19 cars travelled to the demanding Cadwell Park circuit for this Forward Trust qualifier but this was reduced to 18 after Sonny Eade put his Brabham-Scholar BT28 off the road at Gooseneck and damaged the front suspension beyond immediate repair. For the umpteenth time this year is was Dave Walker’s Lotus-Novamotor in pole position, a massive 1.2 seconds faster than the similar but Holbay powered car of Andy Sutcliffe. Next was Roger Williamson ahead of Swedes Ulf Svensson and Conny Andersson with the third row
consisting of Barrie Maskell (Chevron B18), Alan McCully (Lotus 69) and James Hunt (March 713M) who had been slowed by a broken injector..
Walker took an immediate lead from the start and left the rest of the field behind him, however the battle for second was soon joined with Williamson, Sutcliffe and Svensson going at it as hard as possible. This fight lasted until lap 7 when Williamson contrived to spin twice on the same lap at both Park and Mountain, this left Sutcliffe and Svensson both wanting the place and Svensson seemed to have it until the last lap when Sutcliffe outfumbled the Swede and pushed him down to third. Andersson was a lonely fourth after Maskell had spun off at the Esses on oil dropped by Giancarlo Naddeo’s Tecno-Novamotor. Naddeo had a new engine fitted to replace the one damaged at Silverstone but as a result had missed practice and started from the back of the grid with a 10 seconds penalty.
Alan Jones was another in trouble when he lost his Brabham BT28 at Mansfield on lap 2 damaging the chassis. In fifth place was Pettersson leading Brendan McInerney, Alan McCully, who had an early spin at Park, and Randy Lewis. James Hunt, rather strangely, retired his March after being slowed by the spinning Roger Williamson as he decided he would save the car for another day. Non finishers included Jonas Qvarnstrom (Brabham-Sportscars BT35) and Terrance Peterson (Chevron B17B) who had offs at Mountain and David Purley who had a loose battery connection after an off on the grass on lap 2.