New Zealand Grand Prix
Pukekohe, 8 Jan 1972
|1||Frank Gardner||Lola T300 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Lola Cars Ltd. (see note 1)
|2||Mike Hailwood||Surtees TS8 [TS9-002] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Team Surtees
|3||David Hobbs||McLaren M18/M22 [500-01] - Chevrolet V8
#10 Hobbs Racing London (see note 2)
|4||Kevin Bartlett||McLaren M10B [400-02] - Chevrolet V8
#5 Kevin Bartlett Shell Racing (see note 3)
|5||Max Stewart||Elfin MR5  - Repco Holden V8
#6 Max Stewart Motors (see note 4)
|6||Teddy Pilette||McLaren M10B [400-20] - Chevrolet V8
#34 Racing Team V.D.S.
|7||John McCormack||Elfin MR5  - Repco Holden V8
#29 Elfin Sports Cars (see note 5)
|8||Evan Noyes||McLaren M18 [500-06] - Chevrolet V8
#7 Gemco Racing (see note 6)
|9||Robbie Francevic||McLaren M10A [300-06] - Chevrolet V8
#60 Wright Machinery (see note 7)
|10||Graham McRae||Leda GM1  - Chevrolet V8
#22 Crown Lynn
|11||Ken Smith||(Tasman 2.0) 1.9-litre Lotus 59/69B [F3-2] - Cosworth FVC
#11 Air New Zealand Motor Racing
(see note 8)
|12||Peter Hughes||Begg FM2  - Chevrolet V8
#16 Town & Country Cars Ltd.
(see note 9)
|13||Garrie Cooper||Elfin MR5  - Repco Holden V8
#28 Elfin Sports Cars (see note 10)
|R||David Oxton||Begg FM4 - Chevrolet V8
#18 G.N. Begg Engineering Co. Ltd.
(see note 11)
|R||Graeme Lawrence||Lola T300 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8
#14 Lawrence Racing
|R||Bryan Faloon||(Tasman 2.0) 2-litre Stanton 1 - Porsche 771 f8
#57 Stanton Motors Ltd.
|R||David McConnell||(Tasman 2.0) 2-litre GRD 272  - Ford BDA Hart
#30 D.W.M. Racing Ltd. (see note 12)
|R||Frank Radisich||McLaren M10C [400-10-3] - Repco Holden V8
#88 Henderson Central Motors Ltd.
(see note 13)
|R||Frank Matich||Matich A50  - Repco Holden V8
#3 Frank Matich Racing Pty. Ltd.
(see note 14)
|R||Baron Robertson||(Tasman 2.0) 1.8-litre Brabham BT23C ["17"] - Cosworth FVA
#12 Robertson Racing (see note 15)
|DNA||Allan Moffat||(F?) unknown
#32 Allan Moffat Motor Racing Co.
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.
|1||Graham McRae||(F5000) 5-litre Leda GM1  - Chevrolet V8||55.2s|
|2||Frank Gardner||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8||55.6s|
|3||Mike Hailwood||(F5000) 5-litre Surtees TS8 [TS9-002] - Chevrolet V8||56.2s|
|4||Max Stewart||(F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5  - Repco Holden V8||56.7s|
|5||Frank Matich||(F5000) 5-litre Matich A50  - Repco Holden V8||56.8s|
|6||Graeme Lawrence||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8||56.8s|
|7||David Hobbs||(F5000) 5-litre McLaren M18/M22 [500-01] - Chevrolet V8||57.4s|
|8||Kevin Bartlett||(F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10B [400-02] - Chevrolet V8||57.6s|
|9||John McCormack||(F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5  - Repco Holden V8||57.6s|
|10||Evan Noyes||(F5000) 5-litre McLaren M18 [500-06] - Chevrolet V8||57.6s|
|11||Teddy Pilette||(F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10B [400-20] - Chevrolet V8||57.8s|
|12||David Oxton||(F5000) 5-litre Begg FM4 - Chevrolet V8||59.0s|
|13||Robbie Francevic||(F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10A [300-06] - Chevrolet V8||59.6s|
|14||David McConnell||(Tasman 2.0) 2-litre GRD 272  - Ford BDA Hart||60.0s|
|15||Frank Radisich||(F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10C [400-10-3] - Repco Holden V8||60.2s|
|16||Ken Smith||(Tasman 2.0) 1.9-litre Lotus 59/69B [F3-2] - Cosworth FVC||60.4s|
|17||Garrie Cooper||(F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5  - Repco Holden V8||60.8s|
|18||Bryan Faloon||(Tasman 2.0) 2-litre Stanton 1 - Porsche 771 f8||61.8s|
|19||Baron Robertson||(Tasman 2.0) 1.8-litre Brabham BT23C ["17"] - Cosworth FVA||61.9s|
|20||Peter Hughes||(F5000) 5-litre Begg FM2  - Chevrolet V8||62.3s|
Notes on the cars:
- Lola T300 [HU1] (Frank Gardner): New for Frank Gardner late UK 1971 season, then to Australia but crashed in practice for the Australian GP and the 1972 Tasman series. Sold to Gary Campbell for the end of the Tasman series, then the 1972 Australian Gold Star series. Traded to Carl Haas for a new Lola T330, and sold on to Mike Brockman in Florida for the 1973 US championship. Not seen in 1974. Subsequent history unknown. More information about Lola T300 HU1
- McLaren M18/M22 [500-01] (David Hobbs): See full history: McLaren M18 500-01.
- McLaren M10B [400-02] (Kevin Bartlett): New to Niel Allen (Australia) late 1969, and raced in 1970 and 1971 Tasman series. To Kevin Bartlett for 1971 Australian Gold Star and 1972 Tasman 1972, then to US for at least one race in 1972. Then unknown until bought by Gil Cameron, and raced in Australia from 1975 to 1977. Donated parts to Tony Edmondson's Alfetta Chev sports sedan, and the remainder of the car stored at Elfin during the 1980s. Subsequent history unknown, but later owned by Llynden Riethmuller (Sydney, NSW) in 2007. After Riethmuller's death, sold to Alan Hamilton in 2011, and restored for historic racing. More information about McLaren M10B 400-2
- Elfin MR5  (Max Stewart): New to Max Stewart in time for the start of the 1972 Tasman series. Also raced by Stewart in the 1972 Australian Gold Star. Entered by Stewart for John Leffler in a few raced in October/November 1973. Then sold to Baron Robertson and raced in the Tasman series in 1974 and 1975, and in the New Zealand and Australian Internationals in 1976. History then unknown until bought from David Davidson (Melbourne) by Gavin Sala. By 1994, this car was with Adrian Tweedle (Victoria). Subsequent history again unknown, but reported to be with Max Pearson by 2012.
- Elfin MR5  (John McCormack): New to John McCormack in September 1971, and raced in Australian Gold Star, taking two second places and a win from three races. Raced by McCormack in the 1972 Tasman series, and the 1972 Australian Gold Star, where he won one race. Then raced in the 1973 Tasman series, where he won the NZ GP and the Adelaide '100', and in the 1973 Australian Gold Star, when he won two races and the championship. Raced again in the 1974 Tasman, again winning the NZ GP. Raced by Phil Moore in the 1974 Gold Star. Sold to Glen Nichols December 1975, and entered for the Rothmans Internationals, but did not start a race. History then unknown until bought from Les Swallow by Gavin Sala, and sold to John McCormack for restoration some time before 1992.
- McLaren M18 [500-06] (Evan Noyes): See full history: McLaren M18 500-06.
- McLaren M10A [300-06] (Robbie Francevic): See full history: McLaren M10A 300-06.
- Lotus 59/69B [F3-2] (Ken Smith): Entered by Michael Spence Ltd for Tetsu Ikuzawa in F3 in 1969. Autosport noted that he was "giving his 59 its first outing" at Silverstone on 17 May 1969 and Motoring News called it "c/n 2". In September, it was reported that the car had been sold to Eddie Jacobsson, but Izukawa continued with it through October. Then entered by Mike Ticehurst's Motor Racing Enterprises for James Hunt at Thruxon in November. To Mike Stow for 1970 and, after a single F3 race, converted to Formula 2 for David Cole to drive at Crystal Palace in May, where he failed to qualify. Raced by Stow in a libre at Silverstone and then sold to New Zealander Ken Smith who entered it for Gold Star races from October onwards. Raced by Smith in the 1971 Tasman series as a Lotus 69, as the car now had 69-style bodywork, and using a 1.8-litre Cosworth FVC. Retained for Gold Star and International races in 1972, and also used at races in Singapore and at Batu Tiga with a Ford twin cam engine. According to Graeme Vercoe, the car was later owned by Simon Seagrave, Malcolm Webb and Steve Bullot as a Formula Ford car. Vercoe adds that it went via David Manton (Tauranga) to Allan Cattle (Auckland) in 1989. Subsequent history unknown.
- Begg FM2  (Peter Hughes): Built for 1969/70 season. Begg Engineering: raced by Pierre Phillips in the NZ Tasman rounds, then Graham McRae (who won a Gold Star race at Timaru) then Leo Leonard for last 1969/70 Gold Star race. Works for 1970/71 season. Then sold to Peter Hughes (Auckland, NZ) for 1971/72 season. According to Graham Vercoe's book 'Historic Racing Cars of New Zealand', Hughes' car "fell off a hoist, breaking the chassis". Vercoe adds that it was owned by Peter Kidd "for a time", and at the time of writing, 1991, it had been with Colin Thompson (Wanganui, NZ) "for many years". Subsequent history unknown.
- Elfin MR5  (Garrie Cooper): Works Elfin Sports Cars entry for Garrie Cooper in the 1972 Tasman and Australian Gold Star, the 1973 Tasman and Australian Gold Star, the 1974 Tasman and Australian Gold Star, and the 1975 Tasman and Australian Gold Star. Rebuilt in August 1975 as the MR5-B. Sold to John Edmonds for the last race of the Australian Gold Star, then the 1976 New Zealand and Australian Internationals, the 1976 national season, and the 1977 Australian Internationals. Then to Phil Ward 1977, and then with Mike Pope from 1980 to 1986. History then unknown until bought from Geoff Munday by Gavin Sala. Sold by Sala to Ken Smith in Nnew Zealand, and reportedly with Barrie Flett in 1994. The car is said to have spent time in a museum in NZ, before being bought by Smith again, and sold back to Geoff Munday some time before 2014.
- Begg FM4 (David Oxton): Built for 1970/71 season, and first raced by Geoff Mardon at Wigram in January 1971. Raced by David Oxton in the 1971/72 Gold Star. To Garry Pedersen October 1972, and rebuilt with a wedge body for the 1972/73 Gold Star. Then to Bill David for Robbie Booth to race in the 1974 Internationals, the 1974/75 Gold Star events, and the 1975 Internationals. Then to Gary Love for the 1976 Internationals, but the car's history is then unknown until it was acquired by Allan Hamilton in Australia some time before 1990. Next seen with Graham Brayshaw (Brookby, Auckland, New Zealand) in 2004, and retained to 2006. To the Rush family, and raced by Timothy Rush in the 2007/08 F5000 Tasman Revival series. Raced by Tim but also sometimes by Terry in the 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2011/12 series. Last seen racing in November 2011, but photographed in The Rush Collection in April 2016.
- GRD 272  (David McConnell): Raced by Canadian David McConnell in the 1972 Tasman series, using 2-litre Hart BDA engines. McConnell had a new B72 on order, and his plan was to sell the prototype to Jacques Couture. When that fell through, 010 was converted to F3 and sold to Mo Harness. Harness had won the 1971 Formula Ford Johnsons Wax Euro Trophy but turned down the test drive that had been offered as a prize with Ken Tyrrell and an F2 March. After a brief relationship with GRD, he then used an old BT28 F3 car in the first half of 1972 before acquiring sponsorship from Revolution Wheels and returning to GRD mid-season. Harness raced the GRD in British Formula 3 using Leabro engines. He then sold it to Jac Nellemann for Swedish F3 in 1973. In 1974, the car went to Jan Ridell, who raced it in Swedish 3, now using 2-litre Vegantune engines. Retained by Ridell for 1975, when he used Billgren BMW engines. Retained again by Ridell for 1976. To Dick Berg for Swedish F3 in 1977 and 1978, again with the Billgren BMW engines. Next seen in 1980, when it was raced by Mats Karlsson, now using Vegantune twin cams. Retained by Karlsson for 1981.
- McLaren M10C [400-10-3] (Frank Radisich): New to Frank Matich (Australia) and fitted with Repco's new Holden V8 F5000 engine for Australian racing. Raced for the first time at Warwick Farm on 12 July 1970 but crashed, and rebuilt on a new tub as "M10C". Next raced at Calder on 18 Oct 1970, then at Australian Grand Prix 22 Nov 1970. Raced in the 1971 Tasman series, then to the US for the L&M series before returning to Australia for the 1971 Gold Star series. Crashed prior to Oran Park 27 June and rebuilt on third tub. To Frank Radisich at the end of 1971 and raced in the 1972 Tasman series, the 1972 Australian Gold Star, and the 1973 Tasman. To Keith Laney (NZ), fitted with a Chevrolet V8 and appeared in the Tasman series in 1974 and 1975. Then to Dennis Phillips for hill climbs 1976, then Russel Greer (Blenheim, NZ) and fitted with a 6.3-litre Chevy to win the 1979/80 NZ hill climb championship. Sold to Peter Addison (Australia) but history then unknown until acquired by Max Warwick (Australia) in the mid-1990s. Raced at Historic Sandown from 1998. Sold to Graham Wadsworth (Melbourne, Australia) 2006.
- Matich A50  (Frank Matich): New for Frank Matich to win the 1971 Australian GP, then raced in the New Zealand Tasman rounds before being renumbered '002' for the Australian Internationals. Matich won the 1972 Australian Gold Star in this car, and raced it in the 1973 Tasman series. Then to Barry Lewis in 1975 - Peter Roach 1976 - Dave Powell 1976 - John Briggs 1978 and damaged at a hillclimb. Via K & A Engineering to Gavin Sala 1984 or 1985, then to his son Bryan Sala. More information about Matich A50-001/002
- Brabham BT23C ["17"] (Baron Robertson): Built by Baron Robertson using a new chassis acquired from Racing Frames in England and the remaining parts of BT23C/7 which had been crashed by Roly Levis while testing it for Robertson at Bay Park in December 1969. This car first raced at the start of the 1970/71 New Zealand season where Graham Vercoe says it wore a chassis plate '23/17'. New Zealand motor racing historian David McKinney referred to the car as 'BT23C/17' but did not believe it had any relationship to the car of that number that was still owned at that time by Kurt Buess in Switzerland. Raced by Robertson in New Zealand in 1971 and 1972, and then by Kelvin Cameron in 1973. By 1978 the car was with Frank Macskasy and he has confirmed to Andrew Fellowes that it was destroyed in a garage fire. The engine survived and was sold to Lloyd Evans.
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.
Sources include Autosport, Motoring News, the F1 Register books and Graham Vercoe's books "Historic Racing Cars of New Zealand" and "The Golden Era of New Zealand Motor Racing".
The start point for the 1970 Tasman results was Bruce Sergent's site which contains full reports on all these races. The 1970 results were then augmented by practice times and other information on R1 Levin and R2 Pukekohe (both in Autosport 15 Jan 1970); R3 Wigram (Autosport 29 Jan 1970); R4 Teretonga (Auto News Vol 3 No 14 9 Feb 1970 and Autosport 29 Jan 1970); R5 Surfers Paradise (Auto News Vol 3 No 15 23 Feb 1970 and Autosport 19 Feb 1970); R6 Warwick Farm (Auto News Vol 3 No 16 9 Mar 1970 and Autosport 26 Feb 1970); and R7 Sandown Park (Auto News Vol 3 No 16 9 Mar 1970 and Autosport 26 Feb 1970). Additional qualifying times have been provided by Milan Fistonic.
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