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Forward Trust Formula Three Championship

Brands Hatch, 20 May 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Richard Robarts GRD 373 [053-F3] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#82 Myson Racing with GRD
15 0.12.52.4
86.69 mph
2 Leonel Friedrich March 733 [13] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#69 (see note 1)
15 0.12.52.6
3 Neil Ginn GRD 372 [022-F3] - Ford twin cam Norvic
#62
15 0.12.56.2
4 Matt Spitzley March 733 [7] - Ford twin cam Longman
#72
15 0.13.08.0
5 Tony Rouff GRD 373 [050-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#68
15 0.13.10.0
6 José Espírito Santo March 733 [6] - Ford twin cam Mohr
#70
15 0.13.13.0
7 "Teleco" March 733 [15] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#71 Angeleri March Racing Brazil
15 0.13.13.8
8 Mike Tyrrell Ensign LNF3 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#73 Marc Gregory Property Development
15 0.13.15.6
9 Richard Knight GRD 373 [372 030-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#61 John Stanton
15 0.13.32.2
10 Val Musetti Royale RP11A [6] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#78 (see note 2)
15 0.13.41.8
11 Thomas B Hilliar Ensign LNF3/73 [73.15] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#74
15 0.13.42.6
12 Frank Scurria Ensign LNF3/72 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#75
15 0.13.43.6
13 Andy MacGregor Brabham BT35 [4] - Ford twin cam Carlow
#77
14 0.13.06.8
14 Jimmy Fuller Brabham BT38C [19] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#76 ADM Business Systems (see note 3)
14 0.13.14.8
15 Brian Henton GRD 373 [057-F3] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#67
13 0.13.11.8
16 Pedro Passadore GRD 372 [021-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#83
11 0.12.59.8
DNS Simon Sherman Royale RP11 [5] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#79 (see note 4)
Did not start
DNA Roger Craven GRD 372 [024-F3] - Ford twin cam RES
#65 L&K Racing Team
Did not arrive
DNA Jeremy Gambs GRD 373 [070-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#63
Did not arrive
DNA John MacDonald GRD 372 [025-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#84
Did not arrive
DNA S.N. (Norman) Moffett GRD 372 - Ford twin cam Holbay
#66
Did not arrive
DNA Alan Edgar Alexis Mk20 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#81
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Brian Henton (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [057-F3] - Ford twin cam Holbay 0.48.8
2 Richard Robarts (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [053-F3] - Ford twin cam Novamotor 0.49.2
3 Neil Ginn (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 372 [022-F3] - Ford twin cam Norvic 0.49.4
4 Leonel Friedrich (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [13] - Ford twin cam Novamotor 0.49.41
5 Matt Spitzley (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [7] - Ford twin cam Longman 0.49.6
6 "Teleco" (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [15] - Ford twin cam Novamotor 0.49.8
7 Mike Tyrrell (F3) 1.6-litre Ensign LNF3 - Ford twin cam Vegantune 0.49.81
8 Pedro Passadore (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 372 [021-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 0.50.0
9 Tony Rouff (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [050-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 0.50.01
10 Val Musetti (F3) 1.6-litre Royale RP11A [6] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 0.50.2

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Royale RP11 [5] (Simon Sherman): New to Simon Sherman and raced in British F3 in 1972. Retained for 1973, but did not start many races. Sherman entered the car for a few races in 1974 but only started one race. Subsequent history unknown.

Sources

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.

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.