John Player Formula 3 International Championship

Brands Hatch, 30 Sep 1973

1 Brian Henton Ensign LNF3/73 - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#3 Team Ensign
40 32m 17.6s
92.16 mph
2 Tony Brise March 733 [21] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#37 Team Kent Messenger Racing
40 32m 24.0s
3 Larry Perkins Brabham BT41 [31] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#44 Team Cowangie
40 32m 38.4s
4 Håkan Dahlqvist Merlyn Mk 22 [440/F3/73] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#45 Karlsons Klister Racing Team
(see note 1)
40 32m 38.6s
5 "Teleco" March 733 [15] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#12 Angeleri March Racing Brazil
40 32m 41.2s
6 Leonel Friedrich March 733 [13] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#35 Peter Bloore Racing (see note 2)
40 32m 47.4s
7 Russell Wood March 733 [3] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#31 The Chequered Flag (see note 3)
40 32m 49.2s
8 Pierre-François Rousselot March 733 [22?] - Ford twin cam
40 43m 49.6s
9 Tony Rouff GRD 373 [050-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#2 AB3 Racing Developments
40 33m 10.2s
10 Mike Wilds March 733 [26] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#8 Dempster International Racing Team
(see note 4)
40 33m 15.8s
11 Buzz Buzaglo March 733 [723-1] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#11 Peter Bloore Racing
40 33m 56.0s
12 Barrie Maskell Dastle Mk10B - Ford twin cam Holbay
#46 Competition Car-Hesketh Racing
39 32m 49.4s
13 Derek Lawrence Ehrlich ES2 - Ford twin cam Ehrlich
#49 Dr J. Ehrlich
14 Gunnar Nordström GRD 373 [048-F3] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#4 Karlsons Klister Racing Team
R Mo Harness March 733 [25] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#36 Team Modus Racing with Shellsport
39 Accident at Paddock
R Alan Jones GRD 373 [060-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#1 DART Racing with GRD
16 neck injury
R Conny Andersson March 733 [16] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#10 Gekas Klader
14 Accident damage from collision with Wilds
R Richard Robarts March 733 [4] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#15 Myson Racing
R Masami Kuwashima March 733 [18] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#7 Reystan Racing
R Ian Taylor March 733 - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#9 Chris Andrews
0 Accident at Paddock
DNSF Nicholas von Preussen March 733 [12] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#32 P&M Racing Preparations Ltd
Did not start final
DNQH John MacDonald GRD 373 [372 025-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#6 (see note 5)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH José Espírito Santo March 733 [6] - Ford twin cam Mohr
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Ole Vejlund Ensign LNF3/72 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH S.N. (Norman) Moffett GRD 372 - Ford twin cam Holbay
#5 (see note 6)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Spencer Elton Ensign LNF3/72 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#26 (see note 7)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Randy Lewis Brabham BT41 [16] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#25 Wrangler Racing (see note 8)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Val Musetti Royale RP11A [6] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#23 (see note 9)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Ulf Svensson Brabham BT41 [14] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#40 (see note 10)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Lella Lombardi Brabham BT41 [18] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#53 Scuderia Italia
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Per-Olof Zetterström Brabham BT41 [21] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#41 Alladin Racing
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Rod Smith GRD 372 [030-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#47 (see note 11)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Jim Yardley Beagle Mk3 - Ford twin cam
Did not qualify from heats
DNS Pedro Passadore GRD 373 [060-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#48 DART Racing with GRD
Did not start
(car driven by Jones after damaging his own car)
DNS Matt Spitzley March 713M/733 [11] - Ford twin cam
#39 (see note 12)
Did not start
DNA Bernd Rack March 733 [713S-5] - Ford twin cam
#14 (see note 13)
Did not arrive
DNA Roelof Wunderink Ensign LNF3/71 [71.2] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
Did not arrive
DNA Thomas B Hilliar Ensign LNF3/73 [73.15] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
Did not arrive
DNA Bernard Vermillio Merlyn Mk 21 [445/F3/73] - Ford twin cam
#22 (see note 14)
Did not arrive
DNA Roger Hurst March 733 [713M-6] - Ford twin cam
#38 (see note 15)
Did not arrive
DNA Johnny Gerber Brabham BT41 [11] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#43 Ippokampos Racing (see note 16)
Did not arrive
DNA Simon Sherman Royale RP11 [5] - Ford twin cam
#50 (see note 17)
Did not arrive
DNA Frank Scurria Ensign LNF3/72 - Ford twin cam
Did not arrive
DNA Mike Catlow Elden Mk12 - Ford twin cam
#54 Team Elden
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre F3 unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Brian Henton100.08.12.490.66 mph
2Conny Andersson100.08.12.8
3Mike Wilds100.08.17.0
5Buzz Buzaglo100.08.19.0
6Ian Taylor100.08.19.6
7Richard Robarts100.08.20.2
8Masami Kuwashima100.08.20.2
9Tony Rouff100.08.21.4
10Gunnar Nordström100.08.25.2
11John MacDonald100.08.32.4
12José Espírito Santo100.08.32.6
Alan JonesDid not start
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Alan Jones100.08.13.890.4 mph
2Mo Harness100.08.14.0
3Tony Brise100.08.14.2
4Håkan Dahlqvist100.08.15.2
5Leonel Friedrich100.08.15.4
6Russell Wood100.08.17.0
7Pierre-François Rousselot10
8Larry Perkins10
9Nicholas von Preussen10
10Barrie Maskell10
11Derek Lawrence10
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Merlyn Mk 22 [440/F3/73] (Håkan Dahlqvist): New to Håkan Dahlqvist for British and European F3 in 1973, and described as a "Mk 22". Dahlqvist won the Swedish F3 title in this car. Retained by Dahlqvist for Swedish F3 in 1974, when it was also driven at one race by Matts Nygren. To Lars-Åke Olsson for Swedish F3 in 1975. To Thomas Gunnarsson for Swedish F3 in 1976. To Thorbjörn Bäck for Swedish F3 in 1977. Subsequent history unknown, but in about 1987 or 1988, Richard Parkin located the car in Sweden and brought it back to England. He sold it to Anthony Taylor about a year later, and Taylor restored it to Formula B specification, using it briefly in HSCC historic racing. Taylor's understanding was that it was Dahlqvist's Swedish F3 championship winning car. The car was later sold via Chris Alford about 1994 or 1995. Richard Taylor, Anthony's son, recalls that it might have gone to Canada.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. March 733 [26] (Mike Wilds): New to Dempster International Racing Team for Mike Wilds to drive in F3 from July 1973 onwards, replacing the 1972/73 Ensign with which he had started the season. It was then sold to Graham Watts (Faringham) for hillclimbs, appearing at Prescott in March 1974, when the car had a 1600cc Holbay engine. During 1975, the car was bought by Terry Smith (Felton, Somerset) to replace his highly successful 1-litre Vixen Imp. Smith raced the March in sprints and hillclimbs through the rest of 1975 and through 1976, using a 1600cc Holbay Ford twin cam engine, but in the summer of 1976, bought the ex-F1 McLaren M14D. The March was sold to Geoff Hunt (Andover, Hampshire), again with the Holbay twin cam, and used in sprints for quite a few years. Eventually traded to Richard Speakman for the ex-F3 Pilbeam MP51. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. GRD 373 [372 025-F3] (John MacDonald): New to Reystan Racing Ltd for Masami Kuwashima to drive in British F3 in 1972, using Holbay engines. To John MacDonald for British F3 in 1973, when it was described as being the remains of Kuwashima's 1972 car built up around a new tub. Raced until October 1973, when it was said to have been sold to Ireland. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. 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.
  7. Ensign LNF3/72 (Spencer Elton): New to Jeremy Gambs and raced in British F3 in 1972. Loaned to Alan McKechnie for Bob Evans at one race, and also raced by Gambs girlfriend Lorina Boughton, and by Reg James during that season. Sold to hillclimber Spencer Elton (Westbury, Wiltshire) for 1973 and raced in some F3 races. To David Way (Melksham, Wiltshire), fitted with a 1098cc Holbay engine and run in hillclimbs and sprints in 1974 in the 1100cc racing car class. Way bought the Cosworth FVA engine and Hewland FT200 gearbox from Gordon Brooks' wrecked Lotus 69 and fitted it to the Ensign for 1975. He raced it in this form up to 1979. Then sold to somebody in Dursley, thought to be Pete Morys, and then to Josie Tolhurst. For sale by Lenham Racing in 1986. Subsequent history unknown.
  8. Brabham BT41 [16] (Randy Lewis): New to Randy Lewis in 1973.
  9. 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.
  10. Brabham BT41 [14] (Ulf Svensson): New to Ulf Svensson in 1973.
  11. GRD 372 [030-F3] (Rod Smith): 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.
  12. March 713M/733 [11] (Matt Spitzley): New to Matt Spitzley (Aspen, CO) and used in British F3 late 1971 and through 1972. Reappeared in 1973 for Spitzley after he rolled his new 733 at Silverstone while testing. This car may have been effectively consumed into his 733/74B over the next two years.
  13. March 733 [713S-5] (Bernd Rack): New to Eifelland for Formula 3 and delivered in March 1971. Listed in March records as for "Erwin", so presumably the car raced by Erwin Derichs (Kottenheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany) in some German national F3 races in 1971 as part of the Eifelland Caravaning team. According to Manfred Werner, this was then the car of Bernd Rack (Kelkheim, Hesse, West Germany) in 1972 and 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
  14. Merlyn Mk 21 [445/F3/73] (Bernard Vermillio): New to Bernard Vermillio for British F3 in 1973, but he failed to arrive for most of his races and had a poor season. The car was acquired from from Vermilio by Gordon Smiley (Mirriam, Kansas) who had come to England to race a works Merlyn Mk 25 in Formula Ford, and the Mk 21 was converted for him to also race in the Formula Atlantic series. His only race in the Mk 21 was in the Brands Hatch race in mid-March supporting the Race of Champions. He crashed during the very wet race and according to Clive Hayward, he "stuffed it pretty thoroughly". Smiley moved to the Elden F3 team.
  15. March 733 [713M-6] (Roger Hurst): New to John Bisignano (Denver, CO) and raced in British F3 in 1971 with support from Liggett & Myers L&M tobacco brand. Sold in October 1971 to Roger Hurst (Folkestone, Kent) of Lenham Hurst and raced in F3 in 1972 and 1973. By 1973 the car was being described on occasion as a 723, a 733, a March Falconer, and even as a Lenham LM1. Last raced by Hurst in November 1973. In March 1974, the car was advertised by Low Cost Racing who mentioned that it had Falconer bodywork and was fitted with a Holbay R70 engine for Formula 4. Its history over the next five years is unknown, but in 1979 and 1980, Tony Harris and Colin Brook raced 713M-6 in F4. Subsequent history unknown. A car with this identity was advertised in Italy in 2012.
  16. Brabham BT41 [11] (Johnny Gerber): 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.
  17. 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.


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.