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Australian Formula 2 Race

Oran Park, 5 Aug 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Leo Geoghegan Birrana 273 [273-006] - Ford twin cam
Grace Bros Race Team
40 30m 34.3s
2 Peter Brock Birrana 273 [273-008] - Ford twin cam
Shell Racing
40 30m 53.0s
3 Bob Skelton Bowin P6 [P6-119-72] - Ford twin cam Hart
Finnie Ford
40 31m 03.3s
4 Tony Stewart Birrana 273 [273-007] - Ford twin cam
Tony Stewart Wholesale Cars
39
5 Ray Winter Mildren 'Mono' - Ford twin cam
39
6 Chris Farrell Dolphin 732 ['2'] - Ford twin cam
39
7 Bob Holden Brabham BT35 [36] - Ford twin cam
(see note 1)

8 Geoff Brabham (FF) 1.6-litre Elfin 620FF [72419] - Ford Kent

9 Paul Older (FF) 1.6-litre Bowin P4a - Ford Kent

10 John Davis (FF) 1.6-litre Bowin P4a - Ford Kent

11 Chas Talbot Elfin 600B [7124] - Ford twin cam

12 Bob Johns Lotus 59 [59-FB-14] - Ford twin cam
(see note 2)

R Wolfgang Prejawa Elfin 600B [7123] - Ford twin cam

R John Leffler (FF) 1.6-litre Bowin P6f [P6F-120-72] - Ford Kent

R Steve Weissner (FF) 1.6-litre Elfin 600FF [69002] - Ford Kent
oil line
UNK Bruce Allison Bowin P6 [P6F-129-73] - Ford twin cam
Hobby & Toyland

UNK Bob Curro (FF) 1.6-litre Bowin P6f [P6F-123-72] - Ford Kent

DNS Paul Hamilton Elfin 600 [6801] - Ford twin cam
Did not start
DNS Clive Millis Elfin 600B [7019] - Ford twin cam
Did not start
DNS Terry Hook Rennmax BN3 - Ford twin cam
Did not start
DNS T Jones (F?) Spike VW Mk 1
Did not start
DNS Jeff Thompson (FF) 1.6-litre Elfin 600FF [71010] - Ford Kent
Did not start

All cars are 1.6-litre ANF2 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Leo Geoghegan (ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-006] - Ford twin cam 42.3s
2 Bob Skelton (ANF2) 1.6-litre Bowin P6 [P6-119-72] - Ford twin cam Hart 42.5s
3 Ray Winter (ANF2) 1.6-litre Mildren 'Mono' - Ford twin cam 43.4s
4 Chris Farrell (ANF2) 1.6-litre Dolphin 732 ['2'] - Ford twin cam 43.5s
5 Tony Stewart (ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-007] - Ford twin cam 43.8s
6 Clive Millis * (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [7019] - Ford twin cam
7 Peter Brock (ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-008] - Ford twin cam 44.7s
8 Wolfgang Prejawa (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [7123] - Ford twin cam 45.1s
9 Bruce Allison (ANF2) 1.6-litre Bowin P6 [P6F-129-73] - Ford twin cam 45.2s
10 John Leffler (FF) 1.6-litre Bowin P6f [P6F-120-72] - Ford Kent 45.7s
11 Paul Hamilton * (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600 [6801] - Ford twin cam
12 Bob Holden (ANF2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [36] - Ford twin cam 46.1s
13 Bob Johns (ANF2) 1.6-litre Lotus 59 [59-FB-14] - Ford twin cam 46.7s
14 Geoff Brabham (FF) 1.6-litre Elfin 620FF [72419] - Ford Kent 46.7s
15 Terry Hook * (ANF2) 1.6-litre Rennmax BN3 - Ford twin cam
16 Steve Weissner (FF) 1.6-litre Elfin 600FF [69002] - Ford Kent 47.0s
17 John Davis (FF) 1.6-litre Bowin P4a - Ford Kent 47.4s
18 Paul Older (FF) 1.6-litre Bowin P4a - Ford Kent 48.1s
19 Jeff Thompson * (FF) 1.6-litre Elfin 600FF [71010] - Ford Kent
20 Chas Talbot (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [7124] - Ford twin cam 50.3s
21 Bob Curro (FF) 1.6-litre Bowin P6f [P6F-123-72] - Ford Kent 50.5s
22 T Jones * (F?) Spike VW Mk 1
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT35 [36] (Bob Holden): First known when a new F3 Brabham "BT35-36" was advertised by Bill Thompson from London and Brentwood telephone numbers in Autosport in November 1971. Although "BT35-36" could refer to a BT35 updated to Bt36 specification, that makes no sense for a brand new F3 car, so it must be assumed this was a reference to chassis number BT35-36. The advert said that the car had not been raced. This car was next seen 18 months later when it was raced in ANF2 specification by Bob Holden in Australia. It is understood to have been owned by Australian sometime MRD mechanic Ray Pounder at or just before this. It passed to Brian Cameron for 1974, and was raced by him and by Ken Hastings in early 1974. Then to Kurt Seeberg and raced by him from July 1974 to 1981 at least. Later sold to Brian Sampson (Melbourne) in 2003.
  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.

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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