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Selangor Grand Prix

Batu Tiga, 9 Sep 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Sonny Rajah March 712M/732 [712M-7] - Ford twin cam Hart
#1 Team Rothmans
50 1h 09m 46.7s
2 Graeme Lawrence Surtees TS15 [04] - Ford twin cam Hart
#6 Singapore International Airlines
(see note 1)
50 1h 09m 50.3s
3 Percy Chan March 732 - Ford twin cam RES
#15 Team Rothmans (see note 2)
49
4 Jan Bussell Palliser WDB4 [WD3-1/1] - Ford twin cam
#14 Team Rothmans (see note 3)
48
UNKE John Green Brabham BT38 - Ford twin cam
#2 J. Green
On entry list
UNKE Brian Schollum (FF) 1.6-litre Elden - Ford Kent
#8 Piaco Swamp Mob
On entry list
UNKE Dave Hayward (FF) 1.6-litre Hawke DL2A - Ford Kent
#10 D. Hayward
On entry list
UNKE John MacDonald Brabham BT40 [35] - Ford twin cam Hart
#11 Cathay Pacific Airways (see note 4)
On entry list
UNKE Harvey Simon Elfin 600B [7018] - Ford twin cam
#17 H. Simon
On entry list
UNKE Chong Boon Seng Brabham BT36 [BT30-14] - Ford twin cam
#23 Chong Boon Seng (see note 5)
On entry list
UNKE David Coode Tuppence - Ford
#52 D. Coode
On entry list
UNKE Albert Poon Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam Hart
#66 Albert Poon (see note 6)
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre 1.6 2v unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Surtees TS15 [04] (Graeme Lawrence): New to Graeme Lawrence and raced in the 2-litre class of the 1973 Tasman Cup, using a 1.9-litre Hart BDA. Then raced in Southeast Asian events, using a Hart Ford twin cam engine. Retained for Southeast Asian 1600cc events in 1974, but Lawrence used his new F5000 Lola T332 in the Tasman series. Retained again for Southeast Asian 1600cc events in 1975. He still had the car in early 1976 when he was musing whether to convert it to Formula Pacific. Later in 1976 the car was sold to Rex Hart and fitted with a Cosworth BDA for Formula Pacific, and raced in New Zealand from 1977 to 1981. Sold to Ken Smith in 1982, and sold by him to John Wigston in 1984.
  2. March 732 (Percy Chan): New to Sonny Rajah (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and used in British Formula Atlantic in 1973. In August 1973, it was flown to South East Asia, where it spent the rest of its racing career. However, it is difficult to understand exactly how this car was used, as Rajah also owned a March 712M which was updated to 73B specification, and was also involved with a March 723 which had been converted to the local 1600cc 2-valve formula. At the Selangor Grand Prix at Batu Tiga in early September 1973, it appears that Rajah won using his updated 712M/73B, with the 73B being driven to third place by Percy Chan. Historian Eli Solomon reports that Rajah's 73B was bought by Jan Bussell a couple of weeks before the 1973 Macau GP, so would be the car Bussell drove at that race, through 1974, and in early 1975. In May 1975, Bussell left Malaysian for Zaire, and the 73B was raced by Pocholo Ramirez at two races in 1975. Eli adds that Ramirez' mechanic told him he rebuilt the car for Romeo David in 1978, so this would be the car he entered for the 1978 Malaysia Grand Prix. Subsequent history unresolved.
  3. Palliser WDB4 [WD3-1/1] (Jan Bussell): New for Roger Keele (Daventry, Northamptonshire) to race in British F3 in 1970, entered by Paul Watson Racing Organisation, and using Broadspeed and later Ehrlich engines. Converted to Formula Atlantic specification for 1971, as "WDB4-1" and raced by Vern Schuppan in the first two rounds of the British Formula Atlantic series, winning one and finishing second in the other. Then sold Hengkie Iriawan (Singapore) and raced in the Singapore GP in early April. Raced by Iriawan later in 1971 and in early 1972, then to Jan Bussell (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and raced by him in 1972 and 1973.
  4. Brabham BT40 [35] (John MacDonald): New to John MacDonald (Hong Kong) and fitted with a Hart twin cam engine for the Southeast Asian 2-valve 1600cc formula. MacDonald won the 1973 Malaysian Grand Prix, the 1973 Macau Grand Prix, the 1974 Selangor Grand Prix, and Malaysian and Penang Grands Prix in 1975. Driven by José "Pocholo" Ramirez, MacDonald's Rothmans Cathay Pacific team mate at Macau at the end of 1975. Next seen with Jason Ho in 1988, then with Neville McKay in 1992. Still owned by McKay (Mona Vale, NSW, Australia) in December 2004.
  5. Brabham BT36 [BT30-14] (Chong Boon Seng): Sold new to Ecurie Ecosse and run for Graham Birrell in F2 in 1970. Also raced once by Peter Gethin and by Richard Attwood later in the season. To Peter Westbury early 1971 and raced in several F2 races (also raced once by Dieter Quester) until the team's BT36 was delivered. Sold to Dunnett's Garage, converted to F/Atlantic specification and entered for Ronnie Mackay in libre and F/Atlantic in 1971 and 1972, run by MRE. To Chong Boon Seng for south east Asian racing in 1973 and used by him until 1976. Then to Del Schloemer and raced by him and by Cherie Schloemer in 1977 and 1978. To Wybe Valkema around 1980 and retained to 1982. Then to Australia and with Brian Wilson by 1988. Wilson sold it to Art Valdez (Torrance, CA) and from Valdez it returned to Australia when he sold it to Bob Ilich (Perth, WA) in 2010.
  6. Brabham BT40 (Albert Poon): New to Albert Poon (Hong Kong) and fitted with a Hart twin cam engine for the Southeast Asian 2-valve 1600cc formula. Raced by Poon in 1973 and 1974 and then, after Poon acquired a newer Chevron B29, the Brabham was raced by Graeme Lawrence in the Malaysian GP in March 1975 and by Kevin Bartlett in the Macau Grand Prix in November 1975. Then raced by Poon's wife, Diana Poon, from 1976 to 1979. At some point, the Brabham was badly damaged, and its tub has been rebuilt by new owner Neville McKay. Reported to be still owned by McKay but in pieces in 2004.

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.

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

The Straits Times 10 Sep 1973 p23. Entry list and other programme details provided by Richard Coe.