Race Report: Thruxton, 29 October 1972

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The fifth AGIP F3 Cup was held over two heats and a final and was dominated by the Italian contingent.

It was raining hard as the cars came out to the grid and nearly all the runners were using Firestone wets, the two notable exceptions being Roger Williamson and Chris Skeaping both of whom were using Dunlops which were generally reckoned inferior to the Firestone product.

Once again as in so many recent races it was Tony Brise who made the best start and that was the last time the rest of the field saw him as he proceeded to pull away from second place man von Opel at over a second a lap. von Opel managed to hold onto Brise for three laps but then the GRD man who was flinging his car around with armfuls of opposite lock, especially through the chicane, began his inexorable progress towards victory. After loosing touch with Brise von Opel had a lonely race into second place as Mike Walker in the sister Ensign was some distance behind in third.

Initially Walker was on his own in third but as the race progressed Neil Ginn slowly caught him up and was only just behind at the flag. Ginn had been involved in a battle with Alan Jones and Bob Evans but on lap 5 he passed Jones at Club and soon pulled away to leave Jones and Evans to finish 5th and 6th at the finish. Several drivers managed to have accidents in the wet conditions and Chris Pryer in Lee Kaye’s Royale, Mike Greenwood in Colin Vandervell’s Ensign, Jean-Claude Alzerat and Simon Sherman all left the track without personal injury. Poor Syd Fox who was débuting the Huron had to retire on the warm-up lap when his Renault engine stopped.



Race Report: Thruxton, 29 October 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