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Australian Formula 2 Race

Amaroo Park, 18 Aug 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Leo Geoghegan Birrana 273 [273-006] - Ford twin cam
Grace Brothers Race Team
41 34m 06.2s
2 Bob Skelton Bowin P6 [P6-119-72] - Ford twin cam Hart
Finnie Ford
41 34m 45.7s
3 Graeme Lawrence Surtees TS15 [04] - Ford twin cam Hart
(see note 1)
41 34m 55.0s
4 Ray Winter Mildren 'Mono' - Ford twin cam
40
5 Chris Farrell Dolphin 732 ['2'] - Ford twin cam
40
6 Ian Fergusson Bowin P3a [P3a-103-69] - Ford twin cam
39
7 Peter Brock Birrana 273 [273-008] - Ford twin cam
39
8 Jim Evans (ANF3) 1.3-litre Elfin 600B [7017] - Toyota Corolla "K"
Bill Buckle Autos
38
9 John Leffler (FF) 1.6-litre Bowin P6f [P6F-120-72] - Ford Kent
Grace Brothers Race Team
38
10 Chas Talbot Elfin 600B [7124] - Ford twin cam
38
11 David Mingay (FF) 1.6-litre Bowin P6f [P6F-122-72] - Ford Kent
37
12 Terry Finnigan (ANF3) 1.3-litre Brabham
37
13 Bob Johns Lotus 59 [59-FB-14] - Ford twin cam
(see note 2)
36
14 Kurt Seeberg Elfin 600B [6802] - Ford twin cam
35
R Bruce Allison Bowin P6 [P6F-129-73] - Ford twin cam
cracked oil pipe
R Paul Hamilton Elfin 600 [6801] - Ford twin cam
broken throttle cable
R Doug Hicks (ANF3) 1.3-litre Brabham BT2 [FJ-3-62] - Toyota Corolla "K"
Motor Racing Insurance Services
(see note 3)

R Terry Hook Rennmax BN3 - Ford twin cam

DNSC Geoff Brabham (FF) 1.6-litre Elfin 620FF [72419] - Ford Kent
Jack Brabham Ford
Did not start (crashed)

All cars are 1.6-litre ANF2 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Leo Geoghegan (ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-006] - Ford twin cam 48.7s
2 Bob Skelton (ANF2) 1.6-litre Bowin P6 [P6-119-72] - Ford twin cam Hart 48.9s
3 Graeme Lawrence (ANF2) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [04] - Ford twin cam Hart 50.2s
4 Ray Winter (ANF2) 1.6-litre Mildren 'Mono' - Ford twin cam 50.6s
5 Ian Fergusson (ANF2) 1.6-litre Bowin P3a [P3a-103-69] - Ford twin cam 51.2s
6 Peter Brock (ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-008] - Ford twin cam 51.9s
7 Bruce Allison (ANF2) 1.6-litre Bowin P6 [P6F-129-73] - Ford twin cam 53.0s
8 Paul Hamilton (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600 [6801] - Ford twin cam 53.3s
9 John Leffler (FF) 1.6-litre Bowin P6f [P6F-120-72] - Ford Kent 54.0s
10 Bob Johns (ANF2) 1.6-litre Lotus 59 [59-FB-14] - Ford twin cam 54.6s
11 Terry Hook (ANF2) 1.6-litre Rennmax BN3 - Ford twin cam 54.?s
12 Geoff Brabham * (FF) 1.6-litre Elfin 620FF [72419] - Ford Kent 55.1s
13 Jim Evans (ANF3) 1.3-litre Elfin 600B [7017] - Toyota Corolla "K" 55.2s
14 Doug Hicks (ANF3) 1.3-litre Brabham BT2 [FJ-3-62] - Toyota Corolla "K" 57.7s
15 Terry Finnigan (ANF3) 1.3-litre Brabham 58.5s
16 Kurt Seeberg (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [6802] - Ford twin cam 59.1s
17 David Mingay (FF) 1.6-litre Bowin P6f [P6F-122-72] - Ford Kent 59.4s
18 Chas Talbot (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [7124] - Ford twin cam 61.8s
19 Chris Farrell (ANF2) 1.6-litre Dolphin 732 ['2'] - Ford twin cam DNP
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Surtees TS15 [04] (Graeme Lawrence): New to Graeme Lawrence and raced in the 2-litre class of the 1973 Tasman Cup, using a 1.9-litre Hart BDA. Then raced in Southeast Asian events, using a Hart Ford twin cam engine. Retained for Southeast Asian 1600cc events in 1974, but Lawrence used his new F5000 Lola T332 in the Tasman series. Retained again for Southeast Asian 1600cc events in 1975. He still had the car in early 1976 when he was musing whether to convert it to Formula Pacific. Later in 1976 the car was sold to Rex Hart and fitted with a Cosworth BDA for Formula Pacific, and raced in New Zealand from 1977 to 1981. Sold to Ken Smith in 1982, and sold by him to John Wigston in 1984.
  2. Lotus 59 [59-FB-14] (Bob Johns): New to Australia Lotus importer Leo Geoghegan, replacing his very successful but ageing Lotus 39-Repco. The Lotus was fitted with a 2-litre Waggott TC4V engine and used in Australian National Formula 1 and Tasman events in 1970 and 1971.  He won two Australian Gold Star race in this car, at Warwick Farm in September 1970 and at Mallala a few weeks later.  After spending 1972 on the sidelines, the Lotus was sold to Bob and Gary Johns for 1973, fitted with a Ford twin cam engine, and used in Australian Formula 2 from 1973 to 1975. By 1985, it had been acquired by John Holmes (Toowoomba, Queensland), and was restored to its original Waggott configuration.
  3. Brabham BT2 [FJ-3-62] (Doug Hicks): Built at MRD by Frank Gardner and raced by Gavin Youl as a factory entry in European FJ in 1962. Taken to Australia at the end of the European season, and raced by Youl in the Australian Formula Junior Championship race at Catalina Park in late October. Sold to Geoff McClelland (NSW, Australia) 1963 and raced in Australia as a FJ and later with a 1.5-litre engine in ANF1.5. To Phil West (NSW, Australia) 1966 December and raced in ANF2 - Mike Barker (Ringwood, Victoria, Australia) March 1968 - Peter Roach (Victoria, Australia) 1970 - Doug Hicks (Victoria, Australia) 1972 and fitted with 1300cc Toyota Corolla engine for ANF3; also driven by Peter Jones - Alan Smith (Tasmania, Australia) 1974 and driven by Geoff Bantick. In November 1993, Denis Lupton purchased the car for Jim Russell (Victoria, Australia) and started a full restoration to its original FJ spec. To Nick MacDonald (Australia) 1995 who completed the restoration. To Graham Brown (Queensland, Australia) either 1998 or 2003 and raced consistently in Australian until 2013 when he sold it to Grant Craft.

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' original results.

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