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John Player Formula 3 International Championship

Mallory Park, 14 Oct 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Mike Wilds March 733 [26] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#4 Dempster International Racing Team
(see note 1)
30 23m 46.6s
102.2 mph
2 Jacques Laffite Martini MK12 [005?] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#38 BP Racing
30 23m 48.0s
3 Brian Henton Ensign LNF3/73 - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#22
30 23m 48.6s
4 Mo Harness March 733 [25] - Ford twin cam Brown
#11 Team Modus Racing with Shellsport
30 23m 49.8s
5 Russell Wood March 733 [3] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#15 The Chequered Flag (see note 2)
30 23m 59.4s
6 Richard Robarts March 733 [4] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#1 Myson Racng
30 24m 05.8s
7 Larry Perkins Brabham BT41 [31] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#29 Team Cowangie
30 24m 08.4s
8 Alan Jones GRD 373 [060-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#45 DART Racing with GRD
30 24m 10.6s
9 Bernard Béguin Martini MK12 [002] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#47 Ecurie Volants Shell
30 24m 15.6s
10 Pierre-François Rousselot March 733 [22?] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#44 Ecurie Elf March
30 24m 18.4s
11 Giorgio Francia Brabham BT41 - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#40 Scuderia Mirabella Mille Miglia
30 24m 19.0s
12 Ian Taylor March 733 - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#16 Chris Andrews
30 24m 27.0s
13 "Teleco" March 733 [15] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#8 Angeleri March Racing Brazil
30 24m 27.8s
14 Matt Spitzley March 733 [7] - Ford twin cam Brown
#5
30 24m 28.0s
15 Gunnar Nordström GRD 373 [048-F3] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#36 Karlsons Klister Racing Team
29
16 Tony Rouff GRD 373 [050-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#20 AB3 Racing
29
R Masami Kuwashima March 733 [18] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#17 Reystan Racing
22 Accident at Esses
R Conny Andersson March 733 [16] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#37 Ge-Kås Kläder
7 Gear linkage
R Jean-Pierre Paoli Martini MK12 [007?] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#39 BP Racing
0 Accident at Gerards
DSQ Tony Brise March 733 [21] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#6 Team Kent Messenger Racing
30 Excluded for driving tactics; 2nd on road
DNQH José Espírito Santo March 733 [6] - Ford twin cam Mohr
#2
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Ulf Svensson Brabham BT41 [14] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#14 (see note 3)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Per-Olof Zetterström Brabham BT41 [21] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#12 Alladin Racing
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Jac Nellemann GRD 373 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#7 DART Racing with GRD
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Philippe Albera March 733 [23] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#34 Antar March
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Derek Lawrence Ehrlich ES2 - Ford twin cam Ehrlich
#28 Dr Joseph Ehrlich
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH John MacDonald Brabham BT41 [30] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#21
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Randy Lewis Brabham BT41 [16] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#46 Wrangler Racing Team (see note 4)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Bernard Chevanne Martini MK12 [006] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#48 Ecurie Volants Shell
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Rod Smith GRD 372 [030-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#31 (see note 5)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Barrie Maskell Dastle Mk10 - Ford twin cam Holbay
#30
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Håkan Dahlqvist Merlyn Mk 22 [440/F3/73] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#35 Karlsons Klister Racing Team
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Jean Ragnotti March 733 [24] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#33 Antar March
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Thomas B Hilliar Ensign LNF3/73 [73.15] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#25
Did not qualify from heats
DNS Leonel Friedrich March 733 [13] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#18 (see note 6)
Did not start
T Alan Jones GRD 373 [060-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#9 DART Racing with GRD
(Only used in practice)
DNA Jimmy Fuller Brabham BT38C [19] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#3 ADM Business Systems Ltd (see note 7)
Did not arrive
DNA Pedro Passadore GRD 373 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#10 DART Racing with GRD
Did not arrive
DNA TBA GRD 373 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#19 GRS International
Did not arrive
DNA John MacDonald GRD 373 [372 025-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#21 (see note 8)
Did not arrive
DNA Max Bonnin March 733 - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#45 Nota Interin (see note 9)
Did not arrive
DNA Mike Tyrrell Ensign LNF3 - Ford twin cam Holbay
#23 Marc Gregory Property Developers
Did not arrive
DNA Ole Vejlund Ensign LNF3/72 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#24
Did not arrive
DNA Bernard Vermillio Merlyn Mk 21B [445/F3/73] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#26
Did not arrive
DNA Val Musetti Royale RP11A [6] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#27 (see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA Jim Yardley Beagle Mk3 - Ford twin cam
#32
Did not arrive
DNA Christian Ethuin Martini MK12 [004] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#41 Motul-La Defense Mondial
Did not arrive
DNA Max Jean ("Jean Max") Martini MK12 [003] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#42 Motul-La Defense Mondial
Did not arrive
DNA Peter Finlay Brabham BT41 - Ford twin cam
#43
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre F3 unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Richard Robarts100.07.58.6101.55 mph
2Tony Brise100.07.59.2
3Mo Harness100.08.00.0
4Mike Wilds100.08.01.2
5Russell Wood100.08.02.0
6Ian Taylor100.08.04.0
7Brian Henton100.08.04.4
8"Teleco"100.08.07.6
9Tony Rouff100.08.11.6
10Matt Spitzley100.08.12.6
11José Espírito Santo100.08.12.8
12Ulf Svensson100.08.17.4
13Per-Olof Zetterström100.08.57.4
Jac Nellemann2Accident at Gerards
Jimmy Fullerdid not arrive
Pedro Passadoredid not arrive
TBAdid not arrive
John MacDonalddid not arrive
Max Bonnindid not arrive
Leonel FriedrichDid not start (Accident at Gerards)
John MacDonalddid not arrive
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Conny Andersson100.08.00.0101.25 mph
2Jacques Laffite100.08.04.8
3Alan Jones100.08.05.2
4Jean-Pierre Paoli100.08.05.4
5Masami Kuwashima100.08.06.6
6Bernard Béguin100.08.07.4
7Giorgio Francia100.08.07.6
8Larry Perkins100.08.07.8
9Gunnar Nordström100.08.10.4
10Pierre-François Rousselot100.08.12.8
11Philippe Albera100.08.17.2
12Derek Lawrence100.08.19.2
13John MacDonald100.08.19.6
13John MacDonald100.08.19.6
14Randy Lewis100.08.19.8
15Bernard Chevanne100.08.33.6
16Rod Smith100.08.45.0
Barrie MaskellFuel pressure
Håkan Dahlqvist0Accident at Shaw's
Jean Ragnotti0Accident at start, race stopped
Thomas B Hilliar0Accident at start, race stopped
Ole Vejlunddid not arrive
Mike Tyrrelldid not arrive
Bernard Vermilliodid not arrive
Val Musettidid not arrive
Jim Yardleydid not arrive
Christian Ethuindid not arrive
Max Jean ("Jean Max")did not arrive
Peter Finlaydid not arrive
Qualifying
1 Richard Robarts (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [4] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
2 Conny Andersson (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [16] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
3 Tony Brise (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [21] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
4 Jacques Laffite (F3) 1.6-litre Martini MK12 [005?] - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
5 Mo Harness (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [25] - Ford twin cam Brown
6 Alan Jones (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [060-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Brabham BT41 [14] (Ulf Svensson): New to Ulf Svensson in 1973.
  4. Brabham BT41 [16] (Randy Lewis): New to Randy Lewis in 1973.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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.