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JAF Grand Prix

Fuji, 3 May 1972

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 John Surtees Surtees TS10 [02?] - Ford BDA Hart alloy
#5 Matchbox Team Surtees (see note 1)
50 1h 08m 37.08s
2 Hiromu Tanaka March 722 - Mitsubishi Colt R39B
#9 Heroes Racing Corporation (see note 2)
50 1h 09m 02.28s
3 Hiroshi Fushida Brabham BT30 - Mitsubishi Colt R39B
#18 Fushida Racers (see note 3)
50 1h 09m 17.27s
4 Norimitsu Urushihara Lotus 69 [69.F2.2] - Mitsubishi Colt R39B
#10 Team Yoshimura (see note 4)
49 1h 08m 47.68s
5 Nick Craw (FJ2000) 1.6-litre Chevron B18 - Cosworth FVA
#1 Fred Opert Racing (see note 5)
46 1h 09m 11.64s
6 Bobby Brown (FJ2000) 1.8-litre Chevron B20 [72-3] - Cosworth FVC
#2 Fred Opert Racing (see note 6)
45 not running at finish
7 Bob Muir (ANF1) 2-litre Mildren 'Mono' - Waggott TC4V
#8 Bob Muir
43
8 Riki Okubo (F3) 1.6-litre Brabham BT16 - Alfa Romeo Conrero
#12
43
9 Leo Geoghegan (ANF1) 2-litre Elfin 600B/E [7122] - Waggott TC4V
#7 Leo Geoghegan
41 out of fuel
10 Noritake Takahara Brabham BT36 [12] - Mitsubishi Colt R39B
#11 Takahara Racing (see note 7)
38 tyre burst
11 Kunio Murata (libre) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#14
29 retired - unknown
12 Max Stewart (ANF1) 2-litre Mildren (Rennmax) - Waggott TC4V
#6 Max Stewart Motors
16 accident
13 Jiro Yoneyama (FJ2000) 1.8-litre Mana 08 - Cosworth FVC
#15 Levi's Japan Special/Fushida Racers
1 clutch
DNA David McConnell (F2) 2-litre GRD 272 [010] - Ford BDA Hart
#3 Dave McConnell
Did not arrive
DNA William Shaw Jr (F2) 2-litre Brabham BT38 - Ford BDA
#18 Fushida Racers
Did not arrive

All cars are 2-litre FJ2000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 John Surtees (FJ2000) 2-litre Surtees TS10 [02?] - Ford BDA Hart alloy 1m 20.8s
2 Hiromu Tanaka (FJ2000) 2-litre March 722 - Mitsubishi Colt R39B 1m 21.9s
3 Noritake Takahara (FJ2000) 2-litre Brabham BT36 [12] - Mitsubishi Colt R39B 1m 22.1s
4 Hiroshi Fushida (FJ2000) 2-litre Brabham BT30 - Mitsubishi Colt R39B 1m 22.24s
5 Max Stewart (ANF1) 2-litre Mildren (Rennmax) - Waggott TC4V 1m 22.27s
6 Norimitsu Urushihara (FJ2000) 2-litre Lotus 69 [69.F2.2] - Mitsubishi Colt R39B 1m 22.7s
7 Bobby Brown (FJ2000) 1.8-litre Chevron B20 [72-3] - Cosworth FVC 1m 23.46s
8 Leo Geoghegan (ANF1) 2-litre Elfin 600B/E [7122] - Waggott TC4V 1m 24.65s
9 Jiro Yoneyama (FJ2000) 1.8-litre Mana 08 - Cosworth FVC 1m 24.80s
10 Bob Muir (ANF1) 2-litre Mildren 'Mono' - Waggott TC4V 1m 25.87s
11 Nick Craw (FJ2000) 1.6-litre Chevron B18 - Cosworth FVA 1m 27.06s
12 Kunio Murata (libre) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam 1m 36.03s

Notes on the cars:

  1. Surtees TS10 [02?] (John Surtees): New for John Surtees to race as a works entry in the 1972 F2 series, first appearing at Oulton Park at the end of March. After Thruxton on Easter Monday, the car was taken out the Fuji for the JAF Grand Prix, which Surtees won, using Brian Hart's new alloy block engine. Raced by Surtees in the F2 races at Crystal Palace, Rouen and Imola, winning the latter. A new car was then built up to replace TS10/02, and the original car remained in Surtees' hands thereafter. The car was on display at a Henry Surtees fund raising day at Buckmore Park in July 2010, and at the 2010 Goodwood Revival.
  2. March 722 (Hiromu Tanaka): Heroes Racing Corporation run a brand new red March 722 for Hiromu Tanaka in Japanese F2 in 1972 (with a Mitsubishi Colt R39B engine) and then for Motoharu Kurosawa (with a BMW engine) in 1973. The car returned to the team in 1975 and 1976 for Naoki Nagasaka.
  3. Brabham BT30 (Hiroshi Fushida): At the Japanese Grand Prix on 3 May 1971, Hiroshi Kazato raced a Brabham BT30 fitted with a Mitsubishi Colt R39B 2-litre 4-cylinder engine. The identity of the BT30 was not been determined. Two years later, at the Singapore Grand Prix on 22 Apr 1973, Kiyoshi Misaki raced the "ex-Kazato" Brabham now powered by a Toyota Celica twin-cam engine. Nothing more known.
  4. Lotus 69 [69.F2.2] (Norimitsu Urushihara): New to Tetsu Ikuzawa and raced in F2 in 1970. In early 1971, Ikuzawa was said by Autosport to have "sold his 69 of last year to an Irishman and replaced it with a new one". That was thought to be the car John Pollock drove in 1971, but a later advert revealed that his car was the ex-Rollinson 1971 car, not a 1970 car. Ikuzawa's 1970 Lotus 69 appears to have gone to Norimitsu Urushihara in Japan, who raced an "ex-Ikuzawa" Lotus 69 in 1971 and 1972. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. Chevron B18 (Nick Craw): At the JAF Grand Prix at Fuji in May 1972, Fred Opert entered a Chevron B18 with 1600cc Cosworth FVA engine for Nick Craw to drive. The choice of the Cosworth FVA is curious, as 2000cc engines were allowed at this race, and teammate Bobby Brown used an 1800cc Cosworth FVC in his Chevron B20. Nothing more known.
  6. Chevron B20 [72-3] (Bobby Brown): Sold via Fred Opert to Bobby Brown (Hicksville, NY) for SCCA Formula B. Third and first in the two Bogotá races early in 1972, then raced in the JAP GP at Fuji in May. Also won the Pro FB race at Lime Rock in July. Unknown in late 1972 and through 1973. Next seen when entered by Freeman Racing Enterprises, the Chevron agent, for Price Cobb (Dallas, TX) in the Pro Formula Atlantic races in 1974. Advertised by Cobb in early 1975, then advertised by Richard Jackson (Dallas, TX) in August 1975 as "ex-Brown" but still wearing the #2 that Cobb had used in 1974 and with updated bodywork, and in February 1976. Advertised by Price Cobb (Dallas, TX) again in December 1976, when it was available with new body and and with or without a BDA for $4500 or $3000, and again in April and June 1977. Next seen when sold by a dealer, Paul Lindell (Houston, TX), to James Sawyer in January 1978. Offered for sale on race-cars.com in February 2003, when it still had the same nose seen in the 1975 adverts, and was still in Texas. From Sawyer to Jeff McKay (Tacoma, WA) then on to Walt Pawluczkowycz (Evergreen, CO). Sold by Pawluczkowycz to Steve Marschman (Idaho Falls, Idaho) in May 2004.
  7. Brabham BT36 [12] (Noritake Takahara): New to Noritake Takahara for Japanese racing, first appearing at the JAF Grand Prix in May 1972, when it was fitted with a 2-litre Mitsubishi Colt R39B engine. Raced by Takahara with a 1800cc Cosworth FVC in the 1973 Tasman series, then in a series of Japanese raced for 2000cc cars, when it was said to have a 2-litre Hart BDA. Later to Shigeaki Asaoka in 1975, then Kiyoshi Misaki in 1976 and 1977. From 1978 to 1985, it was owned by a Mr Tomita. To Shigeaki Koshiba in 1986, then to Hashime Tanaka in 1997, then Tom Smith (CA, USA) in 2006.

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.

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