Race Report: Brands Hatch, 20 May 1973


With most of the leading exponents in Zandvoort for the John Player Championship event this round of the Forward Trust Championship gave some of the lesser lights a chance to shine.

Despite a huge spin at Kidney it was Brian Henton’s GRD that took the pole from the similar cars of Richard Robarts and Neil Ginn. Mike Tyrrell wasn’t happy as he felt he had gone faster than the 49.8 the timekeepers had credited him with, sitting next to him was F3 newcomer, Australian F Ford champion, Richard Knight. Val Musetti who was towards the back of the grid decided to fit different fourth and fifth gears for the race and up at the front Henton decided to fit a new third.

As the flag fell Robarts made the best start followed by Henton but Friedrich moved up to second through Paddock, Henton dropped to third with Ginn in fourth. Henton tried hard for the next two laps to get ahead of Friedrich again but on lap 4 he tried too hard and spun out at Paddock. This meant that Robarts was now leading from Friedrich, Ginn and Tony Rouff with Henton recovering fast. By lap 6 Friedrich was reeling in Robarts and Henton had moved back to fourth, two more laps and the gap from first to second was down to under half a second but the intervention of back markers opened the gap again. Friedrich caught up to Robarts again on lap 12 and he tried for the lead along the top straight but Robarts had the edge and Friedrich was slower out of Clearways so the Brazilian could never quite get ahead and Robarts crossed the line 0.2 seconds to the good.
Henton had another spin at Paddock on lap 12 as Matt Spitzley moved up to fourth at the expense of Rouff and these two held their places to the flag finishing some way behind Neil Ginn. Of the other runners Mike Tyrrell finished an oversteering seventh and Henton pitted to disconnect his rear anti-roll bar in an attempt to improve his handling. Musetti’s gear ratio changing strategy proved to be a major mistake when the new gears refused to engage and the Royale had to do most of the race in second or third.



Race Report: Brands Hatch, 20 May 1973

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