Lombard North Central Formula Three Championship
Brands Hatch, 4 Mar 1973
|1||Russell Wood||March 733  - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#19 Chequered Flag-Peter Bloore Racing
(see note 1)
|2||Damien Magee||Palliser WD3-2  - Ford twin cam Novamotor
|3||Ian Taylor||March 733 - Ford twin cam Holbay
#16 Chris Andrews
|4||Tony Brise||GRD 372 [035-F3] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#10 Team Kent Messenger Racing (see note 2)
|5||Mike Wilds||Ensign LNF3/73 [72.8] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#5 Dempster Developments
|6||Alan Jones||GRD 373 [060-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#27 DART Racing with GRD
|7||Masami Kuwashima||GRD 372 [030-F3] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#9 Reystan Racing (see note 3)
|8||Val Musetti||Royale RP11  - Ford twin cam Carlow
#25 (see note 4)
|9||Brian Henton||GRD 373 [057-F3] - Ford twin cam Holbay
|10||José Espírito Santo||March 733  - Ford twin cam Mohr
|11||John Sheldon||Royale RP11  - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#23 (see note 5)
|12||Roger Craven||GRD 372 [024-F3] - Ford twin cam
#12 L&K Racing Team (see note 6)
|13||Nick Crossley||March 713M  - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#20 P&M Racing Preparations
(see note 7)
|R||Tony Trimmer||Brabham BT41  - Ford twin cam Holbay
#28 Motor Racing Developments (see note 8)
|R||Mo Harness||Ensign LNF3/73 [73.17] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#6 Modus Team Ensign
|R||Martyn Howse||Royale RP11  - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#22 (see note 9)
|4||Accident at Paddock|
|DNS||Tony Rouff||GRD 373 [050-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#7 AB3 Racing Developments
|Did not start|
|DNA||Alan Edgar||Alexis Mk20 - Ford twin cam
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Randy Lewis||Brabham BT41  - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#3 Wrangler Racing (see note 10)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Mike Catlow||Elden Mk12 [68/12001/72] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#4 Elden International Racing
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Larry Perkins||GRD 372 [032-F3] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#14 Team Cowangie (see note 11)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Matt Spitzley||March 733  - Ford twin cam Brown
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Nicholas von Preussen||March 733  - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#21 P&M Racing Preparations
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||TBA||Royale RP11 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#24 Reystan Racing
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 1.6-litre F3 unless noted.
|1||Tony Brise||(F3) 1.6-litre GRD 372 [035-F3] - Ford twin cam Holbay||0.49.0|
|2||Russell Wood||(F3) 1.6-litre March 733  - Ford twin cam Novamotor||0.49.2|
|3||Mike Wilds||(F3) 1.6-litre Ensign LNF3/73 [72.8] - Ford twin cam Holbay||0.49.6|
|4||Damien Magee||(F3) 1.6-litre Palliser WD3-2  - Ford twin cam Novamotor||0.49.8|
|5||Ian Taylor||(F3) 1.6-litre March 733 - Ford twin cam Holbay||0.49.8|
|6||Alan Jones||(F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [060-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune||0.50.0|
|7||Masami Kuwashima||(F3) 1.6-litre GRD 372 [030-F3] - Ford twin cam Holbay||0.50.0|
|8||Brian Henton||(F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [057-F3] - Ford twin cam Holbay||0.50.2|
|9||Mo Harness||(F3) 1.6-litre Ensign LNF3/73 [73.17] - Ford twin cam Holbay||0.50.4|
|10||Tony Trimmer||(F3) 1.6-litre Brabham BT41  - Ford twin cam Holbay||0.50.8|
|11||John Sheldon||(F3) 1.6-litre Royale RP11  - Ford twin cam Vegantune||0.52.6|
|12||José Espírito Santo||(F3) 1.6-litre March 733  - Ford twin cam Mohr||0.52.8|
|13||Martyn Howse||(F3) 1.6-litre Royale RP11  - Ford twin cam Vegantune||0.53.2|
|14||Tony Rouff *||(F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [050-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune||0.54.0|
|15||Roger Craven||(F3) 1.6-litre GRD 372 [024-F3] - Ford twin cam||0.54.6|
|16||Nick Crossley||(F3) 1.6-litre March 713M  - Ford twin cam Vegantune||0.59.0|
|17||Val Musetti||(F3) 1.6-litre Royale RP11  - Ford twin cam Carlow||1.04.8|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- March 733  (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.
- GRD 372 [035-F3] (Tony Brise): New to Tony Brise and raced in British F3 from late August 1972, using Holbay engines and sponsored by Montesa Motorcycles. Retained as a spare car by Brise in early 1973 and raced a few times in preference to his new 373, entered by Team Kent Messenger Racing. After the Monaco GP, Brise bought a March 733 and both his GRDs were retired. Tony's 372 would be the GRD 372 raced by his father John Brise in a libre race at Snetterton in September 1973. This must be the "Tony Brise's 372 GRD-Holbay" that was "rebuilt "after recent shunt" advertised from Swanley in Kent in November 1973. It must also be the GRD 372 "as raced by Tony Brise" advertised by Tony Brise (Swanley, Kent) in February 1974. It was next seen when raced by Gavin Hooper in Formula 4 in April 1974, when it was described as "ex-Tony Brise". It won that first race, at Llandow, but was not seen often after that. It was advertised in December 1974 saying that it was built "last winter" as the Low Cost Racing works F4 car. Raced by Ronnie and Dave Griffiths in F4 in 1975 and 1976. To Keith Hatton for F4 in 1977. However, when Dave Anderson had the "ex-Keith Hatton" GRD 372 in 1978, it was said to be ex-Tim, not ex-Tony. Subsequent history unknown.
- GRD 372 [030-F3] (Masami Kuwashima): Entered by GRS International for Ian Taylor and Barrie Maskell in British F3 in late 1972, using Holbay and Vegantune engines. To Reystan Racing for Masami Kuwashima for a few races in early 1973 until Kuwashima acquired a March 733, but this 1973 car has also been identified as chassis 033. Then entered by Reystan partner John Stanton for Richard Knight to drive (as a 373) for two races in May 1973. Then to Rod Smith and entered for him by ADM Business Systems Ltd from September onwards, but "totalled" in an accident during practice for the race at Brands Hatch in early November 1973.
- Royale RP11  (Val Musetti): New for Val Musetti (Twickenham) and raced in British F3 in 1972. Retained for 1973 until "written off" in an accident the week before the race at Oulton Park 20 April 1973. Musetti then took over the Reystan Racing Royale RP11A from Andy Sutcliffe, and future references to an ex-Musetti Royale would be to that car.
- Royale RP11  (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.
- GRD 372 [024-F3] (Roger Craven): Entered by GRS International for Andy Sutcliffe for a few races in British F3 in April 1972, using Holbay engines. Then entered for young Portuguese driver Jorge Pinhol for the rest of the season, but he often failed to appear and may have only been at eight races, starting as few as three. Pinhol's car had been announced in early February, but he did not appear until the end of April. His last definite appearance was at Thruxon on 6 August but his entries continued until the start of October. The car was then run for Formula Ford star Johnny Gerber as an Ippokampos Racing entry but run by GRS International at Brands Hatch on 22 October 1972. The ex-Pinhol car went to Roger Craven (Lincoln) for British F3 in 1973, using RES and Vegantune engines. Also used by Craven very successfully in libre racing that season. It was advertised by Craven's entrant, L & K Racing Team (Lincoln) with a Neil Brown engine in November 1973 and from the same Lincoln telephone numbers in February 1974. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 713M  (Nick Crossley): New for James Hunt, replacing the 713S he had raced earlier in the season. The 713M was run as part of a newly constituted team run by Chris Marshall, based at his Sloan Marshall Garages in London and entered as Team Rose Bearings with Baty Group. Hunt won first time out, at Crystal Palace in June, and also at Brands Hatch in August, but the car was heavily damaged in a crash during practice at Snetterton in October. Repaired and used by Bob Evans in the Boxing Day meeting at Brands. Bought from the March factory by Anthony Binnington and raced in F3 through 1972. Then to Nick Crossley for one race early in 1973 before his new 733 was ready. To Peter Stahl (Ascot, Berkshire) and raced in the 1600cc class in hillclimbs in 1973. Stahl later went abroad on business and his wife sold the March to Geoff Deakin (Penrith, later Carlisle) who hillclimbed it between 1975 and 1977. It was in 742 bodywork by 1977, and Deakin called it a "742X". Deakin recalls selling the car to a fellow hillclimber who crashed it badly the following year, taking out one side of the monocoque. Photographs show that Deakin's car exactly matches the "742X" hillclimbed by Ken Ayers (Twyford, Berkshire) in 1978 and crashed by him at some point. After this accident, the car was rebuilt on another 1971 March tub, and run with 1975 bodywork until a second accident at Le Val des Terres in July 1979. The car was then rebuilt using a 1975 March monocoque and 76B bodywork, effectively ending its link to the original 713M.
- Brabham BT41  (Tony Trimmer): Initially a Motor Racing Developments entry for Tony Trimmer in 1973, then becoming an Ippokampos Racing entry for Johnny Gerber until August 1973. Not seen again.
- Royale RP11  (Martyn Howse): New to Martyn Howse and raced in British F3 from August 1972 onwards. Retained for 1973 but crashed at Brands Hatch at the start of the season and not seen again until Castle Combe in August where he did not start. Next seen at a couple of races in August 1974 but did not finish either. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT41  (Randy Lewis): New to Randy Lewis in 1973.
- 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.
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.
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.
Individual sources for this event
Autosport 8 Mar 1973 p36, Motoring News 8 Mar 1973 p5; Organisers race documents; BARC programme and notes.