Jochen Rindt Memorial Trophy

Thruxton, 3 Apr 1972

1 Ronnie Peterson 1927cc March 722 [17] - Cosworth BDF
#22 STP March Engineering (see note 1)
50 1h 00m 19.4s
117.17 mph
2 François Cevert 1850cc March 722 [4] - Ford BDA Hart
#44 ELF Coombs Racing (see note 2)
50 1h 00m 44.0s
3 Niki Lauda 1927cc March 722 [5] - Ford BDA RES
#23 STP March Engineering (see note 3)
4 Patrick Dal Bo 1798cc Pygmée MDB17 [372] - Ford BDA Pygmée
#48 Banting & Earle Racing Team
(see note 4)
5 Claudio Francisci 1798cc Brabham BT38 [13] - Cosworth BDE Novamotor
#11 Elcom Racing Team (see note 5)
NC Peter Westbury 1973cc Brabham BT36 [5 'B'] - Ford BDA Felday
#8 FIRST Racing (see note 6)
28 still running but not classified
R Gerry Birrell 1850cc March 722 [1] - Ford BDA Hart
#25 Sports Motors Manchester (see note 7)
38 engine
R Bert Hawthorne 1850cc Tui AM29 - Ford BDA Hart
#52 Leda Engineering
36 fuel pressure
R Graham Hill 1973cc Brabham BT36 [1] - Ford BDA Felday
#1 Tate of Leeds Racing (see note 8)
30 engine
R David Purley 1927cc March 722 [10] - Ford BDA RES
#31 LEC Refrigeration Racing (see note 9)
29 engine
R Richard Scott 1798cc Brabham BT38 [17] - Ford BDA Richardson
#7 Uniacke Chemicals (see note 10)
28 accident
R Peter Gethin 1798cc Chevron B20 [72-2] - Ford BDA Smith
#51 Chevron Racing Team (see note 11)
26 engine
R Jean-Pierre Jaussaud 1850cc Brabham BT38 [18] - Ford BDA Hart
#14 A.S.C.A. (see note 12)
23 engine
R Jean-Pierre Jarier 1798cc March 722 [14] - Ford BDA Hart
#28 Ecurie Shell-Arnold (see note 13)
18 engine
R Jody Scheckter 1927cc McLaren M21 [M21-72-01] - Cosworth BDF
#53 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing (see note 14)
11 engine
R David Morgan 1860cc Brabham BT38 [20] - Ford BDA Wood
#41 Edward Reeves Racing (see note 15)
4 metering unit
R John Surtees 1850cc Surtees TS10 [02] - Ford BDA Hart
#9 Matchbox Team Surtees (see note 16)
4 electrics
R Lian Duarté 1798cc Pygmée MDB17 [172] - Ford BDA Pygmée
#49 Banting & Earle Racing Team
(see note 17)
0 accident
R Carlos Pace 1927cc Pygmée MDB17 [272] - Ford BDA Pygmée
#47 Banting & Earle Racing Team
(see note 18)
0 accident
R Tom Belsø 1798cc Brabham BT38 [19] - Ford BDA Steele
#10 Team Viking (see note 19)
0 accident
DNSF Mike Beuttler 1927cc March 722 ["18"] - Ford BDA RES
#24 Clarke-Mordaunt Team (see note 20)
Did not start final
DNSF Mike Hailwood 1850cc Surtees TS10 [01] - Ford BDA Hart
#34 Matchbox Team Surtees (see note 21)
Did not start final
DNSF Wilson Fittipaldi 1798cc Brabham BT38 [25] - Cosworth BDE Novamotor
#6 Team Bardahl (see note 22)
Did not start final
DNSF Brett Lunger 1798cc March 722 [11] - Ford BDA RES
#27 Space Racing (see note 23)
Did not start final
DNS John Wingfield 1973cc Brabham BT36 [10] - Ford BDA Felday
#18 Nicoby Racing (see note 24)
Did not start
(retired on Heat 2 warm up lap)
DNSC Carlos Reutemann 1927cc Brabham BT38 [11] - Cosworth BDF
#5 Motul Rondel Racing (see note 25)
Did not start (crashed)
DNSC Hiroshi Kazato 1798cc March 722 [8] - Ford BDA Broadspeed
#26 Peter Bloore Racing (see note 26)
Did not start (crashed)
DNSW Tim Schenken 1927cc Brabham BT38 [14] - Ford BDA RES
#3 Motul Rondel Racing (see note 27)
Did not start (withdrew)
DNSW John Burton 1798cc Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] - Ford BDA Smith
#55 Team Ensign (see note 28)
Did not start (withdrew)
DNSW Henri Pescarolo 1927cc Brabham BT38 [12] - Ford BDA RES
#2 Motul Rondel Racing (see note 29)
Did not start (withdrew)
DNSW Adrian Wilkins 1973cc March 722 [15] - Ford BDA Felday
#30 John Coombs Racing (see note 30)
Did not start (withdrew)

All cars are 2-litre F2 unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Niki Lauda2834m 30.4s114.70 mph
2Gerry Birrell2834m 43.0s
3Jody Scheckter2834m 58.0s
4John Surtees2834m 58.2s
5Richard Scott2834m 58.2s
6Peter Gethin2834m 58.8s
7Carlos Pace
8David Purley24not classified
9Claudio Francisci23not classified
Lian Duarté14fuel line
Brett Lunger8driveshaft
David Morgan6metering unit
Tim Schenkendid not start (withdrew)
John Burtondid not start (withdrew)
Carlos Reutemanndid not start (accident)
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Ronnie Peterson2833m 47.0s116.51 mph
2François Cevert2834m 08.4s
3Jean-Pierre Jaussaud2834m 41.8s
4Peter Westbury2835m 00.8s
5Jean-Pierre Jarier27
6Graham Hill27
7Tom Belsø27
8Patrick Dal Bo26
9Bert Hawthorne22not classified
Mike Hailwood21clutch thrust bearing
Wilson Fittipaldioverheating
Mike Beuttler2engine
John Wingfieldbroken belt on warming up lap
Hiroshi Kazatodid not start (accident)
Adrian Wilkinsdid not start (engine)
1 Ronnie Peterson 1927cc March 722 [17] - Cosworth BDF Heat 2: 1) 1m 10.8s
2 François Cevert 1850cc March 722 [4] - Ford BDA Hart Heat 2: 2) 1m 11.8s
3 Niki Lauda 1927cc March 722 [5] - Ford BDA RES Heat 1: 8) 1m 14.2s
4 Gerry Birrell 1850cc March 722 [1] - Ford BDA Hart Heat 1: 2) 1m 13.2s
5 Jean-Pierre Jaussaud 1850cc Brabham BT38 [18] - Ford BDA Hart Heat 2: 5) 1m 14.0s
6 Jody Scheckter 1927cc McLaren M21 [M21-72-01] - Cosworth BDF Heat 1: 5) 1m 13.4s
7 John Surtees 1850cc Surtees TS10 [02] - Ford BDA Hart Heat 1: ?)
8 Richard Scott 1798cc Brabham BT38 [17] - Ford BDA Richardson Heat 1: 12) 1m 15.4s
9 Peter Gethin 1798cc Chevron B20 [72-2] - Ford BDA Smith Heat 1: 9) 1m 14.4s
10 Peter Westbury 1973cc Brabham BT36 [5 'B'] - Ford BDA Felday Heat 2: 7) 1m 14.4s
11 Jean-Pierre Jarier 1798cc March 722 [14] - Ford BDA Hart Heat 2: 6) 1m 14.4s
12 Graham Hill 1973cc Brabham BT36 [1] - Ford BDA Felday Heat 1: 10) 1m 14.6s
13 Tom Belsø 1798cc Brabham BT38 [19] - Ford BDA Steele Heat 2: 12) 1m 18.0s
14 Carlos Pace 1927cc Pygmée MDB17 [272] - Ford BDA Pygmée Heat 1: 3) 1m 13.2s
15 Patrick Dal Bo 1798cc Pygmée MDB17 [372] - Ford BDA Pygmée Heat 2: 10) 1m 15.6s
16 Mike Hailwood 1850cc Surtees TS10 [01] - Ford BDA Hart Heat 2: 3) 1m 12.4s
17 Wilson Fittipaldi 1798cc Brabham BT38 [25] - Cosworth BDE Novamotor Heat 2: 5)
18 David Purley 1927cc March 722 [10] - Ford BDA RES Heat 1: 4) 1m 13.4s
19 Mike Beuttler 1927cc March 722 ["18"] - Ford BDA RES Heat 2: 13) 1m 18.2s
20 Lian Duarté 1798cc Pygmée MDB17 [172] - Ford BDA Pygmée Heat 1: 14) one lap
21 Claudio Francisci 1798cc Brabham BT38 [13] - Cosworth BDE Novamotor Heat 1: 11) 1m 15.0s
22 Bert Hawthorne 1850cc Tui AM29 - Ford BDA Hart Heat 2: 9) 1m 15.4s
23 David Morgan 1860cc Brabham BT38 [20] - Ford BDA Wood Heat 1: 7) 1m 13.8s
24 Brett Lunger 1798cc March 722 [11] - Ford BDA RES Heat 1: 13) 1m 16.8s

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 722 [17] (Ronnie Peterson): New for the works STP March Engineering team, and driven by Ronnie Peterson (who won at Thruxton in April and at Oulton Park in September) and Jochen Mass (who won at the Nürburgring). Sold to Silvio Montenegro (Brazil) and raced by him in the Torneio do Brasil. Crashed into the Armco barrier early in the second heat of the final race. This car was thought to have gone to South Africa for 1973, but this is now believed to have been incorrect. The car's history after Montenegro's accident is unknown.
  2. March 722 [4] (François Cevert): 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.
  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Brabham BT36 [5 'B'] (Peter Westbury): A second BT36 sold by Peter Westbury in early 1972, but borrowed back so he could race it at Thruxton in early April. It used the same identity as his BT36/5 which had already been sold. After the race, he handed the car back, and it was reportedly shipped to Argentina. The two cars had different Arch Motors numbers and any modern claimant to this identity will be identifiable from that number.
  7. March 722 [1] (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, Dennis Dunbar later raced it, again with the Mazda engine. In the late 1980s, it was bought less engine from Dunbar by Murray Biddick, who restored the car, fitted a BDA engine and did a couple of club events. It was then sold on his behalf by Charlie Conway to Adrian Whapman. David McKinney reported that Whapman was advertising it in 1994. David also noted that it later went to Australia, where it was owned in 2003 by Kevin Miller, and then returned to NZ and was owned by David Heron. By 2008, Heron had restored it in STP livery, and it was being associated with Niki Lauda.
  8. Brabham BT36 [1] (Graham Hill): New to a new team, Rondel Racing, run by ex-MRD F1 chief mechanic Ron Dennis and ex-MRD F1 and Indy mechanic Neil Trundle, for Tim Schenken to race in F2 in 1971. Sold to dealer Bobby Howlings, and used by him in libre racing in March 1972. Then sold to Tate of Leeds (Racing) for Malcolm Wayne to race in Formula Atlantic, but leased to Graham Hill to use in the early F2 races at Thruxton and Hockenheim before his BT38 was delivered. Sold back to Howlings in May 1972, then to Arthur Moore for libre, but crashed on his debut. For Moore in libre again in 1973 with a Cosworth FVA engine, and in 1974 and 1975 with a 1800cc Cosworth FVC. Then to Howlings (yet again) who raced it in Shellsport G8 in early 1976, again fitted with a 1800cc Cosworth FVC. To John Tait and used in Shellsport G8 in 1976 and 1977. To Eddy D'Hoe in Belgium in 1978, and hillclimbed with an FVA engine. To Regis Jumez 1980, and used in French hillclimbs. Later back via Howlings, who may have taken it back when he sold Jumez a Chevron B48, in 1984 to collector Anthony Mayman, then via John Harper and Ted Walker to Peter Williams in 1989. To Andrew Fellowes (Benowa, Queensland, Australia) 2002, then to Ian Rimmer in 2009. Sold by Rimmer to a customer of Damon Milnes in 2020, then sold again by Milnes to Leif Bosson (Helsingborg, Sweden) in 2022.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Brabham BT38 [18] (Jean-Pierre Jaussaud): New to the French ASCA team, and first seen when driven by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud at Thruxton on Easter Monday 1972. Jaussaud won at Hockenheim in this car in mid-April, and finished second at the same venue in June. The car was heavily damaged at Rouen on 25 June, in an incident with Henri Pescarolo's Brabham, and it was replaced with "a new chassis". This damaged chassis may be the basis of the "ex-Potocki" car that Michel Lateste later had in French hillclimbs.
  13. March 722 [14] (Jean-Pierre Jarier): 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Brabham BT38 [20] (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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Pygmée MDB17 [272] (Carlos Pace): New to the BERT team for Carlos Pace to race in the 1972 F2 series. Pace led at Thruxton, and came close to leading at Hockenheim. Pace then returned to Brazil due to the death of his father, and his MDB17 was used by Duarte at Pau after he damaged his usual car. Pace used it again at the Österreichring but failed to qualify after engine problems. Not seen again until it was loaned to Jean-Louis Lafosse for the Albi GP, but he was unable to start either the Heat or the Final. This car was not seen in 1973 or 1974, but was acquired by Marc Regal and used in French hillclmbs in 1975. Regal continued to run the car, using a Cosworth FVA engine in the 1600cc class, to the end of 1979. The car had been fitted with MDB18 bodywork by 1978, and may have had that as early as 1975. Subsequent history unknown, but this may be one of the cars described as a "MDB20" in 1980. Didier Martin has commented that this car was the one raced by Henri Neel in the 1980s. Gérard Gamand lists the car as being with Edouard Géraud in 1998. Géraud sold chassis 2 to Pierre Lees in early 2006, and by 2007, the car was restored and was near Paris. Gamand's book in 2010 said it was in the Collection Pierre Lees. At HTT Motorsport in January 2017.
  19. Brabham BT38 [19] (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.
  20. March 722 ["18"] (Mike Beuttler): New to Mike Beuttler, and entered by Clarke-Mordaunt Team for him to race in F2 in 1972. Consistently reported at the time to be chassis 722-18, but the same chassis number was also reported for John Smith's car in Ireland. The ex-Beuttler car was used as a test chassis for the new BMW F2 engine during October, when both Jean-Pierre Jarier and Hans Stuck used it. Not seen in 1973, but reappeared in 1974 as the "HRS 732" run by Jock Topin and entered by Anglo Swiss Racing Team for Gill Orchard to race in Formula Atlantic. The car was reported to be a 713M before Topin told Autosport in April 1974 that it was based on the ex-Beuttler March 722, "extensively modified by his Ecurie Santos operation" and produced "with blessing from March". Subsequent history unknown.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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 bright red 74B bodywork and a 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, when it was reclothed in March 76B bodywork. 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. At this time it had mostly 77B bodywork but with a front radiator and 79B sidepods, and wore Kronenbräu 1308 sponsorship. It was sold to Mel Lahner's Rackrite team for 1980, and raced by Derek Ziman and John McNicol. It was rebuilt with a Mazda engine mid-season. Retained by Rackrite for 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, and by this time it was in standard March 77B bodywork, but with a 79B rear wing. It was retained by the Lahner family until 2004, when it was sold back to Andrew and Stuart Thompson.
  24. 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.
  25. Brabham BT38 [11] (Carlos Reutemann): New for Motul Rondel Racing in 1972, and raced by Carlos Reutemann. Crashed in practice at its second race and replaced with new car, BT38/26.
  26. 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.
  27. Brabham BT38 [14] (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.
  28. Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] (John Burton): Originally built for John Burton (Kidderminster, Worcestershire) to race as a works Team Ensign F2 entry in 1972, the LNF2 failed to qualify for its first two races, and the project was abandoned. It is then believed to be the car used as a works Formula Atlantic car for Mike Walker, who won a championship round at Snetterton in July. The car was then fielded as a works Formula 3 car for Tony Trimmer to drive in October 1972. Sold to Brian Robinson (Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham) and raced in Formula Atlantic in 1973, plus a one-off F2 race. Robinson then bought a F5000 McLaren, and the Ensign was raced briefly by Roger Keele, and is then believed to have been sold to Martyn Denley in September. The car's movements from 1974 to 1978 are not yet decyphered, but from 1979 to 1984 it was hillclimbed by Peter Varley (Barnsley, South Yorkshire). Then via three other owners to Barry Pickard and raced in Historic F3 in 1993. Later raced in Classic F3 by Paul Newton 1993-95, and by Martin Woodman in 1994. Subsequent history unknown.
  29. Brabham BT38 [12] (Henri Pescarolo): New for Motul Rondel Racing in 1972, and raced by Bob Wollek, Henri Pescarolo (who won at Enna-Pergusa), and others. One of a group of cars sold to South Africa after the Torneio do Brasil. Raced by Jackie Pretorius in 1973, using an Alan Smith Cosworth FVC, then to John Amm for 1974. Converted to Formula Atlantic and raced again by Amm in 1976. Then unknown until reportedly located by Thomas Koch in South Africa some time around 1997-1999, and imported to the US. Then sold to Terry Allard (Denver, CO) some time before 2005.
  30. 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.


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.

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Individual sources for this event

Autosport 6 Apr 1972 pp7-11. Much swapping of BT38 chassis numbers: Francisci (originally BT38-14) and Reutemann (originally BT38-11) had swapped plates but Wollek's car, being driven by Pescarolo here, was also given as BT38-14 by Autosport (BT38-10 according to MN). Reeves' car for Morgan was BT38-20. Most numbers given by Autosport.