Race Report: Magny Cours, 14 July 1973


This Bastille day meeting at Magny Cours clashed with the John Player Championship event supporting the British GP so unsurprisingly the field was restricted to French national runners.

Alain Serpaggi’s Alpine Renault took pole position from the Martini of Bernard Beguin and as the flag fell he made a superb start to lead from Beguin, Jean-Pierre Paoli (Martini), Jacques Lafitte (Martini), Michel Leclere (Alpine), Alain Cudini (Martini), Philippe Albera (March), Pierre-Francois Rousselot (March), Jean Max (Martini), Christian Ethuin (Martini), Bernard Chevanne (Martini) and Jean Ragnotti (March). Lafitte and Leclere running together demoted Paoli on lap 3 and two laps later Ethuin and Albera managed to hit each other forcing Albera into retirement.

Beguin began to come under pressure from Lafitte and Leclere and on lap 12 Beguin spun down to sixth, restarting just ahead of a battling Rousselot and Ethuin. Ethuin then got ahead of Rousselot on lap 15 as Beguin pulled up to the battle between Paoli and Cudini. Second place man Lafitte had a bit of a moment on lap 15 and Leclere took advantage to move up to second to make it an Alpine 1-2 at the finish, Lafitte took third whilst Beguin passed Cudini and Paoli to take fourth at the flag. Paoli lost three laps with a pit stop right at the end caused by a spin and Ethuin dropped back to ninth hampered by clutch problems.



Race Report: Magny Cours, 14 July 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