Thruxton, 7 Apr 1969
|1||Jochen Rindt||Lotus 59B [59-F2-21] - Cosworth FVA
#2 Roy Winkelmann Racing (see note 1)
|2||Jackie Stewart||Matra MS7  - Cosworth FVA
#7 Matra International
|3||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||Matra MS7  - Cosworth FVA
#9 Matra Sports
|4||Henri Pescarolo||Matra MS7  - Cosworth FVA
#10 Matra Sports
|5||Johnny Servoz-Gavin||Matra MS7  - Cosworth FVA
#8 Matra International
|6||Ernesto "Tino" Brambilla||Ferrari Dino 166  6
#12 SpA Ferrari SEFAC
|7||Piers Courage||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#20 Frank Williams Racing Cars (see note 2)
|8||François Cevert||Tecno 68/F2 [T00 306] - Cosworth FVA
#14 Tecno Racing Team (see note 3)
|9||Enzo Corti||Brabham BT23  - Cosworth FVA
#27 Scuderia Picchio Rosso (see note 4)
|10||Gianclaudio "Clay" Regazzoni||Ferrari Dino 166  6
#15 SpA Ferrari SEFAC
|11||Graham Birrell||Brabham BT23C [5-2] - Cosworth FVA
#32 Ecurie Ecosse (see note 5)
|12||Hubert Hahne||Lola T102 - BMW M12
#35 Bayerische Motoren Werke
|13||Xavier Perrot||Brabham BT23  - Cosworth FVA
#26 Squadra Tartaruga (see note 6)
|14||Werner "Noddy" Lindermann||Brabham BT23  - Cosworth FVA
#25 Montan Racing Team (see note 7)
|15||John Pollock||Lotus 48 [R2] - Cosworth FVA
#4 Racing Team Ireland [Gerry Kinnane]
(see note 8)
|16||Peter Westbury||Brabham BT30  - Cosworth FVA
#24 FIRST Racing (see note 9)
|17||Alistair Walker||Tecno 69/F2 - Cosworth FVA
#19 Frank Williams Racing Cars
|18||Malcolm Guthrie||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#22 Frank Williams Racing Cars (see note 10)
|19||Bill Ivy||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#23 Paul Watson Race Organisation
(see note 11)
|20||Nanni Galli||Tecno 68/F2 [T00 304] - Cosworth FVA
#17 Tecno Racing Team (see note 12)
|21||John Watson||Lotus 48 [R1] - Cosworth FVA
#5 Racing Team Ireland [Gerry Kinnane]
(see note 13)
|22||Derek Bell||Ferrari Dino 166  6
#34 SpA Ferrari SEFAC
|23||Kurt Ahrens||Brabham BT30  - Cosworth FVA
#11 Ahrens Racing Team (see note 14)
|24||Graham McRae||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#31 Frank Williams Racing Cars (see note 15)
|25||Jo Siffert||Lola T102 - BMW M12
#21 Bayerische Motoren Werke
|26||Eric Offenstadt||Pygmée MDB12  - Cosworth FVA
#38 Constructions Mechaniques Pygmee
(see note 16)
|27||Tommy Reid||Brabham BT23  - Cosworth FVA
#28 Irish Racing Cars [Mick Mooney]
(see note 17)
|28||Graham Hill||Lotus 59B [59-F2-20] - Cosworth FVA
#1 Roy Winkelmann Racing (see note 18)
|DNQ||Patrick Dal Bo||Pygmée MDB12  - Cosworth FVA
#37 Constructions Mechaniques Pygmee
(see note 19)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Max Büsch||Tecno 68/F2 ["T00 400"] - Cosworth FVA
#16 BB Racing Team (see note 20)
|Did not qualify|
All cars are 1.6-litre F2 unless noted.
|1||Jackie Stewart||(F2) 1.6-litre Matra MS7  - Cosworth FVA|
|2||Jean-Pierre Beltoise||(F2) 1.6-litre Matra MS7  - Cosworth FVA|
|3||Graham Hill||(F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 59B [59-F2-20] - Cosworth FVA|
|4||Piers Courage||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA|
|5||Henri Pescarolo||(F2) 1.6-litre Matra MS7  - Cosworth FVA|
|6||Bill Ivy||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA|
|7||Kurt Ahrens||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT30  - Cosworth FVA|
|8||Gianclaudio "Clay" Regazzoni||(F2) 1.6-litre Ferrari Dino 166  - Ferrari Dino 6|
|9||Ernesto "Tino" Brambilla||(F2) 1.6-litre Ferrari Dino 166  - Ferrari Dino 6|
|10||Johnny Servoz-Gavin||(F2) 1.6-litre Matra MS7  - Cosworth FVA|
|11||Derek Bell||(F2) 1.6-litre Ferrari Dino 166  - Ferrari Dino 6|
|12||Nanni Galli||(F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 68/F2 [T00 304] - Cosworth FVA|
|13||Jo Siffert||(F2) 1.6-litre Lola T102 - BMW M12|
|14||François Cevert||(F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 68/F2 [T00 306] - Cosworth FVA|
|15||Graham McRae||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA|
|16||Graham Birrell||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C [5-2] - Cosworth FVA|
|17||Eric Offenstadt||(F2) 1.6-litre Pygmée MDB12  - Cosworth FVA|
|18||Xavier Perrot||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23  - Cosworth FVA|
|19||Jochen Rindt||(F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 59B [59-F2-21] - Cosworth FVA|
|20||John Watson||(F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 48 [R1] - Cosworth FVA|
|21||Enzo Corti||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23  - Cosworth FVA|
|22||Alistair Walker||(F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 69/F2 - Cosworth FVA|
|23||Malcolm Guthrie||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA|
|24||Hubert Hahne||(F2) 1.6-litre Lola T102 - BMW M12|
|25||Peter Westbury||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT30  - Cosworth FVA|
|26||John Pollock||(F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 48 [R2] - Cosworth FVA|
|27||Tommy Reid||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23  - Cosworth FVA|
|28||Werner "Noddy" Lindermann||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23  - Cosworth FVA|
Notes on the cars:
- Lotus 59B [59-F2-21] (Jochen Rindt): New for 1969, and entered by Roy Winkelmann Racing for Jochen Rindt at Thruxton in April 1969, which the Austrian won. Driven by Alan Rollinson at Hockenheim, and then by Rindt again at Pau, which he also won. The car was then entered by Len Street at the next race at the Nurburgring for Max Mosley to drive, but he went off the road during practice, and the Lotus was severely damaged. It returned to Lotus and was next raced by Ronnie Peterson at Albi, then by John Miles at Vallelunga. Sold to Johnny Blades (Whitley Bay, Northumberland) for F2 and libre racing 1970. Retained for 1971, when it was converted by the factory to full Lotus 69 specification. Retained by Blades again for 1972, when it was fitted with a BDA and used in the British Formula Atlantic series. To Ton Strous (Netherlands) for 1973, and fitted with a F2 engine, but Strous withdrew after wrecking his engine before his first race. Converted by Strous to F3 specification, but then unknown until acquired by Richard Spelberg (Dusseldorf, Germany) some time before 1995, and converted back to Lotus 59B spec for historic F2.
- Brabham BT23C  (Piers Courage): New to Frank Williams Racing Cars intended for Juan Manuel Bordeu to race in the F2 Argentine Temporada in December 1968. Retained by Williams for 1969 and raced for him by Piers Courage until his new BT30 was delivered. Earlier suggestions that this car was used by Gagliardi and Marcello Gallo in F3 in 1969 do not now appear to be correct. Sold to Alistair Walker and entered by him for Jacky Ickx to race late 1969, for Walker himself at Thruxton early 1970 and then in the Japanese GP at Fuji in May. Sold to Walter Kinnear (Gilford, County Down, Northern Ireland), fitted with a 1600cc Ford twin cam and raced by him in Irish libre racing from September 1970 to the end of the 1972 season. To John Blades (Whitley Bay, Northumberland) in part-exchange for Blades' Lotus 69 and advertised for sale by Blades in 1973. Sold to Joe Applegarth (Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham) who used parts from this car on his Monoposto Formula BT23C/5.
- Tecno 68/F2 [T00 306] (François Cevert): New at the December 1968 Argentine Temporada as a works car for Jo Siffert but likely to have been the "brand new" spare car available for Clay Regazzoni at Vallelunga in October. Then a works entry for François Cévert in F2 in 1969, winning at Reims in June. Entered by Jolly Club for Giancarlo Gagliardi at two F2 races early in 1970 and then to Hervé Bayard for hillclimbs later in 1970. Bayard's car was described as "ex-Regazzoni" and a 1969 car, but identified by later owner Fred Marquet as chassis T00 306. Used in the 1971 French hillclimb series by Bayard with 1600cc FVA and 1800cc FVC engines. Then to Daniel Gache for 1972 and raced in the 1600cc G9 class. Unknown after the end of 1972 until acquired by Marquet from a M. Rabanel (Toulon, France) in 1987. Retained by Marquet in 2009.
- Brabham BT23  (Enzo Corti): Motor Racing Developments entry for Denny Hulme in 1967 and probably the car used by Jack Brabham for a few races in July and August after his usual car was sold to Mick Mooney. Then raced by Frank Gardner in September. Taken to the Tasman series for Denny Hulme after he had wrecked BT23-5 at Pukekohe. Then sold to Italy and a Scuderia Picchio Rosso entry in 1968, but only appeared once for Tino Brambilla in July, and once for Enzo Corti in October. Retained by Scuderia Picchio Rosso for Corti a full season in 1969 and again for Vittorio Brambilla at the start of 1970. Last seen in July 1970. Subsequent history unknown but a chassis was found in Switzerland in 2005 that was believed to be "ex-Brambilla". The frame does appear to be the one raced by Tino Brambilla in 1968, but in 2015 this car was being advertised as BT23/1.
- Brabham BT23C [5-2] (Graham Birrell): 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.
- Brabham BT23  (Xavier Perrot): Motor Racing Developments entry for Frank Gardner in 1967. To Squadra Tartaruga for Xavier Perrot (Zürich, Switzerland) to race in F2 in 1968. Retained early 1969 but damaged at Nürburgring 27 April by a Porsche landing on top of it. Sold via Jo Siffert in 1969 to Jacques Joliat (Porrentruy, Switzerland) who raced it in French and Swiss hillclimbs in 1970 and 1971, before replacing the FVA with a FVC for 1972. Unknown in 1973 and 1974, then to Michel Salvi (Malbuisson, France) and raced with a 1300cc Renault Gordini engine in 1975 and 1976. To Alain Ribager (Mulhouse, Alsace, France) in 1977, and raced by him until 1979, then very probably the Renault-engined BT23 raced by Jean-Pierre Mutel in 1981 and 1982. Found by Gérard Gamand in 1984 near Valence, France with March bodywork but still with a Renault engine. To Michel Champelovier 1989 then 'Hollinger' then Thierry De Mortier by 2006. To Max Pearson (Queensland, Australia) 2010.
- Brabham BT23  (Werner "Noddy" Lindermann): To Gerhard Mitter (Germany) and raced in selected F2 events in 1967. Then entered by Mitter Tuning for Werner Lindermann in 1968. Retained by Lindermann and entered by Montan Racing Team through the 1969 season, returning in 1970 for the team's second driver Helmut Gall. Last seen at Hockenheim on 12 April 1970 but believed to have been destroyed some time later.
- Lotus 48 [R2] (John Pollock): Noted as the chassis number of Pollock's Lotus 48 by Race Report at Thruxton and at Vallelunga in 1969. As 48/1 was the car Watson drove (and crashed) at Thruxton Easter 1969 and then L'Amie drove later in 1969, it is reasonable to assume that R2 was Pollock's car all season.
- Brabham BT30  (Peter Westbury): New to Peter Westbury and used for a full season of European F2 in 1969, winning at Neubiberg in October. Sold to John Wingfield and used in libre and in selected F2 events in 1970 and 1971. Then to Jim Charnock (Liverpool) and used extensively in Formule Libre through to the end of 1975 but then unknown until advertised by Brian Classic in 1984. Sold to Chris Mann (UK) 1985 and then sold via Frank Sytner to Ray Delaney (Melbourne, Australia) in 1987. Raced by Delaney in east coast Australian historic events the next six years at Calder Raceway (Vic), Sandown Park (Vic), Oran Park (NSW), Amaroo Park (NSW), Winton Raceway (Vic) and the support races at the Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide (SA) in 1988 and 1989. Sold to Dick James in 1993. To Mike Carmody 2003 and sold by him to Tom Lee October (Puyallup, WA) 2005. Restored for 2007 to its original livery.
- Brabham BT23C  (Malcolm Guthrie): New to Frank Williams' customer Corrado Manfredini and raced as a Scuderia Picchio Rosso entry in F2 from June onwards. Returned to Williams and entered by Frank Williams Racing Cars for Malcolm Guthrie in F2 in early 1969 but sold to Bob Gerard (Leicester) in May and entered for his drivers Robin Widdows and Brian Hart, each of who won a race that summer in the car. Advertised by Gerard Racing as a rolling chassis in August 1970. Sold to drag racer Gerry Tyack (Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire) in 1970 and used to set four national speed records at Elvington, and also to win the Brighton Speed Trials. Advertised by Tyack in November 1971. Its history thereafter is unclear but it reappeared in 1986 being raced by Adrian Thomas in HSCC events, then with Kelvin Lambeth (London) in 1988-89 and with Monte Shalett (Metairie, LA) in 1990. Advertised by Mark Leonard of Grand Prix Classics (La Jolla, CA) in 1998 and sold by him to Peter Ball who did not use it much, preferring his FJ. From Bull to Harindra de Silva (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) February 2008 and raced in 2008 and 2009. Then stored until run in the F1 Support Race at COTA in November 2013.
- Brabham BT23C  (Bill Ivy): 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).
- Tecno 68/F2 [T00 304] (Nanni Galli): A brand new Tecno-FVA taken to the Argentine Temporada in December 1968 for local driver Andrea Vianini. Brought back into the factory Tecno team for 1969 and driven by Nanni Galli in the 1969 F2 series. Taken over by Clay Regazzoni at the Albi GP in September 1969 and crashed into the Armco on the opening lap of the race. Not seen again.
- Lotus 48 [R1] (John Watson): Noted as the chassis number of Watson's Lotus 48 by Race Report at Thruxton 1969 and L'Amie's at Vallelunga 1969.
- Brabham BT30  (Kurt Ahrens): Sold new to Kurt Ahrens (Braunschweig, Germany) and raced in European F2. Sold to Montan Racing Team for 1970 and raced by Werner Lindermann but destroyed by fire prior to the Hockenheim round.
- Brabham BT23C  (Graham McRae): The prototype BT23C was used at the end of the 1967 season by Jack Brabham and Frank Gardner and then sold to Frank Williams for Picko Troberg to drive, but not start, at Hockenheim in April 1968. It was then used briefly in F3 by Harry Stiller but wasn't seen again until October 1968 when Piers Courage took it over for the Albi F2 race, his regular BT23C/07 having been "sold to Tasmania" (Autosport 25 Oct 1968 p14). Then to Laurence Brownlie (Kelso, South Island, New Zealand), possibly leased by Williams, and raced in the 1969 Tasman series before returning to Europe for Graham McRae to drive in the 1969 F2 series, entered by Williams again. Not seen after July 1969 but reappeared in April 1970 when advertised by Bobby Howlings. Sold to Rodney Seow in Singapore but never raced. Traded together with Seow's Brabham BT9 to Mike Truter by 1980 and sold on to Brian Wilson (Australia) about 1983. Wilson imported the cars to Australia, had the BT23C restored and raced it in historic racing for more than 20 years. Sold to Chad Parrish (Sydney, Australia) early 2014.
- Pygmée MDB12  (Eric Offenstadt): New for Eric Offenstadt to drive in Formula 2 in 1969. Wrecked when Offenstadt cartwheeled off the track after a driveshaft broke at Tulln-Langenlebarn in July. Rebuilt and sold to Pierre Maublanc (Rillieux-la-Pape, Rhône-Alpes), who used it in French hillclimbs in late 1969. Retained for 1970 and fitted with a 1800cc Cosworth FVC. To Richard Daniel for 1971, still with the FVC, but crashed at Brides-Méribel in August, when according to reports, "la Pygmée est pulvérisée".
- Brabham BT23  (Tommy Reid): Entered by Motor Racing Developments for Jack Brabham in F2 in 1967 until crashed at Rouen in July. Repaired and sold to Mick Mooney's Irish Racing Cars in July, fitted with a 1600cc Ford twin cam and raced by Tommy Reid (Tandragee, County Armagh, Northern Ireland) in Irish 1600cc Formula events for the rest of 1967 and through 1968. Refitted with a Cosworth FVA for 1969 and dominated the Irish season. To Walter Kinnear (Gilford, County Down, Northern Ireland) with twin cam power for 1970 but crashed heavily at Mondello Park in August. Rebuilt on a new BT23C frame and raced in 1971 and 1972 by Nelson Todd (Lisburn, Northern Ireland). To Maurice Stirling for 1973 and converted to Irish Clubmans for 1974. Very probably the Piper twin cam car advertised by W.J. Riley (Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire) in 1974 but then unknown until for sale by Northdown Racing (Ripley, Surrey) in 1982. Then to Bob Wilson (Glasgow) and sold via dealer Jon Bradburn to Andrew Fellowes in late 1984. To Joe Fairley (Belfast, N. Ireland) 1986. To John Moulds (Alderley Edge, Cheshire) 1997. Sold to Steve Padgett (Australia) 2013.
- Lotus 59B [59-F2-20] (Graham Hill): One of three Lotus 59Bs built for Roy Winkelmann Racing in F2 in 1969. This was Graham Hill's usual car, winning at Albi in September, but was driven at other races by Roy Pike, John Miles, Hans Herrmann, and Andrea de Adamich. According to Richard Spelberg's research, this car was converted to Lotus 69 specification for 1970, as F2.69.5.
- Pygmée MDB12  (Patrick Dal Bo): New for Patrick Dal Bo in Formula 2 in 1969. To Jean Lachaud (Sainte-Colombe, Rhône, France) for hillclimbs in 1970, still with its 1600cc Cosworth FVA engine. To Marc Pozet (Trévoux, Lyon, Ain) for hillclimbs in 1971. To Georges Détalante (Dijon, Burgundy) for 1972, fitted with a 1600cc Cosworth BDA and used in mainly regional hillclimbs in 1972 and 1973. Advertised by him in October 1974. Also advertised as "ex-Pozet" in May 1975. Identified by Gérard Gamand as the car of Bruno Sotty (Dijon, Burgundy) at Mont Dore in 1974. As Sotty and Détalante both lived in Dijon, Sotty may have borrowed the car. According to Gérard Gamand and Didier Martin's research, this is the car later owned by Etienne Maire and Thierry Parriaux, which was last in 1985 when it was advertised by Noël Faillace (Bastia, Corsica), when it was fitted with a 1300cc Renault Gordini engine. Subsequent history unknown, but in the late 1990s, a MDB12 with a Renault engine was acquired by Stephan Kupka of Mec Auto in Belgium, who initially thought it was a F/Renault. It was still with him, unrestored, in 2009.
- Tecno 68/F2 ["T00 400"] (Max Büsch): Swiss driver Max Büsch (Zürich) had a Tecno for 1968 which was described by Automobil Revue in May 1968 as being brand new. The engine was described as a 215 bhp Cosworth and judging by his impressive speed in the car, that must mean a F2 Cosworth FVA. The car was driven by Günther Huber (Vienna), also under the banner of BB Racing Team, twice in F2 events in 1969. At the second of these races, Motoring News gave its chassis number as 'T00 400' but that number appears much too late for a 1968 car. Sold by Büsch to Hans Obrist for 1970 but he only appeared rarely. Then to Freddy Amweg (Ammerswil) for 1971 and used in Swiss and German national events. Continued running in 1600cc Group 9 in Swiss and German events in 1972, after which Amweg acquired a Brabham BT38. 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.
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Individual sources for this event
Autosport (11 Apr 1969 pp8-11) gave chassis numbers for almost every car present. Cevert's Tecno had revised rear suspension, 10mm narrower.