Championnat de France de Formule 3

La Châtre, 20 May 1973

1 Larry Perkins GRD 372 [032-F3] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#10 Team Cowangie (see note 1)
79 52m 40.5s
2 Bernard Béguin Martini MK12 [002] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#11 Ecurie Volant Shell
3 Jacques Laffite Martini MK12 [005] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#8 BP France
4 Max Jean ("Jean Max") Martini MK12 [003] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#6 Motul Defence Mondiale
5 Max Bonnin March 733 - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#7 Bonnin Seca (see note 2)
6 Bernard Chevanne Martini MK12 [006] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#12 Ecurie Volant Shell
7 Jean-Pierre Paoli Martini MK12 [007] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#9 BP France
40 24m 29.0s
8 Christian Ethuin Martini MK12 [004] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#5 Motul Defence Mondiale
40 24m 32.4s
9 Lucien Guitteny Alpine A364 [3640] - Renault R16 Dudot
#4 Ecurie Volant Shell
NC Günter Kölmel Lotus 69 [71/69.9.F3] - BMW M10
#17 Haj Haj Racing (see note 3)

All cars are 1.6-litre F3 unless noted.

Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Larry Perkins400.27.58.7
2Bernard Béguin400.28.02.4
3Max Bonnin38
4Jacques Laffite32Not running
5Max Jean ("Jean Max")29
6Bernard Chevanne28
7Günter Kölmel1
Jean-Pierre Paoli40DSQ: leaking airbox
Lucien Guitteny0retired
Christian EthuinDid not start
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. GRD 372 [032-F3] (Larry Perkins): Entered by GRS International for Keiichi Tahara at two races in June and July 1972. To Team Cowangie for Larry Perkins to drive in British and French F3 in 1973 but although the car was identified as chassis 032, it was once referred to as "ex-Jones" [his own chassis 033-F3 or the ex-Sutcliffe GRS car] and also once as ex-Rousselot [the GRS chassis 021]. Jones had retained 033 for the start of 1973 and the ex-Rousselot 021-F3 was driven in 1973 by Pedro Passadore, so neither are likely. Perkins badly damaged the car in practice at Paul Ricard on 1 July 1973. When he returned to racing, he first borrowed the works Ensign and then acquired a Brabham BT41, indicating that the GRD was not repaired.
  2. March 733 (Max Bonnin): New to Max Bonnin at some point during the 1973 Formula 3 season. Sold during 1974 to Luis Maria de Almenara Juandò (Barcelona, Spain), who raced it at Magione in September 1974. Then rebuilt as a March 732 for Formula 2 in 1975, using an ex-Alpine Hart BDA engine. De Almenara raced the car at five races in Formula 2 in 1975, but failed to qualify for four of them. He also ran it at the Carrera en Cuesta a la Rabassada hillclimb in Spain in October 1975, finishing second. A photograph of the car at Rabassada shows it wearing works-style 742 bodywork with side radiators, and the rollhoop casing cut down as happened to the 752s early in the 1975 season. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Lotus 69 [71/69.9.F3] (Günter Kölmel): New to Freddy Kottulinsky and raced extensively in European F3 in 1971, using Schnitzer BMW engines and entered by Haj-Haj Racing Team. Raced by Günter Kölmel (Achern-Ohnsbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany) in European F3 in 1972 and 1973, again with BMW engines and entered by Haj-Haj Racing Team. Kölmel raced the car again in F3 in 1974, now using 2-litre BMW engines. Subsequent history unknown.


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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