Race Report: Monza, 7 March 1971

The first race of the 1600cc F3 era, the XX Trofeo Bruno e Fofi Vigorelli, took place at Monza with a small field of 11 starters racing on the shorter Junior circuit. Since 1-litre F3 cars were still allowed to race against the 1600cc cars in Italy it is likely that some of the starters used the smaller capacity engine, Adelmo Fossati’s Brabham BT28 would seem to have been one such car.

Despite the small number of starters two 20 lap heats and a 31 lap final were run, the first heat went to Vittorio Brambilla driving a Birel powered by a F3 version of the twin-cam Alfa Giuila with Fabrizio Noe’s Lotus 69 second. Victor in the second heat was Lo Voy’s Brabham ahead of Fossati’s Brabham BT28 and Patrice Compain’s Martini MW7, the race had to be stopped after 15 laps. In the final Brambilla won by only 0.4 seconds from Marcello Gallo in his Brabham BT28.



Race Report: Monza, 7 March 1971

Race Heat 1

1 Vittorio Brambilla

Birel Alfa Romeo 20:09.40

2 Fabrizio Noe

Lotus-Ford 69 20:09.50

3 Luigi Fontanesi

Tecno-Ford 20:13.10

4 Carlo Franchi (Gimax)

De Sanctis-Alfa Romeo 20:23.40

Race Heat 2

1 Giovanni Lo Voi

Brabham-Ford BT28 15:05.00

2 Adelmo Fossati

Brabham BT28 15:05.00

3 Patrice Compain

Martini-Ford MW7 15:21.00

4 Manfred Möhr

Lotus-Ford 15:34.10

5 Marcello Gallo

Brabham BT28

Race Final

1 Vittorio Brambilla

Birel Alfa Romeo 30:44.30 144.318

2 Marcello Gallo

Brabham BT28 30:44.34

3 Fabrizio Noe

Lotus-Ford 69 30:45.10

4 Adelmo Fossati

Brabham BT28 30:55.40

5 Patrice Compain

Martini-Ford MW7 31:08.00

6 Carlo Franchi (Gimax)

De Sanctis-Alfa Romeo 31:11.50

7 Manfred Möhr

Lotus-Ford 31:59.60

8 Giovanni Lo Voi

Martini-Ford MW7 31:08.00