Napier Racing
11 Radiator
R Dennis Marwood Eisert JE67 - Chevrolet V8
#10 Rorison Motor Racing
3 Timing
R Bryan Faloon (Tasman) 2.5-litre Rorstan Mk 1 - Climax FPF 4
#57 Cambridge Racing Team
Overheating
UNK Jim Boyd (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT11A [IC-2-64] - Climax FPF 4
#12 Cambridge Racing Team

UNK Wayne Murdoch (NZNF) 1.6-litre Brabham BT10 [IC-6-64] - Ford
#15 W. Murdoch (see note 5)

UNKE Robs Lamplough (F?) unknown
#4 Robt. Lamplough Racing
On entry list
UNKE Graham Watson (NZNF) 1.6-litre Brabham BT16 [F2-9-65] - Ford
#8 Cambridge Racing Team (see note 6)
On entry list
UNKE Peter Hughes (NZNF) 1.6-litre Lotus 25/33 [R3] - Ford
#16 Transal Racing
On entry list
UNKE Geoff Mardon Begg FM2 [1] - Chevrolet V8
#39 G.N. Begg
On entry list
UNKE Kelvin Cameron (NZNF) 1.5-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford
#120 G.A.C. Engine Service
On entry list
UNKE Leo Leonard Begg F5000 [4] - Chevrolet V8
#152 L.B. Leonard
On entry list
DNA Dexter Dunlop (NZNF) 1.6-litre Brabham BT18 [AM144] - Ford
#19 Auto Fleet Services
Did not arrive

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Frank Matich (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10A [300-10] - Chevrolet V8 59.250s
2 Mike Goth (F5000) 5-litre Surtees TS5 [005] - Chevrolet V8 59.901s
3 Niel Allen (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10B [400-02] - Chevrolet V8 59.983s 59.982s
4 Derek Bell (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT26A [4] - Cosworth DFW V8 60.085s
5 Graeme Lawrence (Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69 [0008] - Ferrari V6 60.157s
6 Ulf Norinder (F5000) 5-litre Lola T190 [190/F1/2] - Chevrolet V8 61.721s
7 Max Stewart (Tasman) 1.9-litre Mildren (Rennmax) - Waggott TC4V 61.650s
8 Bill Simpson (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [512] - Chevrolet V8 61.721s
9 Kevin Bartlett (Tasman) 2-litre Mildren 'Mono' - Waggott TC4V 61.849s 61.650s
10 Ron Grable (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10A [300-05] - Chevrolet V8 62.650s 62.119s
11 Dennis Marwood (F5000) 5-litre Eisert JE67 - Chevrolet V8 62.452s
12 Mike Campbell (F5000) 5-litre Forsgrini Mk 14 [7001] - Chevrolet V8 62.956s
13 Derrick Williams (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 [SL142/42] - Chevrolet V8 63.807s
14 Bryan Faloon (Tasman) 2.5-litre Rorstan Mk 1 - Climax FPF 4 64.224s
15 Frank Radisich (NZNF) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A ["14"] - Cosworth FVA 64.864s
16 Ken Smith (NZNF) 1.6-litre Lotus 41 [41-F3-14] - Ford 65.136s
17 Jim Boyd (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT11A [IC-2-64] - Climax FPF 4 66.163s
18 Wayne Murdoch (NZNF) 1.6-litre Brabham BT10 [IC-6-64] - Ford 66.534s
19 Kaye Griffiths (F5000) 4.7-litre BRP 2 [BRP-2-64] - Ford V8 66.562s
20 Brian Pellow (NZNF) 1.6-litre Brabham BT6 [FJ-12-63] - Ford 66.719s
21 Graham McRae (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10A [300-06] - Chevrolet V8 no time
22 Pierre Phillips (F5000) 5-litre Begg FM2 [2] - Chevrolet V8 no time

Notes on the cars:

  1. McLaren M10A [300-10] (Frank Matich): New to Frank Matich (Cremorne, Australia) late 1969. Raced in the 1970 Tasman series, taking four pole positions and winning at Pukekohe and Wigram. Damaged in an accident during a preliminary race at the Singapore GP in March 1970 and replaced with a new M10B. The M10A was repaired, fitted with a Repco Holden engine and sold to Don O'Sullivan, who was entered by Team Matich in the 1971 Tasman series. O'Sullivan crashed at Teretonga and the car was destroyed. Parts were later used in O'Sullivan's Gardos F5000 car.
  2. Lola T190 [190/F1/2] (Ulf Norinder): New for Ulf Norinder and raced in the 1970 Tasman series. Then raced in the UK 1970 but crashed in practice for R4 Zandvoort 19 April 1970 and rebuilt on the 11th T190 tub as 190/F1/2-2. Raced again by Norinder for five more races then raced by Tony Lanfranchi at two races but crashed on the warm-up lap at the Oulton Park Gold Cup on 22 August. The car broke its back on landing and was not seen again. Presumed destroyed.
  3. McLaren M4A ["14"] (Frank Radisich): Graeme Lawrence acquired a F2 specification McLaren M4A after he left the Chequered Flag F2 team which was identified in its logbook application and NZ registration papers as chassis number 'M4A-14', implying it was chassis 200-14. Raced by Lawrence from Pukekohe in November 1968, appearing in the 1969 Tasman series and winning the Singapore and Selangor GPs in April. The car passed to Frank Radisich later in 1969 and was raced by him in the 1970 Tasman series. Then owned by Wayne Murdoch in 1971-72 but not raced. To Neil Heney in August 1972 and raced by Doug Heney in club events in 1973, then to Jon Warring for hillclimbs in 1974 and then to Ross Calgher (Waitara, New Zealand) for national racing from 1975 to 1977. Sold by Calgher to George Begg in March 1977 and he sold it to Andrew Cunningham in 1983. Retained to 1990 and then may have passed to Australian ownership until acquired by Peter Herbert (Auckland, NZ) in 1999.
  4. Brabham BT6 [FJ-12-63] (Brian Pellow): Denis O'Sullivan in Formula Junior in 1963. Retained for Formula 3 in 1964, now entered by Baldyne Engineering. Appears to have moved to Motor Racing Stables after O'Sullivan acquired at F2 Brabham BT10 around August 1964 and was raced by John Tomlinson at Brands Hatch 13 Sep 1964. Sold to Ken Sager and fitted with a 1500cc Ford engine for New Zealand racing in 1965 and 1966. During its time in New Zealand, it was often referred to as a 1964 car, implying a BT9. Sold to Grahame Harvey mid-1966 and retained for 1967. Then to Tim Bailey and fitted with a 1500cc Fiat engine for 1968. To Brian Pellow for 1969, still with the Fiat. Retained by Pellow for 1970, but now with a 1600cc Ford. This car was sold to Frank Gilbert (Auckland) and raced as a Formula Ford for two seasons. Graham Vercoe's book 'Historic Racing cars of New Zealand' claims that the car was a BT9, and that a replica frame was built by Pellow and that it was the replica frame that became the Formula Ford. Writing in 1991, he said that the original 'BT9' frame was owned by John Wigston.
  5. Brabham BT10 [IC-6-64] (Wayne Murdoch): Having driven a late-season Brabham BT6 for Scuderia Veloce in 1964, Greg Cusack bought a new Brabham BT10 which carried the non-standard plate 'IC-6-64' and fitted it with a 1500cc Ford twin cam engine for ANF1½ in 1965. The car probably came via Brabham's Australian agent Alec Mildren Pty Ltd. Cusack retained this for the first few months of 1966 and then sold it to Don Macdonald for racing in New Zealand in 1967 and 1968. It then went to Wayne Murdoch for the 1968/69 season and he returned with the car for the 1970 Internationals but it was then described as a BT18. It was later converted for Formula Ford. Unknown until acquired by Richard Armstrong (New Zealand) as a rolling chassis in 1977, who planned to turn it into ahillclimb car with a Lotus-Ford twin-cam engine, but other commitments put paid to those plans. The car has remained in storage with Richard ever since, and, in 2017, his intention was to restore it to NZ National Formula specification.
  6. Brabham BT16 [F2-9-65] (Graham Watson): Silvio Moser's F2 car in 1965, entered by Martinelli-Sonvico Racing. Used briefly as a second car early 1966 then apparently to Ken Sager in New Zealand for 1966 and later to Dave Oxton 1967, Graham Watson 1969, Brian Faloon 1970 and Warren Elleray in 1971.

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.

Sources include Autosport, Motoring News, the F1 Register books and Graham Vercoe's books "Historic Racing Cars of New Zealand" and "The Golden Era of New Zealand Motor Racing". The start point for the results was Bruce Sergent's website but these have subsequently been augmented with a number of other sources.

The start point for the 1970 Tasman results was Bruce Sergent's site which contains full reports on all these races. The 1970 results were then augmented by practice times and other information on R1 Levin and R2 Pukekohe (both in Autosport 15 Jan 1970); R3 Wigram (Autosport 29 Jan 1970); R4 Teretonga (Auto News Vol 3 No 14 9 Feb 1970 and Autosport 29 Jan 1970); R5 Surfers Paradise (Auto News Vol 3 No 15 23 Feb 1970 and Autosport 19 Feb 1970); R6 Warwick Farm (Auto News Vol 3 No 16 9 Mar 1970 and Autosport 26 Feb 1970); and R7 Sandown Park (Auto News Vol 3 No 16 9 Mar 1970 and Autosport 26 Feb 1970). Additional qualifying times have been provided by Milan Fistonic.

Tasman 1971-1975 information has also come from Bruce's site. Race speeds and other details for 1973 and 1974 have been taken from Autocourse. Qualifying times for 1975 have been supplied by Milan Fistonic from Australian Competition Yearbook. Entry lists have been provided by Milan and Bryan Miller.

The 1972 Tasman results are in the process of being augmented by practice times and other information from Autosport, Autoweek, the 1972 Racing Car News Yearbook and Australian Grand Prix. Entry numbers are taken from Autoweek's grids except Teretonga and Surfers Paradise where Autoweek did not publish them. Reports used are those for R1 NZ GP at Pukekohe (Autosport 13 Jan 1972 pp6-8 and Autoweek 5 Feb 1972 pp1,16-17), R2 Levin (Autosport 27 Jan 1972 pp26-27 and Autoweek), R3 Wigram (Autosport 27 Jan 1972 pp14-15 and Autoweek), R4 Teretonga (Autosport 10 Feb 1972 pp22-23 and Autoweek), R5 Surfers Paradise (Autosport 10 Feb 1972 pp12-13 and Autoweek), R6 Warwick Farm (Autosport 24 Feb 1972 pp23-24, 27 and Autoweek), R7 Sandown Park Australian Grand Prix (Autosport 2 Mar 1972 pp32-33, Autoweek, Australian Grand Prix pp362-368) and R8 Adelaide. There is a mistake in Autoweek's NZ GP grid with Ken Smith being mentioned twice so Autosport's grid is used. In other places where the sources didn't agree, Autoweek appeared to be the least reliable.

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

Individual sources for this event

There were no preliminaries for this race.