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Coppa Presidente de la Republica

Autodromo de San Carlo, Caracas, 18 Mar 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Andrea de Adamich Brabham BT38 - Ford twin cam Hart
Fred Opert Racing (see note 1)
60 1.01.43.3
2 Carl Liebich Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam Hart
Fred Opert Racing (see note 2)
60 1.01.57.31
3 Bobby Dennett Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
Fred Opert Racing (see note 3)
60 1.02.07.21
4 Bill O'Connor Brabham BT38 [15?] - Ford twin cam Hart
(see note 4)
60 1.02.32.09
5 Mike Hall Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam Hart
#27 Fred Opert Racing (see note 5)
60 1.03.02.00
UNK John Powell Brabham BT38 [14] - Ford twin cam Hart
#30 (see note 6)

UNK Bob Lazier March 722 - Ford twin cam
(see note 7)

UNK Tom Klausler Brabham BT38 [26?] - Ford twin cam Hart
#63 (see note 8)

UNK Bill Brack Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam Hart
Fred Opert Racing (see note 9)

UNK Freddy van Beuren March 722 - Ford twin cam
#31 (see note 10)

UNK Héctor Rebaque Brabham BT38 [‘33’?] - Ford twin cam Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 11)

UNK Ernesto Soto Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam
#81 Fred Opert Racing (see note 12)

UNK Julio César Hidalgo Lotus 69 [71/69.1.FB?] - Ford twin cam Hart

DNS Eduardo Muñoz LeGrand Caribe Mk 6 - Ford twin cam BRM Phase IV
Did not start
(gearbox not complete)
DNA Chuck Sarich March 722 - Ford twin cam
(see note 13)
Did not arrive
DNA Chuck Dietrich Brabham BT40 [18] - Ford twin cam Hart
#31 (see note 14)
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Andrea de Adamich300.30.49.10
2Carl Liebich300.31.00.01
3Bill Brack300.31.00.09
4Bobby Dennett300.31.10.01
5Bill O'Connor300.31.21.09
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Andrea de Adamich300.30.54.2
2Bobby Dennett300.30.57.2
3Carl Liebich300.30.57.3
4Bill O'Connor300.31.11.0
Bill BrackBroken wheel
Qualifying
1 Andrea de Adamich (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38 - Ford twin cam Hart
2 Bob Lazier (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT38 (Andrea de Adamich): Nick Craw (Washington, DC) raced a #71 Brabham BT38 in the 1972 SCCA Pro Formula B series but is only known to have started two races. The car was described as blue/yellow or yellow and was entered by Fred Opert Racing. It is likely that this was a brand new BT38B. In February 1973, the "ex-Craw" car was advertised by Opert as "4 races from new". Nothing more known.
  2. Chevron B18C (Carl Liebich): Carl Liebich (Plymouth, Wisconsin) raced a yellow Chevron B18 in SCCA Nationals in 1971, entered as #78. In 1972 he ran a yellow Chevron B18C, presumed to be the same car, entered as #79, and used in the Pro Formula B series, in the Players Canadian Formula B series, and in SCCA Nationals. Also raced by Liebich at Caracas in March 1973. Advertised by Opert as ex-Liebich, and blue-and-yellow in February 1973, and sold to Frank Sangiorgio (North Babylon, Long Island, NY) who raced it SCCA and EMRA racing around Bridgehampton from 1973 to 1975 at least. He advertised the car in in September 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Chevron B18C (Bobby Dennett): Freddy van Beuren (Estad de Mexico, Mexico) raced a orange/yellow Chevron B18 as part of the Fred Opert team in Formula B in 1971. Retained by van Beuren for 1972. Taken over by Bill Brack for two late-season races. Probably the car raced by Bobby Dennett at Caracas in March 1973. Advertised by Opert in February 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. Brabham BT38 [15?] (Bill O'Connor): New for Motul Rondel Racing at Hockenheim in mid-April 1972, and raced all season by Bob Wolleck. Raced once by Carlos Reutemann at Enna. Sold to Bill O'Connor (Highland Park, IL) for Formula B for 1973. To Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) for 1974, then fitted with a Cosworth BDA for 1975, 1976 and 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. Brabham BT40 (Mike Hall): Mike Hall (Twin Lakes, WI) raced a brand new Brabham BT40 at the SCCA Run-Offs, known then as American Road Race of Champions, at Road Atlanta 25 Nov 1972, the first BT40 to race. Hall then raced this car in Formula B and Formula Atlantic in 1973 and 1974. He replaced it with a Lola T360 for 1975 and the Brabham was then raced by John Elder (Rosemount, Minnesota) in SCCA Nationals in 1975, winning his class at Brainerd in July. Hall had modified his car with a wide nose and a higher and fuller tail, and Elder's car showed the same modifications.
  6. Brabham BT38 [14] (John Powell): Brand new for Motul Rondel Racing at Oulton Park at the end of March 1972, and raced there by Tim Schenken, who finished second. For Schenken again at Thruxton a few days later, then for Derek Bell at Nürburgring at the end of April, by Jean Max at Pau, and by Jean-Pierre Beltoise at Crystal Palace and Rouen. Schenken used the car for the rest of the season, winning at Hockenheim in October. Sold to John Powell (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) for Formula B in 1973. Sold to Bob Schutt (Kirkwood, MO) at Watkins Glen at the end of 1973, and used by him in Mid West Division FB racing. In the early 1980s, Schutt sold the car to Bob Willis (St Louis, MO), who is believed to still own it in 2019.
  7. March 722 (Bob Lazier): Bob Lazier (Vail, CO) raced a black #6 March 722 in the Pro Formula B series in 1972, winning at Bryar Motorsports Park in May. The car was sold to Byron Hatten (Altadena, CA) for 1973, and he entered it for John Angus (formerly of Hartland, WI, but living in Marina Del Rey, CA at this time) for 1974. According to a later advert, this was the "76B" driven by Hatten at the IMSA Formula Atlantic race at Ontario in 1976, and it was then sold to George Seydel (Pasadena, CA), who raced a Formula B March in SCCA Regionals at Riverside in 1978. The SCCA Logbook for this car records its "Manufacturers Identification No." as 722-16, but this was the chassis number reported in Europe to be Xavier Perrot's F2 car, so this identity remains unconfirmed.
  8. Brabham BT38 [26?] (Tom Klausler): New for Motul Rondel Racing in May 1972, replacing BT38/11, and raced by Carlos Reutemann. Also raced by Gerry Birrell at Albi, when Reutemann was away racing in the Canadian GP. Reuteman left the Rondel team after the Hockenheim race at the beginning of october, following a disagreement over engine, and the car was raced by Ronnie Peterson in the Brazilian F2 series. Sold by Rondel to Tom Klausler (Palatine, IL) for Formula B in 1973, and won at Trois-Rivières in September. Then advertised by Roy Witz (Arlington Heights, IL) in mid-1974, then John Kowalski (Berea, OH) for Formula Atlantic in 1975. Subsequent history unknown.
  9. Brabham BT38B (Bill Brack): Fred Opert entered Brabham BT38s for a number of different drivers, and it appears that he had a regular hire car through 1972 and 1973. However, as Nick Craw and John Farkas remained very close to Fred Opert Racing in those two seasons, it is hard to be certain about how the cars were used. This hire car is believed to be the car raced by Ric Forest at Sanair in May 1972, by Peter Knoll at Lime Rock in July and Watkins Glen in August; and by Bill Brack in Caracas in early 1973. It may then be the car raced by Chris Gleason at Watkins Glen in October 1973. Subsequent history unknown, but plausibly the Eric Kerman car in 1974.
  10. March 722 (Freddy van Beuren): Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) raced a blue-and-white #30 or #31 March 722 in CenDiv and NEDiv Formula B and some Pro races in 1972. Photographs suggest this was the car raced by Freddy van Beuren in the Formula B race at Caracas in February 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
  11. Brabham BT38 [‘33’?] (Héctor Rebaque): A "new chassis" replacing the ASCA team's Brabham BT38 wrecked by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud at Rouen. It was raced by teammate Adam Potocki at Imola, where Potocki failed to qualify, and was then Jaussaud's car for the rest of the season. ASCA entered Jaussaud in the Brazilian F2 Torneio, but he was involved in the startline accident at the second Interlagos race, and the Brabham was badly damaged. According to Chris Townsend's research, this car was acquired by Fred Opert Racing and raced by Héctor Rebaque in the Caracas Formula B race in March 1973, then by Brian Robertson in the JAF Grand Prix in May 1973. It's not clear what else Opert used it for in 1973, but in January 1974, he sold it to John Bernadine (Tulsa, OK) for SCCA Formula B. Then to Warren Pauge (Hacienda Heights, CA) in August 1975, replacing his well-used Brabham BT21. Pauge retained the BT38 for many years, even running it as a Can-Am car once in 1982. After he finally stopped racing it in 1988, he sold it to Marc Bahner, then it went to George Steven in 1992, Tom Stapleton about 2008, and Paul Skilowitz (Stuart, FL) in 2016.
  12. Brabham BT35 (Ernesto Soto): Fred Opert Racing ran a Brabham BT35 hire car on a couple of ocassions during 1973: for Ernesto Soto at Caracas in March 1973, and for Bertil Roos at Mosport Park in July 1973. A picture of Soto with the car shows that it was red, with yellow wings, Marlboro decals, and wearing Soto's usual #81. Nothing more is known of this car.
  13. March 722 (Chuck Sarich): Chuck Sarich (McLean, VA) raced a midnight blue/white #57 March 722 in SCCA Nationals and Pro Formula B in 1972, entered by Quicksilver Racing Enterprises, Inc of Rockville, Maryland. Chuck finished second in the Southeast Division FB championship and qualified for the Runoffs, which he won. Sarich and his team moved into Formula 5000 for 1973, and the subsequent history of his March 722 is unknown. However, an advert by Steve Jizmagian in 1976 strongly suggested he had acquired the ex-Chuck Sarich car.
  14. Brabham BT40 [18] (Chuck Dietrich): New to Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) for 1973, and used in SCCA Formula B in 1973. Dietrich bought a third-hand ex-F2 Brabham BT38 for 1974, and whether the BT40 was used at all that season is not known. In 1975, the BT40 reappeared, raced by David Ralston (Elmhurst, IL) in Central Division SCCA Nationals. Its next owner was Ned Clark, who is believed to have raced it from 1976 until 1989. It was next seen in 2006, when bought from the Westerburg Collection in the USA by South Australian Tim Kuchel. By 2011, it had been acquired by Bryan Miller.

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.

1970 US FB results were compiled from Autoweek reports by Jim Thurman; 1971 results were transcribed from Autoweek by Allen Brown and 1972 results were compiled by Chris Townsend from an SCCA results publication.

The US Formula B series did not continue in 1973 but a race was organised in Caracas in March 1973 that fits here probably better than anywhere else, as do the occasional SCCA F/Atlantic and FB races in 1974 and 1975.

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.

Individual sources for this event

Chris Townsend's sources for this race are as diverse as ever: Canadian Motorsports Bulletin 1974; Autosport 29 Mar 1973 p7; and local newspapers El Nacional 16 Mar 1973 B-4, 17 Mar 1973 B-3, 18 Mar 1973 B-12 and 19 Mar 1973 B-12; and El Universal 16 Mar 1973 3-13 and 19 Mar 1973 3-3.