Event programme.
 
Through the Esses it's Sutcliffe from Williamson, Maskell, Evans, Hunt, Ashley, Yeates, Rousselot,Magee and Ginn.
 

This was the first round of the 1972 Forward Trust Championship and 23 cars arrived at Mallory for this supporting event to the European F2 Championship race. There were two practice sessions on Saturday, the first one was slightly damp so all the quick times came in the later session. Times were generally 0.5 seconds slower than the lap record due, it was felt, to the new rim width restrictions introduced for this year.

Fastest at the end of practice was a delighted Barrie Maskell who was driving one of the Travisco Lotus 69s (the ex-Geddes Yeates car) and even though his first acquaintance with it was on Saturday morning he found the handling suited his style perfectly. Brands Hatch winner Andy Sutcliffe in his GRD was next with Roger Williamson's March 723 completing the front row, Williamson not being happy with the handling of his car. James Hunt was fourth quickest in his March 723 despite too much oversteer that would hopefully be eliminated for the race, next to him was the works Royale RP11 of Ian Ashley who was also in handling bothers and had a couple of spins to his name. Row three saw the second Travisco Lotus 69 of Geddes Yeates (the ex-Alan McCully car) head the March 723 of Bob Evans, Peter Hull should have been next in his new Brabham BT38 but Hull hit a bank when trying to avoid the rotating Ashley breaking an upright and with no spare he was forced to scratch. Moving up a place onto the third row therefore was Pierre-François Rousselot's GRD. The fourth row saw Neil Ginn's GRD leading Damien Magee in his Palliser whilst row 5 had Chris Skeaping in handling bothers with the works Chevron from Paul Butlers Brabham BT28 and Stan Matthews' March 723.
Bernard Vermilio's new Lotus 73 (based on the F1 72) sat on a lowly row 5 position but at least it was higher up than the sister car driven by Tony Trimmer which didn't arrive until the second session which it then missed due to a faulty brake caliper. Trimmer went out with the F2s to qualify but with a maximum grid there was still no place for Trimmer so the Lotus team withdrew Vermilio to give the number one driver a race. Completing the grid were Antiguan Mike Tyrrell in his new Ensign LNF3, Jeremy Gambs in his similar car, Tony Brise's Brabham BT38 which was only finished in time for the second session, Val Musetti (Royale RP11), Brendan McInerney (March 723) and David Powers (March 723).

Pierre-François Rousselot in the Gitanes GRD 372.

Andy Sutcliffe made an excellent getaway and led at the end of lap one from Williamson, Maskell, Hunt Evans and Yeates who had already opened out a gap from Ashley, Magee, Rousselot and Ginn. Williamson put his March into the lead on lap 2 but he was still suffering from handling problems and was unable to pull away from the rest. On lap 6 Williamson, Maskell and Sutcliffe were three abreast along Stebbe and into the Esses it was Maskell in the Lotus who braked last and took the lead. Maskell immediately began to pull away from the others, his cause helped when Sutcliffe found himself sharing the same piece of track with the slow March of Powers at the hairpin, the resultant bent wishbone creating terrible understeer for the rest of the race.
Williamson meanwhile was falling back with tyre problems and Hunt was quickly past him on lap 12, the works March then targeting Sutcliffe. Hunt quickly caught the GRD but was unable to find away past and the two cars fought over second for the rest of the race. So at the finish Maskell took an excellent victory from Sutcliffe and Hunt, Yeates took fourth from Williamson on lap 14 with the March finishing fifth, 1.2 seconds ahead of Evans. Seventh was a delighted Trimmer who had moved confidently through the field from the start, he felt the Lotus had a lot of potential but there was still a lot of work to be done on it first.
After the race the top four finishers were given vacuum tests on their air boxes, once again Hunt's failed and he was disqualified moving everyone from fourth down up a place.

 
 
Position Driver Car Time MPH
1
Barrie Maskell Lotus-Vegantune 69 47.7  
2
Andy Sutcliffe GRD-Holbay 372
47.8
 
3
Roger Williamson March-Holbay 723
47.8
 
4
James Hunt March-Vegantune 723
48.4
 
5
Ian Ashley Royale-Vegantune RP11 48.6  
6
Geddes Yeates Lotus-Vegantune 69 48.7  
7
Bob Evans March-Vegantune 723 48.9  
8
Peter Hull Brabham-Vegantune BT38 48.9 DNS
9
Pierre-François Rousselot GRD-Holbay 372 49.5  
10
Neil Ginn GRD-Novamotor F372 49.6  
11
Damien Magee Palliser-Rowland WDF3 49.6  
12
Chris Skeaping Chevron-Vegantune B20 49.7  
13
Paul Butler Brabham-Vegantune BT28 50.1  
14
Stan Matthews March-Novamotor 723 50.2  
15
Bernard Vermilio Lotus-Novamotor 73 50.2 Withdrawn
16
Mike Tyrrell Ensign-Vegantune F372 51.1  
17
Jeremy Gambs Ensign-Vegantune F372 51.4  
18
Tony Brise Brabham-Holbay BT38 51.4  
19
Val Musetti Royale-Vegantune RP11 51.5  
20
Brendan McInerney March-Vegantune 723 53.6  
21
Davy Powers March-Novamotor 723 55.3  
22
Tony Trimmer Lotus-Novamotor 73 NT  

             
Position Driver Car Time
Laps
MPH
1
Barrie Maskell Lotus-Vegantune 69 16:12.0
20
100.00
2
Andy Sutcliffe GRD-Holbay 372  
20
 
3
Geddes Yeates Lotus-Vegantune 69  
20
 
4
Roger Williamson March-Holbay 723  
20
 
5
Bob Evans March-Vegantune 723  
20
 
6
Tony Trimmer Lotus-Novamotor 73  
20
 
7
Ian Ashley Royale-Vegantune RP11  
20
 
8
Pierre-François Rousselot GRD-Holbay 372  
20
 
9
Tony Brise Brabham-Holbay BT38  
20
 
10
Paul Butler Brabham-Vegantune BT28  
20
 
11
Stan Matthews March-Novamotor 723  
20
 
12
Damien Magee Palliser-Rowland WDF3  
20
 
13
Chris Skeaping Chevron-Vegantune B20  
20
 
14
Jeremy Gambs Ensign-Vegantune F372  
19
 
15
Mike Tyrrell Ensign-Vegantune F372  
19
 
16
Davy Powers March-Novamotor 723  
18
 


         
Fastest Lap
  Barrie Maskell Lotus-Vegantune 69 47.4   102.53
  James Hunt March-Vegantune 723 47.4   102.53
  Geddes Yeates Lotus-Vegantune 69 47.4   102.53