Gran Premio Citta di Imola

Imola, 23 Jul 1972

1 John Surtees 1850cc Surtees TS10 [02] - Ford BDA Hart
#3 Matchbox Team Surtees (see note 1)
2 Bob Wollek 1927cc Brabham BT38 [15] - Ford BDA Racing Services
#12 Motul Rondel Racing (see note 2)
3 Niki Lauda 1927cc March 722 [5] - Ford BDA RES
#32 STP March Engineering (see note 3)
4 Andrea de Adamich 1798cc Surtees TS10 [04] - Ford BDA Novamotor
#34 FINA Team Surtees (see note 4)
5 Graham Hill 1973cc Brabham BT38 [1] - Ford BDA Felday
#2 Jagermeister Racing Team (see note 5)
6 Jody Scheckter 1927cc McLaren M21 [M21-72-01] - Ford BDA Racing Services
#21 Impact Group (see note 6)
7 Jean-Pierre Jaussaud 1850cc Brabham BT38 [24] - Ford BDA Hart
#8 A.S.C.A. (see note 7)
53 accident near end of Heat 2
8 John Watson 1850cc Tui BH2 - Ford BDA Hart
#22 Alan McCall Team Tui
NC Silvio Moser 1798cc Brabham BT38 [21] - Cosworth BDE Novamotor
#5 Scuderia del Lario (see note 8)
NC Jean-Pierre Jabouille 1850cc March 722 [4] - Ford BDA Hart
#45 ELF Coombs Racing (see note 9)
R Carlos Reutemann 1960cc Brabham BT38 [26] - Ford BDA Rondel
#11 Motul Rondel Racing (see note 10)
41 lost engine oil
R Mike Hailwood 1850cc Surtees TS10 [01] - Ford BDA Hart
#1 Matchbox Team Surtees (see note 11)
38 fuel pump belt in Heat 2
R Peter Gethin 1900cc Chevron B20 [72-2] - Ford BDA Smith
#6 Chevron Racing Team (see note 12)
37 fuel pressure in Heat 2
R David Morgan 1860cc Brabham BT38 [16 as '15'] - Ford BDA Wood
#15 Edward Reeves Racing (see note 13)
34 piston in Heat 2
R David Purley 1973cc March 722 [10] - Ford BDA Felday
#16 LEC Refrigeration Racing (see note 14)
29 misfire in Heat 2
R Wilson Fittipaldi 1798cc Brabham BT38 [25] - Ford BDA Novamotor
#4 Team Bardahl (see note 15)
28 DNS Heat 2
R Ernesto "Tino" Brambilla 1798cc March 712M [18?] - Ford BDA Novamotor
#28 Tino Brambilla (see note 16)
28 DNS Heat 2
R Carlos Ruesch 1850cc Surtees TS10 [05] - Ford BDA Hart
#44 Matchbox Team Surtees (see note 17)
26 brakes in Heat 1
R Hiroshi Kazato 1927cc March 722 [8] - Ford BDA RES
#14 Peter Bloore Racing (see note 18)
R Peter Westbury 1973cc Brabham BT38 [23-2] - Ford BDA Felday
#35 FIRST Racing (see note 19)
15 engine in Heat 1
R Vittorio Brambilla 1798cc March 712M [4?] - Ford BDA Novamotor
#29 Vittorio Brambilla (see note 20)
15 accident in Heat 1, took off Depailler
R Patrick Depailler 1900cc March 722 [45] - Ford BDA Smith
#46 ELF Coombs Racing (see note 21)
15 accident in Heat 1, hit by Brambilla
R Claudio Francisci 1798cc Brabham BT38 [13] - Ford BDA Novamotor
#30 Elcom Racing Team (see note 22)
R Lian Duarté 1927cc Pygmée MDB17 [172] - Ford BDA Pygmée
#24 Banting & Earle Racing Team
(see note 23)
DNQ Adam Potocki 1850cc Brabham BT38 [‘33’ as 18-2] - Ford BDA Hart
#20 A.S.C.A. (see note 24)
Did not qualify
DNQ Patrick Dal Bo 1927cc Pygmée MDB17 [372] - Ford BDA Pygmée
#23 Banting & Earle Racing Team
(see note 25)
Did not qualify
DNQ Richard Scott 1798cc Brabham BT38 [17] - Ford BDA Richardson
#9 Richard Scott (see note 26)
Did not qualify
DNQ Tetsu Ikuzawa 1850cc GRD 272 [020-F2] - Ford BDA Hart
#31 GRS International (see note 27)
Did not qualify
DNQ John Wingfield 1973cc Brabham BT36 [10] - Ford BDA Felday
#36 John Wingfield (see note 28)
Did not qualify
DNQ Giancarlo Gagliardi 1798cc Brabham BT38 [22] - Ford BDA Novamotor
#41 Frank Williams Racing Cars (see note 29)
Did not qualify
DNQ Fred Stalder 1798cc Pygmée MDB17 [472] - Cosworth BDE
#26 Fred Stalder (see note 30)
Did not qualify
DNQ Adrian Wilkins 1850cc March 722 [15] - Ford BDA Hart
#27 John Coombs Racing (see note 31)
Did not qualify
DNQ José Dolhem 1798cc March 722 [14] - Ford BDA Novamotor
#25 Ecurie Shell-Arnold (see note 32)
Did not qualify
DNQ Brett Lunger 1927cc March 722 [11] - Ford BDA RES
#19 Space Racing (see note 33)
Did not qualify

All cars are 2-litre F2 unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Peter Gethin2843m 35.0s
2Mike Hailwood2843m 35.3s
3Carlos Reutemann2843m 51.2s
4John Surtees2843m 51.3s
5Jean-Pierre Jaussaud2843m 51.9s
6Bob Wollek2844m 01.8s
7David Morgan2844m 09.9s
8Niki Lauda2844m 12.0s
9Andrea de Adamich2844m 12.9s
10Ernesto "Tino" Brambilla2844m 20.9s
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Bob Wollek2844m 14.9s
2John Watson2844m 15.4s
3John Surtees2844m 16.9s
4Graham Hill2844m 18.4s
5Niki Lauda2844m 20.2s
6Andrea de Adamich2844m 25.8s
7Jody Scheckter2844m 25.8s
8Silvio Moser27
1 Jean-Pierre Jaussaud 1850cc Brabham BT38 [24] - Ford BDA Hart 1m 32.05s
2 Mike Hailwood 1850cc Surtees TS10 [01] - Ford BDA Hart 1m 32.21s
3 Peter Gethin 1900cc Chevron B20 [72-2] - Ford BDA Smith 1m 32.22s
4 Carlos Ruesch 1850cc Surtees TS10 [05] - Ford BDA Hart 1m 32.37s
5 John Surtees 1850cc Surtees TS10 [02] - Ford BDA Hart 1m 32.46s
6 Carlos Reutemann 1960cc Brabham BT38 [26] - Ford BDA Rondel 1m 32.61s
7 Niki Lauda 1927cc March 722 [5] - Ford BDA RES 1m 33.34s
8 Jean-Pierre Jabouille 1850cc March 722 [4] - Ford BDA Hart 1m 33.35s
9 Peter Westbury 1973cc Brabham BT38 [23-2] - Ford BDA Felday 1m 33.37s
10 David Morgan 1860cc Brabham BT38 [16 as '15'] - Ford BDA Wood 1m 33.40s
11 John Watson 1850cc Tui BH2 - Ford BDA Hart 1m 33.42s
12 Vittorio Brambilla 1798cc March 712M [4?] - Ford BDA Novamotor 1m 33.48s
13 Andrea de Adamich 1798cc Surtees TS10 [04] - Ford BDA Novamotor 1m 33.52s
14 Graham Hill 1973cc Brabham BT38 [1] - Ford BDA Felday 1m 33.57s
15 Patrick Depailler 1900cc March 722 [45] - Ford BDA Smith 1m 33.60s
16 Hiroshi Kazato 1927cc March 722 [8] - Ford BDA RES 1m 33.81s
17 Bob Wollek 1927cc Brabham BT38 [15] - Ford BDA Racing Services 1m 33.86s
18 Wilson Fittipaldi 1798cc Brabham BT38 [25] - Ford BDA Novamotor 1m 33.87s
19 David Purley 1973cc March 722 [10] - Ford BDA Felday 1m 33.88s
20 Silvio Moser 1798cc Brabham BT38 [21] - Cosworth BDE Novamotor 1m 33.97s
21 Jody Scheckter 1927cc McLaren M21 [M21-72-01] - Ford BDA Racing Services 1m 34.05s
22 Ernesto "Tino" Brambilla 1798cc March 712M [18?] - Ford BDA Novamotor 1m 34.16s
23 Lian Duarté 1927cc Pygmée MDB17 [172] - Ford BDA Pygmée 1m 34.22s
24 Claudio Francisci 1798cc Brabham BT38 [13] - Ford BDA Novamotor 1m 34.39s
25 Brett Lunger * 1927cc March 722 [11] - Ford BDA RES 1m 34.89s
26 José Dolhem * 1798cc March 722 [14] - Ford BDA Novamotor
27 Richard Scott * 1798cc Brabham BT38 [17] - Ford BDA Richardson 1m 35.13s
- Tetsu Ikuzawa * 1850cc GRD 272 [020-F2] - Ford BDA Hart
- John Wingfield * 1973cc Brabham BT36 [10] - Ford BDA Felday
- Adam Potocki * 1850cc Brabham BT38 [‘33’ as 18-2] - Ford BDA Hart 1m 36.21
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Surtees TS10 [02] (John Surtees): New for John Surtees to race as a works entry in the 1972 F2 series, first appearing at Oulton Park at the end of March. After Thruxton on Easter Monday, the car was taken out the Fuji for the JAF Grand Prix, which Surtees won, using Brian Hart's new alloy block engine. Raced by Surtees in the F2 races at Crystal Palace, Rouen and Imola, winning the latter. A new car was then built up to replace TS10/02, and the original car remained in Surtees' hands thereafter. The car was on display at a Henry Surtees fund raising day at Buckmore Park in July 2010, and at the 2010 Goodwood Revival.
  2. Brabham BT38 [15] (Bob Wollek): New for Motul Rondel Racing at Hockenheim in mid-April 1972, and raced all season by Bob Wolleck. Raced once by Carlos Reutemann at Enna. Sold to Bill O'Connor (Highland Park, IL) for Formula B for 1973. To Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) for 1974, then fitted with a Cosworth BDA for 1975, 1976 and 1977. He continued to race it in 1978, but at the age of 53 was appearing less often. This was presumably the Brabham he drove in 1979, but by 1980 he had replaced it with a Lola T460. The subsequent history of the Brabham is unknown.
  3. March 722 [5] (Niki Lauda): New for STP-March number two driver Niki Lauda for F2 in 1972 (won at Oulton Park in March), then for Pedro de Lamare in Torneio do Brasil. To Robert Cooper (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire) for Formula Atlantic 1973, and rebuilt mid-season to 73B spec. Retained for early 1974, then sold to Dairmuid McFeeley (Clonee, Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland) for Irish Formula Atlantic in 1974, 1975 and early 1976. To John Ledlie in 1976, then sold to Richard Lester (Yoxall, Staffordshire) for sprints from 1978 to 1984. With Keith Wanklyn (Wimborne) for hillclimbs from 1985 to 1990. Via three other owners to John Gale (Sydney, NSW, Australia) 2006. Sold to Australian-resident Englishman Steve Weller (Sydney, NSW) in 2017, who moved the car to the UK.
  4. Surtees TS10 [04] (Andrea de Adamich): New for Andrea de Adamich to race as a FINA Team Surtees entry in the 1972 F2 series, first appearing at the Pau GP in early May. De Adamich had driven for Surtees in F5000 in 1969, and returned to the team after two years leading Alfa Romeo's efforts to introduce their V8 engine into Formula 1. Like his Formula 1 Surtees TS9B, the Italian's TS10 was red and white with FINA logos. He drove the F2 car when his F1 commitments allowed, with a best result of fourth at Imola. The car was sold for 1973 to Romano Martini who raced as "Shangri-Là", and was used by him in F2 and in Italian hill climbs during 1973, entered by Etienne Aigner. The car reappeared in 1974 as an Etienne Aigner entry on loan to Helmut Koinigg at Hockenheim in April. Then sold to Hans Deffland (Munich, Bavaria, West Germany) in May 1974, and used by him in hillclimbs plus the F2 race at Hockenheim in September 1974. Then to Gerhard Donnerer (Marxzell, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg) in January 1975, and used in hill climbs in 1975 and 1976, and then to Jürgen Zimmerman (Schwieberdingen, Baden-Württemberg) in August 1978. It was later sold to a Mr. Studer in Switzerland who did not race it, and was sold by him to Mario Colombo (Rapperswil, Switzerland) in 1983. Mario had the car restored by Wittwer Partner Motorsport in Diepoldsau, Switzerland, and then had it fixed to the wall of his flat, where it remained until June 2019, when it was bought by Dean Forward, and shipped back to England.
  5. Brabham BT38 [1] (Graham Hill): Built by KayDon Racing on behalf of MRD and initially designed to be works Formula 2 entry for Graham Hill. Hill was also leading the Brabham F1 team for 1972, so was not planning a full season of F2. When Hill acquired sponsorship from Jägermeister, a German liqueur maker, a deal was done for the car to be run by KayDon Racing, a new operation set up by former MRD employees David Kaylor and John Donnelly in Cobham. After borrowing a BT36 for the team's first two races, the BT38 was ready for the Pau Grand Prix in early May. The chassis number of the new car was reported to be BT38-1, which was odd as all other BT38 chassis numbers were 11 or above. This may have been to simplify carnet arangements as the BT36 which had already been taken to Hockenheim was chassis number BT36-1. In Hill's second race in the BT38, at Crystal Palace, he crashed heavily at the start of Heat 2 and the car had to be rebuilt on a new monocoque prior to the next race. He competed in six more races, including a win at Monza in June. The BT38 remained unused at Graham Hill Racing during 1973, and was sold at the end of the year to Tom Ogilvy for Tony Charnell (Dumfries, Scotland) to drive in libre in 1974, still with a 2-litre BDA. It was sold to Dean Dietrich (Hinsdale, IL) for 1975, and was raced in Formula B. Dietrich advertised it during 1976, and raced it again in Formula A in 1977. Dan Hartill (Indianapolis, IN) and Jack Finucan then acquired it from Dietrich, together with a body from Dietrich's Lola T294 and two 2-litre Cosworth FVC engines. They fitted the body and engines to the BT38, and ran it in Can-Am as the Osprey SR1 and ran it in a few races. Its history after 1978 is not yet understood, but at some point, believed to be around 1986, it was acquired from the US by Alan Miles, and brought back to England. In 2017, Jon Waggitt of SSCC Motorsport (Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire) acquired the car and started a thorough restoration. Sold in 2020 to Oliver Schimpf, son of the Jägermeister Racing Principal Eckhard "Ecki" Schimpf.
  6. McLaren M21 [M21-72-01] (Jody Scheckter): New for Jody Scheckter to race in the 1972 F2 series as a works Bruce McLaren Motor Racing entry (won at Crystal Palace in May). Sold to Yves Martin (Rennes, France) and used in French hillclimbs during 1973 and 1974. Crashed heavily at Montgueux in September 1974. Rebuilt during 1975 with new bodywork and entered for Gilles Péquegnot as the Guépard in the last few months of the 1975 season. Sold to Didier Bonnet (Besançon, France) for 1976, and fitted with a 1600cc engine. The later history of this car is unknown. Note that the three cars restored in the 1990s are all believed to be Trojan-built cars, and none are the ex-Scheckter car.
  7. Brabham BT38 [24] (Jean-Pierre Jaussaud): New to the French ASCA team, and first seen when driven by Count Adam Potocki at Hockenheim in mid-April 1972. After a few slow races with Potocki, this car was taken over by ASCA teammate Jean-Pierre Jaussaud for the Österreichring and Imola races, the Frenchman having wrecked his regular car at Rouen. It then returned to be Potocki's car to the end of the season.
  8. Brabham BT38 [21] (Silvio Moser): New for Silvio Moser (Lugano, Switzerland) at the Eifelrennen at the Nürburgring on 30 April 1972, where it was run for him by Scuderia Del Lario, and sponsored by Marlboro. Raced by Moser in most F2 races in 1972. To Freddy Amweg (Ammerswil, Switzerland) for 1973, and used in a few F2 races, but more often in the Swiss national championship. To Jorg Siegrist (Lucerne, Switzerland) for 1974, when it was fitted with a Cosworth BDG, and used in Swiss and German events, as well as a few F2 races. Subsequent history unknown, but in July 2012, this car was advertised by Lutziger Classic Cars (Rudolfstetten, Switzerland). It had been restored by Peter Denty, was fitted with a Cosworth BDG engine, and was in Amweg's livery.
  9. March 722 [4] (Jean-Pierre Jabouille): New to the ELF Coombs Racing team for 1972, and raced in F2 by Jean-Pierre Jabouille and François Cevert. Sold to Roy Courtney (Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland) for 1973 and fitted with a 1600cc Cosworth BDA, but only seen rarely in Irish racing. To Tony Martin (Dun Laoire, County Dublin, Ireland) for 1974, and raced in Irish Formula Atlantic until crashed heavily at Mondello Park in August. According to Eddie Fitzgerald, the car went to Austin Kinsella (Blessington, County Wicklow) for another couple of seasons of Atlantic, and was then sold to Cyril Lynch (Terenure, Dublin) who used it mainly in hillclimbs from 1978 to 1979. While Lynch owned it, it was also raced by Vivien Candy at Mondello Park in 1979. It left Ireland when sold via AW 'Monkey' Brown to Mike Gue, then to Lew Wright, and then to Peter Denty (Thetford, Norfolk) by 1984. Denty sold it via Ted Walker to Mike Jones, who ran it in Sprints in the north of England in the early 1990s. Jones died in 2004, and the car was sold by his Estate to Todd Willing (Melbourne, Australia) in 2006.
  10. Brabham BT38 [26] (Carlos Reutemann): New for Motul Rondel Racing in May 1972, replacing BT38/11, and raced by Carlos Reutemann. Also raced by Gerry Birrell at Albi, when Reutemann was away racing in the Canadian GP. Reutemann left the Rondel team after the Hockenheim race at the beginning of October, following a disagreement over engines, and the car was raced by Ronnie Peterson in the Brazilian F2 series. Sold by Rondel to Tom Klausler (Palatine, IL) for Formula B in 1973, and won at Trois-Rivières in September. Then advertised by Roy Witz (Arlington Heights, IL) in mid-1974, then sold to John Kowalski (Berea, OH) for Formula Atlantic in 1975. Kowalski advertised it in December 1975 as "ex Klausler", still with its "big valve Hart" engine. Used by Kowalski in early 1976, but he then upgraded to a newer Lola T360. The Brabham is believed to have gone to Dr Mike Orgel (Ladue, MO), who raced a Brabham BT38 in Formula B and then Formula Atlantic in SCCA Midwest Division events from 1977 to 1980. After driving in Regionals in 1977, he won the MidDiv Regional title in 1978, and scored 10 points in Nationals that year. He did not appear in the points table for 1979, but scored one point in 1980 in a Brabham BT38. It would then be the "ex-Peterson" car acquired at some point from Orgel by Bob Willis (St Louis, MO), who also owned the Rondel sister car BT38/14.
  11. Surtees TS10 [01] (Mike Hailwood): New for Mike Hailwood to race as a works entry in the 1972 F2 series as a works Team Surtees entry. Hailwood won at Mantorp Park and Salzburgring in this car, and also finished second at Crystal Palace, Rouen, the Österreichring and Hockenheim in October to secure a deserved championship. He also won one race at Interlagos in November during the Torneio do Brasil, The car was not seen in 1973, but reappeared in 1974 with Richard Jones (Stroud, Gloucestershire) for hillclimbs. Raced regularly by Jones in 1975 and 1976 with a 2-litre Hart engine, and then in 1977 with a turbocharged Hart, although he soon returned to a regular engine. To Channel Islander Maurice Ogier for 1978, and used in the 1600cc class of French hillclimbs. Then to Dave Allen (Crewe, Cheshire), and raced in British Formula Atlantic in 1979. Next seen hillclimbed by Peter Bromage in the 1980s, then sold to Don Wood, and seen again shortly after when sold by dealer Straight Six to the US in 1991. Raced by Gil Nickel (Oakville, CA) in US historic events between 1994 and 2002. Nickel died in 2003, but the car has been retained by his family in the car collection at Nickel's Far Niente Winery in Oakville.
  12. Chevron B20 [72-2] (Peter Gethin): Chevron Racing Team entry in Formula 2 in 1972, raced by Peter Gethin and Vic Elford. Gethin won at Pau in early May. Also raced by John Watson with a 1900cc Cosworth FVC in the Rothmans 5000. Believed to be the car leased by Ed Reeves for David Morgan to race in the Torneio do Brasil at the end of the year. Morgan crashed in practice at Interlagos when the car hit the Armco barrier head on and went between the two sections, luckily stopping just before the cockpit. The car was "extremely badly bent" and a fortunately unhurt Morgan had to be cut out of the car. It is likely that the car would not have been repairable after this, but it is possible it survived in some form.
  13. Brabham BT38 [16 as '15'] (David Morgan): Sold originally to the Elf-Coombs team but not used, and sold to Edward Reeves Racing as a spare for the team's new BT38 being raced by David Morgan. When Morgan wrecked the regular car at the 'Ring, he took over BT38/16. Oddly, this car was sometimes described as BT38/15. After the season, BT38/16 went to MRE in part-exchange for a new BT40, and was sold on to Tom O'Leary (Dalkey, County Dublin) for Formula Ireland racing. O'Leary rarely raced it, and is reported to have crashed it at Mondello Park when the front brake pads fell out. As the car probably needed a new tub, it was sold and replaced with a BT40. The BT38 was eventually sold by MRE in August 1974 to Mike Rocke (Livermore, CA), who used in in SCCA Formula B in 1974 and 1975. Crashed in 1975 and rebuilt on a replacement tub before being sold to someone in California in 1976. Then unknown until bought by Steve Petersen (Sedalia, CO) from Tom Christ around 2001. The car had been rebuilt on a Pat Price tub, fitted with a Jennings 2-liter BDG engine, and was raced by Peterson with RMVR from 2003 onwards.
  14. March 722 [10] (David Purley): New to David Purley and entered by Lec Refrigeration Racing for him in F2 in 1972. Retained for 1973, but converted to Formula Atlantic, fitted with Falconer bodywork and run in the two British championships, winning the opening race of each championship. At Silverstone in May, Autosport reported that the car was appearing for the first time in 73B bodywork and using narrow track. Photographs of the car at the following race, which Purley won, show that it also had front-facing rollhoop supports, which are usually indicative of the 1973 March monocoque, and a more detailed picture of the car at Silverstone in July shows that the front suspension also indicated it now had a 1973 monocoque. He used the car to the end of the season, winning five races in total. It was then raced by Dieter Quester at Macau at the end of 1973, who was said to have bought the "73B". However, Quester's recollection was that it was rented by Team Harper for him to drive. Subsequent history unknown, but possibly sold in the Far East. The car would probably have been indistinguishable from a 73B by this time.
  15. Brabham BT38 [25] (Wilson Fittipaldi): New to Team Bardahl for Wilson Fittipaldi to drive in the 1972 F2 season. Wilson started the season with poor results, but improved significantly after the car was rebuilt by former Brabham and Surtees man Alain Fenn, who widened the front suspension, fitted a Chevron-like wide nose and moved the radiators from the side to the front. Fitipaldi finished fourth on the revised car's debut at Enna in August and fourth again at Hockenheim in October. He raced the car in the Brazilian F2 Torneio, finishing third and fourth in the first two races, but then crashed heavily in practice at Interlagos, and the car was rapidly rebuilt overnight on a spare monocoque acquired from the Rondel team. He finished a very impressive fifth in Heat 1, and was running third in Heat 2 behind World Champion brother Emerson and new F2 champion Mike Hailwood before dropping back. Subsequent history unknown, but it is quite possible that the car remained in Brazil. In 2020, it was reported that the car had been part of the JORM collection ("Coleção J. O. R. M.") of José Oswaldo Ribeiro de Mendonça (São Paulo, Brazil) before his death in December 2018. The collection was managed in 2017 by Paulo "Louco" Figueiredo.
  16. March 712M [18?] (Ernesto "Tino" Brambilla): New to Ernesto "Tino" Brambilla, and run for him by Scuderia Ala d'Oro in F2 in 1971. Retained for 1972, when it was first fitted with a Ferrari Dino V6 engine, and later with 1800cc Novamotor BDAs. Retained again for 1973, when it was in Beta livery and fitted with a Schnitzer BMW engine. Subsequent history unknown, but Fabio Montani told Philippe Demeyer that he believes it went to a "Diepoltz" in Switzerland.
  17. Surtees TS10 [05] (Carlos Ruesch): A new car built to replace the TS10/03 wrecked by Carlos Reusch at Pau in May, and raced by him as a Team Surtees entry during the 1972 F2 season. Reusch retired after two races of the Torneio do Brasil, and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud drove the car in the final Interlagos race. Sold to Geoff Friswell for 1973, and converted to Formula Atlantic specification, but the Clubmen's expert had a poor run of results, which ended at Mallory Park in May when he spun off at Gerards and badly damaged the car. Friswell acquired a new March 73B to replace it, and the Surtees was advertised as complete but damaged in November 1973. The subsequent history of the wreck is not known, but its tub was later with Dave Allen as a spare for his TS10/01, and was still in its company when TS10/01 was sold by Peter Bromage to Don Wood in the late 1980s.
  18. March 722 [8] (Hiroshi Kazato): New to Hiroshi Kazato, and run for him in European F2 by Peter Bloore Racing. The car disappeared at the end of 1972, but March records show that it was sold to a "J. F. Gridley" of Tooting, south London. It is then said to have been owned by an Englishman who planned to use it in French hillclimbs, but only to seize the engine and abandon it. It was acquired by Ted Walker some time around 1987, still with Kazato's name on the wheels, and sold to Nigel Smith, who sold it on to Gerry Wainwright (Burton, Staffordshire), who sent it to Simon Hadfield for restoration. Hadfield raced it briefly in historic racing, before it was sold to Jim Bennett in Colorado, but he only raced it once. It was sold to Scott Meehan (Kamas, UT) in 2005, and restored with a Cosworth BDE engine. Sold to Andrew Gifford (Perth, Australia) in 2012.
  19. Brabham BT38 [23-2] (Peter Westbury): Brand new for Peter Westbury, and run by Felday International Racing & Sportscar Team, using engines from Westbury's Felday Engineering. The Brabham first appeared in the Eifelrennen at the Nürburgring on 30 April 1972, but crashed heavily during the race, causing "serious damage" to the monocoque. The car was rebuilt around a new monocoque in time for the Pau Grand Prix a week later. Westbury did not appear at all F2 races, but did run in the Rothmans 50,000 in August, where he used a 1997cc Felday alloy-block engine. Unused in 1973, and for sale from Dorking in November 1973. Subsequent history unknown, but may be the car raced by David Jackson many years later in Classic F3.
  20. March 712M [4?] (Vittorio Brambilla): New to Frank Williams Racing, and raced in F2 in 1971 by Henri Pescarolo, Andrea de Adamich, and "Jean Max", who crashed heavily at Rouen in June. Suggestions that the car was replaced by a new car, 712M/25, after that accident appear to be unfounded. Used by Pescarolo for the remainder of the 1971 European season. At the Torneio Brasiliero, it was raced by Pescarolo in the first two races, then by Carlos Pace at Porte Allegre, and by local driver Nestor Garcia Veiga at Cordoba. This is almost certainly the "ex-Pescarolo" March sold to Tino Brambilla for 1972, and raced by brother Vittorio at several F2 events, using an 1800cc Novamotor BDA. According to later owner Fabio Montani, this is the car that went to Ettore Ricci and Scuderia Nettuno for 1973. A few modifications were made to the car, including fitting a 2-litre Armoroli BDA engine and a Hewland FG400 gearbox to replace the original FT200, and it was entered as a Somalita, but all the race reports, including Autosprint's, simply called it a March 712M. The last time the car was seen in F2 was at Vallelunga in October, when Fernando Spreafico drove it, but the Armoroli BDA engine broke on the warm-up lap. The car was then bought by Adriano Parlamento (Turin), so this would be the March "732" that Parlamento used in hillclimbs from 1974 onwards. Parlamento last raced it in 1979, and after a season racing small saloons, he acquired a March 75S sports car for the 1981 season. The March 712M/732 was acquired by Fabio Montani (Milan) and restored. It is hoped that photographs were taken of the car in Parlamento's distinctive bodywork to prove the identity of this car. It was advertised by Montani in December 1994, when it was said to have new skins and suspension, and a Richardson BDA engine, but with the old parts available.
  21. March 722 [45] (Patrick Depailler): New to ELF Coombs Racing, and raced by Patrick Depailler in F2 in 1972, although he also drove the team's Alpine A367 at some races. Not seen in 1973, but sold by the March factory in May 1974 to Derek Robinson, of Motor Racing Supplies in Frome, Somerset. It had been updated to the latest works 742 bodywork. Robinson entered the car in Formula Atlantic for Alan Rollinson, but Rollinson was still troubled by an ankle injury and decided to retire in July. Donald MacLeod was entered in the car at a race in September, but did not arrive. It was advertised from a Radstock phone number at the start of September, described as a "works Formula Atlantic [March] 74B" that had been "built and prepared at Bicester for Alan Rollinson", and had a Holbay engine. It was in side-radiator form with a works 742 nose. Subsequent history unknown.
  22. Brabham BT38 [13] (Claudio Francisci): Entered by Elcom Racing Team for Claudio Francisci in F2 in 1972, using 1.8-litre Novamotor Cosworth BDE engines. It was reported to have swapped chassis plates with Carlos Reutemann's BT38/11, but the story is quite confused. It is interesting that Sport Auto reported the chassis number of this car as BT38/11 at Rouen in June. Subsequent history unknown, but it should be noted that this is a different car to Eligio Siconolfi's Brabham BT38B-13, which later appeared in Can-Am.
  23. Pygmée MDB17 [172] (Lian Duarté): New to the BERT team for Lian Duarté to race in the 1972 F2 series. Duarté was taken out by teammate Carlos Pace at the start of the final at Thruxton, and his race at Hockenheim ended after just a lap with a broken piston. His bad luck continued at the Nürburgring at the end of the month, then he was involved in a lap 1 pile up, and the Pygmée was badly damaged. He returned to this car at Rouen in June, but was too slow to qualify, and failed to qualify again at the Österreichring after brake problems. His luck finally turned at Imola where he qualified with a rather dubious time, and completed two whole laps before retiring with an oil leak. He was not seen again. The subsequent history of the MDB17 is unknown, but Didier Martin has been quoted that both the Duarte and Pace MDB17s went to Marc Regal. Gérard Gamand lists the car as being with Edouard Géraud (who also owned MDB16 271 and MDB17 272) in 1995, and then in a private collection in southwest France in 2010.
  24. Brabham BT38 [‘33’ as 18-2] (Adam Potocki): A "new chassis" replacing the ASCA team's Brabham BT38 wrecked by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud at Rouen. It was raced by teammate Adam Potocki at Imola, where Potocki failed to qualify, and was then Jaussaud's car for the rest of the season. ASCA entered Jaussaud in the Brazilian F2 Torneio, but he was involved in the startline accident at the second Interlagos race, and the Brabham was badly damaged. According to Chris Townsend's research, this car was acquired by Fred Opert Racing and raced by Héctor Rebaque in the Caracas Formula B race in March 1973, then by Brian Robertson in the JAF Grand Prix in May 1973. It is not clear what else Opert used it for in 1973, but in January 1974, he sold it to John Bernadine (Tulsa, OK) for SCCA Formula B. Then to Warren Pauge (Hacienda Heights, CA) in August 1975, replacing his well-used Brabham BT21. Pauge retained the BT38 for many years, even running it as a Can-Am car once in 1982. After he finally stopped racing it in 1988, he sold it to Marc Bahner, then it went to George Steven in 1992, Tom Stapleton about 2008, and Paul Skilowitz (Stuart, FL) in 2016.
  25. Pygmée MDB17 [372] (Patrick Dal Bo): New to the BERT team for Patrick Dal Bo to race in the 1972 F2 series. Dal Bo was fourth in the first race of the season, but had a series of failures to qualify, often caused by engine failures. The car was sold to Georges Schäfer for 1973, and used in occasional F2 races, rounds of the Swiss championship, and French hillclimbs for the next three seasons, using a Cosworth BDE engine. It appears that it was updated for 1974 with revised bodywork and given the chassis plate "MDB19 - 03 -74". Gérard Gamand's book shows this as the Pygmée owned by Roger Martini (Girond, Aquitaine) from 1979 to 1983, although Martini believed he had owned the ex-Pace car. According to Gamand, the car then passed via two other French owners, 'Legeay' and 'Sutter' to Roland Perrin in 1988, by which time it had acquired odd square sidepods and a Martini nose, and the steelwork had been painted a fetching orange. Bought by Peter Morley in Belgium in 2005, then to Gamand in April 2007, who completely restored the car in 2008-09. On display at Epoqu'auto in Lyon in November 2009. Raced by Gamand in Historic F2 in 2010 and 2012. On display on the Autodiva stand at Epoqu'Auto in November 2013.
  26. Brabham BT38 [17] (Richard Scott): Brand new for Richard Scott at Oulton Park at the end of March 1972, and used by him through the 1972 F2 season. To Alan Padgett (Pocklington, East Riding of Yorkshire) for 1973, fitted with an 1850cc Cosworth BDE and used in hillclimbs. To David Baumforth (North Newbald, East Riding of Yorkshire) for hillclimbs and prints in 1974, then to John Hinley (Knowle, Warwickshire) for sprints in 1975. It was acquired by Tony Griffiths (Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands) for 1976, then to chef Paul Edwards (London), who used it extensively in sprints in 1977 and 1978. To Ron Cumming (Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) for libre racing in 1979, when it still had a 1800cc BDE engine. Cumming crashed the car in a race at Ingliston, probably in May 1979, and rebuilt it using a replacement monocoque supplied by Jim Stevenson. The car was then sold, less engine, to somebody in Essex. About seven years later, it was acquired by Chris Perkins (Ashbourne, Derbyshire), still in the distinctive orange-and-white livery used by Cumming in 1979 and with evidence of where the March 79B-style sidpods had been fitted, but now with a Buick V8 engine in the process of installation. Perkins's recollection is that he bought the car in the Brighton area in the mid-1980s; Autosport mention his purchase in December 1987.
  27. GRD 272 [020-F2] (Tetsu Ikuzawa): New for Tetsu Ikuzawa to drive in F2 in 1972 as a GRS International entry. For 1973, the car was sold to hillclimber Ken MacMaster (Stourbridge, Worcestershire) and fitted with a 1600cc Hart BDA for hillclimbs. Retained for 1974. MacMaster acquired a Modus M4 for 1975, and the history of the GRD for the next eight years is unknown. In 1983, it was raced by Alan Dix (St Peter, Jersey) in hillclimbs and sprints in England. The car was then retained by Dix until January 2003, when it was bought by Brad Moore and moved to Peter Denty's workshop for some restoration work before being shipped to Moore's workshop at Sears Point, CA.
  28. Brabham BT36 [10] (John Wingfield): New to John Wingfield (London NW11) in September 1971 and raced in libre with a 1.7-litre Felday BDA. Raced in F2 in 1972 with Felday's 1973cc BDA and then converted to F/Atlantic specification for one race at the end of the season. Sold to Iain McLaren (Broxburn, Scotland) for 1973, fitted with a 1.8-litre Alan Smith Cosworth FVC and used for hillclimbs and libre. Advertised by MRE (Bourne End, Buckingham) in October/November 1973, who had a 1930cc Racing Services BDA in stock at the same time. Sold to Chris Choat and John Hardesty for 1974 and used in libre with a 2-litre Racing Services BDA. Retained for 1975 until sold in the summer to Nick Overall, still with the same RS BDA. To Mike Gue for 1976. Then to Ian Henderson who has retained the car.
  29. Brabham BT38 [22] (Giancarlo Gagliardi): New to Frank Williams for his Italian customer Giancarlo Gagliardi, and run in F2 in 1972 using Cosworth BDE engines maintained by Novamotor. Gagliardi first appeared in the car at Crystal Palace at the end of May, where he was one of the slowest. After three more uninspiring performances, he dropped out, and the BT38 was next seen at the Rothmans 50,000 in August, where it was entered by Robs Lamplough's Fiddlers Three Racing for Tony Trimmer, having been acquired by Lamplough the Friday before the race. Trimmer could not qualify, but finished fifth in a short consolation race. It was acquired by David Cole for 1973, but used mainly in libre racing. The car appeared once in Formula Atlantic in 1974, driven by Donald MacLeod who had borrowed it from Cole. It was then exported to the US, and was next seen in the hands of Dick Zibert (Tiburon, CA) in mid-1975. Carl von Doymi (Greenbrae, CA) reportedly "tried out" Zibert's Brabham when it first appeared in July 1975. Zibert had moved up through Formula Vee and Formula Super Vee, and raced the white #11 Brabham BT38 in North Pacific Division SCCA Nationals and Regionals until 1978. Towards the end of Zibert's time with the car, he cut off the tub's outer skins in an attempt to make a ground-effect car, but this was aborted, and the car was sold to John Hafkenschiel in November 1988, as a pile of parts. Hafkenschiel had the tub repaired by Marc Bahner, who used Hafkenschiel's BT38B tub as a template.
  30. Pygmée MDB17 [472] (Fred Stalder): New to Fred Stalder, and raced in selected rounds of the 1972 F2 series and some French hillclimbs. He started the season with a Cosworth FVA, but was not allowed to run that at Pau. He replaced this with a Cosworth BDE later in the season. Subsequent history unknown.
  31. March 722 [15] (Adrian Wilkins): New for Adrian Wilkins to race in F2 in 1972 as a John Coombs Racing entry. Subsequent history unknown, but may have been the car bought by Holman Blackburn for Formula Atlantic.
  32. March 722 [14] (José Dolhem): New to Ecurie Shell-Arnold for F2 in 1972, and raced by Jean-Pierre Jarier, Jean-Pierre Beltoise, and José Dolhem. Sold to Yves Courage for 1973, and raced by him in French hillclimbs with a 1798cc Cosworth BDE. To Roland Davril for 1974, but his season was ended early when his engine injected a stone. To Robert Lucet for 1975, now equipped with a 1930cc BDE, and retained by him for 1976, and for 1977, when it was described as a March 742/752. Retained again for 1978, but now in the 1600cc class with a Cosworth engine. It was sold to Marcel Perriot for 1979, then to Patrick Tibonnet 1982, then Bernard Pourchet 1984, then Charles Gnaedinger 1998. Gnaedinger sold it via Grand Prix Classics to Denis Maynard, and it then passed via Grand Prix Classics again to Bill Morris in 2001. Then unknown until sold by George Grigoriev (San Diego, CA) to Ray Stubber in September 2011. Sold by Stubber to Angelo Orloff (Western Australia) in November 2015.
  33. March 722 [11] (Brett Lunger): New to Brett Lunger, and entered by Space Racing for him in F2 in 1972. Bob Sparshott's partner John 'Ace' Woodington was in charge of the F1 team, with ex-Surtees mechanic Roger Flynn. Lunger also raced the car in the Torneio do Brasil in October and November 1972. March records show that this car was sold to Guy Tunmer in December 1972, although press reports at the time said Tunmer had bought the ex-Ronnie Peterson car. Tunmer (Sandton, South Africa) had acquired the 722 for the new "F2" class of the South African national championship, and had it fitted with an 1800cc Cosworth FVC and raced it through 1973. The car was not seen in 1974, but is believed to have been kept as a spare to Tunmer's new Chevron. In 1975, it was sold to André Verwey (Johannesburg, South Africa) who planned to rebuild it with a BMW F2 engine and Hewland FG400 gearbox, but when Formula Atlantic was announced, he updated it with 74B bodywork and Nicholson BDA engine. Used in this form by Verwey in two races late 1975, and then into 1976. Sold back to the Tunmers in mid-1976 for Mervyn Tunmer to use. Unused in 1977, but then sold to Andrew Thompson in 1978, converted to a Ford V6 engine for the new formula, and raced in that form by Bobby Scott in 1979. To Mel Lahner and raced by Derek Ziman and John McNicol in Lahner's Rackrite team in 1980. Used again by Rackrite in 1981, when it was entered for McNicol, Ziman and Lahner, then raced by Bernard Tilanus for a few races before he left the team, then by his replacement Trevor van Rooyen, and finally McNicol took it over again. Both Tilanus and van Rooyen won races in it that season. It was retained again for 1982, when Lahner's son Wayne drove it. It was retained by the Lahner family until 2004, when it was sold back to Andrew and Stuart Thompson.


Note that 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' published results.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.

Individual sources for this event

Autosport 27 Jul 1972 pp13-15, Motoring News 27 Jul 1972.