Race Report: Mallory Park, 23 July 1972


A more than full grid arrived for this round of the Lombard North Central Championship and the non-qualifiers were given a consolation race at the end of the day.

Only 1.8 seconds covered the 20 runners in the main race, fastest was the works Iberia Ensign of Mike Walker from the GRD of Andy Sutcliffe, the man currently leading the Lombank Championship, third fastest was the GRD of Japanese driver Masami Kuwashima. Surprisingly far back were the GRD of Roger Williamson with tyre and handling problems, Tony Brise whose Brabham BT38 needed an engine change and Barrie Maskell in Roger Keele’s usual Lotus 69 who appeared to have been been given a wrong time.

It was Kuwashima in his GRD who made the best start and and the end of lap 1 he led from Mike Walker with a hard charging Roger Williamson already up to third, Andy Sutcliffe was fourth with Peter Hull and Bob Evans in fifth and sixth. For the next three laps the field circulated nose to tail with no change of positions, then on lap 4 Walker passed Kuwashima into the Esses and at the hairpin Williamson and Sutcliffe followed suit. For the remainder of the race it was a three-cornered battle between these three top drivers, Walker led most of the race although Williamson got ahead at Gerards on lap 9 but the Ensign was back in front at the Esses. Williamson made his move on lap 19 when he took the lead again at Gerards and he immediately eked out a small lead he held to the finish. Walker fought hard to keep Sutcliffe behind him aided by the GRD driver being hampered by a misfire. Kuwashima had fallen back into a long battle with Hull and the GRD and the Brabham swopped places continually until near the end of the race when Kuwashima had to drop back when his engine started to loose oil from a loose filter.
Most of the rest of the field ran the race without difficulty the only notable retirement being that of Barrie Maskell with sundry problems, both Tony Brise and Alan Jones were disappointed with their lowly finishes for no obvious reason.



Race Report: Mallory Park, 23 July 1972

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