John Player Formula 2 Championship Race
Oulton Park, 31 Mar 1972
|1||Niki Lauda||1927cc March 722  - Ford BDA RES
#2 STP March Engineering (see note 1)
|40||1h 12m 34.0s
|2||Gerry Birrell||1798cc March 722  - Ford BDA Hart
#7 Sports Motors Manchester (see note 2)
|40||1h 13m 24.6s
|3||Tim Schenken||1798cc Brabham BT38  - Cosworth BDE
#25 Motul Rondel Raciing (see note 3)
|40||1h 13m 42.4s
|4||David Morgan||1860cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Wood
#1 Edward Reeves Racing (see note 4)
|5||John Wingfield||1973cc Brabham BT36  - Ford BDA Felday
#10 Nicoby Racing (see note 5)
|6||David Purley||1927cc March 722  - Ford BDA RES
#22 Lec Refrigeration Racing (see note 6)
|R||John Surtees||1798cc Surtees TS10  - Ford BDA Hart
#24 Matchbox Team Surtees (see note 7)
|R||Dick Barker||1600cc Brabham BT29/35 [BT28-2] - Ford BDA Eden
#14 Dick Barker (see note 8)
|32||no oil pressure|
|R||Roger Williamson||1798cc March 722  - Ford BDA RES
#3 Tom Wheatcroft Racing (see note 9)
|R||Brett Lunger||1927cc March 722  - Ford BDA RES
#6 Space Racing (see note 10)
|28||broken water pump|
|R||Tom Belsø||1798cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Steele
#12 Team Viking (see note 11)
|R||Richard Scott||1798cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Richardson
#11 Uniacke Chemicals (see note 12)
|R||Jody Scheckter||1927cc McLaren M21 [M21-72-01] - Cosworth BDF
#4 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing (see note 13)
|R||Hiroshi Kazato||1798cc March 722  - Ford BDA Broadspeed
#5 Peter Bloore Racing (see note 14)
All cars are 2-litre F2 unless noted.
|1||David Purley||1927cc March 722  - Ford BDA RES||1m 29.6s|
|2||Niki Lauda||1927cc March 722  - Ford BDA RES||1m 30.2s|
|3||Tim Schenken||1798cc Brabham BT38  - Cosworth BDE||1m 30.2s|
|4||John Surtees||1798cc Surtees TS10  - Ford BDA Hart||1m 31.0s|
|5||Gerry Birrell||1798cc March 722  - Ford BDA Hart||1m 31.4s|
|6||Roger Williamson||1798cc March 722  - Ford BDA RES||1m 31.8s|
|7||David Morgan||1860cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Wood||1m 33.0s|
|8||Hiroshi Kazato||1798cc March 722  - Ford BDA Broadspeed||1m 33.6s|
|9||Richard Scott||1798cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Richardson||1m 35.4s|
|10||Brett Lunger||1927cc March 722  - Ford BDA RES||1m 37.2s|
|11||Tom Belsø||1798cc Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Steele||1m 37.4s|
|12||John Wingfield||1973cc Brabham BT36  - Ford BDA Felday||1m 39.2s|
|13||Dick Barker||1600cc Brabham BT29/35 [BT28-2] - Ford BDA Eden||1m 39.6s|
|14||Jody Scheckter||1927cc McLaren M21 [M21-72-01] - Cosworth BDF||1m 46.6s|
Notes on the cars:
- March 722  (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 Steve Weller (Sydney, NSW) in 2017.
- March 722  (Gerry Birrell): The prototype March 722 was sold to Sports Motors Manchester for Gerry Birrell to race in Formula 2 in 1972. At the end of the season, the car was sold to New Zealander Kenny Smith, and fitted with a 1930cc Cosworth FVC engine for the 1973 Tasman series. He also used it at the April 1973 Singapore Grand Prix using a 1600cc Hart Ford twin-cam. Frank Radisich bought it and bolted on the Repco Holden engine and rear end from his McLaren M10B, but this was wholely unsuccessful, and Radisich later tried a Mazda engine instead, also updating it to 1976 nose and sidepods, but again with no success. In late 1977, it reappeared with Dave Saunders who had fitted a Cosworth BDA engine for Formula Pacific, but the reliability problems persisted. According to Graham Vercoe, it was later raced by Dennis Dunbar with the Mazda engine, then by Charlie Conway with the BDA. David McKinney reported that it then went to Adrian Whapman, who was advertising it in 1994. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT38  (Tim Schenken): Brand new for Motul Rondel Racing at Oulton Park at the end of March 1972, and raced there by Tim Schenken, who finished second. For Schenken again at Thruxton a few days later, then for Derek Bell at Nürburgring at the end of April, by Jean Max at Pau, and by Jean-Pierre Beltoise at Crystal Palace and Rouen. Schenken used the car for the rest of the season, winning at Hockenheim in October. Sold to John Powell (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) for Formula B in 1973. Sold to Bob Schutt (Kirkwood, MO) at Watkins Glen at the end of 1973, and used by him in Mid West Division FB racing. In the early 1980s, Schutt sold the car to Bob Willis (St Louis, MO), who is believed to still own it in 2019.
- Brabham BT38  (David Morgan): Brand new for Edward Reeves Racing at Oulton Park at the end of March 1972, and raced by David Morgan. It was seriously damaged at its third race, a non-championship event at Nürburgring in late April, and was replaced with another BT38 acquired from the Coombs team.
- Brabham BT36  (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.
- March 722  (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.
- Surtees TS10  (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.
- Brabham BT29/35 [BT28-2] (Dick Barker): Delivered March 1969 to Clarke Mordaunt racing team for Mike Beuttler in UK F3 in 1969. To Jim Edwards for UK F3 in 1970. To Mike Stow for Formula Atlantic in 1971 when it was said to have been updated to BT29/35 specification. Sold to Dick Barker at the beginning of 1972 when it was said to have been 'brought up to FB BT29 specification last year'. However, Motoring News identified Barker's car as chassis number BT28-20 twice early in 1972 instead of BT28-2. BT28-20 was a different ex-Stow car with a clear history up to this point, implying MN's reporter made a mistake. Barker's car was heavily damaged at Crystal Palace at the end of May 1972 and was not seen again. Barker advertised a 'BT29/35' in April 1973 but the identity of that car is unknown.
- March 722  (Roger Williamson): New to Tom Wheatcroft Racing for Roger Williamson to race in F2 in 1972, but Williamson's main aim was the F3 title, so the 722 was little used. To Patsy McGarrity (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for 1973, and used in Formula Ireland races. To David Lambe (Dublin, Ireland) in August 1973, and converted to Formula Atlantic specification for 1974, when it was also raced once or twice by Tom O'Leary. In 1986, this car turned up in England in the hands of David Tilley, who told speed event historian Steve Wilkinson that it had come from Patsy McGarrity in Ulster and was "the ex-Wheatcroft car for Roger Williamson". Tilley replaced the 1600cc engine with a 3500cc Rover V8 for 1988, then sold the car to Barrie Gilles (Lydney, Gloucestershire), who raced it in 1989. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 722  (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. According to surviving March records, this car was sold to Guy Tunmer in December 1972, but press reports at the time said Tunmer had bought the ex-Ronnie Peterson car. History from 1973 onwards is therefore still unresolved.
- Brabham BT38  (Tom Belsø): Brand new for Tom Belsø at Oulton Park at the end of March 1972, entered by Team Viking. Raced by Belsø in F2 all season, then converted to Formula Atlantic for a couple of races late in the year. For sale during much of 1973, then to Tom Foster (Modesto, CA) for SCCA Formula B and ICSCC events from 1974 to 1977. Ron Householder (Portland, OR) then bought it for the engine, and sold the car in July 1978 to Kevin Skinner (Langley, BC, Canada). He won the ICSCC Formula B class in 1979, winning his class in seven races. In 2013, he still owned the car.
- Brabham BT38  (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.
- 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.
- March 722  (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.
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.
Individual sources for this event
Autosport 6 Apr 1972 pp28-29, Motoring News 6 Apr 1972 p6. Birrell's car was given as 722/1 and Wiliamson's as 722/41. New BT38s for Schenken (14), Morgan (20), Scott (17) and Belso (19) but numbers only given in MN. Surtees' new TS10 was chassis 02.