Race Report: Croft, 10 July 1971


Another two heats and a final format for this the annual Croft International meeting with each heat getting a generous 2 hours of practice over Friday and Saturday morning. Taking his accustomed pole position for the first heat was Dave Walker in the works GLTL 69, second was Ulf Svensson’s Brabham BT35. Setting the same time as Svensson were James Hunt in the works backed March 713M and Barrie Maskell in the works Chevron who was much happier with the handling of the B18 after experimenting with rollbar settings. Next was Sandy Shepard ahead of Conny Andersson and Jody Scheckter who was suffering from a down on powered engine caused by a broken piston ring. Torsten Palm should have followed Scheckter but his Novamotor snapped its crank and with no spare he had to withdraw. Monaco sensation Giancarlo Naddeo bought his Tecno

over Monaco sensation Giancarlo Naddeo bought his Tecno over to England and was pleased to set the same time as British regular David Purley. Finally came Peter Lamplough’s Palliser, which wasn’t doing its driver justice, Bengt Radmyr in his Lotus and newcomer Geddes Yeates who wasn’t happy with the way his ex-David Cole Lotus 59/69 was going. Slowest of all was another first timer American Terrance Peterson in a converted FB Chevron B17B but with only one (wrong) set of gear ratios he decided not to start. There was another Lotus 69 on pole for heat two, Andy Sutcliffe going the best in his American Express backed car and just heading Roger Williamson. Two more 69s followed with Rikki von Opel running well to beat Freddy Kottulinsky with his BMW engine. Bev Bond’s works Ensign took the next slot but not with Bond at the helm, Mo Nunn wanted the feedback from another driver and with no Shell Super Oil/Motor Sport points at stake the experienced Alan Rollinson was given a run. He confirmed Bond’s opinion that the engine was weak and a new Holbay was installed. Jose Ferreira just led Brendan McInerney in the sister car to James Hunt although the March was hampered by a loss of compression on one cylinder. French visitor Lucien Guitteny set the same time as McInerney in his Martini as did Sweden’s Ingvar Pettersson’s Brabham BT35. Next was Derek Lawrence’s Palliser from another new face, Lothar Schorg in a BMW powered Brabham BT35. Final runners were Chris O’Brien in his familiar BT35 and former FF driver Peter Hull having his first run in the ex-Richard Scott Brabham BT28 that unfortunately was suffering all sorts of problems with its Rowland mill.

Walker completely dominated heat one, leading from start to finish, Svensson and Hunt gave vain chase whilst Maskell muffed his second to third change at the start and dropped back. Hunt moved up to second for a few laps but dropped back again first behind Svensson and then the recovering Maskell. At the race end it was discovered the March had a loose bolt on the bottom rear wishbone which has caused Hunt to have erratic handling. Scheckter was initially fourth but fell back to finish eighth, Naddeo was in similar difficulties starting fifth but finishing ninth. Only retirement was Lamplough who only managed one lap before his fuel pressure vanished.

Sutcliffe took the lead in the second heat but unlike Walker he couldn’t get away and on the third lap Williamson moved into the lead from Sutcliife, von Opel, Ferreira and Rollinson. Williamson and Sutcliffe continued to swop the lead between themselves whilst Rollinson was closing in on Ferreira who had received a one minute penalty for a jumped start, the Ensign driver taking fourth on the last lap. McInerney took sixth which became fifth after Ferreira’s penalty, next came Pettersson, Guitteny, Kottulinsky and O’Brien.

The grid for the final was based on finishing times in the heats so the first four runners came from the faster first heat and so it was that once again Walker took the lead from pole and by driving the Lotus at the very limit pulled out a narrow lead on his pursuers. Hunt was in second place from Svensson, Maskell, Sutcliffe and Williamson with a gap back to Rollinson and von Opel. An early retirement was Brendan McInerney who had to pit his March 713 with its throttle jammed open. By lap 8 Rollinson had broken away from von Opel and was closing in on the group ahead which was now minus Sutcliffe who was in trouble when fourth gear stripped and he spun at Sunny trying to find third Sutcliife managed to get going again but he was now in 16th place, he deserved better after a good drive. Rollinson moved up to fifth after passing Svensson while Maskell and Hunt were having a great battle over second with the position changing on almost every lap. Williamson was starting to have brake problems and he fell back to 14th place when a spin at Tower was caused by his rear brakes locking. Svensson now moved forward and took second from lap 22 to 26 but then Hunt and Maskell reasserted themselves, Hunt firmly shutting the door on Maskell on the last lap to take second behind Walker who coasted home to win by over 14 seconds. Rollinson took fourth ruing the fact that he had been held up twice by the spinning Sutcliffe and Williamson, his fastest lap was 0.6 quicker than Walker which led to thoughts of what might have been. von Opel was unlucky to loose sixth when his fuel pump drive failed on the penultimate lap allowing Shepard through to take the place. Next up were Ferreira, Andersson, Guitteny, Pettersson and the recovering Sutcliffe. Retirements were recorded by Kottulinsky who blew a head gasket, Naddeo with low oil pressure, Yeates with a loose rear wheel and Lawrence who crashed the Palliser on the last lap at Oxo when the throttle stuck open.



Race Report: Croft, 10 July 1971

Qualifying Heat 1

1 Dave Walker

Lotus-Novamotor 69 1:11.2

2 Ulf Svensson

Brabham-Holbay BT35 1:11.4

3 James Hunt

March-Holbay 713M 1:11.4

4 Barrie Maskell

Chevron-Holbay B18 1:11.4

5 Sandy Shepard

Brabham-Holbay BT28 1:12.0

6 Conny Andersson

Brabham-Holbay BT35 1:12.0

7 Jody Scheckter

EMC 606 1:12.4

8 Torsten Palm

Brabham-Novamotor BT35 1:12.6 (DNS)

9 Giancarlo Naddeo

Tecno-Novamotor 69 1:12.6

10 David Purley

Brabham-Holbay BT28 1:12.6

11 Peter Lamplough

Palliser-BRM WDF3 1:13.6

12 Bengt Radmyr

Lotus-Holbay 59/69 1:14.0

13 Geddes Yeates

Lotus-Scholar 59/69 1:14.8

14 Terrance Peterson

Chevron-Vegantune B17B 1:16.

Qualifying Heat 2

1 Andy Sutcliffe

Lotus-Holbay 69 1:11.4

2 Roger Williamson

March-Holbay 713M 1:11.6

3 Rikki von Opel

Lotus-Holbay 69 1:11.8

4 Freddy Kottulinsky

Lotus-BMW 69 1:12.2

5 Alan Rollinson

Ensign-Holbay LN1 1:12.2

6 Jose Ferreira

Brabham-Holbay BT28 1:12.4

7 Brendan McInerney

March-Holbay 713M 1:12.6

8 Lucien Guitteny

Martini-BRM MW7 1:12.6

9 Ingvar Pettersson

Brabham-Holbay BT35 1:12.6

10 Derek Lawrence

Palliser-BRM WDF3 1:12.8

11 Lothar Schorg

Brabham-BMW BT35 1:13.0

12 Chris O'Brien

Brabham-Holbay BT35 1:13.2

13 Peter Hull

Brabham-Rowland BT28 1:14.8

28 Hermann BrabhamUnold

March-Novamotor 713S 1:26.4

29 Freddy Kottulinsky

Lotus-BMW 69 1:26.5

30 Ulf Svensson

Brabham-Holbay BT35 1:26.5-Vegantune BT28 17:21.4 20

Race 1

1 Dave Walker

Lotus-Novamotor 69 12:05.4 10 86.85

2 Ulf Svensson

Brabham-Holbay BT35 10

3 Barrie Maskell

Chevron-Holbay B18 10

4 James Hunt

March-Holbay 713M 10

5 Sandy Shepard

Brabham-Holbay BT28 10

6 Conny Andersson

Brabham-Holbay BT35 10

7 David Purley

Brabham-Holbay BT28 10

8 Jody Scheckter

EMC 606 10

9 Giancarlo Naddeo

Tecno-Novamotor 10

10 Bengt Radmyr

Lotus-Holbay 59/69 10

11 Geddes Yeates

Lotus-Scholar 59/69 10

Race 2

1 Roger Williamson

March-Holbay 713M 12:13.0 10 86.05

2 Andy Sutcliffe

Lotus-Holbay 69 10

3 Rikki von Opel

Lotus-Holbay 69 10

4 Alan Rollinson

Ensign-Holbay LN1 10

5 Brendan McInerney

March-Holbay 713M 10

6 Ingvar Pettersson

Brabham-Holbay BT35 10

7 Lucien Guitteny

Martini-BRM MW7 10

8 Freddy Kottulinsky

Lotus-BMW 69 10

9 Chris O'Brien

Brabham-Holbay BT35 10

10 Lothar Schorg

Brabham-BMW BT35 10

11 Derek Lawrence

Palliser-BRM WFD3 10

12 Peter Hull

Brabham-Rowland BT28 10

13 Jose Ferreira

Brabham-Holbay BT28 +60 secs 10

1 Dave Walker

Lotus-Novamotor 69 35:58.2 30 87.57

2 James Hunt

March-Holbay 713M 36:12.4 30

3 Barrie Maskell

Chevron-Holbay B18 36:13.4 30

4 Alan Rollinson

Ensign-Holbay LN1 36:13.8 30

5 Ulf Svensson

Brabham-Holbay BT35 36:14.6 30

6 Sandy Shepard

Brabham-Holbay BT28 36:40.6 30

7 Jose Ferreira

Brabham-Holbay BT28 36:41.4 30

8 Lucien Guitteny

Martini-BRM MW7 36:42.0 30

9 Ingvar Pettersson

Brabham-Holbay BT35 36:42.2 30

10 Andy Sutcliffe

Lotus-Holbay 69 36:42.2 30

11 David Purley

Brabham-Holbay BT28 36:54.4 30

12 Roger Williamson

March-Holbay 713M 36:59.2 30

13 Jody Scheckter

EMC 606 37:00.0 29

14 Conny Andersson

Brabham-Holbay BT35 37:40.8* 29

15 Rikki von Opel

Lotus-Holbay 69 DNF 29

16 Chris O'Brien

Brabham-Holbay BT35 29

17 Lothar Schorg

Brabham-BMW BT35 29

18 Peter Hull

Brabham-Rowland BT28 29

19 Bengt Radmyr

Lotus-Holbay 59/69 29