Race Report: Nogaro, 26 March 1972


This was the first round of the French F3 Championship and was run over two 30 lap heats with the winner being decided on aggregate times.

The first heat was dominated by the two works Alpine-Renaults of Alain Serpaggi and Michel Leclère. The only opposition came from José Dolhem in his Martini MW7 and once he had retired with broken suspension Serpaggi took an easy 30 second victory from Leclère. Phillipe Albera took third in his Martini Mk9 from Patrice Compain (March 723) who recovered well after spinning on lap 2.
The second heat saw Leclère pull away in front this time whilst Serpaggi got involved in a battle with José Dolhem, Phillipe Albera and Jacques Coulon (Martini). Lap 6 saw Serpaggi retire the Alpine with a broken steering arm, so at the finish it was Leclère from Albera by 0.5 seconds from Coulon who in turn lead Dolhem by 0.1 seconds. Beguin’s Martini was another 30 seconds down with the March 713Ms of Alzerat and de Henning a lap down.

On aggregate it was Leclère from Beguin, Alzerat, de Henning and Max Bonnin (Brabham BT35).



Race Report: Nogaro, 26 March 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