Rothmans F5000 Championship round

Brands Hatch, 24 Sep 1972

1 Alan Rollinson Lola T300 [HU9] - Chevrolet V8
McKechnie Racing (see note 1)
30 43m 44.5s
109.05 mph
2 Gijs van Lennep Surtees TS11 [02] - Chevrolet V8
Speed International Racing
3 Ray Allen McLaren M18 [500-05] - Chevrolet V8
Speed International Racing (see note 2)
4 David Prophet McLaren M10B [400-04-2] - Chevrolet V8
5 Ian Ashley Lola T190 [190/F1/7] - Chevrolet V8
WMG Marketing (see note 3)
6 Guy Edwards McLaren M10B [400-18S] - Chevrolet V8
John Butterworth
7 Clive Baker McLaren "M10H" [400-06 (B)] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 4)
8 Tony Lanfranchi McLaren M18 [500-04] - Chevrolet V8
Speed International Racing (see note 5)
9 Chris Featherstone Lola T190/2 [190/F1/14] - Chevrolet V8

10 Steve Thompson Surtees TS8 [007] - Chevrolet V8
Alan Brodie (see note 6)
20 suspension
11 Pierre Soukry McLaren M10B [400-20] - Chevrolet V8
19 spun and stalled
12 Clive Santo McLaren M10B [400-21] - Chevrolet V8
10 Headgasket
13 Gordon Spice Kitchmac [M10B 400-05] - Chevrolet Kitchiner V8
Powrmatic Heating and Ventilation
(see note 7)
4 Electrics

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

1 Alan Rollinson (F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU9] - Chevrolet V8 1.26.3
2 Gordon Spice (F5000) 5-litre Kitchmac [M10B 400-05] - Chevrolet Kitchiner V8 1.27.9
3 Gijs van Lennep (F5000) 5-litre Surtees TS11 [02] - Chevrolet V8 1.28.0
4 Ray Allen (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M18 [500-05] - Chevrolet V8 1.28.4
5 David Prophet (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10B [400-04-2] - Chevrolet V8 11.29.1
6 Steve Thompson (F5000) 5-litre Surtees TS8 [007] - Chevrolet V8 1.29.7
7 Ian Ashley (F5000) 5-litre Lola T190 [190/F1/7] - Chevrolet V8 1.29.8
8 Tony Lanfranchi (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M18 [500-04] - Chevrolet V8 1.30.4
9 Guy Edwards (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10B [400-18S] - Chevrolet V8 1.31.3
10 Clive Santo (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10B [400-21] - Chevrolet V8
11 Clive Baker (F5000) 5-litre McLaren "M10H" [400-06 (B)] - Chevrolet V8
12 Chris Featherstone (F5000) 5-litre Lola T190/2 [190/F1/14] - Chevrolet V8
13 Pierre Soukry (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10B [400-20] - Chevrolet V8

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T300 [HU9] (Alan Rollinson): New to Alan McKechnie for Alan Rollinson to race in the Rothmans British F5000 series in 1972, the only T300 to stay in the UK for 1972. Rollinson appeared with the car in 17 races in total, including the International Trophy, Rothmans 50,000 and John Player Challenge Trophy. He won at Mallory Park in March and at Brands Hatch in September. Sold to Research Consultants for Terry Sanger to drive in the 1973 series. Sanger first appeared at the abandoned Misano race, then crashed in practice at Mallory Park in early July and the Lola was very heavily damaged.
  2. McLaren M18 [500-05] (Ray Allen): Built for 1971 season. Run by Team Trojan in the British F5000 series for Ulf Norinder in four races in May and June 1971. Then to Jackie Epstein's Speed International Racing for 1972 and raced by Ray Allen at most races in the British series, but also by David Prophet at Mallory Park in March and by Gijs van Lennep at Oulton Park in October. Not seen in 1973 and ended up being used by Shell as a show car. To dealer Jon Bradburn (Wolverhampton) by 1984 and sold by him to Gerry Walton, who raced for many years in HSCC racing before crashing it at Oulton Park. Repaired but then damaged when a lorry reversed into it! Subsequently sold to Martin Cowell (Hereford) in 1995 or 1996. The car's last outing with Cowell was at Shelsley Walsh in August 2005, and it was sold by him to Dave Roberts (Worcester) in December 2017.
  3. Lola T190 [190/F1/7] (Ian Ashley): New to Doug Hardwick's Henley Forklift team for the 1970 British Formula 5000 series. Raced by Mo Nunn (2 races), Davey Powell (7 races + 2 DNS) and Trevor Taylor (6 races) in 1970. To Kaye Griffiths (2 races + 1 DNQ), Terry Sanger (1 race only), Ian Ashley (3 races) and Tony Trimmer (1 race only) in 1971, during which time it was acquired by Rocky Plumridge. Retained by Plumridge for 1972 and raced by Ian Ashley (9 F5000 races, and DNQ for the Rothmans 50,000). Subsequent history unknown.
  4. McLaren "M10H" [400-06 (B)] (Clive Baker): Keith Holland's replacement car. Used in the 1971 British F5000 series during which time it was modified along the lines of McRae's successful car. Retained for 1972 but crashed at Brands in April, after which the car was even further modified and dubbed "M10H". By July 1972, it had side radiators, a wedge nose and had been lengthened by 3½in. Sold to Clive Baker August 1972 and raced in the British series in 1972 and 1973. Then via Chris Oates to Spencer Elton (Westbury, Wilts) late 1973 and advertised. To Stephen Cuff (also Westbury, Wilts) late 1973 and advertised with a 5.7-litre Chev Jan to Apr 1974. To Bob Leckie (Aberdeen) for libre racing that summer. Advertised by Leckie in July 1974 but not seen again. Spencer Elton recalls that Leckie converted the M10B to a Skoda Super Saloon. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. McLaren M18 [500-04] (Tony Lanfranchi): See full history: McLaren M18 500-04.
  6. Surtees TS8 [007] (Steve Thompson): New for Peter Revson at the 1971 Questor GP then for Alan Roillinson in UK series. To Alan Brodie 1972 and raced by Brodie and by Steve Thompson. To Servis Appliances Racing Team 1973 and raced by Ray Allan early in the season. Then possibly the Robin Darlington car in Sep 1973 Reappeared with Colin Andrews (Banbury, Oxfordshire) 1974, then to Steve Cuff (Frome, Somerset) 1975 for hillclimbs. To Alan Richards (Cheltenham) and used in sprints and occasional hill climbs in 1976 and 1977. Used in sprints and occasional hill climbs by Bob Clapham in 1978 and 1979. Then unknown until sold by Brian Redman to Dave Swigler (Panama City, FL) in 1986. Dave believes Brian got it from Richard Attwood about two years earlier. Retained until Swigler sold his collection to Harin De Silva (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) in 2009. Restored by Virtuoso Performance and first raced at Laguna Seca in August 2011. Also raced in New Zealand in the 2011/12 Tasman Revival series and at the Phillip Island Classic in March 2013.
  7. Kitchmac [M10B 400-05] (Gordon Spice): Barry Newman for Howden Ganley: UK 1970 (18 races, five second places) - Gordon Spice: Argentinean GP 1971; UK 1971 (11 races + 1 DNS). Rebuilt as 'Kitchmac' by Tony Kitchiner for 1972 season: driven by Gordon Spice (UK: 7 races + 1 DNS), John Kendall (UK: 2 races; US : 1 race only R3 Watkins Glen), Fred Saunders (UK: 1 DNS only), Alan Rollinson (UK: 1 race only), Roger Williamson (UK: 3 races); UK 1973: driven by Kaye Griffiths ( 1 race only), Richard Knight (5 races + 1 DNS). Not seen again after the end of 1973. It has been reported that this car was wrecked in an accident but it appears to have survived its final race in 1973 intact. 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.

1969-1976 UK results have been researched and collated by Chris Townsend based primarily on material in Autosport and Motoring News. Information has been added from the growing collection of entry lists from programs.

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