Race Report: Silverstone, 1 July 1973


Despite most of the leading runners being at Paul Ricard for the John Player Championship a good entry still arrived at Silverstone for this Lombard North Central round. There was some amazement when the Silverstone timekeepers gave the same fastest time to no less than six cars! Pole position went to F3 returnee Derek Lawrence who was out in the Ehrlich formerly pedalled by Danny Sullivan, he used his experience to gain a good tow and get pole position. Other front row occupants were the Royale of John Sheldon and the March of Richard Robarts. Further down the grid Pedro Passadore was debuting a new DART run GRD.

Robarts jumped into the lead at the start with Friedrich slotting into second followed by Rouff and Passadore, entering Woodcote Passadore demoted Rouff back to third as Sheldon moved up to tag onto the back of the leaders. Robarts and Friedrich looked as if they were going to pull away but Rouff put his head down and reeled them back in. Friedrich sat on Robarts tail and on lap 5 he slipstreamed into the lead at the end of Club Straight, Robarts tried to regain the lead at Woodcote without success. Next lap Robarts tried again and this time he made it stick as Friedrich dropped another place to Rouff who was now looking very strong and on lap 8 the American made it to the front.
For the next two laps Rouff lead his first F3 race but on lap 10 Robarts went back to the front with Rouff dropping to second, third was Passadore from Sheldon, Friedrich, Santo, “Teleco” and Spitzley making up ground after a bad start. Andy Sutcliffe had been next but he had to retire his Elden with a broken throttle cable so next up came Lawrence ahead of Bernard Vermilio (Merlyn) and late entrant Damien Magee (Brabham).
Robarts continued to lead for the rest of the race although Friedrich got a second wind and moved up again from fifth and challenged hard but finished up 0.6 seconds behind the Myson March. Rouff and Passadore had a great battle for third with the two cars being given the same finishing time as were Sheldon and Santo fighting over fifth. “Teleco” had a spin at Becketts on the penultimate lap but was far enough ahead of everyone else to retain his eighth place whilst Vermilio and Magee made contact at Woodcote on the last lap with Magee spinning his car across the finish line.



Race Report: Silverstone, 1 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