Yellow Pages Championship Round
Brands Hatch, 25 Jun 1972
|1||Vern Schuppan||March 722  - Ford BDA Richardson
#1 Malaysia Singapore Airlines (see note 1)
|2||John Lepp||Chevron B20 [72-4] - Ford BDA Richardson
#25 Bob Howlings Racing Team (see note 2)
|3||Chris Meek||March 712M  - Ford BDA BRM
#41 Tate of Leeds (Racing) (see note 3)
|4||Bill Gubelmann||March 722  - Ford BDA Hart
#16 (see note 4)
|5||Reg James||Brabham BT28/35  - Ford BDA
|6||Bob Salisbury||Brabham BT35  - Ford BDA Hart
#9 F.R.Gerard (see note 5)
|7||Ronnie Mackay||Brabham BT30/36 [BT30-14] - Ford twin cam
#37 Dunnets Garage/Team MRE (see note 6)
|8||Jonny Dimsdale||Lotus 69 [59 F3-37] - Ford BDA RES
|9||Mick Jones||Merlyn Mk 14A [140/F3/68?] - Ford twin cam
#4 Kentish Times Newspapers (Racing)
|10||Patrick Sumner||Kitchiner K4B ['Alie'] - Ford twin cam BRM
|11||John Calvert||March 722  - Ford BDA
#77 (see note 7)
|R||John Kendall||Brabham BT36  - Ford BDA Racing Services
#33 (see note 8)
|R||Cyd Williams||March 722  - Ford BDA Eden
#5 Alida Graham Eden Racing (see note 9)
|R||Peter Wardle||Lotus 69 [59-XB/F3-38] - Ford BDA Eden
#7 (see note 10)
|R||John Nicholson||Lyncar 003  - Ford BDA Piper
|UNK||Ian Mawby||Lotus 69 [71/69.10.FB] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#31 (see note 11)
|UNK||Colin Andrews||March 712M [11 as '9'] - Ford BDA
#40 (see note 12)
|UNK||Alan Edgar||Alexis Mk20 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
|DNA||Dick Barker||Brabham BT29 - Ford BDA
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Martin Watson||GRD 272 [012-F2] - Ford BDA Bectune
#17 (see note 13)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Jack Paterson||Wimhurst - Ford twin cam BRM
#18 (see note 14)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Alan Matson||Brabham BT28 - Ford twin cam
#27 (see note 15)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Alan Rollinson||Puma HM22A - Ford BDA
#28 McKechnie Racing Organisation
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Malcolm Wayne||Taydec Mk5  - Ford BDA
#42 Tate of Leeds Ltd
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Sonny Rajah||March 712M  - Ford BDA
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Allan McCully||Brabham BT38C  - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#52 AIRO with Tiran Auto Racing
(see note 16)
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.
|1||Cyd Williams||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722  - Ford BDA Eden||0.45.8|
|2||Vern Schuppan||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722  - Ford BDA Richardson||0.46.6|
|3||Chris Meek||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 712M  - Ford BDA BRM||0.47.2|
|4||John Lepp||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [72-4] - Ford BDA Richardson||0.47.2|
|5||Peter Wardle||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [59-XB/F3-38] - Ford BDA Eden||0.47.4|
|6||Reg James||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT28/35  - Ford BDA||0.47.6|
|7||John Nicholson||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lyncar 003  - Ford BDA Piper||0.47.6|
|8||Jonny Dimsdale||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [59 F3-37] - Ford BDA RES||0.48.0|
|9||Mick Jones||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 14A [140/F3/68?] - Ford twin cam||0.48.4|
|10||John Kendall||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT36  - Ford BDA Racing Services||0.49.0|
|11||Ian Mawby||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.10.FB] - Ford BDA Cosworth||0.49.2|
|12||Ronnie Mackay||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT30/36 [BT30-14] - Ford twin cam||0.50.6|
|13||Colin Andrews||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 712M [11 as '9'] - Ford BDA||0.52.2|
|14||John Calvert||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722  - Ford BDA||0.52.4|
|15||Bob Salisbury||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35  - Ford BDA Hart||0.56.8|
|16||Patrick Sumner||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Kitchiner K4B ['Alie'] - Ford twin cam BRM||0.59.6|
|17||Alan Edgar||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Alexis Mk20 - Ford twin cam Vegantune||1.02.2|
|18||Bill Gubelmann||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722  - Ford BDA Hart||No time|
Notes on the cars:
- March 722  (Vern Schuppan): New to Australian Vern Schuppan to drive in the British Formula Atlantic championship. Fitted with a BRM Ford twin cam engine, and first seen in practice at Mallory Park in late March, but Schuppan left before the race to catch a flight to the Singapore GP. Schuppan finished second in Singapore, and third in the Malaysian GP a week later. Then returned to the British series, now with a BDA, and won four rounds. The car was then fitted with Falconer bodywork and an Amon-Woods engine rebuilt by Geoff Richardson, and raced in the Rothmans 50,000 and in two late-season F2 races. After a single F2 race in 1973 fitted with a Richardon BDG, the car went to Southeast Asia, winning the Singapore GP with a Ford twin cam fitted, then competed in the JAF Grand Prix at Fuji with the BDG, and back to the 'twink' for Macau. He raced the car in British Formula Atlantic briefly in early 1974, then sent it back to Asia where he won the Macau GP in November, by which time it had been fitted with 732 bodywork and a Lola T360 rear wing. It then became a fixture at Macau up to 1977, being driven by Alan Jones and Derek Daly. Patrick Tambay also raced for Theodore Racing in the Malaysian and Penang Grands Prix in 1977, where it was still in 732 form but was billed as a 752. It reappeared at Macau for Schuppan in 1979, now in 76B bodywork. After one more race in the hands of Roberto Moreno, the car was retained by Yip and placed in the Macau Grand Prix Museum.
- Chevron B20 [72-4] (John Lepp): To Bob Howlings Racing Team for John Lepp (Altrincham, Cheshire) to race in British Formula Atlantic in 1972. Won at Croft in August and had several other good placings. Last seen in the UK at Oulton Park on 30 September 1972, and then unknown until early 1974 when sold by Howlings to Nelson Todd (Lisburn, Northern Ireland), and raced in Irish Formula Atlantic, winning at Kirkistown in October 1974. To Jim Sherry (Lisburn, Northern Ireland) for a couple of races at Mondello Park in 1975. This must be the "little used" Chevron B20 advertised by Gerry Kinnane in Belfast in June 1976. Raced by Mike Nugent (Cookstown, County Tyrone) a couple of times later that year. Then to Dick Parsons (Dundonald, County Down, Northern Ireland) for 1977, when it was described as a ex-Kinnane. Sold to Tom McMillan in Scotland, then on to Bill Lord for 1978 and used in Scottish hillclimbs, reputedly with a Hart 420R Formula 2 engine, but this seems unlikely. Retained for 1979 and presumably the Chevron B20 with Cosworth FVC engine advertised from Dunfermline, Fife in November 1979.
- March 712M  (Chris Meek): 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, by which time it had Falconer bodywork, 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.
- March 722  (Bill Gubelmann): New to Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) to use in the 1972 Yellow Pages Formula Atlantic championship. The car was blue and yellow, and wore #16 all season. Gubelmann won six races and narrowly pipped Cyd Williams to the championship title. The car was sold to fellow American Jas Patterson (Rosslyn Heights, NY) for 1973, repainted red and white, and entered for him by Texaco Team Racing/RIR in the 1973 British season. Patterson crashed heavily at Oulton Park in May 1973, and although the car was rebuilt, he appeared a few races later in what appears to be a new 73B. Patterson raced the 73B for the remainder of 1973 and through 1974, but the 722 reappeared in early November 1974 when an ex-Patterson "722/73B" was acquired by Roy Baker (Ferndown, Dorset) and raced regularly by him through the 1975 season. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT35  (Bob Salisbury): New to Bob Gerard in late 1971 and fitted with a Cosworth BDA engine for Bob Salisbury to race in British Formula Atlantic from October 1971 to April 1973. Then sold to Harry Gilbert (Aberdeen, Scotland), and raced by Gilbert and Ronnie Mackay in libre racing. It was advertised by Johnny Blades in October 1973, and by Bob Howlings' R.D.H. Racing (Bollington, Cheshire) in August 1974 when it was identified as the ex-Bob Salisbury car and was available complete except for engine. It was next seen three months later when John Wingfield raced it in the Boxing Day libre race at Brands Hatch, fitted with a 1.8-litre Cosworth FVC. He retained the FVC engine and ran the car with huge success in libre racing through 1975. In September 1975, it was sold to dealer Bobby Howlings, who raced it a couple of times and then sold it to John Thistlewaite, who entered it for Tim Wood in libre in 1976. By 1978, it was owned by Joe Applegarth, still with the FVC engine in it, and it next appeared in 1986 when Nick Overall used it in the HSCC Pre '71 series. Overall was given an HVIF for this car as BT35-43 in 1988, and many years later, in May 2006, it was advertised on race-cars.com from the UK still with this HVIF. In 2009, it was reported to be with Tim Kuchel in Australia.
- Brabham BT30/36 [BT30-14] (Ronnie Mackay): Sold new to Ecurie Ecosse and run for Graham Birrell in F2 in 1970. Also raced once by Peter Gethin and by Richard Attwood later in the season. To Peter Westbury early 1971 and raced in several F2 races (also raced once by Dieter Quester) until the team's BT36 was delivered. Sold to Dunnett's Garage, converted to F/Atlantic specification and entered for Ronnie Mackay in libre and F/Atlantic in 1971 and 1972, run by MRE. To Chong Boon Seng for south east Asian racing in 1973 and used by him until 1976. Then to Del Schloemer and raced by him and by Cherie Schloemer in 1977 and 1978. To Wybe Valkema around 1980 and retained to 1982. Then to Australia and with Brian Wilson by 1988. Wilson sold it to Art Valdez (Torrance, CA) and from Valdez it returned to Australia when he sold it to Bob Ilich (Perth, WA) in 2010.
- March 722  (John Calvert): New to John Calvert (Seaham, County Durham), and raced in Formula Atlantic and libre racing in 1972. The car regularly wore #77, and was described as white or blue. Sold to Mike Mather (St Helens, Merseyside) and used by him, and once by brother Kim Mather, in Formula Atlantic and libre in early 1973. Sold to John Kitchen in mid-season, and used by him in sprints and hillclimbs in late 1973, 1974, 1975 and early 1976, using a BDA engine. Then to Peter Riley (Crosby, Liverpool), again for sprints and hillclimbs. At first it was said to have a Cosworth FVA engine, but it had a Richardson BDA in 1977. Riley was still using the 722 in speed events as late as 1984. According to speed event historian Steve Wilkinson, Riley retained the car, complete but dismantled, and stored in his garage. Riley died in 2011, and the car passed to Paul Gardner and Alan Newton, and Gardner started the restoration. When Newton died, the car was sold to Chris Simpson in 2014, but he did not use it. It went to Ashley Hodge in 2016, and then to Daniel Clayfield in 2017.
- Brabham BT36  (John Kendall): New to Rondel Racing for Bob Wollek to race in F2 in 1971. To John Kendall for Formula Atlantic in 1972, but leased to Richard Scott for the opening race of the F2 season, as his BT38 had not been delivered. Raced by Kendall until July 1972. Sold to José Araujo for British Formula Atlantic in 1973, but said to have been crashed at Snetterton. Ken Thorogood of Universal Racing Services (Wymondham, Norfolk) reportedly acquired the car in 1973, and although a lot of iits was sold off, the chassis remained stored with him until it was sold to Peter Denty (Thetford, Norfolk) in 2008. Restored by Denty between 2008 and 2010. To Klaus Bergs in 2010.
- March 722  (Cyd Williams): New to Graham Eden Racing in April 1972 for Cyd Williams (Sandbach, Cheshire) to drive in British Formula Atlantic. It replaced the Chevron B18 which had taken Williams to two wins earlier in the season. Once he had the car to his liking, Williams won six out of the next nine races, but narrowly lost the championship to Bill Gubelmann. Run by Graham Eden Racing for Ken Bailey (Stretford, Greater Manchester) in 1973, and fitted with Falconer bodywork in May. The car was sold to Philip Dowell (Ombersley, Worcestershire) for 1974, but during pre-season testing at Silverstone, he hit the bank heavily at Woodcote corner and died later in hospital. It is assumed that the March was destroyed in the accident.
- Lotus 69 [59-XB/F3-38] (Peter Wardle): New to Peter Wardle (Wimbledon, London) for European Formula Ford in 1970. Rebuilt to Formula Atlantic specification for 1971, and raced by Wardle in the British series that season, winning one round at Oulton Park in August. Retained by Wardle for 1972. Sold to Gary Ainscough (Bulawayo, Rhodesia) for 1973, and fitted with a 1800cc Cosworth FVC engine for the F2 class of the South African national championship. Retained for 1974 and 1975, after which it was sold to Richard Baker (Johannesburg, South Africa), and raced by him with the HRCR in South Africa. It was restored in 1999, and sold to England in 2000, where it has been used in historic racing. From 2011 to 2016, it was raced by David Hampton (South Leverton, Nottinghamshire) fitted with a 2-litre Cosworth BDG engine.
- Lotus 69 [71/69.10.FB] (Ian Mawby): Built for stock with red bodywork according to the Lotus built record, but still unsold at the end of 1971. Not one of the cars advertised by Lotus Cars Ltd after the closure of Lotus Components so this must be the car raced by Ian Mawby (Cambridge) in Formula Atlantic and formule libre in 1972. Wrecked in Mawby's crash at Brands Hatch in November 1972 and Mawby bought the ex-Reine Wisell sister car to replace it.
- March 712M [11 as '9'] (Colin Andrews): New to the Shell Arnold team for Jean-Pierre Jaussaud to race in F2 in 1971. Raced by Ferrari F1 driver Clay Regazzoni in the final race of the season. To Colin Andrews for 1972, now wearing the 712M-9 chassis plate, and raced in Formula Atlantic in 1972 and 1973. Acquired by Mike Sullivan Racing/Multiglide International Racing, for Formula Atlantic again, first driven by Richard Robinson, then by Alan Jones, who astonishingly won the high-profile Martini International support race at Silverstone in May, and finally by Richard Knight. Subsequent history unclear, as three separate former Sullivan/Multiglide cars went to Norman Dickson in Scotland, to Kim Mather in Lancashire, and to the partnership of John Colley and Rhoddy Harvey Bailey in Derbyshire. Which was which may never be known.
- GRD 272 [012-F2] (Martin Watson): New to Martin Watson (Lowestoft, Suffolk) and used in British Formula Atlantic in 1972. Watson's yellow GRD was described as a 272, 372 and B72 that season. Retained for 1973, when Watson raced in Formuila Atlantic and in Formule Libre. He used the car again in libre and F/Atlantic in 1974, but only appeared at a handful of events. Not seen in 1975 or 1976, but Watson returned to libre racing at Mallory Park and Cadwell Park in 1977, competing in the "King of Cadwell" libre series and the BRSCC Midland Centre libre championship. He returned again for a handful of libre races in 1978, and at least one race in 1979. Subsequent history unknown.
- Wimhurst (Jack Paterson): Designed and built in 1972 by Len Wimhurst, the former Palliser designer. It was a monocoque design and intended for F2 but fitted with a BDA engine and used in F/Atlantic in 1972 and 1973 by Jack Paterson (Seer Green, Buckinghamshire), who had previously driven in GT racing. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT28 (Alan Matson): Alan Matson entered a Brabham for a number of Formula Atlantic and Formule Libre races during 1972. The car was entered as a BT30 in March and April, as a BT35 in May, and then as a BT28 in June and July. It is therefore most likely that it was a BT28, updated with BT30 or BT35 bits. Nothing more known.
- Brabham BT38C  (Allan McCully): New to Allan McCully and raced as part of the Australian International Racing Organisation (AIRO) in British F3 and some European events in 1972. The car was owned by Larry Sevitt's Tiran Auto Centre, which ran the AIRO F3 operation in the UK. Badly damaged on its debut at Silverstone in April but presumably repaired and the car driven by McCully at Monaco in mid-May. Then raced by Bill McGovern at Brands Hatch two weeks later, and crashed again, after which AIRO split up and McCully flew back to New Zealand. Irishman Damien Magee took over the drive, now entered by Tiran Auto Centre, and finished second at Brands Hatch and third at Thruxton in August. Sevitt was planning to test Ian Taylor and Barrie Maskell in August, but Magee retained the drive until the end of October. The "ex-Magee" car was advertised with Novamotor engine from a Tunbridge Wells number in January 1973. This would presumably be the "ex Magee" BT38C of Leif Spalding in Swedish F3 in 1973. Then with Thorbjörn Carlsson in 1975 and 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
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' original results.
The British race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Autosport and Motoring News reports in the UK plus the information supplied by a wide range of contributors.
Individual sources for this event
Programme [PS], Qualifying times sheet [PS],Organiser's result sheet [PS], MN 29 Jun 1972 p8, AS 29 Jun 1972 pp22-23. After the problems at the previous round at Silverstone, Peter Browning of the BRSCC and John Webb of MCD drafted new rules governing the allowed specification of the Cosworth BDA. The draft was agreed by all present, including the Ford twin cam users. It was necessary for Browning and Webb to threaten the cancellation of the whole series before the final holdouts were won over.