Race Report: Knutstorp, 1 September 1974

27 cars arrived at Knutstorp for this round of the Swedish F3 championship and it was UK visitor Brian Henton who took pole for the first of the two heats. Heat 1 was held on Saturday with the second heat on Sunday, the results would be decided on the aggregate times of the two races.

Brian Henton took the lead of Heat 1 from the flag chased by the GRD of Gunnar Nordström and stayed in front to half distance when he ran wide allowing Conny Andersson into first place. Henton found himself struggling in second and two laps from the end he went off at the corner before the pits allowing Giorgio Francia to take the runner-up spot.

Henton was allowed to race in Heat 2 as the organisers used a time calculation provided eight or more laps were completed which placed the works March on row two. Shortly before the race started a cracked adaptor plate was found on Henton’s car but there wasn’t enough time to repair or replace it. Following on from Heat 1 Andersson was uncatchable in Heat 2, leading from flag to flag, Francia once again taking second place. Henton held fifth for a while unable to catch those ahead but he then lost a place to team mate Jose Chateaubriand to finish sixth. Gunnar Nilsson sat fastest lap after starting from the back of the grid following a lap one shunt with Ulf Svensson in the first heat. Nilsson was up to eighth by lap 8 but a broken gearbox saw his race over.

Overall victory of course went to Andersson from Francia and Nordström.



Race Report: Knutstorp, 1 September 1974

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