Lombard North Central Formula Three Championship

Brands Hatch, 24 Jun 1973

1 Tony Brise March 733 [21] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
20 16m 48.6s
88.52 mph
2 Richard Robarts GRD 373 [053-F3] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#5 Myson Racing
20 17m 02.4s
3 Andy Sutcliffe Elden PH9 [39/9001/72] - Ford twin cam
#24 Nautica Transport Ltd
20 17m 02.6s
4 Russell Wood March 733 [3] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#1 The Chequered Flag (see note 1)
20 17m 05.8s
5 Mike Wilds Ensign LNF3/73 [72.8 (B)] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#15 Dempster International Racing Team
20 17m 08.0s
6 Tony Rouff GRD 373 [050-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#10 AB3 Racing Developments
20 17m 15.2s
7 "Teleco" March 733 [15] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#26 Angeleri March Racing Brazil
20 17m 16.6s
8 Matt Spitzley March 733 [7] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
20 17m 28.4s
9 Buzz Buzaglo March 733 [723-1] - Ford twin cam
20 17m 31.2s
10 Mo Harness Ensign LNF3/73 [73.17] - Ford twin cam Brown
#27 Modus Team Ensign Racing with Shellsport
20 17m 34.4s
11 S.N. (Norman) Moffett GRD 372 - Ford twin cam Holbay
#11 (see note 2)
19 17m 38.2s
R Val Musetti Royale RP11A [6] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#18 (see note 3)
13 Overheating
R Frank Scurria Ensign LNF3/72 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
R Ian Taylor March 733 - Ford twin cam Holbay
#3 Chris Andrews
11 Fuel metering unit
R Jeremy Gambs GRD 373 [070-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
R Leonel Friedrich March 733 [13] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#2 (see note 4)
4 Spun on Davies' oil
R Jimmy Fuller Brabham BT38C [19] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#23 ADM Business Systems (see note 5)
4 Spun, hit Friedrich's parked car
R Allan Davies Alpine A364 [3647] - Renault R16 Dudot
#21 Tullett & Riley & Co Ltd
3 Oil leak
DNA Mike Tyrrell Ensign LNF3 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#14 Marc Gregory Property Development
Did not arrive
DNA Thomas B Hilliar Ensign LNF3/73 [73.15] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
Did not arrive
DNA Pedro Passadore GRD 372 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
Did not arrive
DNA Alan Jones GRD 373 [060-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#8 DART Racing with GRD
Did not arrive
DNA John Sheldon Royale RP11 [3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#17 (see note 6)
Did not arrive
DNA Danny Sullivan Ehrlich ES2 - Ford twin cam Ehrlich
#20 Dr Joseph Ehrlich
Did not arrive
DNA Barrie Maskell MRE Mk2 [P.1.73] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#19 Competition Car Magazine
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre F3 unless noted.

1 Richard Robarts (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [053-F3] - Ford twin cam Novamotor 0.48.0
2 Tony Brise (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [21] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73 0.48.2
3 Leonel Friedrich (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [13] - Ford twin cam Novamotor 0.48.6
4 Matt Spitzley (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [7] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 0.48.6
5 Mike Wilds (F3) 1.6-litre Ensign LNF3/73 [72.8 (B)] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 0.48.8
6 Andy Sutcliffe (F3) 1.6-litre Elden PH9 [39/9001/72] - Ford twin cam 0.48.8
7 Russell Wood (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [3] - Ford twin cam Novamotor 0.49.0
8 Mo Harness (F3) 1.6-litre Ensign LNF3/73 [73.17] - Ford twin cam Brown 0.49.0
9 Buzz Buzaglo (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [723-1] - Ford twin cam 0.49.2
10 Ian Taylor (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 - Ford twin cam Holbay 0.49.4
11 "Teleco" (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [15] - Ford twin cam Novamotor 0.49.4
12 Jeremy Gambs (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [070-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 0.49.4
13 Tony Rouff (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [050-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 0.49.8
14 Frank Scurria (F3) 1.6-litre Ensign LNF3/72 - Ford twin cam Vegantune 0.50.2
15 Val Musetti (F3) 1.6-litre Royale RP11A [6] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 0.50.4
16 Jimmy Fuller (F3) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38C [19] - Ford twin cam Holbay 0.50.4
17 Allan Davies (F3) 1.6-litre Alpine A364 [3647] - Renault R16 Dudot 0.53.0
18 S.N. (Norman) Moffett (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 372 - Ford twin cam Holbay 0.54.0

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 733 [3] (Russell Wood): New to Russell Wood and run for him in the British F3 series by Peter Bloore Racing with backing from The Chequered Flag. Wood won three early round of the championship but had a heavy accident at Zandvoort in May and did not win again. Sold to Australian Ian Douglass for 1974 and rebuilt for Australian F2, using various 742 bits. The car was involved in a fire during private testing at Oran Park after the Lakeside race in December 1974 and was completely burnt to the ground.
  2. GRD 372 (S.N. (Norman) Moffett): After struggling with his March 723 in British F3 early in 1973, Roger Williamson swapped to a GRD 372 in mid-April. The car was provided by his sponsor Tom Wheatcroft, and the car he first raced was described as the development model when Williamson tested it briefly at Snetterton. Autosport said he drove the development car on his GRD debut at Silverstone's International Trophy, but Motoring News noticed that GRD had managed to produce his new car ahead of schedule. With mechanics Eric Hassel and Nick Jordan, and using Holbay engines, Williamson won on his debut in the car. He also raced the new car at Monaco, but flew back to race the "original GRD prototype previously raced by Sutcliffe" at Silverstone the next day. At Oulton Park in August he had a huge accident in practice, so the team built up the ex-Sutcliffe prototype for him to race. Presumably he raced the prototype at the next two races, over that same Bank Holiday weekend, before returning to his regular car for the races in September and October. He won ten races in total to take the BRSCC/Shell F3 title. The car was then sold to Norman Moffett (Newtownabbey, County Antrim, Northern Ireland) who raced it in British F3 through 1973. It was advertised by Moffets Car Sales (Belfast, Northern Ireland) in December 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Royale RP11A [6] (Val Musetti): New factory car for Tom Pryce to drive, replacing the one wrecked at the 1972 Monaco GP F3 race. To Reystan Racing for 1973 for Andy Sutcliffe to drive, but Sutcliffe left the team in April, and his seat was taken over by Val Musetti, who had written off his own RP11 in testing. Raced by Musetti through to the end of the season. Converted to Formula Atlantic specification for 1974 and raced by Musetti in the British championship up to May. Sold later in the year to Mike Franey and raced in libre racing. Raced by Franey in a couple of British Formula Atlantic races in 1975. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. March 733 [13] (Leonel Friedrich): New to Brazilian driver Leonel Friedrich (Porto Alegre, Brazil) and run for him by Peter Bloore Racing in the 1973 British Formula 3 season. Friedrich had not sat in a single-seater racing car before, but was the 1972 1600cc class Brazilian Touring Car Champion. For a novice, he was impressively quick straight away, eighth fastest in practice at his first race, and finishing second four times in his first dozen F3 races. His March was fitted with Holbay engines except for a brief mid-season flirtation with Novamotors. The car was then hired to another young Brazilian Alex Dias Ribeiro, and run for him by Angeleri March Racing Brazil in two races at the very end of the season. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. Brabham BT38C [19] (Jimmy Fuller): New to Canadian driver Chris O'Brien and raced in British F3 in 1972 using Holbay engines. To Jimmy Fuller for 1973, again in British F3 and again using Holbay engines. Advertised by Fuller from Sunbury-on-Thames as a "BT38/41" with two rebuilt Novamotor twin-cams, a spare monocoque and bodywork for £2,250 in November 1973. Formula 3 changed to 2000cc for 1974, and the BT38C was sold to David Taylor (Formy, Lancashire, later Merseyside) for Kim Mather to race in British Formula Atlantic in 1974. When the car first appeared, it had a RES BDA engine and still used F3 wheels, Mather recalling that he "just dropped a BDA in it". By the end of May it had a Richardson BDA and wider wheels, but it was still far off the pace of the leading cars, and this turned out to be its last Atlantic race. Taylor also used the car in sprints at Longridge, and Mather won two libre races at Aintree. Taylor advertised the car in September, complete with Richardson BDA, for £2,200 and sold it to Ted Payne (Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham). Payne had raced a BT38 earlier in the season with a Vegantune engine, but it appears he had sold that car and had bought Taylor's very similar one with its Richardson engine. Payne continued to race the car in 1975, and entry lists show that it was black with a Richardson engine, and generally entered as a BT38-40. It was advertised by Payne in November 1975 as a BT38/40 with a recently rebuilt Cosworth BDA engine, and with a spare monocoque. It was bought by Andrew Wareing (Kirkham, Fylde, Lancashire), whose recollection is that it came from Joe Applegarth, but Applegarth says he never owned a BT38. Wareing used it in sprints and libre in 1976. He advertised it in September 1976 as a BT38/40 with BDA engine, 10" and 14" wheels and a spare tub, and recalls that it went to a family of hillclimbers, father and sons. This must be John Hart (East Dulwich, London), who after hillclimbing a Brabham BT18 in 1976, transferred its Cosworth FVA engine into a Brabham BT38 for 1977. Hart recalls buying the BT38 in the Isle of Man, but it is quite plausible that the car had acquired an Isle of Man event sticker if Wareing had competed in one of the Longton & DCC events on the island. Hart raced this car in hillclimbs and sprints through 1977, being joined by his son Greg later that season. The pair retained the BT38 for 1978 but Greg wrecked it in a major accident at Shelsley Walsh in August, which he was lucky to escape. The car was briskly rebuilt using a BT40 monocoque acquired from MRD and raced again at Gurston Down just two weeks later. The car was renamed 'Hart JG79' for 1979, fitted with a 1600cc Richardson FVA and raced by Greg and John in 1979 and 1980. Doug Hart recalls that the BT40 was sold to Paul Squires, "who sadly died at a young age and before he finished the car". Subsequent history unknown.
  6. Royale RP11 [3] (John Sheldon): New to The Chequered Flag for Ian Ashley in British F3 in 1972. The team were a frequent non-arrival from July onwards, even when Brian McGuire replaced Ian Ashley as the nominated driver. Sold to John Sheldon (Surbiton, Surrey) for 1973 and raced in the British F3 series. Last seen at Mallory Park in August 1973. 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.

These British Formula 3 results have been compiled by Chris Townsend using the main British magazines Autosport and Motoring News but also the US magazine On Track which carried surprisingly good coverage of the British series.

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.