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Gran Premio de Barcelona

Montjuich Park, 31 Mar 1968

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Jackie Stewart Matra MS7 [04] - Cosworth FVA
#6 Matra International
60
2 Henri Pescarolo Matra MS7 [06] - Cosworth FVA
#20 Matra Sports
60
3 Chris Amon Ferrari Dino 166 [0008] 6
#23 SpA Ferrari SEFAC
60
4 Piers Courage Brabham BT23C [7] - Cosworth FVA
#8 Frank Williams Racing Cars (see note 1)
59
5 Jackie Oliver Lotus 48 [R1] - Cosworth FVA
#3 Gold Leaf Team Lotus (see note 2)
59
6 Alan Rees Brabham BT23C [11] - Cosworth FVA
#5 Roy Winkelmann Racing (see note 3)
56
7 Robin Widdows McLaren M4A [200-20F] - Cosworth FVA
#9 McLaren Racing Team (see note 4)
56
8 Guy Ligier McLaren M4A [200-19F] - Cosworth FVA
#22 Ecurie Intersport SA (see note 5)
54
9 Jorge de Bagration Lola T100 [SL100/7] - Cosworth FVA
#18 Escuderia Nacional CS (see note 6)
49
10 Brian Redman Lola T100 [SL100/4] - Cosworth FVA
#11 David Bridges Racing (see note 7)
46 retired
11 Jochen Rindt Brabham BT23C [5] - Cosworth FVA
#4 Roy Winkelmann Racing (see note 8)
44 retired
12 Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra MS7 [05] - Cosworth FVA
#19 Matra Sports
28 retired
13 Graham Hill Lotus 48 [R2?] - Cosworth FVA
#2 Gold Leaf Team Lotus (see note 9)
27 retired
14 Alex Soler-Roig Lola T100 [SL100/8] - Cosworth FVA
#17 Escuderia Nacional CS (see note 10)
27 retired
15 Chris Irwin Lola T100 [SL100/6] - Cosworth FVA
#7 Lola Racing (see note 11)
20 retired
16 Jo Schlesser McLaren M4A [200-18F] - Cosworth FVA
#21 Ecurie Intersport SA (see note 12)
17 retired
17 Clay Regazzoni Tecno 68/F2 [T00 268?] - Cosworth FVA
#26 Tecno Racing Team (see note 13)
11 retired
18 Graeme Lawrence McLaren M4A [200-22F] - Cosworth FVA
#10 McLaren Racing Team (see note 14)
8 retired
19 Jacky Ickx Ferrari Dino 166 [0010] 6
#24 SpA Ferrari SEFAC
2 retired
20 Jim Clark Lotus 48 [R4?] - Cosworth FVA
#1 Gold Leaf Team Lotus (see note 15)
1 retired
21 Robs Lamplough McLaren M4A [200-11E?] - Cosworth FVA
#14 Robs Lamplough (see note 16)
1 retired
DNS Derek Bell Brabham BT23C [9] - Cosworth FVA
#15 Church Farm Racing Team (see note 17)
Did not start
DNS Chris Lambert Brabham BT23C [4] - Cosworth FVA
#12 London Racing Team (see note 18)
Did not start

All cars are 1.6-litre F2 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Jackie Stewart (F2) 1.6-litre Matra MS7 [04] - Cosworth FVA
2 Jim Clark (F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 48 [R4?] - Cosworth FVA
3 Jochen Rindt (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C [5] - Cosworth FVA
4 Henri Pescarolo (F2) 1.6-litre Matra MS7 [06] - Cosworth FVA
5 Jacky Ickx (F2) 1.6-litre Ferrari Dino 166 [0010] - Ferrari Dino 6
6 Jean-Pierre Beltoise (F2) 1.6-litre Matra MS7 [05] - Cosworth FVA
7 Chris Amon (F2) 1.6-litre Ferrari Dino 166 [0008] - Ferrari Dino 6
8 Brian Redman (F2) 1.6-litre Lola T100 [SL100/4] - Cosworth FVA
9 Piers Courage (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C [7] - Cosworth FVA
10 Jo Schlesser (F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [200-18F] - Cosworth FVA
11 Chris Irwin (F2) 1.6-litre Lola T100 [SL100/6] - Cosworth FVA
12 Derek Bell * (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C [9] - Cosworth FVA
13 Graham Hill (F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 48 [R2?] - Cosworth FVA
14 Jackie Oliver (F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 48 [R1] - Cosworth FVA
15 Alan Rees (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C [11] - Cosworth FVA
16 Clay Regazzoni (F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 68/F2 [T00 268?] - Cosworth FVA
17 Chris Lambert * (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C [4] - Cosworth FVA
18 Alex Soler-Roig (F2) 1.6-litre Lola T100 [SL100/8] - Cosworth FVA
19 Guy Ligier (F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [200-19F] - Cosworth FVA
20 Robin Widdows (F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [200-20F] - Cosworth FVA
21 Robs Lamplough (F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [200-11E?] - Cosworth FVA
22 Jorge de Bagration (F2) 1.6-litre Lola T100 [SL100/7] - Cosworth FVA
23 Graeme Lawrence (F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [200-22F] - Cosworth FVA
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT23C [7] (Piers Courage): New to Frank Williams Racing Cars for Piers Courage to race in F2 in 1968. Also raced by Jonathan Williams to win at Monza in June. To Roly Levis (New Zealand) and raced in the 1969 Tasman series and at Singapore, Batu Tiga and Fuji in the following months. Raced in the opening rounds of the 1969/70 New Zealand season and then sold to Baron Robertson who raced it Pukekohe in early December. Levis then tested the car for Robertson in practice for the Bay Park International at the end of December but crashed heavily at Rothmans corner, effectively writing off the car. Robertson acquired a replacement frame from Racing Frames in England and built a car which used a different chassis number. The original BT23C/7 frame was rebuilt as a Formula Ford and raced by Peter Haskett in the 1973/74 NZ season. This car found its way to Martin Smith in the UK in the late 1980s after which it was restored to BT23C specification. Then unknown until acquired by Bobby Rahal in the US and extensively rebuilt by Phil Simkin some time before 2004. With Justin Segel (West Bloomfield, MI) in 2003. For sale in 2006 when said to have been owned by Tom Claridge (Fremont, CA). To Ted Wentz (Villanova, PA) 2008.
  2. Lotus 48 [R1] (Jackie Oliver): The prototype Lotus 48 was taken out to Australia for Graham Hill to drive in the Australian Grand Prix at Warwick Farm in February 1967, when he retired. It was then the Team Lotus spare car at the start of the F2 season, first racing at the Nürburgring in April. Jim Clark then used the car in nine F2 races from May onwards, including his wins at Jarama and Keimola. Driven by Alex Solor-Roig at the Spanish GP in November, but his deal to race the car fell through. Retained for 1968, when it was Jackie Oliver's regular entry supported by Roger Frogley's Herts & Essex Aero Club and maintained by Derek Wilde. It was sold to Gerry Kinnane at the end of the European F2 season, and raced for him by Oliver in the Argentine Temporada in December. Then raced by John Watson at the opening F2 race of 1969, at Thruxton, but crashed and badly damaged. Repaired in Belfast with a new outer skin created by Fred Smith using the workshop of Belfast Corporation Bus Company on the Falls Road, and raced by John L'Amie for Kinnane later in the year. To Alan Fowler for 1970, and driven by Barrie Smith at the Thruxton F2 race in March 1970, but did not start. Reportedly sold by Fowler's D&A Shells to a collector in Nuneaton, and retained by him until 1997, when it was sold via John Harper to Bob Tabor (Llanrothal, Herefordshire). The car was restored by Tabor by Simon Hadfield, and the monocoque was rebuilt by Competition Fabrications (Attleborough, Norfolk) who carefully replaced the single-curvature Belfast-made outer skin with a correct double-curvature skin. A stronger rollhoop structure was also fitted. The rebuilt car was raced by Hadfield in the Goodwood Glover Trophy in September 1999.
  3. Brabham BT23C [11] (Alan Rees): New to Winkelmann Racing for Alan Rees to race in F2 in 1968 but also raced by Gerhard Mitter at Hockenheim in October. To Bill Ivey for 1969 and entered for him in F2 races by Paul Watson Racing Organisation (PWRO). To Brian Cullen (Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland) in August 1969 and he raced it in a F5000 race and in libre in 1969, in European F2 events in 1970, and at Bogotá in early 1971. Entered by Irish Racing Team for Lingard Goulding at Mondello Park in July 1971 and then maybe the BT23C raced by Ted Shanahan (Dublin) over the next two months and also possibly the BT23C raced by Roy Courtney (Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland) in local clubmans/club specials racing in 1972. To Harold McGarrity (Belfast) for 1973 and raced in Formula Ireland with a 1.6-litre Holbay engine. To Paddy Heron for 1974 and raced in clubmans and in Formula Atlantic. For sale from Glengormley in 1975 and entered by Belfast car dealer Noel Crymble for Chris Stanfield to race at Kirkistown a couple of times until the Holbay pushrod engine blew up. Next seen when bought from Ireland by Mark Raymont who still had it in the late 1980s with a Holbay engine and Hewland Mk 8 gearbox. Sold to Steve Worrad of Maverick Motorsport around 2002 and restored by him. For sale by Maverick in 2004 and sold the following year via the Bonhams auction at RAF Hendon to Joe Willenpart (Scheibbs, Austria).
  4. McLaren M4A [200-20F] (Robin Widdows): This number is given for a Formula 2 car entered by Chequered Flag for Robin Widdows until he crashed it at Crystal Palace in June 1968 and it was replaced by a new car, or at least a new monocoque. The car somehow survived and is said to have raced in UK club racing in the 1970s. Found by Lincoln Small and others in an Essex barn c1990. Raced by Small 1996-97 and then by someone else before 1999 Coys Silverstone auction. With Graham Earl in 2000 and sold by him to the current owner in 2002. Repainted in Chequered Flag colours in 2012. Advertised by Legends Automotive Ltd (Cheltenham, Gloucestershire) on behalf of the owner in 2014.
  5. McLaren M4A [200-19F] (Guy Ligier): Ecurie Intersport for Guy Ligier in F2 in 1968. The team was disbanded after Schlesser's death in a F1 race in July. If Schlesser's regular car went into French hillclimbs, then 200-19 is likely to be one of two cars acquired from the team by Pierre Bardinon (Aubusson, France) and would be the car raced by Bardinon at the Mont-Dore hillclimb in August 1968. These two cars were then traded by Bardinon to Franco Sbarro (Grandson, Switzerland) and one was sold to Georges Schäfer (Geneva, Switzerland) for use in French hillclimbs and Swiss national events in 1971, as well as a single F2 race. After crashing this car, Schäfer bought Sbarro's second car. Then unknown until offered for sale by Hans Peter (Switzerland) in August 1990. A car with this chassis number was in the Brooks Monaco auction in 2000 when it was said to be "unraced since 1968". Also at this time, Auto-Salon-Singen (Singen, Germany) advertised a pale yellow "ex-Schlesser" McLaren M4A that was said to be unraced since 1968. Subsequent history unknown
  6. Lola T100 [SL100/7] (Jorge de Bagration): Rebuilt from SL100/1 or SL100/3 for Escuderia Nacional CS for Formula 2 in 1968, and raced by Jorge de Bagration, with sponsorship from Calvo Sotelo. This is likely to be the car advertised by Charlie Hayes in April 1970 "ex-Alex Soler Roig European F2 car", as Soler-Roig was de Bagration's better-known teammate. By the time the advert appeared, Soler-Roig had done a deal to drive for Lotus in F1. It was next seen in May 1975 when Ron Renari (White Plains, NY) raced a Formula B Lola in SCCA Regionals at Lime Rock. He raced the car again in 1976, and advertised it as an "ex-Alex Soler-Roig Lola T100". It is reported to have gone to Stewart Bone, a Pontiac Fiero collector in NY state, and he sold it to Tim Gaffney in 1992. After having the monocoque restored by Simon Hadfield, Gaffney raced it in 2003. Sold in 2009 to Dean Baker (Bowmanville, Ontario), who raced it once at Watkins Glen, but found it needed a thorough restoration and put it aside until he got to that.
  7. Lola T100 [SL100/4] (Brian Redman): Believed to be the works Lola T100 entered by Lola Racing for John Surtees to drive in Formula 2 at the start of 1967. Fitted with a Cosworth FVA engine and raced by Surtees at Snetterton and Silverstone in March 1967, then by Chris Irwin at the Nürburgring in April. Sold in May to David Bridges for Brian Redman to drive in F2 for the rest of that season. Retained by Bridges for F2 in 1968, when it was driven by Redman, Chris Williams, Mike Beckwith, David Hobbs and Robin Widdows. Sold to Robin Darlington (Ruaben, Wales) late 1969, and used in libre racing in 1970. He advertised it in January 1971 when it had a twin cam and was prepared for the new 1971 Formula Atlantic category. Robin cannot recall where it went, but it was next seen in Sprints in late 1973, when it was driven by Richard Lester (Yoxall, Staffordshire). The car was run by Lester in the 1600cc class in Sprints and occasional hillclimbs from 1974 to 1977. Lester then acquired a March 73B, and advertised the T100 in January 1978 as "ex-Redman" with an all-steel twin cam and Hewland FT200 gearbox. This may be the red/white Lola T100 that Kenneth Brill (Redditch, Worcestershire) entered for a libre race at Croft in June 1978. Subsequent history unknown.
  8. Brabham BT23C [5] (Jochen Rindt): New to Winkelmann Racing for Jochen Rindt to race in F2 in 1968, winning four of his first seven races. Driven by Vic Elford at at Monza in June and crashed. The car was rebuilt on a new chassis and Rindt won two more races later that year. To Ecurie Ecosse and raced by Graham Birrell in F2 in 1969. Ecurie Ecosse and Birrell had a BT30 for 1970 but the BT23C was raced in a libre at Ingliston in May when it was crashed. Sold in July to Stanley Robinson who fitted the engine, gearbox and suspension to the Unipower GT Group 6 car he raced with John Blanckley. The BT23C chassis was repaired some time around 1972 and sold to Joe Applegarth (Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham) who built it up using parts from BT23C/16 and fitted a pushrod Ford engine for Monoposto racing. Raced by Applegarth from 1973 until the end of 1977, competing in around 130 events, and then retained after Applegarth retired. Sold by him to Joe Willenpart (Scheibbs, Austria) in 2010.
  9. Lotus 48 [R2?] (Graham Hill): Graham Hill's regular Team Lotus entry in Formula 2 in 1967, raced by him in 16 of that season's races. Retained for 1968, when it was entered by Gold Leaf Team Lotus for Hill in a further eight F2 races. Sold to Gerry Kinnane's Team Ireland for 1969, and raced by John Pollock in the Thruxton F2 race in April and then in Irish 1600cc racing. Sold to Kevin Murphy in 1970 for Frank Keane to drive in Irish libre racing, primarily at Mondello Park, and in hillclimbs. Traded to Bobby Howlings for a Brabham BT30 in September 1970, and advertised by him the following month. Then evidently to Beric Ewin (Finchley, London) and fitted with a Ford twin cam engine for the new Formula Atlantic category in 1971 and 1972. Then unknown until acquired by a private collector in the late 1970s.
  10. Lola T100 [SL100/8] (Alex Soler-Roig): Rebuilt from SL100/1 or SL100/3 for Escuderia Nacional CS for Formula 2 in 1968, and raced by Alex Soler-Roig. The team was sponsored from Calvo Sotelo (ENCASO), a state-owned Spanish oil company. Soler-Roig crashed the Lola heavily at Crystal Palace in early June, an accident that "wrapped the monocoque in a knot". Escuderia Nacional CS acquired SL100/6 from Lola Racing to replace it.
  11. Lola T100 [SL100/6] (Chris Irwin): New for John Surtees to drive for Lola Racing at Mallory Park in May 1967, fitted with a Cosworth FVA engine. Surtees won at Mallory, and the next race at Zolder. This was then the team's main FVA car, as SL100/2 had been rebuilt in narrow-track form, and SL100/4 had been sold to David Bridges. Raced by Chris Irwin from July onwards, then by Andrea de Adamich at Enna. Raced by Irwin in F2 in early 1968, but after Irwin was badly injured in sports car race in May, the T100 was sold to Escuderia Nacional CS to replace SL100/8 that had been wrecked by Alex Soler-Roig. Raced by Soler-Roig for the rest of the 1968 season. To John Watson (Craigavad, County Down, Northern Ireland) and fitted with a Ford twin cam for local libre racing in 1969. To Dave Furlong (Dublin, Ireland) for 1970, then to John Burke (Dublin) for 1971. It was raced by Richie Conroy for Burke in 1972, then by Burke again in libre racing in 1973. Advertised by Burke, still with Ford twin cam engine and Hewland FT200 gearbox, in November 1973. Subsequent history unknown, but said by a later owner to have been owned by Bob Eccles (Oldbury, West Midland) in the late 1970s. If that is correct, it would be the second T100 that Eccles acquired as a source of spares for his main car. It is then believed to be the car raced by Pat Speer in HSCC events in 1985. Ted Walker then had two Lola T100s, probably the two ex-Eccles cars, and one remained in pieces while he had them, logically this one. According to a later Bonhams sale description, this car was owned by Speer in the 1970s, and was acquired by Louis Bernat (Chicago, IL) in 1989. Bernat died in 1997, and the car was advertised by his son Robert Bernat (Chicago, IL) in 2005, bought by Paul Busby, and returned to England. Sold at the Bonhams Brooklands auction in December 2011 to Robs Lamplough, but later sold back to Busby in 2015.
  12. McLaren M4A [200-18F] (Jo Schlesser): Ecurie Intersport for Jo Schlesser in F2 in 1968 until his death in a F1 race in July. Presumably then the "ex-Schlesser" McLaren M4A raced in French hillclimbs by Jean-Claude Fontès (Bayonne, France) in 1969, by Hughes Hazard in 1970 and by Roger Rivoire in 1972. Then unknown until restored by an unnamed German owner in 1990. Appeared in various auctions between 1997 and 2005, in the midst of which Paul Dudley (and Steve Worrad) raced it in historic racing in 1999 and 2000. Sold at Bonhams & Brooks' Silverstone auction in September 2001 to an unknown owner who restored it in 2004 and then sold it via Bonhams Silverstone auction in July 2005. With Lindsay O'Donnell (Christchurch, NZ) in 2005 and raced for him by Ken Smith at Eastern Creek in December 2006. Still with O'Donnell in 2009.
  13. Tecno 68/F2 [T00 268?] (Clay Regazzoni): One of three Formula 2 Tecnos built for the 1968 season identified by Beppe Bianchini in his book 'Tecno: La Storia'. Believed to be the car raced by Clay Regazzoni at the first race but exactly when he moved from this car to his late-season T00 284 isn't clear. It is assumed here that T00 284 was first raced at Pau in April, but it is also quite possible that it was the new car noted by Motoring News at Enna-Pergusa 25 Aug 1968, replacing the car damaged at Zandvoort four weeks earlier.
  14. McLaren M4A [200-22F] (Graeme Lawrence): This number is given for a Formula 2 car entered by Chequered Flag for Graeme Lawrence early in the 1968 season, then Frank Gardner and then Mike Walker. Likely to have been one of the four M4As advertised by Chequered Flag at the end of 1968.
  15. Lotus 48 [R4?] (Jim Clark): A new car built for 1968 with a monocoque one inch longer than the previous cars. Raced by Jim Clark in the opening round at Montjuich Park but he retired. Then raced by Clark at Hockenheim on 7 April 1968, where the car left the road and hit a tree, killing its driver instantly.
  16. McLaren M4A [200-11E?] (Robs Lamplough): Frank Lythgoe Racing bought a McLaren M4A for Alan Rollinson to drive in Formula 2 in 1967, starting at Brands Hatch in late August. The number associated with this car is '200-11F' but the basis of this attribution remains unclear. Sold to Robs Lamplough (London) for 1968 and raced all season in Formula 2, latterly under the Frank Manning Racing banner. Subsequent history unknown but quite possibly sold to the US.
  17. Brabham BT23C [9] (Derek Bell): New to Church Farm Racing Team (Pagham, Sussex) for Derek Bell to race in F2 in 1968. Bell moved to the Ferrari F2 team in June 1968 and the car was raced by Jonathan Williams at Hockenheim, by Peter Westbury and Monza and then by Brian Hart for the rest of the season. Advertised in December 1968 and March 1969. Subsequent history unknown.
  18. Brabham BT23C [4] (Chris Lambert): New to London Racing Team for Chris Lambert to race in F2 in 1968. Crashed during the F2 race at Zandvoort on 28 July 1968 and Lambert was killed. It is believed that the car was broken up.

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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