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Rothmans F5000 Championship round

Zolder, 28 Apr 1974

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Peter Gethin Chevron B28 [28-74-02] - Chevrolet Morand V8
#8 Team VDS (see note 1)
50 1h 10m 49.0s
111.083 mph
2 Bob Evans Lola T332 [HU36] - Chevrolet Smith V8
#9 McKechnie Racing (see note 2)
50 1h 11m 45.9s
3 Chris Craft Chevron B24/B28 [24-73-07] - Chevrolet Morand V8
#16 (see note 3)
50 1h 12m 08.5s
4 Mike Wilds March 74A [2] - Chevrolet Smith-Oates V8
#33 (see note 4)
49
5 Clive Santo Lola T330 [HU21] - Chevrolet Smith V8
#69 (see note 5)
48
6 Patrick Sumner Trojan T101 [104] - Chevrolet Smith V8
#35 (see note 6)
48
7 Tony Dean Chevron B24 [24-73-08] - Chevrolet Morand V8
#2 (see note 7)
48
8 David Hobbs Lola T330 [HU15] - Chevrolet Falconer & Dunn V8
#14 Hogan Racing (see note 8)
47
9 Damien Magee Lola T330 [HU4] - Chevrolet Eisert V8
A.W.Brown (see note 9)
37
10 Roelof Wunderink Chevron B24 [24-73-04] - Chevrolet Morand V8
#70 Team HB Bewaking (see note 10)
34
11 Keith Holland Trojan T102 [1] - Chevrolet Smith V8
#3 Ian Ward Racing (see note 11)
31
12 Teddy Pilette Chevron B28 [28-74-01] - Chevrolet Morand V8
#1 Team VDS (see note 12)
29
13 Allan Kayes McLaren M14A [2-2] - Chevrolet Smith V8
#36 Ian Ward Racing

14 Lella Lombardi Lola T330 [HU18] - Chevrolet Smith-Oates V8
#208 ShellSport (see note 13)
25 Accident
15 Ian Ashley Lola T330 [HU17] - Chevrolet Smith-Oates V8
#12 Richard Oaten Racing (see note 14)
24
16 Trevor Twaites Lola T330 [HU6] - Chevrolet Bolthoff V8
#41 (see note 15)
23 Oil filter
17 Vern Schuppan Lola T332 [HU37] - Chevrolet Smith V8
#65 Sid Taylor (see note 16)
19

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Peter Gethin2535m 19.0s111.372 mph
2Teddy Pilette2535m 20.4s
3Bob Evans2535m 52.6s
4Ian Ashley2536m 09.9s
5Mike Wilds2536m 13.3s
6Chris Craft2536m 14.5s
7Roelof Wunderink24
8David Hobbs24
9Clive Santo24
10Patrick Sumner24
11Tony Dean24
12Allan Kayes23
13Vern Schuppan18Gear box
14Damien Magee12Head gasket
15Keith Holland6Oil union
Lella LombardiDid not start (accident)
Trevor TwaitesDid not start (oil filter)
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Peter Gethin2535m 30.0s110.796 mph
2Bob Evans2535m 53.3s
3Chris Craft2535m 54.0s
4Keith Holland2536m 05.5s
5Damien Magee2536m 45.8s
6Lella Lombardi2536m 56.8s
7Tony Dean24
8Clive Santo24
9Mike Wilds24
10Patrick Sumner24
11David Hobbs23
12Trevor Twaites23
13Roelof Wunderink10Differential
14Allan KayesEngine
15Teddy Pilette4Piston
16Vern Schuppan1Gasket
Ian AshleyDid not start (piston)
Qualifying
1 Teddy Pilette (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B28 [28-74-01] - Chevrolet Morand V8 1.23.0
2 Peter Gethin (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B28 [28-74-02] - Chevrolet Morand V8 1.23.1
3 Bob Evans (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU36] - Chevrolet Smith V8 1.23.6
4 Vern Schuppan (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU37] - Chevrolet Smith V8 1.23.9
5 Keith Holland (F5000) 5-litre Trojan T102 [1] - Chevrolet Smith V8 1.24.7
6 David Hobbs (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU15] - Chevrolet Falconer & Dunn V8 1.24.7
7 Mike Wilds (F5000) 5-litre March 74A [2] - Chevrolet Smith-Oates V8 1.24.9
8 Chris Craft (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B24/B28 [24-73-07] - Chevrolet Morand V8 1.25.0
9 Ian Ashley (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU17] - Chevrolet Smith-Oates V8 1.25.5
10 Damien Magee (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU4] - Chevrolet Eisert V8 1.25.9
11 Roelof Wunderink (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B24 [24-73-04] - Chevrolet Morand V8 1.26.2
12 Lella Lombardi (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU18] - Chevrolet Smith-Oates V8 1.26.5
13 Patrick Sumner (F5000) 5-litre Trojan T101 [104] - Chevrolet Smith V8 1.29.0
14 Clive Santo (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU21] - Chevrolet Smith V8 1.29.1
15 Trevor Twaites (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU6] - Chevrolet Bolthoff V8 1.32.2
16 Allan Kayes (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M14A [2-2] - Chevrolet Smith V8 1.35.7
17 Tony Dean (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B24 [24-73-08] - Chevrolet Morand V8 No time

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B28 [28-74-02] (Peter Gethin): See full history: Chevron B28 74-02.
  2. Lola T332 [HU36] (Bob Evans): See full history: Lola T332 HU36.
  3. Chevron B24/B28 [24-73-07] (Chris Craft): New to VDS for Chris Craft in 1973 UK series, then for Peter Gethin in 1974 Tasman series. Loaned to Adlards Crowne Racing for Craft UK 1974; returned to VDS, converted to B24/B28 specification and used by Vern Schuppan to win at Brands Hatch October 1974. Sold to Tony Dean for the UK and US series in 1975, but confiscated by UK Customs & Excise on its return from the US. Bought by Don Gray (Sittingbourne, Kent) at auction, and raced in UK 1977. To Keith Holland for 1978 Australian Internationals 1978, and sold there to Barry Singleton 1978, who raced it in Australia in 1978/79. To Jim Lowe 1980/81, but crashed at Surfers Paradise in early 1981 and heavily damaged. Wreck sold to Russel Gomersall, then to Peter Phillips, then Laurie O'Neill, then Dr Bill Marshall sometime around 1985. Run in Australian historic racing 1986-1988. To George Parlby early 1990s. To Aaron Lewis (Cessnock, NSW) late 2005, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival series from 2006 to 2010. Robert Tweedie (Sydney, NSW) 2012, and raced by his son Tom Tweedie, in historic racing from 2013 onwards. More information about Chevron B24 B24-73-07
  4. March 74A [2] (Mike Wilds): Dempster Developments UK 1974: entered for Ian Taylor alongside Wilds at R3 but left in the transporter after Taylor's sponsor did not appear. For Wilds at R4 Oulton Park Good Friday 12 Apr (retired), R5 Brands Hatch (pole position), R6, R7 and R8 Thruxton (crashed while lapping Tony Dean's Chevron and "extensively damaged"). Autosport report the "huge" accident on page 2 (Autosport 30 May 1974) and Wilds wrist and leg injuries, also mentioning that Dempster "have a spare chassis, originally intended for Ian Taylor". Three weeks later, the same publication mentions that Wilds is recovering and "hopes to return ... driving the back-up Dempster March". It is safe to assume that 74A/2 was written off in this accident and Wilds continued in 74A/1.
  5. Lola T330 [HU21] (Clive Santo): See full history: Lola T330 HU21.
  6. Trojan T101 [104] (Patrick Sumner): See full history: Trojan T101/104.
  7. Chevron B24 [24-73-08] (Tony Dean): See full history: Chevron B24 'B24-73-08'.
  8. Lola T330 [HU15] (David Hobbs): See full history: Lola T330 HU15.
  9. Lola T330 [HU4] (Damien Magee): See full history: Lola T330 HU4.
  10. Chevron B24 [24-73-04] (Roelof Wunderink): Built for 1973 season. VDS for Teddy Pilette: raced in UK 1973 and Tasman 1974 - Roelof Wunderink: raced in UK 1974. Then via Tony Dean to Richard Simms and used in libre racing in 1975 and 1976. To John Lambert (York) 1977: used in hillclimbs in 1978 and 1979. Then via Ian Webb and Alex Seldon to Chris Townrow (Crantock, Cornwall) for sprints in Cornwall and Devon. To historic racer Richard Piper (Greenwich, London) and partner Patric Capon and raced by Piper in libre and HSCC racing in 1983 and 1984. To Dennis Humphries (Canterbury, Kent) and damaged in testing at West Malling airfield. Repaired and sold to John Harper (late 1980s/early 1990s) then via Tony Ingram (Atlanta, GA) and Lee Chapman (New Milford, CT) to Fred Gunther (Trumbull, CT). Later via Vintage Racing Services (Stratford, CT) to Alex Seiler (NY, NY) c1998. Following a restoration, it was raced in VARA events at Willow Springs and Phoenix and driven on occasion by Casey Annis, publisher of Vintage racecar Magazine. In 2000, it was sold to Stan Beck (Seattle, WA) restored again before it was sold on to Miles Jackson (Seattle, WA) in 2006.
  11. Trojan T102 [1] (Keith Holland): Built in late 1973, but unsold until March 1974. To Ian Ward Racing for Keith Holland to race in UK in 1974. It proved fast in practice, but due to variety of problems failed to start its first five races. It had only started four races when Ian Ward withdrew from F5000 in late June. The team and car reappeared at the last four races of the season for Steve Thompson to drive. After that, the car was acquired by Mick Hill, who used the front suspension and the whole back end for his 1976 "VW Beetle" super saloon project. Everything he didn't use was eventually acquired by Roger Hurst and he advertised this in 1984. The whole project was acquired by Tim and Tony Barry (Sittingbourne, Kent) in 1985 and has been owned by them ever since. Tim Barry raced the car in libre in 1987 and 1988, and also in HSCC racing in the 1990s. He returned to the Trojan for HSCC Derek Bell events since wrecking the brothers' March 76A in an accident in 2005, but Tim describes it as "as much of a pain in the butt as it was when new".
  12. Chevron B28 [28-74-01] (Teddy Pilette): See full history: Chevron B28 74-01.
  13. Lola T330 [HU18] (Lella Lombardi): See full history: Lola T330 HU18.
  14. Lola T330 [HU17] (Ian Ashley): See full history: Lola T330 HU17.
  15. Lola T330 [HU6] (Trevor Twaites): New to Australian Colin Hyams who raced it in the UK series in early 1973. To Trevor Twaites June 1973, and raced by him in the UK series in 1973, 1974 and 1975. Later to John Jordan (UK), who entered it for Tom Belso in 1977, and raced it himself in libre in 1978. Entered by Jordan for Dave Williams in libre racing 1983, and then for Tony Trimmer in the BRSCC Libre Championship from 1984 to 1989, winning the championship in 1986 and finishing second in 1987 and in 1988. At some point between 1985 and 1988, the T330 was dismantled and parts used by Dave Finnigan (Biggleswade, UK) to construct T332 "HU42" for Jordan's team. The original HU6 chassis remained with Finnigan until early 2000 when sold to Richard Lines (UK), then to Kevan McLurg (UK) 2005 and built into a complete car by McLurg and then by John Crawford's Motorsport Solutions NZ Ltd by July 2009. Owned by this time by Lindsay Willis of Wilco Racing (Rotorua, NZ), and raced by his son Brett Willis (Rotorua, NZ) in the F5000 Tasman Revival series every season from 2010/11 to 2017/18. More information about Lola T330 HU6
  16. Lola T332 [HU37] (Vern Schuppan): See full history: Lola T332 HU37.

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.

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.

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.