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Forward Trust Formula Three Championship

Thruxton, 17 Jun 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ian Taylor March 733 - Ford twin cam Holbay
#21 Chris Andrews
15 20m 11.6s
105 mph
2 Tony Brise March 733 [21] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#14 Team Kent Messenger Racing
15 20m 18.0s
3 Masami Kuwashima March 733 [18] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#26 Reystan Racing
15 20m 23.2s
4 Leonel Friedrich March 733 [13] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#22 (see note 1)
15 20m 29.2s
5 Alan Jones GRD 373 [060-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#17 DART Racing with GRD
15 20m 30.2s
6 Mo Harness Ensign LNF3/73 [73.17] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#7 Team Modus Racing with Shellsport
15 20m 33.4s
7 Richard Robarts GRD 373 [053-F3] - Ford twin cam
#10 Myson Racing
15 20m 36.6s
8 Russell Wood March 733 [3] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#27 The Chequered Flag (see note 2)
15 20m 37.2s
9 Tony Rouff GRD 373 [050-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#12 AB3 Racing Developments
15 20m 46.6s
10 Buzz Buzaglo March 733 [723-1] - Ford twin cam
#23
15 20m 55.4s
11 Pedro Passadore GRD 373 [060-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#31 DART Racing with GRD
15 21m 15.0s
12 Jeremy Gambs GRD 373 [070-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#9
15 21m 16.0s
13 "Teleco" March 733 [15] - Ford twin cam
#25 Angeleri March Racing Brazil
15 21m 16.0s
14 Danny Sullivan Ehrlich ES2 - Ford twin cam Ehrlich
#4 Dr J. Ehrlich
15 21m 16.6s
15 Johnny Gerber Brabham BT41 [11] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#32 Ippokampos Racing (see note 3)
15 21m 42.8s
16 Simon Sherman Royale RP11 [5] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#29 (see note 4)
14 20m 52.2s
17 John MacDonald GRD 373 [372 025-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#18 (see note 5)
13 21m 07.8s
R Allan Davies Alpine A364 [3647] - Renault R16 Dudot
#2 Tullett & Riley & Co Ltd
12 Stopped at Cobb
R Mike Wilds Ensign LNF3/73 - Ford twin cam
#5 Dempster International Racing Team
3
R Brian Henton GRD 373 [057-F3] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#15
0 Accident
R John Sheldon Royale RP11 [3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#28 (see note 6)
0 Accident at Cobb
R Thomas B Hilliar Ensign LNF3/73 [73.15] - Ford twin cam
#6
0 Accident at Cobb
DSQ Matt Spitzley March 733 [7] - Ford twin cam
#20
15 6th on the road but disqualified (under weight)
DNQ Val Musetti Royale RP11A [6] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#30 (see note 7)
Did not qualify
DNA Alan Edgar Alexis Mk20 - Ford twin cam
#1
Did not arrive
DNA Mike Tyrrell Ensign LNF3 - Ford twin cam
#8 Marc Gregory Property Developments
Did not arrive
DNA S.N. (Norman) Moffett GRD 372 - Ford twin cam
#16 (see note 8)
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.

Qualifying
1 Ian Taylor (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 - Ford twin cam Holbay 1.19.8
2 Tony Brise (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [21] - Ford twin cam Holbay 1.20.0
3 Matt Spitzley (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [7] - Ford twin cam 1.20.8
4 Russell Wood (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [3] - Ford twin cam Novamotor 1.20.81
5 Masami Kuwashima (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [18] - Ford twin cam Holbay 1.20.82
6 Alan Jones (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [060-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 1.21.0
7 Brian Henton (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [057-F3] - Ford twin cam Holbay 1.21.2
8 Mo Harness (F3) 1.6-litre Ensign LNF3/73 [73.17] - Ford twin cam Holbay 1.21.21
9 Johnny Gerber (F3) 1.6-litre Brabham BT41 [11] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 1.21.4
10 Richard Robarts (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [053-F3] - Ford twin cam 1.21.6
11 Leonel Friedrich (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [13] - Ford twin cam Novamotor 1.21.61
12 Tony Rouff (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [050-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 1.21.8
13 Danny Sullivan (F3) 1.6-litre Ehrlich ES2 - Ford twin cam Ehrlich 1.22.4
14 John Sheldon (F3) 1.6-litre Royale RP11 [3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 1.23.0
15 "Teleco" (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [15] - Ford twin cam 1.23.01
16 Jeremy Gambs (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [070-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 1.23.8
17 Thomas B Hilliar (F3) 1.6-litre Ensign LNF3/73 [73.15] - Ford twin cam 1.24.4
18 Buzz Buzaglo (F3) 1.6-litre March 733 [723-1] - Ford twin cam 1.24.4
19 Pedro Passadore (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [060-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 1.24.6
20 John MacDonald (F3) 1.6-litre GRD 373 [372 025-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 1.26.8
21 Simon Sherman (F3) 1.6-litre Royale RP11 [5] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 1.33.6
22 Mike Wilds (F3) 1.6-litre Ensign LNF3/73 - Ford twin cam 1.45.2
23 Allan Davies (F3) 1.6-litre Alpine A364 [3647] - Renault R16 Dudot Not given

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. 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 [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.
  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.
  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. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

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.