British Sprint Championship 1973

A thrilling battle between Johnty Williamson and John Ravenscroft was let down by cancelled events. Twelve events were scheduled but rounds at Pershore, Gaydon, Moreton in Marsh and Tern Hill fell away, leaving an eight-round series which was due to finish with the Weston Speed Trials and then Little Rissington. Just before Weston, Little Rissington was also cancelled, which left only seven events, so RAC rules said that the best five scores would count. Ravenscroft already had 48 points for four wins and a third, a score Williamson could not overhaul even if he won at Weston, so the title was decided in disappointing fashion.

The races

25 Mar 1973 > Yeovilton

15 Apr 1973 > Curborough

28 May 1973 > Bassingbourne

10 Jun 1973 > Curborough

17 Jun 1973 > Duxford

01 Jul 1973 > Duxford

05 Aug 1973 > South Cerney

06 Oct 1973 > Weston-Super-Mare Speed Trials

13 Oct 1973 > Little Rissington

1973 RAC British Sprint Championship table

1John RavenscroftLola T142 - Chevrolet V848 pts4 wins
2Johnty WilliamsonMcLaren M10A/B - Chevrolet V847 pts2 wins
3Dave HartleyBrabham BT18 - Buick V834 pts 
4Tony BradwellBrabham BT21 Quattro - Oldsmobile V827 pts 
5David RenderBrabham BT29X - Ford BDA27 pts 
6Bob RoseMcLaren M10B - Chevrolet V825 pts1 win
7Henry LewisLotus 41C - Ford11 pts 
8Martin SteeleMarch 702 - Cosworth FVA11 pts 
9Mike RichardsonChevron B8 - BMW M1011 pts 
10John BaileyRent-A-Hill Special - Ford10 pts 
11=Tony GriffithsBrabham BT33 - Cosworth DFV V89 pts 
11=Tony HarrisonBrabham BT35 - Ford BDA9 pts 
11=Ron HartleyBrabham BT18 - Buick V89 pts 
11=Arthur RavenscroftLola T142 - Chevrolet V89 pts 
15Terry SmithTechCraft - Buick V88 pts 
16=Rob TurnbullAlexis - Ford twin cam7 pts 
16=Bob MarslandBrabham BT35 - Cosworth BDE7 pts 
18John McCartneyBRM P261 - BRM P101 V126 pts 

The points system for the championship remained the same as that used for the Hill Climb championship, awarding 10 points for the fastest time in the runoff, then 9 for second and on down to one point for tenth place (R.A.C Motor Sport Year Book 1973 p114). There was no longer an extra point awarded for beating the course's previous record time.